the Serbian Orthodox Church
December 1, 2004
LOVE FOR THE CHILDREN OF LIPLJAN
November 20, 2004 the Holy Bishop Nikolai Orthodox Youth Association
of St. Sava Church in Vancouver, an active participant in the
life of the church community, organized a large fundraising concert
for children in Kosovo and Metohija in the Massey Theatre in New
Westminster. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the construction
of a school in Lipljan.
Over 70 performers
gathered in this beautiful theatre and in his or her way made
a contribution to this fundraising effort. The concert began with
the Serbian national anthem “God of Justice” performed by the
Serbian Community Choir of Vancouver. Numerous artists and folklore
ensembles took part in the program.
the cultural part of the program, slides from Kosovo and Metohija
shown with a description of how things once were and how they
are now. Shocking pictures of destroyed homes, holy shrines and
Serbian refugees touched every heart. Also shown were photographs
of the children of Lipljan, so the audience could see the faces
of these Kosovo and Metohija children who hope to realize their
dream of having a school with the help of Serbs living in Canada.
Many in the
audience could not hide their tears but at the same time expressed
satisfaction that by attending the concert and giving a contribution
they could help the children in Lipljan.
his concluding remarks following the concert Church School Parish
president Ljubomir Jankovic first thanked the public and then
all sponsors and participants in the concert. The concert is over
but donations for the children and school in Lipljan are still
arriving. So far a total of over 10,000 dollars has been collected.
We wish to
thank everyone who helped us to realize this huge undertaking
both directly and indirectly.
Theatre in Ottawa has also earmarked a donation for the construction
of the school in Lipljan from its fundraising performances, and
the University of British Columbia Serbian Students’ Association
organized a bake sale to raise funds to help the children of Lipljan.
It is our
hope that this campaign will encourage other Serbs abroad and
that help will arrive not only to Lipljan but everywhere where
it is needed in Kosovo and Metohija.
behalf of the children of Lipljan we thank you for everything,
most of all for the love you have shown. May the Lord reward your
OXFORD FOR CHILANDAR
In the parish
of the Holy Ascension of Our Lord, church life is organized into
three centers where religious services are held. These are Oxford,
High Wickham and Redding. The parish priest, Protopresbyter Nikola
Kotur, and the faithful have the ongoing concern of securing a
building for the religious services. Of great assistance in the
organization of church life in the parish are the members of the
St. Paraskeva Serbian Sisters Circle in High Wickham led by their
president, Mrs. Miljka Jankovic. They were recently joined by
the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos Serbian Sisters Circle
founded on June 18, 2004 in Oxford with Mrs. Grozdana Besovic
Upon the proposal
of the parish priest, Father Nikola Kotura, the parish organized
the collection of assistance for the repair and rebuilding of
Chilandar Monastery. This campaign has been taking place for several
months now; the largest gathering toward this end took place on
Sunday, November 28, at the fundraising event in High Wickham.
In his opening remarks Father Nikola reported on progress made
to date on collection of funds, stating that upon the completion
of the campaign he would personally present the funds to the monastery
administration. On this occasion monk Pavle (Kondic), an instructor
at the Cetinje Seminary who was visiting England as a part of
his studies, spoke regarding the history of Chilandar Monastery
and its importance for the Serbian people and the entire Christian
economy. It is worthy of mention that almost all participants
in the organization of this fundraising event donated their services
for the restoration of Chilandar.
OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA IN VIENNA
Saturday in the Vienna Kongreshaus the Association of Serbian
Clubs organized the Twenty-second festival of cultural and artistic
creation of Serbian children, youth and workers in Austria with
the sponsorship of Vienna mayor Dr. Michael Haupl.
visitors who attended this important cultural gathering at the
invitation of the Association of Serbian Clubs especially delighted
the guests. With the blessing of the Holy Synod of Bishops of
the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Metropolitanate of Montenegro
and the Littoral, six little girls from Velika Hoca and Orahovac
in Kosovo and Metohija arrived in Vienna. These children who have
never had a childhood were accompanied on the trip by Protopresbyter
Radomir Nikcevic of Cetinje, nun Stefanija from the monastery
of St. Luke – Parish of Niksic, and Serbian language professor
Vesna Todorovic, who was fired from her job in connection with
well-known events in Montenegro in connection with the “mother”
language. No one remained untouched when the little girls from
Kosovo and Metohija appeared on the stage dressed in folk costumes.
Not an eye remained dry while they sang the song “Sa Kosova zora
svice” (From Kosovo dawn rises). During their brief appearance,
Katarina Djuricic, Daliborka Putnik, Milica Antic, Tamara Stasic,
Miroslava Vucic and Dragana Manitasevic also read excerpts from
the book “Sanjam, a sta mi se dogadja” (I dream yet look what
is happening to me).
exceptional book, featured at this year’s Belgrade International
Book Fair, was prepared by Monja and Ivan Jovic from the non-governmental
organization Ramondia Serbika and published by Svetigora. The
book includes works from the suffering children of Kosovo and
Metohija who open their souls to us but refuse to give up in the
hope and faith that all troubles will pass. It is a most beautiful
testimonial how faith, tradition and culture can be preserved
even under the most difficult life circumstances.
the children from Kosovo and Metohija sang at the Holy Liturgy
served by Father Radomir Nikcevic in the Vienna church of the
Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. After Liturgy they took
part in a brief program in the church social hall and stayed on
to talk with numerous faithful. From Vienna, this small group
emanating optimism and hope in a better tomorrow traveled onward
and photo: Miodrag Mecanovic
ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL IN MERRILLVILLE CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
of the 40th anniversary of a church in Serbia and Montenegro does
not have the same significance as in the United States and Canada.
Every Church School Parish in the United States and Canada is
relatively new. One such Church School Parish is located in Merrillville
and is dedicated to the Holy Prophet Elijah. Located in the southwest
of the state of Indiana in the United States, on flat and fertile
land, this large and busy parish headed by the Rt. Reverend Father
Lazar Kostur festively celebrated this anniversary on Saturday,
November 20, 2004.
Liturgy was officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher
of Central and Western America, together with His Grace Bishop
Mitrophan of Eastern America, assisted by the clergy and monkery.
Liturgy was followed by a banquet where the honored speaker was
hieromonk Irinej (Dobrijevic), who is well known to us all and
deeply respected. With humility and a wealth of knowledge and
expertise regarding conditions in this area, he presented a part
of the history of this church. He described the parish to the
guests as a model, and gave the residents of this Church School
Parish strength and even more will to bring the race begun to
a dignified finish and adorn their lives with the wreaths of eternal
Damjan S. Bozic
PATRIARCH PAVLE RECEIVES CARDINAL ENNIO ANTONELLI, ARCHBISHOP
Tuesday, November 30, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle received
Monsignor Ennio Antonelli, Archbishop of Florence, Italy, in the
Belgrade Patriarchate. Cardinal Ennio was accompanied by his host,
Monsignor Stanislav Hocevar, Archbishop of Belgrade. During the
course of the sincere and open conversation, there was mention
of the difficult situation of the Serbian people in Kosovo and
Metohija. The Serbian Patriarch took the opportunity to thank
Cardinal Antonelli for the aid provided by Caritas Florence for
BROADCASTING TIME FOR “SABORNIK” ON RTS FIRST PROGRAM
to the new program schedule of Radio Television Serbia, the “Sabornik”
program will no longer be broadcast on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. as
before but instead on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on RTS First Program.
to the new schedule, “Sabornik” will launch a new series of broadcasts
dedicated to the theme of love, where many questions and answers
will be provided on the topics of marriage, marital and family
relations. The purpose of this series is to point out the numerous
biases in alleged church interpretations of family relations so
that religious and canonical elements can be separated from folklore
and hearsay interpretations of this exceptionally important sphere
of human life.
listeners’ questions will be His Grace Bishop Porfirije of Jegar.
second series will concern itself with the role and position of
women in the Church, and a third, Laypersons speak, about what
the Church means to lay people, how they coordinate their responsibilities
and life in the modern world with Christian principles, and whom
they approach when they have problems, will present many well-known
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