the Serbian Orthodox Church
June 15, 2004
CHOIRS AMONG THE FRESCOES
The “Choirs among the Frescoes” Festival of Spiritual Music,
to be dedicated this year to Chilandar Monastery and the Serbian
holy shrines destroyed during the March pogrom in Kosovo and
Metohija, will be held from May 16 to July 2004 in the Gallery
of Frescoes in Belgrade. The festival will be opened for the
tenth time by the Men’s Chamber Choir of the Theological Faculty
of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which this year marks 85 years
since its founding, and by the Braca Baruh Choir, which celebrates
its 120th year of existence.
Upon the conclusion of the festival, winners will be awarded
the Vojislav Ilic award in two categories: best choir for performance
of Orthodox spiritual music and best director. Awards will be
presented by the Academy for Arts and Conservation of the Theological
Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
FORUM ON ORTHODOXY
Mr. Goran Radenkovic and his guest, architect Taylor Hostetter,
will discuss the “In the heart of Chilandar – Chilandar in our
hearts” computer project in the Vuk Karadzic Cultural Hall, located
at Kralja Aleksandra Boulevard number 77?, on Thursday, June
17, 2004, at 6:00 p.m., as part of the Forum on Orthodoxy. A
computer projection of the architecture and frescoes in Chilandar
Monastery will be shown on this occasion.
EXHIBITION ON RELIGIOUS LIFE IN THE ARMY FROM THE FIRST SERBIAN
UPRISING TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR
On June 14, 2004 His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija opened the
exhibition “Religious Life in the Army from the First Serbian
Uprising to the Second World War” in the Military Museum in Kalemegdan.
This exhibition was conceived as a unique portrait and story
about the unity of the people, the Church and the army, which
was at its height during the period of fateful events and the
battle for freedom.
The unity of the clergy and army at a time when one went into
battle with faith in God and the homeland was absolute. The First
Serbian Uprising, as well as the wars that the Serbian Army waged
for the liberation of the homeland during the 19th century, began
with a blessing. The Army fought with spiritual strength and
readiness to bear sacrifices for the highest of goals.
The exhibition’s creator, Mrs. Dusanka Maricic, placed considerable
effort into selecting photographs and works of art documenting
the true story of the role of faith and the clergy in the creation
and strengthening of the modern Serbian state and its army.
PATRIARCH RECEIVES GENERAL BISHOP OF EVANGELICAL CHURCH OF THE
A.C. IN SLOVAKIA
On June 14, 2004 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle together
with His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa received the General Bishop
of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia
Dr. Julius Filo, who was accompanied by his closest community
associates as well as by Bishop Samuel Vrbovski of the Evangelical
Church of the A.C. in Slovakia in Serbia and Montenegro.
In his welcoming statement His Holiness emphasized that inter-Christian
meetings during these difficult times are very important because
the people care about peace and freedom, and Christians pray
each day for freedom and peace that comes from the Lord. We should
keep this in mind as Christians and human beings, and toward
this goal all heralds of peace and God’s love are welcome.
Introducing his associates and Bishop Vrbovski from Novi Sad,
Bishop Filo thanked the Patriarch for his welcome and emphasized
that for some time they have wanted to express their fraternal
love and respect to the Serbian Patriarch. The guests greeted
His Holiness in the name of the Christians in Slovakia where,
in addition to the most numerous Roman Catholic Church, there
are also about 370,000 members of the Evangelical Church of the
A.C. and about 50,000 Orthodox Christians. Expressing his sympathies
to the Serbian Patriarch and the Serbian Church for the bombing
of the Serbs in 1999 and the recent persecution against the Serbs
and Serbian holy shrines in Kosovo and Metohija, Bishop Filo
emphasized that these events caused great sorrow to the citizens
of Slovakia, and that Christians throughout the world should
not remain indifferent toward this great suffering.
Bishop Samuel Vrbovski of the Evangelical Church of the A.C.
in Slovakia from Novi Sad, speaking on behalf of his faithful,
expressed his sympathies to the Serbian Orthodox Church for the
suffering of the Serbian Church in Kosovo and Metohija, as well
as the recent fire at Chilandar Monastery on the Holy Mountain.
Bishop Vrbovski said that his Church would also actively join
in the collection of funds for the full restoration of the burned
monastery. The faithful of the Evangelical Church of the A.C.
in Slovakia, who have lived in this region for more than 250
years, want to rejoice with the Serbian Church at the restoration
of this greatest of Serbian holy shrines. At the conclusion of
the meeting, Bishop Filo presented His Holiness with a valuable
monograph on the beautiful churches of Slovakia.
BICYCLISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD GATHER IN FRONT OF ST. SAVA
Patriarch’s blessing and prayer service for contestants
A large number of bicycling fans gathered on the plateau in
front of St. Sava Cathedral to welcome the participants in the
44th consecutive “Through Serbia” Bicycle Race to take place
in six stages from June 15 to June 20, 2004, along a path from
Belgrade to Pozarevac. The ceremonial parade after the cultural
and arts program included 22 teams comprised of 110 bicyclists
from 20 states: Austria, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Croatia,
Albania, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Thailand, Germany, Russia,
Slovenia, the Ukraine, Turkey, the USA, Wales and Bulgaria.
At the start of the race the Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism
and Services, Dr. Bojan Dimitrijevic, wished all contestants
luck and promised that the organization would be successful in
justification of the high regard for Serbian sports throughout
the world. Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Cedomir Vuckovic served
a prayer service for a safe trip and the health of all the participants.
CONSTRUCTION OF CHURCH IN SAVINAC CONTINUES
Construction of the church of St. Sava recently resumed in Savinac
near Pozega in the Diocese of Zica. Last year local residents
of Visibabe managed to complete the foundation with their donations
and by the end of this year, they hope to complete initial construction
work. The edifice of the church of St. Sava will be 17 meters
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