His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated today, on Christmas Eve which is also this year the Serbian Father's Day, the Divine Liturgy in the church of Holy Trinity on Pasino Brdo in Belgrade.
“But when the fullness of the time had come,
God sent forth His Son, born of a woman,
born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law,
that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
Dear brothers and sisters,
According to His eternal foreknowledge God determined the time when He will send His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to save us and bless us with every heavenly blessing. And not only this, but to adopt us as sons through Him (Eph. 1:3-5).
Joyful feast day of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ was solemnly celebrated in Decani monastery. On Christmas Eve, following the vesper service and Christmas songs the badnjak (Yule log) was brought and then a dinner was served. Inthe early morning, there was a morning service followed by the Divine Liturgy which was celebrated by Archimandrite Sava, the abbot of the monastery.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch, celebrated this morning the Divine Liturgy, on the joyful feast day of the Nativity of the Lord, at the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Belgrade.