The St. Petka parish in San Marcos celebrates church Slava

The parishioners of the St. Petka-Paraskeva Serbian Orthodox parish in San Marcos in southern California, celebrated their church Slava yesterday with the Divine Liturgy officiated by their diocesan hierarch, His Grace Bishop Maxim. Concelebrating were the priests: Velimir Petakovic, Milan Vukovic, Hieromonks Nektarije and Jovan as well as Deacon Paul Germain.

In accordance to the old custom a procession was led around the church after which the Slava Kolach and wheat were blessed. The Slava luncheon was served afterward in the church hall together with a program performed by the children of the folklore group.

Bishop Maxim awarded Slavko Kljajic, an Orthodox Serb, with the Episcopal Citation-Gramata for his efforts in the field of church music and many years of nurturing the old Serbian chant which he has done with much love and zeal, the bishop also awarded him the ancient, traditional title of Protopsalti of the St. Petka-Paraskeva Parish in San Marcos, California.