St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN, was established in 1914 in Gary, IN. Divine Liturgy Sundays 10am, Fr. Marko Matic officiating. Liturgical responses by Karageorge Choir. Sunday School starts after Holy Communion (around 11:15) until 12:15. Serbian School will be incorporated into Sunday School. Vespers served Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. Join us, everyone welcome! Folklore dance group and choir always accepting new members. Attend Sunday Luncheons after Liturgy, hosted by families or organizations, serving delicious homemade food and desserts.
South Wing SOCIAL CENTER NOW AVAILABLE for hosting social events, newly renovated and tastefully decorated. Showers, graduation parties, business meetings, Skup Svatova, wedding receptions, baptisms, birthdays, and retirements can all be accommodated. For more info, call (219)736-9191.
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
On loan to the Serbian Historical Society is this authentic Serbian costume worn by Mrs. Rajna Otic from Munster on her wedding day in late 1959 in Koretiste, Kosovo, Serbia. All pieces; the blouse, vest, and customary apron called the “bosca” are hand made and passed down many generations, as seen in the various photos.
The beaded headpiece was made by Mrs. Otic’s mother-in-law, Stana Otic, and presented to her on the wedding day. This headpiece is over 70 years old. It has two beaded patches in the back, spelling out the groom’s nickname “Blaza” for Blagoje, (added just in time for the wedding) and Mrs. Otic’s father-in-law’s nickname “Traje” for Trajko, which most likely has been added before his own wedding.
The customary apron or “bosca” is over 50 years old, and is hand made as well, on the loom pictured, called “tkanje”.
The Serbian Historical Society is forever grateful to the Mrs. Rajna Otic for sharing these priceless family heirlooms for this exhibit. She stopped by during Serb Fest to see how we incorporated her costume into the display.
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