170 years of the Post of Serbia

His Holiness IRINEJ Serbian Patriarch, accompanied by His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno attended last night at the gallery the opening of the exhibition of 170 years of the Post of Serbia. The exhibits from the Belgrade Postal Museum  reminded those present of the history and the beginning of the work of the Serbian postal service.

Fourth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music Announced

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) announced that the 4th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music will be held 6-12 June, 2011 at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland.

St. Sava Order of the First Degree to the “Golden Knight” International Film Festival

At the suggestion of His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej Of Novi Sad and Backa, the Holy Synod of Bishops decided to give the highest distinction, the Order of St. Sava of the First Degree to the Golden Knight International Film Festival. This distinction is a reflection of thanksgiving to the Festival which had given an opportunity that a truth about suffering of the Serbian Church and people to be seen worldwide. On this occasion, Bishop Irinej went to Moscow in order to personally hand this highest distinction to the organizers of the “Golden Knight”.

Source: Diocese of Backa

Vatican to hold concert of Russian Orthodox music

On May 20, Vatican will hold a concert of Russian Orthodox music in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The guests will listen to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky and other Russian composers performed by the Russian National Orchestra, the Moscow Synodal Choir and the Horn Chapel of St. Petersburg. The concert will be concluded with the symphony by Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) for chorus and orchestra The Song of Revival, the concert organizers reported to Interfax-Religion.

“Notes on Ecumenism” by Holy Father Justin (Popovich), prepared by Bishop Atanasije, published by Tvrdoš Monastery, 2010

With the blessing of Bishop Atanasije, we wish to inform our readers that a new book by Holy Avva Justin has been printed, NOTES ON ECUMENISM. This book, comprised of 35 pages with 12 facsimiles of Holy Avva Justin's notes, is an important complement to his book, "The Orthodox Church and Ecumenism".

The new book was prepared by Bishop Atanasije and published by Tvrdoš Monastery.

Ecumenism is a movement that in itself swarms with many questions. And all those questions, in fact, spring from one wish and recede into one wish. And that wish wants one thing: the True Church of Christ. And the true Church of Christ provides, and should provide, answers to all the questions and sub questions posed by Ecumenism. For if the Church of Christ does not resolve the eternal questions of the human spirit, then it is wholly unnecessary.

Avva Justin (one of the notes of Holy Avva Justin from the newly published book)