St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

St. Sava Celebrated in Carmichaels, Pa.
January 31, 2010

Stella Shlosky said it was the best St. Sava program. Stella, with her sister Mildred "Mickey" Zorman sitting at her side, said their father came here in 1901 and here they are still celebrating St. Sava one hundred and eight years later.

Stella asked "Where would we be without our St. Sava?" Scholars Dr. Ivko and Dr. Rade Dimitric both addressed the penetrating question. The Dimitricís are university level mathematicians and are serious about Godís Holy Church.

Waynesburg University New Testament instructor Aaron Carson joined the Dimitric Brothers in reading poems in tribute to St. Sava. Dr. Ivko Dimitric also read the Gospel reading proper for St. Sava.

Parish Nurse Practitioner Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck read St. Nicholai Ďs account of the life of St. Sava from The Prologue of Ohrid.

Serbian Orthodox parish churches everywhere take time each year to honor and remember St. Sava. The St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels has been celebrating and remembering St. Sava for more than fifty-five years.

Most parishioners of St. George Church were born in America but the annual tribute and commemoration of St. Sava has continued each year for more than fifty five years ago.

The pioneers and founders of St. George Church were strong in their commitment to St. Sava. This commitment continues into the future.

Mitzie Hunchuck, teaches the young children at St. George Church and was eager for this St. Sava Day to arrive. She shared with her young students poems in honor of St. Sava.

Like her mother before her, Sonia Janson, the St. George Choir and Kolo President is a part of each St. Sava program. Sonia led the responses at the Divine Liturgy and greeted the parishioners in behalf of the organizations she represents.

Melva Hunchuck, Kolo Vice-President, is a constant hard-working presence at every St. Sava celebration contributing her efforts in food preparation. In addition to the traditional readings and recitation of poems, a period of discussion occurred regarding St. Savaís influence on the lives of the Serbian people.

Each St. Sava Day begins with the Divine Liturgy with responses by the St. George Choir. The Blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo follow afterwards. Prayers are for living and departed church school teachers and students and for Executive Board members and all parishioners.

January 31, 2010 was a day at St. George Church to think very carefully about St. Sava. Serbian Orthodox Christians take their identity from St. Sava and learn and worship God in ways that have been influenced by St. Sava.

Serbian Orthodox Christians are continually inspired by St. Savaís commitment to prayer, to Christian education and to peaceful relationships.

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