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    Anonymous

    Maybe this article is better for History chapter, but since it relates to Christianity and Orthodoxy, I will put it here:

    The beginning of Christianity among the Slavs

    Work with which Dr. Jovan I. Deretic participated at the Second International Congress on precyrillic and prechristian literacy and culture, held in St. Petersburg 12-14.05.2009.

                Christianity, as a new religion emerged within the Roman Empire, in the areas of mixed population, who have long been under the influence slavic culture and slavic language. Powerful empire Surbija (Assyria) has long been the master of the Middle East and Central Asia. The official language of this empire was srbski that distorted called Aramaic, the old name was "sarbejski". In that language is Christ preached, and all his disciples. On the language used to create the first version of the Old Testament. They can be used as a guideline why in Christianity, as a new religion, there are many elements of the old prechristian Slavic beliefs. We can rightly speak of the Christian and pre-Christian Slavic orthodoxy. It is not only about external phenomena that could be called old customs or religious folklore, which, according to the testimony of Bishop Eusebius, introduced by Emperor Constantine to Christianity closer to people, but also about some theological settings. Should not be much to ask from where Constantine took the folk customs which he introduced to Christianity, took them from his hometown of Niza, now Nish.

                Many subordinate peoples, first in Assyrian empire, and then the Roman Empire professed the religion of their masters, and claimed the hope that God will send them a Messiah who would free them to rise to a higher level of living. Their hopes were fulfilled appearance of Jesus Christ as God's son and governor on Earth. It meets all they expected of him, wins death and rising from the grave after been executed. Politically and morally decadent Roman Empire aspirations for new ideas and beliefs are affected primarily disenfranchised and impoverished social strata.

                In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter ten, described Christ's instruction to his disciples to go among the people and preach Christianity. They had to go barefoot, no shoes. Postola Serbs called the old shoes, a shoemaker's in the Middle Ages called postolar. The Apostle is a man without shoes, the one who went barefoot to preach the Christian faith.

                The first of the apostles, the first of 12, who started among the people to preach Christianity was St. James Zebedee, brother of John the Theologian. He set out from Palestine for Pannonia. (Farlati, I c. 251.) Saint James the ship sailed from Palestine to Epidaurus (today Cavtat), the main Roman port on the east coast of the Adriatic, and from the Roman road to Serbium, today Sremska Mitrovica. Roman road leading from the town of Epidaurus to Serbium (Sirmium), an important strategic town on the Sava River. That path led through Trebinje, Bileca, Avtovac, Foca and Loznica which was then called Ab Drinum, that is, on the Drina. In all these places existed mezulans, reception centers for travelers. In all those places, St. James has left the preachers, and the Serbium built a church and set St. Andronicus bishop in the 34. year. (Farlati, I st.252.) St. Andronicus was his disciple who was brought from Palestine. It was the first Christian church and the first bishop in the universe. That is why the primogen Christian Church is Slavic.

                St. James returned the same route to Jerusalem where King Herod Agrippa cut him with sword in year of 45. It was the first of the apostle, who was executed for the work of Christ.

                The other apostles who came to Serbia (Serbia under here means at the time the whole Balkan Peninsula except Greece, which is a landscape of Mount Olympus to the sea.) Was a Saint Peter in 42 year. (Farlati I pg.238.) St. Peter came the same way he came St. James. He preached and organized the Church in the area of Roman Dalmatia during the 42 year. Next 43. The St. Peter went to Rome and there to organize a Christian church. He set his pupil Lina to replace him at the head of the Roman Church. When the Emperor Claudius expelled from Rome Christians and Jews, considering them to underground organizations, St. Peter fled to Ravenna and from there moved to Serbia. He did not go to Dalmatia but to Pannonia.

                St. Peter organizes a church in Pannonia and sets St. Epenet the head of the Church for the prefecture of Illyricum in 49. (Dr. Justin Popovic, Lives of the Saints, Jun, c. 653.) (Farlati, I c. 240.) Sv. Epeneto had the position of Archbishop of Illyricum. Since that time there Archdiocese of Illyria, and Serbia, in Serbium (Sremska Mitrovica). Archdiocese of Illyria remained in Serbium until Attila's wars, when, under the pretext of danger, moved to Thessaloniki in the territory of the Roman Empire. Therefore, in 530 was established, the new Archbishopric for Illyria (Serbia) in Solin. Then the bishop Onorius III raised to the rank of archbishop. It was one of the main reasons why the emperor Justinian led war against Serbia 535 years and then moved the archdiocese for Illyria from Thessaloniki in Justinian Prima.

                Serbian, that is, the Apostolic Church Slavonic is primogen Church in the universe. She is more apostolic since seven  apostles resided in Serbia and preached. They are:

                Saint James, came 34 year. Established the first bishopric.

                St. Peter, came 42 year. He organized the church in Dalmatia, and then established the first archdiocese 49 in Serbium. He preached in Pannonia, Moesia, Thrace and the Serbs in Asia Minor.

                St. Andrew first-named, came 52 year. St. Andrew was Peter's brother, who was preaching in Thrace, Macedonia, New Epirus, Zeta, Moesia, Danube, Crimea, with Alan Sarmatian in the Caucasus, Abkhazia, Scythia and Hersonez and in Russia in the region of Kiev and Novgorod. (Dr. Justin Popovic, Lives of the Saints, November, st.827.)

                St. Matthew, came 56 year. He preached in Moesia (central Serbia)

                St. Paul, came 57th year. He preached in Macedonia, Dardania and Dalmatia. The longest he stayed in Herzegovina, Trebinje.

                St. Luke's, came 58 year. He preached in several provinces in Serbia, spent some time in Trebinje.

                St. Mark Evangelist. He preached in the western province of Serbia, Japodija, Istria and Noricum.

                In addition to the seven apostles in Serbia have lived and preached and their students. Among the main disciples of the Apostles, we will give them nine.

                Saint Epeneto,

                Holy Tit Jazig,

                Saint Domna,

                Saint Ermija,

                St. Clement,

                Saint Timothy,

                Saint Apollinaris,

                Saint Epifanio,

                Saint Kreskens.

                Seven Apostles and nine students have set up and strengthen the Christian Church of the Serbs and Slavs. No other country, no other nation has had so many apostolic visit. No other church has such primacy in the Christian world. No part of this enormous authority is not used. Church. Jacob standing in the open and waiting for restorers, while orthodoxy fade and deteriorate. Time for Reconstruction and unique Slavic church.

    Literature

    1. Dr. Justin Popovich: Lives of the Saints, for the June Party 653rd Edition of the Monastery of St. Cells, Belgrade 1975.

    2. Ravenatis Anonyme: Cosmographia, Otto Zeller, Aalen 1962.

    3. Daniele Farlati: Illyrici Sacri, Sebastianum Cole, Venezia 1751.

    4. Gianantonio Bomann: Storia Civile ed ecclesiastica della Dalmatia, Antonio Locatelli, Venezia 1775th

    5. Bishop Dr. Nicodemus Milaš: Orthodox Dalmatia, True, Belgrade 1989.

    6. Dr. Jovan I. Deretic: Western Serbia, Sardonija, Chicago 1995.

    7. Andre Miquel: La Geographie humaine du monde musulman, Paris Mouton – La Haye 1975.
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    *I translated this article from Serbian, that's why it looks so clumsy.

    #351528

    Anonymous

    Slavic Church of Christ
    http://www.slavchurch.org/

    I don't know whats specially Slavic about this Church (or "Church", can't see denomination), except maybe gathering of some Slavs into church, but it sounds good that all Slavs have one Christian church.

    #351529

    Anonymous
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    Slavic Church of Christ
    http://www.slavchurch.org/

    I don't know whats specially Slavic about this Church (or "Church", can't see denomination), except maybe gathering of some Slavs into church, but it sounds good that all Slavs have one Christian church.

    But realistically half of the Slavs follow the ancient Greek Orthodox Church and the other half converted to Catholicism.(although some of these still use the outward Greek ceremonies)

    By their traditional religious cultures Slavs have divided themselves into two parties. In this same way the Great German nation is divided into two. Is this good or is this determental? It can be used by an enemy to divide and conquer.

    #351530

    Anonymous
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    By their traditional religious cultures Slavs have divided themselves into two parties. In this same way the Great German nation is divided into two. Is this good or is this determental? It can be used by an enemy to divide and conquer.

    Best solution is one nation-one Church.
    Serbian St. Bishop Nikolai didn't see the meaning of Slavic existence without the Orthodoxy, and even wrote a work "Dream of Slavic religion" (Сан о словенској религији).

    "Wide, wide ocean is stretched, with whom there is only the tide, without ebb. It is a Slavic country.

    Your tide frightens the world, Slavs. Are you afraid of it?.."

    #351531

    Anonymous
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    Quote:
    Slavic Church of Christ
    http://www.slavchurch.org/

    I don't know whats specially Slavic about this Church (or "Church", can't see denomination), except maybe gathering of some Slavs into church, but it sounds good that all Slavs have one Christian church.

    But realistically half of the Slavs follow the ancient Greek Orthodox Church and the other half converted to Catholicism.(although some of these still use the outward Greek ceremonies)

    By their traditional religious cultures Slavs have divided themselves into two parties. In this same way the Great German nation is divided into two. Is this good or is this determental? It can be used by an enemy to divide and conquer.

    Most Slavs look at religion in sense of the guardian of tradition, not religious spiritualisation. I believe we do not need new churches to "unite" the Slavs. All we need is common sense of solidarity, being there for each other, and currently only few Slavic countries stand by to its brothers. Most of them blindly follow the western policy, as long it doesn't concern them.


      [li]I can say for every Serb though, that he will always support a Slavic brother (even the ones with whom they don't have great relations). It's a matter of principle.[/li]
    #351532

    Anonymous
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    By their traditional religious cultures Slavs have divided themselves into two parties. In this same way the Great German nation is divided into two. Is this good or is this determental? It can be used by an enemy to divide and conquer.

    Best solution is one nation-one Church.
    Serbian St. Bishop Nikolai didn't see the meaning of Slavic existence without the Orthodoxy, and even wrote a work "Dream of Slavic religion" (Сан о словенској религији).

    "Wide, wide ocean is stretched, with whom there is only the tide, without ebb. It is a Slavic country.

    Your tide frightens the world, Slavs. Are you afraid of it?.."

    I too agree with the "one nation = one church" policy. And thanks for the link. I  like to dream of slavic religion.

    But realistically, the Slavs today come from "two traditional religious cultures," don't they. Not much we can do to change this now.

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