the Serbian Orthodox Church
PAVLE MEETS WITH
PRIME MINISTER KOSTUNICA AND GENERAL LAZAREVIC
Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle invited Serbian Prime Minister
Dr. Vojislav Kostunica and General Vladimir Lazarevic for a meeting
today in the Belgrade Patriarchate.
Holiness said that at this moment we are facing great trials both
as a people and a state, the greatest of which is certainly the
issue of the fate of Kosovo and Metohija.
Patriarch emphasized that the Serbian Orthodox Church, like our
entire people, places the real truth about Kosovo and Metohija
above every secular interest, and he added that we must always
adhere to the truth and with all our strength witness and fight
for the truth.
our history, said the Patriarch, we have examples of honorable
officers who courageously represented the interests of the people
and defended the truth to the end. The Serbian Orthodox Church
respects and holds in high regard the decision of general Lazarevic
to take this difficult path in the interest of the homeland."
Lazarevic asked His Holiness to mention him in his prayers.
LIBRARY FROM PAKRAC TO BE RETURNED
TO SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Slobodan Mileusnic, the director of the Serbian Orthodox Church
Museum and the coordinator of the Council for Protection and Restoration
of the holy shrines and cultural heritage of the Serbian Orthodox
Church, met in Zagreb on St. Sava’s Day with Mr. Bozo Biskupic,
the Minister for Culture of the Republic of Croatia, to discuss
the return of a part of the Bishop’s Library from Pakrac, which
is currently stored in the National University Library in Zagreb,
to the Serbian Orthodox Church. Also present at the talks were
Cedomir Visnjic and Branko Sulc, assistants to the Minister for
Culture, as well as Dr. Josip Stipanov, the director of the aforementioned
library in Zagreb. The Bishop’s Library in Pakrac was devastated
and partially looted at the beginning of the 1991-92 war. At the
end of 1992, Zagreb conservationists transferred the remaining
books to the National University Library. It was agreed during
the talks that this valuable library be temporarily stored in
the Serbian Orthodox Church Museum of the Diocese of Zagreb and
Ljubljana located in Zagreb. The transfer will take place when
the necessary technical preparations have been made.
his stay in Zagreb Dr. Mileusnic spoke at the promotion of the
book “The Serbs in Zagreb” by academician Dejan Medakovic held
on St. Sava’s Day in the facilities of the SKD Prosvjeta Library
in Zagreb. Other speakers at this spiritual manifestation, which
was unable to accommodate all interested persons, included Mr.
Radovan Popovic, journalist and publicist from Belgrade, and Mr.
Velimir Sekulic, the director of SKD Prosvjeta Library.
IN VANCOUVER COMMEMORATE AND CELEBRATE ST SAVA
year’s St. Sava’s Day celebration in the church of St. Sava in
Vancouver lasted three days. On the feast of St. Sava, Thursday,
January 27, Holy Liturgy was served; the slava cake and the slava
wheat prepared by this year’s slava hosts, the Vucinovic family,
were blessed and served after Holy Liturgy. The celebration continued
on Saturday, January 29, with an evening religious service, dinner
and St. Sava’s Day dance. Performers included the folklore groups
“Gradina” and the oldest folklore group “Vuk Karadzic” with choreography
arrangements from all Serbian lands. The main St. Sava’s Day celebration
including an Academy took place on Sunday, January 30. The blessing
of the slava cake and the slava wheat followed Holy Liturgy. This
year’s slava hosts, Dragoljub and Sofija Vucinovic and their children,
with the help of culinary expert and member of the church school
parish Dragan Kovacevic prepared two banquets for the ceremony
and welcomed all who arrived as guests on two days. The entire
proceeds were donated to the Church, for which we are most deeply
grateful. The hosts for next year are Pajo and Jelka Pajic, long-time
members of the church school parish.
the well-prepared St. Sava’s Day banquet, the St. Sava’s Day Academy
prepared by our priests, teachers of the Serbian School, and folklore
dance instructors. Participants in the Academy were students of
the Serbian School and the folklore group “Vuk Karadzic”. The
recital was preceded by the welcoming remarks of the president
of the church school parish, Mr. Ljubomir Jankovic. Everyone present
then took part in singing the Hymn to St. Sava in the formal hall
of the church school parish, and Protopresbyter Sava Arsenijevic
delivered his St. Sava’s Day homily.
PRESENTATION OF “WHITE LINEN”
musical group “White Linen” [Belo Platno] nurtures centuries-old
Serbian and Greek music with ethnic motifs from the region of
Old Serbia. The group has existed for some years and occupies
an exceptionally important place on the musical map of Serbia
and the Balkans.
group of young music enthusiasts is seeking media promotion in
order to make as many people as possible aware of its creative
work. Consequently, they recently launched their website presentation
The site includes
information about the group’s work, the type of music to which
it is dedicated, musical instruments used, as well as a nicely
organized gallery of photographs from performances, and news regarding
their performance schedule.
linen is a frequent motif in authentic Serbian folk music. A symbol
of purity, white linen is a part of the entire life cycle of man:
at birth, a child is swaddled in it; the newly christened are
clothed in it; at weddings, the hands of the bride and the bridegroom
are joined with a towel of white linen; wedding guests are presented
with embroidered white linen towels as gifts; white linen is worn
throughout our lives and, ultimately, at the end of earthly life,
the dead are wrapped in it. There are many songs describing maidens
blanching linen or weaving linen on a loom. The symbolism of the
color white is multifold since it is associated not only with
appearance (of the face, the hands, the breast) but also with
personal traits (such as chastity, gentleness, purity).
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