Church of Serbia
The feast day of the Meeting of the Lord 2015 was solemnly celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church at Preradovic Square in Zagreb.
Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Eucharistic gathering with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Fotije of Dalmatia, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac and Jovan of Slavonia. This year’s celebration of the Meeting of the Lord and the national Statehood Day of Serbia was marked by the visit of the Prime Minister of Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic.
The hierarchs welcomed the Prime Minister in front of the Cathedral church in the presence of the clergy, a great number of believers of of Zagreb, pupils and teachers of the Serbian Orthodox Grammar School and many teams of journalists.
Metropolitan Porfirije and Prime Minister Vucic addressed the congregation.
Unfortunately, before the Liturgy, Bishop Gerasim was informed about the break-in to the Cathedral church of Saint Nicholas in Karlovac, during the night between February 14 and 15, 2015, and that provoked Metropolitan Porfirije to add in his address that the joy was spoiled by one unfortunate event in Karlovac, when the Cathedral church had been desecrated.
After the Liturgy a thirty-minute reception was arranged for the Serbian Prime Minister with hierarchs and dignitaries at the premises of the Metropolitanate in Zagreb. Following the reception, Prime Minister Vucic and Metropolitan Porfirije attended the ceremony of inauguration of the new President of the Republic of Croatia Mrs. Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic.