A holy liturgy on the occasion of the consecration of the future Serbian-Russian church and spiritual and cultural centre is being conducted in the Church of Jesus Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka by His Grace Jefrem, Bishop of Banjaluka, Vicar of the Moscow patriarch, Archbishop Matthew of Yegorevo, Bishop Vasilije of Srem, and retired Bishop of Zvornik and Tuzla, Vasilije.
Before the service, clergy of the Banjaluka Diocese stated that two peoples – Serbians and Russians – had assembled in the church to celebrate the Lord and thank him for giving them unity, brotherly love and togetherness.
“The grounds of the new Serbian-Russian temple are the result of everything that has connected the Russians and Serbs and their churches through history. This proves that, even though we are separated by space, we are together in spirit and faith,” said the clergy.
The church service is attended by many believers, church representatives and public figures.
A formal procession through the streets to the grounds of the temple and spiritual and cultural centre in the Banjaluka quarter Aleja Centar /Boulevard Centre/ has been planned to begin at noon.
The Serbian-Russian temple and spiritual and cultural centre in Banjaluka is built in honour of the Russian Imperial Romanov family.