Volume 50; Number 1 January 5, 2014
The Righteous Joseph
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man … did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him (Matthew 1:19, 24).
One must fear God more than men, and one must obey God more than men. This is the lesson from the life of the Righteous Joseph, the kinsman and guardian of the Holy Virgin Mary. He lived at the time of the juncture between the Law and grace, and was faithful to the Law until grace appeared; then, when the new grace of God appeared, he became faithful to grace. Obedient to the letter of the Law, he wanted to put the Holy Virgin away when she conceived the Savior of the world in her most pure body. But when an angel of God announced to him that Mary had conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), he abandoned his intention and did not put her away, but did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him. He did not reason for himself, but obeyed the will of God. Therefore, God made him worthy of great glory, both on earth and in heaven. Quietly and secretly he served God, and God glorified him openly. Not only was he made worthy of the Kingdom of God but also his sons and daughters were. What father would want anything more than that his son would be an apostle of Christ? And Joseph, a widower, had two sons who were apostles. Thus, God glorifies those who fear Him and obey Him.
Holy Bishop Nikolaj
O Pravednom Josifu
Josif muž pravedan… učini kako mu zapovjedi angel Gospodnji (Mateja 1,19,24)
Treba se bojati Boga više nego ljudi, i treba slušati Boga više nego ljude. To je nauk života pravednoga Josifa, srodnika i zaštitnika Svete Deve Marije. On življaše na prekretu između zakona i blagodati, i beše veran zakonu, dok se ne javi blagodat; a kad se javi nova blagodat Božija, on posta veran blagodati. Poslušan slovu zakona on htede oterati Svetu Devu, kad ova zače u prečistom telu svome Spasitelja sveta,no kad mu angel Božiji javi, da je Marija začela od Duha svetoga, on se trže od svoje namere, i ne otera je nego učini kako mu zapovedi angel Gospodnji. On ne rasuđivaše ništa od sebe nego slušaše volju Božiju. Zato ga udostoji Gospod slave velike i na zemlji i na nebu. Tiho o tajno on posluži Bogu, a Bog ga proslavi javno. I ne samo da se on udostoji carstva Božijeg, nego i sinovi i kćeri. Koji bi otac želeo nešto više nego da mu sin bude apostol Hristov? A Josif, udovac, imaše dva sina apostola. Tako Bog proslavlja one, koji se Njega boje i Njega slušaju.
O Gospode veliki, Bože pravednoga Josifa, pomozi i nama grešnima pravdu tvoju ljubiti i Tebe se jedinoga bojati, Tebi slava i hvala vavek. Amin.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj
READINGS FOR Sunday 28th Sunday after Pentecost/ Holy Fathers
Epistle: Heb. 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40. Readers: Jason & Taylor Delmont Gospel: St. Matt. 1:1-25.
Welcome, O Christ! (part 2)
Out of burning love, O King of all beauty,
Thou didst leave the radiance of the beautiful Cherubim,
Thou didst descend into the cave of human life,
To despairing men, with a torch and peace.
How to contain Thee?-The earth became frightened.
Welcome, O Christ! Heaven bears Thee up!
The most beautiful Virgin for a long time hoped in Thee.
The earth raises her to Thee, that through her Thou wilt descend
From the lofty throne, from the heavenly city,
To bring health, to release man from sin.
O Holy Virgin, Golden Censer,
To thee be glory and praise, O Mother full of grace!
Holy Bishop Nikolaj
READINGS FOR CHRISTMAS: Epistle: Gal. 4:4-7; Gospel: St. Matt. 2:1-12
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are: PROTO MIODRAG DJURICH; Ted Howes (req by Rose Danforth) and all the recent victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!
PROTO MIODRAG DJURICH was our parish priest from 1951 to 1970. He was born on July 30, 1913. He fell asleep in the Lord on January 2, 1970, and was buried on January 5. We are taking the opportunity of the Anniversary of his passing to remember him with a Parastos today at the end of the Liturgy. Please stay to the end of Divine Liturgy to pray for the repose of our dear Proto Miodrag. Vjecnaja Pamjat!
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF the collection of clothing for the International Preparatory School. Warm clothing: coats, hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, pants, etc. for its students are needed. Clean and washed “gently used” clothing is accepted New clothing is also welcomed. For future donations, call Danielle Cugalj, 649-0559. Puno Hvala! Many thanks to all who participated in this charitable drive.
Orthodox college students are invited to join the Facebook page: BuffalOCF
REMINDER FROM OUR CHARITY FUND If you know of someone in our parish who is need at this holiday season, please contact Fr. Rastko. We should all be concerned with the well-being of our fellow parishioners. Call Fr. Rastko at 823-2846.
BAKE SALE 2013 was a great success! Tortas, nut and poppy seed rolls are available each Sunday after Church.
CONFESSIONS will be heard before Christmas Vigil from 8:30-9:30 PM on JAN 6th, but will not be heard after the Vigil this year. NO CONFESSIONS should be heard on Christmas morning except in extreme cases. Plan ahead and schedule your Confession prior to this great feast. Call Fr. Rastko if you have any questions.
ANTIPHON PRACTICE for the girls chanting the antiphons for the Christmas Divine Liturgy will be held this year on Christmas Day, Jan 7, at 9:30 AM. Appropriate dress for participation in the Antiphon singing is requested. Please be on time for this important rehearsal.
CHRISTMAS PIGS: Roast pig pick up today after Divine Liturgy. Pre-orders were taken for the roasted pigs and your order will be ready for you after Divine Liturgy today.
OLD HALL TABLE SALE. $10. See Parish Council President Sofia Wuslich.
THE SCHEDULE FOR BLESSING OF HOMES will be mailed to our parishioners later this week. Be prepared to welcome the priest into your home so that every aspect of our lives is blessed with the water of the Feast of Theophany, the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. Fr. Rastko will call each family the night before he visits you to bless your home
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Thomas Vukcevic; Benjamin Pappas; Paul Campbell, Michael Rapasky; Brady Sexton, Jeffrey Izo, Michael Greenwood, James Koch, Adam Paich, John Stanz, Peter Mrvos, Michael Antecki, Matthew Ross, Steven Marrocco, Dane Gaynor. 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.
Week of SUNDAY, Jan 5, 2014, through SUNDAY, Jan 12, 2014
Sunday and Monday are the last days of the Christmas Fast.
No fasting from Christmas until January 18, Krstovdan.
Sunday Divine Liturgy & Church School; Parastos for Proto Miodrag Djurich; Serbian Father’s Day; Roast Pig pick up.
Monday Christmas Eve—Badnje Vece—Vesperal Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Vigil Service, with burning of the Badnjak: 9:30 PM; Confessions heard before Vigil services 8:30-9:30 PM, by appointment only.
Tuesday Nativity of our Lord/Bozic Liturgy 10 AM
Wednesday Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos Liturgy 10 AM; Vespers 6 PM
Thursday St. Stephen the First Martyr/Sveti Stefan Liturgy 10 AM-This is the Feast Day of our Parish Church/Hramovna Slava
Saturday Baptism of Maximus Jovic 2 PM; Vespers & Confessions 6 PM.
Sunday Divine Liturgy & Church School;
January 14 Divine Liturgy for Circumcision of our Lord and St. Basil the Great
January 14 Parish Council Meeting
January 18 Eve of Theophany; Krstovdan Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM Strict Fast Day
January 19 Theophany: Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water 10:00 AM
January 20 St. John the Baptist, Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Slavski Kolaches blessed in Church
January 26 Joint Slava: St. Stephen & St. Sava. ALL ARE WELCOME. Sign up today.
January 27 Feast of St. Sava, Enlightener of Serbia 9:00 AM
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! — HE IS AND SHALL BE!
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС! — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ!
Dobro došo, Hriste! (drugi deo)
Iz ljubavi žarke, Care svih krasota,
Ti ostavi blesak krasnih heruvima,
U pećinu siđe ljudskoga života
C buktinjom i mirom očajnim ljudima.
Ustraši se zemlja: kako da T’ održi?
Dobro došo, Hriste. Tebe nebo drži!
Devica prekrasna davno Ti se nada,
Zemlja Ti ju diže da se kroz nju spustiš
S visokog prestola, iz nebeskog grada,
Da doneseš zdravlje, grehe da otpustiš.
O device sveta, kadilnice zlatna,
Slava ti i hvala, mati blagodatna!
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Please pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters.
Litany of Fervent Supplication: HELEN BROWN (home); GLADYS HODYNSKI (Absolute); PETER VRANJES; KAREN KOVACEVIC; DEBORAH ADYMY (Pgh); Matushka LAURA SCHMIDT (PA); ANNA WEAVER; MARY DANAKAS; TIJANA TIMATYOS (Chicago) WADE (VLADIMIR) McFARLAND (rehab); JOVANA MARJANOVIC; DUSAN KANTAR; KIMBERLY HENSLEY; TANJA TRIFKOVIC; KATIE RAPASKY; SCOTT & MAXINE SMATLAK (PA); JOHN CIPOLLA Jr: MELANIE ROZWOOD; ANNA SREMCEVIC; CARLY SERRA; LAUREN TASSEFF; LORRAINE ROWLEY (NC); GORDANA NENADOVIC (FL); MIRJANA PAVLICA; GEORGENE STEVANOFF (Orch Hts)); RESA WILLIAMSON (CO); MILKA KARLOVIC; PAUL JUST (NC); OLGA TRACY (TX); SHARON LUTHER (FL); HELEN & EDMUND BIGGS; MICHALENE CONTI (FL); DRAGAN REZNICAK (W.Va); MARTHA PAVLAKIS; STOJAN KOSOVAC (Hamilton); ANNABELLE SAUER; ANNA TONARELY (FL); MILENKO ZDJELAR; ERIKA TIEM (Germany); CARL HEINZ BLASHKE (Germany); DUSAN CURUVIJA; TAMARA SPASOJEVIC (Chicago).
Proskomedia: EVELYN & VLADIMIR POPOVIC; FR GEORGE ASWAD; FR. JOHN NEHREBECKI; FR. DAVID VERNAK; FR ZVONIMIR KOTORCEVIC; FR GEORGE YATSKO; FR. ROMAN BRAGA (MI); PAULA HUGHES; NADINE DeMARCO; JOHN & JOAN MUNICH; MILAN PAJIC; LJUPKA PALAVESTRA; KELLY PAVICH; CHRISTINE KMITCH (FL); DAN BOLAM; MARSHA YUNKE; FR. RASTKO; BILJANA OPACIC; KATHERINE LIPPARD; TONIKA TODOROVICH; STEPHEN TODOROVICH; MILE ZDJELAR; DANIEL PAVICHEVICH (CA) VLADIMIR JOVIC; VALU TUMPALOFF; NICOLE DICIOCCIO; JOHN LABOVSKY; MILKA BOSILKOVSKI; MICHAEL VUJAKOVICH; NADA ZDERO; NICHOLAS SKIRPAN; DANIEL METZ; KARL STEFANOVICH; JAMES & JOANN RADITIC; HELEN PARKER (Weinberg); BRANKO GUSKIC; CONRAD & MARY JEAN TOEPFER; KATHRYN FREDERICK; DAVID PRELJEVA; JOSEPH YORK; HENRY DARMSTEDTER; ANNA VIRUET; MILAN JOVIC; STEVO SIMIC; NANCY HEALY; GEORGE & CAROL KOVACEVIC (NC); LINDA MORAN (MN); JACQUELINE FUELLHART; PATRICIA WILSON; MAURIE & JAMES JACHIMIAK; DON BIVOLCIC (AR); JOANN PANEK; VERA & MARK MARKOFF; DARINKA NEDELKOV (home); RAMON MURPHY; MATTHEW BARUSIC; VUKICA STOJANOVIC; MILENA CORHASANOVIC; PETAR TUCO; IRENE FRUHAUF; DALE HAUSER; NICHOLAS KOKOT (FrBakerMan); MOTHER ANA; BASIL KORBUT; JOHN STANZ; LYDIA SALEH; VIDOSAVA TOSKOVIC; MISS MARY KORACH (FrBakerMan); YUBA BELICH (OrchHts); MARTIN DARMSTEDTER; LEISELOTTE SILJEGOVIC; DRAGANA SALOM (IL); ROBERT SETTER; CHRISANTE GASSETT; ZARKA POPOVIC (CA); ROBERT BOLLER; WAYNE & 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); LEISA WHEELER; DIANE & RONALD KUKAVICA; MILJAN VANOVAC; MIKI STIPANOVICH (IN); RICHARD WYSE; ARLENE SCHMITZ; PETER MITICH; DUSKO VANOVAC; ANASTASIA HILES (PA); CATHY SMILINIC; OLGA YANDRICH (Pgh); 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.