Volume 49; Number 5 January 27, 2013
SAINT SAVA, ARCHBISHOP OF SERBIA
St. Sava was born in 1169 A.D. He was the son of Stefan Nemanja the Grand Zupan of the Serbs. As a young man, St. Sava yearned for the spiritual life for which he fled to Mt. Athos where he was tonsured a monk and, with rare zeal, lived according to the ascetical rule. Stefan Nemanja followed the example of his son and came to the Holy Mountain, where he was tonsured a monk and died as Simeon, the monk. St. Sava obtained the independence of the Serbian Church from the [Byzantine] emperor and patriarch and became the first Archbishop of the Serbs. Together with his father, he built the Monastery Hilandar and, after that, many other monasteries, churches and schools throughout the Serbian lands. On two occasions, he made a pilgrimage to the sacred places in the Holy Land. He restored peace between his two brothers who were estranged because of a struggle for power. He restored peace between the Serbs and their neighbors. In establishing the Serbian Church, he was, through that, establishing the Serbian State and culture. He instilled peace among all the Balkan peoples and worked for the benefit of all for which he was loved and respected by all the Balkan peoples. To the Serbian people he gave a Christian soul which did not perish with the collapse of the Serbian State. St. Sava died in Trnovo, Bulgaria, having become ill following the Divine Liturgy on the Post-Feast of the Epiphany on January 12, 1236 A.D.
Holy Bishop Nikolaj
Sveti Sava, arhiepiskop srpski
Sin Stefana Nemanje, velikog župana srpskog, rođen 1169. godine. Kao mladić žudeo za duhovnim životom, zbog čega je odbegao u Svetu Goru gde se zamonašio i sa retkom revnošću prošao ceo podvižnički ustav. Nemanja posleduje primeru sina, te i sam dođe u Svetu Goru, gde se zamonaši i umre kao monah Simeon. Sava je izdejstvovao kod cara i patrijarha nezavisnost Srpske crkve, i postao prvi arhiepiskop srpski. Podigao je, zajedno sa ocem svojim, manastir Hilandar, a potom i mnoge druge manastire, crkve i škole po zemlji srpskoj. Putovao je u dva maha na poklonjenje svetinjama u Svetoj Zemlji. Mirio braću svoju, zavađenu oko vlasti; mirio Srbe sa susedima njihovim, i stvarajući Srpsku crkvu, stvarao je kroz to srpsku državu i kulturu. Unosio je mir među sve balkanske narode i radio je na dobru svih, zbog čega je i bio poštovan i voljen od svih Balkanaca. Narodu srpskom on je dao hrišćansku dušu, koja nije propala sa propašću države srpske. Skončao u Trnovu, razbolevši se posle službe Božje na poprazništvo Bogojavljenje, 12. januara 1236. godine.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj
READINGS FOR Sunday 34th Sunday/ St. Sava, First Archbishop of Serbia
Epistles: Col.3:12-16 & Heb.7:26-8:2; Readers: Mariana Zdjelar & Novica Vukovic
Gospels: St. Luke 18:18-27 & St. John 10:9-16.
The Holy Protomartyr Stephen the Archdeacon
St. Stephen was the first of the seven deacons whom the holy apostles ordained and appointed to the service of assisting the poor in Jerusalem. By the power of his faith, St. Stephen worked great miracles among the people. The Jews disputed with him, but they were always defeated by his wisdom and the power of the Spirit, Who acted through him. They incited the people and the elders of the people against the innocent Stephen, slandering him as though he had blasphemed against God and against Moses. False witnesses were quickly found who confirmed this. Stephen then stood before the people, and all saw his face as it had been the face of an angel (Acts 6:15), that is, his face was illumined with the light of grace as was once the face of Moses when he spoke with God. St. Stephen rebuked them for the killing of Christ the Lord, calling them betrayers and murderers (Acts 7:52). And while they gnashed their teeth, St. Stephen beheld and saw the heavens open and the glory of God. That which he saw, he declared to the Jews: Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God! (Acts 7:56). Then the malicious men took him outside the city and stoned him to death.
Sveti prvomučenik Stefan, arhiđakon.
Sv. Stefan beše prvi od sedam đakona, koje apostoli sveti rukopoložiše i postaviše na službu oko pomaganja sirotnih u Jerusalimu. Silom vere svoje Sv. Stefan činjaše čudesa velika među ljudima. Jevreji prepirahu se s njim, no bivahu uvek pobeđivani njegovom mudrošću i silom Duha, koji kroz njega dejstvovaše. Oni uzbuniše i narod i starešine narodne protiv nevinog Sv. Stefana, klevetajući ga kao da je hulio na Boga i na Mojseja. Brzo nađoše lažne svedoke koji to potvrdiše. Tada Sv. Stefan stade pred narod, i svi videše lice njegovo “kao lice angela” (Dap 6, 15), to jest lice mu beše ozareno blagodatnom svetlošću kao negda Mojseju, kad je s Bogom govorio. I otvori Sv. Stefan usta svoja i izobliči ih za ubistvo Hrista Gospoda nazvavši ih “izdajnicima i krvnicima” (Dap 7, 12). I dok oni škrgutahu zubima, Stefan pogleda i vide nebo otvoreno i slavu Božju. I to što vide, on objavi Jevrejima: “Evo vidim nebesa otvorena i Sina Čovečjega gdje stoji s desne strane Boga” (Dap 7, 56).Tada ga pakosnici izvedoše van grada i ubiše kamenjem.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY: Epistles: Col.3:12-16 & Heb.7:26-8:2; Gospels: St. Luke 18:18-27 & St. John 10:9-16.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are MYRON BOGAN (funeral Monday); MILICA JELENIC (Beograd); DOROTHEA DEVRNJA; CHRISTOPHER BOSILKOVSKI (requested by John & Kay Saunders); ANTOINETTE SIMIC and SIMO & MIDRED DUJANOVICH (requested by family); and all the recent victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!
We Welcome our guests Fr. Herman Schick and his family, who join us today for our special celebrations at the Divine Liturgy and the dinner and St. Sava Program.
CONGRATULATIONS to FR. MILOVAN DJERASIMOVIC, newly ordained to the holy priesthood. May God grant you many years of service in the vineyard of our Lord.
A Special Collection for the benefit of the St. Sava School of Theology will be taken next Sunday. Please be prepared to be generous.
THE LARGE BOOK CALENDAR for 2013 from the Clergy Brotherhood has arrived and is on sale at the Tutors’ Stand for $15.
HOME BLESSING The homes of Orchard Park North, scheduled for tomorrow, are being rescheduled for Tuesday, March 5, due to the funeral.
The Yale Russian Chorus will perform on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:00pm at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the parish website peterandpauloca.com. If you purchase your tickets before March 3, they are only $10.
TORTA ROLLS are still available every Sunday. See Karen or Kata.
A SIGN-UP SHEET is posted for groups of people to volunteer for church cleaning. Each group would clean the church for one month. A short training will be held for each group. Volunteer for this needed project!
The sign-up sheet for the Tammie Brunch on February 10 is posted. Sign-up now and support our Tammies! Hvala!
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.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of SUNDAY, January 27 through SUNDAY, February 3.,
We fast on Wednesday and Friday this week.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; St. Stephen Kolach in church; Oath of office for new officers; St. Sava Kolach in hall; Slava Dinner, all are welcome; St. Sava Program
Monday Funeral of Myron Bogan 10 AM in church; Tammies & Dancers 6 PM.
Saturday No Vespers
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Special collection for the St. Sava School of Theology; St. Petka Kolo and SerbFest Meetings.
February 3 SerbFest Meeting
February 10 Tammie Brunch
February 15 Fish Fries begin
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST— HE IS AND SHALL BE
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ
A reflection from a parishioner…
Our parish recently completed a cleaning project for the Nativity. Everyone worked very hard to prepare the parish for Christ’s birth. The reason that this was a blessing was not that we cleaned the Church, but through our Stewardship of Time and Talents, we joined together, as a parish, to complete what Christ has always taught us – respect – understanding – compassion – fellowship – whether the Stewards were young or old, Serbian or not Serbian, spoke fluent English or spoke very little English – through Stewardship, those barriers were laid outside of the Church as we all joined together in a common effort.
As we face many challenges in our lives, let us always remember that through Jesus and our Church, we all become unified regardless of the differences we sometimes have. I pray that we can complete many more projects like this as I now better understand what the real benefit was.
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Please pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters. Litany of Fervent Supplication: DUSAN MAJSTOROVIC (Mercy); ANNA SREMCEVIC (Mercy); KARL STEFANOVICH (home); OLGA TRACY (TX); MIRJANA PAVLICA; NADA ZDERO; MARTHA PAVLAKIS; EDMUND BIGGS; GORDANA & MIROSLAV NENADOVIC (FL); MICHAEL VUJAKOVICH; JOHN LABOVSKY (CA); HELEN & FRED PARKER (Weinberg); PAULA HUGHES; DONALD MILOSEVIC (HighPt); DANIEL METZ; STOJAN KOSOVAC (Hamilton); MARYELLEN D’ELIA (PA); ANNABELLE SAUER; GEORGENE STEVANOFF; ANNA TONARELY (FL); MILENKO ZDJELAR; NEVENKA MALINOWSKI; ERIKA TIEM (Germany); CARL HEINZ BLASHKE (Germany); LAUREN TASSEFF; DUSAN CURUVIJA; KELLY PAVICH; MARY ANNE HANEY; ROSA DAMJANOVIC; PATRICIA MOLL; FRANK STEPNICK; CHRISTINE KMITCH (FL); DAN BOLAM; MARSHA YUNKE; RAMON MURPHY.
Proskomedia: BRANKO GUSKIC; JAMES & JOANN RADITIC; CONRAD & MARY JEAN TOEPFER; KATHRYN FREDERICK; DAVID PRELJEVA; CARLY SERRA; JOSEPH YORK; SHIRLEY MONDICH; HENRY DARMSTEDTER; MELANIE ROZWOOD; KIM HENSLEY; ZORICA MARIJANAC; STACY MARZULO; GREGORY KORBUT; PETER MAGARIS; STOJAN (CHARLES) SMILANICH; MILOVAN TUCO; VLADIMIR JOVIC; PETER BARUSIC; STEVO SIMIC; KATHERINE LIPPARD; NANCY HEALY; GEORGE & CAROL KOVACEVIC (NC); LINDA MORAN (MN); ELIZABETH TABONE; JACQUELINE FUELLHART; PATRICIA WILSON; MAURIE & JAMES JACHIMIAK; DON BIVOLCIC (AR); JOHN & JOAN MUNICH; JOANN PANEK; VERA & MARK MARKOFF; DARINKA NEDELKOV; BRANKO TOMIC; MATTHEW BARUSIC; VUKICA STOJANOVIC; MILENA CORHASANOVIC; PETAR TUCO; IRENE FRUHAUF; DALE HAUSER; GLADYS HODYNSKI; NICHOLAS KOKOT (FrBakerMan); NADA RAKIC; MOTHER ANA; BASIL KORBUT; JOHN STANZ; LYDIA SALEH; VIDOSAVA TOSKOVIC; LORRAINE ROWLEY; WADE (VLADIMIR) McFARLAND; MISS MARY KORACH (FrBakerMan); YUBA BELICH; MARTIN DARMSTEDTER; LEISELOTTE SILJEGOVIC; DRAGANA SALOM (IL); ROBERT SETTER; CHRISANTE GASSETT; ZARKA POPOVIC (CA); ROBERT BOLLER; THOMAS JOUSMA; MARGE SPANO, ANTHONY DIPIANO; JEANETTE STANLEY; MARY KAROLEWSKI; MARIJA TRBOJEVIC (IL); GALE MAUS (FL); ROSANN TEDEROUS; ISO BJELANOVIC; DUSAN SAMARDZIJA; DRAZEN JOKANOVIC; MARY PARILLO (MA); WYATT & TONY LAMB; CAROL MAGARIS; KATHY HANNY (FL); JANE GLASS (Hamburg); ANNAME GRACER; DANIEL DiCIOCCIO; JOANNE HAMILTON; CHRISTINE MADEJ (MA); JOEL THOMAS; LEISA WHEELER; DIANE & RONALD KUKAVICA; MILJAN VANOVAC; MIKI STIPANOVICH (IN); RICHARD WYSE; DANYL OUSS (OrchardBrooke); ARLENE SCHMITZ; PETER MITICH; DUSKO VANOVAC; ANASTASIA HILES (PA); CATHY SMILJANIC; OLGA YANDRICH (Pgh); BRADLEY FREDERICK; STEPHEN ENGLE; DOROTHY BARON (PA); DANIELLE WILLIAMS; PATRICIA MALETICH (OH); RICHARD CARNEY; JENNIFER POPOVICH; DAVID DONALD (PA); LJUBICA JEVTIC; MARY BETH BUNTICH (NM); FR. SRBOLJUB BULICH (Belgrade); FR ALEXANDER ATTY; FR. MILAN ZOBENICA; FR. HERMAN SCHICK; FR. MILADIN GARICH; FR. MICHAEL ZAPARYNIUK (FL); FR. DENNIS PAVICHEVICH; JOANNE MARKEY; JOSEPH ROZWOOD Jr; ROSE GARDINA; ELAINE DAMINSKI; PAULA RUSSIAN (FL); GREGORY SMITH (DC); DAN NEARY; MARGARET NIGRELLI; ADAM BREVNER(LI); RICHARD LOCKWOOD; CHRISTINE MARX (IL); ARTHUR REIS; VERA SREDANOVIC (CA); RONALD BEDE (OH); MARY LOU BREMMER; HELEN TANNER (FrBakerMan); and any ill or hospitalized parishioners we may have missed.