His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia spent the first day of Pascha in the company of the homeless. On May 2, 2021, the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church went to the “people’s kitchen” of the SOC, which prepares charity dinners for those in need. At the table, two dozen regular visitors were waiting for him, most of whom live without a roof over their heads.
“God loves us. And today God has shown infinite love for the entire human race… There is no excuse for despondency, nor for any rejection of life, we all have periods of ups and downs. And this day shows that we not only have preserved hope, but also that we are full of enthusiasm and confidence that we can be joyful people. Let joy be our goal,” Patriarch Porfirije said to those present.
His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije spoke with the homeless about their life, asked them how they ended up on the street, and how the Church can help them get “a room and a bathroom.”
“Next time we will meet and we will sing Serbian folk songs, and maybe foreign ones,” said Patriarch Porfirije.
A volunteer of the “people’s kitchen”, Dragica Atanaskovic, told Tanjug, that 900 meals were distributed at five places on Pascha. Among their recipients, 150 people live constantly on the street, and they are a priority in providing charitable meals. In total, the kitchen serves around 2,000 meals daily.
After talking with the homeless, the Primate of the SOC went to the Tirshova clinic in Belgrade to give gifts to sick children.