On Monday, April 17, the second day of the feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Christ – Pascha, the clergy and faithful of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ, welcomed His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York.
The Divine Liturgy on this bright and joyous day was led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, co-served by Bishop Irinej of Eastern America (Serbian Orthodox Church) and Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan (vicar of the Eastern American Diocese), and local clergy:
On Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of April, the feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Christ - Pascha, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern American & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, led the festal divine services in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City.
His Eminence was co-served by Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Bishop Irinej of Eastern America (Serbian Orthodox Church), and cathedral clergy.
What would you now, brethren, from the ministers of the word? The Word Himself is no more!
The Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation, the Author of every quick and powerful (Heb. 4:12) word, is silent, dead, buried, and sealed up. The more plainly and convincingly “to show man the path of life” (Ps. 16:11) this very Word came down from heaven and put on flesh; but men would not hearken unto the Word, they tear His flesh, and lo, “He is cut off out of the land of the living” (Is. 53:8). Who then shall now give unto us the word of life and salvation?
The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2017
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:
Christ is Risen!
“Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.”
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Resurrection of our Lord is the greatest Christian feast day. It is the feast day of faith, life and of every blessing from God. Our entire faith is in the Resurrection and the Resurrection is in our faith. The Holy Apostle Paul, the teacher of the nations, whom we unreservedly can call the greatest preacher of the Resurrection of Christ and our own, clearly said: “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (I Corinthians 15:20) Faith in the Resurrection of Christ is the essence of the apostolic preaching and teaching, the foundation of the Church and of her services and theology.
His Grace Andrej, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Austria-Switzerland, officiated at the Eucharistic gathering in the church of the Nativity of the Mother of God on the 9th of April 2017.
The Bishop was concelebrated by Archpriest Petar Pantic and the parish priests Dragan Birtasevic and Alekksandar Stankovic. The church choir with Mrs. Biserka Vasic as Conductor was chanting responses. After the Gospel reading, the Bishop delivered a sermon on the topic of the feast-day. An agape meal was served in the church premises.
The feat-day of the Entry of Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday was marked in this Herzegovinian town Mostar by celebration of the Divine liturgy presided over by Bishop Grigorije of Zaholm and Herzegovina.
The Hierarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter-stavrophor Radivoje Krulj, presbyter Nemanja Luketa, deacon Branislav Rajković in attendance of many faithful people of Mostar and its surrounding. During the Eucharistic gathering Zorica Roncevic was received into of the Mostar community of the saints of the One, Holy, Catholic and Orthodox Church. The solemnity continued in the church-yard and the premises of the Old church in Mostar.