Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in Vavedenje Monastery, Belgrade

His Holiness Patriarch Serbian Irinej officiated Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great at the Convent of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belgrade, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 5, 2020, offering his prayers for the salvation of all.

In accordance with the new state of emergency caused by the pandemic of the corona virus, His Holiness the Patriarch was concelebrated only by a priest and without presence of the  faithful, observing the message that in our homes, which are “churches at home” (Philem 2), we should intensify our prayers to the Lord.

Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Coastland supports hospitals to combat pandemics

A financial support has been donated for technical equipment necessary for functioning of health care institutions, so that Montenegro can better deal with the situation caused by the present pandemics.

More precisely, funds were paid for seven monitors and syringe pumps for the hospitals in Cetinje and Niksic respectively, and the other ones for the Clinical Center in Podgorica.

Annunciation

The feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary comes nine months before Christmas on the twenty-fifth of March. It is the celebration of the announcing of the birth of Christ to the Virgin Mary as recorded in the Gospel of Saint Luke.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no husband?” And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the Child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her (Lk 1.26–38).

The services of the feast of the Annunciation, the Matins and the Divine Liturgy, stress again and again the joyous news of the salvation of men in the birth of the Saviour.

Diocese of Backa donated two million to aid fight against corona virus

President of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina Igor Mirovic said on April 3, 2020 that 30 million dinars had been received so far into an account that was opened a few days before with the aim of financially assisting health workers in Vojvodina. The largest amount was paid in by Telecom Serbia (five million), and among the donors were DDOR (three million), as well as the Diocese of Backa of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which donated two million dinars, reported Serbian newspapers “Novosti”.

A Great Humanitarian Activity of the Serbian Orthodox Charities

In accordance with the mission of the Serbian Orthodox Church, at this very difficult time for all the inhabitants of Serbia and the world in general, owing to the malignant coronavirus, the Serbian Orthodox Charities has launched a series of actions to assist the most vulnerable families and individuals in the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac and in other dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Due to the volume and difficult procurement referring to the state of emergency, the action will be implemented in two parts. In the first round on March 20, 2020, - 25 kilograms of white wheat flour type 500, 10 litres of edible sunflower oil and 5 kilograms of beans were delivered to everyone in need. The second round - which was delivered on March 23, 2020  - distributed other foods: sugar, pasta, salt, yeast, canned food, as well as household chemicals: laundry detergent and dishes, soaps, shampoos ...