As their scouting mission to Serbia continued, the team advanced in their efforts exploring venues and meeting key people to help PaTRAM plan and arrange the ambitious undertaking of a CD recording and multi-city concerts.
The PaTRAM team was grateful and truly humbled to have an audience with the Patriarch of Serbia, His Holiness Irinej, who blessed our concert tour and recording project in 2021. His Holiness welcomed the team to His office to discuss plans. Though the team had other meetings and discussions, this was the highlight of the day!
The team attended the Holy Virgin Protection Divine Liturgy at the St. John the Baptist Church, which is still under construction. After the services were over, the team was invited to visit with Bishop Irinej Bachsky who welcomed them to the beautiful city of Novi Sad, and blessed a concert in this city.
From Novi Sad it was on to the 13th century Archangels Michael and Gabriel Cathedral and Monastery in Kovilj, a suburb of Novi Sad. The monastery is a 1500 acre property. There is the beautifully painted Cathedral with its high vaulted ceiling as well as an apiary, bakery, rakiya distillery and farm. The bakery is easily seen with its unique chimney.
They ended the day with a visit to Sremski Karlovci, where the St. Nicholas Cathedral stands with its beautiful and tall iconostasis. Afterwards, it was on to Grgeteg Monastery with a Wonderworking icon of the Theotokos and the team being greeted by the Egumena and resident nuns.
ASTOUNDING St George’s Church, also known as Oplenac (Опленац), is the mausoleum of the Serbian and Yugoslav royal house of Karađorđević located on top of the Oplenac Hill in the town of Topola, Serbia. The church of Oplenac was founded by King Peter I of Yugoslavia. Many members of the royal house are buried in the church, in the crypt beneath the church, or in the church yard.
40 MILLION, various colored pieces of glass which have 15 thousand different varieties of color create a vivid artistic and deeply spiritual impression.
The next post on these pages will present the conclusion of this sojourn in beautiful Serbia. We hope you’ll visit again and continue enjoying the trip with our team.