CELEBRATION OF PATRON SAINT DAY OF THE
ROYAL FAMILY SAINT ANDREW THE FIRST CALLED
Belgrade, 13 December 2009 – Their Royal
Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown Princess Katherine,
Prince Philip, Prince Vladimir, Princess Brigitta, Prince
Dimitri, Princess Lavinia and husband, Mr. Austin Pritchard,
sons Luca and Andrej, and Sir Desmond De Silva, celebrated today
The Royal Family’s Patron Saint Day – Saint Andrew the First
Called in the Royal Palace in Belgrade.
In the morning, with the blessing of The Holy
Synod, the Divine Liturgy was served in The Royal Chapel of
Saint Andrew the First Called by His Grace Bishop of Sumadija
Jovan and His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvostano accompanied by
the clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The ceremony of cutting of Slava cake
followed in the Blue Room of The Royal Palace.
Besides The Royal Family the Slava ceremony
was attended by Their Graces: Bishop of Branicevo Ignjatije,
Bishop Artemije of Ras and Prizren, Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac,
Bishop Irinej of Backa, Bishop Justin of Timok, Bishop Lukijan
of Osijek and Baranja, Bishop Nikanor of Banat, Bishop Porfirije
of Jegar, H.E. The Minister of Religion Prof. Dr. Bogoljub
Sijakovic, religious leaders of other religious communities in
Serbia – Mr. Mustafa ef. Jusufspahic, the Chief Imam of Nis, the
Rabbi of the Jewish Community in Serbia Mr. Isak Asiel, H.E.
Monsignor Orlando Antonini, the Apostolic Nuncio, H.E. Monsignor
Stanislav Hocevar, the Roman Catholic Metropolitan and
Archbishop of Belgrade, Reverend Leopold Rohmes, the Vicar of
Belgrade Bishopric, His Grace Dr Ladislav Nemet, Bishop of
Zrenjanin, His Grace Mr. Janos Penzes, Bishop of Subotica.
The Holy Liturgy and Slava lunch were also
attended by members of the Privy Council, Mr. Dragomir Acovic
and Mr. Dusan Babac, members of the Crown Council, Mr. Matija
Beckovic, Prof. Dr. Miroslav Gasic, Mr. Dusan Kovacevic, Mr.
Predrag Markovic, Prof. Dr. Predrag Palavestra, Dr. Milan
Parivodic, Mrs. Svetlana Velmar-Jankovic and members of the
Crown Cabinet Mr. Cedomir Antic, Prof. Dr. Kosta Cavoski, Mr.
Djordje Djurisic, Mr. Vladimir Gajic, Mr. Milorad Savicevic, Mr.
Vladan Vukosavljevic and Mr. Vladan Zivulovic.
During the Slava lunch after the ceremony,
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander addressed the
distinguished guests and friends emphasizing: “As the Saint
Andrew the First Called endured many calamities, but remained
sound in his faith, I call for all of us to stay firm to our
faith and our efforts for the well being of our nation and our
country. I thank the Lord for all his gifts, for good health,
for our friends and associates, for His blessing that we
received and for those we are still praying for. Thank you for
being here with us today, and I wish you all to experience peace
and prosperity both on this day, and in times ahead of us.”
Following the celebration of St. Patrons Day,
St. Andrew the First Called, two Slava receptions will take
place at The White Palace in the afternoon and evening. Their
Royal Highnesses will welcome: representatives of the
Government, Diplomatic Corps, members of the Privy Council,
Crown Council, Crown Cabinet, as well city and town Mayors,
academics, representatives of the Armed Forces, Gendarmerie,
monarchy clubs, international organizations, Rotary Clubs,
cultural institutions, sports associations, the media, health
institutions, and numerous distinguished persons from the
cultural, political, business, academic and public life of