the Serbian Orthodox Church
December 14, 2004
OF THE SPECIAL COMMISSION FOR EXAMINING
THE REQUEST OF UACORO
OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS
OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
September 29, 2004 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle received
a delegation of the Union des Associations Cultuelles Orthodoxes
de Rite Occidental (UACORO), a Western Rite Orthodox community
in France, upon its initiative in order to express its desire
to join in unity with the Serbian Orthodox Church as part of the
Diocese of France and Western Europe. The only decision made by
His Holiness during the meeting was to establish a Special Commission
of the Holy Synod of Bishops in order to examine this request.
(The only official information regarding this reception is the
communique of the Office of the Holy Synod of Bishops.)
chairman of this Commission, His Grace Bishop Atansije Jevtic,
and Mr. Nenad Milosevic, a liturgics professor at the Theological
Faculty in Belgrade, made their first contacts with UACORO from
November 19-21, 2004 in Paris, on the occasion of the general
assembly of this community on November 20, 2004. The Commission
began to collect the necessary information for its study from
UACORO as well as from other Orthodox jurisdictions in France.
his address at the beginning of the meeting of the UACORO General
Assembly, Bishop Atanasije welcomed the members of this community
and wished them a successful path toward full unity with the Church.
He emphasized that salvation lies solely in unity with Christ,
which is to say in full unity with the Church, the Body of Christ.
He added that nothing should be given greater precedent that this
unity with the Orthodox Church, which grants Eternal Life. The
Gospel, he emphasized, begins with repentance.
concluded by expressing the hope that future meetings would also
permit the continuation of examining desired relations between
the members of UACORO and the Serbian Church.
Atanasije (Jevtic), Commission chairman
ANDREW THE FIRST-CALLED – PATRONAL FEAST
OF THE ROYAL HOUSE OF KARADJORDJEVIC
the feast of St. Andrew the First-Called His Holiness Serbian
Patriarch Pavle served Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration
of Protopresbyter Vladan Perisic, the Dean of the Orthodox Theological
Faculty of the University of Belgrade and Dean of the Royal Chapel,
Protodeacons Momir Lecic and Stevan Rapajic, and Subdeacon Miroslav
Rakonjac, in the Royal Chapel of St. Andrew the First-Called.
TRH Crown Prince Alexander, Princess Katherine, Princess Linda
and Princes Djordje and Mihajlo celebrated St. Andrew the First-Called,
the patronal feast of the Royal House of Karadjordjevic.
service was followed by the breaking of the festal bread in the
Royal Palace. Also present at the ceremony were Metropolitan Amfilohije
of Montenegro and the Littoral, Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac and
Valjevo, Bishop Irinej of Nis, Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik and
Tuzla, Bishop Nikanor of Banat, Bishop Irinej of Backa, Bishop
Artemije of Raska and Prizren, Bishop Justin of Timok, Bishop
Jovan of Sumadija, Bishop Ignjatije of Branicevo, Bishop Porfirije
of Jegar, Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan, Serbian Assembly speaker
Predrag Markovic, Serbian minister for religions Milan Radulovic,
members of the Royal Council with their families.
those present, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle said: “On
this day I call on everyone to wish good unto others, for then
we can hope for good for ourselves. Wishing you a happy patronal
feast, may the Lord grant you everything holy and noble.” After
cutting the slava cake, a festal banquet was prepared for the
guests, where Crown Prince Alexander said: “Your Holiness, we
thank you for your prayers and your service to the Lord on this
day in honor of St. Andrew, for good and the salvation of all
of us and our people, wherever they may live. Your fatherly concern
and the concern of the reverend Bishops gives us strength in these
difficult times and serves as a guide for us.”
celebration of the Karadjordjevic patronal feast was also joined
by Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the president of Iceland; Serbian president
Boris Tadic, representatives of the Serbian Government, the Serbia
and Montenegro Army, police, the diplomatic corps, religious communities,
local and international non-governmental organizations, cultural
institutions, media and health institutions, as well as a large
number of eminent guests from the public, cultural and political
life of Serbia.
OF ST SAVA CHURCH IN SPLIT
December 9, 2004 His Grace Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia visited the
church parish of Split and the branches of the Split parish in
Uble and Zelovo as part of his regular visits. The general impression
is that quite a bit has been done in the church parish of Split
on the restoration of parish churches and fraternal houses but
the biggest part of the work remains on the completion of work
on the church of St. Sava in Split, built in 1938.
order to achieve this Bishop Fotije gave his blessing to the administration
of the Split parish to prepare the necessary documentation and
municipal licenses as soon as possible. Since work on the church
of St. Sava in Split transcends the current capabilities of the
Split parish and the Diocese of Dalmatia, it will be necessary
to include the Serbian Orthodox Church in this process.
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