His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served yesterday on March 14, 2012 the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the church of St. Petka on Cukarica.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served on the Second Sunday of the Lent the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great in the church of St. Basil of Ostrog on Banjica. He was concelebrated by the brotherhood of the church with the chanting of the choir. After the Holy Communion Patriarch held a sermon on the significance of the liturgical gathering, about the greatness of Christ's forgiveness, and about the a beneficial influence of the Lent on man's spirit.
The Serbian monasteries in Kosovo were listed among the five most important sacred places in the Mediterranean. The monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija are pronounced as the places of worship of the utmost importance along with Jerusalem, Mount Athos, Mecca and the Vatican.
The decision on importance of the Serbian monasteries in Kosovo was rendered at an EU meeting in Brussels attended by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Barroso underlined the need for special protection of the Serbian holy places in Kosovo, adding the monasteries should be a source of inter-cultural dialogue, rather than conflict.
Lazarevac - His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadia served the Holy Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday of the second week of Lent, on March 7, 2012 in the church of St. Great Martyr Demetrius in Lazarevac with the concelebration of local priesthood and monks of the Diocese of Sumadia.
On Friday, March 9, 2012 His Grace Bishop Andrej of Remesiana, vicar of Serbian Patriarch Irinej served the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in the church of St. Great Martyr of George in Cukarica. His Grace was concelebrated by local priests.