December 19, 2003
ERP KiM Newsletter 19-12-03
Celebration of St. Nicholas Day at Gracanica Monastery
(Bishops Artemija and
Justin with Abbot Symeon of Banjska Monastery)
After the service in the church Bishop Artemije and Mother Efrosinia, the Abbess of Gracanica Monastery (who also celebrates St. Nicholas as her Patron Saint) held a reception for the guests in the lounge of the monastery. Afterwards the guests attended the St. Nicholas luncheon in the Gracanica Monastery Refectory.
Among the dignitaries who attended St. Nicholas celebration and the luncheon were: Serbian deputy PM and chief of the KCK Dr. Nebojsa Covic with Vladan Begovic, Commander of the US KFOR Brig. General Jerry Beck Jr. with the representatives of the US Office in Pristina, Ambassador Pasquale Salzano, the chief of the Italian Office in Kosovo with Lt. Col. Aurelio Dell'Angelo (Italian KFOR), Col. Per Oeyvind Semb, Political Advisor to the COMKFOR (Gen. Kammerhoff), as well as members of the POVRATAK Coalition Oliver Ivanovic (DA) and Randjel Nojkic (SPO)
Bishop Artemije greeted his guests conveying his best festal wishes to all who celebrate St. Nicholas as their Patron Saint, particularly in Kosovo and Metohija.
Despite very difficult security and human rights situation in Kosovo Province religious feast days for the Orthodox Serbs have always been moments of spiritual encouragement and hope for better life in peace, harmony and tolerance.
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