Serbian Orthodox Church
The use of holy water is based on the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. John's baptism was a baptism of repentance, and the people came to have their sins washed away by the water. Since Jesus had no sin, but was God incarnate, his baptism had the effect not of washing away Jesus' sins, but of blessing the water, making it holy—and with it all of creation, so that it may be used fully for its original created purpose to be an instrument of life. Blessing of the water at St. George church. Everyone was given the Holy water to drink and to take home.
The Annual Saint Sava Day celebration was held at Saint George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
During the Divine Liturgy prayers were offered for living and departed church school teachers and students and all parishioners. The slava cake and slava wheat (koljivo) were blessed. A dinner was prepared in the church hall by the St. George Kolo.
St. Sava is widely considered as one of the most important figures of Serbian History and is canonized and venerated by the Serbian Orthodox Church as its founder, on January 27. He is the patron saint of Serbian schools and schoolchildren.
In the church courtyard of Christ the Savior Serbian Orthodox Church in Arcadia, California a literary evening was held and the promotion of an audio book "Бисерне сузе" by Zeljka Cvijetin Gortinsky. His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America spoke about Serbian epic poetry and it's place in Serbian cultural heritage, to the sounds of gusle in the background. Also speaking on this topic were Zeljka Cvijetin Gortinsky and Misa Tasic, one of the editors of this audio collection of poems.
In Paris the feast day of Saint Sava was marked with a series of celebrations.
With the blessing of Bishop Luke of Western Europe, Archbishop Joseph of Western Europe of the Romanian Orthodox Church officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Saint Sava of the Diocese of Western Europe on 27 January 2015. Beside the parish choir, also nuns from the monastery Bois-Salair sang responses.
At Hofburg Palace the solemn reception was prepared in honour of the high state visit of President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday, 29 January 2015, at 7 p.m.
The host of the reception was Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Austria Mr. Sebastian Kurz. His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland, along with the clergy of the city of Vienna, also participated in the reception. Among attendes there were also: a lot of famous people from the public, cultural and political life of the Republic of Austria and the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the diplomatic corps, eminent public representatives of the Serbian diaspora in Austria and other high guests.