the Serbian Orthodox Church
July 28, 2004
OF ST SAVA AWARDED TO ITALIAN TROOPS
The Holy Assembly
of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church has decided to award
the Italian Folgore Parachute Brigade with the Order of St. Sava
of the Second Degree for its special contribution to the protection
of Serbian holy shrines in Kosovo and Metohija.
Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace
Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan and Hieromonk Jovan (Culibrk) departed
on July 28, 2004 for Italy.
Amfilohije will present the award on July 29, 2004 in Livorno
in the presence of General Getan Romeo, the commander of the First
Command of the Italian Armed Forces, to the Brigade for its special
CATHEDRAL TO BE PAINTED
SAME COLOR AS ZICA MONASTERY
the efforts of His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija the Kragujevac
Cathedral is undergoing renovation. Under the close supervision
of the experts of the Sumadija Institute for the Protection of
Cultural Monuments in Kragujevac and Dr. Ljubivoje Dragicevic
the cathedral is being restored to its original appearance 120
years ago. This is especially apparent from the exterior of the
church. The ochre color has been replaced by a combination of
light ochre and red. The exterior of the cathedral, which also
serves as the residence of Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, was once
painted imperial red, representing the color of martyrs.
restoration of the facade of the cathedral began in October 2001.
The old plaster was removed and the walls were stripped down.
Work on the dome is currently in progress. The red roof has been
recovered in copper from the Sevojno mill. This is to be followed
by the reconstruction of the bell-tower in the same style as the
church, and the installation of floor heating. According to Protopresbyter
Radovan Cancarevic, the church priest, so far about eight million
dinars have been spent. Funding came primarily from the state
union budget, and the Kragujevac Municipal Assembly provided one
million dinars. The Zastava automobile factory manufactured 11
crosses of stainless steel free of charge. Despite many donors
additional funds are still necessary. The lighting of candles
will be relocated to the interior part of the bell-tower. As well,
a wheelchair ramp will be installed. These are the first serious
improvements to the cathedral in four decades. Work is expected
to finish by the end of the year; it could be completed earlier
but everything depends on funding availability. Consequently,
an appeal goes out to the faithful and all citizens of Kragujevac
and Sumadija to contribute to the extent of their ability.
365 employees of the Veterinary Institute in Zemun have decided
to donate a part of their wages toward the restoration of the
monastery of Chilandar, which was seriously damaged by fire earlier
this year. A total of approximately 281,000 dinars was collected
in this fashion. General director Dusan Petrovic said that the
donation was made last week and that they plan to repeat the campaign
before the end of the year.
CHURCHES UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN NOVA PAZOVA
Nova Pazova, which until 15 years ago had only one small church
inadequate for a town of 25,000 inhabitants, construction has
begun on the church of St. Paraskeva, at the same time that frescoes
are being painted in the church of the Holy Trinity. Work on the
construction of St. Paraskeva is proceeding according to schedule,
said Protonamesnik Mile Jokic, who has been entrusted by His Grace
Bishop Vasilije of Srem with overseeing the building of the church.
Construction is being financed from the budget of the local community
and a total of one million dinars has been collected through donations
and voluntary contributions of the faithful. The bell-tower of
the church will be 42.5 meters high to the cross of 2.5 meters
in height. The cupola will be 29 meters with a cross of 31.5 meters.
The walls themselves will be 7.6 meters high. The building of
the church of the Holy Trinity began a decade ago and His Grace
Bishop Vasilije of Srem consecrated the site in 1989. Regular
holy liturgy has been served in the church since 1994.
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