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, June 30, 2006

Russian statistic

Duh hristianina (The Spirit of Christian)
www.christian-spirit.ru

Question: Are you agree with US politics in Balkan?
Yes-----1%---------No--83%-----I don’t know--16%

Q: Do you think that Kosovo must to be Serbian?
Yes----84%---------No---3%-----I don’t know--13%

Q: Does NATO countries have to rebuild destroyed holy places of Serbia?
Yes----86%---------No---5%-----I don’t know---9%

Q: Do you recognize that Tribunal of Haag has credibility?
Yes-----6%---------No--81%-----I don’t know--13%

Q: Do you think that Albanian terrorists of Kosovo must be stopped?
Yes----93%---------No---0%-----I don’t know---7%

Q: Do you think that Kosovo events are indirectly aimed to destroy Orthodox Christianity in Russia?
Yes----72%---------No--12%-----I don’t know--16%

Q: Is imperative for Russians to be active in protection of Serbian people?
Yes----91%---------No---0%-----I don’t know---9%



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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Bishop Artemy calls Kosovo a Serbian Jerusalem


Moscow, June 29, Interfax - Administrator of the Raska and Prizren diocese of the Serbian church bishop Artemy called Kosovo ‘a spiritual and cultural cradle’ of the Serbs, ‘a Serbian Jerusalem.’

‘The entire Serbia is a church, while Kosovo is this church’s sanctuary,’ the hierarch said at the divine worship in the Gracanica monastery, Vremya Novostey daily writes on Thursday.

Serbian prime minister Vojislav Kostunica visited the monastery last Wednesday. He met with the leaders of the Serbian community and had a meal with the brethren. His visit was timed to the anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo between the Serbs and the Turks on 28 June 1389.

An expert of the Serbian Academy of Sciences Institute of History Slavenco Terzic said that the defeat of the Serbs tragic implications for the entire Balkan region.

He noted that the Ottoman yoke had delivered a ‘strong blow on the rich heritage of the Christian nations in the Balkans. Their political, social and cultural elite was exterminated, and medieval towns, Orthodox churches and other monuments of culture had been destroyed.’

The tragedy was exacerbated by the fact that the coming of the Ottoman Empire to the Balkans ‘had brought about contacts of the Balkan people with the militarized branch of Islam, rather then with high achievements of the Arab Muslim civilization,’ the scholar added.

Deputy director of the Institute of Slavonic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dr. of history Andrey Shemyakin said that from historical perspective Kosovo was indeed the cradle of the Serbian statehood and Orthodox culture. ‘If these are taken away from the Serbs, they will never accept it and will be quite right,’ he underscored.

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About Monastery


History of Monastery:
-History before reconstruction
-RECON- STRUCTION OF THE MONASTERY
-RIOTS ON 17TH MARCH 2004 - AN EVIDENCE
-Martyrdoom of Father Chariton

columns:
-Mary Mostert, Why is a bombed mosque major news, while bombed churches are ignored?

How to donate

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LINKS SUPPORTING SURVIVAL OF CIVILIZATION IN KOSOVO/METOHIJA:
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AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR KOSOVO
SALVA I MONASTERY
KOSOVO CROCIFISSO
KOSOVO.CERKIEW.PL
KOSOVSKAJA GRAMOTA

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Monday, June 26, 2006

On 15./28. June our Holy Church celebrates THE HOLY MARTYR LAZAR [LAZARUS], SERBIAN PRINCE, SAINT EPHREM, SERBIAN PATRIARCH, BLESSED AUGUSTINE...

1. THE HOLY MARTYR LAZAR [LAZARUS], SERBIAN PRINCE

Lazar was one of the Serbian noblemen who ruled the Serbian empire after the death of Tsar Dushan. After the death of Tsar Urosh, Patriarch Ephrem crowned Lazar as the Serbian king. Lazar sent a delegation to Constantinople with the monk Isaiah to implore the patriarch to lift [remove] the anathema from the Serbian people. He fought against the Turkish powers on several occasions. Finally, he clashed [fought] on the Field of Blackbirds [Kosovo Polje] on June 15, 1389 A.D. against the Turkish Emperor Amurat where he was beheaded. His body was translated and interred in Ravanica, his memorial church [Zaduzbina] near Cuprija and later was translated to Ravanica in Srem and from there, during the Second World War (1942) was translated to Belgrade and placed in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Archangel Michael where it rests today incorrupt and extends comfort and healing to all those who turn to him with prayer. [In 1989, on the occasion of the six-hundred year anniversary of his martyrdom, St. Lazar's relics were again translated to the monastery of Ravanica in Cuprija]. St. Lazar restored the monasteries of Hilendar [Mt. Athos] and Gornjak. He built Ravanica and Lazarica [in Krusevac] and was a benefactor of the Russian monastery St. Pantaleon [Mt. Athos] as well as many other churches and monasteries.

2. SAINT EPHREM, SERBIAN PATRIARCH

As the son of a priest, Ephrem from an early age yearned for a spiritual and ascetical life. He fled to Mt. Athos when his parents wanted him to marry. Later, he returned and lived a life of asceticism in the Ibar gorge and in the monastery of Decani [Kosovo]. When rivalry and war broke out concerning precedence in the State and, unfortunately even in the Church, the Assembly [Sabor] chose Ephrem to succeed the deceased Sava as patriarch in 1375 A.D. When he was informed of his election, he wept bitterly but was unable to refuse. He crowned Prince Lazar as Tsar in 1382 A.D., renounced his throne and turned it over to Spiridon and again withdrew to the wilderness. Following the death of Spiridon in 1388 A.D., Tsar Lazar begged him to accept the throne again. He governed the Serbian Church in the difficult time of the defeat at Kosovo [1389 A.D.] until 1400 A.D. when he died in the eighty-eighth year of his earthly life and took up habitation with the Lord Whom he loved. His relics repose in the monastery of Pec [Kosovo].

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Bishop Nikolai Velimirovch
The Prologue from Ohrid
© Serbian Orthodox Church Diocese of Western America


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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bless My Enemies O Lord

Bp. Nikolai Velimirovich,
OrthodoxyToday.org

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Bp. Nikolai Velimirovich was a Serbian bishop in the last century who spoke out courageously against Nazism until he was arrested and taken to Dachau.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have.
Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.
Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath your tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.
They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.
They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments.
They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself.
They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.
Bless my enemies, O Lord, Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish.
Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.
Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background.
Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.
Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.
Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out.
Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of your garment.
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:
so that my fleeing to You may have no return;
so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;
so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;
so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger;
so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;
ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.
Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.
One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.
It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies.
Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies.
A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand. But a son blesses them, for he understands.
For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life.
Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.

From Prayers by the Lake by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich, published by the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, 1999.This article can be found on the Regeneration website.

Last post on Prizren: Heroin stolen from Prizren authorities

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Children of Kosovo Bishop hunting in Africa


Until Serbian Church is very persecuted in Kosovo&Metohija and Vardarian Macedonia (FYROM), It bear fruits in other parts of the world: In USA (California, Alaska) a number of monasteries with native Americans went to jurisdiction of SOC, the most of French Orthodox people with few monasteries is part of SOC, the Spanish Orthodox priest padre Nectari (Church of Saint Nektarius of Eguina, the first called from Navata (Girona), in Spain) said in recent letter:
Our parish belongs to the Serbian Patriarchate and our bishop is Vladika Luka (Kovacevic) of Paris.
We are attentive to all the news that arrive of Serbia and we pray for Kosovo, cradle of our Church.
I give thanks to God for the new Martyrs and I pray to them that they intercede for the Serbian people that has been accused wrongly of so many wrongs.
The truth will prevail on the lie. The day of the Terrible Trial many will be embarrassed by their wickedness...
On the end of this story are fathers Panteleimon and Spyridon (who was in Monastery of Holy Archangels during Kosovo Catastrophe in 1999.) , parish priests in Serbian church "Saint Tomas" in South Africa. About their missionary you can read in recent post of our brother in Christ deacon Steve Hayes:
-Youth day - 2006

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Remembering Kosovo's New Martyrs


http://byzantinesacredart.com/blog/

Father Hariton Lukic
(1960-1999)
Today is the seven year anniversary of kidnapping and subsequent brutal murder of Serbian Orthodox monk, Father Hariton (Chariton) of the Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren in Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia.

Fr. Hariton was kidnapped by the KLA Albanian extremists on June 15th 1999 in the streets of Prizren. His body was found one year later on August 8th 2000, in an unmarked grave in the cemetery of the Albanian village of Tusus near the city of Prizren. According to the post mortem report, Fr. Hariton's body was decapitated and severely mutilated. He was stabbed several times by knife. With his clothes the investigators have found Fr. Hariton's barely legible ID and the praying rope, by which his monastic brethren have identified him. The perpetrators of this murder have not yet been found.


Father Stefan Puric
A month later, on July 19 1999, Hieromonk Stefan Puric of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Budisavci near Klina in Kosovo and Metohija, was also abducted by the armed UCK (KLA) terrorists. According to the witnesses, father Stefan was violently tortured and subsequently murdered by Albanian terrorists. Fr. Stefan's body has never been found. By the information obtained from the Albanian side by Fr. David (Perovic), Fr. Stefan's mutilated body was thrown in an empty well and covered with animal carcasses.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Danish cartoon is over!



Last news: Bin Laden and Kosovo

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Churches are burning and none is interested

We are witnesses of indifference of literally Christians for something which is best in their culture. Kosovo islamists (a white Al-Qaida) in last 7 years destroyed more then 140 churches. After everything they did they are not punished but rewarded for this by Western World.
But, some of children of this "W.World" are not mute.
In last months several sites published short movie of destroying of Christianity (Church of Holy Prophet Elijah) in Kosovo.
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Friday, June 02, 2006

Life is hard because we are not free - Christian children of Kosovo&Metohija

How live Orthodox Christian children in Kosovo&Metohija region. After 7 years of abusing of their dreams, they sometimes have a chance to live in freedom. Mr. Timos send us a story they had expressed:In my area, we've got a mlticultural festival.

The News presented a short article on a young Serbian dancer's thoughts and feelings on dancing and the Kosovo situation:

By Julia Le

"Conflict Weary Yong People Come to Dance"

Children shouldn't grow up seeing bombs and living in fear. For many teens in a town in Kosovo though, that's all they've ever known.
"Life is hard because we are not free", said 17 year old Christina Petcovic.

She said she feels like a bird in a cage. She's not allowed to go to other cities because the majority are Albanian-dmoniated and she fears conflict.
Petcovic is one of twenty teens who arrived last wednesday for a 10-day visit to perform traditional Serbian dance in Toronto and Mississauga. Included are this weekend's Carassauga Festival at the Serbian Pavillion @ St. Sava Serbian Centre.

Rada Micic, who arranged the trip, said the children are from Kosovska Kamenica in Kosovo, where they are isolated and live in restricted conditions.
"They don't have freedom of going anywhere else. They go home and to school," said Mimic, 49. "They always fear that violence will spark...dark comes down and they can't go outside."

Mimic, a Brampton resident, attends All Serbian Saints Orthodox Church in Mississauga regularly. She was touched emotionally by the children while on a trip to war-torn Serbia.
"Hope still lives on even though 3 or 4 years have passed", said Mimic.

After seeing children living in poverty while on a trip to Kosovo, Mimic decided she wanted to help them see a better life.
"The next step was to open the door to show them another world", said Mimic.

Along with her husband, Mimic spent the past year doing stage performances in the Serbian community across the GTA. The performances raised $25,000 for the children's airplane tickets.
Petcovic said she's happy to be in Canada.

"It's so different from my country", said Petcovic."...I'm going everywhere here and it's very fun".
She and the other have been to Canada's Wonderland, Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, and the Ontario Science Centre.

"These children are so precious, so innocent and pure and so humble with everything they've seen here already," said Mimic.

Mimic said the Carassauga performance means more than just a dance and song for the teens.
"It's dancing for a future, for hope. It's not just your regular folklore group", said Mimic. "This is what they live for. This is the only way they will reach out somewhere else other than their home and school."
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Our Greek dance group goes and dances at the Serbian pavillion and then they come and dance at ours. We do the same thing with the Cypriots, so it's really nice to see other orthodox people performing something.

Timos

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