Monday, December 27, 2010

What price freedom? - Britic

An outstanding article from the excellent British Serb magazine, Britic What price freedom? - Britic

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

To Our Western and Greek Brothers & Sisters who celebrate Christmas this day.

Christ is Born! Truly He Is Born!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jose Pablo Baraybar « The Bloody Yellow House

Jose Pablo Baraybar « The Bloody Yellow House

US State Dept: "Let's Pretend Supporting Thugs Who Kill People for Their Organs, Is No Big Deal"

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary

Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
December 17, 2010

....QUESTION: Council of Europe accusations against – Council of Europe report today accused also prime minister for serious crimes, basically. In the report, the FBI is mentioned as one of the sources of the inquiry. So is there anything new about that? We heard something —

MR. CROWLEY: We addressed that a couple of days ago.

QUESTION: Yes.

MR. CROWLEY: We fully support that – any investigation by a legitimate authority into these charges.

QUESTION: Do you have any contacts with Kosovo government on the issue?

MR. CROWLEY: I’ll take that question, see if we’ve had – I’m not aware of any – I’ll tell you what, I’m not aware of any contacts we’ve had since that report has come out. If that is – if our – but I’ll take that question and see.

QUESTION: P.J., just on that subject, you said – when you did address it the other day – I think it was Wednesday – you said pretty much the same thing, that you fully support an investigation. But you also noted, pointed out that this has come up before and that the ICTY has declined to prosecute or declined to go any further. Is that – I took that to suggest that you didn’t think that there was anything new here or that you thought that there was any – there was evidence that —

MR. CROWLEY: Well, we did have a statement of fact that some of these issues had been investigated before, and – but to the extent that this report sheds new light on these issues, they should be followed through.

QUESTION: And do you have any concerns about what this might do to the U.S.-Kosovo relations, in particular —

MR. CROWLEY: I don’t think it’s going to change fundamentally U.S.-Kosovo relations.

QUESTION: Well, the U.S. –

MR. CROWLEY: I mean, they’re based on our mutual interest, not on specific personalities.

QUESTION: Well, right. But I mean, if – do you see any problem in dealing specifically with Mr. Thaci?

MR. CROWLEY: Well, at this point, since any individual anywhere in the world is innocent until proven otherwise, he is the current prime minister, and we will continue to work with that government.

QUESTION: Well, yeah, but you won’t deal with President Bashir; he’s not been convicted of anything. You don’t deal with Mugabe, pretty much, and he’s not been convicted of anything.

MR. CROWLEY: He – well, he – yeah.

QUESTION: You’re calling for Laurent Gbagbo to leave Ivory Coast.

MR. CROWLEY: For very different reasons, Matt.

QUESTION: Well, all of them have been accused of – okay – being accused of crimes. None of them have been convicted of anything. And yet – so why is Hashim Thaci given this luxury?

MR. CROWLEY: We’re not giving anybody a pass. As we’ve said, if there’s new information that is revealed in this report, it should be fully investigated.

QUESTION: Giving the pass on Hashim —

MR. CROWLEY: In fairness, we don’t want to neglect the back of the room.

QUESTION: Thank you. Do you have any comments on today’s Japanese prime minister visit to Okinawa?

MR. CROWLEY: I do not......

Sorry folks, this is such BS coming from our State Department that it makes you want to beat your head against the wall. The very people that the US State Dept supported — and Hillary in specific supported -- in taking over Kosovo, are accused of killing people in order to sell their organs, plus supplying 90% of the illegal heroin to Europe and sex-trafficking. But the State Department reaction? "No big deal, let’s not talk about it", it’s business as usual at the State Department -- or in Hell -- or maybe it's become the same place!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Sharks Wary of Drunk Serbs

This is the funniest story I've heard in a long time!

MINA Breaking News

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

U.S.-Backed Kosovo Administration Implicated in Organ-Trafficking Racket – But Will It Matter?

One can’t help but wonder how many times we have to be hit over the head before it begins to sink in that America’s intervention in Kosovo was based on a pack of lies from the start. The “accepted” narrative of Kosovo as the great success story parades under the headline: U.S. and NATO Allies Nobly Stepped in to Stop Genocide by Evil Serbs. The reality was U.S. Dragged NATO Allies Kicking and Screaming Into Support for Muslim Mafia Committing Genocide Against Christian Serbs.

Comes now the Council of Europe’s human rights investigator Dick Marty with damning accusations that Hashim Thaci, a/k/a Gjarpër (“Snake”), currently masquerading as “prime minister” of the illegal separatist administration in Pristina, heads a “mafia-like” operation that included murdering captives, mainly Serbs, to sell their organs on the black market. Is even that ghoulish revelation enough to force a reconsideration of the preening self-justification of a “humanitarian” intervention most Americans have long since forgotten? We can hope. But did the plotted attack on Fort Dix changes any minds? No. Now we have organ trafficking. Let's remember the organ-trafficking story first broke over two years ago and seemed to be withering away in the face of brazen stonewalling by "authorities" in Pristina and Tirana (with full backing from Washington, of course.)

Release of Mr. Marty’s report, just as Thaci is claiming victory in Kosovo’s recent elections, suggests that somebody in Europe wants to jump off this bandwagon to disaster. But for Americans, the question is: How horrible do the facts need to be before we start looking behind the curtain to see what our government is so desperate to conceal?

In the unfortunate partisan myopia that plagues American politics, some of my fellow conservatives might be tempted to blame it on Bill Clinton and leave it at that. Of course, it was largely a “Clinton problem” back during the 1999 NATO war against Serbia. To their credit, most Congressional Republicans voted against the war, which our Razorback Rommel illegally launched even though the House of Representatives had voted down the authorization to use military force. But while Republicans mainly voted No, the neoconservative establishment was whipping up support for the Clinton White House. Unfortunately, with neocon domination of the George W. Bush administration's foreign policy, and their desperation to win Islamic friends after 9/11, the Bush policy on Kosovo was even more Clinton than Clinton, leading to the decision to try to force the issue of Kosovo’s independence in violation of every principle of international law and national sovereignty.

So, what will Washington do now about “our” guy Thaci? Do a Google Image search for his name with almost any top U.S. figure of either party you can think of and you'll see him in a warm handshake, often a chummy embrace with a virtual Who’s Who of the American establishment: George W. Bush, Condi Rice, Bill Gates, Clinton (both of them), Joseph Biden, Madeleine Albright, Wesley Clark, etc. (See “Snake and Friends” at the end of this message.) One would like to think some one of these worthies would now have the decency to say (even if only in virtuous hypocrisy), “What? I didn't know! I'd never have supported these guys if I had!” But the problem is, even aside from these organ-trafficking peccadilloes, the U.S. establishment did know – from Day One – that Thaci and Co. (the "Kosovo Liberation Army," KLA) were a bunch of thugs. So did the intelligence services of our allies. (And make no mistake – it's not just Thaci. If Thaci needs to be dumped, we can guess that “Plan B” will be to install in his place another of his equally vicious KLA colleagues.) They – our government – knew the KLA were criminals running the drug, slave, and weapons rackets throughout Europe. They knew the KLA was supported by Osama bin Laden (with whom Thaci met personally in Tirana in 1998 to plan the jihad in Kosovo, according to the former head of Albanian intelligence), the Iranians, the Saudis, the Turks, and other supporters of an Islamic re-re-conquest of the Balkans. And we supported them anyway, shredding every rule of law and decency in the process. Now what? In all probability, circle the wagons, hope it will blow over, and keep twisting arms around the world in support of the illegal separatist terrorist entity “KosovA.”

As for Serbia – if there were a respectable government in Belgrade, instead of a group of quislings, they wouldn’t be preparing to meet with representatives of Thaci’s “government” in direct negotiations. Instead, conspiring with their U.S. and European supporters and collaborators in the Serbian Orthodox Church, Belgrade’s recent “contribution” to the Kosovo fiasco is their persecution of Vladika Artemije, Bishop of Ras and Prizren and Kosovo and Metohija, who over two years ago was calling for then-President Bush to refuse to meet with Thaci and demanding an accounting for the organ-selling outrage!

Let us hope that Mr. Marty’s fine work doesn’t get thrown down the Memory Hole with any and all other facts inconvenient to Washington’s policy. But it’s not enough just to track down the individual perpetrators, or even to pack Thaci off to jail (though both would be a good start). It’s time for the lies that have undergirded our entire Balkan policy to be exposed, for the United States to stop its obsessive support for Islamic jihad against the indigenous Christian population, and specifically to back off from our absurd and destructive global lobbying on behalf of the KLA regime.

Some might argue that “we’ve come too far” to reverse course now, that American commitment to “KosovA” is irreversible. But it’s never too late to stop doing the wrong thing and start doing the right thing. If Mr. Marty’s organ-trafficking revelations can be a catalyst for a truthful reassessment of American policy and of the events of recent years, the victims will not have died in vain.

Hashim Thaci, AKA "The Snake" with Friends


With Bill Clinton
With Hillary Clinton
With Madeline Albright
With Gates
Wth George Bush
With Koucher, and Wesley Clark
With VP Joe Biden
With Condi Rice

With Cindy McCain (wife of Senator John McCain) in Kosovo, right after Kosovo's illegal declaration of "independence".






Saturday, October 16, 2010

66 Years Later, a Bronze Star for a Hero From Queens - NYTimes.com

George Vujnovich on right with American Airmen just before they were rescued from behind WWII enemy lines.
66 Years Later, a Bronze Star for a Hero From Queens - NYTimes.com

Friday, October 08, 2010

"Once Brothers" ESPN Special

ESPN "Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to America where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic's Croatia and Divac's Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to face each other on the basketball courts of the NBA, no words passed between the two. Then, on the fateful night of June 7, 1993, Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident. "Once Brothers" will tell the gripping tale of these two men, how circumstances beyond their control tore apart their friendship, and whether Divac has ever come to terms with the death of a friend before they had a chance to reconcile." (Video Clips on Website)

Once Brothers

NBA Entertainment

Premieres Tuesday Oct 12 8PM ESPN

Wednesday Oct 13

8pm ESPN 2

Thursday Oct 14

11pm ESPN Classic

Wednesday Oct 20

9:30pm ESPN

Sunday Oct 31

9pm ESPN Classic

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Commentary: Terror in the Balkans | The National Interest

Commentary: Terror in the Balkans | The National Interest
Bravo Gordon Bardos -- one of the best articles I've seen on the Balkans in a long time!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Serbia: Kosovo leaders eye Orthodox Serb patriach's investiture ceremony - Adnkronos Politics

Serbia: Kosovo leaders eye Orthodox Serb patriach's investiture ceremony - Adnkronos Politics

Belgrade, 22 Sept. (AKI) - Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu and prime minister Hasim Thaci have asked to attend the enthronement of patriarch Irinej in the Monastery of Pec patriarchate on 3 October.

The complex of the Pec churches is the spiritual seat and mausoleum of Serbian archbishops and patriarchs and a symbol of Serb nationalistic identity, and the Kosov leadership's request puts the Serbian Orthodox Church in an awkward position.

Irinej, spiritual leader of some ten million Serbs world-wide, was elected in April, but will be officially enthroned in a medieval seat of the church in Pec, in western Kosovo.

Kosovo majority Albanians seceded from Serbia two years ago, a move that has been recognised by seventy countries, including the United States and 22 members of the European Union.

Most Serbs remained opposed to Kosovo's independence.

President Boris Tadic and other high Serbian officials are expected to attend the enthroning ceremony. Tadic’s first wife, Veselinka Zastavnikovic, has become a nun after their divorce ten years ago and is serving in Pec nunnery.

Kosovo and Serbian media reported on Thursday that Sejdiu and Thaci had asked to attend the ceremony to demonstrate a good will towards minority Serbs majority of who oppose Kosovo independence.

But Bishop Amfilohije, in charge of Kosovo diocese, said the church's Holy Synod governing body hasn’t considered the possibility of Sejdiu and Thaci attending, because it was a purely religious ceremony.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Brkic Triplets Tour California

The angelic voices of the Brkic triplets from Serbia will be heard at concerts across California next month.

Blinded in infancy by a faulty incubator, the Brkic triplet's crystal clear voices speak the truth of their names, which translate to "Faith", "Hope", and "Freedom".

Here is a partial schedule to hear these living testaments to God's Love:

1st August St. George Church Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego, after the Liturgy

8th August, St Steven Serbian Serbian Orthodox Church in Alhambra, after the Liturgy

14th August, Holy Assumption of the Mother of God Serbian Orthodox Church, Sacramento, 7:00 PM

15th August, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Moraga, after the Liturgy

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Serbia - Opening court in Kosovska Mitrovica unacceptable

....."Too many innocent people have been killed because of the international communities’ stance towards the problems of the Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija".....Serbia - Opening court in Kosovska Mitrovica unacceptable

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church in Angels Camp looking good as it turns 100yrs Old


St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church in Angels Camp looking good as it turns 100 - Faith & Values - Modbee.com

Nice story in the Modesto Bee about our church in Angel's Camp, plus another story in the Ledger Dispatch. The 100th anniversary celebration is Saturday May 15th, 2010 with a Liurgy served at the church at 10AM, then a blessing of old Serbian cemetery in nearby Altaville, and a luncheon to follow at Black Bart's Restaurant in San Andreas complete with a tambura band. Be there!

Monday, April 05, 2010

THE KRAJINA CHRONICLE: A History of Serbs in Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia

New Book by Srdija Trifkovic:

THE KRAJINA CHRONICLE: A History of Serbs in Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia

by Srdja Trifkovic, with an Afterword by Michael M. Stenton

THIS PIONEERING WORK takes the reader through more than half a millennium of the rich and tragic history of the Krajina Serbs. They endured an attempt to exterminate them in 1941-45 that horrified even the Germans. Most recently they were ethnically cleansed from Croatia, aided and abetted by the Clinton Administration. Dr. Trifkovic ably shines the light of truth on this, a crime that is still largely ignored in the West. -- Doug Bandow, former Special Assistant to President Reagan

DR. TRIFKOVIC HAS WRITTEN A LONG OVERDUE HISTORY of the Serbian warrior farmers who for centuries formed the first line of defense against Islamic incursions into Europe. It is a story of heroism and tragedy. It ends with mass expulsion of the Krajina Serbs in 1995 from their ancestral lands, abandoned by their fellow Serbs in Belgrade and former allies abroad. This excellent book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the often complex and violent history of the Balkan powder keg. -- James Bissett, former Canadian Ambassador in Yugoslavia, Chairman of The Lord Byron Foundation

THIS COMPREHENSIVE STUDY PROVIDES THE BEST EXPLANATION YET of the fact ignored by most media and Western governments during the 1990’s Balkan upheavals: that rather than being bent on conquering the lands of other peoples, the Serbs in what is today’s Republic of Croatia were actually trying to hold on to their historical native soil. It casts light on one of the most egregious violations of human rights that continues to be ignored by the “international community” – the right of the ethnically cleansed Krajina Serbs to return to their homelands. -- Col. Dr. Ronald Hatchett, Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas

THIS BOOK BRINGS TOGETHER in one short volume episodes of European and South Slav history which are known only in fragmentary form. -- From the Afterword by Dr. Michael Stenton, Royal Naval College Britannia, England

Buy at the Balkan Studies website

Patriarchal Paschal Encyclical 2010

The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2010
The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2010


IRINEJ
By the grace of God
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian
Patriarch, with the all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church – to all the
clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy
and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit,
with the joyous Paschal greeting:

CHRIST IS RISEN!
INDEED HE IS RISEN!

“Christ is risen from dead,
trampling down death by death and
upon those in the tombs bestowing life.”
(Paschal troparion)

In greeting you, dear brothers and sisters, with the words of this all-joyous and victorious hymn of Christ’s Resurrection, we would remind you that the Resurrection is the foundation of the Church and the source of faith and hope in our life on earth. Christ’s Resurrection is the seal and crown of God’s love toward this world and man: “…For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

The Resurrection is a Biblical mystery, for centuries hidden in the bosom of the Old Testament only to finally be proclaimed to the world in the New Testament – with the Resurrection from the dead of the God-Man Jesus Christ. (cf. Matthew 28:6)

The mystery of the Resurrection connected with the arrival of the Messiah is foreshadowed in the books of many prophets of the Old Testament. The great Prophet Isaiah confesses belief in the personal and general Resurrection with words: “The dead shall rise up, and those in the tombs shall arise,” (Isaiah 26:19) and calls all Israel to participate in that joy of the promised Resurrection: “Rise and sing all ye in the earth, for your dew is a healing for them, but the land of the ungodly shall come to an end.” (Isaiah 26:19) The Prophet David witnesses to the same in his psalms by connecting the mystery of the Resurrection with the arrival of the Messiah. With his psalms he affirms that faith in the Resurrection is the faith of all the righteous ones from the Old Testament, whose souls God would not leave in Hades, “For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow Your Holy One to see corruption,” (Psalm 15:10) directing us with this verse toward the First Resurrected One, the Messiah – Christ. And other prophets from the Old Testament affirm the mystery of the Resurrection. The Prophet Elijah resurrects the son of a widow in Zarephath of Sidon (3 Kings 17), foreshadowing with that miracle that the reality of the Resurrection will spread to all nations on earth (cf. Luke 4:26). The book of Ezekiel gives us a moving prefiguration of the general resurrection. The holy Prophet Ezekiel, inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, sees the bringing back to life of human bones from the dust of the earth, bones which will be gathered at the end of history and right before the General Judgment of God: “Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord to these bones: Behold, I will bring the Spirit of life upon you.’” (Ezekiel 37:4-5)

In the New Testament we can truly say that the Resurrection is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega (cf. Revelation 1:8), for it is identified with faith in Christ: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet he shall live” (John 11:25). To believe in Christ means to believe in the Resurrection.

All the miracles and signs described in the books of the New Testament happen on Christ’s way to Golgotha and the Resurrection. The Gospel description of Jairus’ daughter’s resurrection (cf. Matthew 9:18-26) and that of the widow’s son (cf. Luke 7:12-15), and especially of the resurrection of the four-day-dead Lazarus in Bethany (cf. John 11:5-46), affirm the truth that Christ is the Resurrection and the Life. He came into this world to give us Resurrection, as we sing during these holy days in the resurrection services. Neither something else – nor anything less! Our Lord did not bring a new philosophy, nor new ethics; rather He brought us new life, which He granted to us as a pledge of the future Resurrection in the holy mystery of Baptism. (cf. Galatians 3:27) The Lord Jesus Christ offered Himself on Golgotha as an unblemished Sacrifice on behalf of all and for all, as we confess and experience in the central part of Liturgy of the Church, as we commune of the Body and Blood of “Christ Crucified and Resurrected for us.” Christ is the paschal Lamb of the New Testament. By His Cross and His Resurrection on the third day He finally and perfectly showed that He is the Messiah and Savior of the world and “that there is no other name on earth by which we could be saved.” (cf. Acts 4:12)

The Holy Apostle Paul when speaking of Christ’s Resurrection said: “If Christ is not risen our faith is in vain…, but Christ is risen and has become the First-born of the dead.” (I Corinthians 15:17-20) The Holy Apostle Paul preached to Greek philosophers and wise men about “the unknown God” (cf. Acts 17:23), telling them particularly about Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. Christ’s victory over death is the affirmation of the truthfulness of Christ’s Divinity. That is why in the Gospel the holy apostles are called “witnesses of Christ’s Resurrection.” (cf. Acts 1:22) By the truth about Christ and His Resurrection, the apostles conquered “ancient arrogant Rome” and “as Galileans rather then Aristotelians” they proclaimed the news about Christ the Savior from end to end of the universe. (Romans 10:18) The two thousand years of the Church’s history, born on the day of Pentecost by the Holy Spirit, and affirmed by the preaching of the Apostles and Holy Fathers, is the greatest and the best proof that the Resurrected Lord is with us and that He will be with us “always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Remembering these Gospel testimonies and the truth about our Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, “in whom we live, move and exist” (Acts 17:28), guided by pastoral concern, we call upon you, our dear spiritual children, to confess and safeguard your faith in the Resurrection, not only with words, but with your life and works. In this regard, the Holy Gospel admonishes us to avoid “parasynagogues”, that is to avoid sectarian-type separatism and gatherings as well as false prophets and teachers, for they “come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15). Let us safeguard our Orthodox Tradition inherited from the Apostles and the Holy Fathers, from Saint Sava and Saint Simeon the Myrrhflowing. St. Sava, before the myrrhflowing relics of his father, brought peace between his two feuding brothers, and with that he called us to always and everywhere live in brotherly love and unity. We greet our brothers and sisters, our spiritual children, in Kosovo and Metohija.

We greet them with a greeting of the Cross and Resurrection, seeing how the clergy and faithful people of God attend their church and holy shrines in peace and love, tranquility and obedience, participate in the services and partake of the Divine Mysteries of Christ in these holy and saving days of Christ’s ascent to Jerusalem to conquer death and open the door of Resurrection and life eternal to all of us. Bishop Atanasije, who per the decision of our Patriarch and the Holy Synod is temporarily substituting for Bishop Artemije, is visiting our faithful and the holy shrines throughout Kosovo and Metohija, and in unity and oneness of mind with the clergy and faithful serves from royal Prizren in the south, throughout Metohija to Velika Hoca and Pech, and from the foothills of Shara through Kosovo Pomoravlje to Novo Brdo and Mitrovica, to the foothills of Kopaonik in the north. Thank God, our people are resolved to stay and exist on this holy altar, believing in the Cross and Resurrection of Christ and our own resurrection, always safeguarding themselves from disunity and ill-conceived confusing stories that do not lead to the safeguarding of the faith and of the spiritual and national identity.

Our faithful know what it means to hold fast to the healthy words of our Lord and to sound pious teachings, and, on the other hand, they also know what futile arguing means, “from which comes envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wrangling of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.” (I Timothy 6:3-5) In rebuilt holy shrines prayers are offered in one mind and heart by our clergy and people: “Commending ourselves and each another and our whole life to Christ our God!” With one mouth and one heart a prayer of unity in the Faith and in the communion of the Holy Spirit is being sung to the glory of the Union of the Holy Trinity and to the safeguarding of the Orthodox conciliarity of church and people.

We pray to God that, through the prayers of Saint Sava and Saint Tsar Lazar, peace and freedom are returned to our suffering Kosovo, our spiritual cradle and our Jerusalem, the place of our greatest holy shrines, which are pearls of Orthodox culture and the common treasure of all Christendom.

We also exhort all our pious people living in our homeland and elsewhere to live and rejoice in Christ’s Resurrection. The Resurrection calls us to safeguard the unity of our Holy Church and that we never subjugate our Community and our common interests to earthly interests. The Holy Apostle Paul calls and admonishes us not to be “lawless and insubordinate” (cf. I Timothy 1:9), bringing to life “old wounds” of already healed divisions of the body of St. Sava’s Church. Let us then live in the unity of our Mother Church and in love and unity with one another, preserving according to the words of the already-mentioned apostle to many nations, “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)

At this time of the Resurrection, the Church always stresses the value and holiness of human life, from the beginning of conception to the full maturity of every unique and God-like human person, objecting to every form of violence against them. To this end, we are not only reminded by God’s command: Do not kill! (Exodus 20:13), but even more so by the Resurrection of Christ, because it reveals to us the deepest meaning of creation and of the existence of the world and man, which is the salvation “of all and everything” in the Crucified and Resurrected Christ. (cf. I Corinthians 1:23)

Today’s man, plagued with worries of this world and blinded by a selfish consumer mentality, avoids the encounter with the mystery of life and death. “Cursed questions” which great human minds like Dostoyevsky and many others have dealt with in our time, do not have many inquirers. We are witnesses, unfortunately, that the “civilization of death” is becoming more and more apparent. Many worldly religions and even the philosophy and art of our time are embracing, according to the words of Father Alexander Schmemann, “peacemaking with death”. Death is, according to them, the one reality, the beginning and end of the world. The Church of Christ affirms and witnesses exactly the opposite. The Church confesses and preaches the deepest dignity and sanctity of human life, believing in Christ’s Resurrection which triumphs over our greatest and last enemy, which is death. (cf. Corinthians 15:26)

A great Russian elder Saint Seraphim of Sarov would greet all his visitors with these words: “My joy, Christ is Risen!”, with this greeting showing that the Church of Christ and her saints live in the present reality of the Resurrection. May God grant that we too may become witnesses of that truth and that the joy of the Resurrection may shine forth in our souls and our faces – that joy which was seen on the face of the recently departed Athonite elder Joseph of Vatopedi, who contrary to the laws of biology, departed with a smile on his face.

Greeting you all, our brothers and sisters, we call you to live in love toward God and your neighbors, walking the path that leads to life eternal. Living in such a way, we will become and we will be sons and daughters of the Resurrection.

Christ Is Risen!
Indeed He Is Risen!

Given at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade at Pascha 2010.
Your prayerful intercessors before the Risen Lord:

Archbishop of Pec,
Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and
Serbian Patriarch IRINEJ

Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana JOVAN
Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coastlands AMPHILOHIJE
Metropolitan of Libertyville-Chicago CHRISTOPHER
Metropolitan of Dabro-Bosna NIKOLAJ

Bishop of Sabac LAVRENTIJE
Bishop of Zvornik-Tuzla VASILIJE
Bishop of Srem VASILIJE
Bishop of Banja Luka JEFREM
Bishop of Budim LUKIJAN
Bishop of Canada GEORGIJE
Bishop of Banat NIKANOR
Bishop of New Gracanica – Midwestern America LONGIN
Bishop of Eastern America MITROPHAN
Bishop of Zica CHRYSOSTOM
Bishop of Backa IRINEJ
Bishop of Great Britain and Scandinavia DOSITEJ
Bishop of Ras and Prizren ARTEMIJE
Bishop of Bihac and Petrovac CHRYSOSTOM
Bishop of Osijek and Baranja LUKIJAN
Bishop of Central Europe CONSTANTINE
Bishop of Western Europe LUKA
Bishop of Timok JUSTIN
Bishop of Vranje PAHOMIJE
Bishop of Sumadija JOVAN
Bishop of Slavonia SAVA
Bishop of Branicevo IGNATIJE
Bishop of Milesevo FILARET
Bishop of Dalmatia FOTIJE
Bishop of Budimlje and Niksic JOANIKIJE
Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina GRIGORIJE
Bishop of Valjevo MILUTIN
Bishop of Western America MAXIM
Bishop of Gornji Karlovac GERASIM
Bishop of Australia and New Zealand IRINEJ
Retired Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina ATANASIJE,
Administrator of Raska and Prizren Diocese
Vicar Bishop of Hvostno ATANASIJE
Vicar Bishop of Jegar PORFIRIJE
Vicar Bishop of Lipljan TEODOSIJE
Vicar Bishop of Dioclea JOVAN
Vicar Bishop of Moravica ANTONIJE

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF OCHRID
Archbishop of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skoplje JOVAN
Bishop of Polos and Kumanovo JOAKIM
Bishop of Bregal and locum tenens of the Diocese of Bitolj MARKO
Vicar Bishop of Stobija DAVID

Christ Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!



English Translation:

People rejoice, nations hear:
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!
Stars dance, mountains sing:
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!
Forests murmur, winds hum:
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!
Seas bow*, animals roar:
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!
Bees swarm, and the birds sing:
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!

Angels stand, triple the song:
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!
Sky humble yourself, and elevate the earth:
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!
Bells chime, and tell to all:
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!
Glory to You God, everything is possible to You,
Christ is risen, and brings us joy!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Arthur Jibilian, the Last of the Halyard Heroes, Passes Away

Story at the News Messenger Vjecnaja Pamjat, Jibby. And Our Condolences to His Family.

Interview with WW2 veteran hero, Art Jibilian from Vladimir Bibic on Vimeo.

Last known video interview with Jibby at the "WWII, Lest We Forget" commemoration in in Michigan in June of 2009.

The first 27 seconds of the video is a little messed up, so just advance to there to watch it as the rest of the video is fine.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Scotsman: "Dr Elizabeth Ross - the Scottish saint of Serbia "


Each year, the Serbian people remember & honor the British doctors & nurses who gave their lives to support the Serbs during the First World War, including the bravery of Dr. Elizabeth Ross. More at The Scotsman

And Dr. Elizabeth Ross wasn't the only Scottish saint of Serbia worthy of admiration and thanks.

During WWI, Dr. Elsie Inglis helped organize 13 Scottish Women's Hospitals in France, Belgium, Serbia, Greece (Macedonia), and Russia (Romania). Read more about her here on PubMed.gov

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Gutless Wonders At Amnesty International

Grey Falcon Blog describes what happens when you try to submit a film of what's happening to Serbs in Kosovo to Amnesty International's "Human Rights Art Festival". If you aren't a political correct ethnic group, then they decide that you aren't "human"!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Monasteries Of Pec


Some beautiful photos of the 14th and 15th century iconography of both High Decani and the Patriarchate in this travelogue of two major Serbian Monasteries in Kosovo.

At pains not to offend their Albanian hosts, one must read a bit between the lines from the author to discover that both of the churches have to be kept under constant armed guard to protect them from destruction.

Back in March of 2007, Muslim Albanians fired an anti-tank mortar grenade that luckily lodged in the roof and did not explode. Since 1999, this was the 23rd time that High Decani had been targeted with mortars.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Serbian Orthodox Church Choirs: A Musical Tradition (MP3)

A beautiful oral history of the Serbian Orthodox Church choirs here in America by Cissy Rebich

Part One is here

Part Two is here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Real James Bond, WWII Hero Dusko Popov

An excellent documentary on the real life exploits of WWII British double-agent, Dusko Popov -- a Serb who even conveyed information to J. Edgar Hoover on the imminent attack on Pearl Harbor four months before it happened --and who was used as the model for Ian Fleming's James Bond.





Thursday, January 07, 2010

Mir Bozhi! Hristos Se Rodi! Vaistinu Se Rodi!


The Peace of God! Christ Is Born! Truly He Is Born!

There are many Serbs here in the US who haven't forgotten their roots or their Faith.

And one of them is Baba Mim from Moon, PA, whose website is a treasure trove of Serbian Orthodox customs in America. This year, Baba Mim's celebration of Serbian Orthodox Christmas customs was featured in the Pittsburgh Gazette.

To all of you celebrating today, May the Joy of Christmas be with you all year long, for Christ Is Born! Truly He Is Born!