I heard Mihailo walk in the church this morning. It was Monday morning and I was in the altar putting things in order after Sunday’s service. I heard his soft, slow footsteps. Feet lazily dragging. “I want to show you something,” he said in a slow mumble in the altar.
I stopped what I’m doing and looked at him. “What is it?”
“The Serbian people had prophets.”
A pause. I don’t know if it’s a question or statement. “Tarabic?” I asked.
He nodded. The so-called Kremna Prophecies from the village of Kremna, in Serbia have been ascribed to illiterate peasants Miloš Tarabić and his nephew Mitar Tarabić. Their village Serbian Orthodox priest, Zaharije Zaharić (1836-1918) is said to have recorded their predictions.
“They prophesied of the great war that befall the Serbian people. And then when they were asked if there is any hope, they replied: If you take an apple and cut it across, you will find the answer. And every time I cut into an apple I cut it this way and every time I see the same thing – a five pointed star, the petokraka.”
“But this morning,” he continued, reaching into his pocket and pulling out an apple, “I found this.” He opened the already slit apple and showed the image of a cross inside.
Then he walked away.