In Memorium: His Holiness Patriarch Pavle

Posted on: Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Patriarch PAVLE of Pech and Serbia Reposed in the Lord

This morning at 10.55 (1:55 pm Pacific Time), right after having received Holy Communion, His Holiness Pavle, Patriarch of Pech and Serbia, passed away at 95 years of age. Memory Eternal!


Draga Braco i sestre

Srpski Patrijar Pavle je usnuo u Gospodu.. Jutros oko 10 i 30 po Evropskom vremenu, posle primanja Svetog Prisca, Njegova Svetos Patrijar Pecki i Srpski usnuo u Gospodu u svojoj 95 godini. Vecnaja Pamjat?

Fr. Dane

  

BIOGRAPHI of Patriarch Pavle

The spiritual leader of the Serbian Orthodox people was born September 11, 1914 to Stefan and Ann Stojcevic, in the village of Kucani, in the county of Donji Miholjac, in Slavonija. His baptismal name was Gojko.

             The Patriarch graduated with high honors from the Fourth Male Gymnasium (high school) in Belgrade. He did postgraduate studies at the Orthodox Theological Faculty at the University of Athens from 1955 to 1957. During his stay in Greece, he studied the New Testament and developed an expertise in liturgics, which resulted in the Patriarch becoming one of the most prolific liturgical writers in the Serbian Church. For his patient and prominent work in the field of theology, the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church awarded His Holiness an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity.

From 1944 to 1955, he was a monastic of Raca Monastery performing different disciplines. During the 1950/51 academic year, the then-Hierodeacon Pavle was appointed a lecturer at the Prizen Seminary, a position which he retained until his election to the Patriarchal Throne.

He was tonsured a monastic in 1948 and that same year he was ordained a hierodeacon. In 1954, he was ordained a hieromonk and elected to the rank of protosingelos. He was elevated to the rank of archimandrite in 1957 by Bishop Emilian of Slavonija. On May 29, 1957, the Holy Assembly of Bishops elected Archimandrite Pavle as Bishop of Raska-Prizen.

From that day to the present, he has faithfully shared in the plight of his suffering people. Bishop Pavle wrote and warned of the present exodus of Serbs from Kosovo, the attacks of the Albanians on Serbian monasteries, the rape of nuns, and terrorizing of pedestrians, the desecration of Serbian cemeteries and overall suffering of the Orthodox in Kosovo and in Metohija. In 1989, the then Bishop Pavle was personally beaten by several Albanian youths in Kosovo. The extent of his injuries required nearly 3 months of hospitalization. However, in the spirit of Christian forgiveness, he refused to press charges.
It is not without reason that Patriarch Pavle has been referred to as a "saint who walks." The simplicity of his lifestyle and his personal humility have found favor by all of those who are familiar with this virtuous man. All of the Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church have an automobile, which they use to travel through their dioceses. The one exception has been Patriarch Pavle. When asked why he never obtained an automobile, he replies: "I will not purchase one until every Albanian and Serbian household in Kosovo and Metohija has an automobile."
His Holiness has published Devich, The Monastery of St. Joanikije of Devich (1989) and Questions and Answers to the Church Reader (1988). For the past 20 years, he has been responsible for the column in the Glasnik of the Serbian Patriarchate known as Questions and Answers, dealing with liturgical and
sacramental questions. Through his efforts the Holy Synod published the new version of Srbljak in 1968. He also coordinated the reproduction of liturgical studies Christian Feasts by M. Skabalanovich, published originally in Kiev in 1915 in 6 volumes. The most monumental contribution of H. H. Patriarch Pavle was the translation of the New Testament published in 1984 under his supervision. This was the first official Serbian translation of the New Testament approved by the Serbian Orthodox Church. If all Bishop Pavle’s works were published, there would be thousands of pages and many volumes. Patriarch Pavle exemplifies simplicity in his lifestyle and is the embodiment of humility and personal holiness
, a most worthy helmsman to guide the "Ship of the Church" in these troubled times.

 “This is an irreplaceable loss for the Serbian Orthodox Church, because he was a man who proved the consistency of his own spirituality and harmony between actions, words and believes, which is rare in the modern world”

 

 BIOGRAFIJA PATRIJARHA PAVLA

Za episkopa raško-prizrenskog izabran je 29. maja 1957. godine. Hirotonisan je u beogradskoj Sabornoj crkvi 22. septembra 1957. od patrijarha Vikentija i episkopa pakra?kog Emilijana, zvorni?ko-tuzlanskog Longina i ži?kog Germana.
U oktobru te godine ustoli?en je u Prizrenu od episkopa Germana i zahumsko-hercegova?kog Vladislava. Na Kosovu je proveo 33 godine.
Na vanrednom zasedanju Svetog arhijerejskog sabora 1. decembra 1990, kojem je predsedavao zagreba?ko-ljubljanski mitropolit Jovan Pavlovi?, zamenik tada obolelog patrijarha Germana, biran je novi patrijarh izme?u trojice kandidata tajnim glasanjem.

(Patrijarh Pavle (svetovno ime Gojko Stoj?evi?) ro?en je 11. septembra 1914. godine u selu Ku?anci kod Donjeg Miholjca u Slavoniji.
U tom mestu je završio osnovnu školu. Nižu gimnaziju završio je u Tuzli, višu gimnaziju i šestorazrednu Bogosloviju u Sarajevu, a Bogoslovski fakultet u Beogradu.
Dve godine je studirao medicinu u Beogradu.
Pre odlaska u gimnaziju proveo je jedno vreme na pripremama za školu u manastiru Orahovica.
Drugi svetski rat zatekao ga je u rodnoj Slavoniji, odakle je prebegao u Beograd, gde je, da bi se mogao izdržavati, radio fizi?ke poslove na gra?evinama i na dokovima.
U prole?e 1942. njegov školski drug jeromonah Jelisej odveo ga je u manastir Svete trojice u Ov?aru, a od 1944. radio kao verou?itelj i vaspita? u Banji Kovilja?i, u domu za decu izbeglu iz Bosne. Te godine je oboleo od tuberkuloze.
Do 1946. je bio u manastiru Vujan, gde se izle?io od tuberkuloze. Zamonašio se 1948. u manastiru Blagoveštenje u Ov?arsko-kablarskoj klisuri i dobio ime Pavle koje mu je dao iguman Julijan Kneževi?. Te godine je rukopoložen u ?in jero?akona.
Od 1949. do 1955. bio je sabrat manastira Ra?a u Podrinju. Školske 195O/5l. radio je kao pomo?ni nastavnik bogoslovije "Sv. Kirila i Metodija" u Prizrenu. Jeromonah postaje 1954, ubrzo protosin?el, a 1957. arhimandrit.
Od 1955. dve godine je bio na poslediplomskim studijama u Atini.

 Kako nijedan od kandidata nije dobio dovoljan broj glasova izbor je obavljen žrebom na tzv. "apostolski na?in" tako što je arhimandrit tronoški Antonije izvukao ime budu?eg patrijarha.
Tako je Pavle postao 44. poglavar SPC. Ustoli?en 2. decembra 1990. U Sabornoj crkvi Sv. Arhangela Mihaila u Beogradu od strane 12 episkopa, 12 sveštenika i 13 ?akona. Patrijarh Pavle je tada istakao da mu je jedini program rada Jevan?elje.

 (Posetio je brojne pravoslavne crkve: carigradsku, aleksandrijsku, jerusalimsku, rusku, bugarsku, rumunsku, gr?ku, gruzijsku, kao i srpske eparhije i parohije u Americi, Kanadi, Australiji, Ma?arskoj i Rumuniji.
Objavio je dve knjige: "Pitanja i odgovori ?tecu pred proizvodstvo" (1988) i "Devi?, manastir svetog Joanikija Devi?kog" (1989). Zaslugom Patrijarha Pavla objavljeno je i dopunjeno izdanje "Srbljaka" (1986). Bio je predsednik Liturgijske komisije koja je izdala Služebnik.
Po?asni je doktor Bogoslovskog fakulteta i Akademije Sv. Vladimira u Njujorku.
Vlada Srbije je 13. januara 2005. imenovala Patrijarha Pavla za po?asnog predsednika Fonda za Kosovo i Metohiju.

Tokom posete Rusiji u januaru 2002. godine partrijarhu Pavlu su uru?ene dve zna?ajne nagrade: Me?unarodnog fonda za unapre?enje jedinstva pravoslavnog naroda i Fonda svetog apostola Andreja prvozvanog.
Predsednik SCG Svetozar Marovi? odlikovao je u septembru 2004. patrijarha Pavla, (na njegov devedesti ro?endan), Ordenom Nemanje prvog stepena.
Povodom Dana državnosti Srbije, 15. februara 2007. princ Aleksandar Kara?or?evi? dodelio je Partijarhu Pavlu Orden Kara?or?eve zvezde prvog stepena.
Patrijarhu Pavlu je 2009. dodeljen ruski orden Dostojanstvo zbog "zna?aja koji je imao u danima iskušenja kroz koje su srpski narod i Crkva prošli".
Od 13. novembra 2007. patrijarh Pavle bio je na le?enju u Vojno-medicinskoj akademiji u Beogradu, a 8. oktobra 2008. podneo je molbu Svetom arhijerejskom Saboru SPC da mu "zbog zdravstvenih razloga i nemo?i" dozvoli da se povu?e iz aktivne službe.

Molba patrijarha Pavla na Saboru SPC 11. novembra 2008. nije usvojena.

Govorio je gr?ki, ruski i nema?ki jezik.