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Easter celebrated in Shkodra and Vraka

With the blessings of His Beatitude Archbishop of Tirana and the entire Albania Anastas and His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije, easter was also this year celebrated in Vraka and Shkodra. Read more →

Celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas in Vraka

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Most joyous day of the whole Christian world, the feast of Christ’s birth was celebrated as usual, according to the Julian calendar in Vraka. Members of the Serbian Montenegrin national minority from Vraka and Shkodra based on ancient Slavic traditions were gathered for the lighting of Christmas Eve next to the church of the Holy Trinity in this village. Rainy weather did not was not a obstacle for the children and adults to come and celebrate this day that marks the burning fire that warmed the body of baby Jesus and that symbolizes eternal warmth of God’s will for people and the world. Read more →

The sacred liturgy in Vraki dedicated to the Christmas post and promotion of the book “In the name of Truth”

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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije and the Archbishop of Albanian Orthodox Church Anastasia in Vraka was held a sacred liturgy organized by organizations, the Association of Serbian-Montenegrin national minority “Moraca-Rozafa” and the Orthodox Association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir”. On this sacred event, our guests were 30 members of the Choral Society of Podgorica “Holy Saunik” led by the father Predrag Scepanovic and Zeljko Calic. Read more →

Homage ceremony to fallen soldiers of the Serbian Army in the First World War

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Celebrated the feast of Virgin Mary

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With blessings of the Albanian Orthodox Archbishop Anastas and the Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Vraki at Shkodra was celebrated for the first time the feast of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin. Gathered believers, including lots of children were present at the service invocations of the Holy Spirit calling for blesses for the new school year 2015-2016. The liturgy was served as usual by father Radomir Nikcevic with other clergy. He , after serving the liturgy and Communion spoke:
– Yes Lord give to us strength and enlighten these children. Open their mind and reason, to be able to fulfill the tasks before them and that they be useful for all of us, their self and their parents as well as their church-said priest Nikčević
He said that nothing is better, nobler, grander and more glorious in the salvation of mankind from the Holy Virgin. And the proof is the Son of God who was born from her womb. We ask her because she went through suffering as she watched the killing of his son, who was sinless. It is a great assistant because she is always there to help. Only when her required sincerely and with love – he said.
After his speech gifts were distributed to children as a gift from the monastery of Ostrog and the publishing house “Svetigora”. Then the audience was addressed by President of the Association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir” and President of the Association of Serbian-Montenegrin minority in Albania “Moraca-Rozafa”. Service was also attended by Serbian Ambassador in Tirana, Mr. Miroljub Zaric and his associates.
Father Nikčević announced the following the liturgy on 20 September and the hosting of “Kosovo Peonies”, a group led by actress Ivana Zigon

Participation in the celebration of St. Peter in Cetinje

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President of the Orthodox Association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir” Simo Ajković together with Shkodra priests Alexander and Nikola Petani and other believers were present in Cetinje at the traditional celebration of Saint Peter’s day, which began with the Holy Liturgy in the Monastery of Cetinje which was served by the Archbishop of Cetinje Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije with the concelebration of large number of clergy. Read more →

Delegation from Shkodra, attended St Jovan Vladimir Liturgy at the monastery Virgin of Krajina

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President of the Orthodox association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir” from Shkodra, Mr. Simo Ajković and Shkodra’s Albanian Orthodox Church priest Nikola Petani attended the Holy Liturgy on the foundations of the monastery Virgin of Krajina in Ostros served by Archbishop of Cetinje Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije with the clergy. Read more →

Celebration of the Holy Trinity in Vraka

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On Sunday,May, 30 .2015 year the orthodox believers of Vraka, Shkodra and other regions were gathered in the church of the Holy Trinity to celebrate the traditional feast of Vraka , the religious holiday of the Holy Trinity.
Following the tradition, the sacred liturgy held at 10 am, was served by priests from the Metropolitan of Montenegro in Serbian language and a large number of Orthodox believers and the Serbian people filled the area of the Holy Trinity in Vraka.
The priest after the liturgy conveyed the gathered believers the greeting from the Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije. He also thanked and invited all present to pray to God for the health of the Archbishop of the Tirana and all Albania Anastas, who gave his blessing the liturgy to be held in our Serbian language for the members of our minority in Albania.
He said among other things that this feast is the sign of the eternity of goodness and soul of God, of which seed all we humans derive, in this blessed country we need to show what are God’s virtues and good values to other people, to friends and everyone else to serve as an example because only then all will realize that Christ’s sacrifice was not in vain and to embrace our faith embodied by our good faith.
After that, the “Slava” bread was cut and to all believers were divided sweets for children.
Honoring the guests , the Association of St. Jovan Vladimir organized the table of Christian love in a restaurant on the Skadar Lake.

The meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic in Tirana.

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On the occasion of yesterday’s historic visit to Albania, on 27 May 2015, in addition to important meetings with the highest representatives of the state authorities of the Republic of Albania, Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, , met in the Serbian Embassy in Tirana with the representatives of the associations of Serbian-Montenegrin minority in Albania. In a cordial and friendly meeting Serbian Prime Minister thanked the representatives of our associations in preserving the national identity of the Serbian people in this region and expressed full readiness of the Republic of Serbia to contribute to this goal through improving and building good neighborly relations with the Republic of Albania, during national reconciliation process, and to provide every possible form of help for all the needs and activities that our organization implement.
President of the Association of Serbian-Montenegrin national minority “Moraca-Rozafa” Mr. Pavlo Jakoja Brajovic, among other things emphasized the special importance of the visit to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Albania for the affirmation of our rights and freedoms, increasing the public awareness in Albania on the existence of our minority, as well as to obtain greater attention to addressing and advocacy of our rights and freedoms of minorities in Albania. He informed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia with the activities implemented by the association and thanked for the support that the Government of the Republic of Serbia through its line ministries and other institutions provides. Among other things, he informed Mr. Vucic on the problems encountered by members of our minority through lack of education and the media in the Serbian language, lack of financing projects in the field of culture and promoting the national values of our national minorities from the Republic of Albania and the lack of representation in the organs of state power. He welcomed the approval that has been made in developing a joint proposal by the Inter-Institutional Group on revision of policies on minorities in Albania on the adoption of a framework law on protection of national minorities, claiming that it will be an instrument which will pave the way for the legal protection of the rights of our minorities in Albania. In addition, he pointed out that members of our minority expect relief of procedures for obtaining Serbian citizenship and asked for help to open a Serbian home in Shkodra, a multi functional facility that will serve to organize educational, cultural activities and activities that will aim to promote economic cooperation in the region Shkodra with the Republic of Serbia.
President of the Association of Serbs “Unity” from Fier Mr. Eqerem Duleviq in his speech informed Mr. Vucic that the permit for the construction of educational, cultural and economic center and headquarters of the association in the village Ret Libofša has been approved by the competent ministries of the Republic of Albania to be financed by donations of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and used the opportunity in the name of the members of the Serbian people in Fier to thank for help in that purpose. He stressed that it is important that the Serbian language courses to be continued and demanded that the Prime Minister used his influence in their mutual contacts with the highest representatives of the state authorities in the future to ensure their smooth running, and provide a permanent teaching staff and other conditions.
President of the Orthodox Association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir” Simo Hajkoja Ajković congratulated the Prime Minister Vucic for successfully realized visit and asked that the Republic of Serbia provide adequate support and funding for daily activities, to operational activities of the organizations and projects concerning the protection of religious identity, organizing excursions for children and adults to cultural and religious monuments in Serbia, to provide to our people clinical care, treatment and rehabilitation in health institutions of the Republic of Serbia for specific illnesses and emergencies. Serbian Prime Minister thanked the representatives of our minority and provided a firm belief that the Serbian government will give all necessary assistance for solving problems.
The meeting was attended by the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Ms Zorana Mihajlovic and Serbian Ambassador in Tirana, Mr. Miroljub Zaric.

Meeting of the representatives of our associations with the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Nebojsa Stefanovic in Tirana

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