PUBLIC PRAYER AT ST. SAVA TEMPLE FOR SALVATION OF KOSOVO
Belgrade, 18 February 2008 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown
Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended this afternoon at St.
Sava Temple a public prayer for the salvation of the Serbian people in Kosovo
On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of the Serbian
Orthodox Church, the public prayer was led by His Eminence Archbishop Amfilohije
of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and Littoral, with the Vicar of His
Holiness the Patriarch, His Grace Bishop of Hvostno Atanasije, priests and
deacons from Belgrade churches. The performance of the Mokranjac Choir, in the
presence of thousands of citizens who came to pray for the well-being for
Kosovo’s Serbs and for Kosovo and Metohija, the heart and soul of Serbia, to
remain in Serbia.
Many bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church were present at
the public prayer, as well as various officials: HE Mr. Slobodan Samardzic,
Minister for Kosovo and Metohija, HE Mr. Radomir Naumov, Minister of Religion,
HE Archbishop Eugenio Sbarbaro, Apostolic Nuncio, and others.
After the Holy Liturgy and the Holy Oration, His Eminence
Metropolitan Amfilohije and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander addressed
In his speech, the Crown Prince emphasized:
“We are here today in the great Saint Sava Temple. In
disbelief and horror. United in pain at a time of great tragedy for our people.
I am deeply hurt and shocked. What has happened is a big injustice. What was
thrust on our Serbian people is very painful and illegal.
My wife and I visited Kosovo on Saturday. It was very
emotional and sad seeing our dear people. His Grace Bishop Artemije of Raska and
Prizren led the prayers in Saint Dimitri Church in Kosovska Mitrovica.
I stand, as Karadjordjevic, with all my heart by our people
in Kosovo and by our Serbian Orthodox Church.
It is very important that we remain united. Our actions must
be peaceful, dignified, diplomatic and legal. We all pray to dear God for
negations to continue and that a solution and compromise will be found.
Therefore I appeal again for unity and responsibility of all our authorities.
Violence or destruction of property will only damage our efforts. Therefore
there must not be any violence - this is not Christian, it is not courageous, it
is not in our tradition.
May the Good Lord answer our prayers for the wellbeing of the
Serbian people and all others!
May Almighty God give our Serbia and our people strength and