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Nicholas (Velimirović) of Žiča

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[[Image:StNikolaiVelimirovich.jpg|thumb|right|St. Nikolai Velimirovich (1880-1956)]]
Our father among the saints, [[BishopSaint]] '''Nikolaj Velimirović''' (Николај Велимировић, [[January 5]], 1880 - [[March 18]], 1956, also rendered ''Nicholas'') was bishop of Žiča in Serbia and the author of several many Orthodox books. His most widely-known work is the ''[[Prologue from Ohrid]]''. His first name is pronounced and sometimes written ''Nikolai''.
Nikolaj Velimirović was born in the small village of Lelich in Western Serbia. He attended the Seminary of St. Sava in Belgrade and graduated in 1905. He obtained doctorates from the University old-catholic faculty of theology of Berne (1908), while the thesis was published in German in 1910, whereas the doctor's degree in philosophy was prepared at Oxford and defended in Geneva (''Filozofija Filosofija Berklija'' - ''Berkeley's Philosophy'', in French) in 1909. At the end of 1909 he entered a [[monasticism|monastic ]] orderand was ordained a priest the same day. He received the title of archimandrite in 1910 and was named in 1911 an assistant professor in St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade. In 1919, then he was [[Archimandriteconsecration of a bishop|consecrated]] Nikolai was consecrated Bishop of Žiča in the [[Church of Serbia]].
In April 1915 (during WWI) he was delegated to England and America by the Serbian Church, where he held numerous lectures, fighting for the unison of the Serbs and South Slavic peoples. At the beginning of 1919 he returned to Serbia, and in 1920 was posted to the Ohrid archbishopric in Macedonia, where in 1935, in Bitola he reconstructed the cemetery of the killed German soldiers.
During the Second World War in 1941 Bp. Nikolai was arrested by the Nazis in the [[Monastery]] of Žiča (which was soon afterwards robbed and ruined), after which he was confined in the Monastery of Ljubostinja (where, on the occasion of mass deaths by firing squad, he reacted saying: "Is this the German culture, to shoot hundred innocent Serbs, for one dead German soldier! The Turks have always proved to be more just..."). Later, this "new [[John Chrysostom|Chrysostom]]" was transferred to the Monastery of Vojlovica (near Pančevo) in which he was confined together with the Serbian patriarch, [[Gavrilo Gabriel (Dozic) of Serbia|Gavrilo (Dožić)]] until the end of 1944.
On [[December 14]], 1944 he was sent to Dachau, together with Serbian [[Patriarch]] Gavrilo, where some sources, especially the standard Church references, record that he suffered both imprisonment and torture.[]
After the War he left Communist Yugoslavia and immigrated as a refugee to the United States in 1946 where he taught at several Orthodox Christian [[seminary|seminaries]] such as [[St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Seminary (Libertyville, Illinois)|St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Seminary]] in Libertyville, Illinois and [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary]] and Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania (where he was [[rector ]] and also where he died) and [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]] now in Crestwood, New York. During his time teaching at St. Vladimir's, he was very involved with the life of [[St. Sava Cathedral (New York, New York)|St. Sava Cathedral in New York City]]. He died on [[March 18]], 1956.
==Alleged Anti-Semitism==
Although recently [[Glorification|glorified]] as a saint by the [[Church of Serbia]], some of his writings remain highly controversial. Nikolaj Velimirovic was allegedly anti-semitic and he is supposed to have approved of the holocaust. (See Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic: ''Addresses to the Serbian People—Through the Prison Window''. Himmelsthur, Germany: Serbian Orthodox Eparchy for Western Europe, 1985, pp. 161-162). Others regard his address from Dachau as having been under duress[][] and point to the lack of other anti-semitic statements in the rest of his large corpus of writings. He is recorded variously to have said that the Jews "crucified [[Christ]]," but such a statement is historically no different from that in the [[Bible]] or what [[Christians]] have been saying for centuries.
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==St. Nikolai Velimirovich is often referred to as Serbia's New Chrysostom. St. [[GlorificationJohn Maximovitch]]==On , who had been a young instructor at a seminary in Bishop Nikolai's [[May 19diocese]]of Ohrid, 2003, the Holy Assembly called him "a great saint and Chrysostom of our day [whose] significance for Orthodoxy in our time can be compared only with that of Bishops Metropolitan [[Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of the Serbian Orthodox Church, with one heart and one voice, unanimously decided to enter Bishop Nicholai Kiev|Anthony (VelimirovicKhrapovitsky) ]]. ... They were both universal teachers of Ohrid and Zicha into the calendar of saints of our Holy Orthodox Church."
St. Nikolai Velimirovich is often referred to as Serbia's New {{start box}}{{succession|before=Sava (Barać)|title=Bishop of Žiča|years=1919-1920|after=Jefrem (Bojović)}}{{succession|before=Chrysostom. (Kavourides), Metropolitan of Pelagonia|title=Bishop of Ohrid|years=1920-1929|after=[[Platon of Banja Luka|St. Platon]]}}{{succession|before=Jefrem (Bojović)|title=Bishop of Žiča|years=1937-1956|after=[[John MaximovitchGerman of Serbia|German]], who had been a young instructor at a seminary in }}<!--- {{succession|before=new creation|title=Bishop Nikolai's diocese of Zica, called him "a great saint and Chrysostom of our day Ohrid-Bitola|years=1957-1991|after=[whose] significance for Orthodoxy in our time can be compared only with that of Metropolitan Anthony [Khrapovitsky]. ... They were both universal teachers Platon of the Orthodox ChurchBanja Luka|St."Platon]]}} --->{{end box}}
==QuotesHymns=="We should not desire [[Troparion]] (Tone 8) :O golden-tongued preacher proclaiming the death risen Christ,:Everlasting guide of a sinner but his repentance. Nothing so grieves the Lordcross-bearing Serbian people, Who suffered on :Resounding harp of the Cross for sinnersHoly Spirit, than when we pray and dear to Him for monastics who rejoice in you,:Pride and boast of the death priesthood, teacher of a sinnerrepentance, master for all nations, thereby to remove :Guide of those in the sinner from our path. It happened that the Apostle Carpus lost his patience and began army of Christ as they pray to pray that God would send down death upon two sinful men,: one a pagan Holy Nicholas teacher in America and pride of the other an apostate from Serbian people,:With all the Faith. Then saints, implore the Lord Christ Himself appeared to Carpus only Lover of mankind:To grant us peace and saidjoy in his heavenly kingdom! [[Kontakion]] (Tone 3) :Born at Lelich in Serbia,: ‘Strike me; I am prepared to be crucified again for You served as archpastor at the salvation church of mankindSaint Nahum in Ochrid.’ St. Carpus related this event to St. Dionysius :Taking your place on the Areopagitethrone of Saint Sabbas at Zhicha, who wrote it down as a lesson to all in :You taught God's people and enlightened them with the Church that prayers are needed for sinners Gospel.:You brought people to be saved repentance and not for them to be destroyedthe love of Christ, :And for the Lord is not willing that any should perishChrist you endured suffering at Dachau.:Therefore we glorify you, but that all should come a new Nicholas well–pleasing to repentance (II Peter 3:9)." -- ''The Prologue of Ohrid''God.
The complete works of St. Nikolai Velimirovich have been published in twenty-three volumes by the publishing house Glas Crkve in Valjevo (Serbia).
*[ '''Prayers by the Lake'''] (1922), One hundred prayers by St Nikolai <ref>Copyright ©2004 [ Holy Cross Bookstore Online]</ref>.
*''Beyond Sin and Death'' (1914)
*"[[ Why are Vigil Lamps lit before Icons?]]"(PDF)
* [ Quotation: Bless My Enemies O Lord -- by Bp. Nikolai Velimirovich]
* [ The Chinese Martyrs by Saint Nikolai Velimirovich] (Little Missionary, 1934 — 1938)
==External links==
*[ Works by Nikolai Velimirovic] from Project Gutenberg
*[ East European Perspectives, Article by J. Byford]
* Life of Bishop Nicholai (Velimirovich) in ''Portraits of American Saints'', Compiled and Edited by George A. Gray and Jan V. Bear, Diocese Council and Department of Missions Diocese of the West Orthodox Church in America, 650 Micheltorena Street, Los AnglesAngeles, California, 1994, pp. 74-77 (Quoted at []) 
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