Mass of people came yesterday in the Monastery Ostrog, the biggest Montenegrin sanctuary, on the occasion of the holiday of Sveti Vasilije.
Just born children in the hands of their parents, young, old, healthy, sick went as one to bow to the relics of the saint. The believers who every year pilgrim to Ostrog do not remember more youth in the monastery than it was the case yesterday and in the night before the holiday.
All the monastery quarters were filled with people, so the believers and pilgrims of all faiths and from all over the world slept on the ground and on the rocks around the monastery. The plateau predicted for parking of cars in front of the Upper monastery, was bed for several thousands of people who stayed for vigil. From the last curve towards the Upper monastery only one narrow path was free through which people all through the nigh, went to the relics of Sveti Vasilije.
For all those who slept under the clear sky fraternity and sorority of the monastery provided sheets, blankets and food. Until late in the evening, with the light of thousands of candles people sand with “gusle”, children played… That is no wonder, because after the Christ’s grave, and Sveta gora (Hilandar), monastery Ostrog is the most visited sanctuary in the Christian world. The unofficial information which “Vijesti” got from the police which regulated the traffic towards the monastery and from the prefects who helped believers to accommodate themselves, tell that in the past three days about 100.000 people came in Ostrog.
Metropolitan Montenegrin coastal Amfilohije in midnight served the liturgy and visited the believers. In the dawn liturgy together with Amfilohije served the bishop Dioklijski and prior from Ostrog Jovan with priests.
– Each and one of us who is here today should question himself in the depths of its heart – am I walking everyday down the road of the Holy Father Vasilije. Is my heart clean or it has been dirtied with passion and sins. From human mind it depends what his heart will be like, and from men’s heart comes out all what is good and evil. The one who cleans his heart and mind and who harmonizes life of his body with the cleaned mind and heart, with the faith in Christ almighty, with his command – that one indeed can hope to get his strength and that his touch with God is really saving and healing – said in his speech metropolitan Amfilohije.
Bishop Jovan said for “Vijesti” that for him it is not strange that so many young people were present at the vigil, because, as he said, “the phenomenon of the meeting of marvelous saint and worldly in Ostrog is most obvious”.
– That is like that because each human being will be called for holiness. That is the final goal. I think that people mostly feel the presence of light, boon and mercy of Sveti Vasilije and feel his advocacy. But, at the same time, the lord is calling us all for responsibility for this gift we have received without our credits. Such a procession of people speaks about the god examination of a modern men who is tyrannize with civilization, technology, himself… The only consolation is in God and with the help of holy fathers. The way we are- imperfect, sinful, fallen,, we have to know that the lord is giving us the hand through Ostrog, his right hand, and is asking from us to repent and to change our lives. The Lord through Ostrog is giving us in this life to feel his strength and force which is leading us, and that means that there is a way out from all blind streets. This holiday speaks about our force and our future – said bishop Jovan.
Yesterday late in the afternoon with the same intensity people came to the monastery. Ones were leaving the others were coming.
Sveti Vasilije received them all, comforted them, healed some, and no matter the religion and nation, he escorted all of them with heart full of faith, soul full of peace and with hope.
BAREFOOTED TO THE SAINT
First pilgrims came to Ostrog in the morning day before yesterday. Some of them came walking and some even barefooted.
Family Milicevic, Dragana and Slavisa same from Sarajevo with children 8 years old Andjela, 5 years old Nikola and Mateja who has only 3 years.
Dragana and the children went from the Lower to the Upper monastery barefooted.
– We have been coming here for already 10 years. After an accident which happened to us, and Sveti Vasilije helped us, we haven’t skipped one single year. Sometimes I come alone, mostly we all come together, but for sure someone from my family is here on this day and that will be the case as long as we live – said for “Vijesti Slavisa.
His wife Dragana sayd that Andjela for several years has been walking barefooted towards the monastery, her brothers this year for the first time went barefooted to Sveti Vasilije.
– It was their wish to do so, and we allowed them to do that. They are very happy because of that – said Dragana proudly.
VIGIL WITH A LAP TOP
Stefan, Ivan, Strahinja, Mladen, Vedran, Vasilije, Bozidar, Luka, Marija, and Ranko from Podgorica were just one of the numerous groups of boys and girls who were on a vigil in the Monastery Ostrog.
This group has attracted special attention of the reporter of “Vijesti” because on a parking lot, where they made beds for themselves, they held in front of themselves a lap top, so while some people were listening to “gusle”, with lighted candles they surfed over the Internet. They told us that they have been coming since they were kids and that until few years ago they came for the vigil with their parents. Now they are grown ups , they have between 17 and 20 years and they are coming alone.
LITHIA ON THE STREETS OF NIKSIC
Niksic – Solemn Lithia on the occasion of the day of Sveti Vasilije Ostorski, on the central strees of Niksic, which was led by bishop of Budim – Niksic eparchy Joanikije with priests, was held last night with the presence of great number of citizens.
On a full Niksic square Joanikije greeted all those present and invited bishop Grigorije to address to all those present.
– There are nor words with which we can describe how much today’s Lithia is saint and miraculous, how much it cleaned in us every poison and hate and made us better – said bishop Grigorije.
He added that the saint Lithia is magnificent also because it evaporated every difference between people who are in essence very different but that no one was watching whether the person next to him is “from other party or if he has other philosophy”, but that instead they have all become one, united in Christ.