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Grayslake Serbian Orthodox Church holds picnic July 4

July 4 @ 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

Grayslake Serbian Orthodox Church holds picnic July 4

The Serbian Orthodox Church of Grayslake, New Gracanica Monastery, 35240 W Grant Ave. Third Lake, in Illinois, will host its annual festival on July 4, 2017.

For centuries the Church provided the strength and tradition that  allowed the Serbians to maintain their religious and cultural existence in Serbia. The Gracanica of Kosovo, the famous church that was continually destroyed and rebuilt, is an example of the powerful Serbian spirit that with the Church as its guide, carried itself from an age of struggle in Serbia, to an age of peace in America. In 1977, the Most Holy Mother of God (Serbian) Association, Inc. purchased sixty acres of land, now the home of the New Gracanica Monastery. This expanse of park land is located in the Village of Third Lake, Illinois, and is the site of a beautiful church and monastery complex.

In 1984, New Gracanica Church and the main building on the ground, dedicated to the feast of the “Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God”, were completed and consecrated. It is an impressive architectural replica of the old Gracanica of Kosovo, but eighteen percent larger than the one built in 1321 in Serbia. The original Gracanica was commissioned by King Milutin and built in 1321 by three brothers – Djordje, Dobroslav and Nicholas. Architecturally, Gracanica is the supreme achievement and is designed in the Kosmet style. This style was a development of the Macedonian style or cross-in-square. The one difference is that in the Kosmet style, on each corner is a supplementary dome, while in the center is the main dome. New Gracanica is richly attired with detail such as hand-carved wooden entrance doors, which depict twenty-three monasteries and churches from various regions of Serbia, uniting them in image as they are in the hearts and minds of the Serbian people. Domes with crosses, pillars and unique brickwork add to the grandeur of the original Gracanica.


July 4
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Gracanica Monastery
, 35240 W Grant Ave., Third Lake
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