Patronal Feast of the City of Belgrade
photo gallery – Deacon Dragan Tanasijević).
Holy Liturgy was presided over by His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishop Irinej of Eastern America and Antonije, Vicar Bishop of Moravice. The Bishop Irinej pointed out in his sermon that the Feast of the Ascension was the feast connecting heaven and earth.
Prayers for health and salvation of the inhabitants of the capital city were offered during the procession at the Terazije Square (centre of the city), then at the Cathedral of Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and in the churchyard of the Ascension church, where the Patriarch held a homily on the feast of the Ascension and the newly radiating saint Mardarije of Libertyville.
For the first time, the relics of St. Despot Stefan were being carried during the procession. A large number of children for the first time this year joined the Ascension procession being organized under the auspices of the Society the Holy Serbia. The procession was also attended by members of the Church and the children folklore ensemble “Branko” from Nis.
Source: Information Service of the Serbian Patriarchate