His Grace Bishop of Remesiana Kyr Andrej, served the festal Divine Liturgy at Belgrade's Cathedral church of St. Archangel Michael. Clergy of the Cathedral concelebrated to His Grace, while the First Belgrade's Singing Society sang the responses. After the Liturgy a reception was aproppriated at the Patriarchate, where His Holiness cordially welcomed the guests with the traditional egg tapping, sharing the joy of the Feast with all the present.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Kyr Irinej served the first (midnight) festal Divine Liturgy at the Monumental St. Sava's Cathedral on Vracar (Belgrade). A number of clergy from the Archdiocese concelebrated to His Holiness at the Liturgy. The entire event was followed by a national broadcaster which conveniately enabled those who were hindered to particiapte in the liturgical celebration, to feel the festal joy and magnificence of the liturgical celebration. At the liturgy were present Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Ivica Dacic and a number of high representatives of the Government and the Diplomatic corpse, as well as the people from the political and public life of the Capital.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Kyr Irinej on Great and Holy Friday, served the Vesper service at Belgrade's Cathedral Church of St. Archangel Michael. According to the tradition, during the Vesper service the Shroud is being carried out and placed in the middle of the church. It remains there until the Resurrectional services for the faithful to venerate. The Shroud represents the Tomb of Christ, thus the services and customs during these Great and Holy days are filled with emotions and symbols.
THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
TO HER SPIRITUAL CHILDREN
AT PASCHA, 2013
I R I N E J
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 CLERGY, MONASTICS, ADN 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! INDEED HE IS RISEN!
“For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,
nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”
True, indeed, is this word of God’s prophet by which he announces the radiant feast of Christ Resurrection, this feast of great Christian joy and spiritual celebration. If there is a day among all days for celebration, that is today — the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ our God. Thanks to this holy day, all the days of mankind — from the beginning to the end of the world — receive their true meaning, and all that has happened in those days and is happening receives its proper meaning. If there is an event to which Christianity can be narrowed down, then that event truly is the Resurrection of Christ. If there is a feast to which all feasts can be narrowed down, then again, that is the Resurrection of Christ. That is why the Church calls the feast day of Christ’s Resurrection the Feast of Feasts; and in the Church we sing: This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24).