The Slava of the Monastery of Decani

On the day of the Slava, the patronal festivity of the Monastery of Visoki Decani, dedicated to the Holy King Stefan of Decani and celebrated on 24th November, a multitude of pilgrims were able to attend the ceremony of blessing the new Konak (the accommodation of the monastic community). Serbian Patriarch, His Holiness Irinej, celebrated the Divine Liturgy, consecrated the new building to God, and handed it down to the future generations. The monastic community devoted three years of intensive work in the reconstruction of the Konak (called Konak of Prizren), which has been destroyed in 1949 due to a devastating arson, favored by an intolerant attitude towards the Church and religion, by the authorities of the time.
Konak was an open wound for the Monastery which always represented a point of contact between the Eastern and Western religion and culture .This injustice was corrected thanks to the work of His Grace Bishop Teodosije, former abbot of Decani, in raising awareness of the international community for the importance of the artistic and spiritual value of the Monastery, for an authentic European identity, since the Middle Age.
This achievement was made possible possible thanks to the generosity of the Kingdom of Norway, which funded much of the work of reconstruction together with the European Community.

The sensitivity of His Excellency Sverre Johan Kvale, emeritus Norwegian Ambassador in Kosovo, a collaboration between the Scandinavian authorities and the monastic brotherhood become very solid and the wonderful construction has been built. In the time of a great economical crisis, it certainly can be considered a miracle.
Two thousand pilgrims and faithful friends along with the religious and civil authorities, had the opportunity to participate the celebration of the Monastery’s Slava: His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska and Prizren; Bishop of Vranje, Pahomije; Bishop of Sumadia, Jovan; Abbot of the Monastery of Studenica, who celebrated Vespers in the evening before the feast; the Archimandrite Tihon; as well as numerous ambassadors and one representative of the international peacekeeping mission.
Visibly moved, the Archimandrite Sava Janjic, Abbot of the Monastery and our Vice President , welcomed all the participants, with the affection and warmth that made the Serbian hospitality a legend.
"We were honored - said His Excellency Jan Braathu, current Ambassador of Norway in Kosovo – to have contributed to build of a place where God is honored, because where there is prayer, there is always a room for hope."
To us this seemed the best way to conclude the description of this wonderful day.