Holy Archangels' Monastery near Prizren, Serbia

"You showed me the church of Yours as the source of health", Dusan's gift charter. -Full reconstruction was interrupted... -In June 1999 a monk from the monastery, Fr. Chariton, was abducted. -Now - a spiritual center gathering the remaining Orthodox people from Prizren and around. The young monastic brotherhood is full of religious enthusiasm and remains confident that one day Holy Archangels will be completely reconstructed.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Martyrdoom of Father Chariton

A Brief Account Of The Martyrdom Of The Holy New Martyr Hariton (Lukic) of Serbia
Kidnapped on June 14th, 1999
Body found August 2000

Father Chariton (also spelled Hariton) was a monk in the Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren. He was born on November 21, 1960 in central Serbia and became a monk in Kosovo in 1995. Father Chariton was kidnapped by armed persons wearing UCK (KLA) forms and insignia on June 16 in the streets of Prizren. In the time of his disappearance the German KFOR troops have already entered Prizren area. Unfortunately they were followed by armed gangs of UCK extremists who have killed and kidnapped a dozen of Serbs in the city during the first days.

The body of Fr. Chariton was found near Prizren on August 8th, 2000. They body was decapitated and severely mutilated. The head of Fr. Chariton has not yet been found. (Editors notes: Father Chariton's burial service took place without his head).

According to the forensic report the remains of Fr. Hariton was found in an unmarked individual grave in the cemetery of the Albanian village of Tusus near Prizren. These are many evidences that the body was left in open air after the murder because only skeleton remains. Several ribs are found broken as well as the left hand. The head and a few vertebrae are missing. The body was found dressed in the clothes displayed. The sweater is found cut in the front side which might suggest that Father Hariton's belly was ripped. The holes around the area of heart are found which also might suggest that he was stabbed by knife. In any case it was a painful death. With his clothes the investigators have found his ID and his praying rope. All evidence and the forensic report have already been handed over to ICTY investigators who will proceed the investigation of this crime.


Blogger Rudolph A. Carrera said...

Dear Brothers;

I have read the article, and was moved by it. I posted a link of this article to my blog to tell those I know about it.

I pray then, for Father Chariton.

Gospodi pomiluij,


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