His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, with the blessing of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Locum Tenens of the throne of the Serbian patriarchs, blessed the beginning of the traditional Christmas gatherings organized by the Russian Hall in Belgrade and the Podvorye of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has been commencing for 15 years on Christmas Eve and lasting until the end of January.
Today at the Patriarchal court in Belgrade, on behalf of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Locum Tenens of the throne of the Patriarchs of Serbia, presented the Order of St. Sava II Class to the academician Matija Beckovic. This highest distinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church was assigned to him for his proven love for Mother Church.
The Serbian Orthodox Church
to her spiritual children
at Christmas, 2009
By the Grace of God
Orthodox Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coastlands, Locum Tenens of the throne of the Serbian Patriarchs, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Christmas greeting:
Peace from God! Christ is Born!
Again this year, our dear spiritual children, here we are before the cradle of the Divine Child Jesus Christ. The immense mystery beyond comprehension of the birth of God the Logos took place in a lowly cave in Bethlehem, which from that moment, once and for all time, became the center of the world – the center of God’s glory and a source of comfort to all those who have sought after God throughout human history.
On Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:00am, at the Patriarchate court in Belgrade, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, will read the Nativity Epistle for the media.
The publication "World Heritage of Serbia," recommended Serbia in the world as a particularly attractive cultural area, said Minister Nebojsa Bradic. UNESCO recognized the publication as the authentic contribution to the world cultural heritage.
Minister of Culture Nebojsa Bradic said that with the publication of "World Heritage of Serbia," Serbia is recommended worldwide as a particularly attractive cultural area.
In the publication, which will be presented on Monday to the public at the Atrium of the National Museum in Belgrade, the Serbian herigate is represented that the experts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized as the authentic contribution to the world cultural heritage.
Several days before Christmas, feast that is called the feast of Peace and good will toward men, we were unpleasantly surprised and disturbed by the news about foundation of the Association of Citizens "Croatian Orthodox Organisation" in Ogulin.
At first glance, while searching the web site of this Association, we noticed the misuse of the photograph of the Serbian Orthodox monastery Gomirje. Namely, monastery Gomirje was founded in 1600 by the monks who came from monastery Krka. Since then, this monastery has been a spiritual centre of Orthodox Serbs from the region of Gorski Kotar.