The Feast of Resurrection of Christ was celebrated with great joy and heartfelt prayers in the Orthodox Ohrid Archiocese, despite prosecutions on religious grounds.
His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, officiated the Divine Liturgy in the stavropygial monastery of St. John Chrysostom in Bitola. His Grace Joakim, Bishop of Polog and Kumanovo and Locum tenens of Debar-Kicevo, celebrated the Liturgy in Kumanovo, while His Grace Marko, Bishop of Bregalnica and Locum tenens of Bitola, served the Easter Liturgy in Stip. His Grace David, Bishop of Stobi and Locum tenens of Strumica, celebrated the Holy Liturgy in Skopje.
The faithful of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia began the Paschal weekend with a Lenten retreat for the children of the parish. For their first activity, the youth decorated the Lord's tomb under the guidance of church school teacher Kristina Randjelovic. The children then gathered to dye eggs for the parish baskets, learning the traditional way with onion peels as well as the contemporary way. The children also learned many lessons about the red eggs, and the Orthodox symbolism of red: red for the blood Christ shed for us, the egg representing both Christ's tomb and life, and the breaking of eggs on Vaskrs symbolizing shattering the gates of Hades.
With the Blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, on April 17, 2017, priests from the Cleveland Deanery gathered at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio to joyfully concelebrate the Paschal Divine Liturgy of Bright Monday. This event was the culmination of the fellowship established during the period of Great Lent, where priests gathered many times throughout the week as part of their Lenten growth and discipline.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister and President electus of the Republic of Serbia on 17 April 2017 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Mr. Nikola Selakovic.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic congratulated the most joyous Christian Feast of feasts, the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church and expressed his gratitude for the warm and friendly reception during which they discussed various aspects of the life of people in Serbia and some topics of general interest.