Portland, ME - His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America visited the Portland parish on Saturday, January 24, 2009. It was on this day that the parish began their Saint Sava celebrations. The celebration began in the town of Laconia, New Hampshire where there are twenty Serbian families living. The Serbian Orthodox faithful from Laconia and surrounding areas gathered at St. Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church for the Divine Liturgy officiated by Bishop Mitrophan, who was assisted by V. Rev. Aleksandar Vlajkovic from St. Sava in Boston and V. Rev. Ivan Marjanovic from Synaxis of Serbian Saints in Portland, ME.
Following the Cutting of the Slava Kolac children recited the poems about St.Sava. The children were presented with gifts and were rewarded for their recitations. There was a meal afterwards. This was a very joyful day in this parish considering that this was Bishop’s first visit to the Serbian community living in Laconia, NH.
The celebration of St. Sava continued in the Portland parish in Biddeford, Maine. His Grace, the bishop, was assistanted by four priests at Vespers after which was the cutting of the Slava Kolac. Both here and with the faithful in Laconia, NH, the faithful paid close attention to the bishop's words as he used the beautiful example of St. Sava in conveying to them a message of the true values of life. The children from the Serbian School prepared a St. Sava’s program. Dusko Bukarac, together with his family, was Kum for this year's Slava, while Pavle Simic accepted the kumstvo for next year's celebration. The celebration of the Slava continued in the church hall with dancing and singing.
This was yet another joy-filled holiday in the month of January which will remain in the memory of the parishioners here for years to come.
V. Rev. Ivan Marjanovic