the Serbian Orthodox Church
November 16, 2004
AND MEDIA CONFERENCE
the return of the church, state and economic delegation from Moscow,
where it attended a fundraising concert and large philanthropic
gathering for completion of work on the St. Sava Memorial Cathedral
in Belgrade, a press and media conference will be held in Belgrade
airport at 8:00 p.m. today.
PAVLE AWARDED ORDER
OF HOLY PRINCE VLADIMIR OF THE FIRST DEGREE
the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and
All-Russia, the Orthodox Peoples Unity Fund organized a formal
fundraising concert in Moscow with all proceeds dedicated to the
completion of the iconostasis of the St. Sava Memorial Cathedral
Alexy and senior dignitaries of the Russian Church received a
delegation headed by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle with
exceptional warmth. The welcome was also attended by representatives
of the of the Russian ministry of foreign affairs, the state union
of Serbia and Montenegro ambassador to Russia, Mr. Milan Rocen,
and Serbian culture minister Dragan Kojadinovic, who was already
arrival Patriarch Pavle expressed his gratitude to Patriarch Alexy,
the Russian Orthodox Church and the people of Russia for their
help to the Serbian people during the course of the most recent
difficult years. Patriarch Pavle emphasized that our people remember
the visit of the Russian Patriarch to Belgrade in 1999, when Yugoslavia
was bombed, with gratitude.
his response, Patriarch Alexy said that he still remembers the
service then held in the incomplete St. Sava Cathedral, which
despite its enormous size could not hold all the people who wished
to pray for peace, and so the service was concluded in the great
square in front of the church.
his welcoming remarks, Serbian President Boris Tadic said he was
in the delegation as the chairman of the Council for completing
the construction of St. Sava Cathedral and that he feels doubly
responsible “to both the people and to God”. President Tadic emphasized
“the completion and furbishing of the church has a tremendous
significance for the Serbian people”.
the second day of the visit, Patriarch Alexy met with Patriarch
Pavle and President Tadic in the Patriarchate. The reception was
also attended by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the
Littoral, Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren, Bishop Atanasije
of Zahumlje and Herzegovina (retired), members of the church and
economic delegation from Serbia, senior dignitaries of the Russian
Church, Metropolitan Clement of Kaluga and Borovsk, Archbishop
Arsenios of Istra, and priests of the Russian Church.
Alexy added that this year’s fundraising concert was organized
with the desire to help the Serbian people, who have gone through
so many trials, to complete work on the furbishing of St. Sava
Alexy, who is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, awarded
Patriarch Pavle with the Order of the Holy Prince Vladimir Equal
to the Apostles (of the First Degree) for his great contribution
to strengthening Orthodox unity and the development of fraternal
relations between the sister churches of Russia and Serbia, and
on the occasion of the 90th birthday of Patriarch Pavle.
Pavle served Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the feast of the Renovation
of the Church of St. George (Djurdjic) in the church of the Holy
Apostles Peter and Paul in the Podvorye of the Serbian Orthodox
Church in Moscow with the concelebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije;
Archbishop Alexy of Orehovo-Zujevo; Archimandrite Antonije, the
administrator of the Podvorye of the Serbian Orthodox Church;
Archimandrite Zaheje, the administrator of the Podvorye of the
Orthodox Church of America; Archimandrite Ignjatije, the administrator
of the Podvorye of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church; Protopresbyter
Nikolai (Balashov), the secretary of the Section on External Church
Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, and the clergy.
was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, senior officials
and economic leaders of the Republics of Serbia and Montenegro
who traveled to the capitol of Moscow at the invitation of Patriarch
Alexy and the Orthodox Peoples Unity Fund to participate in a
concert and great philanthropic gathering prepared for the purpose
of completing work on St. Sava Memorial Cathedral in Belgrade.
Hierarchal Liturgy was also attended by a large number of faithful
of both fraternal peoples, as well as by the children’s choir
of St. John of Damascus from St. Petersburg, which contributed
to the beauty of Divine Service with songs in Serbian.
AT FACULTY OF MACHINE ENGINEERING
the publication of the new book by Protopresbyter Sava B. Jovic,
Udruzenje Srpski Sabor Dveri and the editors of “Pravoslavlje”,
the publication of the Serbian Patriarchate, are organizing a
public presentation on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 6:00 p.m.
at the Faculty of Machine Engineering on the theme “Christ’s follower
of the teachings of St. Sava, Mihailo Pupin”.
about the book will be Protopresbyter Savo B. Jovic, Protopresbyter
Dr. Dragoljub Sando, Professor Dr. Slobodan Brankovic, and Radovan
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