Schererville, IN – On Thomas Sunday, May 1, 2011, St. George the Great and Victorious Martyr Serbian Orthodox Church in Schererville, Indiana celebrated its Patron Saint Day – Krsna Slava. Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Prota Dobrivoje Milunovic, and the responses were beautifully sung by our Bishop Stefan Lastavica Choir. Kumovi for this year’s celebration were Mr. and Mrs. Jovan and Mirjana Uzelac, our longtime active and honorable members. Having just celebrated the “feast of feasts”, the Resurrection of Christ, the holy house was packed the following Thomas Sunday with our faithful members and parishioners.
Prota Dobrivoje, so joyous and impressed by the attendance of our faithful, began his sermon by extending his gratitude to all. It was so wonderful to see the House of God filled with God-fearing, pious people as well as a most glorious Slava processional around the church. Indeed, this was Pascha after Pascha, as it truly was, since this Sunday is also called the Sunday of Antipascha. Having in mind that later this year, October 21-23, our parish is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of its founding, all parishioners flocked in front of the church after the processional for a historic centennial picture.
The celebration continued in the church hall. Father Marko Matic, parish priest of neighboring St. Sava Church in Merrillville, blessed the Patron Saint Festal Bread. The festivities were enhanced by several lovely greetings and dances by our folklore groups. Kum Jovo gave an inspiring speech, our children were impressive, and the food was delicious. Prota Dobrivoje's upbeat greeting caused all to anxiously anticipate the looming centennial. All were enthused by his display of the recent beautiful group picture of our children taken for the 100th Jubilee Anniversary Commemorative Book.
Truly, this was an impressive and magnificent Slava. Joy and happiness radiated on the smiling faces of all. At this assembly of our large happy family, the words of St. Paul the Apostle have been fulfilled: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4: 4)
O HOLY GREAT AND VICTORIOUS MARTYR GEORGE, PRAY TO THE RESURRECTED LORD FOR US!