Culture

Christmas celebrations kick off for hundreds in Sacramento

Didn’t send your Christmas cards out yet? Still looking for the perfect gift? No worries if you follow the Julian calendar – you still have about 24 hours. Hundreds of Sacramentans don’t celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25; they celebrate the birth of Christ today and continue celebrating through tomorrow.

Sacramentans who launched their Christmas holiday last night include some Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians, Georgians, Coptic Christians from Egypt, Armenians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches, said the Rev. Dino Pappademos of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Elk Grove.

Ornaments of Serbian medieval frescoes

The Museum of Applied Art stages the exhibition “Memory Update – Ornaments of Serbian Medieval Frescoes” on the 6th of November 2013 to mark this year’s anniversary of its founding. The exhibition will be open until 31st January 2014.

An interest in ornament as particular visual and semantic, as well as a linguistic phenomenon becomes more and more increasing in the visualization world of all segments of modern communication. An ornament is often used as a decoration, a pattern, a decorative detail in applied art and architecture but it also bears a broadest span of symbolical, culturological and religious meanings that are susceptible to various analyses and even mathematical reading and interpretation.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej at 58th International Belgrade Book Fair

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended yesterday the opening of the stand of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija at the 58th International Belgrade Book Fair

The stand of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija was opened by President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Ivica Dacic, President of the Assembly of Serbia Mr. Nebojsa Stefanovic and Minister without Portfolio in the Government of the Republic of Serbia responsible for Kosovo and Metohija Mr. Aleksandar Vulin. Among attendees, there were also Their Graces Bishops Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch addressed the present.

Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.