In the full hall of the Croatian House in Vukovar, the central Diocesan Saint Sava Academy was held on 25 January 2015.
Beside the competent Bishop, His Grace Lukijan, monks and priests, the Academy was attended by many high guests from the social and cultural life of the Serbs of the Diocese of Osek-Polje and Baranja as well as by Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Vukovar Mr. Zivorad Simic. After the intonation of the Anthem of Saint Sava, His Grace Bishop Lukijan opened the program with a welcome speech.
With the blessing of God, the church and the parish of Saint Sava in the capital of Germany, on the feast day of the First Archbishop of Serbia, were honored with a great spiritual celebration.
For the first time as a competent Bishop, His Grace Bishop Sergije of Middle Europe, on the occasion of the Patron Saint-day of the church, visited this church of Saint Sava in downtown Berlin. The celebration began with a vesper service on the Eve of the feast day celebrated by Bishop Sergije and Berlin’s parish priests. On the feast day of Saint Sava, Bishop Sergije officiated the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop John (Haikala) of Palmyra (Antiochian Patriarchate) and nine Orthodox priests from Berlin: archimandrite Emanuel Sfiatkos (Ecumenical Patriarchate), archpriest Andrey Sikoyev and archpriest Alexy (Russian Orthodox Church Abroad), protosincellos Climent Londroman (Romanian Patriarchate), archpriest Ljubomir Leontinov and archpriest Julian (Bulgarian Patriarchate), protopresbyter-stavrophor Dragan Sekulic, archpriest Veljko Gacic and presbyter Radomir Kolundzic.
Celebrations of the feast of Saint Sava, the First Archbishop of Serbia, were performed solemnly in the capital, throughout the country and the world, wherever Serbian people live.
Belgrade - In the presence of lots of faithful, the church of Saint Sava in the Vracar district celebrated the Patron Saint-day with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy officiated by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, while many priests concelebrated and the choir Mokranjac chanted .
Following up Patriarch Irinej and President Nikolic, the attendees were addressed by Professor Dr. Miodrag Popovic, deputy dean of the University of Belgrade, guests from the Faculties of Theology in Ljubljana and Zagreb, as well as by Professor Dr. Darko Djogo, dean of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Foca. Protopresbyter-stavrophor Professor Dr. Dragomir Sando held a lecture on the theme “Saint Sava’s Legacy and Education”.
The central program on the occasion of the marking of the 73rd anniversary of the Novi Sad Raid was held at the Quai of the Raid Victims at noon, on Friday, 23rd January, 2015.
Representatives of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Serbian Armed Forces, the city of Novi Sad, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Jewish Community in Novi Sad, ambassadors of Israel and Hungary in Serbia, as well as lots of people gathered at the monument of the Families; by this act they wanted to show that the terrible event from January 1942 has was not forgotten and that our duty was to remember innocently killed victims.
Saint Sava, First Archbishop of Serbia, in the world Rostislav (Rastko), was a son of the Serbian king Stephen Nemanya and Anna, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Romanus. From his early years he fervently attended church services and had a special love for icons.
At seventeen years of age, Rostislav met a monk from Mount Athos, secretly left his father’s house and set off for the St Panteleimon monastery. (By divine Providence in 1169, the year of the saint’s birth, the ancient monastery of the Great Martyr and healer Panteleimon was given to Russian monks.)