Even though Christmas in the Western world is over, for now, the Orthodox world is still celebrating. On Monday, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia attended the Holy Liturgy in the crypt of St. Sava Temple.
In his Christmas congratulations Crown Prince Alexander said:
“On the occasion of the great feast of Christ’s birth, I send my warmest congratulations to all citizens of Serbia and Republika Srpska, wishing them to spend Christmas in peace and love, surrounded by good will. This year, too, we celebrate the birth of the Son of God with joy, faith, hope and love. The spirit of goodwill, peace and care for our loved ones, which fills this season, gives us hope that the infinite light of the Almighty will guide our lives, and remind us to strive for humaneness and togetherness, following the path of the God’s law. My family and I wish you to spend this great Holy Holiday, the day of joy for all Christians, in peace and joy. Peace on Earth, Christ is born!”
After the Christmas liturgy, Crown Princess Katherine attended and served lunch for the children at a local children’s home and delivered Christmas gifts to the children. On Sunday, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia celebrated this year’s Orthodox Christmas at the Royal Palace in Dedinje. Crown Prince Alexander held a traditional Christmas log burning ceremony in front of the Royal Palace.
The Serbian royal couple has, for many years, been working to improve the situation of people who have a difficult time. In 1993, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine founded the Lifeline Humanitarian Organisation which currently has offices in Chicago, New York, Toronto, London and Athens. This organisation, together with the HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation, works to collect money for medical equipment that has been delivered to numerous hospitals in Serbia.
If you want to read more about the HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and the Lifeline Humanitarian Organisation, you can do so here.