The feast-day of the Serbian capital, Belgrade - the Ascension of the Lord was solemnly celebrated also this year. A joyful celebration of the feast day began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy, which was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, in the church of the Ascension of the Lord, with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops: Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, Irinej of Australia-New Zealand, and Atanasije of Hvosno, as well as lots of clergy.
The Spirit of the Edict is still with us!
Come, o people, and see the works of God
Who works wonders on the earth!
Behold, the year of the Lord's goodness which has given us a rare and true celebration: it has been given us to celebrate 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom and power was given to the Christian faith. This is truly a special year and a special jubilee! For the holy Emperor Constantine was no ordinary Roman emperor, like the others. For his victory was not a victory like others. For his Edict was no ordinary royal decree by which someone, through royal power, is forced to obey authority. On the contrary: it was all special and blessed, it was all so significant and great that we today celebrate the light which shone forth with the Edict of Milan in 313 and with the great deed of the glorious Constantine. Even though the entire Christian world is celebrating, we Orthodox Christians, particularly the faithful people of our holy local Church, are celebrating it with greater joy, for we are honoring the convener of the First Ecumenical Council, our fellow countryman, a man who was raised by our rivers and our valleys, warmed by our sun and fed by our lands. Thus we say to all Orthodox Christians, as well as to all Christians and to our friends from other faiths who grasp the significance of the Edict of Milan: may this spiritual joy and celebration multiply!
Bishop Teodosije with professors and students of the second year of the Seminary visiting Russia
With the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia a group of students and teachers from the Serbian Prizren Theological Seminary in Kosovo and Metohija has been visiting Moscow since June 4. The group is headed by Bishop Theodosije of Raska-Prizren, the rector of the seminary and a member of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Serbian guests have come to venerate Relics of the Russian Church and to familiarize themselves with Russian culture and history. Their visit has been organized by the Russian Orthodox Church within the framework of the aid program for the Serbian Church on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija.
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.