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Relics of the Holy Prince Lazar - Monastery Ravanica

Relics of the Holy Prince Lazar

The relics of the Holy Prince Lazar were brought for the first time to Ravanica in 1390 from the church of the Holy Ascension in Pristina. In 1690, the Ravanica monks during the Great Seaboard carried the relics to St. Andreja with them. After seven years, the relics were transferred to Vrdnik to the Monastery New Ravanica where they remained until 1942. On the takeover of Metropolitan Josif, professor Radoslav Grujic transferred the relics from Vrdnik to the Saborna church in Belgrade.

The Holy Convocation of the Serbian Orthodox Church, on May 30, 1954, decides to transfer the relics of the Holy Prince Lazar to his monastery Ravanica. This decision was implemented in 1988 on the occasion of the celebration of the sixth anniversary of the Kosovo Battle. When preparations began on June 28, 1988 to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Kosovo Battle and martyrdom of the Holy Prince Lazar, the relics were officially dispatched from Belgrade on a journey to Serbia for more than a year. On the way to the Ravanica, the relics of the Holy Prince Lazar passed and stayed in the following places:

  1. July – Monastery Nova Ravanica (Vrdnik),
  2. September – Ozren Monastery (near Tuzla),
  3. September – Monastery of Tronos,
  4. September – Loznica,
  5. September – Monastery Petkovica,
  6. October – Osečina,
  7. October – Valjevo,
  8. October – Celije Monastery,
  9. October – Monastery Lelić,
  10. October – the monastery Bogovađa,
  11. October – Lazarevac,
  12. October – Arandjelovac,
  13. October – Poplar,
  14. October – Kragujevac,
  15. December – Žiča monastery,
  16. March 1989 – Monastery Ljubostinja,
  17. April – Studenica Monastery,
  18. Jun – Monastery Nova Pavlica,
  19. jun (Vidovdan) – monastery Gračanica,
  20. June – Pristina,
  21. June – Kuršumlija,
  22. July – Prokuplje,
  23. July – Nis,
  24. July – Lazarica (Kruševac),
  25. September – Gornjak Monastery,
  26. September – Cuprija.

Relics of the Holy Prince Lazar

After nearly three centuries the relics of Saint Prince Lazar on 9th September 1989 were placed back in its endowment, Ravanica Monastery, where they now stand. Festive welcome of the relics was attended by a larger number of bishops with the monks and clergy, as well as a large number of believers brought together to express gratitude and admiration of the Holy Prince Lazar and their immortal and peerless knights and warriors for everything he did for his Serbia and for all Serbian people.