Pilgrimage of Monks from Raska and Prizren
Monasteries to central Serbia and Belgrade

12-14 of May, 2002

First time after the war, Bishop Artemije organized a pilgrimage to central Serbian monasteries and Belgrade with his monks. Altogether 52 monks joined their bishop in this pilgrimage visiting the monasteries of Gradac, Pavlica, Studenica, Zica, Lelic and Celije. In Belgrade the monks with their Bishop were received by His Holiness Patriarch Pavle who gave them his patriarchal blessing. At the end of the visit the monks were received by TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherina Karadjordjevic in their ancestral Royal Palace in Belgrade.

Beginning of the pilgrimage - Koncul Monastery

Up the hill to the bus at Koncul

At Gradac Monastery - the endowment of Helen of Anjoy
the wife of the Serbian king Uros I

Gradac Monastery - 13th century

At Pavlica Monastery - the shrine of Musich brothers, 13th century

Holy Liturgy at Studenica Monastery, 12th century

In front of the Spiritual center of St. Bishop Nikolai of Zica in Kraljevo

Venerating the holy relics of Bishop Nikolaj of Zica and Ochrid
the village of Lelic, the birthplace of St. Nikolaj and our Bishop Artemije

With the spiritual grandfather
The monks with Bishop Artemije around the tomb of St. Justin of Celije

Bishop Artemije gives to Patriarch Pavle a woodcarved cross as
a gift of the monks from RAska and Prizren Diocese

Monks from Kosovo-Metohija and Raska receive a blessing from
His Holiness Patriarch Pavle

Visit to the Cathedral of St. Sava in Belgrade
the largest Orthodox Church in the world

Bishop Artemije and the monks in front of St. Sava Cathedral
in Belgrade

Presenting an icon of Decani Theotokos to HRH Crown Prince Alexander
of Yugoslavia and Serbia at his Royal Palace in Belgrade

Conversation with HRH Crown Prince Alexander

Photo Story from the Site of the Royal Family

In front of the Old Palace - HRH Crown Prince Alexander and
HRH Princess Katherina with Bishop Artemije and his monks, Belgrade