His Grace Amfilohije, the Metropolitan of Montenegro,
the Coastal lands and Skenderia and the Keeper of the Pec throne
Your Holiness, Your Grace, dear brothers and sisters,
Our wise episkopos spoke wisely sometime during the month of June. We are fighting, said he, a new Kosovo battle but this time we have no venerable Knez [Prince] and no Holy Cross. The venerable Knez has been replaced by irreligion. Irreligion, as known to people from times immemorial, lacks in faith. The Holy Cross has been substituted for a “target”, the suicidal sign of the God Shiva, which I had come across in the deserted Patrijarsijska street leading towards the Patriarchate of Pec last June. It has also been replaced by an Albanian flag that is now, for the first time since the Battle of Kosovo, flown from the house nearest to the Patriarchate.
This was obviously meant to happen, justifiable probably by some historical logic, or some deeper moral code, but also founded in the ways mysterious even to God. Everything that has been going on in Kosovo since 1941 lead to this which is happening today and that has not happened in 600 years. This year’s Vidovdan [the anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo, 28 June] has undoubtedly been the most dreadful of all such holidays for entire Serbian nation both in Kosovo and Metohia and outside of it.
On the eve of the Vidovdan liturgy, which we served behind the altars of our ancient archbishopric and patriarchal shrines in the Partiarchate of Pec and with the blessing of His Holiness, we laid to rest the bodies of Mileva Vujosevic, aged 50, shot dead with a bullet, her brains, in which I stepped on entering her house, strewn and Marica Maric, a retarded girl, who was raped in her poor abode in Belo Polje. We found her on a broken couch, dead, disfigured. These two we buried just before Vidovdan and, as we served the Vidovdan Liturgy in the Patriarchate of Pec, we could not help feeling that this was really the most horrific Vidovdan over the past 600 years which affected all the Serbs and had a special effect on the Serbian national entity in Kosovo. We felt that vladika [prince-bishop] Rade’s [P. P. Njegos] words “Kosovo is a huge court-house with Sodom raging in its midst” really came to be prophetic.
Today Kosovo is, if that is of any consolation to us, really a “huge court-house”. It is the court in which our people are being tried, the court where Shqiptars are being tried, the court where Europe and the civilized world are also being tried. Today’s verdict, being passed on the world, was written in a gospel before Christ’s Golgotha and its continuation, I have a felling, happens to coincide with what is going on in Kosovo and Metohia at present. What is happening here today concerns not only us but is also relevant to the entire modern world, the Christian civilization and is pertinent to the man at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. When speaking with European and American dignitaries during their visits to the Patriarchate I have repeatedly said, which may have been found objectionable by some, that what has been occurring is foremost a disgrace and a shame of my people, one segment of my people that is. This I have repeated and I repeat it again. It is also a disgrace on the part of the Albanians, one honourable nation who is also a God’s people worthy of its place under the sun, deserving of time and space in which to bear the fruit of its labour. What one fraction of this people has been doing in the name of all is a disgrace and a shame on the face of the entire nation.