Thanksgiving for new officers of the Serbian Army
With a blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, his Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the St. Sava Memorial Cathedral on Vracar, with the concelebration of six priests and three deacons. A thankful public prayer meeting was served on the ocasion of the end of the schooling of cadets of 131th and 132nd class of the Military Academy and the invocation of the Holy Spirit for the beginning of a new school year in the Military high school. This is a traditional event which takes place on the beginning of September, and which is the result of a very successful cooperation realized by the Committee for religious education of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac and the military educational institution which are located on the territory of the jurisdiction of the Arcbishopric.
More than hundred young Serbian officers and around forty students of the military high school, led by their superiors, expressed a wish to participate in a great spiritual ceremony of the national significance. As they said themselves, for them is was a very important moment at the end of their schooling, which made them proud.
After the Holy Liturgy, Bishop Atanasije conveyed the best wishes and greeteings from His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch to new officers of our Army. He reminded them of glorious ancestors and a vast heritage which they left us and the duty that everyone did their best in order to preserve that heritage for future generations. At the blessing he gave them icons of the holy warriors.
The new Serbian officers, after they celebrated spiritually the end of their schooling, next Saturday they will have a solemn promotion in front of the House of the National Assembly.