Church of Serbia – 17/3/21
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch arrived at the Pec Patriarchate, an ancient seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the afternoon on 14 March 2021(photo gallery).
His Holiness Patriarch was welcomed by abbess Haritina with the sisterhood and the clergy. After the doxology, Patriarch Porfirije venerated a miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Pec and holy relics of his predecessor’s archbishops and Serbian patriarchs.
During the first three days of the Great Lent, which are spent in prayer and with abstinence from any food and drink, His Holiness Patriarch will spend in his stauropegic laura.
The first three days of Great Lent
The first three days of Great Lent according to the centuries-old typikon of the Holy Church, are characterized by abstinence from any food and drink. So, during those three days, the Orthodox faithful do not eat or drink anything.
In modern times, clergy and parish priests with the greatest care determine the way of fasting for believers, i.e. each individual in accordance with his spiritual, psychophysical, health, professional and other possibilities, and especially approach the faithful during the first three days when this strictest type of fasting is practised.
Monastery or a church that is under the direct jurisdiction of the patriarch, regardless of the diocese (church area) in which it is located.