One of central events which marks seventeen centuries since the official recognition of the Christianity is the exposition “Constantine the Great and the Edic of Milan 313. The birth of Christianity in Roman provinces in the territory of Serbia”, which was opened on July 2nd at the National Museum in Belgrade. More than 180 artifacts are on display, produced since the second century A.D.
With the blessing of Patriarch Irinej, on June 20th, the 9th Pentecost Festival began. It lasted until June 25th.
This traditional manifestation was organized by the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovci and the Ruzica and Saint Petka churches, along with the dean protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr Radomir Popovic and the cooperation of the brotherhoods of these churches and with the effort of protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr Dragomir Sando, professor of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology.
Bishop Luka of Western Europe and Jean-Claude Larchet opened the exhibition of works of the students of the Academy of Arts of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Luxembourg.
With the blessing of Bishop Luka of Western Europe, an exhibition of the works of the students of the Academy for Arts and Conservation in Belgrade, copies of earlier Christian artifacts, was opened in the Center Convict in Luxembourg on 9 June 2013.
New permanent exhibition of the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church opened to public
The Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church was solemnly opened on Friday, 31 May 2013 during the meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops.
Among attendees there were President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, Minister of Culture Mr. Bratislav Petkovic, all bishops, priests, representatives of other Christian confessions and religions, some ambassadors of foreign countries and eminent people from public and cultural institutions.
With the blessings of His Holiness Irinej, the Fourth Paschal Concert was held at the House of Russian Culture in Belgrade on 23 May 2013.
Their Graces Bishops Milutin of Valjevo, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and Irinej of Australia-New Zealand also attended the concert.
Opera spectacle in open, the masterpiece of the famous Italian Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” was performed in the evening on 21 May 2013 in Viminacium under the starry sky in a restored Roman amphitheater in attendance of 2200 visitors.
The musical and theatrical spectacle, as a part of the state program of marking 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan, was solemnly opened by Ambassador of Italy in Serbia Armando Varricchio as the host of the evening. The Embassy of Italy donated the performance of “Aida” at Viminacium to the state project of marking the Edit of Milan. Mr. Varricchio welcomed President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic, officials and diplomats, and thanked for the opportunity that his country participated in the celebration of the Edict of Milan.