St Sava celebrated in the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow
The Patronal Feast of St. Sava the first Serbian Archbishop was commemorated with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Archbishop Christopher of Prague and Slovakia concelebrated with Archimandrite Anthony (Pantelic), Dean of the Representational Church, and other clergy. Attending the liturgy were staff from the Embassy of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, Mr. Nebojsa Jerkovic Ambassador Gordan Milinic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as numerous Serbian and Russian faithful.
In keeping with Serbian tradition, following the Divine Liturgy, the festal bread was cut and festal wheat blessed, both prepared by the host of the celebration, Mr. Vucic. Recitations by Serbian children, catechetical students at the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, completed the Patronal celebration.
Archimandrite Anthony expressed words of appreciation to Archbishop Christopher, gifting him with a pastoral staff as an sign of gratitude from the Serbian Church for all that this brotherly Orthodox land did for our much suffering Serbian people.
Addressing the faithful, Archbishop Christopher of Prague and Slovakia noted among all else . . . “In Saint Sava of Serbia, we have an example of humility and love, an image of martyrdom”. He further expressed his joy at being invited to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church and to pray with the Serbian faithful for peace and unanimity of all Orthodox faithful throughout the world.
Following the Liturgy and cutting of the festal bread, the host of the Patronal celebration prepared an agape feast for the faithful.
This is yet another example of how in Orthodox Russia, at the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow, there exists a spirit of unity, which from year to year unites many Orthodox Christians.