Prayerful remembrance on victims of the genocide in the Independant State of Croatia (NDH)

Prayerful remembrance on victims of the genocide in the Independant State of Croatia (NDH)
Prayerful remembrance on victims of the genocide in the Independant State of Croatia (NDH)
Prayerful remembrance on victims of the genocide in the Independant State of Croatia (NDH)
Prayerful remembrance on victims of the genocide in the Independant State of Croatia (NDH)

The Serbian Orthodox Church universally, liturgically and prayerfully marks the 70th anniversary of the genocide in the Independant State of Croatia. With a joyful sorrow and a pride we remember our new martyrs - bishops, priests, monks and the faithful people - suffered by the Ustasha's hand in the most bestial pogrom during the World War Two. We remember also our Orthodox kin that suffered in  August 1994 in the Storm - a joint criminal enterprize against the Serbian people in Srpska Krajina, Dalmatia, Lika, Banija, Kordun...

Read more about the genocide against the Serbian people in the Independent State of Croatia on the website of the Jasenovac Committee of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of   the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Church: A Pillar which gathers the serbian faithful

An overview of the relationship between the Serbian Diaspora and the Serbian Orthodox Church

To effectively consign to writing a word on the history of the Serbian Diaspora, from the first Serbian immigrants to the final emigrant waves, is in fact to note the efforts and endeavours of a people, of individuals and their communities, who through their common union and common experience desire to create, and often recreate, stabilise and develop a new life; one which will retain for posterity the essential elements of their former lives and experiences, as for their generation so also for succeeding generations.

Bishop Jovan (Puric) of Nis introduced to the throne of the bishops of Nis

Bishop Jovan (Puric) of Nis introduced to the throne of the bishops of Nis
Bishop Jovan (Puric) of Nis introduced to the throne of the bishops of Nis
Bishop Jovan (Puric) of Nis introduced to the throne of the bishops of Nis
Bishop Jovan (Puric) of Nis introduced to the throne of the bishops of Nis

Constantine's city - Nis got today a new Bishop. At the Divine Liturgy which was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch Bishop Dr Jovan (Puric)  was enthroned. Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac, Pahomije of Vranje, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Jovan of Sumadija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Marko of Bitolj, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, Vicar Bishops: Porfirije of Jegar and Antonije of Moravica. The Divine Liturgy was attended by Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Hrizostom of Zica, Irinej of Backa, Justin of Vranje and Ignatije of Branicevo, representatives of the city authorities of Nis and the Republic of Serbia, and faithful people from Diocese of Nis and all Dioceses in Serbia, Montenegro and the Republic of Srpska. 

Speech of His Grace Bishop Jovan (Puric) of Nis given today at the enthronement in Cathedral Church of Nis

Today we are introduced to the throne of the ancient diocese of Nis at this holy Gathering regarding the Name of God. To us entering into this throne is joining the efforts of many over the centuries, and this on the day of the Assumption of St. Anne. According to the words of holy Fathers Anne gave birth to one who place the Unplaceable – Theotokos the Foster Mother of our life, protector of episcopal rank. Through Anne's personality we perceive the beginning of the graceful gifts and salvation of man and the world. We are evangelists and preachers of that secret in the Church of the God-man Christ.

Today's Gospel that we heard at the Holy Service on the multiplication of loaves of bread, was preceded by the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. And when people were fed by Only Philanthropist, once again climbed the Mountain to pray alone. This context of events is very important for us: shows us the practice of personal prayer that precedes and follows every action and activity in the Church. About this event also testifies St. John the Theologian in his Gospel. Specifically, he talks about the Bread of life without Which there is no eternal life. That Bread of Life for us is the Lord Jesus Christ himself at the Holy Service, for whom one must strive for great responsibility before God.