Pozdravljeni v Sentjostu

Šentjošt yesterday

Between the two Churches is a fairly big space, a kind of market square, where for hundrets of years gathered Šentjošters and other  Sentjost vcasih surrounders; on Sundays, holidays and other special occasions. Two powerful Lipa trees give this place a special mark, still today. How many times amid the chine of bells and happy melodies have wedding guests gathered here, and then in reception line greeted the bride and groom in the church at the wedding. How many sorrouful processions have moved over this space, when they carried corpses to the graveyard by the small church. Bells rung differently than at weddings, people cried and sobbed with wepping eyes. The bells were laud, juyful and sad in the regions and parishes. Their ringing was different at Christmas, different at Easter and still different on all souls Day and Ash Wednesday. Only on Good Friday were the bells silent and if someone died that day, the death bell did not ring. So, even silence had it's own meaning.

Prewar sacristy, a small and humble house, stood close to the church. Little more removed was the priesthood (on its own) in the middle of a beautiful orehard.  Sentjost vcasih It was not overly big, but from far one saw that it was a strong building, that with thick rock walls and arches could stand against time and give protection to the pastors of Šentjošt's mental healing.

On the eastern end of the village developed a business and cultural centre of the region. Mozine's big house where used to be a tavern, rested upon the foot of Brinovca. Alongside the tavern was a small house in which fit the communities office. The pre-war municipality of Šentjošt had the same boundaries like the parish and from 1937 on, counted 928 inhabitants. Not far from the tavern between both wars, grew a building in which on the ground fllor the Farmer sellers had it's own place; on the upper floor was a mini-hall used by Šentjošts cultural society. Here the boys section and girls circle gathered, here acted the Play's group and arranged people's plays which were always good to attend. Young and old listened to lectures and were educated in this hall. With work the cultural society was sometimes better, but sometimes the school helped too. The school building was built in Šentjošt in 1889. However it took almost 30 years before a teacher came to our village. Until then the priest took care of lessons in the school. The last year before world war II, there were three on four teachers in Šentjošt's school. Without any convincement, they became involved in the village life and we respected them and knew how to appreciate their work.

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