That everything that is good, among good people easily grows into a tradition, was shown again by the 8th Masonic Picnic. Traditionally, Prijepolje and its surroundings were chosen as the venue. The Brotherhood of the Honorable Lodge “Light of the Balkans”, with pleasure, again accepted the complex but flawless organization of this event.

The gathering lasted for three days, from 10th to 12th day of June 6022\ Year of True Light. The gathering of the Brothers, together with members of their families, began on Friday, during the afternoon and evening. The shady porch of the inn of the Mileševo monastery was the place where we gathered after the trip. With Fraternal conversations and refreshments, we were filled with energy to go through the planned events, together with surprises that only the organizers knew about, in a cheerful and unique Fraternal Column.

Saturday morning brought the first hint that this Masonic Picnic will be thematically dedicated to Knighthood, as befits members of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Brother V\R\ took us very enthusiastically through the long and colorful history of Mileševo, but also introduced us to the hidden architectural and iconographic symbols of the monastery and their messages and bequests, among which is certainly the greatest secret of the spear of St. George the Victorious.

What followed was adequate to this beginning. After a short drive, during which, behind every curve, some new heights and depths were revealed, unique in their perspectives of the picturesque mountain landscape of western Serbia, we came to the slopes of the mountain Jadovnik, over 1,700 meters high. Our destination was the Davidovica monastery from the 13th century. The central building is a simple, but very harmonious single-nave church, which with its simplicity unequivocally reveals the philosophy of monks and knights. Jug Bogdan and eight of his Nine Jugovićs, his knights, are buried in it. Not far from the monastery was the court, where Jug Bogdan, Duke Vratko Nemanjić, lived and ruled, where his sister, Princess Milica, often visited him.

The continuation of this unique spiritual path took us to Kamena Gora, now the traditional final destination of the Masonic Picnic. Another, final surprise of the organizers followed. In three beautiful and educated female voices, sisters and daughters of our hosts, a cappella was performed in a potpourri of old, but also the latest Serbian spiritual songs. The selection of songs, together with the superb performance, created a strong and rounded impression of uninterrupted unity with our deep roots.

Because of all this, we will remember this Masonic Picnic as a visit to the Heavenly Serbia.


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