St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

St. Sava - 2004

by Fr. Rodney Torbic


Serbian Orthodox Christians turn to St. Sava for hope and inspiration in times of darkness and peril. Serbian Orthodox Christians appeal to St. Sava seeking peace among brothers.

Believers look to the life of St. Sava as a standard to honor. Believers learn from the life of St. Sava. Believers pay tribute to the life of St. Sava.

Centuries have passed since St. Sava's time on earth. Centuries witness to St. Sava's life in Christ. Centuries testify to the contributions of St. Sava.

Churches stand and bear the name of St. Sava. Hymns are written and sung in honor of St. Sava. Programs are held dedicated to St. Sava. Children are born and named after St. Sava.

A river flows and with it carries the name of St. Sava. A cathedral rises to great heights and carries the name of St. Sava. Monasteries live on as holy sites of St. Sava.

Schools have been established bearing the name of St. Sava. Books are written chronicling the life of St.Sava. Lives are changed because of St. Sava.

Prayers are offered through St.Sava. Divine services are held commemorating St. Sava. Slavas share the joy of St. Sava.

Children are identified with St. Sava. Gifts are given in remembrance of St. Sava. Bells ring out carrying the message of St. Sava.

Across America, in the lands of Serbia and in far off Austrailia the People of St. Sava gather. In Germany, in England and in Argentina, the People of St. Sava assemble.

Wherever Serbian Orthodox Christians meet, wherever Serbian Orthdox Christians gather, St. Sava has a presence. St. Sava has an influence. St. Sava has something to teach.

The Lord God chose St. Sava for a pivotal place in history. St. Sava said "yes" to God consistently in his life. St. Sava forsook the riches of this world for the heavenly kingdom.

Contemporary believers learn from St. Sava. Contemporary believers benefit from St. Sava. Contemporary believers are transformed by St. Sava.

Serbian Orthodox Christians have St. Sava. St. Sava is to be shared with the world. St. Sava is to be shared in the way Serbian Orthodox believers live. St. Sava is to be shared in prayer and Divine services.

St. Sava is to be shared in literature and in education. St. Sava is to be shared in iconography and in frescoes. St. Sava is to be shared in hymns.

One day turns into the next as the world moves from Creation to the birth of Christ to the Descent of the Holy Spirit to the glorius Second Coming of Christ.

St. Sava Day is marked on the calendar and in the hearts of faithful Orthodox Christians. St. Sava Day is a special day. St. Sava Day turns the mind to the Day without Evening, the Holy Pascha.

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