Heugomen of the Hilandar Monastery visits SOC Representation in Moscow
With the blessing of God and with the effort of clerics of the Serbian Orthodox Church Representation in Moscow, in the first days of the Nativity Fast among Serbs who live and work in Moscow donations were collected for a restoration of the Hilandar monastery.
The council of the elders of the Hilandar monastery showed a great love towards this effort as well as the spiritual comfort and support to our pious Christians, who are living far from our homeland, since they have sent a delegation of the Mount Athos family to Moscow led by High Reverend Archimandrite and Heugomen Metodije.
Heugomen and the brothers of the holy monastery Hilandar were solemnly welcomed in the Cathedral church of Sts. Peter and Paul of the Representation on Sunday, December 11, 2011. On this occasion rector of the Representation Bishop Antonije of Moravica served the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Heugomen of the monastery of Hilandar, brothers of the Hilandar family, brother of the monastery of New Jerusalem from Podmoskovje, Serbian students (who are priests) from Moscow spiritual Academy and clerics of the Representation.
At the service there were many faithful people, among them also was ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in the Russian Federation Mrs. Jelica Kurjak. On the behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church at this prayerful celebration there was archpriest Nikolai Balashov, vicepresident of the Department for External Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.
After the Liturgy Bishop Antonije addressed the faithful talking about the significance of the Hilandar monastery for the Serbian Church and the history of our people.
+ Bishop Antonije of Moravica