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Dear Friends of the Forum,

Please join me in wishing our Administrator a Happy Feast Day on this the New Calendar Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist!

And blessings to those who are celebrating the Old Calendar Feast of the "Third Saviour" of August, the translation of the "Icon not made by human hands" of the Face of Christ on the Mandylion to Constantinople from Edessa today!

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Спраздникомъ!

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God grant you many years!


(and don't lose your head about this)


See ya,


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Dear Sharon,

Yes, the head thing . . .

In fact, we missed the Administrator's birthday on August 1st (I don't think I have his permission to talk about this, but that hasn't stopped me before).

It is traditional for Eastern Christians to take the name-saint of the saint on or closest to their birthday (up to 8 days later?).

But the Administrator's birthday (Happy Birthday!) is on August 1st, the Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus' among other noteworthy commemorations on that day.

And so it applies to his Christian name as well, since St John the Baptist is always commemorated in conjunction with that day and is represented on icons of the Baptism of Rus'.

Therefore, we can declare August 1st as the Nameday/Birthday and day of commemoration of the Founder and Administrator of this Forum.

And the Administrator has agreed . . .

God bless the Administrator!

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My prayers are with you John. May God bless and keep you.

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Many years! Happy feast!

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Prepodobnomu Administratorovi nashomu Ivana, sotvory Hospody, mnohiji lita!

You will never know just how much your work and initiative is appreciated by us all. God bless you and give you every good thing.

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Alex,

Is what you are talking about refered to in the Orthodox Church as a " Slava"? Many Serbian kids I grew up with used to celebrate their "Slava". They would get the day off from school or bring a treat to the class. Oh and Happy Saint's Day administrator.


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Happy Name Day, Administrator! May you be blessed on it and during the year to follow.

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Thanks, Y'All!

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Happy Feastday!

Dear Administrator,

Happy Name Day! God grant you many years!

Presviataya Bogoroditse Fatimskaya, spasi nas.
RusOrthCath martyrs and confessors, pray for us.


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Dear Babtsiu!

No, the Serbian Slava is a "stand alone" tradition that honours the nameday of the founding ancestor of a family.

Or, as I understand, since families were baptised into the Church together, it refers to the Saint's feast on which this was done way back.

The true Eastern tradition is to celebrate one's Patronal Feastday rather than one's birthday.

The best of all worlds, of course, is to celebrate the two together on the same day when one can, as I do smile

And the Administrator will begin doing so starting next August 1st!

Alex


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