June 8, 2011

Orthodox Christianity In Kosovo Lives In Constant Fear!




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Beloved in our Risen Lord,


Humbly I greet you with the Radiant Joy of our Lord's Holy Resurrection and I pray all is well with you!

All is well in Kosovo/Metohija is not the situation at this time! We who live in our own economic struggles and woes all at times have to make sacrifices but in the end we always endure! Our Lord God takes care of us all with His love, and He will as well take care of those currently who are living in constant fear in Kosovo!

The fear is that it has been told that Serbian Orthodox Christians are not allowed to return to Kosovo/Metohija! Every Serb perceived the event as a warning against their return! Why? Kosovo is after all still the region of Serbia and every citizen has the right to live in their own land. Every Serbian has the right to live as free people, and they should have the privilege and the honor to live on their land! The independent ideals are to completely get rid of every Serb citizen which well includes other majorities. No Serb will fall to their knees nor be persuaded to leave the region! Serbian citizens have rights and the ideals of human dignity!

That not one Serbian has the right to live in their own land? Orthodox Christianity now lives in constant fear in Kosovo!

That not one Serbian has the right to plow their fields without living in constant fear! Orthodox Christianity now lives in constant fear in Kosovo!

That not one Serbian has the right to practice their Holy Orthodox Faith? That the reconstruction of the Orthodox Church's and monasteries cannot be rebuilt out of constant fear as we know that more and I humbly repeat more then 153 of these churches and monasteries have been destroyed, and less then five have been somewhat repaired? Those who destroyed these churches and monastery should offer assistance to rebuilt and to stop destroying that which is sacred and holy to the Orthodox Church! Orthodox Christianity now lives in constant fear in Kosovo!

That the Serbian Orthodox Christians who are burying the repose in the Lord are in constant fear as of late their cemeteries have been vandalized. I myself have witnessed empty graves in which their lies no more bodies to rest in peace. My goodness we persecute the living and we seem to think persecuting the dead is the norm of the day? This type of act even against Serbian Orthodox cemeteries and the dead should cease at this hour. Orthodox Christianity now lives in constant fear in Kosovo!

How can anyone ever forget that that St. Sava who is very much revered as a saint even up until this day that his bones where burned in Belgrade and this day is commemorated in the Orthodox Church .

That the Serbian Orthodox Church's and monasteries are now not living under Peace Keeping Troops as in the past, and discussions are that the local police will now offer protection? No one will trust that the police will protect anyone and anything that is labeled Serbian! Where are the police now as just before Holy Pascha-Easter of this year, a land mine was discovered in a Serbian Orthodox cemetery in Kosovo. According to a 2010 U.N. Mission in Kosovo report.

These constant hate crimes against the Serbs in Kosovo and other minorities should cease at this time, and that all citizens in the region should have the right to live as free people!

As Orthodox Christians let us offer our humble prayers for those who continue to struggle and suffer from constant persecution in Kosovo/Metohija and appeal that these hate crimes cease at this time -as we have seen enough since March 1998! This is a time for talks and understanding of one another, as these are not the times to destroy or bring further humanitarian sufferings among each other!

Let us humbly stop defacing one another and leave the dead in peace, as well as that which is sacred to all Orthodox Christians around the world their Church's and monasteries, and every Orthodox Christian who lives in Kosovo/Metohija!

Please let us help those in desperate need in Kosovo/Metohija as the Decani Monastery Relief Fund still exist and still prays to offer some help and consolation of our loving kindness.

Send your donations to the following address:

C/O Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
2618 West Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

Cell phone: 208-860-2479

The Decani Monastery Relief Fund is now on facebook: The Decani Monastery Relief Fund

Thank you most humbly!

May our Risen Lord always bless you with His Radiant peace and joy!
Peace to your soul!

Humbly in Our Risen Lord,

+ Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes

President of The Decani Monastery Relief Fund

Who prays for you and with you!

I have run to the fragrance of your myrrh,
O Christ God, for I have been wounded by your love;
do not part from me, O heavenly Bridegroom.

- "Wounded by Love: The Life and The Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios"