Boban Stojkovic: Christianity in the Land of the Rising Sun (The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Japan. Saint Nikolai Kasatkin and his mission), Diocese of Dalmatia, Sibenik 2010, 157 pages [ISBN 987-86-82555-49-00]
The baptization of all nations on behalf of Father, Son and Holy Spirit , as is widely known,is the New Testament imperative.The mission is an obligation of the Church. However, our time is perhaps мост inert when it comes to missionary work. Simply, as if modern church apostles have become lazy. This state of ministerial activity, because of its importance, requires serious attention and fast response.
Speaking of that, the Nikolai Kasatkin's mission in Japan is, in many ways, paradigmatic. St. Nicholas was preaching Christ to the people whom the Orthodox tradition was completely unknown and therefore he started from the scratch. To a large extent, the situation in which are today's missionaries, whose "target groups" belong either to those few peoples who have never heard of the Gospel of Christ or to those who tore off from the Christian tradition of their ancestors. To both sides, therefore, the Orthodox Christian tradition is known just as much as it was known the Japanese at the time of Nikolai Kasatkin. Hence the study of his work on the baptism of Japan invaluable for finding the most appropriate missionary model and its implementation today.
At the Gallery of the National Museum in Vranje from February 12 until 22, 2012 within the celebration of the Statehood Day of Serbia an exhibition " Sava Tekelija - A great Serbian benefactor" isbeing held.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the embassy of the Republic of Serbia in London, on January 31, 2012, the exhibition of the icons and religious paintings "Saint Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen".
His Grace vicar Bishop Andrej of Remesiana opened on January 30, 2011 at the embassy of the Republic of Serbia in London an exhibition devoted to Holy Emperor Constantine and Empress Helena.
The exhibition is organized by the Christian Cultural Centre and the Radion Slovo Ljubve.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch attended yesterday in the ceremonial hall of the Serbian Academy for Sciences and Arts the presentation of the Serbian Encyclopaedia (Volume I, book 1-2) in the joint publication of the Matica Srpska, SASA and the Institute for School Books and Teaching Aid.
A new application the Orthodox Prayer Book for iPhone and Android has been launched. The aplication is available at AppStore and Android Market (keywords: Orthodox Prayer book) and is free. Both versions are currently available for download and use:
- For Android: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.onair.prayerbook.
- For iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/ru/app//id490601793.
The new application was created by a team of programmers with the support of the portal www.pravoslavie.ru.