His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch, celebrated on the 13th of January2016 thanksgiving service for the last year and the service of supplications for the forthcoming New Year marked according to the Julian Calendar in the Cathedral of Saint Sava in the district of Vracar.
After the service of supplication a traditional fireworks was organized on the Saint Sava plateau.
On the feast-day of the Nativity of Christ His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan celebrated in the Stauropegial monastery of Saint John Chrysostom in Nizepolje, Bitola.
His Grace Bishop of Polog-Kumanovo and Locum Tenens of Debar-Kicevo Joakim celebrated the Holy Liturgy in Kumanovo, while His Grace Bishop of Bregalnica and Locum Tenens of Bitola Marko officiated in Stip. It was in Skopje that His Grace Bishop of Stobi and Locum Tenens of Strumica David celeb rated the festal Divine Liturgy. Christmas liturgies were performed aso in other churches of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid as well.
The feast of the Nativity of the Christ Child was solemnly celebrated at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Milton.
On eve of the feast, Badnje Vece, the church was filled with the faithful people who came from all over south Ontario that in joy they begin the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The feast of the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior was festively celebrated in Buenos Aires. Bishop Kirilo of Buenos Aires, Vicar to the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South and Central America, served the Holy Hierchichal Divine Liturgy at the Naitivy of the Most Holy Theotokos Cathedral.
Concelebrating were Fr. Stefan Jovanovic, Hieromonk Serafin Rakanovic and Protodeacon Nikola Radis.
Marking January 9th – National Day of the Republic of Srpska and its Patron Saint-day, Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen, began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka officiated by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch.
Their Graces Bishops Jefrem of Banjaluka, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac and Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina cocelebrated. The Liturgy was attended by President of Republic of Srpska Mr. Milorad Dodik, Prime Minsuer of the Republic of Srpska Mrs Zeljka Cvijanovic with her ministers, Crown Prince Aleksandar and Princess Katarina Karadjordjevic, ministers in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the political and public life anda great number of the faitful.
- photo gallery (photo: Strahinja Kragulj)