With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, the Publishing Foundation of the Serbian Orthodox Church printed the 2013 great wall calendar entitled Emperor Constantine the Great in visual memory of the Serbs
Edict of Milan - act on religious tolerance - establishing that "Christians, as well as all others, without exception, are granted full authority and freedom to observe that religion which each preferred." With its proclamation in 313, motivated by the vision and the victory he scored over Maxentius by the Milvian Bridge in Rome under the Standard of the Cross, Emperor Constantine led Christ's disciples out of the catacombs, ending the persecutions, draconic punishments and sufferings to which they had been subjected.
At the celebration held on 7 December in the Great hall of the church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, organized on the occasion of the completion of the work of this year's Pan-Slavic Art Forum "Golden Knight", His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the president of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, awarded the Serbian film director, screenwriter and film producer Jovan Markovic with the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
With brighter hues and bolder brushstrokes, Orthodox icon painters are looking to breathe new life into the ancient art of depicting saints, angels and biblical scenes, lest its rigid rules see it consigned to history.
A dozen church painters from European countries like Greece and Serbia but also from the United States gathered this month in Romania to experiment with adding modern touches to Byzantine iconography without angering the conservative Orthodox Church. "I don't want to attack them," US painting professor Anthony Salzman said of churchgoers, "but I don't want to bore them either". "Tradition died in the 16th or 17th century, now we are resurrecting it, we are learning what its limits are," he added at the event in Mogosoaia, on the outskirts of Bucharest.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served on Sunday, 2 December 2012 the Divine Liturgy in the church of Holy Gabriel the Archangel in Belgrade. On this occasion Bishop Atanasije awarded Primarius Dr. Bogdan Zlatar,retired specialist in internal medicine, with the Order of Saint Sava of the Third Degree.