the Serbian Orthodox Church
July 29, 2004
ORTHODOX CHURCH DELEGATION VISITS SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Russian Orthodox Church has sent a high delegation on a friendly
visit to the Serbian Orthodox Church from July 25 to August 10,
2004. The delegation includes His Eminence Archbishop Antonios
of Krasnoyar and Eniseya; Hieromonk Nektarios, the abbot of the
Holy Trinity council and the Archbishop’s personal secretary;
Gennady Viktorovich Malashin, the editor in chief of the Diocese
of Krasnoyar and Eniseya Information Service; Mr. Sergei Ivanovich
Shcheglov, the director of the Diocese publishing house; and Mr.
Aleksei Sergevich Churilov, the editor of the Diocese’s publishing
activity. His Eminence Archbishop Antonios of Krasnoyar and Eniseya
is the Archbishop in Siberia, a territory extending from the North
Pole to Mongolia. His Diocese is larger than Europe in surface
area and includes approximately three million faithful. When he
ascended the throne of the restored archbishopric in 1989, only
seven out of 528 were still in use. Today, fifteen years later,
there are 170 active churches and five monasteries.
the beginning of its visit to the Serbian Orthodox Church, the
Russian delegation visited St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral;
the Archbishop presided over Holy Liturgy in the church of St.
Gabriel the Archangel in Zemun; and the delegation visited the
church of St. Aleksandr Nevsky, the Russian church of the Holy
Trinity, and the church of St. Mark in the Belgrade quarter of
July 27, 2004 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle received the
representatives of the high delegation of the Russian Orthodox
Church headed by His Eminence. In very pleasant conversation the
Serbian Patriarch acquainted the representatives of the Russian
Orthodox Church regarding the current difficult situation of the
Serbian Orthodox Church, especially in Kosovo and Metohija. During
the course of the conversation Archbishop Antonios emphasized
that members of his Diocese’s Information Service reported from
the scene immediately after the March pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija.
After meeting with His Holiness, the guests from Russia toured
the museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
the continuation of their tour of the holy shrines of the Serbian
capital, they visited the monastery of the Entry of the Most Holy
Mother of God into the Temple (Vavedenje), where the first nuns
were Russians headed by Abbess Angelina. They went on to the monastery
of Rakovica, where they paid their respects to the tomb of the
Serbian Patriarch Dimitrije of blessed memory. The guests then
visited St. Sava Cathedral in the Belgrade quarter of Vracar,
and presented the director of the National Library with a book
on Russian emigrants to Serbia. At the end of the day, the Minister
of Religions in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Dr.
Milan Radulovic, received the Russian delegation.
part of the visit to the Serbian Orthodox Church on July 28, 2004
His Eminence Archbishop Antonios of Krasnoyar and Eniseya and
his delegation visited Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad. On the feast
of the Holy Prince Vladimir a Doxology was served in St. Nikolaj
the service the host, His Grace Bishop Vasilije of Srem, and the
guest, His Eminence Archbishop Antonios, delivered welcoming remarks.
Bishop Vasilije welcomed Archbishop Antonios to Sremske Karlovce,
the Serbian Zion, which during the revolution offered sanctuary
to a large number of Russians and Russian clergy. On
this occasion many Russians persecuted by the arrival of the new
government in the state arrived in the ancient Diocese, which
this year will be marking the 1,700th anniversary of the persecution
of the martyrs of Sirmium. His Eminence Archbishop Antonios said:
“We share with the Serbs the same spiritual roots, the same historical
developments, the same human suffering but also many joys.” During
the visit of the Russian delegation to Sremski Karlovci Hieromonk
Irinej Dobrijevic held a lecture at the Youth Music Summer Camp
in Sremski Karlovci on the topic of “Orthodox spiritual music
as the bearer of enlightment”. After the lecture, the young people
took active part in the discussion. The delegation then visited
the Fruska Gora monasteries of Krusedol, Grgeteg and Hopovo in
the Diocese of Srem.
high delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church then visited the
Diocese of Backa. His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa together
with Archbishop Antonios attended evening services in the cathedral
of St. George the Great-Martyr in Novi Sad. Bishop Irinej welcomed
his guest who responded to his welcome with an inspired sermon.
After evening services, Archbishop Antonios and his delegation
visited Kovilj where His Grace Bishop Profirije of Jegar received
Friday, July 29, the Russian delegation visited His Grace Bishop
Lavrentije of the Diocese of Sabac and Valjevo. After visiting
Sabac and Valjevo and the monasteries of Chelije and Kaona, His
Eminence Archbishop Antonios and his delegation will be visiting
Montenegro from August 1-8, where their host will be His Eminence
Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral. Upon their
return from Montenegro to Belgrade, the Russian delegation will
visit the Dioceses of Milesevo and Zica, and the monasteries of
Mileseva, Studenica and Zica.
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