Ваше Блаженство, Ваши Преосвештенства, Високопреподобни архимандрити и игумании, Чесни презвитери, Преподобни монаси и монахињи, во Христа Бога браќа и сестри,
мнозина се оние пред мене, коишто останале вчудоневидени и во недоумение пред подобните, на денешново, дејанија на Духот Свети. Та, кога тие велики светители на Црквата, како и огнените богослови и јерарси, низ историјата и во совремиево, бивале восхитени, понекогаш и до немост, пред тајната на личната Педесетница, што ли да кажам јас недораснатиот и грешен пред Триипостасниот Бог!
Q: Can you tell us about the early history of the Ohrid Archdiocese?
A: I am sure that, for Orthodox Christians, the Church has never been only the past. It is their present and their future. But, certainly, it is to be emphasized that the Ohrid Archbishopric has an ancient and rich history. One of its more renowned historians, Ivan Snegarov, in his work History of the Ohrid Archdiocese (which is an excellent historical text for those who wish to learn more about the history of the Ohrid Archdiocese), notes that the beginning of the Ohrid Archbishopric was in 870. The Emperor Basil II, and after him a few other Byzantine emperors, confirmed its jurisdiction with imperial chrysobulls. The Archbishop of Ohrid, because of the extraordinary importance he had during that period (the eleventh to twelfth centuries), signed the local assembly papers following the Patriarch of Constantinople. Throughout the centuries, the Ohrid Archdiocese was spread over the greater part of the Balkan Peninsula, and it is essential to note that its jurisdiction and scope of missionary work included almost all the peoples of the Balkans.
The Belgrade daily “Glas Javnosti” (“The Public Voice”) published an interview today with Abbot David (Ninov) of the Ochrid Archdiocese. Given that this interview is an authentic testimony by one of the closest co-workers of the imprisoned Primate of the Autonomous Archdiocese of Ochrid, the Archbishop of Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skoplje Kyr Jovan, we present it in its entirety.
What preceded the imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan and what were the reasons for which he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison?