Danica Popović

Institute for Balkan Studies Serbian Academy of Sciences and ArtsBelgrade

Eulogiae Terrae Sanctae of St Sava of Serbia

Abstract: The focus of the paper is on the eulogiae that Sava of Serbia, on his pilgrimage in the Holy Land, sent to the abbot of Studenica, Spyridon: a little cross, a little belt, a little towel and a little stone. In his letter accompanying the gifts, the earliest surviving work of Serbian epistolary literature, Sava points to their prayer and protective function. Sava’s eulogiae are looked at against the background of Eastern Christian devotional practices.

Keywords: eulogiae, pilgrimage, Holy Land, St Sava of Serbia