Serbian Orthodox Church
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served today a memoral service for the suffered 16 years ago in the croatian military operation Storm. The memorial service in Belgrade's church of St. Mark was prayerfully attended by President of Serbia Mr. Boris Tadic, representatives of the Serbian Government, members of families of the suffered as well as more than hundred displaced from their centuries-old homes.
Bishop Jovan Puric was born on May 24/June 6 1965 in Mijace, near Valjevo, by father Radosav and mother Zora, at the baptism got the name Mladen. Since his childhood his pious parents thought him about piety and the church life, and while he was growing up within the monastery of Pustinje and Celije near Valjevo, he was received and accepted a spirit of ardor for the Lord from avva Justin and other clergymen who then with live word and with God-pleasing life influenced souls that longed for God in a hard time for the Church, and especially for the Shepherds. On the beginning of the eighties of XX century the Providence of God sent him to the spiritual father Lazar (Adzic), who would later succeed to the throne of Heugomens of Ostrog. He visited the Holy Land, Mount Athos and Greece.
On Tuesday, August 2 2011, the Church of God in a village of Cvetojevac near Kragujevac celebrated its church's Patron Saint's Day St. Prophet Elijah with the Divine Liturgy which was served by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija with the concelebration of priests of the Diocese of Sumadija.
Given that with an effort of protonamesnik Bojan Dimitrijevic and presbyter Vladimir Cirovic, who serve for the parish of Cvetojevac-jovanovac, the church has been completely renovated, Bishop Jovan firstly did small consecration of the church.
Kolut - On the feast day of St. Prophet Elijah, in the village of Kolut near Sombor, His Grace Bishop Dr Porfirije of Jegar consecrated the land where a church of St. Prophet Elijah. After the act of consecration, Bishop Porfirije cut the slava cake and held a nice sermon.
Many priests, choirs of St. George's church in Sombor Sts. Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen and the Child Choir, as well as a great number of faithful people from Kolut and nearby places.
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren called today on the barricades in Rudar the Serbian people to patience, peace and dignity, stating that it was a weapon against which the strongest powers cannot do anything.
"We must save dignity, patience and peace, because against that weapon the strongest powers cannot do anything. It is the weapon of the church, and people is part of the church", the Bishop said before several hundreds of Serbs who also today gathered at the barricades in a town of Rudare. The Bishop estimated that " the strongest weapon of the Serbian people is faith and hope that all will be solved in the best day.
A parish priest in Zubin Potok, protopresbyter Milan Kevkic with priests and monks has been for days on barricades in a village of Zupce. He says that they are present there becuase the Church in Kosovo and Metohija shares faith of its people. Yesterday they also held a prayer on the barricades. - We pray that God give all love and peace. This prayer is also for the KFOR soldiers, as a call that all this situation finishes in a pious way - protopresbyter says.