Holy Fire Has Descended in Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem

The Holy Fire has descended in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, as seen on the live stream on the Facebook page of the Jerusalem Patriarchate and on RIA-Novosti.

The Holy Light descended at about 2:20 PM (7:20 AM Eastern Standard time).

The Holy Fire appeared in the edicule (the small chapel built over the burial place of Christ) just a few minutes after the Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, entered there to patiently pray and wait. The edicule was newly-restored for the first time in centuries just in time for the Holy Fire service and Pascha last year, and was consecrated on March 22 last year after nine months of work.

Great and Holy Friday at Cathedral church in Belgrade

Great and Holy Friday at Cathedral church in Belgrade
Great and Holy Friday at Cathedral church in Belgrade
Great and Holy Friday at Cathedral church in Belgrade
Great and Holy Friday at Cathedral church in Belgrade

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Vesper service with the service of the Epitaphion at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on on Great Friday, 6 April 2018.

Bishop Marko of Bregalnica in the Holy Land

Bishop Marko of Bregalnica in the Holy Land
Bishop Marko of Bregalnica in the Holy Land
Bishop Marko of Bregalnica in the Holy Land
Bishop Marko of Bregalnica in the Holy Land

On the feast day of the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, His Holiness Patriarch Teophile of Jerusalem served the Holy Liturgy in the church of the Resurrection of Christ in Jerusalem.

Besides His Grace Bishop Marko of Bregalnica, the Patriarch was concelebrated also by Teophanos of Gerason, Metropolitan George of Nizhny Novgorod, Metropolitan Aristarch of Constantina, Metropolitan Methodius of Tavor, Metropolitan Ioakim of Helenoupolis, Archbishop Demetrius of Vitepos, Bishop Basilios of Kotlag and many priests from almost all Local Orthodox Churches.

Feast days in the Diocese of Raska-Prizren

Feast days in the Diocese of Raska-Prizren
Feast days in the Diocese of Raska-Prizren
Feast days in the Diocese of Raska-Prizren
Feast days in the Diocese of Raska-Prizren

The feast day of the chapel of Saint Lazar the Four-days in the monastery of Holy Archangels near Prizren. In the monastery of Gracanica the feast day of Entry of Christ into Jerusalem solemnly celebrated.

In the monastery of Gracanica solemnly celebrated the feast day of the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. The Holy Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren with the concelebration of the local clergy.

Patriarchal Pascha Encyclical 2018



The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2018

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By the Grace of God

Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Paschal greeting:

Feast day of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem in Skopje

Feast day of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem in Skopje
Feast day of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem in Skopje
Feast day of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem in Skopje
Feast day of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem in Skopje

On the day when the Church celebrates Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolian of Skopje, officiated the Holy Liturgy in the monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Skopje.

He was concelebrated by His Grace Bishop of Stoby and locum tenens of Strumica David as well as many priests from the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Orthodox Archbishopric.

Holy Week: an Explanation

Great and Holy Friday. Crucifixion. The fresco from the church of St. Nicholas in Prilep, Macedonia. XII-XIII century.Great Lent and Holy Week are two separate fasts, and two separate celebrations. Great Lent ends on Friday of the fifth week (the day before Lazarus Saturday). Holy Week begins immediately thereafter. Let's explore the meaning of each of the solemn days of Passion Week.