Serbian Church
This is the web site about
the Monastery of Chilandar, the
most valuable spiritual treasury
of the Serbian people.


Monastery Chilandar
Chilandar Miracles
Chilandar Icons
Icons and Frescos
Textile With Ornamentation
Nemanjic  Dinasty
Serbian Church
Monastery Chilandar
on Holy Mountain of Athos
in this, 1998 year the Chilandar Monastery celebrates its 800th Anniversary as the Serbian Orthodox Monastery

Related links:
Mirror(s) to this site:

Serbian Orthodox Church   
Monastery Studenica
Kosovo Heritage, Kosovo Monasteries



grcki.jpg (1484 bytes)   srpski.jpg (1615 bytes)



This site is powered by RISJAK


spc_logo.gif (16860 bytes)

The Serbian Orthodox Church is one of the local churches of the orthodox Christian East. With other orthodox churches it is connected by the unity of faith, holy fathers' tradition, mutual liturgy-beneficial practice and church organization. Such division is conditioned by exterior factors but before all by geographical conditions as well as by the division of mankind into peoples and states. Local churches get in such a way the national character and connect their destiny with the destiny of their people. That is how it is with the Serbs.
According to its significance in the history of human civilization, the region of the Balkans and particularly its Southern part with the islands can be paralleled with the oldest civilizations of the ancient East. Concerning the first beginnings of the spreading of Christianity on the Balkans' region it is to be ascertained right away that that region, among the first ones in the world, entered into the world of the New Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ. Several epistles of St Apostle Paul (two to Corinthians, two to Thessalonians, two to Titus - the bishop on Crete and one to Philippians) are directed as early as in the first half of the lst century to the church communities on the Balkan, which this Apostle had founded at his Second missionary journey. The furthest South East of the European Continent was, then, already at the very beginning of the new Christian era enthusiastic for the Christianity. Thereupon it can be rightly concluded that the regions of the Balkan peninsula have the Church from the times of Apostles with the origin of the Apostles as well.
Tsvita.jpg (49977 bytes)
His Holiness, Serbian Patriarch Pavle says: "It was hard to endure but it was endured because in our soul, out of the depth of centuries, the words of the Son of God resonded, directed to the end of the world to all believers". Do not be afraid at all of that which you are to suffer ... Do not be afraid, I am the first and last and alive and was dead and here I am alive for ever and ever ... Be faithful to the point of death and I will give you the wreath of life. (Rev 2,10:1,17)

Patrijarh1.jpg (19361 bytes)

H.H. Pavle, The Serbian Patriarch

Former bishop of Ras-Prizren diocese (Kosovo and Metohija region), Patriarch Pavle was elected a head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1990. His Holiness did post-graduate studies at the Orthodox Theological Faculty at the University of Athens. During his stay in Greece, he studied the New Testament and developed an expertize in liturgics, which resulted in the Patriarch becoming on of the most prolific liturgical writers in the Serbian Orthodox Church.
For his work in the theology, the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church awarded His Holiness an honorary doctorate of Divinity. From 1949 to 1955 he was a monastic at the Monastery of Raca, performing different disciplines. During the 1950-51 academic year, the then-Hierodeacon Pavle was appointed a lecturer at the Prizren Seminary, a position which he retained until his election to patriarchal throne. In 1957 he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite, and in the same year the Holy Assembly of Bishops elected Archimandrite Pavle as bishop Ras-Prizren. 

From that very day until the present, he has faithfully shared in the plight of his people.

PAVLE4.gif (18764 bytes)

H.H. Pavle, The Serbian Patriarch during a liturgical procession

Zastava.gif (3122 bytes)

Having arrived at the Balkan peninsula the Serbs had, as other South Slavs, found developed church organizations. According to the narration of Tsar Constantine Porphirogenite the first mass baptization of the Serbs was in the time of the Byzantium Tsar Iraklije (610-641). Already in IX century, particularly during the reign of Prince Mutimir, the vivid missionary activity was developed and the first eparchics in Serbia are also mentioned. That is why this period is called "the second baptization of the Serbs". Total consolidation of the Christianity with Serbs really happens only on the basis of the Slavic sermon and od's service which came into Serbian regions firstly from Panonic region and then from Slavic church centers in Macedonia and the Coastal region. On the shores of Ohrid and Prespansko Lake owing to St Clement and St Naum the Slavic literacy flourished, the clergy was educated, numerous monasticism was developed and new monasteries were sprouting.

Grbprcrk.gif (9477 bytes)

Unfortunately, in the newest history, the sufferings of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian people are being prolonged. In the areas of ex-Yugoslavia, in the period of 1991-1995 in the war sufferings the brunt was born by 10 eparchics of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in the region of Croatia by 5 eparchies and in the region of ex-Bosnia and Herzegovina by 5 eparchies. The Serbian Orthodox Church bore the brunt of two destructive armies of Croatians and Moslems which were often united. Many churches were burnt own
and plundered and the people again had to run away from their homes. That's how many historical lights were destroyed and in addition to valuable liturgy objects the whole galleries of icons on the iconostases were destroyed and the works of known icon painters, around 5.500 icons were destroyed which is the real national catastrophe. The Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church published the book "Spiritual Genocide - the Review of Destroyed and Damaged Chuches, Monasteries and Other Church Objects in the War of 1991 – 1993".This book is accepted by the Hague Tribunal as the official document.



detalj_hor.gif (4234 bytes)

Back Next

etext.gif (10341 bytes)
Your questions or suggestions please
This web pages are dedicated to the thousands of Serbian orphans, the innocent victims of man's inhumanity to man