May 27, 2012

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;

COMING EVENTS

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

Stay Posted on News throughout your Diocese by visiting the diocesan web site.
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May 20, 2012

Volume 48; Number 21  May 20, 2012

READINGS FOR today 6th Sunday after Pascha/Sunday of the Blind Man

Epistle: Acts 16:16:34  Reader: Luka Opacic    Gospel: St. John 9:1-38

HOMILY ABOUT THE SIN OF THOSE WHO ASSERT THAT THEY CAN SEE — BY ST NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC

“If you were blind you would have no sin” (St. John 9:41). These words were spoken to the Jews by Him Who gave them the Law through the prophets that the Law may serve them as the sight of the soul. The Jews received that sight, but they closed their eyes intentionally and malliciously. That is why the Just Lord spoke these righteous words to them.

These words are true justice then, today and forever, for a blind man has no sin if he tramples someone else’s crop or if he removes someone else’s garment instead of his own. If he who has sight commits this, he will be committing a sin and will incur punishment. If he who has eyes, but intentionally closes his eyes and committed that act, he also will be committing a sin and will incur punishment.

Nevertheless, what can be said about those who have received Baptism and Chrismation as the two eyes of the soul and, in spite of that, sin as those who are unbaptized? At the Last Judgment, they will not be treated as those who are born blind, rather they will be treated like transgressors who willfully disfigured and blinded themselves.

Still, what can be said about those who received the other Mysteries of Grace in the fullness of Orthodoxy and who have before them the examples of the saints and who constantly listen to the warnings and admonitions of God’s Church but, nevertheless, depart and go astray? At the Last Judgment, such will not be able to justify themselves with any type of blindness, rather they will be judged as transgressors who have disfigured themselves and others around them with blindness.

O awesome Lord, save us from sin. O merciful Lord, open our eyes to the path of salvation.

O GREHU ONIH KOJI TVRDE DA VIDE – SVETI VLADIKA NIKOLAJ

Kad biste bili slijepi, ne biste imali grijeha (Jov. 9, 41) Reči ove rekao je Jevrejima Onaj koji im je dao zakon preko pro roka, da im služi kao vid duši. Jevreji primiše taj vid, ali zažmuriše namerno i zlobno. Zato im pravedni Gospod i reče ove pravedne reči.

Ove su reči sušta pravda, i onda, i danas, i zauvek. jer slepac nema greha, ako zagazi u tuđi usev, ili uzme tuđu haljinu mesto svoje. Ako li to učini onaj ko ima oči, učiniće greh i primiće osudu. Ako li to učini onaj ko ima oči, no namerno ih zatvori, i on će učiniti greh i primiti osudu.

Šta da se kaže pak za one koji su primili krštenje i miropomazanje, kao dva oka duše, pa ipak greše kao nekršteni? Na poslednjem Sudu s njima se neće postupati kao sa sleporođenima, nego kao sa prestupnicima, koji sami sebe onakaziše, sami sebe oslepiše.

A šta tek da se kaže za one koji primiše i ostale tajne blagodatne, u punoći pravoslavnoj, i koji imaju pred sobom primere svetitelja, i koji neprestano slušaju opomenu i ukor crkve Božje, pa ipak idu te idu stranputicom? Na poslednjem Sudu takvi se neće moći izgovoriti nikakvim slepilom, nego će biti suđeni kao prestupnici koji sami sebe, i druge oko sebe, slepilom onakaziše.

Gospode strašni, spasi nas greha. Gospode milostivi, otvori nam oči za put spasenja.

READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36   Gospel: St. John 17:1-13

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today: PROTO JANKO RAJLICH; MILINKO DJERASIMOVIC; MICHAEL MITRE (requested by the Evanoff family); and the departed mothers whose names arrived too late for the Mothers Day commemorations.

PLEASE WELCOME TODAY parishioners from the St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church of Akron, Ohio. They are here with their folklore group as the guests of our Tammies. They performed in the beautiful concert last evening. It is a joy to have them here for the Liturgy today and for the Concert Banquet afterward. Dobro dosli.

Prayers in the paschal season From Pascha to Ascension the prayer “O Heavenly King” is replaced by the Paschal Troparion “Christ is risen from the dead.” Od Vaskrs do Spasov Dan ne čita se molitva “Care Nebeski” nego se čita uskršnji tropar “Hristos vaskrse is mrtvih.” Ascension (Spasov Dan) is Thursday, May 24. Mark it on your calendars.

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.

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<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.

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 20 through SUNDAY, May 27, 2012

Sunday Sunday of the Blind Man; Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Church School; Annual Tammie Concert Banquet. 5-year Parastos for Paul Weaver.
Tuesday Adult Class 1 PM
Wednesday Vespers for Ascension 6 PM
Thursday Ascension (Vaznesenje–Spasovdan) and Ss Cyril and Methodius: Divine Liturgy 10 AM.
Saturday Planting and gardening around the church (St. Petka Kolo initiative); Vespers 6 PM;
Sunday Sunday of the Holy Fathers; Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Last day of Church School;

COMING EVENTS

May 28            Memorial Day: Blessing of graves 9:30 AM

May 30            “Orthodoxy 101:” Last lecture on the Creed

June 2            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.

June 3            Feast of Pentecost; Semi-annual Congregation Meeting & SerbFest Meeting

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.

CHRIST IS RISEN! — INDEED HE IS RISEN!
ХРИСТОС ВАСКРСЕ! — ВАИСТИНУ ВАСКРСЕ!

 

Our parish website at www.saintstephenlackawanna.org <http://www.saintstephenlackawanna.org> ; new parish photos from our Hoy Friday and Pascha celebrations under “Events”
Website of the SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA www.easterndiocese.org <http://www.easterndiocese.org>
Stay Posted on News throughout your Diocese by visiting the diocesan web site.
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OCF – BUFFALO, NY OCF or Orthodox Christian Fellowship is the local collegiate campus ministry program for the Orthodox Churches in the Buffalo-Niagara Region. Our mission is to connect the students from our local college campuses through community life and fellowship outings, prayer, service to others and study of our Orthodox Faith. For more information or to join, please join our facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/BuffalOCF/ <https://www.facebook.com/groups/BuffalOCF/> or email Fr. Perik966lles Kallis at pkallis@gmail.com <pkallis@gmail.com> .