the Serbian Orthodox Church
OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS
ON THE SENTENCING OF ARCHBISHOP JOVAN OF OCHRID
Following the sentencing of His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of
Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skopje by a court in Bitolj, the Holy
Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church wishes to express
its bitterness and shock upon this act of trampling of elementary
religious and human rights.
We had hoped that the time of persecution of the Church had
passed. The sentence against Archbishop Jovan, recognized by
all local Orthodox Churches, represents a sentence against all
Hence, we call on the state institutions of the Republic of
Macedonia to withdraw this senseless act that only serves to
cast an irreparable stain on this country and on its justice
system before God, justice and the international public.
In Belgrade, July 22, 2005
The Holy Synod of Bishops of
the Serbian Orthodox Church
METROPOLITAN JOVAN FORMALLY PRESENTS
VARAZDIN EPISTLE TO LEPAVINA
On the feast of St. Prokopios the Great-martyr, His Eminence
Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb and Ljubljana served Holy Hierarchal
Liturgy in the church of St. Stefan the Archdeacon in Mali Poganac.
St. Prokopios the Great-martyr is celebrated as the patron saint’s
day of the three villages belonging to the church, and every
year it is celebrated together in the church of St. Stefan the
Archdeacon in Mali Poganac.
During the service Metropolitan Jovan emphasized the example
of St. Prokopios the Great-Martyr in his unshakeable attestation
of faith in the one, true God and the beneficial effect of his
example on converting others to the faith.
Metropolitan Jovan further highlighted the evangelical message
from the service regarding bearing one’s cross and loving one’s
neighbor, noting the need to take care of our Christian life:
the fulfillment of God’s commandments and frequent partaking
of the Holy Mystery of Communion in order to avoid the temptations
that come with the modern way of life.
Metropolitan Jovan then visited Lepavina Monastery and formally
presented a photographic reproduction edition of the Varazdin
An Epistle Lectionary, the first known Serbo-Slavonic book
to be written
in the area, copied in Varazdin in 1454 through
the intercession of Katarina Brankovic, daughter of Serbian Despot
Djuradj (reigned from 1427–1456). Kept in the Serbian Orthodox
Church Museum in Belgrade, it bears the inscription: This liturgical
book was written "during the time of Right-believing and
Christ-loving Lady and Princess Cantacuzenus, Daughter of Despot
Djuradj, Serbian Autocrat."
METROPOLITAN AMFILOHIJE SERVES AT THE PEC PATRIARCHATE
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral
served Holy Hierarchal Liturgy yesterday, Thursday, July 21,
2005, on the feast of St. Prokopios the Great-Martyr, in the
church of the Holy Apostles in the monastery of the Pec Patriarchate
During the course of the day Metropolitan Amfilohije visited
Serbian returnees to the village of Belo Polje near Pec.
Source: Svetigora Press, S.K.
“LIFE IN THIS WORLD AND LIFE ETERNAL”
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Vasilije of Srem, the
Church Council of the Church Parish of Paragovo organized a humanitarian
blood drive yesterday, July 21, 2005 called “Life in This World
and Life Eternal”.
A large number of faithful responded to this Serbian Orthodox
Church campaign and a considerable quantity of the precious fluid
was collected on the occasion of the eve of St. Marina the Great-Martyr
(Mary of Fire), the patronal feast of the parish of Paragovo.
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