Christmas Eve celebrated nationwide

At the Cathedral church in Sremski Karlovci evening service was by  Bishop Vasilije of Srem, with the concelebration of priesthood of Karlovac, and then he consecrated the Yule log burned at the fountain "Four lions" on the main square. The Yule log has been placed tonight in both churches in Loznica, as well as in all parish and monastery churches in Jadar, in the presence of lots of the faithful. Despite the heavy rain, burning of the yule log in Loznica, in the church of Holy protection of the Theotokos and in the new church of the Ascension of the Lord, was attended by hundreds of the faithful. In the same way it was also in the nearby monasteries and Tronosha and Chokeshina and in temples in Banja Koviljacha, Draginac and in other places in Jadar.

Christmas Eve is also in Uzice in front of the Cathedral Church of St. George. Burning the Yule log was attended by several hundred citizens, and a ceremony which, except the clergy of the Uzice church was attended by the city officials, grew into a great celebration with the sounds of trumpeters and the cooked rakia. Burning of the Yule log in front of the Church of the Holy Transfiguration on Zlatibor, except local residents, it was also attended by a large number of tourists.

Tonight, in churches in Pirot  the liturgy was held, and after it at the courtyards of these churches the yule logs were burnt and the Christmas breads were broken.

The Yule logs were laid also in the mountain village of Babine near Prijepolje in the presence of several hundred residents of this and surrounding villages.

Source: Agencies