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Opening of Russia–Serbia Festival at STOUH
On October 18, 2022, the international festival “Serbian Solace for the Russian Heart” was opened at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of the Humanities, timed to coincide with the University’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

The grand opening of the festival was led by Bishop Konstantin Zaraiskii, Vicar of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. He welcomed all the participants and the guests of honor of the festival: Metropolitan Joanikije Mićović of Montenegro and Primorje, Bishop Jovan Ćulibrk of Pakrac and Slavonia, and His Excellency Momčilo Babić, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Russian Federation.

During the Festival, two exhibitions were held at STOUH: “The Holy Places of Serbia: Destroyed and Rebuilt” (by E. A. Osipova, M. Achimovich), about the legacy of the monumental architecture of Kosovo and Metohija, and an exhibition of works by the Serbian artist Nun Marija Antić, titled “Jasenovac: Faithfulness and Resurrection. Be faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life (Rev. 2:10)” (by Priest Alexei Pichugin, Priest Maxim Brazhnikov). It is an artistic reflection on the Christian exploits of the Serbian Neo-martyrs.

The main event was a memorial evening for Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović († 30.10.2020), one of the hierarchs who shaped the destiny of modern Montenegro.

Metropolitan Joanikije Mićović and Bishop Jovan Ćulibrk, Metropolitan Amfilohije’s close companions and associates, shared their memories of him.

The evening drew a full house in the Conciliar Chamber of the Diocesan House. About six hundred people came to the opening of the Festival. The gathering was enlivened by the singing of the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute Chamber Choir, conducted by A. N. Luzanova, and the STOUH Choir, conducted by Priest Alexei Zaitsev, who sang Serbian national and spiritual songs.

The evening concluded with a talk by Father Dushan Mikhailovich of the Church of the Ascension in Yekaterinburg. Father Dushan shared his valuable experience of interacting with Metropolitan Amfilohije and spoke about the Metropolitan’s fruitful missionary work in Latin America.

On October 20–21, there was a historical and educational conference and educational lecture about “Russo–Serbian Heritage: Temporal and Eternal”. The talks given by researchers from Russian and Serbian research centers allowed for a new understanding of the history of suffering and spiritual transformation of the peoples of both countries in the 20th century.

The live stream from the Conciliar Chamber of Saint Tikhon’s University can be viewed here.

Photo credit: Aleksei Ososkov