The erudition of St. Nikolai Velimirovich (1880-1956), one of the most prolific writers in the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church, impresses everyone either familiar or unfamiliar with his works. Besides receiving the highest priestly education available in Serbia before World War I, he also earned doctorates throughout his life from universities all over the world, including those of Berne in Switzerland, Oxford in Britain and Columbia in America.
Yet for all his scholarly learning, St. Nikolai never lost touch with the childlike simplicity of his Serbian soul, and it is this which makes his works so preciously unique. They reach into the heart, mind and soul of every human being who thirsts for God and hungers for what matters in the eyes of eternity.
Steeped in Christ-like love and humility, but tempered by the tempestuous trials and tribulations endured by the Serbian People over the centuries, the colossal spiritual figure of St. Nikolai has dominated the realm of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality in the twentieth century.
His most famous disciple was the great Serbian theologian, hagiographer and dogmatician, St. Justin Popovich (1894-1979), whose works include a monumental three-volume exposition of the dogmatic theology of the Orthodox Church and a comprehensive twelve-volume collection of the Lives of the Saints.
The Hierarchical Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church glorified St. Nikolai Velimirovich on May 19, 2003, and St. Justin Popovich on May 2, 2010. Holy Saints Nikolai and Justin pray unto God for us!