St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Thoughts on Kosovo - 2005

by Fr. Rodney Torbic

Vidovdan Program, June 20/July 3, 2005.


Today we focus on Kosovo. We focus on the years that have passed since 1389 and the martyrdom of Tsar Lazar and the faithful choosing Christ.

Today we pause in the twenty-first century and consider events occurring in the fourteenth century. Today we stop in time to remember those who chose eternity.

We benefit from the decisions of the faithful. We benefit from the decisions of the martyrs of Kosovo. We draw strength from decisions for Christ made long ago.

The suffering in Kosovo centuries ago has manifested itself in recent times. The threat to Orthodox faithful centuries ago in Kosovo has manifested itself in recent times.

Peace comes through Jesus Christ. Joy comes through Jesus Christ. The Cross is central to the life in Christ.

The Cross of Christ is well-known in Kosovo. Orthodox believers in Kosovo know well the dangers that can occur. Orthodox believers in Kosovo know very well what it means to be a believer in the midst of adversity.

The human mind has difficulty fathoming the degree of suffering of Orthodox Serbs in Kosovo. The human mind has difficulty assessing and calculating the loss Orthodox Serbs have experienced in Kosovo.

Faithfulness to Christ comes with a price. Faithfulness to Christ comes with the price of the Cross. The Cross revealed the divinity of Christ. The Cross preceded the Resurrection of Christ.

Peace is elusive in Kosovo. The passage of centuries has not resulted in lasting peace. Prayers for peace continue. Prayers for the welfare of the holy churches of God continue. Prayers to the saints and martyrs of Kosovo continue.

Strength is drawn from martyrs choosing Christ. Strength is drawn from contemporary Serbian Orthodox believers witnessing for Christ in Kosovo.

Remembrance of the price paid by Orthodox believers in Kosovo is absolutely necessary. Remembrance of the contributions of Orthodox believers in Kosovo is absolutely necessary.

The lessons of Kosovo are instructive. The influence of Kosovo in shaping and heralding world events is ever memorable.

Time passes. The words of Ecclesiastes come to mind: "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven" (Ecc. 3:1) Believers retain the lessons of Kosovo. Believers recall the lasting contributions of Christ's confessors.

The passage of time does not hide Christ's confessors. The passage of time does not erode the contributions of Christ's confessors. The passage of time does not diminish the value of Christ's confessors.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb. 13:8) Christ's confessors in Kosovo share in and express this eternal message.

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