At the National Museum in Belgrade on January 11th, 2014 the solemn academy on the occasion of the nine centuries of the birth of Stefan Nemanja began with the hymn Lord, Give Us Justice and the prayer Our Father.
An author of the program entitled “The Vertical of Victory” on the occasion of the nine centuries since the birth of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher is Jasmina Stoiljkovic, drama artist of the Serbian drama of the National Theatre from Prishtina, and the organizer is the Geopolitika magazine, along with the support of the National Museum.
At the Russian Embassy in Belgrade on 10 January 2014, the Christmas reception was held which was attended by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, as well as representatives of political and public life of Serbia.
The host of the reception, Ambassador Chepurin in his address to the eminent invitees, reminded of results of the visit of Serbian Patriarch to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine on the occasion of the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, as well as the visit of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to Serbia and Montenegro in order to participate in the celebration of the 1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan. The video clip of the participators of these bilateral events was shown to the guests.
The feast day of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ was solemnly celebrated throughout the Diocese of Raska-Prizren.
The central celebration of Christmas was held at the Gracanica monastery where Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren served the Divine Liturgy. Besides several hundreds of believers from many parts of Kosovo and Metohija the celebration was attended also by high representatives of the Government of Serbia: First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Minister of Defence Nebojsa Rodic.
His Holiness, Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka, on the occasion of the Patron Saint-day of Republika Srpska – Saint Stephen the Archdeacon.
His Holiness was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishop Jefrem of Banjaluka, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla and Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac. After the Divine Liturgy the Patriarch blessed the slava cake. The service was attended by President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik, Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, President of the National Assembly Igor Radojcic, ministers of the Republic, deputies of the parliament, as well as Minister of Justice and Public Administration of the Republic of Serbia Nikola Selakovic.
On Sunday, January 5, 2014 the parishioners of the St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco welcomed His Grace, Bishop Maxim.