Letter to President of Serbia Mr. Boris Tadic, sent from the extraordinary session of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church
number 1176/11, September 15, 201
in Belgrade

To His Excellency
President of the Republic of Serbia

Dear Mr. President,

We refer you from an extraordinary joint session of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops, we are aware that we are in the hours which are crucial for the survival of our nation and the Church in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as that upcoming days in many ways can choose their future.

Call the Serbian Orthodox people to prayer and fasting for the salvation of our suffered people in Kosovo and Metohija

We, your Patriarch with the Holy Synod of Bishops and the members of the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops, are deeply concerned because of the danger of the violence threating the people in Kosovo and Metohija, its freedom and sanctities, but full of faith and hope in our Salvation and God, we call our believing Serbian people to three days of  prayer and  fasting (until Sunday): God to forgive us our sins, to reason with men in power and those who have the power not to participate in injustice, trampling on God's and human laws as well as on basic human rights and freedoms, and the decision of the United Nations (Resolution 1244) under which Kosovo and Metohija have been and remained the organic part of Serbia.

At the same time we call our priests, monks and people that in their churches, on Septembar 15,16 and 17 at 6pm to hold a public prayer service for the suffered people of Kosovo and Metohija.

Proclamation and chirotony of elected Bishop Andrej (Cilerdzic) of Remesiana

The Holy Assembly of Bishops, on the session of May 26/13, 2011 brought the following decision: "On the basis of the Art. 69  „Regarding the article 69 section 18 and article 105 of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Holy Assembly of Bishops have elected  Venerable Archimandrite Andrej  (Cilerdzic) for Vicar Bishop of His Holiness  Serbian Patriarch, with a title Bishop of Remesiana."  

The formal act of proclamation in the  Cathedral church in Belgrade, on Saturday September 17, 2011 at 5 pm, will be served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with the concelebration of many bishops of our Holy Church.

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with the concelebration of bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church will serve on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 9 am during the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral Church, the chirotony of archimandrite Andrej (Cilerdzic) in the rank of Bishop of Remesiana.

Biography of Bishop Andrej (Cilerdzic) of Remesiana

Bishop Andrej (Cilebdzic) was born on 21.08.1961 in Osnabrück (Germany), as a  second son of protopresbyter-staurophor Dobrivoje Cilerdzic and mother Marijana.

The primary school and a grammar school he finished in Dusseldorf (Germany), and after  the final examination he spent a year on Mount Athos (1980-1981).

He enrolled to the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade in September 1981 and graduated on March 25, 1986.

Charalambos P. Stathakis: The Hagia Sophia

Dear reader, as you run like the rest of us along the dizzy main road, stop, stay aside for a while. Let the others be dizzy, and take the secret underground trail, which will lead you through the dewdrops of the leaves, the crystal smile of the sun, the city’s underground galler- ies, your knowledge, and your feelings, to the doorstep of the Hagia Sophia. Because all dew- drops, all sunrays, and all beauty lead there. That is what you will be told by my friend, the author, whom I am fond of and whom I send you to, Charalambos Stathakis: the doctor, the warm and humane researcher, the scientist devoted to his work and his patients, who has given a series of scientific papers, who, nevertheless, retains a nest of beauty untouched in his heart, which makes him outstanding—even though he is not a specialist in architecture, nor a historian, nor a theologian, nor a Byzantinist—it makes him stand out in all these together and in entirety.