Volume 48; Number 42 October 14, 2012
READINGS FOR TODAY 19th Sunday/Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos
Epistle: 2Cor.11:31-12:9 Reader: Luka Opacic Gospel: St. Luke 6:31-36
THE PROTECTION OF THE MOST-HOLY THEOTOKOS
From time immemorial, the Church has celebrated the Most Holy Theotokos as the patroness and protectress of the Christian people, who, by her intercessory prayers, implores God’s mercy for us sinners. The help of the Most-holy Mother of God has been clearly shown numerous times, to individuals and to nations, in peace and in war, in monastic deserts and in densely populated cities. The event that the Church commemorates and celebrates today confirms the Theotokos’ consistent protection of Christian people. On October 1, 911, during the reign of Emperor Leo the Wise, there was an All-night Vigil in the Blachernae Church of the Mother of God in Constantinople. The church was full of people. St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ was standing in the rear of the church with his disciple Epiphanius. At four o’clock in the morning, the Most-holy Theotokos appeared above the people, holding her omophorion outstretched as a protective covering for the faithful. She was clothed in gold-encrusted purple, and shone with an ineffable radiance, surrounded by apostles, saints, martyrs and virgins. St. Andrew said to Blessed Epiphanius: “Do you see, brother, the Queen and Lady of all praying for the whole world?” Epiphanius replied: “I see, Father, and am struck with amazement!” The Feast of the Protection was instituted to commemorate this event, and to remind us that we can prayerfully receive the unceasing protection of the Most-holy Theotokos in any time of difficulty.
POKROV PRESVETE BOGORODICE
Od uvek je crkva proslavljala Presvetu Bogorodicu kao pokroviteljku i zaštitnicu roda hrišćanskoga, koja svojim hodatajstvenim molitvama umilostivljava Boga prema nama grešnima. Bezbroj puta pokazala se očigledno pomoć Presvete Bogorodice kako pojedincima tako i narodima, kako u miru tako i u ratu, kako u monaškim pustinjama tako i u mnogoljudnim gradovima. Događaj koji crkva danas spominje i praznuje dokazuje samo to postojano pokroviteljstvo Presvete Bogorodice nad rodom hrišćanskim. 1. oktobra 911. god. u vreme cara Lava Mudroga (ili Filosofa) bilo je svenoćno bdenje u Bogorodičinoj crkvi Vlaherne u Carigradu. Naroda je bila puna crkva. U pozadini crkve stajao je sv. Andrej Jurodivi sa svojim učenikom Epifanijem. U četvrti sat noći pojavi se Presveta Bogorodica iznad naroda sa rasprostrtim omoforom na rukama, kao da tom odećom pokrivaše narod. Beše obučena u zlatokrasnu porfiru i sva blistaše u neiskazanom sjaju, okružena apostolima, svetiteljima, mučenicima i devicama. Sv. Andrej videći to javljanje pokaza rukom Epifaniju blaženom, i upita ga: „vidiš li, brate, Caricu i gospođu nad svim, kako se moli za sav svet?” Odgovori Epifanije: „vidim, oče, i užasavam se!” Zbog toga se ustanovi ovo praznovanje, da nas podseti kako na taj događaj tako i na stalno pokroviteljstvo Presvete Bogorodice, kad god mi to pokroviteljstvo, taj pokrov njen molitveno ištemo u nevoljama.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:
Epistle: Gal.1:11-19; Heb.13:7-16 Gospel: St. Luke 711-16; St John 17:1-13
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today: DANILO SIMICH; NIKOLA MONDICH (requested by Shirley Mondich); JOSEPHINE, ANDREW, JOSEPH WACH, GERALDINE, WALTER, JACK NOWROCKI, HELEN & MARSHALL BAKER, & BILLIEJANE MASLEN (requested by friends); recent victims of natural disasters, violence and wars. May their memory be eternal!.
MONASTERY MARCHA BENEFIT TODAY We welcome Mother Ana, Sister Anastasia and Fr. Platon, along with the tireless Monastery supporters, Nikola and Ann Borota. Please stay for the benefit dinner today. Thank you to Bratska Sloga Riverside Lodge for co-sponsoring today’s monastery benefit. We are all happy give our support to Monastery Marcha.
TALIJA The Talija folk dance group from Belgrade will be performing here at St. Stephen’s this Tuesday evening, October 16, at 7 PM. This excellent group has performed through and America and Canada. Our ladies will make traditional food for sale. Don’t miss this event.
UB STUDENTS Our students at the University of Buffalo are fortunate to have an Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) on campus. They are encouraged to associate with other Orthodox students. OCF info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BuffalOCF/
NUT, POPPY & TORTA ROLLS AVAILABLE every Sunday. See Karen Kovacevic or Kata Pajic
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.
MEN’S CLUB NEWS Volunteers are still needed for lawn mowing. See Mike Munich. All men are invited to join this on-going effort.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of SUNDAY, October 14 through SUNDAY, October 21, 2012
We fast on Wednesday & Friday as usual this week.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Monastery Marcha Benefit Dinner
Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;
Tuesday 7 PM Performance of Talija folkdance group from Belgrade www.talija.rs/
Saturday Vespers 6 PM
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Parastos for Bosiljka Basich
October 27 St. Petka, Liturgy 10 AM; Church School Fall activity
October 28 KSS Sv. Petka Slava Celebration
October 31 Divine Liturgy for St. Luke
November 3 Saturday of the Souls (Zadusnice) Divine Liturgy and Parastos
November 6 Teen Night
November 8 St. Dimitrius
November 12 Serbian Adult Education class
November 14 Orthodoxy 101 6:30 PM
November 11 Stewardship Sunday; Speaker David Batrich
Nov 11 & 18 Turkey Donation Sundays
November 21 Archangel Michael
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 parish photos from the Sveti Ilija Kolo Tea and SerbFest 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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