Wednesday, February 2, 2011

St. Sava of Serbia - one of the greatest Christian Saints in the history of mankind

St. Sava, the first Archbishop of Serbia


Order of St. Sava



King Milan I of Serbia instituted this noble decoration named The Order of St. Sava in 1883. This honor was originally conceived to be bestowed upon civilians who had achieved excellence in the field of the arts and sciences. With the onset of World War One in 1914, the Order of St. Sava was also designated to honor military personnel for meritorious conduct.

19 of the Order of St. Sava were bestowed by Serbia for WWI. Among the recipients was the legendary
Field Marshal Radomir Putnik.


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"At first we were confused. The East thought that we were West, while the West considered us to be East. Some of us misunderstood our place in the clash of currents, so they cried that we belong to neither side, and others that we belong exclusively to one side or the other. But I tell you, Ireneus, we are doomed by fate to be the East in the West and the West in the East, to acknowledge only heavenly Jerusalem beyond us, and here on earth—
no one."

St. Sava to Ireneus, 13th century

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Sava's elevation to Archbishop on December 6, 1219, at the age of 44 by the decree of Manuel, the Patriarch of Constantinople:

"I, Manuel, the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of the City of Consrantinople, New Rome, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, have consecrated Sava, Archbishop of all the Serbian lands, and have given him in God's name the authority to consecrate bishops, priests, and deacons within his country; to bind and loose sins of men, and to teach all and to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, all you Orthodox Christians, obey him as you have obeyed me."

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Aleksandra's Note:  St. Sava of Serbia is one of the greatest Christian saints in the history of mankind. His story is not only a compelling human story, but his spirit and essence has inspired, guided and enlightened people for centuries after his death. He was such a magnificent historical figure that this inspiration and enlightenment continues into the modern day and age, when St. Sava's wisdom is needed so desperately to guide us through navigating the turbulence of our mortal world.

Sava was born the third son of the legendary founder of the magnificent medieval Serbian state, Stefan Nemanja. Sava's given name was Prince Rastko Nemanjic. He was born in 1175.

I would like to direct you to two sites that will provide a wonderful insight into why Sava of Serbia is such a compelling historical figure and among the greatest of Christian Saints.  You will learn about the journey he made through his life and why he is held so dear in so many hearts today.



and

www.babamim.com
(Serbian History 101)


So many Serbian heroes that came after Sava's time turned to his teachings for guidance and even in wartime, perhaps especially in wartime, never failed to honor his legacy. This reverence continues everywhere that Christian Serbians live, but it is in Belgrade, Serbia where the stunningly beautiful Cathedral of St. Sava stands on the Vracar plateau, where Sava's remains were burned by the Moslem Turks in 1594, that one is reminded most of what he contributed to the Christian world.

Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade by night
Photo by George Groutas


Photo of the St. Sava Cathedral in Belgrade


Turks burning Sava's holy relics at Vracar in 1594
 Painting by Uros Predic


Serbs today, over four centuries later, continue to gather in great numbers here on Vracar in Belgrade, and among the younger generation who keeps the legacy alive is Alex M.:

"Saint Sava is one of the most revered Saints of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Understandably so, since he established the SOC in 1219. Since then, this institution has survived enormous hardships by Ottoman Turks, German Nazis, Croatian Nazis, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Albanians, Communists... you name it... and has remained the cornerstone pillar of Serbian faith, identity and being. January 27, Saint Sava Day is observed as Spirituality Day (Dan duhovnosti), but is marked as a working holiday, except for celebrations in schools. In the evening, the Saint Sava academy is organized at the Sava Center in Belgrade. Saint Sava is my favorite Serbian Saint although he is not my Patron Saint."

Alex M. from Belgrade
January 2011


January 27th by the Gregorian calendar is St. Sava's "Feast Day", the day he is officially celebrated, and in honor of him I'm sharing three videos that reflect the spirit of Sava.

In the world such as it is today we need to incorporate that spirit into our private and public lives more than ever if we are to survive with our souls intact.

Sincerely,

Aleksandra Rebic


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The following video was posted on YouTube by "jelmarsrbija"






SVETI SAVA - Svetosavska himna

Светосавска химна * Свети Сава

Београд - Србија * Деца - Школа

Orthodox Music ♫ Savindan

Himna Svetog Save

Praznik Svetog Save - Savindan obeležava se kao školska slava u svim školama u Srbiji. Sveti Sava je najznačajnija ličnost srpske istorije, jer je dao jak temelj državnoj i verskoj nezavisnosti naše otadžbine. Puno je radio na prosvećivanju i olakšanju života naroda, kao i na sticanju novih saveznika državi koja se razvijala. Zbog svega ovog, a i drugih stvari 27. januar (po novom kalendaru) se slavi kao školska slava u Srbiji. Brojne legende i priče, ikone, freske, himna, hram na Vračaru na mestu gde su spaljene Savine mošti itd, pokazuju želju srpskog naroda da se oduži velikom čoveku i da ga zauvek drži u sećanju kao najsvetliju tačku naše burne istorije. Narodne priče često pretstavljaju Savu kao prosvetitelja koji putuje po narodu i uči ga kako da živi i radi. On mu saopštava da u svetu ima mnogo nepravde, da će zlo proći oni koji čine zlo, a da dobra dela ne propadaju. U jednoj se priči kaže: "Nemoj ni za kim ići da ga ubiješ, niti traži para koje s trudom nijesi zaslužio". Kad su jednom neki roditelji zatražili od Save da učini srećnim dete koje im se rodilo, odgovorio je: "Ja mu sreću ne mogu dati. Sreću mu možete dati vi, roditelji njegovi, ako ga zarana naučite: da radi, da štedi, da ne laže, da ne krade, da sluša, da poštuje starije, da je u svačemu umereno; a naročito ako ga budete uputili da dobro čuva svoje zdravlje". Vrlo značajno mesto zauzimaju priče o radu u kojima Sava uči žene kako da predu, šiju i obavljaju druge kućne poslove, a muškarce kako treba kovati gvožđe, kako se grade vodenice i melje žito, kako se gaje vinogradi i dobija vino. Sava je užarima i ćebadžijama bio esnafska krsna slava. Mnogo je priča u kojima Sava poučava narod da bude čvrst u svojoj veri, da održava i čuva krsno ime, kumstvo, pobratimstvo i uopšte srodstvo koje, u krajnjim granicama obuhvata ceo srpski narod. On podučava i sveštenike i kaluđere, naročito preporučuje da se čuvaju telesnih grehova. Uvek stoji na strani siromašnih, slabih, nemoćnih i ugroženih. Svetog Savu slave i drugi pravoslavni narodi - Rusi, Bugari, Grci... SVETI SAVA [ Savindan ]

Himna Svetog Save

Orthodox Music

Hram Sv.Save - Belgrade, Serbia

Deca i škola, Mladenovac - Beograd, Srbija * Savindan

Свети Сава (по рођењу Растко Немањић; око 1169-14. јануар {по јулијанском календару) 1236) је био најмлађи син великог жупана Стефана Немање

Срби

православна црква Сава - один из самых почитаемых святых Сербской православной церкви

Saint Archbishop Sava

Saint Sava - Temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade

Sava von Serbien

Saba di Serbia

Sava de Serbia - La catedral de San Sava en Belgrado *

HIMNA SVETOM SAVI - Himna Svetog Save * Beautiful Song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nybTT6P52wU&feature=related

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Serbian chant-Danica Krstic-Himna Svetom Savi

Posted on YouTube by  "mrkosovac"





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xxuuppxkLo&feature=player_embedded


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Molitva Svetom Savi Jelene Jovovic iz Gorazdevca

Posted on YouTube by "ivanazigondsrp"






Molite se, braco draga, ovo malo sto nas ima.

Molite se Svetom Savi, on ce Bogu i svecima.

Da se nama opet vrati sva ta nasa okolina

Chorus: Da se nama opet vrati sva ta nasa okolina

Pec, Pristina, Istok, Glina

Chorus: Pec, Pristina, Istok, Glina.

Da se vrati sva rodbina

Chorus: Da se vrati sva rodbina

ujak, baba, tetka strina

ujak, baba, tetka strina

Pa da opet kao nekad mi zivimo svi u slozi

Sveti Savo, ti pomozi

Chorus: Pa da opet kao nekad mi zivimo svi u slozi

Sveti Savo, ti pomozi

Sveti Savo, ti pomozi


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3WzMcq8On4&feature=related


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If you would like to get in touch with me, Aleksandra, please feel free to contact me at heroesofserbia@yahoo.com


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