BURNING IN ETHNIC VIOLENCE
church of St. George in Prizren after it
The News on the latest Pogrom of March 17-20
for protection of the Christian heritage in Kosovo
The Diocese of Raska and Prizren is one of the oldest dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It comprises the vast area of Kosovo, Metohija and the Raska region in Southern Serbia. The seat of the Diocese is Prizren, the ancient medieval Serbian capital. The Diocese is known for its many old monasteries and churches from the Middle Ages. Despite numerous invaders who devastated many of these sacred monuments the rich Orthodox Christian tradition in this region has been preserved.
This Web Page is designed to help our visitors to learn more about the Serbian Orthodox Church, our Diocese and Orthodox Faith and Tradition in general. Currently we are experiencing a great revival of monasticism in our Diocese, despite the fact that Orthodox Christians are few in this region which is now inhabited mostly by Moslems.
It was 20 years ago when our present Bishop Artemy gathered several young monks in CrnaReka hermitage, far away in the mountains of southern Serbia. Since then the number of monks and nuns has grown up considerably, so that now almost all monasteries of our Diocese are swarming with young monastics eager to revive ascetic life in once glorious monasteries and hermitages.
PHOTO: Bisho of Raska and Prizren - Artemije (Radosavljevic)
The Diocese survived with God's help the war in Kosovo 1998-1999 but the worst suffering come after the arrival of the international UN Peace Mission. More than 100 Orthodox churches have been demolished or vandalized, many cemeteries have been desecrated. More about the suffering of our Church and the people you may find on our subpage devoted to the POST WAR SUFFERING. At the moment the Diocese led by Bishop Artemije is still making efforts to ensure the physical and spiritual survival of its people.
History of Kosovo and Metohija A detailed historical overview of the turbulent history of Kosovo and Metohija region. The text covers six historical periods between the 12th century and our own time.
Patriarch Pavle on the Importance of Raska and Prizren Orthodox Diocese
The area of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren has for ages been the central territory of our people and church life. It remainted so even after all devastation, because it is the place of the most important achievements of church architecture, painting and literature of the Serbian people through their historical existence. These testemonies to the Ortodox religion and the tradition of St. Sava are preserved in numerous monasteries in Kosovo and Metohia. These holy places were built with awareness of the unerring and eternal criterion of the value of man and his deeds, as well as the value of nation, established by God`s words on the greatness of serving God and one`s fellow human.
The same awareness, of serving, of serving God and on`s kinsmen, prompted not only powerful and the rich, kings and noblemen, to have churches and monasteries constructed, but inducted common people as well to build them and to restore and construct them again from ruins and ashes.
Long before the battle on the field of Kosovo (1389) our people were thus taught and shown a heavenly understanding of life and death. And this mean that love of God is shown through love for one`s fellow humans, that having chosen the eternal Heavenly kingdom we do not renounce the temporary life on Earth; that, believing in the immortal soul we do not forsake caring for our historical self.
Today, when the skies over Kosovo and Metohia are overcast, we should remind ourselves and others of the truth that we were not asked whether we wanted to be born in this time and as a member of this, or some other nation, here, or on some other soil. We are neither to praise, nor to blame for this. But, whether we will act as humans or not, this depends on, as well as whether we will survive or to vanish as humans or non-humans before God and mankind.
The inherited homeland of the Serbs, Kosovo is our duty before God and before those long-suffering people who, despite ever more abandoned homes, cherish those holy places belonging not only to Serbs but all of mankind as well.
Serbian Church in History By Very Reverend Dr. Radomir Popovic A detailed survey of the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church with catalogues of Saints, Archbishops and Patriarchs. Serbian Orthodox Church has played a major role in the history of the Serbian people and the Balkans in general.
Natural Beauties of Kosovo and Metohija a photo gallery showing some of the most beautiful landscapes of Serbia's southern province.
ORTHODOX CHURCH MUSIC
Rugova - denying the Serb Christian heritage in Kosovo and Metohija
New Martyrs of Our Diocese (1941-1999) Page dedicated to those of us who died martyr's death for their faith and the Lord from the hands of ungodly Albanian militants and communist authorities. Beside them there are many whose names are not known to us but are known only to our Lord Christ.
Extensive List of Cultural and Historic Monuments (both Christian and Moslem) in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija The list covers the most important works of architecture and art in the Province.
Response to Noel Malcolm's Book Kosovo: A Short History - Complete internet edition of an entire book which consists of 9 historical essays which comment certain controversial positions stated in the Book of Noel Malcolm.
The Art of our Famous Monasteries
The Art of Decani MonasteryThe Art of Gracanica
To Understand Serbs - look at their art in Kosovo By Waldemar Januszczak - an attempt to understand Serbs and their mentality through the Serb Orthodox art in Kosovo.
Celebration of Light in Decani Monastery - The beauty of ancient frescoes is revealed under the light of polyeleons during the monastic services at Decani Monastery.
A L E R T
Christian Orthodox Heritage Exposed to Desecration and Destruction in Kosovo After the Kosovo war 1998-1999 and the deployment of nearly 40.000 international NATO led peacekeepers Kosovo Albanian Moslem extremists have destroyed or desecrated more than 100 Orthodox Christian churches many of which were built in the Middle Ages and belong to the World Christian Heritage. The process of eradication of Serb Christian culture has not stopped even three years after the end of the war.
Orthodox Monks Abducted by Albanians in 1999 - After the war in Kosovo Fr. Hariton and Fr. Stefan were abducted by Albanian militants. The body of Fr. Hariton was found in 2000 while there are no information about Fr. Stefan. Unconfirmed rumours say that he was brutally murdered too and that his body is thrown in an empty well near Istok.
A Pilgrimage to Kosovo by ryassaphore nun Natalia - A story about an American Orthodox nun who visited the most important Serbian Orthodox shrines .
The Past and Present in Crna Reka Monastery - Text and photos presenting the everyday life in Crna Reka Monastery - a 13th century monastic center which played a major role in development of monasticism in the Diocese of Raska and Prizren since the beginning of nineties.
History of Serbia and Montenegro - A comprehensive
historical overview of the history of two Serbian states.
Ecumenism and the Time of Apostasy -Electronic book with a critical approach to certain ecumenical trends of our times. Serbian version only.
Help the Suffering People of Kosovo - Decani Relief Fund is providing assistance and relief to many suffering people in Kosovo and central Serbia (refugees).
Post-war destruction of Serb Orthodox Churches in Orahovac Region (photos) Orahovac area was known for many old Serb Orthodox churches. After the war many of them were totally destroyed including the monastery of SS. Cosma and Damian in Zociste.
THE MOST IMPORTANT DIOCESAN CATHEDRALS AND CHURCHES OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX
DIOCESE OF RASKA AND PRIZREN
FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
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