Statement by DECR Communication Service on the desecration of an Orthodox church at the Kosovo village of Samodreza8. August 2011 - 11:51
The church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist at the Kosovo village of Samodreza was built at a place where, according to tradition, the warriors of the Holy Prince Lazar took communion before the Battle of Kosovo and where participants in that historic battle were buried. The church was held in reverence by the Orthodox people in Kosovo.
The forced exodus of Serbs during the Yugoslavian crisis has led to the desolation of the holy shrine. In 1998, local people hostile to the Orthodox faith broke the roof of the church and in the following year the church was ravaged and set on fire from within. After the last group of Serbs left Samodreza in 1999, the concrete fence surrounding the church was destroyed and the church was filled with rubbish and excrement. The church building was considerably damaged in the course of anti-Serbian pogroms in March 2004.
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church again consecrated the orthodox church in Bucharest, in the municipality of Colentina, devoted to St. Dimitry the Great Martyr. This event happened after the restoration of the church, both inside and outside, which had lasted for 12 years. Then Patriarch along with priests and deacons served the Holy Liturgy in the presence of thousands of believers.
The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing for a reform of its liturgical language, and a draft document on the role of Church Slavonic in modern church life has been circulated among dioceses and is available for discussion on the internet.
"Church Slavonic is a very important means to keep unity and traditions inside the Church. But on the other hand, understanding of liturgical texts written in Church Slavonic may be simplified," a senior Church official, Archimandrite Kirill, said on Monday.
His Holiness Patriarch Kyrril of Moscow and All Russia came on July 26, 2011 in an official visit to Ukraine. On Tuesday afternoon the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with the President of Ukraine Mr. V. F. Yanukovich in the presidential summer residence in Crimea. In the evening His Holiness arrive in Kiev.
On the initiative of the students of the Georgian Technical University, six construction teams which consist of the students this summer will participate in a restoration of ancient monasteries of the Georgian Church: Lasuriashi,Lasuriashi, Tsageri, Abastumani, Tetritskaro and Manglisi. The sponsor is the Georgian State University.
The Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church canonized Catholicos Patriarch Anthony II of Georgia. The date of his prayerful remembrance will be December 21 (January 3 according to Julian Calendar). Patriarch Anthony (Bagrationi 1762-1827) finished the Seminary in Tbilisi where he also became a monk 1782. In the presence of the Russian empress Catherine II, in 1784 in Tsarskoye Selo he was chirotonized as the Bishop of Ninotsmindski and in 1788 after the death of Catholicos-Patriarch Anthony I of All Georgia, he was elected as the new Patriarch when he was 25. He was buried in the Annunciation Church in Nizhny Novgorod. (