FOR THE SERBIAN PEOPLE
save Thy people and save me.
savest not Thy people and mine, if Thou savest only me, I shall be like a
stranger in Heaven.
Lord, the supplication of Thy righteous ones, Sava and Nemanja, and save
Thy sinful people, sinful though they may be.
didst save Jerusalem from the godless and the blasphemers, save also
Belgrade from the faithless, that salvation may be made known to all as
proceeding from Thee, not from men.
are weakened by waiting, test not their endurance to the end, o Lord. O
Lord, weakened are thy people by waiting.
Earth is covered with the bodies of thy faithful, we cannot till the soil
without the pick sounding against the bones of our kinsmen and echoing
painfully in our souls.
not a field which is not a cemetery, not a tree which is not a tombstone.
All of the Serbian land is a graveyard.
Have mercy, o Lord and save Thy people, with or without me.
Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic