The Eagle


H/T: Facebook – Fr. Dragan Petrovic

This is called Orlec – the eagle. Image of an eagle flying over a city – overseeing it. The Eagle represents the bishop overseeing his diocese – taking care of it by looking at (paying attention to) every detail with an eye of an eagle.

When the Bishop serves liturgy in a parish or comes to visit – we take this little piece of carpet out and he stands on it. This is to remind him and us what the function of the bishop in the church is.

We just bought one from our Monastery bookstore thanks to the Djukanovic family. You can buy one for your parish for $120. Ask your priest, buy it and donate it.

Serbs Second-class Citizens in Croatia

Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia: Serbs are Second-class Citizens in Croatia

H/T: Inserbia (here)

BELGRADE – Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia stated that Serbs in Croatia are second-class citizens with no right to mark the sites of their suffering or do so in their own, Cyrillic script.

Serbs tried to mark the sites of their suffering during the civil war in the ’90s but this is very difficult because the monuments were destroyed over night, Fotije said in an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti.

As an example of this, he listed the destruction of the monument honouring the victims in Golubic near Knin (Serb Krajina area) which was destroyed on the same night it was built.

Fotije announced that Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church would pay a two-day visit to the Diocese of Dalmatia to mark a major jubilee, the 400th anniversary of the Seminary of the Krka Monastery.

According to the plans for August 18, the patriarch should first visit the local Church of Saint Elijah in Zadar, then the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Anastasia where the remains of the early Christian saint Anastasia are kept, Fotije said.

The bishop also pointed to the problem of Serb return to the Dalmatia area and other parts of Croatia, and he listed usurpation of Serb apartments as the main reason of low return to the cities.

Until the ’90s war, Dalmatia was home to around 120,000 Serbs, while today, only a quarter of them still live here, and they are mainly elderly citizens, Fotije said.

Clergy and Laity

The representative of the bishop in each parish is the presbyter. There can be many presbyters in each parish, but one of them can be appointed by the bishop as the head (proistamenos). Since all administration in the Church derives from the Eucharist, the head of the parish council can only be a presbyter, not a layman. It is a canonical anomaly, to be found particularly in the Diaspora, to have a layman as the president of the parish council. It is a sign of secularization to regard the Church as a democracy in the secular sense, and to subject the Eucharistic leader to the administrative control of the laity. The laity are essential part of the Eucharist, without whom there can be no liturgy. But just as in the Eucharist, also in the administration of the parish which is nothing but a continuation of the Eucharist in the every day life of the Church, the laity are not leaders, they are not shepherds, but flock. This does not undermine their role, since they remain indispensable, but places them in their proper order. Otherwise the administration of the Church will become a secular matter unrelated to the Church. But there is nothing in the Church, not even the authority of the bishop or the presbyters, which is not derived from their place in the Eucharist. It is this that makes Canon Law a matter of Dogma and Ecclesiology, and not just a matter of administration.