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Slava (was: Re: .com/religion)

From:Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Date:Thursday, September 20, 2001, 7:04
Well, here's a little brief thing...if you want to ask any more specific
things email me offlist.

Every family has a patron saint, and this saint's feast day is the
family's Slava. AFAIK the Slava only exists in the Serbian Orthodox Church
(ie. I don't think it exists in the Russian or Greek Orthodox church).

We make a woven bread thing, it's like a sweet leavend bread but made with
holy water, and then it's blessed at the church and you take it home with
a burning yellow candle, and it has on it four stamps IS-HS NI-KA. There's
a koljivo, which is like a porridge made with wheat and raisins and
vanilla. Then also you have to have wine, and oil for the flameholder that
you hang in front of the icon. You make the bread thing first, then go to
the Church where it gets blessed, then you go home and all the big family
is there and we break the woven bread thing and everybody eats a little of
that and a little koljivo and whatnot, and if someone comes over they eat
some too.


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On Wed, 19 Sep 2001, Padraic Brown wrote:

> On Wed, 19 Sep 2001, Frank George Valoczy wrote: > > >and on my > >grandmother's family's Slava (patron saint's day, January 27th, Slava of > >Saint Sava) to the Orthodox Church. > > Hm! Interesting concept! Can you describe what a Slava is; > what it means; any special practices, etc.? Either here or > privately. > > Padraic. >