In the Orthodox Church it is customary, on the day following the Great Feasts of the Lord and the Mother of God, to remember those saints who participated directly in the sacred event. So, on the day following the Theophany of the Lord, the Church honors the one who participated directly in the Baptism of Christ, placing his own hand upon the head of the Savior.
As in previous years, Kolo Serbian Sisters "Kosovka Devojka" has celebrated Serbian New Year's Eve on the 13th January in the "Bishop Nikolay" hall. The evening started with Vespers in our Church.
Our guests were noble firemen from South Wales of the "Blazing to Serbia" group. They are great friends of Serbian people, who for the past 10 years have taken to Serbia a number of fire engines as well as equipment for our firemen. They also helped many other needy people. Here, in our community they are not well known, so this visit was a good opportunity to introduce these valiant golden hearted and generous "knights" who have done so much for our people for so many years.
Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by the St John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of a dove. From ancient times this Feast was called the Day of Illumination and the Feast of Lights, since God is Light and has appeared to illumine "those who sat in darkness," and "in the region of the shadow of death" (Mt.4:16), and to save the fallen race of mankind by grace.
The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2016
By the Grace of God
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Christmas greeting:
Peace from God! Christ is Born!