Consecration of Cathedral of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar

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Representatives of the Serbian Associations in Albania, mr. Pavlo Brajović, president of the Association of Serbian-Montenegrin national minority in Albania “Moraca-Rozafa” and Simo Ajkovic, President of the Orthodox Association “Sveti Jovan Vladimir” and the president of Serbian Association ” Jedinstvo” mr . Eqerem Duleviq followed by many believers from Shkodra attended by the invitation of His Grace Metropolitan of Montenegro mr. Amfilohije the solemn and historic ceremony of consecration of the magnificent temple of St. John Vladimir in Bar, Montenegro. In the presence of large numbers of people gathered on this for a long waited ceremony, the ceremony of consecration of the temple was led by His Beatitude Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus the Third, with the celebration of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej. At this occasion the first Holy Liturgy in this cathedral was held.
There jointly served the Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastas, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan and representatives of local Orthodox churches.
Metropolitan Amfilohije in his speech said that the Saint Jovan Vladimir was the holder of the Christ Cross , which protector is the Patriarch of Jerusalem, and the holder of the force of Christ’s resurrection.
“Churches of God are gathered here from all parts to witness and the strength of Christ crucified and risen, led by you as guardian of His Holy Grave and all the holy sites in the Holy Land. Therefore, bless this people as the successor of the apostle St. Jakov, who also sacrificed himself for the Christ resurrection, “said Metropolitan Amfilohije.
Patriarch Theophilus said that in writings on the Life of Saint Jovan Vladimir it is said that his head severed from the body, but that God did inserted the Holy Spirit in his body, even though the soul was separated from the body.
“And he’s our father, inspires us and says that God is with us and that he is not separated from us, even though his body was executed, because God is the master of life and death and eternal empire, “said Patriarch of Jerusalem.
He added that his persecutors and murderers killed him for the truth of Christ.
“But Jovan Vladimir survived to the suffering for the Christ, so that the Holy Church of Christ’s by his sacrifice to be strengthened. Our church is his sacrifice gained a great source of grace and healing for us believers,” he said.
Then Patriarch Theophilus handed to Serbian Patriarch Irinej i Metropolitan Amfilohije, as a sign of unity of the Church of God, – the icon of the Mother of God of Jerusalem.
“Presented to you this icon of the Virgin of Jerusalem as a sign of our unity and support of the Mother of God, which is the mother of all churches,” said Patriarch Theophilus.

The Patriarch Irinej handed to Metropolitan Amfilohije as a gift for the Cathedral – an icon of St. Jovan Vladimir.
Metropolitan Amfilohije at the end thanked everyone who helped the building of this holy temple and told the faithful that the Holy Throne were embedded particles of the relics of St. Sava the Sanctified and St. Jovan Vladimir.

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