On Great and Holy Friday, Christ died on the Cross. He gave up His spirit with the words: “It is finished” (John 19:30). These words are better understood when rendered: “It is consummated.” He had accomplished the work for which His heavenly Father had sent Him into the world. He became a man in the fullest sense of the word. He accepted the baptism of repentance from John in the Jordan River. He assumed the whole human condition, experiencing all its alienation, agony, and suffering, concluding with the lowly death on the Cross. He perfectly fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
The schedule of the following events regarding the Holy Fire:
· welcome ceremony of the Holy Fire on 11 April 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla, where the press conference will be held,
· the solemn welcome at the Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar District on 11 April 2015 at 11:00 PM, as well as the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy officiated by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral at midnight on 11 April 2015.
More information about this joyous event of the transfer of the Holy Fire from the Jerusalem’s Sepulcher church of the Resurrection of Christ to the Serbian capital you can get also by social networks:
as well as on the special page on our website: http://www.spc.rs/BlagodatniOganj
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today, on 7 April 2015, on the feast day of the Annunciation, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of HolyArchangel Michael in Belgrade.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Cathedral church. Patriarch Irinej congratulated the feast-day to the congregation.
Metropolitan Porfirije: Man needa a man.Bat, above all, man needs God.
The Church in Zagreb celebrated the feast-day of the solemn Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, with the Holy Liturgy officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana. The Metropolitan was concelebrated by priests of the Cathedral church and lots of believers gathered in the church.
On Palm Sunday, on April 5th, 2015 when our Church celebrates a memory of the triumphal entry of Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade.
His Holiness was concelebrated by local priests of the Serbian Church. The Children choir of the First Belgrade Chanting Society sang responses during the Eucharistic gathering.
Recent statistics indicate that about half of all pregnancies in America are “unintended,” and of those, four out of ten end in abortion. Perhaps most disturbingly, over 70% of women involved in an abortion report some sort of religious affiliation.
In the Orthodox Church, we commemorate the Great Feast of Annunciation on March 25. Without coincidence, this occurs nine months before the Great Feast of Nativity or Christmas. In the Annunciation, we celebrate not only the Incarnation, but the actualconception of Jesus Christ. As the Creed states, “who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.” We also remember the conception of Mary herself later in the year. And again, not merely their birth or the bare facts of their existence, but theirconception—what the Church has forever, and ever shall recognize as the beginning of life. This is without question, and has been universally attested since the apostles.