His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served last night at 11,30 pm an act of thanksgiving at the beginning of New Year in the Memorial Cathedral of St. Sava on Vracar in a presence of many pious people who fulfilled the Cathedral and the Vracar plateau. The traditional fireworks marked the beginning of New Year 2011.
"St. Sava's Little Bell" (Svetosavsko zvonce) with a play "Nativity Star" was a special guest at traditional Christmas receptions at the White Palace, which are organized by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander Karageorgevich and Crown Princess Katherine for children without parental care, children with special needs, Roma children, refugee and internally displaced children.
One cannot but be humbled by the dedication and service of the many volounteers who give selflessly of their time to the God-given task of building St. Sava College. The building industry in Sydney has been in turmoil over the past several months because of bad weather, but a group of dedicated Serbian carpenters is hopeful that they will soon complete the installation of roof beams and braces enabling the tiling of the College roof.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the feast day of Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God in Belgrade in the St. Sava church.
Central Christmas celebration in Kosovo and Metohija was held in Prizren, the seat of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren. The Christmas Liturgy in a restored Cathedral church of St. George was served by Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren with the concelebration of twelve priests. Today's solemn church service was attended by vice president of Serbian Government Bozidar Djelic and about 150 believers from Prizren suburbs.