Largest procession in history of Belgrade held with relics of St. Nikolai (Velimirović)

Belgrade, May 26, 2023

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More than 100,000 Orthodox faithful came out for the annual procession on the feast of the Ascension in Belgrade yesterday.

According to the Serbian Orthodox Church, this is the largest procession in the history of the capital city.

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The feast of the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated as the patronal feast of the city of Belgrade, and this year the celebration was augmented with the relics of St. Nikolai (Velimirović), the great 20th-century theologian and Holy Hierarch, which were brought from Lelić, 60 miles southwest of Belgrade, especially for the occasion.

This year’s procession, led by His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije and a host of hierarchs, was also held in memory of the victims of the two shootings in Serbia earlier this month, who were prayerfully commemorated.

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“During the touching moments of prayer, it started to rain, showing that both nature and all of God’s creation share in the pain of the suffering parents and the whole of Serbia,” reads the Church report.

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