Volume 51; Number 4 January 25, 2015
Homily on the Happiness of Zacchaeus the short
“Today, salvation has come to this house” (St. Luke 19:9).
Thus it was spoken by the One Whose word is life and joy and restoration of the righteous. Just as the bleak forest clothes itself into greenery and flowers from the breath of spring, so does every man, regardless of how arid and darkened by sin, becomes fresh and youthful from the nearness of Christ. For the nearness of Christ is as the nearness of some life-giving and fragrant balsam which restores health, increases life, give fragrance to the soul, to the thoughts and to the words of man. In other words, distance from Christ means decay and death and His nearness means salvation and life.
“Today, salvation has come to this house” said the Lord upon entering the house of Zacchaeus the sinner. Christ was the salvation that came and Zacchaeus was the house into which He entered. Brethren, each one of us is a house in which sin dwells as long as Christ is distant and to which salvation comes when Christ approaches it. Nevertheless, will Christ approach my house and your house? That depends on us. Behold, He did not arbitrarily enter the house of the sinner Zacchaeus, rather He entered as a most desired guest. Zacchaeus of little stature climbed into a tree in order to see the Lord Jesus with his own eyes. Zacchaeus, therefore, sought him; Zacchaeus desired Him. We must also seek Him in order to find Him and desire Him in order that He would draw nearer to us and, with our spirit, to climb high in order to encounter His glance. Then He will visit our house as He visited the house of Zacchaeus and with Him salvation will come.
Draw near to us O Lord, draw near and bring to us Your eternal salvation.
To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
Holy Bishop Nikolaj, Prolog
BESEDA o sreći Zakheja maloga
Danas dođe spasenije kući ovoj (Lk. 19, 9)
Tako je rekao Onaj, čija je reč život i radost, i obnovljenje pravednim. Kao što se pocrnela gora oblači u zelenilo i cvet od prolećnog daha,tako se i svaki čovek, ma koliko sasušen i zacrnjen grehom, osvežava i podmlađuje od blizine Hristove. Jer Hristova je blizina kao blizina nekog životvornog i mirisnog balsama, što povraća zdravlje, umnožava život, daje miris duši, i mislima, i rečima, Jednom rečju: udaljenost Hristova znači truljenje i smrt, a blizina Njegova znači spasenje i život.
Danas dođe spasenije kući ovoj, reče Gospod ušavši u kuću Zakheja grešnika, Hristos beše spasenje što dođe, a Zakhej beše kuća, u koju On dođe. Svaki je od nas, braćo, kuća, u kojoj stanuje greh, dok je Hristos daleko, i kojoj dolazi spasenje, kada joj se Hristos približi. Da li će se pak Hristos približiti kući mojoj i tvojoj, to zavisi od nas. Gle, On NIJE samovlasno ušao ni u kuću grešnog Zakheja, nego kao najželjeniji gost. Mali Zakhej se penjao na drvo, samr da bi video očima Gospoda Isusa. On Ga je, dakle, tražio, on Ga je želeo. I mi Ga moramo tražiti, da bismo Ga našli, i želeli Ga, da bi nam se približio, i penjati se visoko duhom svojim, da bi susreli njegov pogled. Tada će On posetiti kuću našu kao što je posetio kuću Zakhejevu. A s Njim će doći i spasenje.
Približi nam se, o Gospode, približi, i donesi i nama spasenje Tvoje večno. Tebi slava i hvala vavek. Amin.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj, Prolog
READINGS FOR Today Sunday after Theophany/Zacchaeus
Epistle: Eph. 4:7-13; Reader: Marianna Zdjelar Gospels: Ss. Matt 4:12-17; Luke 19:1-10.
READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: 2 Tim. 3:10-15; Gospel: St. Luke 18:10-14.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are HELEN MALLOY; MILENA CILLAG; YUBA BELICH; JILLIAN HENSLEY (requested by family); STEPHEN VRANJES (requested by Vivian Vranjes); STANLEY KOVACEVIC and all recent victims of disasters, epidemics and war.
PLEASE WELCOME Fr. Stephen Gousios who is again serving today along with Fr. Rastko. We are grateful that Fr. Stephen can help us out when Fr. Rastko is under the weather.
TODAY WE CELEBRATE both our temple Slava of St. Stephen, as well as the church school Slava of St. Sava. We will celebrate the St. Stephen Slava at the end of the Liturgy. The Domacini this year are Milan and Mira Ristic. We will be looking for a parishioner to step forward and accept the “domacinstvo,” to be host, of next year’s celebration. The Oath of Office for Parish Council and organizational officers will take place at the end of the Liturgy. The St. Sava Slava will be celebrated in the hall, followed by the Slava Dinner donated and prepared by the Sv. Petka Kolo, and then the St. Sava Program by our Church School students, and our Tammie and Dancers. A Happy Slava to all! Sretna Slava!
The funeral service for Milena Popovich (Cillag) will be held Saturday, February 7 at 10am, Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. Interment at Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston, NY with a reception following at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. Parastos service will be held on Sunday, February 8th, after the Divine Liturgy, St Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, NY. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218.
HOME BLESSINGS are now re-scheduled to begin Tuesday, February 3. You will receive a schedule in the mail. Fr. Rastko will call in the evening prior to coming to your home.
LITTLE FALCONS The latest issue of Little Falcons children’s magazine is available for $2. Parents should purchase them for their children. The theme of the current issue is Holy Canons!
A senior from the International Preparatory School was shot and killed in front of his home in Riverside, not far from our Serbian Club. Vice Principal Danielle Cugalj has told us the school is accepting donations from the greater Western, NY community to create a memorial to him. Envelopes for donations are at the Tutors stand for those wishing to donate. Make out checks to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, with the words “Memorial-School” on the front. Our parish will forward any monies collected in memory of the student.
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, January 25 through SUNDAY, February 1, 2015.
There is fasting Wednesday and Friday of this week.
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; St. Stephen & St. Sava slava celebrations, swearing in of officers for 2015; Dinner and St. Sava Program.
Monday Tammies & Dancers
Tuesday St. Sava Divine Liturgy 10 AM.
Saturday Vespers & Confession 6 PM
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 14 Saturday of the Souls; Zadusnice; DIvine Liturgy 10 AM
February 15 Annual Tammie Brunch
February 20 First Parish Fish Fry, Fridays during Lent. Details to follow
February 22 Forgiveness Sunday
February 23 First Day of Great Lent; Great Canon of St. Andrew and Pre-Sanctified Liturgy served during this solemn first week of Great Lent. All are encouraged to attend.
God is REVEALED! — Indeed He is REVEALED!
BOG se JAVI! — Vaistinu se JAVI!
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters.
Litany of Fervent Supplication: Archpriest Thomas Hopko (PA); Metodije Damljanovic; Branka Sciuk (Gates); Irene Fruhauf (StJoe’s); Rick Zivic; Martha Masich Olka; Martin Darmstedter; Mother Ana; Rebecca Todd; Alexandra Lapchuk (NJ); Boranka Kajtaz (Banjaluka); Andrew Wojtaszczyk; Sam Poznanovich; Mary Ann Tomich (PA); Dan & Marilyn Wilson; Lauren Tasseff; Leisa Wheeler; John Butz (IL); Fr. Joseph Cervo; Fr. Christopher Rocknage; Katie Repaski; Serafima Zdjelar; Caroline Magaris; Paul Just; Kosa Opacic; Danica Opacic; Georgene Stevanoff (OLV); Christine Schulz; Mary Krestos; Jovana Marjanovic; Angeline Pappas; Zora Palavestra; Stephanie Frauer; Marta Jaskula Mondich; Mildred Kokanovich; Brady Mclaughlin (FL); John Schmitz; Spencer Calos; Kristin Engelhart; James Kovacevic (PA); Scott & Maxine Smatlak (PA); Carly Serra; Conrad & Mary Jean Toepfer; Linda Moran (MN); 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: Natalie Hawkins; David Preljeva; Susan McLaughlin; Doreen Szczesniak Mirjana Pavlica; Steven Munich; James & Joann Raditic; Anna Evanoff Viruet; Svetozar Grgurevich; Tanja Trifkovic; Amanda Szczesniak; Milenko Zdjelar Sr.; Stevo Jojic; Wade (Vladimir) McFarland; Michalene Conti (FL); Annabelle Sauer; Melanie Rozwood; Milka Karlovic; Dan & Mary Stojanovich; Vladimir Popovic; Fr Laurence Lazar; Fr. John Nehrebecki; Fr Zvonimir Kotorcevic; Fr George Yatsko; Fr. Roman Braga (MI); Fr. Stephen Gousios; 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; Branko Guskic; Kathryn Frederick; ; Joseph York; Henry Darmstedter; Milan Jovic; Stevo Simic; Nancy Healy; George & Carol Kovacevic (NC); Jacqueline Fuellhart; Patricia Wilson; Maurie & James Jachimiak; Joann Panek; Vera & Mark Markoff; Darinka Nedelkov; Ramon Murphy; Matthew Barusic; Vukica Stojanovic; Milena Corhasanovic; Dale Hauser; Basil Korbut; John Stanz; Vidosava Toskovic; Miss Mary Korach (FrBakerMan); 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); Diane & Ronald Kukavica; Miljan Vanovac; Richard Wyse; Arlene Schmitz; Peter Mitich; Dusko Vanovac; Anastasia Hiles (PA); Olga Yandrich (Pgh); Stephen Engle; Dorothy Baron (PA); Danielle Williams; Patricia Maletich (OH); Richard Carney; Vlado, Jennifer, Peter 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.