ROYAL COUPLE ATTEND BELGRADE “SPASOVDAN” PROCESSION
Belgrade, 24 May 2012 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended today, on the Holy Ascension of Our Lord Day – Spasovdan, the Patron Saint Day of Belgrade, a Liturgy in the Church of the Ascension, and the traditional Spasovdan Procession through the streets of Belgrade.
The Divine Liturgy in the Church of Ascension was served by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and Their Graces Bishop Longin of New Gracanica – Midwestern America, Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Bishop David of Krusevac, Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvostano, and the clergy.
The ceremonial marking of Spasovdan was attended by City of Belgrade officials, Mr. Dragan Djilas, Mayor of Belgrade, Mr. Aleksandar Antic, Chairman of the City Assembly, Mr. Zoran Alimpic, deputy Chairman of the City Assembly, and great number of citizens.
The procession through Belgrade started at the Church of Ascension in Gepratova Street, then to Kneza Milosa Street, Kralja Milana Street, followed by the first prayer for the wellbeing of citizens of Belgrade near the Terazije Fountain. The procession then continued to Knez Mihailova Street, then Pariska Street, to the Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel, where the second prayer for peace and progress was held. After that, the procession went to Kneza Sime Markovica Street, and ended in the front of the Church of Ascension where a church service was held in memory of all fallen heroes of Belgrade.
In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine will attend the reception at the Belgrade City Hall.