An overwhelming crowd of faithful attended the Krsna Slava of the Monastery of New Gracanica in Third Lake, IL on Sunday, October 14th. Considering the weather over the weekend – storms, wind and a thunderous downpour of rain – it was an unexpected joy and celebration! It is to the Most Holy Mother of God, our Patron, that we owe our gratitude.
The feast commemorates the event in 903 when during the siege of Constantinople worried citizens gathered in the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, imploring the Theotokos’ intercession in the face of impending danger from invaders. Not only did the Mother of God respond, but she appeared and held her veil over the faithful as a sign of protection from all visible and invisible enemies. From that moment on, people knew they could turn to her.
The National World War II Victims Remembrance Day was marked with the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the plateau in front of the church of Holy New Martyrs of Kragujevac in Šumarice. Here on this place on October 21, 1941 thousands of the citizens of Šumadia were killed.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade His Excellency Heinz Wilhelm, German Ambassador to Serbia on October 22, 2012.
On the occasion of the centennial of the First World War, The Conference The Balkans and the Middle East: Do They Reflect Each Other? was opened on October 17, 2012 at the parish house of Saint Sava church on Vracar. The Conference was co-hosted by the Office of the Committee of the Holy Assembly of Bishops for Kosovo and Metohija, the Faculty of Security Studies of the University of Belgrade and the Belgrade Open School.
On the first session there were two lectures held by Mr. Martin Van Creveld from the Tel Aviv University on the subject A Tale of Two Disasters, and Shaul Shay from Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv on the subject The Middle East between Democratization and Islamization.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Atanasije, Bishop of Hvosno served the Panikhida (memorial service) for Ilija M. Kolarac at Belgrade’s Cathedral church on Friday, October 19th, 2012. Kolarac was a great benefactor, and with Christian goodness and philanthropy he has greatly indebted the Serbian people. The representatives of Ilija M. Kolarac’s Foundation attended the service.