Following the Liturgical gathering at the Cathedral church, His Grace Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac performed a solemn rite of blessing the slava cake at the Patriarchal Court.
The solemn slava rite and reception, besides the host, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Their Graces Bishops Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac and Arsenije of Toplica, was attended by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic with his wife Dragica, President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, President of Republic of Srpska Mr. Milorad Dodik, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine, Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Ivica Dacic, Minister Velimir Ilic, Director of the Bureau for Cooperation with Traditional Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Mileta Radojevic, protomaster of Saint Sava Cathedral Professor Dr. Vojislav Milovanovic, Ambassador of the Russian Federation Mr. Aleksander Chepurin, Ambassador of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Chushev, Ambassador of Cyprus Mrs. Nasfika Krusti, as well as prominent representatives of the economic and cultural life of the Serbian capital.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated on April 4th, 2015, on Lazarus Saturday, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac and Arsenije of Toplica at the Cathedral church in Belgrade.
The Eucharistic gathering was especially solemn, since St. Lazarus Saturday is Patron Saint-day of His Holiness. On this occasion many priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church concelebrated.
The annual meeting for the St. Petersburg Deanery was held Thursday March 19 through Saturday March 20, 2015. This meeting consists of the parishes in the Deanery giving their reports for their church and Sunday school activities from the past year. This is an annual meeting that travels to different parishes every year.
On Friday, March 28th, the annual Washington-New York Deanery Christian Education meeting was held at St Sava Cathedral in Manhatten. Immediately following Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, participating educators and clergy gathered for a wonderful presentaiton by Rev Christopher Rocknage of St Nicholas in Steelton, PA.
In addition to clergy and educators from the Washington-New York Deanery, His Grace Bishop Dr Mitrophan and V Rev Rodney Torbic, the dicoesan coordinator for Christian education, were in attendance.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan came to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey for the beautiful and inspiring Akathist to the Mother of God served on Friday evening during the Fifth Week of Great Lent.