IN THE MEMORY OF
NEBOJSHA M. KRSTICH
On the eve of the Feast Day of Saint Philaret of Moscow, 1 December 2013, the Centre for Research of Orthodox Monarchism (‘CROM’) hosted an event at the Saint Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria NSW, commemorating the 12th anniversary of martyrdom of its founder, Nebojsha M. Krstich (28 August 1964 – 04 December 2001), but also reminding of great jubilees of: 1700th anniversary of The Edict of Milan, 900th anniversary of the birth of Saint Simeon The Myrrh-streaming, 800th anniversary of the repose of Saint Queen Tamar of Georgia, 400th anniversary of the enthronement of The Holy Romanov Dynasty and 200th anniversary of the birth of The Lord and Prince-Metropolitan Petar II (Petrovich-Njegosh) of Montenegro.
The evening started with a short memorial service for late Nebojsha M. Krstich, served by Very Reverend Fr Miodrag Perich, the Chancellor of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, in the presence of His Grace the Right Reverend Bishop Irinej – spiritual patron of CROM, and the members of clergy and laity.
After receiving the blessings from His Grace, the guests entered the parish hall and the choir of the Saint Lazarus parish opened the second part of the program with ‘the Lord’s prayer’, followed by ‘God Save the Tsar’ performed by Very Reverend Archdeacon Siluan, Protodeacon Petar Mrakich and choirmaster Mrs Dragana Milanovich. The evening continued with the director of CROM, Very Reverend Fr Nemanja S. Mrdjenovich, introducing the works of the CROM and speaking about the late Nebojsha M. Krstich.
Father Nemanja spoke about the martyred death of Nebojsha M. Krsitch and the significance of his work to the Serbian society. He also spoke about the history of CROM, introducing the interdisciplinary work of CROM’s different study boards, focusing primarily on the importance of the Board for Heraldic and Genealogic studies as one of the highest authorities in the world for Orthodox ecclesiastical heraldry, publishing works of the Board for Culture and individual accomplishments of specific members of CROM. Father Nemanja pointed out that the evening’s lecture was organised by CROM’s newly established Board for Theological studies.
On this occasion, Father Nemanja has informed those assembled about the establishment of a Memorial Plaque ''Nebojsha Krstich'', which will be awarded by The Centre starting year 2014, to deserving persons, upon the Feast of The Entrance of The Most Holy Theotokos, on the day of the martyrs death of it's Founder.
Following the brief overview of CROM, Fr Nemanja introduced Very Reverend Mitred Archpriest Dr Michael Protopopov as the main speaker of the evening. Father Michael is the Chancellor of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, a long serving lecturer at Melbourne universities and a recipient of many awards, including: The Order of Saint Sava of The Serbian Orthodox Church, The Order of Australia, The Imperial Order of Saint Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles, The Order of The Eagle of Georgia and The Semeless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ etc.
Father Michael presented a lecture about the life and works of Saint Philaret of Moscow, focusing on his research on the relationship between the Church and the society. Saint Philaret of Moscow was an important Orthodox monarchist and even today remains one of the greatest authorities on the relationship between Monarchy on the one hand, and the Church and society on the other.
At the conclusion of the lecture, Bishop Irinej compared Fr Michael’s conclusions to the contemporary situation in the world, concentrating on the Monarchies in England and the Netherlands, and discussing the possibilities of the renewal of the Monarchy in Serbia, Russia, Georgia and other Orthodox countries.
Fr. Michael mentioned his conversation on this topic with the president of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, who expressed the view that the restoration of the Monarchy will come about once the people becomes worthy of it, through education and spiritual preparation. Following a few questions from the audience, Fr Michael delighted everyone when he gifted the Serbian Orthodox Church with the relics of Saint Philaret of Moscow.
Father Nemanja, as a moderator of the event, concluded by thanking those who helped to organise the event, from members of CROM to the representatives of the media, including MIS Television, BeoRadio, SBS Radio, The Serbian Voice newspaper and Mr Radivoj Machkovich as the photographer.