Volume 48; Number 22 May 27, 2012
READINGS FOR today 7th Sunday after Pascha/Holy Fathers of 1st Ecumenical Council
Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 Reader: Jason Delmont Gospel: St. John 17:1-13
Sunday of the Holy Fathers OF THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL (AD 325)
Arias began to deny the divinity of the Son of God and His oneness in essence with God the Father. The entire Church rose up against him; all believers, from all ends of the earth, unanimously confessed that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Only-Begotten Son of God, true God of true God; begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father. One would think that this unanimity was purely coincidental, but this faith was then tried by fire when the authorities and powerful of this world began to side with the Arians. Neither fire, nor sword, nor persecution could extinguish this faith, and it was immediately found everywhere among everyone, as soon as the pressure from external powers ceased. This means that it makes up the heart of the Church and the essence of her confession. Glory be to the Lord, Who preserves this faith within us! For, as long as it exists, we are still Christians, though we may not live as such. If it ceases to exist, Christianity will end.
NEDELJA SVETIH OTACA PRVOG VASELJENSKOG SABORA (AD 325)
Arije je počeo da poriče Božansku prirodu Sina Božijeg i Njegovu jednosuš(t)nost sa Bogom Ocem. I na njega se odmah podigla sva Crkva, sa svih strana sveta, jednim ustima ispovedajući da je Gospod Isus Hristos – Sin Božiji jedinorodni, Bog od Boga, rođen, ne stvoren, jedinosuš(t)an Ocu. Neko bi mogao da pomisli da se radi o slučajnom oduševljenju za jednomislenost. Međutim, ta vera je potom prošla kroz ognjeno ispitivanje kada se na stranu arijanaca preklonila vlast i sila. Ni oganj, ni mač, ni gonjenja nisu mogli da je istrebe. Ona se odmah svagde projavila, čim je prestao pritisak spoljašnje sile. To znači da ona sastavlja srce Crkve i suštinu njenog ispovedanja. Slava Gospodu koji u nama čuva tu veru! Jer, dok je nje, mi smo još Hrišćani, makar i rđavo živeli. Nestane li ona – i Hrišćanstvu je kraj.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: Acts 2:1-11 Gospel: St. John 7:37-52, 8:1-2
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today: PROTO JANKO RAJLICH; DANICA (DOLLY) RUSHNOV; MICHAEL MITRE; SLAVKO GRUBICH, NIKOLA PESKIR, JOHN & DAVID McKEDY, STANLEY TOMAC, THERESA & PETER BIRACH, ANNA & PETER MALYAK (requested by family); and more departed mothers whose names arrived too late for the Mothers Day commemorations.
Prayers in the paschal season From Pascha to Ascension the prayer “O Heavenly King” was replaced by the Paschal Troparion. Now from Ascension to Pentecost we pray the Ascension Troparion in that place: “Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ God, granting joy to Thy disciples, by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Through the blessing they were assured that Thou art the son of God, the redeemer of the world.”
KNOW OF A GRADUATE? If you know of a student graduating from High School, College or Graduate School this year, please inform Fr. Rastko so that they can be recognized on June 10 at the time of the Church School Awards and Graduates Reception.
The family of MARY MUNICH SMAIC would like all her friends to know that she passed away in Ottawa, Kansas on Tuesday, May 15.
SHADELAND Applications for summer camp are available from Fr. Rastko and the church school. They are also available on the web at http://www.easterndiocese.org/shadeland.html.
7th ANNUAL YOUTH CONFERENCE All teens grades 8–12 are eligible to attend our national Youth Conference, to be held at Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline (Boston) MA, June 20–24. Full information will be distributed to Popadija Vickie’s high school class. Scholarships are available.
NUT, POPPY & TORTA ROLLS AVAILABLE every Sunday. See Karen Kovacevic or Kata Pajic.
MEN’S CLUB NEWS The Men’s Club needs volunteers to sign up for lawn mowing. See Mike Munich. Thank you for cleaning the grounds. All men are invited to join this on-going effort.
THANKS TO ALL who helped with the gardening around the church yesterday. Thanks to the St. Petka Kolo for spearheading the effort to beautify our grounds.
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Thomas Vukcevic; Benjamin Pappas; Michael Rapasky; Brady Sexton, Jeffrey Izo, Michael Greenwood, James Koch, Jacob Monnin, Adam Paich, John Stanz, Peter Mrvos, Michael Antecki, Dane Gaynor, Matthew Ross. These soldiers are remembered at the Proskomedia (Service of Preparation) before every Divine Liturgy. If you have names to contribute to this list of servicemen serving overseas, please share them with Father.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of SUNDAY, May 27 through SUNDAY, June 3, 2012
Sunday Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecum. Council; Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Last day of Church School;.
Monday Memorial Day: Blessing of graves 9:30 AM
Tuesday DANICA (DOLLY) RUSHNOV 10 AM Visitation; 11 AM Funeral
Saturday Saturday of the Souls—Zadušnice—is being moved to the following Saturday (June 9) so that Fr. Rastko can attend the parastos for Fr. Janko Rajlich in Youngstown. Vespers 6 PM;
Sunday Feast of Pentecost; Divine Liturgy & Pentecost Vespers 10 AM; Semi-annual Congregation Meeting & SerbFest Meeting;
June 9 Saturday of the Souls (Zadušnice)
June 10 Church School awards & Graduate Reception
July 9–12 Church School DAY CAMP
July 21/22 SerbFest ’12. Please mark your calendars. Call Alex Rakic and volunteer. All are needed for a successful festival.
ASCENSION Greeting: Christ is ASCENDED— Indeed he is ASCENDED
SPASOVDANSKI POZDRAV: HRISTOS VAZNESE — VAISTINU VAZNESE
Our parish website at www.saintstephenlackawanna.org ; see new parish photos from Mothers Day and the Tammie Concert under “Events”
Website of the SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA www.easterndiocese.org
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