Annunciation of the Mother of God in Celije Monastery
In monastery Celije on April 7, 2011 formally and in a great spiritual joy was celebrated the feast day of the Annunciation of the Mother of God. Each year in a Holy family of Celije a great number of Orthodox believers is gathered from our local Church and from other Orthodox sisterly Churches. Therefore this year also in the Liturgical celebration of this beautiful holiday lots of believers participated, not just from nearby Valjevo but also from Podgorica, Belgrade, Zemun, Sid, Trebinje and other places around Serbia and other Serbian lands. The great joy for all the attendees was a presence of believers and priests from Slovakia.
The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was led by retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina with the concelebration of Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, Bishop Jovan of Dioclea, Heugomen of the Dajbabe monastery Fr Luka, hieromonk Dositej of Hilandar monastery, Fr Peter Soroka from Slovakia, protopresbyter-staurophor Mirko Vilotic, retired parish priest from Valjevo protopresbyter-staurophor Ljubisav Adzic, presbyter Mirceta Sljivancanin from Podgorica, deacon Vladislav Golic and hierodeacon Siluana.
Bishop Atanasije (Rakita) of Hvosno addressed the faithful people with his sermon after reading of Holy Gospel.
During the Holy Liturgy also Bishop Milutin of Valjevo, host of the Diocese of Valjevo addressed the people. He gave thanks to brother Bishops, priests, monks and the faithful people for being in this holy church on this great feast day to give prayers together in a spirit of Christian love to Lord Jesus Christ, pointing out that today is the most important the mutual love and forgiveness and that faith does not mean much if we do not have love.
During the day Bishop Atanasije Rakita of Hvosno visited the church of Resurrection of Christ in Valjevo.
Source: Diocese of Valjevo