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The Asceticism of Fasting: The Meaning and Importance of the Nativity Fast

A time of self-restraint and a time of prayer, a time of temptations and a time of joys: All of these relate to fasting—a special period in the life of every Orthodox Christian. Igumen Nektary (Morozov), the rector of the Church of the “Assuage My Sorrows” Icon of the Mother of God, speaks on the significance of the Nativity Fast and on the importance of even the very smallest ascetic podvig and the anticipation of the celebration.

We are used to holidays being a time of joy. Why do Orthodox Christians fast before the most significant celebrations?

—A holiday in the secular understanding and in the Church understanding are completely different things. In the world, preparation for a holiday means a shopping trip, making sure the table is covered with various foods, and thinking about how to occupy and entertain your guests. Such an approach is purely earthly. A Church feast is a celebration of another, spiritual order, giving believers the opportunity, through the remembrance of this or that event of sacred history, to touch the heart to another, Heavenly reality, and experience in all its fullness the joy of this amazing, incomparable touch.

The “Branko” Children's Choir from Nis gave a concert in Jerusalem

The “Branko” Children's Choir from Nis gave a concert in Jerusalem
The “Branko” Children's Choir from Nis gave a concert in Jerusalem
The “Branko” Children's Choir from Nis gave a concert in Jerusalem
The “Branko” Children's Choir from Nis gave a concert in Jerusalem

On the feast-day of the Holy Apostle Philip, His Beatitude Theophilus, Patriarch of Jerusalem, received His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis with a group of pilgrims from Serbia in the monastery of the Holy Prophet Elijah near the Holy City of Jerusalem.

It was in this monastery that the “Branko” Children's Choir from Serbia performed several Serbian, Greek and Georgian compositions in presence of the Patriarch, the Bishops and the local community. The performance was held with the blessing of His Beatitude the Patriarch and great affection and love of the Fraternal Choir of the Holy Apostle James of Jerusalem. The fraternal relationship between the two choirs dates back to a few years ago when the choir of the Holy Apostle James gave concerts in Belgrade and Nis, organized and sponsored by the Diocese of Nis. At the end of the performance, the Patriarch of Jerusalem blessed and instructed the members of the choir from Serbia and those present with Gospel words, wishing to the children to be even more zealous in glorifying God and setting a good example for the youth.

Patriarch Pavle of Serbia

Patriarch Pavle of Serbia
Patriarch Pavle of Serbia
Patriarch Pavle of Serbia
Patriarch Pavle of Serbia

His Holiness Patriarch Pavle (Stojčević ) of Serbia (September 11, 1914-November 15, 2009) lived a long life full of Christian asceticism.

His simplicity, meekness, and humility, combined with his strict asceticism inspired the love that millions of believers had for him during his lifetime. Many already considered him a living saint, and after his repose, faith in the holiness of Patriarch Pavle is growing ever more and strengthening in the hearts of the faithful. Today marks the 10th anniversary of his falling asleep in the Lord.

Biography of Patriarch Pavle

The spiritual leader of the Serbian Orthodox people was born September 11, 1914 to Stefan and Ann Stojcevic, in the village of Kucani, in the county of Donji Miholjac, in Slavonija. His baptismal name was Gojko.

The Belgrade Parimeinik presented in Belgrade

The Belgrade Parimeinik presented in Belgrade
The Belgrade Parimeinik presented in Belgrade
The Belgrade Parimeinik presented in Belgrade
The Belgrade Parimeinik presented in Belgrade

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the National Library of Serbia, and the ‘Platoneum’ Publishing House, the prototypical edition of the Belgrade Parimejnik - the Serbian medieval codex from the first quarter of the 13th century - was presented in the crypt of the Saint Sava Temple in Vracar on October 17, 2019.

His Grace Bishop of Backa Irinej, Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljevic, Director of the National Library of Serbia Laslo Blašković, and Vladan Trijićas as editor of the book presented their thorough reviews.

Тhe 10th anniversary of the Radio Slovo ljubve, Belgrade

Тhe 10th anniversary of the Radio Slovo ljubve, Belgrade
Тhe 10th anniversary of the Radio Slovo ljubve, Belgrade
Тhe 10th anniversary of the Radio Slovo ljubve, Belgrade
Тhe 10th anniversary of the Radio Slovo ljubve, Belgrade

On the occasion of the great jubilee - ten years of the Radio Slovo ljubve (The Word on Love), broadcasting agency of the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovci, which fell on October 14, 2019, the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God – which is also a patron saint day of the Radio, a celebration was organized in the premises of the radio station in Belgrade.

The Radio Slovo ljubve, functioning with the of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, has had a number of major series produced in its own production over the past years: ‘Serbian Patriarchs”, “Founders and Endowers”, a cycle of issues "Under the Question mark" dedicated to World War I, a series "Legal Order in the so-called Independent State  of Croatia", then "Mysteries of Belgrade", "Belgrade Early Christian Martyrs", "Theological Views on Saint Maximus the Confessor", "Interviews with Academicians", a cycle of children's shows "Veronautics", "Exercise and Health" ...