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.
His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America paid his second canonical visit to the Orthodox faithful in the capital of Mexico from 8-12 May 2013. Protopresbyter Blasko Paraklis accompanied His Grace. During this visit their guide was Avram, who is son of an Orthodox Mexican and graduated student of the Orthodox Academy of Saint Tichon in the United States. According to the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church this state was placed under the jurisdiction of Bishop of Western America.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 was a day to remember for the faithful of the St. Petka Church in Orlando, Florida. Exactly two years after construction on the new church began many Orthodox faithful from Central Florida and other areas gathered to attend the liturgy and the blessing and raising of the main dome and cross for the new church. The Divine Liturgy was served by a number of local Orthodox clergy. Officiating was V. Rev. Stefan Zaremba, the Dean of the St. Petersburg Deanery for the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America.
His Royal Highness Prince Andrej’s casket was met today at the Nikola Tesla airport by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, Prince Vladimir and Prince Dimitri, sons of HRH Prince Andrej; Princess Lavinia – Maria, daughter of HRH Prince Andrej with young Luka Austin Prichard (son of HRH Princess Lavinia-Maria); HRH Princess Elizabeth; Prince George and Prince Michael; Ms. India Oxenberg, granddaughter of Princess Elizabeth; Professor Oliver Antic, Special Advisor to President of Serbia; government officials and His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar to Serbian Patriarch.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch met with President of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic at the Serbian Patriarchate on 13 May 2013. His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno attended the meeting. Following the meeting, His Holiness and President Nikolic addressed the public explaining the reason and topics of the meeting.