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Communiqué From the regular Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church held in Belgrade May 2007

The regular Assembly of the Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church was held from May 14 through May 25 at the Patriarchate in Belgrade, under the presidency of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle. All the hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church participated in the work of the Assembly.

Particular joy came to the Assembly with the renewal of liturgical unity between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Church Outside of Russia, realized on the feast of the Ascension of our Lord in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, after nearly ninety years of separation. During that entire time it was only the Serbian Orthodox Church out of all the local Orthodox Churches that did not sever liturgical communion with the Russian hierarchs in diaspora throughout the world after the Bolshevik Revolution, and thereby contributed to this event, which is significant not only for the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church and people but for all of Orthodoxy.

Message of The Holy Assembly of Bishops of Serbian Orthodox Church on Kosovo and Metohija

Kosovo and Metohija have been throughout the centuries populated with Serbs, and up until the great forced migrations of the Serbian people toward the north, in the 17th and 18th centuries, Serbs have always been the majority population in Kosovo and Metohija. It is a generally known historical fact that the medieval centre of the Serbian state was located therein, and remaining to this day the centre of national, Christian sacred and secular culture of the Serbian people.

THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH TO HER SPIRITUAL CHILDREN AT PASCHA, 2007

P A V L E

By the grace of God

Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, 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 paschal greeting:

CHRIST IS RISEN!

"This is the day of resurrection.
Let us be illumined, O people.
Pascha, the Pascha of the Lord.
For from death to life and from earth to heaven
has Christ our God led us."
(The Canon of Pascha, Ode I)

With these verses of the Paschal hymn, dear spiritual children, we, the believing people of God, begin the Celebration above all celebrations, song above all songs, about the Event above all events - The Resurrection of Christ. The Resurrection, like the Crucifixion, is a stumbling block for the Jews and foolishness for the Greeks, but we experience and celebrate it as the deepest experience of our faith and life. This is the experience which was first encountered by the holy myrrh-bearing women and the holy apostles, which they have graciously passed down to us and which we have received with faith, with the faith that becomes the power of life.

Public Communique from the regular meeting of the Serbian Orthodox Church`s Holy Assembly of Bishops held in Belgrade May 2006

The Serbian Orthodox Church's Holy Assembly of Bishops held its regular meeting from May 15 to May 27, 2006, in the Patriarch's residence in Belgrade with His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle presiding. All diocesan hierarchs (bishops) of the Serbian Orthodox Church participated in the work of the Assembly.

At the beginning of its work the Assembly gave thanks to the Lord and expressed the joy of all its members following the successful recovery of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle and his release from the Military Medical Clinic in Belgrade where he underwent medical treatment.

The Assembly also expressed joy at the successful continuation of work on the interior appointment of St. Sava Memorial Cathedral in Vracar (Belgrade), praising the zeal of the philanthropists and donors of this holy endowment to date, and calling on the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church to continue building this holy shrine, which builds all of us, with their donations, with love and through sacrifice.

Hrh Crown Prince Alexander Meets With Secretary General Kofi Anan Of The United Nations To Discuss Kosovo

HRH Crown Prince Alexander was received by His Excellency Secretary General of the United Nations. His Royal Highness has known the Secretary General for many years and has met on many occasions. The Secretary General warmly welcomed His Royal Highness to the United Nations and briefed him on recent meetings, actions and activities taken by the United Nations in view of the extremely serious situation in Kosovo.

Sokolica Monastery Saved - Nuns Returned As Kfor Guards Holy Shrine

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija has learned that KFOR has decided to guard Sokolica Monastery. Previous statements by some international representatives indicated that KFOR had abandoned the monastery after the forcible evacuation of Mother Makarija and the Sokolica sisterhood. Thanks to the intervention of Bishop Artemije and his monks and priests with KFOR representatives in Mitrovica, it was agreed that KFOR would stay to guard the monastery. Finally KFOR agreed to return the nuns to the monastery and with them the sisterhood of Devic Monastery, which was evacuated and destroyed yesterday.