February 22nd, 2015 – Kingdom of Serbia celebrated our Patron Saint Day St. Simeon the Myrrh-Flowing at the White Palace on February 22nd, 2015.
The reception was attended by prominent members of Kingdom of Serbia Association, members of the Advisory Bodies to the Crown, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of different religions, local authorities, cultural and public life of Serbia.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia cut the Slava cake in the morning with Mr Mario Majstorovic, the Chairman of the Association, after s Holy Liturgy at the St. Simeon the Myrrh-Flowing Chapel in the Serbian Patriarchy.
The official program has started by original version of the National anthem performed by the “Ostrog” Chorus from Novi Banovci. In the memory of Mr Ivan Velickovic, tragically deceased member of Kingdom of Serbia and chairman of the branch in Veliko Gradiste, a film about his life was presented. You can see the film at our You tube channel: https://youtu.be/VsgSSbxcJcs
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine were not able to attend because of several humanitarian events that have been held under their auspices in the United States of America, where funds were raised for hospitals in Serbia and Republic of Srpska. Crown Prince Alexander sent a letter that was read during the reception by Mr Predrag Markovic, member of the Crown Council: “The Patron Saint’s Day you celebrate today has been multiply happily chosen. But above all, it is a symbol of the trust between a father and a son, between two generations. It is a symbol of traditional openness to the new power of faith. Saint Simeon, as our Church reminds, was ‘a great ruler of the Serbian people, unifier of the Serbian lands, creator of the independent Serbian state’, but also the father ‘who followed the example of his son Sava’. That is why this Patron Saint’s Day is both a holiday and the doctrine for the Kingdom of Serbia Association. Constitutional parliamentary monarchy in Serbia can only be established if we strictly follow and respect the best of our tradition, the doctrine of our parents, but also if we remain willing to learn from our children. Therefore, as the patron of the association, I have to constantly remind you that for us, the goal and the way to reach it are equally important. Politeness, patience, respect for others, knowledge, perseverance, faith.”
As the host of the reception, Mr Mario Majstorovic, Chairman of the Kingdom of Serbia Association welcomed the guests and said: “The Day we mark today is a Day of our divine protector St. Simeon the Myrrh-Flowing, and we mark this day in the house of his descendent Crown Prince Alexander, patron of our organization. Today we can look each other in the eyes and proudly say that we are better today than we were in the past. Absolutely confident in the power and truth of what we believe in, using modern ways in what we have been doing, we have made the Kingdom of Serbia Association the biggest Monarchist Association in our country, and the biggest non-governmental organization (NGO) with over 80 branches across the country and in the Diaspora, recognized by all institutions and other organizations”, said Majstorovic. Mr Majstorovic’s speech was followed with short film about Association’s activities at the year 2014. You can watch it at our You tube channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtN7_3-SrW4
Deacon Nenad Ilic presented a program titled “Father”. This project is about making a movie about lives of Stefan Nemanja and Rastko Nemanjic (St. Simeon and St. Sava). Dancing ensemble “Masuka” from Velika Plana performed King’s kolo and several other fantastic dances.
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