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#1 Mediterranean


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Posted 28 August 2009 - 06:04 PM

Serbian New Martyrs from Kosovo

Fr. Hariton (Chariton) (of the Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren in Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia ) was kidnapped by the KLA Albanian extremists on June 15th 1999 in the streets of Prizren. His body was found one year later on August 8th 2000, in an unmarked grave in the cemetery of the Albanian village of Tusus near the city of Prizren. According to the post mortem report, Fr. Hariton's body was decapitated and severely mutilated. He was stabbed several times by knife. With his clothes the investigators have found Fr. Hariton's barely legible ID and the praying rope, by which his monastic brethren have identified him. The perpetrators of this murder have not yet been found.

Father Stefan Puric

A month later, on July 19 1999, Hieromonk Stefan Puric of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Budisavci near Klina in Kosovo and Metohija, was also abducted by the armed UCK (KLA) terrorists. According to the witnesses, father Stefan was violently tortured and subsequently murdered by Albanian terrorists. Fr. Stefan's body has never been found. By the information obtained from the Albanian side by Fr. David (Perovic), Fr. Stefan's mutilated body was thrown in an empty well and covered with animal carcasses.

Remembering the Kosovo New Martyrs, the Archimandrite of the Greek Orthodox Church from Boise, Idaho, Very Reverend Father Nektarios Serfes, wrote:

Both men were simple monastic, gentle souls who wholeheartedly loved God and their Holy Orthodox Church. They paid the ultimate price of service to God, bearing witness to their Christian faith in the face of an enemy sworn to destroy the Church and to eradicate the entire history and legacy of Serbian Orthodox Christianity throughout the region.
We know that those who lose their lives for the love of Christ will quickly join the ranks of His saints and enter into everlasting life with Him in the eternal paradise. These new martyrs of our own time surely have received their crowns and have joined the ranks of the saints and martyrs from the all the centuries since the Church's founding. We should count ourselves blessed to have known such people whose faith was so strong and whose sacrifice was so great. In the end, their victory is also our own for their courage and their piety strengthens ours as we follow them in defending the Faith against the rising tide of antichristian sentiment in the modern world.
(...) Let us humbly remember to pray to the New Martyrs of Kosovo, Serbia: Monk Hariton and Hieromonk Stefan, and all the other Serbian Christians who have lost their lives during these last decades of war and persecution in the Balkans, as we pray to God to save what remains of the Serbian people and the Serbian nation, and to ease the ongoing suffering of innocent Christian men, women and children still struggling at this hour just to survive in Kosovo and Metohija.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 08:02 PM

Thank you for the stories, i never knew about Fr Stefan Puric, I know about Fr Hariton from the Orthodox word as they published his life in their magazine.

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 12:31 PM

Evrybody know who are Albanian Nazi and how they murder Orthodox Christians (Serbian, Greek, Bulgarian, Jermenia etc) during the last 100 years but nobody want to hear.
Also Archbishop Anastasios of Albania in Belgrade say: "If I say that Govermment of Albania kill Serbian people I can't return in Albania."

Commemoration on June 28th for the The Serbian New-martyrs
Troparion Tone 8

For your faith in God and His Righteousness, you suffered in the flesh.
The earth sorrows, but you have saved your souls and heaven rejoices!
And your ancestors sang aloud with the heaven greeting you at the gate
Of paradise with this song: your names are in the Book of Eternity.
Enter into Paradise O children of immortality! We your posterity
On earth, cry out in unison: O New-martyrs, pray for us!

"Blessed is the Lord:

Humbly I am addressing you about most previously of the New Martyrs of the 20th century in Serbia, within the region of Kosovo, especially the martyrdom of two Hieromartyrs (monastic priest) that took place 1990's in the Serbian Orthodox Church, in the region of Kosovo.

The crowing of a these holy New Martyrs of Serbia in this report is not the first time the Serbian Orthodox Christians in Serbia, have witnessed martyrs. More then 750,000 Orthodox Serbian Orthodox Christians gave their lives in the defense of the faith during the time of both World War I, and World War II, at the end of this text I present you some of these accounts......"

By Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes


Also, in the WW2 priests, monks and laity of Diocese Raska and Prizren were killed by Albanian Nazis including the Bishop of Raska and Prizren Rt. Rev Vladimir.

About New Serbian Orthodox Christian Martyrs from Kosovo evrybody can read or see pictures on this page where also story about Fr. Stefan (Puric).


This picture represent destroyed or damage Orthodox Christian Church in Kosovo and Metohija:

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Edited by Dova Nisavic, 29 August 2009 - 01:09 PM.

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