Serbian Orthodox Church
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 feast-day of the Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem was solemnly celebrated in Gracanica monastery, on Sunday, 28 April 2013. His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren celebrated the Divine Liturgy.
His Grace Bishop Maxim celebrated his Patron Saint-day (slava), Lazarus Saturday, on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Bishop Maxim officiated at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with the clergy from Saint Steven's Cathedral and a few hundred Orthodox faithful. The festal slava Service was held in the main hall and was followed by a delicious luncheon prepared by the Diocesan Kolo Sprkih Sestara. Many priests from neighboring churches arrived after having served Lazarus Saturday services in their own parishes.
A very joyous and Sretna Slava to His Grace. Eis polla eti despota!