The Spirit of the Edict is still with us!
Come, o people, and see the works of God
Who works wonders on the earth!
Behold, the year of the Lord's goodness which has given us a rare and true celebration: it has been given us to celebrate 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom and power was given to the Christian faith. This is truly a special year and a special jubilee! For the holy Emperor Constantine was no ordinary Roman emperor, like the others. For his victory was not a victory like others. For his Edict was no ordinary royal decree by which someone, through royal power, is forced to obey authority. On the contrary: it was all special and blessed, it was all so significant and great that we today celebrate the light which shone forth with the Edict of Milan in 313 and with the great deed of the glorious Constantine. Even though the entire Christian world is celebrating, we Orthodox Christians, particularly the faithful people of our holy local Church, are celebrating it with greater joy, for we are honoring the convener of the First Ecumenical Council, our fellow countryman, a man who was raised by our rivers and our valleys, warmed by our sun and fed by our lands. Thus we say to all Orthodox Christians, as well as to all Christians and to our friends from other faiths who grasp the significance of the Edict of Milan: may this spiritual joy and celebration multiply!
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch awarded His Excellency Viktor Nedopas, Ambassador of Ukraine to Serbia, the Order of Holy Emperor Constantine at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade today on 13 November 2013 .
The high dinstinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been presented to Ambassador Nedopas on the occasion of the marking the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, and as a sign of gratitude for his personal contribution to strenghtening relations between the Serbian Orthodox Church and Ukraine.
The Diocese of Zvornik-Tuzla solemnly celebrated 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan in Skelani near Drina
The central celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan in the Diocese of Zvornik-Tuzla was held in Skelani. Their Graces Bishops Lavrentije of Sabac, Jovan of Sumadija and Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of priests and monks from many dioceses of our Church *(Zvornik-Tuzla, Budimlje-Niksic, Sumadija...). The choir Srbadija from Bijeljina sang responses.
In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.
On Saturday, 11 October 2013 the Pan-Orthodox Holy Hiearchal Liturgy in Trier, Germany, on the occasion of the 1700 years of issuing of the Edict of Tolerance in 313 by Constantine the Great, who had his seat in this town during one whole decade.
In this Pan-Orthodox gathering Orthodox Bishops, members of the Conference of the Orthodox Bishops of Germany and other Bishops from other countries, participated. Metropolitan of Germany and Exarch for Central Europe His Eminence Augustin, who is also the president of the Episcopal Conference, officiated the Divine Liturgy in the Basilica of Saint Constantine. Great number of priests of various nationalities, as well as many believers who came from all parts of Germany, attended this magnificent and unique event.