Fair Oaks Parish Celebrates Krsna Slava
How is it possible that each Slava celebration is totally different from every other one? There is much hard work and anxiety that all will be in readiness by many of us – from the ones who clean the Church and grounds to the ones who prepare the food to the Clergy who come to pray with us. Then, God, in His infinite wisdom and love for us, reaches down to us and grants us an abundance of excitement and joy on the day of the Slava. And all is right with the world and with us.
Thus, we now fondly remember Slava 2013. There was much to be thankful for this year. The celebration actually began on Saturday evening August 24th with Vespers. As Vladika Maxim entered the Church, the sun was brightly shining behind him as though it was urging him to come into the cool of the evening to lead us in prayer. What was especially wonderful was that he was greeted by young people in their teens, twenties and thirties – they had been invited to meet and visit with Vladika at the conclusion of the service. After Vespers many of these young people stayed for Confession while those who had already been to Confession proceeded to the parish home of Proto Dane and Protinica Milica Popovic. Protinica Milica had prepared a sumptuous Lenten repast for the group. Approximately 20 young people were joined by visiting clergy from Beale Air Force Base and St. Herman’s Monastery in Platina for the evening meal.
While the clergy sat in the living room and visited, Vladika Maxim sat surrounded by the young people and they shared an evening of exploring ideas. Some items were philosophical – like the discussion of what ‘now’ means in relationship to the Church. Some items were societal – like what is the outlook for Orthodox Christians on the problems being faced by Syrian and Coptic Orthodox in Egypt. As the early evening progressed to the late evening hours, one thing was certain – our future is secure in the hands and hearts of those who are now coming of age in our community.
Sunday morning all was in readiness for a glorious day of celebration. While flowers were being presented to Vladika Maxim outside the Church, inside the Church a new child was beginning her life in Christ by being churched. As the Godparents and Isa moved to the center of the Church, Vladika was immediately on their heels and Ebba’s Baptism began. For many of us, this was the first time we had witnessed a Baptism by a Bishop performed during Divine Liturgy. How wonderful to have a Baptism during the Church Slava celebration! How wonderful to have Rob and Zorka Gojkovich representing us as Kumovi for the Church Slava celebration! As FUTURE of our Church life. Thus, God blessed us mightily on our Slava Day.
At the conclusion of the most beautiful Divine Liturgy, our Cultural Center was filled with laughter and happiness as we shared in a wonderful meal prepared by loving hands. Vladika Maxim bestowed Gramatas upon three of our members. Now we honored those who have served our community for the PAST. Miroslav Milovanovich, Elsie Mrvos and Borka (Vera) Malkovich were recognized for dedicated service to our Church. As we Thank God for their willingness to serve for many years, we also pray that God will Grant Them Many More Years of Health and all good things.
And so, we ended our day under the prayerful eye of our Beloved Vladika Maxim. All had prayed together, welcomed a new Christian into the fold, broken bread together, rejoiced in acknowledging worthy stewards and were happy to be together. We had had a Slava such as we had never seen before.
God and His Blessed Mother had given us a true celebration for 2013.