Memorial service for the suffered of the pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija served at SOC Representation in Moscow
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, in all churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church memorial services for the suffered of the pogrom of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, which was committed between March 17 and 19, 2004. In the church of Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles in Yauza, at the Serbian Orthodox Church Representation in Moscow, the Liturgy and the memorial service on March 17, 2012 was served by vicar Bishop Antonije of Moravica, representative of Serbian Patriarch at the Moscow Patriarchate. He was concelebrated by archpriest Nikolai Balashov, vice president of the Department for external church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and archpriest Aleksey Juschenko, representative of the Orthodox Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia at the Moscow Patriarchate, along with the clergy of the Representation.
The Liturgy was attended by Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic, Serbian Ambassador in the Russian Federation Jelica Kurjak, as well as members of the delegation, which accompanied Minister Jeremic, as well as representatives of the Serbian diaspora in the Russian capital.
In his sermon, Bishop Antonije of Moravica deeply thanked the Russian Orthodox Church and His Holiness Patriarch Kirril of Moscow and All Russia for all the aid that they have been sending to the Serbian people in these hard historical times.
The representative of the Serbian Church also reminded of the help of the Russian state in the reconstruction of the destroyed Serbian sanctities in Kosovo. For the restoration within the project which is led by the UNESCO Russia donated two million dollars. The Bishop also pointed out the significance of the contract signed by ministers of Foreign Affairs of Serbian and Russia regarding the Russian participation in the regulation of the interior of the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in Belgrade.
Source: Pravoslavie.ru, Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral