Volume 48; Number 31 July 29, 2012
READINGS FOR today 8th Sunday after Pentecost/ Holy Fathers of 1st Six Ecum. Councils
Epistles: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Hebrews 13:7-16 Gospels: St. Matthew 14:14-22; St. John 17:1-13
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
Before the miraculous feeding of the five thousand people, the disciples of the Lord wanted the people to be sent away; but the Lord said to them: They need not depart; give ye them to eat. Let us learn this word, and each time the enemy suggests to us to refuse someone who asks for something, let us say from the face of the Lord: “They need not depart, give ye them to eat”—and let us give whatever we find at hand. The enemy destroys the desire to offer charity, and suggests that maybe the asker is not worthy of being given to; but the Lord did not investigate the worthiness of those sitting there: he served everyone equally, while of course, not everyone was equally devoted to Him; perhaps there were even those who later cried: “crucify him.” Such is God’s overall providence toward us: He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust (Matt. 5:45). If only the Lord would help us even a tiny bit to be merciful, as our heavenly Father is merciful (Luke 6:36).
NEDELJA OSMA PO DUHOVIMA
Pred čudesnim nasićenjem pet hiljada ljudi, učenici Gospodnji su hteli da narod bude otpušten. Međutim, Gospod im je rekao: Nema potrebe da idu; podajte im vi neka jedu (Mt.14,16). Naučimo tu reč, te svaki put kada vam vrag bude našaptavao da odbijemo prosjaka, govorimo kao Gospod: Nema potrebe da idu; podajte im vi neka jedu Zatim im dajmo šta se nađe pri ruci. Neprijatelj nas mnogo odvraća od želje za dobročinstvom, namećući nam misao da prosjak nije zaslužan da bilo šta dobije. Gospod, međutim, nije razlikovao dostojanstvo prisutnih: sve je jednako ugostio, iako mu, možda, nisu svi bili jednako predani. Šta više, možda su tu bili i oni koji su kasnije vikali: “Raspni ga”. Takvo je i opšte Božije promišljenje o nama: On svojim suncem obasjava i zle i dobre; i daje dažd pravednima i nepravednima (Mt. 5,45). Kada bi nam Gospod pomogao da i mi makar malo budemo milosrdni kao i Otac naš što je milostiv (Lk.6,36)! Sv. Teofan
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistle: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17 Gospel: St. Matthew 14:22-34
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today: Protopresbyter SINISA JOCIC; SAVKA ĐUKIĆ; RADMILO RISTICH; Professor VESELIN KESICH (Maine); recent victims of natural disasters, violence and wars. May their memory be eternal!.
SERBFEST/SRPSKI FESTIVAL was a great success! We appreciated all who came, who tried our Serbian ethnic food and enjoyed our music, and of course, we thank Alex Rakic and all the chair-persons, and all of you who worked so hard to make the weekend one of our most successful SerbFests! Photos from SerbFest are posted on the parish website. See Events>PastEvents. Again, VELIKO HVALA – A Big Thank You to All! Ziveli! THANK YOU FOR MAKING SERBFEST SUCH A SUCCESS!
NUT, POPPY & TORTA ROLLS AVAILABLE every Sunday. See Karen Kovacevic or Kata Pajic
SERBIAN ORTHODOX PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND. With the Blessings of His Grace, Bishop Dr. Mitrofan of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, led by Prota Dragoljub C. Malich. October 12 to 20, 2012. $3,098.00 per person departing from Newark.
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, 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. See bulletin board.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of SUNDAY, July 29 through SUNDAY, August 5, 2012
Fasting Wednesday & Friday, as usual.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM;
Wednesday Vespers 7 PM
Thursday Holy Prophet Elijah (Sveti Ilija) Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM; Blessing of Sveti Ilija Kolo Kolac
Evanoff family Parastos
Saturday Kubicki wedding 1:30 PM; Vespers 7 PM;
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM;
August 2 Prophet Elijah (Sveti Ilija) Liturgy 9:30 AM; Sv. Ilija Kolo Slava
August 12 Diocesan Day and Divine Liturgy at Shadeland (No Liturgy in Lackawanna that day)
August 14 Beginning of the Dormition Fast
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST— HE IS AND SHALL BE
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ
Our parish website at www.saintstephenlackawanna.org ; see new parish photos from the Day Camp under “Events”
Fr. Rastko e-mail address: FrRastko@saintstephenlackawanna.org
Website of the SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA www.easterndiocese.org
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Elijah, the “Still Small Voice”, and Scripture, By St. Maximus the Confessor
The meaning of Holy Scripture reveals itself gradually to the higher senses of the more discerning mind when the mind has put off the complex bodily form of the words which are formed in it.
This revelation is like a still small voice.
Through a supreme abandonment of its natural activities, such a mind has been able to perceive the meaning only in a simplicity which reveals the divine Word.
This is the way that the great Elijah was granted the vision in the cave at Horeb.
For ‘Horeb’ means ‘newness’, which is our virtuous condition in the new spirit of grace.
The cave is the hiddenness of spiritual wisdom in which the one who enters will mystically experience the knowledge which goes beyond the senses.
This is the knowledge in which God is found.
Therefore anyone who truly seeks God, as did the great Elijah, will come upon him not only on Horeb – that is, as an ascetic in the practice of the virtues.
He will also encounter him in the cave of Horeb – that is, as a contemplative in the hidden place of wisdom which can exist only in the habit of the virtues.
When the mind shakes off the many distractions about things which are pressing on it, then the clear meaning of truth appears and gives it pledges of genuine knowledge.
These are given after it has driven off its recent preoccupations which were like scales on the eyes, just as in the case of the great and holy Apostle Paul.
For thoughts about the mere letter of Scripture and the consideration of those visible things that hinder understanding are indeed scales which cling to the clear-sighted part of the soul and hinder the passage to the pure meaning of truth. From Gnostic Chapters 74-75.