Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia

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.

20th Аnnual Serb Fest draws record crowds

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.

An Orthodox icon-painting course launched in Pattaya, Thailand

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.

Russian icons discovered in Egypt

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.

Collection of icons of Sekulic opened for public

Collection of icons of Sekulic opened for public

One of the museums within the Museums of the City of Belgrade, the Sekulic collection of icons, which is located in Uzun Mirkov 5, for the first time is opened for public. The collection of icons Sekulic can be seen every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 to 16, the ticket price is 100 dinars, and for special categories is only 50 dinars.

In the house of Pave and Milan Sekulic, which these passionate collectors, along with the collection of icons, paintings and works of applied art, gave as a gift to the city of Belgrade in 1970 in authentic interior there is the biggest collection of icons in Serbia.

150 years of Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad

150 years of Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad

Our oldest professional theatre, the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, (then within Austria - and from 1867 Austro-Hungary) was founded on yesterday's date one and a half century ago and with the mission to awake national consciousness and to strengthen cultural identity. In the turbulent history many things happened and it survived hard days and glorious moments. Visit of the theatre group of Jovan Knezevic in 1860 encouraged Jovan Knezevic in 1860 to to write many texts in Novi Sad's "Serbian diary" on need to found the Serbian National Theatre.

Two Da Vinci's paintings depicting Virgin Mary to be reunited

Two Da Vinci's paintings depicting Virgin Mary to be reunited

Two museums in London and Paris informed that they organize an exhibition  that will showcase together side by side two versions of the Leonardo Da Vinci's work "Virgin Of The Rocks" which these two museums own. "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and John the Baptist", which hangs at the London's National Gallery, dates from between 1483 and 1486, while  its counterpart at the Louvre, known as "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne" was created 25 years earlier.