Their Royal Highnesses celebrate Vidovdan in Chicago, USA
Published: 2013 / 06 / 28
TRH Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine will celebrate this year’s Vidovdan in Chicago, USA, by invitation from His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America Diocese.
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Prince Katherine will attend a memorial service for all who have laid down their lives for the honourable Cross and our Golden Freedom, at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago on Friday, June 28th at 6 p.m. The memorial service will be followed by Vidovdan Convocation in the Cathedral Hall with remarks by His Grace Bishop Porfirije of Yegar and Father Vojislav Bilbija from the Netherlands.
The main celebration of Diocesan Days and Vidovdan will be held on Sunday, June 30lh, beginning at 10 AM with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at New Gracanica Monastery, and followed by a banquet and slava celebration, together with the Serbian National Defence.
On the occasion of Vidovdan celebration, HRH Crown Prince Alexander II has stated:
“Today we celebrate Vidovdan, one of the greatest Serbian national holidays and one of the most important dates in Serbian history. Although we are a small nation, our history is turbulent, full of rises and falls, great victories and tragic defeats. Serbia today is facing the future which brings many changes. No one can know what exactly the future is going to be like, but no one should fear the future, if one goes towards it having something to rely upon. Serbia has a lot to rely upon from her past. We are not celebrating Vidovdan as the day of our defeat, or as a symbol of inevitable sacrifice. We are celebrating it as a symbol of the indestructibility of the nation’s spirit, as a proof of the depth of our roots, as a jubilation of hope and faith in a better tomorrow. Whatever the changes might be ahead of us, as long as we celebrate Vidovdan, as long as we are proud of our history, our future can only be bright.”