Prayerful remembrance on victims in the pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija in March 2004

Memory of the pogrom, which started on March 17, 2004, when Serbian enclaves were ethnically cleansed during the three-day attacks by Albanian extremists. Then thousands of Serbian families were expelled,19 people killed, 35 Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries and over 800 Serbian homes destroyed and burned , today it was prayerfully marked in all the temples of our Holy Church in the Fatherland and abroad.

The Prayerful memory of the victims began with the Holy The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, which was served in the Belgrade Cathedral by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, with concelebration of His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno and the priesthood of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.

After the liturgy, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served the memorial service to the death and with a moving sermon he reminded of the days of suffering of the Serbian people and the Church in Kosovo and Metohija.

The Holy Liturgy and the memorial service in the Cathedral was attended by prof. Dr Bogoljub Sijakovic, Minister of Religion of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Mladjan Djordjevic, Advisor to the President of the Republic, Mr. Oliver Ivanovic, State Secretary in the Ministry for Kosovo and Metohia, and Mr. Dejan Radenkovic, deputy and vice president of the Committee on Kosovo and Metohia.

About the pogrom and suffering of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohia you can read here: