Volume 50; Number 31 August 17, 2014
THE SEVEN HOLY YOUTHS OF EPHESUS
There was a great persecution of Christians during the reign of Decius. The emperor himself came to Ephesus and there arranged a boisterous and noisy celebration in honor of the lifeless idols as well as a terrible slaughter of Christians. Seven young men, soldiers, refrained from the impure offering of sacrifices and they earnestly prayed to the one God to save the Christian people. They were the sons of the most influential elders of Ephesus and their names were Maximilian, Jamblichus, Martin [Martinian], John, Dionysius, Exacustodianus, and Antonin [Antoninus]. When they were accused before the emperor, they retreated to a hill outside Ephesus called Celion and there they hid in a cave. When the emperor learned of this, he commanded that the cave be sealed off. However, God according to His far-reaching Providence caused a miraculous and long-lasting sleep to fall upon the young men. The imperial courtiers, Theodore and Rufinus, secret Christians, built in that wall a copper sarcophagus with lead plaques on which were written the names of these young men and their martyr’s death during the reign of Emperor Decius. More than two hundred years then passed. During the reign of Emperor Theodosius the Younger (408-450 A.D.), there was a great dispute about the resurrection. There were some that doubted the resurrection. Emperor Theodosius was in great sorrow as a result of this dispute among the faithful and prayed to God that He, in some way, would reveal the truth to men. At that time of turmoil in the Church some sheepherders of Adolius, who owned the hill Celion began to build pens for the sheep and removed stone after stone from that cave. The youths then awakened from their sleep young and healthy, the same as when they fell asleep. The news of this miracle was spread abroad on all sides so that even Theodosius himself came with a great entourage and with delight conversed with the youths. After a week, they again fell into the sleep of death to await the general resurrection. Emperor Theodosius wanted to place their bodies in gold sarcophagi but they appeared to him in a dream and told him to leave them in the earth as they were laid out.
Holy Bishop Nikolaj, Prolog
READINGS FOR Today 10th Sunday after Pentecost/Nedelja 10 po Duhovima
Epistle: 1 Cor. 4:9-16; Gospel: St. Matthew 17:14-23
Sveti Sedam Otroka u Efesu
Veliko gonjenje hrišćana beše za vreme cara Dekija. Sam car dođe u Efes, i tu priredi hučno i bučno praznovanje u čast mrtvih idola ali i grozan pokolj hrišćana. Sedam mladića, vojnika, uzdržaše se od skvernog žrtvoprinošenja, i usrdno se moljahu Bogu jedinome da spase rod hrišćanski. Oni behu sinovi najuglednijih starešina Efeskih, i njihova imena behu: Maksimilijan Jamvlih, Martinijan, Jovan, Dionisije, Ekzakustodijan i Antonin. Kada i oni behu optuženi kod cara, oni se skloniše na jedno brdo iza Efesa, zv. Ohlon, i tu se skriše u nekoj pećini. Kad to car sazna, naredi, da se pećina zazida. Bog pak po dalekosežnom promislu Svome pusti na mladiće jedan čudnovat i dugotrajan san. Carski dvorjani, Teodor i Rufin, potajni hrišćani, dadoše uzidati i jedan kovčežić od bakra sa olovnim pločama, na kojima behu ispisana imena ovih mladića i njihova mučenička smrt u vreme cara Dekija. Prošlo je od tada preko 200 godina. U vreme cara Teodosija Mlađeg (408 – 450) nasta veliki spor oko vaskrsenja mrtvih. Jer behu neki što posumnjaše u vaskrsenje. I car Teodosije beše u velikoj žalosti zbog toga spora među vernim; i moljaše se Bogu car, da bi Bog nekim načinom objavio istinu ljudima. U to vreme bure u crkvi čobani nekog Adolija, koji posedovaše brdo Ohlon, počeše praviti torove za ovce, i uzimahu kamen po kamen od one pećine. Tada se otroci probudiše odsna, mladi i zdravi kakvi su i zaspali. I to se čudo razglasi na sve strane, te i sam Teodosije dođe sa velikom svitom i s umilenjem razgovaraše s mladićima. Posle nedelju dana oni ponovo zasnuše snom mrtvim, da čekaju opšte vaskrsenje. Car htede da položi tela njihova u zlatne kovčege, ali mu se oni na snu javiše i rekoše mu, da ih ostavi na zemlji kako su bili i polegali.
READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: 1 Cor. 9:2-12; Gospel: St. Matthew 18:23-35.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are: FR. MILAN ZOBENICA; DONALD CRANDALL (requested by Sam Cugalj); JOHN FRUEHAUF (requested by Irene Fruehauf); and all victims of violence and natural disasters. May their memory be eternal!
WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE DORMITION FAST which continues until the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, August 28. The Dormition Fast is one of four major fast periods in the Orthodox Church. Great Lent, the Nativity Fast, and the Apostles Fast are the other three major periods of fasting. Serious Orthodox believers fast with joyful anticipation. Serious Orthodox Christians firmly believe in the value of fasting. Serious Orthodox Christians consider fast periods as times to redirect life toward the Kingdom of God. The Dormition Fast concerns itself with the Mother of God. Out of all women, in all centuries, Mary was chosen to give birth to Jesus Christ. She has an unprecedented and unduplicated relationship with Jesus Christ. The Dormition Fast is an opportunity for Orthodox Christians to seriously contemplate the Mother of God. (Fr. Rodney Torbic)
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY OCTOBER 12 is the date for the blessing of our new frescoes. Please mark your calendars and join us as we welcome our diocesan hierarch, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan. More news on this event will be forthcoming.
SHADELAND Five of our St. Stephen students participated in the Tambura Week program at the Diocesan Day celebration at Shadeland last Sunday. Pictured here are Cate Munich, Taylor Delmont, Cara Jernigan and Brennan Hughes with Fr. Rastko. Jason Delmont is missing from the photo.
TAMMIE NEWS. The Tammies will be starting up on Monday, September 8 at 6:00 PM. Juniors – age 5 and up will start at 6:00. Seniors at 6:45. Tammies at 7:30. We will be starting a new Tammie group this year ages 8 and up. Any questions, please call Stacey at 648-1604
The Federation of Circles of Serbian Sisters of the Diocese invite all to attend their Slava, Dormition of the Theotokos, which they will be celebrating on Thursday, August 28 at the St. George Church in Midland, PA.
LAWN MOWING Volunteers are needed to mow the lawn. Call Mike Munich (648-9069).
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.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: SUNDAY, August 17 through SUNDAY, August 24, 2014;
We fast every day this week. It is the Dormition Fast.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
Monday Vespers 6 PM; Parish Council Meeting 7 PM.
Tuesday Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration (Preobrazenje) 9:30 AM; Blessing of grapes and other fruit on this day.
Saturday Vespers 7 PM.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
August 28 Feast of the The Falling Asleep of the Mother of God; Velika Gospojina
August 28 Eastern Region Diocesan KSS Slava celebration in Midland, PA
September 7 Church School registration
September 8 Tammies rehearsals resume
September 14 Annual Sv. Ilija KOLO TEA
October 12 Fresco Blessing by Bishop Mitrophan
TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
Festal Troparion – Tone 7 You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Your everlasting light shine upon us sinners. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O giver of light, glory to Thee.
Festal Kontakion – Tone 7 On the mountain were You transfigured, O Christ God, and Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see; so that when they would see You crucified, they would understand that Your suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Your are truly the Radiance of the Father!
Tropar, glas 7. Preobrazio si se na gori, Hriste Bože, pokazavši učenicima Svojim slavu Svoju, koliko su mogli da podnesu. Neka zasija i nama grešnima Tvoja večna svetlost, molitvama presvete Bogorodice, Davaoče Svetlosti, slava Tebi!
Kondak, glas 7. Na gori si se preobrazio, i koliko su mogli da podnesu učenici su videli Tvoju božansku slavu, Hriste Bože, da kada su Te videli raspetog, razumeli su Tvoje voljno stradanje, i svetu su propovedali da si Ti zaista Očeva Svetlost.
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters.
Litany of Fervent Supplication: MOTHER ANA (rehab); MIRJANA PAVLICA; DOREEN SZCZESNIAK; IRENE FRUHAUF; JAMES RADITIC; CAROLINE MAGARIS; KATIE REPASKI; STEVEN MUNICH; JOVANA MARJANOVIC; BRUNO DiCRISTOFARO; PAUL JUST (NC); KOSA OPACIC; GEORGENE STEVANOFF (OLV); MARTIN DARMSTEDTER; ANGELINE PAPPAS; ZORA PALAVESTRA; DOROTHY BARRON (Aliq.); STEPHANIE FRAUER; MARTA JASKULA MONDICH; MILDRED KOKANOVICH; BRADY McLAUGHLIN (FL); ANNA SREMCEVIC; SPENCER CALOS; KRISTIN ENGELHART; JAMES KOVACEVIC (PA); Matushka LAURA SCHMIDT (PA); SCOTT & MAXINE SMATLAK (PA); CARLY SERRA; LAUREN TASSEFF; LORRAINE ROWLEY (NC); RESA WILLIAMSON (CO); CONRAD & MARY JEAN TOEPFER; OLGA TRACY (TX); (CA); HELEN BIGGS; DRAGAN REZNICAK (W.Va); MARTHA PAVLAKIS; STOJAN KOSOVAC (Hamilton); ANNA TONARELY (FL); MILENKO ZDJELAR; ERIKA TIEM (Germany); CARL HEINZ BLASHKE (Germany); DUSAN CURUVIJA; Popadija TAMARA SPASOJEVIC (Chicago);.
Proskomedia: ANNA EVANOFF VIRUET; SVETOZAR GRGUREVICH; TANJA TRIFKOVIC; AMANDA SZCZESNIAK; DAVID PRELJEVA; MILENKO ZDJELAR SR.; STEVO JOJIC; SAM POZNANOVICH; WADE (VLADIMIR) McFARLAND; MICHALENE CONTI (FL); ANNABELLE SAUER; MELANIE ROZWOOD; MILKA KARLOVIC; DAN & MARY STOJANOVICH; VLADIMIR POPOVIC; FR LAURENCE LAZAR; FR. JOHN NEHREBECKI; FR. DAVID VERNAK; FR ZVONIMIR KOTORCEVIC; FR GEORGE YATSKO; FR. ROMAN BRAGA (MI); PAULA HUGHES; JOHN & JOAN MUNICH; MILAN PAJIC; LJUPKA PALAVESTRA; KELLY PAVICH; CHRISTINE KMITCH (FL); DAN BOLAM; MARCIA YUNKE; KATHERINE LIPPARD; STEPHEN TODOROVICH; MILE ZDJELAR; DANIEL PAVICHEVICH (CA) VLADIMIR JOVIC; VALU TUMPALOFF; NICOLE DICIOCCIO; MILKA BOSILKOVSKI; NADA ZDERO; NICHOLAS SKIRPAN; DANIEL METZ; KARL STEFANOVICH; JOANN RADITIC; HELEN PARKER (Weinberg); BRANKO GUSKIC; KATHRYN FREDERICK; ; JOSEPH YORK; HENRY DARMSTEDTER; MILAN JOVIC; STEVO SIMIC; NANCY HEALY; GEORGE & CAROL KOVACEVIC (NC); LINDA MORAN (MN); JACQUELINE FUELLHART; PATRICIA WILSON; MAURIE & JAMES JACHIMIAK; JOANN PANEK; VERA & MARK MARKOFF; DARINKA NEDELKOV (home); RAMON MURPHY; MATTHEW BARUSIC; VUKICA STOJANOVIC; MILENA CORHASANOVIC; DALE HAUSER; NICHOLAS KOKOT (FrBakerMan); BASIL KORBUT; JOHN STANZ; LYDIA SALEH; VIDOSAVA TOSKOVIC; MISS MARY KORACH (FrBakerMan); YUBA BELICH (OrchHts); 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); ISO BJELANOVIC; DUSAN SAMARDZIJA; DRAZEN JOKANOVIC; MARY PARILLO (MA); WYATT & TONY LAMB; 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. 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.