the Serbian Orthodox Church
December 3, 2004
TRILOGY OF PROTOPRESBYTER DR RADOMIR MILOSEVIC OF SMEDEREVO
Dr. Radomir Milosevic is one of the few priests in the Serbian
Church who took his degree and doctorate from the Theological
Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church while serving as a parish
priest. On Thursday, December 2, 20024 in the National Library
in Smederevo a promotion of the Orthodox Trilogy was held, which
consists of volumes on Orthodox hagiology, Orthodox heortology,
and the book of Serbian saints. Speakers at the promotion included
reviewers of the book Dr. Radomir Popovic and Dr. Dragan Protic,
both professors of the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Belgrade.
welcoming remarks and words of thanks Protopresbyter Radomir Popovic
spoke of the rich theological work of the Smederevo parish priest.
He then addressed the concept of celebration and holiness in Christianity.
Professor Radomir Popovic reminded of the event that preceded
the baptism of the Russians, when Russian envoys came to Constantinople
and attended Holy Liturgy. When they returned they conveyed their
impression of eucharistic celebration as a divine event to Prince
Vladimir. Regarding the Book of Serbian Saints Professor Popovic
underscored that this was the Serbian paterik and materik (hagiographies),
published for the first time in this scope and content in our
country. He concluded that these books are a call to Serbs to
write services to the Serbian new saints of the twentieth century.
Dragan Protic first welcomed those present and thanked everyone
for attending this spiritual event prepared by Father Milosevic.
Dr. Protic immediately emphasized the theoretical and practical
significance of hagiology as a science, as well as the parish
priest’s book at the first of its kind in our country. The language
and style of these books is simple, clear and precise. He concluded
by saying that these three books are unique literature helping
us to become acquainted with the Orthodox faith.
the promotion, the author of the Orthodox Trilogy said that these
books were created for Radio Smederevo from 1993 to 2003 when
the parish priest collected materials for broadcasting use and
listener inquiries, slowly creating this trilogy. The blessings
of the Lord on a people are felt through its martyrs and saints,
and the Serbs in the twentieth century have been a martyred people
with many saints. He concluded by reiterating the initiative for
the writing of the zhitiye (lives) of new saints because there
are still living witnesses of their lives.
OF ICONS BY STUDENTS OF SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH ACADEMY IN RUSSIAN
part of the celebration of the six hundred year anniversary of
the mounting of the first striking clock in the Kremlin constructed
by monk Lazar (Lazarus) the Serb from Holy Mount Athos, on Saturday,
December 4, 2004 on the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos
into the Temple, at 7:00 p.m. an exhibition of icons by the students
of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s Academy for Fresco Painting and
Restoration under the mentorship of fresco painting instructor
Goran Janicijevic will open in Belgrade. On the same evening a
roundtable discussion will take place in the Russian Hall in Belgrade
on the theme of “Six hundred year anniversary of the construction
of the clock in the Kremlin by monk Lazar Crnorizac”. The facilitator
of the roundtable will be Professor Dr. Predrag Ristic, architect
and professor at the Serbian Orthodox Church Academy. Participants
in the discussion will include Dr. Anika Skovran (on the theme
of “Serbs and Russians in the Middle Ages”), archeologist Gordana
Tosic, Professor Dr. Milutin Tadic (“From the Studenica clock
to the clock of Lazar”), Engineer Zelimir Stefanovic (“Development
of mechanical clocks and work on their reconstruction”), architect
Gordana Markovic, the director of the Serbian Institute for the
Protection of Cultural Monuments (“Program for investigating the
mission of Lazar the Serb”).
DIVAC TO RECEIVE IOCC AWARD FOR HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS
Divac, star center for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and native
of the former Yugoslavia, will receive the Good Samaritan Award
from International Orthodox Christians Charities (IOCC) at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5, for his years of distinguished service in support
of IOCC's humanitarian mission.
leader on and off the basketball court, Divac has helped IOCC,
the humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians, provide half
a million dollars in humanitarian assistance in his homeland since
will receive the Good Samaritan Award at an IOCC fund-raising
banquet at St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 1621 W. Garvey
Ave., Alhambra, Calif. Among those present will be His Grace Bishop
Longin of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Diocese of Western America;
Fr. Nicholas Ceko, dean of the cathedral; IOCC co-founder Charles
Ajalat; and IOCC Board member Elizabeth Oldknow Skouras Huttingter.
has consistently been voted one of the NBA's good guys,"
said IOCC Executive Director Constantine M. Triantafilou. "He
has earned that reputation through, among other things, his longtime
collaboration with IOCC to bring hope and opportunity to the children
of the former Yugoslavia."
learn more about this event and IOCC humanitarian programs in
the former Yugoslavia, please visit www.iocc.org.
OF ST. ANDREW THE FIRST-CALLED CELEBRATED
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew, celebrated Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Church
of St. George in Constantinople with the concelebration of bishops,
priests and deacons of almost all autocephalous and autonomous
Orthodox Churches. The patronal feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,
the feast of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle, became more
illustrious than ever before because of the joyous and historical
occasion of the restoration of the holy relics of Sts. Gregory
the Theologian and John Chrysostom. The relics of these two Great
Fathers of the Church were forcibly taken 800 years ago by the
Crusaders of the 4th Crusade in 1204 and were returned by Pope
John Paul II to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in a historical
ceremony last Saturday, November 27 during an ecumenical service
held in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. His Grace Bishop
Irinej of Backa represented the Serbian Orthodox Church at this
pan-Orthodox gathering. The official delegation of the Church
of Rome, led by Walter Cardinal Kasper, was also in attendance.
YOUTH SCENE IN THE NATIONAL THEATRE
Saturday, December 4, 2004, on the Feast of the Entry of the Most
Holy Theotokos into the Temple, the Orthodox Youth Scene ensemble
of the Religious Philanthropic Fund of the Archdiocese of Belgrade
and Karlovci will present “Quo vadis Domine?” in the National
Theatre’s Rasa Plaovic facility. Curtain time is 8:30 p.m. and
tickets are on sale for 100 dinars.
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