"... The Lord has shown us that there is no Resurrection without death, nor Easter without Good Friday.” This is a source of hope and consolation for us, because it assures us that our suffering and our Calvary will end in the resurrection of our entire people, its renewal and its spiritual rebirth. In this way, we shall in the truest sense experience personally the words of Christ from His hierarchic prayer: “Father, I want my servant also to be where I am…”
Bishop Artemije, Easter message
“Kosovo is not, nor has it ever been, the cause of suffering ‘of the entire nation.’ It has rather always been and meant the salvation of the entire nation. And so it is today. Those for whom only worldly criteria exist say that Kosovo led us into five centuries of slavery under the Turks and was therefore the cause of the suffering ‘of the entire nation.’ Others for whom also other, spiritual, criteria exist say that Kosovo gave us the strength to endure the five centuries of Turkish slavery and live to see the sun of freedom rise again in Kosovo and shed its light upon us. These two ways of looking at Kosovo exist also today. Kosovo does not, nor will ever have a price. For this reason, neither the present generation nor any future generation can have the right to renounce its Kosovo for the sake of ‘a better life.’ If any generation were to do this, instead gaining ‘a better life’ it would die a spiritual death from which there is no resurrection…”
Bishop Artemije, interview for 'Glas Javnosti'
S I M O N I D A ( A FRESCO IN GRAČANICA )
Your eyes were gouged out, oh beautiful image,
On a pilaster at approach of night,
Knowing that no one would witness the pillage
An Albanian’s knife robbed you of your sight.
But neither your mouth, nor your noble face
To desecrate with his hand did he dare,
Or touch your golden crown, or queenly lace
Beneath which lay your luxuriant hair.
Now in the church upon the stone pilaster
Serenely bearing your tormented plight
Dressed in the robes of mosaic and luster
I see you sad, and dignified, and white.
Like stars extinguished in the distant past,
Which yet transmit to men the far-off glow
So that men see the light, the hue, the cast
Of stars lost to sight a long time ago,
Today upon me from your royal height,
From that antique stone covered all in grime,
Oh, sad Simonida, shines down the light
Of eyes gouged sightless in another time.
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