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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk awarded Serbia’s high state decoration

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk awarded Serbia’s high state decoration
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16 February 2022 year 12:52

On February 15, 2022, the feast of the Meeting of Our Lord, when the Republic of Serbia celebrates the Statehood Day, the President of the country Aleksandar Vučić presented high state awards to outstanding scientists, cultural workers and representatives of other spheres of life of the Serbian society, as well as several foreign citizens.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, was awarded the Order of the Serbian Flag (Degree 1) This order, the second important in the hierarchy of the Republic of Serbia’s decorations, is given in acknowledgement of special merits in the development of international relations between Serbia and other countries or international organizations, as well as for an outstanding contribution to the development and strengthening of peaceful cooperation and friendly relations with other states. Metropolitan Hilarion is widely known for his participation in the preparation and implementation of a large-scale project for the mosaic decoration of the St. Savva Church in Belgrade, carried out by Russian masters with the help of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church.

The badge of the order represents a golden wreath of bay leaves with the national flag with the national emblem placed on it. The badge is fastened to the dark-blue ribbon. The eight-sided star of the order is of silver colour.

The vice-chairman of the DECR, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov was awarded the Oder of the Serbian Flag (Degree II).

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On February 14, Serbia celebrates the main national holiday - the Statehood Day. On this day in 1804, also the feast of the Meeting of Our Lord, the first democratic Constitution of Serbia was adopted.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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