The forgotten Orthodox Christians of Bosnia and Kosovo

Lee Jay Walker

The Modern Tokyo Times

I come from a member state of the European Union which is meant to uphold the rights of all religions, political ideologies, acknowledge national and cultural rights, and is meant to spread “European brotherhood.” However, it appears that this does not apply to the Orthodox Christians of Bosnia and Kosovo respectively because not only have they been abandoned but outside Islamic powers are stepping up their Islamization agenda in both Bosnia and Kosovo.

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The Battle of Kosovo: Defeat or Victory?

Serbian military defeat at Kosovo fields in 1389 paved the way for the victory of Christian Europe against Islamic tyranny at the gates of Vienna.

Bojan Ratković | On the 28th of June in the year 1389, an army of Serbian Christian knights faced off against the invading Ottoman Muslim Turks on the famous and infamous Field of Blackbirds in Kosovo, the heartland of Medieval Serbia.

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Καταστροφή Εκκλησιών από Αλβανούς μουσουλμάνους (βίντεο)

Raspeto Kosovo      Crucifixion of Kosovo.

This is when you give away chistian land to islam fanatics.

Αυτό συμβαίνει όταν δίνεις Χριστιανική γη σε μουσουλμάνους φανατικούς

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Albanian Nazi troops in WW2 Launched a Wide Spread Terror Against Kosovo Serbs

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Genocide in Kosovo Albanian Skenderbeg Division

by Carl Kosta Savich

The historical and political precedents for the creation of a greater Sqiperia or Greater Albania was set during World War II when the Kosovo and Metohija regions along with territory Southwest of lake Skutari from Montenegro and the western region of Southern Serbia, or Juzna Srbija (now part of Macedonija), were annexed to Albania by the Axis powers led by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, under a plan devised by Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler to dismember and to destroy the Serbian Nation and people, which the Germans and Italians perceived as the main threat to the axis powers and to the Third Reich in the Balkan.

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The difficulties a convert faces in approaching Orthodoxy

Inside an Orthodox churchin Peja/Pec, Kosovo

Inside an Orthodox churchin Peja/Pec, Kosovo

by Ecaterini

I am a convert to Orthodoxy and live in regional Australia. I came to my local Greek Orthodox Church from the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch whose Patriarch is based in Syria. In Australia, this Church is known as the Antiochian Orthodox Church. There are five traditions of World Orthodoxy represented in my area, but only the Greek and Serbian traditions are «affiliated» with the Patriarch of Constantinople. Only rarely do these churches offer a Divine Liturgy in English.

I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts on what difficulties converts face on coming into the Orthodox Faith. It has been my experience that, if one wants to do more than just participate in a «nominal way» in the life of the church, a full commitment to the Orthodox Faith is what is required. My sole purpose in writing this letter is to increase awareness of the process of conversion to the Faith. I pray that I will do this with humility. Hopefully, by sharing some of my thoughts with you, we can learn from one another that the road will be made just a little easier (not just for those converts who may come after people like me but for each one of us whose spiritual journeys are often unique and deeply personal as we aspire to live our lives in the Lord’s name).

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Kosovo and Ongoing De-Christianization

Kosovo is Serbia

By Lee Jay Walker

Tokyo Correspondent

The ongoing de-Christianization of Kosovo continues and unlike the past frenzy of the anti-Serbian mass media in the West, we mainly have a deadly silence about the reality of Kosovo and the continuing Albanianization of this land. However, how is it “just” and “moral” to persecute minorities and to alienate them from mainstream society; and then to illegally recognize this land without the full consensus of the international community? Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Other War (The ongoing war against the Christian Church)

New York, NY

6/18/2009

The Orthodox Christian Advocacy Institute (OCAI) researches, investigates, and reports incidents involving the persecution of the Orthodox Christian Church. They focus on contemporary events in locations throughout the world, wherever persecution of the Orthodox Church exists and present this information to the Christian community, human rights groups, and governmental organizations.

An article compiled by the OCAI addressing the persecution of Orthodox Christians can be read below.

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The Other War

By D. Hunter Haynes

The ongoing war against the Christian Church is gaining momentum throughout the world. According to the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 176,000 Christians will suffer martyrdom this year–an average of 480 per day, and the number is expected to climb to 210,000 by 2025. These figures do not include the living, who have been arrested, tortured, or otherwise persecuted for their Faith. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

THE HOLY MARTYR LAZAR [LAZARUS], SERBIAN PRINCE

lazarLazar was one of the Serbian noblemen who ruled the Serbian empire after the death of Tsar Dushan. After the death of Tsar Urosh, Patriarch Ephrem crowned Lazar as the Serbian king. Lazar sent a delegation to Constantinople with the monk Isaiah to implore the patriarch to lift [remove] the anathema from the Serbian people. He fought against the Turkish powers on several occasions. Finally, he clashed [fought] on the Field of Blackbirds [Kosovo Polje] on June 15, 1389 A.D. against the Turkish Emperor Amurat where he was beheaded. His body was translated and interred in Ravanica, his memorial church [Zaduzbina] near Cuprija and later was translated to Ravanica in Srem and from there, during the Second World War (1942) was translated to Belgrade and placed in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Archangel Michael where it rests today incorrupt and extends comfort and healing to all those who turn to him with prayer. [In 1989, on the occasion of the six-hundred year anniversary of his martyrdom, St. Lazar’s relics were again translated to the monastery of Ravanica in Cuprija]. St. Lazar restored the monasteries of Hilendar [Mt. Athos] and Gornjak. He built Ravanica and Lazarica [in Krusevac] and was a benefactor of the Russian monastery St. Pantaleon [Mt. Athos] as well as many other churches and monasteries.

THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE BATTLE OF KOSOVO 1389 AND ITS CULTURAL EFFECT ON THE SERBIAN PEOPLE

 

Kosovo battle (1389) painted by Adam Stefanovic , 1870-1871

Kosovo battle (1389) painted by Adam Stefanovic , 1870-1871

by Mark Gottfried (1972)

The Serbian culture endured through five centuries of Turkish occupation, although the Turks offered security and prosperity, for conversion to Turkish life styles. This Serbian culture was retarded for five centuries, after the Serbian defeat on the plain of Kosovo.

From a culture that led Europe and the Balkans during the Medieval period, the Serbian culture degenerated and stagnated, to the point that when it regained its freedom it had centuries to recover. The Turkish victory at Kosovo, was not as much political as it was cultural. «Turkish historians lay more stress on the Battle of Maritza eighteen years before, which they call Serb Sindin (Serbian defeat).» The military destiny of Serbia was sealed at Maritza. Contemporary chroniclers, without the benefit of hindsight, felt that Kosovo was only one of a series of bloody engagements, leading to the collapse of the Serbian kingdom. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Orthodox Kosovo

Decani Monastery in Kosovo

Decani Monastery in Kosovo

From the fourteenth century to the present day, the land of Kosovo and Metohija has been, and will always remain, the spiritual heartland of the Serbian Orthodox nation. Sanctified by a multitude of monasteries and churches as well as by the blood of martyrs, the holy land of Kosovo occupies a place of honor and reverence within the souls of all believing Serbs.

After the sack of Constantinople by Crusaders in 1204, the province of Kosovo became the center of the Serbian Nemanjic state. Tsar Dusan was crowned in Kosovo in 1331, and he, King Stephen of Decani and King Uros had residences in the province. In 1346 the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate was established at Pec (now a women’s monastery). In the early fourteenth century Kosovo was the richest and most densely populated region of the Serbian empire. It became a major commercial center for the Serbs, containing such industries as silk production, gold and silver mining, and fine crafts. Serbian rulers allotted the fertile area between Pec, Prizren, Mitrovica and Pristina and nearby areas to churches and monasteries, and this area eventually acquired the name Metohija, from the Greek metochion, meaning an estate owned by the Church. Many of the most beautiful Serbian monasteries and churches, as well as castles and fortresses, were located in Kosovo. Archeologists have determined that there were about 1,300 monasteries, churches and other monuments in Kosovo and Metohija in the fourteenth century. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »