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).
Many local and foreign delegations laid wreaths at memorials dedicated to victims of World War I in our country to mark the Armistice Day. Armistice Day is marked with public events throughout the world, to commemorate November 11, 1918, when the Allied forces signed the armistice with Germany. The central state ceremony honoring the Armistice Day was held near the Crypt of Defenders of Belgrade in World War I, at the New Cemetery in Belgrade.