Kupinovo, Serbia, August 9, 2022
The Serbian Orthodox faithful in Kupinovo in southern Srem rejoiced to celebrate the Divine services for the first time after their local church was fully restored after it was damaged during WW2 80 years ago.
The joyous celebration fell on the feast of the Dormition of St. Anna, the mother of the Theotokos, and was also marked by a procession with relics of St. Angelina (Branković), reports the Srem Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
“With warm penitent tears and sincere prayers, for 80 years the clergy and faithful people of Kupinovo and the whole of Srem have been kneeling and begging the Heavenly Father, both for the salvation of their souls and for the covering of the last among their destroyed homes—the Holy Trinity Church in Kupinovo,” the diocese writes.
“The earth’s cry to Heaven, led by the prayerful patroness of the Serbian race—Holy Mother Angelina, was answered, and Kupinovo was illuminated by the lights of spiritual grace that shone from the newly restored and covered Holy Trinity Church.”
The dome crowning the church was erected just a few days prior.
Thousands of local and visiting clergy and faithful greeted His Grace Bishop Vasilije of Srem at the Church of the Holy Apostle Luke, and from there processed with part of the relics of St. Angelina to the newly-restored Holy Trinity Church, where the Liturgy was celebrated for the first time under the new roof.
Following the Liturgy, a feast with a cultural and artistic program was offered for the faithful:
The local government has allocated more than $30,000 (3.5 million dinar) to the restoration of the church since 2018, reports Politika.