His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch awarded His Excellency Viktor Nedopas, Ambassador of Ukraine to Serbia, the Order of Holy Emperor Constantine at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade today on 13 November 2013 .
The high dinstinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been presented to Ambassador Nedopas on the occasion of the marking the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, and as a sign of gratitude for his personal contribution to strenghtening relations between the Serbian Orthodox Church and Ukraine.
The Diocese of Zvornik-Tuzla solemnly celebrated 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan in Skelani near Drina
The central celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan in the Diocese of Zvornik-Tuzla was held in Skelani. Their Graces Bishops Lavrentije of Sabac, Jovan of Sumadija and Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of priests and monks from many dioceses of our Church *(Zvornik-Tuzla, Budimlje-Niksic, Sumadija...). The choir Srbadija from Bijeljina sang responses.
In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.
On Saturday, 11 October 2013 the Pan-Orthodox Holy Hiearchal Liturgy in Trier, Germany, on the occasion of the 1700 years of issuing of the Edict of Tolerance in 313 by Constantine the Great, who had his seat in this town during one whole decade.
In this Pan-Orthodox gathering Orthodox Bishops, members of the Conference of the Orthodox Bishops of Germany and other Bishops from other countries, participated. Metropolitan of Germany and Exarch for Central Europe His Eminence Augustin, who is also the president of the Episcopal Conference, officiated the Divine Liturgy in the Basilica of Saint Constantine. Great number of priests of various nationalities, as well as many believers who came from all parts of Germany, attended this magnificent and unique event.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew concluded the visit to our Local Orthodox Church yesterday. In a last few days His All-Holiness participated in celebrations in Belgrade, Nis and Podgorica on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan.
At the Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla His All-Holiness was sent off by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch and Their Graces Bishops Irinej of Backa, Ignatije of Branicevo, Maxim of Western-America, David of Krusevac, Porfirije of Jegar and Andrej of Remesiana. Dr. Mileta Radojevic, Director of the Office for Cooperation with traditional Churches and religious communities wished His All-Holiness a safe journey and presented a gift to him. Ambassador of the Republic of Greece Konstantinos Ikonomidis was also present during the sent-off at the Belgrade airport.
On the main stage of the National Theatre last night there was a premiere of the opera "In hoc signo" , on the occasion of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan.
The closing manifestation of the state programe of the celebration of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan was the performance of the Opera premiere of Don Marco Frisina's "In hoc signo" on the main stage of the National Theatre in Belgrade. The premiere was attended by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus, His Eminence Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw And All Poland, His Beatitude Archbishop Symeon, the Locum tenens of the Metropolitan's throne of the Orthodox Church of Czech lands and Slovakia, President of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, Ministers Nebojsa Rodic, Zorana Mihajlovic, Sulejman Ugljanin and Sasa Radulovic, as well as representatives of other Local Orthodox Churches, representatives of religious communities and diplomatic corps.