October 14, 2012 Sunday Bulletin

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

COMING EVENTS

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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October 7, 2012 Sunday Bulletin

Volume 48; Number 41 October 7, 2012

READINGS FOR TODAY 18th Sunday/St. Thekla, Equal to the Apostles

Epistle: 2Cor.9:6-11            Reader: Sasha Cerne            Gospel: St. Luke 5:1-11

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

The fishermen toiled for an entire night and took nothing; but when the Lord entered their ship, and, after preaching commanded them to cast their net, they took so many that they could not pull them out and the net broke. This is an image for all work without God’s help, and for work with God’s help. When one person works, wanting to achieve something through his strength alone—he is all thumbs. When the Lord draws near to him, then one good thing after another flows in from somewhere. In the spiritual-moral sense the impossibility of success without the Lord is tangibly visible: Without Me ye can do nothing, said the Lord. And this law acts in all things. Just as a branch not grown onto a tree not only does not bear fruit, but dries up and loses its life as well, neither can people bring forth fruits of truth valuable for eternal life if they are not in living communion with the Lord. Any good that they might have is only an appearance of good, but in essence it is faulty—like a forest apple that appears red but if you taste it, it is sour. It is also tangibly clear in an external, worldly sense: one struggles and struggles, and all in vain. When God’s blessing descends, all comes out well. Those who are attentive toward themselves and the paths of life know these truths through experience.

НЕДЕЉА ОСАМНАЕСТА ПО ДУХОВИМА

Рибари су се целу ноћ трудили и ништа нису ухватили. Међутим, када је Господ, после проповеди, ушао у њихову лађу и рекао да баце мрежу, они ухватише толико да нису могли да извуку мреже, које почеше да се цепају од тежине риба (Лк.5,5-6). Ето слике сваког труда без Божије помоћи, и труда уз помоћ Божију. Док се човек труди, ослањајући се једино на своје силе, све му испада из руку, а кад му се приближи Господ – одмах потекне добро за добром. У духовно-наравственим односима немогућност успеха без Господа је видљива и очигледна. Без мене не можете чинити ништа, рекао је Господ. Тај закон делује у сваком. Грана која није срасла са дрветом не само да не доноси плода, већ се и суши. Тако ни људи који не стоје у живом општењу са Господом не могу приносити плодове правде који су значајни за вечни живот. Понеко добро које се код њих може наћи, у ствари само носи изглед добра, а у суштини нема својство доброте. Шумска јабука је наизглед лепа. Међутим, ако је пробаш, видећеш да је кисела. И у спољашњим, овоземаљским односима живота такође је могуће опипљиво видети: човек се мучи, труди, а успех све изостаје. Али, када сиђе благослов Божији, изненада све полази за руком. Они који пазе на себе и на путеве живота, из искуства знају ту истину.

READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:
Epistle: 2Cor.11:31-12:9            Gospel: St. Luke 6:31-36

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today: DANILO SIMICH; STANLEY (STANKO) & NICHOLAS KOVACEVIC (requested by Karen Kovacevic); recent victims of natural disasters, violence and wars. May their memory be eternal!.

ALTAR BOY WORKSHOP  The Annual Altar Boy Workshop tomorrow, October 8, 10 AM to 1:15 PM. All current altar boys, and boys from the third grade and up who want to serve as altar boys, should plan on attending the workshop.

MONASTERY MARCHA BENEFIT  The annual Monastery Marcha benefit dinner is next Sunday. Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia will be here, along with their tireless helper, Nikola Borota. Please sign up today on the sign-up sheet. Let’s give our support to the Monastery.

TALIJA The Talija folk dance group from Belgrade will be performing here at St. Stephen’s on 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.

STEVE KORACH On Friday, September 21, the late Steve Korach, president of our congregation for many years, was inducted into the Lackawanna High School Athletic Hall of Fame. As Steve’s son Nick says of his father, “He was a Hall of Famer for his whole life.” Congratulations to the Korach family. See the bulletin board for more details.

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 7 through SUNDAY, October 14, 2012

We fast on Wednesday & Friday as usual this week.

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Sv. Petka Kolo meeting

Monday Altar Boy Workshop 10 AM; Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;

Tuesday Teachers Meeting 5:30 PM

Wednesday Orthodoxy 101; Steven Gjurich lecture #2 on the Divine Liturgy 7 PM

Saturday Vespers 6 PM

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Monastery Marcha Benefit Dinner

COMING EVENTS

October 14            Annual Monastery Marcha benefit dinner (sign-up on bulletin board)

October 16            7 PM Performance of Talija folkdance group from Belgrade www.talija.rs/

October 27            St. Petka, Liturgy 10 AM; Church School Fall activity

October 28            KSS Sv. Petka Slava Celebration

Nov 11 & 18             Turkey Donation Sundays

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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September 30, 2012 Sunday Bulletin

Volume 48; Number 40 September 30, 2012

READINGS FOR TODAY 17th Sunday/After-feast of the Elevation of the Cross

Epistles: Gal.2:6-20; 2Cor.6:16-7:1            Gospels: St. John 3:13-17; Matthew 15:21-28

THE POWER OF THE CROSS, THE WEAPON OF PEACE

Mysterious is the power of the Cross no matter how unexplainable, it is true and indisputable. Yet, St. John Chrysostom speaks of the custom of his time that the sign of the cross is attached “on the emperor’s diadem, on the equipment of the soldiers and tracing it on parts of the body: the head, the breast [chest] and the heart and also on the table of oblations and over beds.” “If it is necessary to expel demons”, says he, “we use the cross and it also helps to heal the sick.” ‘St. Benedict made the sign of the cross over a glass which contained poison and the glass burst as though it were struck by a stone. St. Julian made the sign of the cross over a glass of poison brought to him and drank the poison, but he did not feel any pain in his body. The Holy Female Martyr Basilissa of Nicomedia enveloped herself with the sign of the cross, stood amidst the flames and remained unharmed. The Holy Martyrs Audon and Senis crossed themselves when the wild beasts were released on them and the beasts became docile and meek as lambs. Among the ascetics of old, as it is today, the sign of the cross was the most powerful weapon against the temptations of the demons. The most horrible fears of the devil vanish into nothing, as smoke, when man traces the sign of the cross over himself. Thus, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself willed to the one time sign of crime and shame, the Cross, following His crucifixion on the wood of the cross, all victorious power and might. Prologue, Holy Bishop Nicholai

SILA KRSTA, ORUŽJE MIRA

Tajanstvena sila krsta, ma koliko da je neobjašnjiva istinita je i besporna. Još sv. Zlatoust govori o običaju svoga vremena, da se stavlja znak krsta „na carsku diademu, na ukras vojnika, na članove tela, i to: na glavu, prsa, i srce, a isto tako na žrtvenike i na postelje. Ako je nužno, veli on, izagnati demone, mi upotrebljujemo krst, a isto tako on pomaže za iscelenje bolesti.” Sv. Benedikt osenio je krsnim znakom staklo, u kome je bio otrov, i staklo je prslo kao od udara kamena. Sv. Julijan prekrstio je podnetu mu čašu s otrovom, i ispio otrov ne osetivši nikakve muke u telu svome. Sv. mučenica Vasilisa Nikomidijska ogradila je sebe krsnim znakom, stala posred plamena i ostala nepovređena. Sv. muč. Avdon i Senis prekrstiše se, kada ljute zverove na njih pustiše, i zverovi postaše nenasrtljivi i krotki kao jaganjci. Protiv velikih iskušenja demonskih krsno znamenje bilo je najsilnije oružje u drevnih podvižnika, kao što je i danas. Najgroznija strašilišta đavolska rasejavala su se u ništa kao dim, samo kad bi se čovek prekrstio. Tako je blagovoleo sam Gospod Isus Hristos, da negdašnjem znaku zločina i srama, krstu, da posle Svoga Raspeća na krsnom drvetu svepobednu silu i moć. Prolog, Sv. Nikolaj

READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:
Epistle: 2Cor.9:6-11            Gospel: St. Luke 5:1-11

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today: KATHLEEN CRIDER; DANILO SIMICH; JOSEPH GARDINA; recent victims of natural disasters, violence and wars. May their memory be eternal!.

THANK YOU  I am continually grateful to the many parishioners who have been praying for my health, who have sent greeting cards, and who have called me with their concern and well wishes. By your prayers and the blessings of God, I have resumed all of my regular activities. Fr. Rastko

CHURCH SCHOOL We are happy to see parents bring their children for Liturgy and Church School classes. Let us all make Christian education our big priority. This year our Church School Program begins with Kindergarten. We have four church school classes in all, K through 12.

ANNUAL KOLO TEA Congratulations to our Sveti Ilija Kolo on their successful Tea last Sunday. Many guests took the opportunity to visit our church. Fr. Rastko presented a tour for the visitors. Photos from the Tea are on our website.

ALTAR BOY WORKSHOP  The Annual Altar Boy Workshop is next Monday, October 8, 10 AM to 1:15 PM. All current altar boys, and boys from the third grade and up who want to serve as altar boys, should plan on attending the workshop.

MONASTERY MARCHA BENEFIT  The annual Monastery Marcha benefit dinner is in two weeks. Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia will be here, along with their tireless helper, Nikola Borota. Please sign up today on the sign-up sheet. Let’s give our support to the Monastery.

TALIJA The Talija folk dance group from Belgrade will be performing here at St. Stephen’s on Tuesday evening, October 16. This excellent group has performed through and America and Canada. Our ladies will make traditional food for sale. Don’t miss this event.

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, September 30 through SUNDAY, October 7, 2012

We fast on Wednesday & Friday as usual this week.

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; 40-day parastos for Kathleen Crider

Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM; Parish Council Meeting

Saturday Vespers 6 PM

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM;

COMING EVENTS

October 8            Altar Boy Workshop

October 9            Teachers’ Meeting 5:30 PM.

October 10            Orthodoxy 101: Steven Gjurich Lecture 2 on the Divine Liturgy

October 14            Annual Monastery Marcha benefit dinner (sign-up on bulletin board)

October 16            Performance of Talija folkdance group from Belgrade www.talija.rs/

October 27            St. Petka, Liturgy 10 AM; Church School Fall activity

October 28            KSS Sv. Petka Slava Celebration

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

Stay Posted on News throughout your Diocese by visiting the diocesan web site.
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