His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister and President electus of the Republic of Serbia on 17 April 2017 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Mr. Nikola Selakovic.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic congratulated the most joyous Christian Feast of feasts, the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church and expressed his gratitude for the warm and friendly reception during which they discussed various aspects of the life of people in Serbia and some topics of general interest.
His Holiness, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Irinej presided over the Easter Liturgy in the crypt of the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade on 16 April 2017.
The triumphant Easter Liturgy was attended by His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Crown Prince Aleksandar and Princess Katarina Karadjordjevic, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ivica Dacic, the apostolic nuncio Luciano Suriano, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Mileta Radojevic, a great benefactor of the Serbian Church Ms. Rebecca MacDonald, representatives of the diplomatic corps and traditional Churches and religious communities, as well as by many pious people of the Serbian capital.
On Great and Holy Thursday, during the Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil, Joseph Robert Wesseler was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY.
The newly-ordained Deacon Joseph is a third-year seminarian hailing from the Diocese of Western America with his home parish being St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church in Fresno, CA. He is expected to graduate with a Masters of Divinity in May.
THE GRACE OF GOD BISHOP OF EASTERN AMERICA THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
CHRIST IS RISEN!
MOST BELOVED CLERGY AND MONASTICS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS, FAITHFUL CHILDREN OF THE DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA OF OUR MOST HOLY CHURCH,
We greet you on this great and most radiant Feast of Feasts, the Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, with the ever inspiring inquiry of the heart, which emanated and emanates from encountering the Risen Lord:
With the Archpastoral Blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, Very Reverend Stavrophor Rade Merick, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church scheduled Lenten Vespers for the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent to be held at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 2, 2017.