The contribution of the Serbian Armed Forces to the celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan
On Monday, 16th after Pentecost, when the Church celebrates the commemoration of Saint King Stephen the First-Crowned - Simon the monk, at the army barrack "Prince Mihajlo" in Nis, the chapel was consecrated, which is built in honour of this saint. The consecration was performed by His Grace Bishop Porfirije of Jegar with the concelebration of two military priests from the General staff of the Serbian Armed Forces and the clergy of Nis. Commander of the 3rd Land Force brigade General Zelimir Glisovic with officers and soldiers attended the service.
Eight primates of the Local Orthodox Churches led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Russian Patriarch Kirill and Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated this morning Podgorica's Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ.
Besides three Patriarchs the church was consecrated also by Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus, Ieronimos of Athens, Anastasios of Albania, Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland, as well as Locum Tenens of Metropolitan's throne of Czech lands and Slovakia Archbishop Symeon of Olomouc and Brno.
The Cathedral Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica is a place of forgiveness and reconciliation and in this way the best contribution of Montenegro to the celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan, from which the principle of religious freedom was derived and proclaimed around the world, as it was emphasized at the spiritual academy in Podgorica last night.
The spiritual academy was attended by primates of the Orthodox Churches led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, church dignitaries, representatives of other Christian Churches and traditional religious communities and members of the Honorary Board of celebration led by President of Montenegro Mr. Filip Vujanovic. His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral pointed out in solemn speech that the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ, which construction had begun two decades ago, represented a call for forgiveness and reconciliation in Montenegro.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Podgorica by special plane from Nis to the celebration of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan and the consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and other members of the Patriarch's delegation came to Podgorica along with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
More than 5000 people gathered last nigh in Nis where, with lighted candles in their hands, formed a giant glowing cross within the action "I am also part of the cross", which is organized as the part of the commemoration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan.
The people gathered in front of the church of Sts. Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen, on the corner of Nemanjic blvd. and Sremska street. The Serbian Orthodox Church and the Municipality of Mediana of the City of Nis organized this gathering.
While delivering the toast to patriarchs and high dignitaries of Christian Churches, said that in Kosovo and Metohija the time was returned in the period before the Edict of Milan, which granted the freedom of faith to Christians, and that Orthodox Christianity survived days of an ordeal.
Nikolic, in his address to guests of the central celebration of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan, pointed out that with this document the system of values was established, which since its adoption until the end of the world applies to every Christian,and also to every man being regardless of religion, because there is nothing more sublime than accepting diversity, philosophy of tolerance, and understanding that the human communities can live in prosperity only if they accept and respect each other.