Artists from Serbia who participated at the International festival of folk art and craft UGRA2012 in Siberia, achieved great success representing the traditions and culture of our country. The Serbian delegation at this festival, which was founded seven years ago, was led by academician artist and icon painter Vladimir Cetkovic from Belgrade, and it was also consisted of Irena Gvozdenovic, higher custodian of the Ethnographic museum in Belgrade, and Slavica Ciric, director of the Pirot rug production Cooperative.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno participated yesterday in the banquet hall of the Rectorate of the University in Belgrade, in the promotion of the publication of the Association of Milutin Milankovic - KNOWLEDGE OF CALENDAR AND CONTRIBUTION OF MILUTIN MILANKOVIC. Protopresbyter-staurophor Dr Radomir Popovic, regular professor of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade, professor Dr Smilja Marjanovic Dusanic, professor Dr Steva Segan, MSci Dragoljub Antic and Dr Slavko Maksimovic took part in the presentation of the collections of scientific papers from last year's conference was participated.
Archpriest Georges Florovsky’s book “Christianity and Culture” has been published for the first time in the Chinese language. This was reported by Archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev, the priest-in-charge of the community of the Chief Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, in Hong Kong.
The publication was realized by the Hong Kong Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, with support of the Orthodox Brotherhood of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Hong Kong and the Orthodox Fellowship of All Saints of China (United States).
As the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the “Days of Slavic Culture”, which yearly begins on the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius (May 11/24), Pravoslavie.ru/OrthoChristian.com would like to note a useful website created as an aide to anyone interested in learning more about the Church Slavonic language. This language has liturgically united Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, and other Slavic Orthodox peoples for many centuries. Many modern converts to Orthodoxy also attend churches that use this liturgical language. Contemporary Slavs rarely study Church Slavonic language academically; they find that they begin to understand it naturally according to their zeal for attending services and praying in this language of their fathers, the language of their saints. It is encouraging to see that resources are appearing for the benefit of those who would like to know more about Church Slavonic but have no previous knowledge of any Slavic language.
An important manuscript was discovered in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Topkapi was the residence of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. The manuscript found is of significant meaning, because it consists of information regarding the years before the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, but it also describes the early years after Constantinople was turned into Istanbul and became capital of Turkey.
The document belongs to Michael Critovoulos, a Greek politician, scholar and historian, who lived between 1410 and 1470. His birth-name was Kritopoulos, but he changed it to sound more ancient Greek-like.
He experienced the Siege and Fall of Constantinople and wrote about Mehmed II the Conqueror.
Iconographer and Russian historian launches unique website featuring "Hagia Sophia," Church of the Holy Wisdom25. May 2012 - 11:28
An interesting new site illustrating the history of Constantinople’s Church of the Holy Wisdom — popularly known as “Hagia Sophia” — recently appeared on the internet.
A “must visit” for Orthodox Christians, especially those interested in Church history, iconography, mosaics, and ecclesiastical architecture, the site gives special attention to the magnificent “Deesis” mosaic in the church’s south gallery. Depicting Christ flanked by the Theotokos and Saint John the Forerunner, the exquisite mosaic was uncovered in the 1930s. It is one of the world’s most beloved images of Our Lord.