The feast of the Great-Martyr and Trophy-bearer George is celebrated in the monastery as a full feast day. This year, it fell on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. As if this were not enough to make it especially solemn this year, adding to the joy of the feast was the visit of Bishop Nikolaj from Las Vegas, so we were able to have a pontifical service and also to celebrate the Slava of His Grace as well as two of our seminarians, the brothers Milosh and Negosh.
The Serbian Orthodox custom of the Slava is an especially moving and pious tradition in which a Serbian family commemorates the saint of the day when their ancestors accepted Orthodox Christianity. This service was held at the end of the Liturgy, presided over by His Grace and attended by the usual multitude of pilgrims.