the Serbian Orthodox Church
SPIRITUAL JOY ON THE DANUBE
On Wednesday, June 30, 2005, on the feast of the Synaxis of
the Holy Twelve Apostles, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa and
His Grace Bishop Porfirije of Jegar, vicar of the Bishop of Backa,
visited Apatin and served evening services on the occasion of
the patronal feast of the newly built holy shrine there.
Bishop Porfirije, and then Bishop Irinej, on that occasion with
great inspiration instructed the gathered faithful of Apatin
and surroundings, emphasizing that it is with great joy that
we all gathered today in this beautiful holy shrine on the banks
of the Danube to celebrate the first pupils and apostles of Christ.
To celebrate them, while at the same time praying with them
and that their prayers may continuously be with us that they
might represent us before the Living God. That we learn as much
as we can from the holy apostles and follow their example of
unshakeable, mighty and powerful faith in Christ, faith that
gave them the strength and the power to overcome the difficulties,
trials and persecution they were forced to endure in order to
preach and spread the knowledge of Christ and the Gospel of Christ
– the Gospel of the salvation of the entire human race in the
Son of God.
Deacon Branislav Mrkic
MYTHOLOGY OF BLOOD AND TERRITORY IS RE-EMERGING IN MONTENEGRO
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral
served Holy Hierarchal Liturgy yesterday in the church of Sts.
Cosma and Damian in the village of Staniseljici near Ljesane.
“God’s holy people are the most beautiful fruits borne by the
earth and who are brought forth by the human race. Divine beauty,
goodness and a God-like image are revealed through these holy
people, and the purity and perfection of human nature speaks
through them,” said Metropolitan Amfilohije in his sermon, interpreting
the words of the prophets on saints.
“Today we remember two ancient physicians, Cosmas and Damian.
Ordinary men but they knew the reason for their birth and they
knew they needed to multiply the gifts given them by God. When
it became necessary, they witnessed God even by their martyrs’
blood, filled with the spirit of self-sacrificial love,” said
He said that people today are caught in a dilemma as to whether
to be worshippers of God or worshippers of idols.
“Here among us today, I see with my eyes and I mourn because
of it, the re-emergence of the mythology of territory and blood.
Time will show what will come from all this. God forbid that
it should be the same as that for which we have had a predisposition
in times past. Fratricidal instincts are again re-emerging. The
years 1918 and 1941 are again re-emerging, our great and terrible
tragedy. This new mythology is even being transferred to religion
and nationality on the basis of a false interpretation of its
past and its being. New myths are being born, perhaps even much
more primitive than those that until recently inspired entire
generations. Yesterday’s myths had great ideas, today’s are narrower
in scope. False children, false ideas and false mythologies are
again being born,” said Metropolitan Amfilohije in his sermon
which he addressed to the faithful in attendance in the church
in Staniseljici during Holy Liturgy.
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