(Ervin Dyer, Post-Gazette Staff Writer. "Chronicler pulls together photos of Serbian life and times in U.S." Pittsburgh Post Gazette. 20 Jul 2001, pp. C1-C2.)
St. Sava, Our teacher and our Guide.....
St. Sava is to the Serbs what St. Patrick is to the Irish
This site is dedicated to those who voluntarily desire to learn more about the wonderful American Serbian Orthodox heritage, responsibly empowering them to go on and pass their knowledge on to others. It celebrates, shares and sustains the vitality of the Serbs (artistry/empathy/inventiveness/big-picture thinking, the American principle of self-determination) for present and future generations. It promotes the continuity of a culture that has enriched America not only with material wealth, but more importantly, good values. Respect. Honor. Integrity. Importance of Education are but a few.
Fr. Dragomir Tuba and the children of St. Archangel Michael parish on St. Sava's Day (Jan.27), Akron, OH , turning the Slavski Kolach, which they celebrated Sunday, January 31, 2010.
This site highlights the special American/Serb abilities of Innovation, Communication skills, Thriving in a multicultural environment, and Working/Playing with a sense of passion,
and the Power of Perseverance, the ability to overcome adversities through pride & principles.
Imagination, Inspiration, and Enthusiasm for what they believe in.
(Soldiers & Sailors Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Serbian Folklore Festival, June 13, 2009)
The question was asked of me: "Why is St. Sava on the front page of your website?
Because St. Sava was the TEACHER and ENLIGHTENER of his Serbian people.
Because of Sveti Sava, we have something VERY special, our "Svetosavlje!"
Sveti Sava was the one who first said:
"Give up everything for Christ, But Christ for Nothing!"
Read more about St. Sava by Fr. Dan Rogich here: http://www.kosovo.net/sava.html
Serbian Folklore Festival in Pittsburgh, 6.13.09 <-----click here
Shadeland Diocesan Day 8.2.09 Kids singing/dancing <----click here
"Why? Because we care." Baba Mim recites poem @ St. Sava <---click here
(To see the entire translation of this song, go to the WEBSITE TESTIMONIALS page)
1. Uskliknimo, s'ljubavlju,Svetitelju Savi, Srpske crkve i skole, svetiteljskoj glavi. Tamo venci, tamo slava, Gde nas srpski pastir Sava:
Pojte mu Srbi, pesmu i utrojte. (Repeat)
2. Blagodarna Srbijo, puna si ljubavi. Prema svome pastiru svetitelju Savi. Bosna i Hercegovina, Svetog Save dedovina,
S'tobom slave slavu, Svetog oca Savu.
3. Voyvodina pitoma; Srem, Banat i Backa, Slavonija, Banija, Lika i Krbava, Crna Goro sestro mila, Zdravo i ti, s'nama bila,
Da slavimo slavu, Svetitelja Savu.
4. Milesevo slavi se telom svetog Save, Koga slave svi Srbi s ove strane Save. Sinan pasa vatru pali, Telo Svetog Save spali,
Al' ne spali slave, niti spomen Save.
(April 27, 1595), Orthodox Holy Thursday, Sinan Pasha burns the relics of St. Sava on Vracar Hill.)
(This verse tells about the Monastery Mileshevo where St. Sava's body laid in repose for centuries before being burned by Sinan-Pasha. Although his body was burned, they could not burn out his glory or his memory.)
(Matushka Kathy adds:
St. Sava's body burned in Belgrade on Holy Thursday, April 27, 1595
Belgrade is bombed by the Germans on April 6th (Great and Holy Saturday) through April 10th, 1941
The allies then bombed it in 1944 on April 16th (Paskha Day-ORTHODOX EASTER!) and the 17th (Easter MOnday) trying to rid the Germans out of Belgrade.
The latest bombing took place as we all know from March 24, 1999 through June 5, 1999 which included Paskha (Easter), April 11, 1999.
And people wonder why the Serbs are so obsessed with history.
(Turks burn the holy relics of St. Sava at Vracar in Belgrade in 1594-painting by Uros Predic.)
To enlarge all, photos, click on lower right hand corner of image.
5. Pet vekova Srbin je u ropstvu camio, Svetitelja Save ime je slavio. Da zivimo svi u slozi, Sveti Savo Ti pomozi.
Pocuj glas svog roda, srpskoga naroda.
(For 5 centuries, Serbs were under the Turkish yoke, but the name of St. Sava was always celebrated.)
6. I mi, tvoji Srpcici, s ove strane mora, Srpske krvi, imena; srpskoga govora, Slavimo te Sveti Savo, Srpske skole mudra glavo,
O dicnoga slavlja, Oche Svetosavlja.
(The last verse says.... "and we, your little Serbians, on this side of the ocean, of Serbian blood, name, and language, also celebrate you, dear Father St. Sava, you, who always valued knowledge.")
His Grace, Dr. Bishop Mitrofan, with our gorgeous American Serbian children in Boston, MA, for St. Sava's Day Celebration, 2009
V.Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic of St. Sava's Cathedral in Parma (Cleveland, OH) stands directly in front of the site where St. Sava was born, lovingly called "Misici," Serbia.
This WWI silk pillowcase shows Serbia and Montenegro were with the ALLIES during that time period. Unfortunately, the Serbs' undying loyalty to America was shamefully betrayed by men and countries who should have known better.
God bless Serbs, loyal American allies!
The Decani Monastery in Kosovo is under heavy guard because the world knows that the treasures INSIDE the Monastery are priceless heirlooms to the World!
Right inside this church is found the Nemanjic Family Tree history, one of the greatest frescoes ever made!
Here's "USkliknimo" (St. Sava's Hymn) in Serbian Cyrillic as it appeared in an old SRBOBRAN newspaper issue:
On this spot, in this church, they held the Serbian National Sabor in the 12th Century!
The very same church is where St. Sava was Christened!
Exact spot where St. Sava was Christened. (You walk down some steps!)
Bell that was in use during St. Sava's times.
I wrote this in 2006 before my Mom passed away.....:
"I remember when I said my poems to Sveti Sava 50+ years ago, and my 87 year-old mother can still recite hers. Her long poem ends like this:
"Sve vishnjem se molim Bogu, da nam daje ljubav, slogo. Da se brat sa bratom miri, da se Srpski jezik shiri, da slavimo Srpsku slavu, to nam zeli Svetitelja Savu!"
"I pray with all of my heart that God grants us love and togetherness; that brother with brother makes peace; that we keep alive our Serbian language, that we honor our Saints Day; that's what St. Sava wishes for us."
Sta Volim? I Love St. Sava’s Day!
(Aliquippa & Monroeville Parishes)
By Milana Karlo Bizic, Jan./Feb. 2006
Singing with love to St. Sava 2010
Pittsburgh St. Sava 2010
Let us sing with love to our St. Sava, Serbian churches and schools, glorify his holiness!
Wherever our St. Sava is, there are wreaths and glory, Sing to him, thrice!
These BEAUTIFUL children from Kansas City know all the words to St. Sava's Hymn, "Uskliknimo" and sang it for me while their parents were performing for the 67th SSF Festival in Aliquippa, PA! 2008. They were in Joliet for 2009, and Chicago's "One Love" too, in 2010!
These kids could make ANY heart happy!
Here's another song young American Serbs like to sing at picnics and other happy gatherings.
This song shows Serbs are proud of their Serbian Orthodox heritage: Thank you, Mother, for what you've given me! Truth, Freedom in my heart; Karadjordje and Voyvoda Stepa!
Kids in Phoenix waving their little Serbian flags! Photo from Denise K.
Display at the B.F. Jones Memorial Library in Aliquippa, in honor of the 67th Serbian Singing Festival held in the area Memorial Day weekend-May 23-25, 2008.
This is the Nemanjic Royal Family Tree from which St. Sava's family originated. It is located in the Decani Monastery in Kosovo! There is a similar fresco in the narthex of the Patriarchate of Pec from the fourth decade of the 14th Century. This is our history! This is our future! We must always be vigilant in defending Kosovo for those who come after us.
Here I am lighting this candle in Decani Monastery in the name of all of the Serb National Federation members living and dead in America, who always defended Kosovo through the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries!.