Greeting on the Statehood day of the Republic of Serbia


On the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, the Orthodox Association “St. Jovan Vladimir”, the Association of Serbian-Montenegrin Minority “Moraca-Rozafa” and the association Skadarlija congratulate their fellow citizens and the state leadership of Republic Serbia this holiday.

At the same time, we want to send the warmest wishes for a prosperous and progressive Serbia of all citizens living in and out of the country, to be home of all our people wherever they are, taking care of all of its citizens and interests. Our desires also go towards finding solutions essential for its development and progress towards European integration.

Celebration of St. Sava in Shkodra


With the blessing of His Beatitude Archbishop of Tirana and all of Albania. Anastas and the Archbishop of Cetinje and the Metropolitan of Montenegro g. Amphilohije, on Sunday, in the church of the Holy Trinity in Vraka near Shkodra, on the feast of St. Sava, the first Serbian archbishop and saint, the liturgy was served by priest Predrag Scepanovic, the parish of Podgorica, along with the service of the parish of Zet and deacon Ivan Popovic from Shkodra, a clerk of the Albanian Orthodox Church . The faithful people of Vraka and Shkodra attended the liturgy organized honoring the Serbian saint.

Father Predrag, during his the liturgical word, thanked the blessing of His Beatitude Archbishop of Tirana and all of Albania, Anastas,  to serve the Holy Liturgy in this temple.

He also spoke about the apostolic mission of St. Sava.

“St. Sava loved all people. It belongs to the Serbian people, but it belongs to all nations, to all people of good will …Shkodra is a synthesis of millennial cultures, sacred places, human destinies, tragic and joyful. Many great conquerors have passed, many empires have fallen, and the silence of ancient struggles has subsided, but the story of Shkodra remains  the holy city of many antiquities, many sacred places. They were not eaten by eclipses and forgetfulness, but live in the souls of you who live here in Albania, “Father Predrag said.

“Today, with the Holy Sava, we blessed fields, fields and meadows for your household. May Saint Sava bless you all and let your lives bring the most beautiful moments of joy and happiness, peace, styles and love, “said father Predrag Scepanovic.

In the end, representatives of the Montenegrin Metropolitanate distributed the holiday gifts to the faithful people, especially children.

The celebration  of the feast continued with the table of brotherhood Christian love where present were the highest representatives of the Association “St. Jovan Vladimir” and the associations of the Serbian-Montenegrin National Minority “Moraca-Rozafa”, Simo Ajkovic and Pavle Brajovic.

Christmas celebrated in Vraka


The most joyous Christian holiday, Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, this year, was solemnly and prayerfully celebrated in the temple of the Holy Trinity in Vraka near Shkodra, a place of prayer and gathering of our Serbian people living in Shkodra.
The Christmas celebration began on Easter Day, Sunday, January 6, 2019, when the believers gathered around the burning barn in front of the Temple of the Holy Trinity in Vraka.
On this occassion with the blessings of His Blessing Archbishop of Tirana and all of Albania. Anastas Janulatos and the Metropolitan of the Montenegrin region Amfilohije Radovic, in the church, the liturgy was served by the priests of the Albanian and Serbian Orthodox Church.
The liturgical assembly was commissioned by Predrag Scepanovic, a parish of Podgorica with the service of the deacon Ivan Popovic, a clerk of the Albanian Church.
The liturgy was also attended by priest Nikola Petani, the priest of Shkodra parish. The faithful joined the Holy Communion, and then the priest Predrag Scepanovic addressed to believers, first of all congratulating Christmas, saying:
“Glory is in the height of God, and on earth peace and good will among men. Brothers and sisters, I greet you with the many years of greetings “Peace of God – Christ is born”.
He was born as a frail child, He who created both mountains and valleys and mountains and sea. All this God of love created for us and for our salvation. He was born in a barn, he was not born in palaces and castles, so poor people would say this is far from us, this is a rich man. And since His birth to this day, only the one who has God in himself is rich. That is why Christmas is the embrace of God and man, that is why God has passed such a path to become the God who is with us. That is why His birth from the foundation changed human life, human history. He became a man just to overcome death, that is the last enemy who kept the human race in claws.
That is why this joyful day of Christ’s birth is a great feast. A holiday when God becomes one of us and when Heaven sends the most beautiful treasure of the news to the earth, God will become man and will embrace us with this eternal embrace. That is why all of us, who are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, have clothed ourselves in Him, the Christ of the Love of God. That is why all those who fasted and prayed for the sacred ceremony, all those who recognized the coming of God into this world, are blessed, because He is in a cavalry, with the sheep and lambs, by these little creatures of God, God has become man .
Each of us has either a birthday or a special day, but this is the birthday of all the people on earth, all those who love God, and if we do not love God, we will not be able to love his brother who is next to us. If we love God, we will love the brother who is next to us. That is why we are all eternal brothers, precisely because God has become a man. Therefore, blessed is this day, blessed is this feast, blessed are these fields, fields and meadows, this lake blessed, these mountains, all these landscapes. For everywhere God has declared and revealed, it is not a God far away, a greater power, but it is the God of love, our Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and man.
May the love of Christ, the love with which we warmed yesterday with the fire of the God-given Christ in the cave of the city of Bethlehem , because it was cold when the savior of the world was born in a cave, healed us all. It is still cold today, but in our hearts and souls there is love that warms us. Let the love of Christ the God of mankind be an atmosphere that you will breathe, bring into your homes the most beautiful moments of joy, happiness, peace, love, and love, and with your brothers Albanians, with all good-will people from east to west from the north and the south. This is what the God of love instructs us, the God who has become a man so that we too can become gods, as our Holy Fathers say.
May God bless you and let the God-bearing Christ protect your dear, guard your family.
The peace of God is born, concluded Predrag’s father.
All present and especially children were presented gifts from the Metropoly and his grace the Mitropolitan Amfilohije.
After the liturgy in the temple of the Most Holy Trinity in Vraka, gathered at lunch and were greeted by Simo Ajkovic, President of the Orthodox Association St. Jovan Vladimir who said: “My dear brothers and sisters, at this brotherly lunch I greet you all with heart and say that Christ was born. We gathered first in our church, where we listened to our priests how to meet each other, how to serve the highest God and how to make a style to one another and that we always help one another in both the will and the trouble.
On behalf of the Society of St. John of Vladimir, I salute all Orthodox Christians of our faith that celebrate Christmas in the Julian calendar. This is a great honor for us because in Albania we do not have a non-working day for this biggest event in Orthodoxy on the feast of the Birth of Christ. God will grant that the authorities in Albania will think about us and that we will have the same rights as the rest of believers celebrating their holiday.
On this occasion, I salute our great, saint of our, the Metropolitan \Amfilohije, who is celebrating his 81st birthday today. Let him be a happy birthday, let him live many and many summers, for our good, for our faith and for our Orthodoxy. I want all of you brothers and sisters to be healthy , and always gathered and looking forward to more feasts like this to come.
On behalf of the delegation of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro, father Predrag Scepanovic m thanked all the present and said:
“Honorable brothers and sisters. God hugged man on this day and sent us a message that we should hug each other because the deepest truth is “I saw my brother, I have seen my God.” Old Serbian wisdom says: “If you want to live, plant a field. If you want something to live for decades, get a the vineyard planted. If you want to leave something after your life, write a book. And if you want something eternal to be done, build a church. ” Thus, more than twenty years ago in the ancient city of Shkodra, which for millennia in its bosom hides many secrets, many good and evil masters, who built it and demolished it and renewed it again. So, this is Shkodra today for us, and has opened up our hearts and our souls until now. We would like to thank one more blessed Archbishop of Albania, Anastas, for the blessing of serving the Holy Liturgy, and we thank the father Ivan Popović from Shkodra who served and made us a spiritual joy to celebrate Christ’s birth together.
The attendees also greeted Mr. Pavle Brajovic-Jakoja,
President of the Moraca-Rozafa Society, who said:
“Christ is born. I would also like to speak a few words this time, Christmas, which is one of the most important annual days that we celebrate in Shkodra.
All public opinion should know that we are not left in Shkodra, we are not lost, but we fight and we have found our supporters of this high type, such as Mitropolitan Montenegrin mr. Amfilohije Radovic, as well as his, good, high and smart, dynamic associates and priests.
They made us give us the ability and the power to somehow find ourselves and survive in the Shkodra we live in, and in Shkodra we have not been forgotten. On this occasion, I congratulate His Highness and the birthday. Let God have him over 100 years, and not only him, but everyone around him.
In our life and survival in Skadra there are difficulties, and those who explore and speak about us, and consider that we are poor in numbers in number, let them know that we are rich in community and congregation.
During the solemn lunch, traditional Serbian and Montenegrin and songs from Shkodra region were sang by the present.

Representatives of the Serbian Associations in Albania attended in Tirana commemoration of 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.


On the occasion of marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, at the invitation of the Serbian Embassy in Tirana, on November 11, representatives of the Serbian Moraca-Rozafa , Association, “Jedinstvo” from the town of Fier and the Orthodox association St. Jovan Vladimir participated in the remembrance ceremony of the fallen Serbian soldiers in this war who were buried at the city cemetery in Tirana.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, Miroljub Zaric and his associates also attended this ceremonial commemoration. The honor of laying wreaths for their heroic sacrifice in the service of our country and our minority was given to the fallen fighters by the presidents of the relevant associations, Pavlo Brajovic, Ekrem Dulevic and Simo Ajkovic.

After the ceremony, at the invitation of his Excellency, Mr. Zarić, all participants in the celebration of this important date for the history of Serbia and the Serbian people, visited the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, where a  traditional reception was organized.

Monastery and Theological seminary of Cetinje feast celebrated


Holy Communion Liturgy, the blessing of the Slavic cake and the festive spiritual academy in Cetinje today, October 31, celebrates the feast of the Holy Apostle Luke and Saint Peter of Cetinje, who is the glorified glory of the Cetinje Monastery and the Bishopric of St. Peter Cetinje.
A group of thirty members of the orthodox believers from Shkodra and Vraka, members of our people, attended this important holiday led by the priests of the Shkodra Orthodox Church, Alexander and Nikola Petani. Our priests coo-served the holy service of God, served by His Grace Archbishop of Cetinje Metropolitan of Montenegro and Primorska g. Amphilohije with Archbishops: of Niksic Joanikije, Rasko-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija Theodosije, Zahumno-Herzegovinian and Littoral Dimitri, Buenosaires and South-Central American Kiril and so forth.

In his own words after reading the bible, Archbishop Theodosije emphasized that the people celebrate the three saints, St. Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje and St. Peter the Second the Miraculous , as apostles of Christ and the true shepherds who fed faith in the people of the Gospel of Christ. The Holy Peter stood with the Holy Scripture when it was the hardest, and encouraged others to remain faithful to Christ’s path to the Cross so that they would eventually win those who were considered unbeatable. He emphasized that in the wicked times in which we live, only faithful people can turn only to God to seek help. He concluded that Saint Peter of Cetinje pointed to repentance as the beginning of a new life in Christ, the foundation of all that is needed in order to receive the eternal Kingdom of Christ-Celestial Empire.

The bishop of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija Theodosije invited all to follow our saints because they were following Christ’s path and embrace the cross of Christ. He explained that we should not be afraid of the suffering. He recalled the rescue of the Jewish people from Egypt and stressed that they were not strong and powerful to achieve their goal – going to the promised land and defeated a stronger enemy, but the Lord did so because they were faithful and the Lord did not leave His people.

Metropolitan of Montenegro , Amphilohije, said during his speech that every service of God is an communion. He pointed out that the Church and Liturgy gathered all , the Holy Spirit, the God Father and the Son, and around and in them all who were baptized in the name of the Lord.

Metropolitan Amfilohije announced that on November 11, the day when the First World War was over, in all temples of the Metropolitanate, the bells will be announced in honor of the victory of good, love, the truth of God over evil, hatred and crime.

After the Liturgy was finished, Slava cakes in the Cetinje Monastery was shared, and after that the celebration continued at the Cetinje Theological Seminary, and then the feasts spiritual academy was organized.

Serbian language taught in Moraca-Rozafa association premises.


On Friday, September 14, in the premises of the Moraca-Rozafa Association, classes in the Serbian language  started through a language course and elements of national identity. This course, as the only existing form of learning the mother tongue, is maintained without interruption since March 2008, and during all these years the number of students attending has grown. The course was financed by the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora of the Republic of Serbia, with many years of cooperation and organized by  Moraca-Rozafa Association. Also, the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and its leader, Amfilohije, have made a significant contribution to its success during these years.

The main lecturer from the beginning is the professor of the Serbian language from Niksic, Mr. Svetozar Cirakovic, with the assistance of two assistants, who are also speakers of Albanian language, with the aim to make students easier to learn and master the Serbian language. Teaching is done twice a week, on Friday and Saturday, and students are divided by age and level of language skills. Despite the difficulties and challenges of the times, Moraca-Rozafa Association managed to successfully organize the course that has a specific significance for members of the Serb-Montenegrin minority living in Shkodra for centuries.

Serbian language news edition starts broadcasting on local television TV Kopliku


Today, the broadcasting of news and programs in the Serbian language on the local television Tv Kopliku started broadcasting again. For the fifth year in a row, this project of Morača-Rozafa Association has been enabled thanks to the co-financing of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Government of the Republic of Serbia as the result of cooperation between the Ministry and this association in Skadar. News on this program will be broadcasted every Saturday from 19-20 hrs, with a replay on Sunday from 13-14 hrs.
The goal of this multi-year cooperation project with the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia is to enable media informing in the Serbian language for the members of the Serbian people in Shkodra and beyond, made possible by the the wide area of the frequencies of this TV station as well as the preservation of the Serbian language as an instrument for strengthening national identity and nationality our people.
This program, apart from the news program, shows half-hourly documentaries , songs and music from our Serbian folklore from the motherland, as well as other contents that emphasize the history and culture of the Serbian people. It is worth mentioning the great effort and passion that is being invested by the activists of the Morača-Rozafa Association and the staff of Tv Kopliku for the realization of such a show.
This show will last until December with the hope that it will broadcast in the near future all year round and without interruption.

Participation at festival “Sabiraj se golem zbore” in Leposavic


The delegation of the association of the Serbian-Montenegrin national minority “Morača-Rozafa” attended the folklore festival “SABIRAJ SE GOLEM ZBORE”, a festival of folk art and cultural tradition of the Serbian people, which was held in Leposavić. At the invitation of the organizer of this cultural event, which includes all the Serbs living in the region, the delegation of the Association was led by the President of the Association of Pavlo Jakoja-Brajovic. This festival is organized annually under the auspices of the Municipality of Leposavic, the Ministry of Culture of Serbia and the Office for Kosovo and Metohija since 1996, and this year is being held continuously.

The festival was held from 27-30 August in the center of Leposavic municipality, attended by numerous citizens and guests. Participating folklore groups were from Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and for the first time a representative of the Serbian-Montenegrin association “Morača-Rozafa” Gordana Hajko-Ajkovic took part with the recitation of the poem “Stay Here” by the great Serbian poet Aleksa Santic. Ajkovic recitation was  very emotional and applauded for a long time by the present as well as rewarded by the organizers. It is important to emphasize that the organizers paid great attention to the participation of our delegation, expressed by the ceremonial reception by the mayor of Leposavic exchanging gifts and by expressed gratitude for our participation. At the end of the event prepared a ceremonial reception and fraternal dinner during which they exchanged gifts and letters of grattitude to all present.

Celebration of the Holy Mary in the Holy Trinity Church in Vraka


On Tuesday, August 28, in the Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Vraka, with the blessing of the Metropolitan of the Montenegrin- Amphilohije and the Archbishop of the Albanian Orthodox Church -Anastas, the feast of the Holy Mary was celebrated. At the same time this day marks the beginning of the new school year, and therefore it is also prayed for the happy beginning of it.

Numerous believers from Vraka  and Shkodra came to attend the celebration of this holiday. The Holy Liturgy was served by the Podgorica Parish Protojerej Predrag Scepanovic together with the professor of theology, Ivan Bigovic, as well as the deacon of the Vraka Church Ivan Popovic, with the service of Father Radomir Nikcevic, who has tirelessly served liturgies for the religious people in Vraka for the last 15 years. The liturgy was attended by two Catholic nuns from the Catholic Church in Vraka, making a full celebration of this holiday.

After the audience present, a prayer for the descent of the Holy Spirit was held and a happy beginning of the new school year for all students attending the Serbian language course organized by the Moraca-Rozafa Association, as well as for all Orthodox children in Albania.

After the liturgy, the father Scepanovic held a speech during which he spoke about the Holy Virgin and its significance for the preservation and cultivation of the traditional values ​​of the society that are often endangered by the opposite tendencies. He blessed the existence of a Serb minority in this country where many apostles walked, and among the accustomed and Apostle Paul.

On this occasion, all present participants were given gifts from Ostrog monastery, as well as calendars and notebooks for children. After that, the holiday ended with the organization of the table of love and the visit of the sacred religious and historical sites in Shkodra.

Greeting on the occasion of Kurban Bajram


The Orthodox Association “St. Jovan Vladimir” greets all members of our minority of the Muslim religion, as well as all Muslims of Shkodra and beyond, the feast of Kurban Bajram.
The sacrifice offered to God during this holiday is a petition for the forgiveness of God for everything that is earthly, and therefore the Association wishes all our friends of Muslim faith, that charity, humanity, and religious tolerance and coexistence, as a symbol of this holiday, and wish to them happiness, prosperity and peace in life.

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