A homily delivered by former bishop of Ras-Prizren Artemije from 2007:
Your Eminence, venerable and honorable fathers, brothers and sisters, Your Excellency, Mr. Minister! A joyous and blessed Vidovdan on this evening which has brought us together here before the beautiful Gracanica, to celebrate the 618th memory of the battle of Kosovo when Prince Lazar and the other Serbian knights laid down their lives for the Heavenly Kingdom, for those eternal values which give value to life, but are also worth dying for when needed.
The battle of Kosovo is different from other battles in the history of mankind. All battles last, some shorter some longer, and then they are finished and they enter history; but the battle of Kosovo has lasted, behold, over six hundred years. And we find ourselves in the final phase of the Kosovo battle, or so it seems to us, and if it will be, probably, that the Kosovo battle will continue after us and after our generation. Why? Because it is the battle for the Heavenly Kingdom, for the Honorable Cross and Golden Freedom, for those eternal values without which there is no life to the Orthodox Serb and without which he could not exist. For this reason every generation, every age, every man is really fighting the battle of Kosovo.
Our time is exceptional in that right today, when many of the mighty of the world are trying to snatch Kosovo and Metohija from the bosom of Serbia, to pluck it out as a heart is plucked out and to turn Serbia into a corpse, we are fighting not to allow that. And I believe that no one will be able to take from us what is to us the most holiest, that which to us is the most precious, more than even our lives. In this may the holy Prince Lazar be our guide and leader, as he was on the Kosovo field on that famous battle of Kosovo in 1389, while we, with faith in God, with hope in God’s help will endure on this territory, to remain here, by our holy sites, by our tombs, on the land of our ancestors. Let us not allow any winds to blow us away from here, let us not sell that which our ancestors left for us to preserve and pass on to our younger, future generation. Only if we live in Kosovo, brothers and sisters, Kosovo and Metohija will live in Serbia and in the Serbian people.
May the Lord allow it to be thus through the prayers of the Holy Prince Lazar and all the others venerable Saints from our people. Amen, God grant it.