The results of the recently completed census have yet to be completed, but one is already known – there are fewer people in Serbia. Every year a town of about forty thousand inhabitants disappears. Warnings have come true, warnings of demographers who have been sending dramatic messages primarily to authorities to do everything possible in order to approach this problem seriously, and, above all, influence fertility rate increase by economic measures.
Services catering for the poor in Kosovo and Metohija have for years been working in very difficult conditions and would not be able to survive but for help from individuals and associations. The aid of more than one million dinars, which the Football Association of Serbia recently sent to the village of Prekovac, near Kosovska Kamenica, the centre of catering for the poor in Kosmet, is very important for the continuation of work of such services. Snežana Milošević reports from Kosovska Mitrovica.
John and Angie Majerle, parishioners at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox in Broadview Heights, were gracious enough to share their Christmas tradition story and three recipes.
Mir Bozji! Hristos Se Rodi!
Christmas is one of the holiest days of the year for Serbian Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar. It is preceded by 40 days of fasting during Advent to prepare for the birth of Christ. No meat, dairy or eggs are consumed, continuing through Christmas Eve night — (badnje vece) — on Jan. 6 (Dec. 24 on the Julian calendar).
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Earlier this year, we came together as a community United in Faith, Love and Action – working against the clock to find a matching bone marrow donor for Jelena Stojakovic.
I regret to inform you that despite your generous willingness to help, and our combined efforts to save her life, Jelena fell asleep in the Lord at a Seattle cancer treatment center on Tuesday, November 15. She was 32 years old. She was devoted to the Lord in faith and to improving the condition of her fellow man as shown through her years of service at International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).