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Christmas celebrated in Vraka

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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.

In the village of Gajtane, memorial service was held for wounded and fallen in the Balkan wars in Bardhaj and Tarabosh

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On Sunday, October 7, 2018, the representatives of the Moraca-Rozafa Association and the Orthodox Association “St. Jovan Vladimir” in cooperation with the representatives of the Serbian  National Council of Montenegro, together with the descendants of the victims and injured soldiers of the Serbian and the Montenegrin army in Bardhaj and Tarabosh who gavetheir lives in the liberation of Shkodra in 1912-1913. They set up a baptismal memorial house in the village of Gajtan.

Priests Predrag Scepanovic and Jovan Plamenac served the memorial service for victims and blessed the  cross.

President of Serbian Council of Montenegro, Momcilo Vuksanovic, President of the New Serbian Democracy Andrija Mandic, President of the Association Moraca-Rozafa from Shkodra Pavle Brajovic-Jakoja, President of the Orthodox Association “St. Jovan Vladimir”, Simo Ajkovic, , former Minister of Religion and Culture in the Government of the Republic of Montenegro, , Budimir Dubak  , historians Bozidar Bojovic and Simon Djuretic and descendants of the victims and injured soldiers of the Serbian and Montenegrin army in Shkodra, including Vlajko Djuricanin who came from far away Australia. .

After the parastosis and the crossing of the cross, the counterpart Predrag Scepanovic spoke to the assembly.

Budimir Dubak spoke on behalf of the descendants whose ancestors were dead.

On behalf of the organizers, Momir Vuksanovic spoke. Pavle Jakoja-Brajovic spoke on behalf of the host and representatives of the Serbian people in Shkodra.

One of the descendants whose father was wounded in the liberation of Shkodra in 1913 and Obilic’s medal, Vlajko Djuricinin, came to this historic day and event, from  Australia after 45 years, to pay tribute to all those who participated in the liberation from the Turks and pray for the rest of their souls.

May mercy of Lord recompense all of the dead and wounded in the battles for the liberation of the ancient Shkodra 1912-1913. and giveve them a heavenly settlement, and let their sacrifice be an example to the descendants on how the honor and dignity of their people and heritage is defended.

Finally, for all participants of this event, a lunch was organized in the village of Shiroka near Skadar.

Serbian language news edition starts broadcasting on local television TV Kopliku

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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.

Ministry of Culture of Serbia supports the Serbian media in Albania

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The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Government of the Republic of Serbia continued this year to play a key role as a co-financier of the projects of the association of members of the Serbian-Montenegrin National in Albania. Media projects such as the website of the Orthodox association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir” in Serbian, Albanian and English at www.identitet.al, which is the only written electronic medium in the Serbian language that covers and publishes news about the existence, life and activities of the Serbian community In Albania, as well as the project of the association of the Serbian-Montenegrin national minority “Moraca-Rozafa”, which consists of one-week broadcasting on one local television in Shkodra emiting news and events concerning our minority, as well as culture, music and art, this year will be financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia. Read more →

Feast of Holy Trinity celebrated in Vraka

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On Sunday, May 27, in the church of the Holy Trinity in Vraka was celebrated the day when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles – the Holy Trinity.
With the blessing of the Archbishop of Albania Anastas and the Metropolitan of the Montenegro Amfilohije, the holy liturgy served the clergy of the Serbian and Albanian Orthodox churches.
Priest Velimir Jovovic served jointly with father Radomir Nikcevic, the archbishop of Herzegovinian and the director of Svetigora and the deacon of Skadar Ivan Popovic.
The liturgy was attended by believers from Shkodra, Vraka and the surrounding area, as well as from Montenegro, who came to gather around their Holy Church to commemorate this wonderful and blessed holiday.
After the communion of the faithful people, father Velimir Jovovic and deacon Ivan Popovic were refreshing and cutting the Slava cake. Father Velimir congratulated the holiday and glory of the church and thanked the Archbishop Anastasije for the blessing that the Holy Liturgy will be served in the Serbian language.
Then gifts were handed to all present believers and especially to the children who also received the blessing of the Metropolitan of the Montenegrio Amfilohije.
The celebration was continued at the nearby restaurant where a cocktail was organized for the present, with the love, organization and hospitality of the members of the Association Moraca-Rozafa and the Orthodox Association “ St.Jovan Vladimir’ from Shkodra.
On this occasion, the writer Budimir Dubak addressed the hosts for the hospitality in the ancient city of Shkodra.

Assembly of the Serbia-Albania Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tirana

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In Tirana, on November 23, 2017, took place the first assembly of the joint Serbia-Albania Chamber of Commerce  which, besides numerous entrepreneurs was attended also by representatives of relevant ministries from both countries. Read more →

Commemoration to fallen soldiers of the Serbian Army in Tirana during First World War

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Representatives of the three minority associations, Moraca-Rozafa, St. Jovan Vladimir and Jedinstvo laid wreaths to the occasion of the Armistice Day of the First World War, on Saturday, November 11, at the memorial of the fallen fighters of the Serbian Army in Tirana. Read more →

Presentation of the Law on National Minorities held in Shkodra

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Ditmir Bushati, accompanied by the member of the Albanian Parliament elected in the area around Shkodra inhabited by a large number of our people, Luan Harusha, as well as other associates, visited on October 20 for presentation of the newly enacted Law on the Rights and Freedoms of National Minorities the premises of the association of the Serbian minority “Moraca-Rozafa” . There he met with the representatives of the organizations of the Serbian minority in Shkodra and representatives Roma, Egyptian and Montenegrin national minorities, legally recognized by the adoption of the Law on Minorities. Read more →

Holy Mary’s celebration in Vraka

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On Sunday, with the blessing of the Metropolitan of Montenegro, Amfilohije and Archbishop of the Albanian Orthodox Church, Janulatos, the liturgy celebrating the Holy Virgin feast took place in Vraka followed by numerous believers from Shkodra, Vraka and Montenegro. The liturgy was served by father Srboljub Stojanovic and father Radomir Nikcevic, accompanied by the church choir of “St. Nicholas” at the church “Saint Prince Lazar” near Cacak. Read more →

Restarts TV program in Serbian language

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The TV program in the Serbian language, a project run by the Serbian-Montenegrin minority association Morača-Rozafa in Shkodra for 5 years in a row, started broadcasting the new season on August 6 at the local television TV Koplik. Continuing of the project is enabled also for this year through funds that the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia gives in support of media in the Serbian language in the countries of the region. Read more →

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