Petition to the Patriarch of Serbia: Defend the right of your congregation to the liturgy

At the same time, Your Holiness, please inform the national authorities that according to art. 202 of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, any restriction on the freedom of religion is unconstitutional

To His Holiness
The Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus

Your Holiness,

Bearing in mind today’s decision taken by the government to abolish freedom of movement from 1 p.m. to 5 a.m., we appeal to You, in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, as the first in the hierarchy of our Holy Church, to demand from the State authorities that the time schedule of the above restriction be adapted to the right of Orthodox believers, who constitute the vast majority of Serbian citizens, to participate in weekly holy liturgies during Holy Week and the Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord.

In presenting this petition to you, first of all, we have in mind the Lord’s commandment on the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist – do this in remembrance of me (Luke 22:19), knowing according to the words of the Holy Apostle, that the Holy Eucharist is served and will be served until the second coming of Christ (1 Cor. 11:26), but also aware that the participation of the faithful people in the Holy Liturgy is necessary, for in the words of St. John Chrysostom „it is not only a priest who brings the blessing, but the whole people.“

At the same time, Your Holiness, please inform the national authorities that according to art. 202 of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, any restriction on the freedom of religion is unconstitutional, since in a state of emergency the freedom of religion is enshrined in art. 43. The Constitution has the character of an absolute law. Warn the State authorities that they must not abuse article 43, paragraph 4, of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, which provides that exceptionally the law may impose certain restrictions on the freedom of religion. Even then, in accordance with article 18 of the Constitution, it must not affect the substance of the guaranteed right by depriving Orthodox believers of their right to participate in religious worship, in accordance with article 202, in particular, this may not be done by means of decrees, having the force of law, issued during the period of the state of emergency.

On the Day of the Holy Martyrs Monastery of St. Sava. sanctified

Blessing your holy hand,
faithful to the path of Saint Sava

UNDERSIGNED (in alphabetical order):

prof. dr. Sladjana Aleksic
prof. dr. Slobodan Antonic
dr. Dusan Bastasic
Dusan Bogdanovic
, lawyer
Ljiljana Bogdanovic, journalist
prof. dr. Dragisa Bojovic
dr. Rajka Bulatovic
mr. Jelena Gazdic, philologist
Ranko Gojkovic, publicist and translator
dr. Isak Davidov
dr. Vladimir Dimitrijevic
dr. Aleksandar Djikic
dr. Goran Djordjevic, lawyer
dr. Biljana Djorovic mediologist
dr. Misa Djurkovic, Research Fellow
Slobodan Eric, editor-in-chief of „Geopolitika“ magazine
Nikola N. Zivkovic, writer and translator
Dejan Petar Zlatanovic, editor of the site „Srbin.info“
dr. Slobodan Jankovic, Research Associate
prof. ass. dr. Jovan Janjic
prof. dr. Zoran Kindjic
prof. dr. Milos Kovic
prof. dr. Caslav Koprivica
mr. Dragan Krsmanovic, colonel and historian
Aleksandar Lazic, editor of the portal „Stanje stvari“
prof. dr. Irena Ljubomirovic
Nikola Malovic
, writer
Nikola Milovancev, lawyer and publicist
prof. dr. Dejan Mirovic
prof. ass. dr. Kristina Mitic
mr. Alen Novalija, translator
prof. dr. Aleksandar Petrovic
prof. dr. Dragoljub Petrovic
academic Predrag Piper
dr. Dusan Prorokovic
prof. dr. Slobodan Reljic
Predrag Savic
, lawyer
prof. dr. Slobodan Samardzic
Dusan Simic
, historian
prof. dr. Milomir Stepic
pilgrim Slobodan Stojicevic, writer and translator
Dragana Trifkovic, Director of the Centre for Geostrategic Studies
prof. dr. Srdja Trifkovic
prof. dr. Zoran Cvorovic
dr. Dusko Celic
prof. dr. Ljiljana Colic
prof. ass. dr. Jasmina Saranac Stamenkovic

NOTE: As new signatures arrive, the list will be completed.

ADDITIONAL SIGNATURES:

prof. dr. Miladin D. Sevralic, Member of Parliament
Bosko Obradovic, Member of Parliament
dr. Dragan Vesovic, Member of Parliament
Marija Janjusevic, Member of Parliament
mr. Ivan Kostic, Member of Parliament
Vladan Glisic, lawyer
Jugoslav Kiprijanovic, editor of the portal „International Family News – Serbia“.
Svetlana Maksovic, lawyer and translator
dr. Vasilj Jovovic, historian
dr. Ljubisa Despotovic
prof. dr. Dusko Kuzovic
dr. Gordana Zivkovic, Centre for Christian Studies
prof. dr. Branislav Ristivojevic
Milorad Vukasinovic
, journalist and publicist
prof. dr. Pavle Botic
dr. Marko Spasenovic, Senior Research Associate

THE PETITION WAS ALSO SIGNED BY:

Momcilo Selic, writer
Ana Selic, translator
Dejan Baljosevic, mechanical engineer and former coordinator of the Orahovac Coordination Centre for Kosovo and Metohia.
Jovana Baljosevic, high school teacher in Orahovac

Anyone who wishes to sign the petition can do so HERE



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