SAINT ANDREW THE FIRST CALLED PATRON SAINT OF THE ROYAL
Belgrade, December 13, 2006 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown
Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine celebrated today The Royal
Family’s saint day – Saint Andrew the First Called, the Patron Saint of The
Royal Family Karadjordjević.
In the morning with the blessing of His Holiness the Serbian
Patriarch Pavle, the Divine Liturgy was served at The Royal Chapel of Saint
Andrew the First Called by His Eminence Metropolitan of Bosnia and Dabar
Nikolaj, together with the clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church,
Archpriest-Staurophor Mihailo Arnaut, Presbyter Dr. Vladan Perišić, Archdeacon
Momir Lečić and Archdeacon Stevan Rapajić, and the “First Belgrade Singers
Association Choir”. The ceremony of cutting of the Slava cake followed in the
Blue Room of The Royal Palace.
During the lunch that took place after the ceremony, His
Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander addressed the distinguished guests and
He expressed his pleasure that on the Saint Andrew’s Day the
Royal Family gathered at their home representatives of all religious
communities, politicians and respectable members of the society, stressing that
the role of the Crown is to gather, unite and give stability.
“With great joy I always welcome you to The Royal Palace and
I hope that in many years to come we will meet here united in friendship and
good will to serve and help each other and our nation as individuals aware of
their responsibilities before God and his laws, as well as before people and
their lives,” Crown Prince Alexander II said.
His Eminence Metropolitan of Bosnia and Dabar Nikolaj also
addressed the guests, saying that “those who have peace in their hearts can
spread the peace around them, and that is what we need in these times.”
Besides Their Royal Highnesses the Slava ceremony was
attended by Their Graces Bishop of Osjek and Baranja Lukijan, Bishop of Zvornik
and Tuzla Vasilije, Bishop of Hvosno Atanasije, Bishop of Srem Vasilije, Bishop
of Žiča Hristozom, Bishop of Raška and Prizren Artemije, Bishop of Zahum and
Hercegovina Grigorije, Bishop of Budim and Nikšić Joanikije, Bishop of Šabac
Lavrentije, and Bishop of Braničevo Ignatije, representatives of religious
communities, the Most Reverend Archbishop of Belgrade Monsignor Stanislav
Hočevar and Bishop of Subotica Janos Penzes, Their Excelencies Mufti Muarem
Effendi Zukorlić, Mufti Haji Hamdi Effendi Jusufspahić, Honourable Imam of Niš,
Mustafa Effendi Jusufspahić, Rabi Isak Asiel, Father Vitalij Tarasjev, head of
the Moscow Patriarchy Podvorje, HE Mr. Predrag Marković, Speaker of Serbian
Parliament, members of the Privy Council Mr. Branko Terzić, Mr. Dragomir Acović,
Mr. Dušan Bataković, and Mr. Dušan Babac, members of the Crown Cabinet Mr.
Djordje Djurišić, Mr. Dragoslav Micić, Mr. Milorad Savićević, Mr. Zoran
Trifunović, Mr. Vladan Živulović, and Mr. Čedomir Antić, members of the Crown
Council Mr. Matija Bećković, Mrs. Svetlana Velmar-Janković, Prof. Miroslav
Gašić, Prof. Pavle Nikolić, Prof. Predrag Palavestra, Prof. Milorad Pavić, and
Prof. Bogoljub Šijaković, Mrs. Ljiljana Pekić, Mrs. Olja Popović, and Mrs.
Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica has sent a
congratulation letter to the Royal Family. Reminding of insurgents victories and
bicentenary of the liberation of Belgrade under the command of Karadjordje, as
well as of King Alexander’s victories in the Balkan Wars, Prime Minister said in
his letter that „today, when we celebrate St. Andrew the First Called, Serbian
people remembers Your great ancestor and his heroes with gratitude.“
Two Slava receptions took place in The White Palace during
the afternoon and evening. Their Royal Highnesses welcomed Their Excelencies
President of Republika Srpska Mr. Milan Jelić, Minister of Foreign Affairs of
Serbia Mr. Vuk Drašković, Minister of Energy of Serbia Mr. Radomir Naumov, and
Minister of Foreign Economic Relations Mr. Milan Parivodić, director of Serbian
Intelligence Agency Mr. Rade Bulatović, advisor to the Prime Minister Mr.
Vladeta Janković, members of the Prime Minister’s cabinet, mayors,
representatives of the Government of Serbia, Army of Serbia, Police,
Gendarmerie, diplomatic corps, international organizations, religious
communities, local and international NGOs, cultural institutions, sports
associations, media and health institutions, and numerous figures from the
cultural, political and public life of Serbia.