On December 19th (New Style), the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Parish celebrated Divine Liturgy for St Nicholas Day. This is, of course, always a much revered occasion for any Orthodox parish, but all the more so in our strong Slavic immigrant community. But this St Nicholas Day had an added jubilant atmosphere, as on that very day our longtime Sisterhood President, Tatiana Dimitrievna Diedovitch (known lovingly by all as ‘Tata’), turned 90 years young.
Tata, like so many ethnic Russians whose families fled the country after the Bolshevik revolution, came to America (by way of Brazil) from Harbin, China. She still taps into her Chinese background from time to time, speaking Mandarin with the Chinese inspector from the San Mateo County Environmental Health Services department who comes during our annual Christmas Bazaar to ensure health codes are being enforced (which of, course, they are, under Tata’s watchful eye). Tata has been Sisterhood president for so long that no one can remember which year she took over from Warden-Emeritus George Voronin’s mother! Regardless of the date, all who know her can attest to the fact that she works tirelessly for the parish, often outlasting all of us ‘young folk’ when preparing for parish events.
The parish again gathered for liturgy on January 25th (New Style), to celebrate St Tatiana Day. To honor her on her namesday, to celebrate her jubilee, and to thank her for her many years of service in the Sisterhood, the parish presented her with an icon of her patron saint, which will hang on the wall of the parish social hall for which she has sacrificed so much time and energy. We pray the Lord God to grant his handmaid Tatiana many years!