Academician Dimitrije Stefanovic reposed in the Lord in Belgrade

Academician Dimitrije Stefanovic reposed in the Lord in Belgrade On August 1st, 2020.

Dimitrije Stefanović, a musicologist and conductor, long-term expert and connoisseur of Orthodox church music, was born in Pančevo on 25 November 1929. He graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy in Bel- grade (the Department of English and German) in 1955 and at the Music Academy in Belgrade (the Department of History of Music) in 1956. He obtained his B. Litt. and Ph.D. at Oxford University. During postgraduate studies, he worked with famous musicologists-Byzantinists Egon Wellesz, Henry Tillyard and Oliver Strunk. At the Music Faculty of Oxford University, he lectured on Byzantine and old Slavonic music. As a lecturer and participant at numerous international gatherings and congresses, he was a guest at many universities in Europe and America. He gave a large number of lectures on Orthodox and especially Serbian church music, hundreds of popular lectures for different audiences in the country and abroad: at twenty Yugoslav-German choir weeks (1971–1991), nineteen Summer Spiritual Academies in the monastery of Studenica, as well as at many Summer Schools of Church Chant ‘In Memory of Kornelije Stanković’.

Bishop Arsenije consecrated the laboratory "Fiery Eye"

His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis Arsenije performed the rite of blessing of premises of the newly built laboratory "Fiery Eye", which will process tests for the Covid 19 virus. The event took place in the city of Nish on July 29, 2020.

The laboratory was built next to the Institute of Public Health in Nis. Such a laboratory already exists in Belgrade and is a donation from the Chinese Institute. The capacity of tests at the daily level of the Nis laboratory should be 1,000 tests.

Livno: Livno New Martyrs prayerfully celebrated

The Holy Liturgy was celebrated on the occasion of the feast of the Holy Great Martyr Marina and of the memory of the martyrdom of innocent Serbs - old men, women and children and thrown by the Ustashes into a deep pit of Ravni Dolac. The worship took place in the chapel-memorial ossuary dedicated to the Holy New Martyrs of Livno on July 30, 2020.

Hymn of Entry to the Hagia Sophia

Hagia SophiaThis essay is published here on the occasion of the first prayers following Hagia Sophia’s reversion to a mosque, July 24, 2020.

It was spring 1964—a difficult year for the Orthodox Greek brothers of Constantinople, because of the well-known anti-Greek acts of the Turks, due to Cyprus. I was in the Theological Academy of Chalke (whose operation unfortunately has since been forbidden by the Turks). Great Lent had just started. In the Holy Trinity Monastery of Chalke, cantor Stanitsas chanted with his students: “Open for me the gates of repentance, O Life-Giver.” It was then that I experienced and understood Orthodox Byzantium: with all its grandeur it humbly repents in front of the Living and True God, as simply as washing in the morning or eating our daily bread.

The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Jasenovac Monastery

The feast day of The Holy Martyrs Cyricus and Julitta, Saint Vladimir of Kiev and the Holy Martyrs of Velicko-Gornje Polimlje was prayerfully celebrated in Jasenovac Monastery on Tuesday, 28 July 2020. 

With the sisterhood of this holy family and the clergy of the Diocese of Slavonia,  His Grace Bishop Jovan of Pakrac and Slavonia celebrated the Holy Liturgy.