Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Monasteries Of Pec

Some beautiful photos of the 14th and 15th century iconography of both High Decani and the Patriarchate in this travelogue of two major Serbian Monasteries in Kosovo.

At pains not to offend their Albanian hosts, one must read a bit between the lines from the author to discover that both of the churches have to be kept under constant armed guard to protect them from destruction.

Back in March of 2007, Muslim Albanians fired an anti-tank mortar grenade that luckily lodged in the roof and did not explode. Since 1999, this was the 23rd time that High Decani had been targeted with mortars.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Serbian Orthodox Church Choirs: A Musical Tradition (MP3)

A beautiful oral history of the Serbian Orthodox Church choirs here in America by Cissy Rebich

Part One is here

Part Two is here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Real James Bond, WWII Hero Dusko Popov

An excellent documentary on the real life exploits of WWII British double-agent, Dusko Popov -- a Serb who even conveyed information to J. Edgar Hoover on the imminent attack on Pearl Harbor four months before it happened --and who was used as the model for Ian Fleming's James Bond.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Mir Bozhi! Hristos Se Rodi! Vaistinu Se Rodi!

The Peace of God! Christ Is Born! Truly He Is Born!

There are many Serbs here in the US who haven't forgotten their roots or their Faith.

And one of them is Baba Mim from Moon, PA, whose website is a treasure trove of Serbian Orthodox customs in America. This year, Baba Mim's celebration of Serbian Orthodox Christmas customs was featured in the Pittsburgh Gazette.

To all of you celebrating today, May the Joy of Christmas be with you all year long, for Christ Is Born! Truly He Is Born!