XXIII International Congress of Byzantine Studies opened on August 22, 2011, in Sofia. It is held once in every five years in various countries which have their own tradition of Byzantine studies. It is already for the second time that the congress is held in the Bulgarian capital. It hosted the 4th congress in 1934. The official opening of the forum took place in the afternoon in the University of Sofia. In the evening, a reception was held at the State Museum of History on the occasion of the opening of the congress. Present at the reception was Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
Last night at the ULUS gallery, at 37 Knez Mihajlova str., an exhibition of icons of Msc Todor Mitrovic was opened, docent on the subject Iconography at Higher school - Academy of the Serbian Orthodox Church for arts and conservation. The exhibition is an integral, practical part of a doctoral art project at the Belgrade's Faculty of Fine Arts, on the subject Icon -between print, pictures and letters.
She was a daughter of the Orthodox Albanian prince Gjergj Arianit Komneni, sister-in-law of George Kastrioti Skanderbeg and a wife of Serbian despot Stefan Brankovic, son of George. With her husband she shared the full bitterness of his life, not only in Serbia but also, in exile in Albania and Italy. Their sons Maksim and Jovan she educated in a Christian spirit. When her husband died, she became a nun and devoted herself to prayers and works of mercy, repairing and building churches and monasteries. The people calls her "Mother Angelina". Her wonderworking relics rest along with the relics of her righteous husband Stefan and devoted sons Maksim and Jovan in the monastery of Krusedol. Saint mother Angelina died in the beginning of XVI century.
The 20th Annual Serb Fest at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, an annual celebration of Serbian culture, music and cuisine established in 1991, closed on Sunday night after having drawn record crowds over the four-day festival.
Over 50,000 visitors attended this year's Serb Fest which lasted from Thursday to Sunday, with hundreds of people even braving the Sunday afternoon rain showers to enjoy good music, food and fellowship before the event closed.
A course on icon-painting has been opened in the church of All Saints in Pattaya, Thailand. Among those who are interested in painting icons are Thai and Lao people. The teacher of the course, Roman Bychkov, gives special attention to the locals who show artistic abilities, the official website of the Orthodox Church in Thailand has reported.
The Russian Parish of All Saints in Pattaya was established in 2008. In December 2009, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk (now metropolitan), head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, performed the Great Consecration of the church. The parish is served by Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), rector of St. Nicholas’s in Bangkok, and Rev. Daniel Vann.
Researchers attribute the unique climate of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as a leading factor in the preservation of a treasure trove of Russian icons and liturgical objects recently found in St Catherine’s Monastery. The discovery of around 100 Russian icons and decorative objects dating from the 16th to 19th century at the Unesco World Heritage Site was reported in Russia last month. Almost all of the works were unknown to scholars, according to Natalia Komashko, a research project manager at Moscow’s Andrei Rublev Museum of Early Russian Art and Culture.
St Catherine’s Monastery is famous for its library, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of ancient manuscripts and codices, as well as for its sizable collection of sixth-century icons that survived the wave of Byzantine iconoclasm that destroyed most at that time.