Volume 51; Number 7 February 15, 2015
THE MEETING OF OUR LORD IN THE TEMPLE
The fortieth day after His birth, the All-Holy Virgin brought her Divine Son into the Temple of Jerusalem, according to the Law, to dedicate Him to God and to purify herself. (Leviticus 12:2-7; Exodus 12:2). Even though neither the one nor the other was necessary, nevertheless the Lawgiver did not, in any way, want to transgress His own Law whom He had given through Moses, His servant and prophet. At that time, the high-priest Zaccharias, the father of John the Forerunner [Precursor], was on duty in the Temple[“serving as a priest before God in the order of his division” St. Luke 1:8]. Zaccharias placed the Virgin, not in the temple area reserved for women but rather in the area reserved for virgins. On this occasion, two unusual persons appeared in the Temple: the Elder Simeon and Anna, the daughter of Phanuel. The righteous Simeon took the Messiah in his arms and said: “Now, Master, You may let Your servant go in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation” (St. Luke 2: 29-30). Simeon also spoke the following words about the Christ-child: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel” (St. Luke 2:34). Then Anna, who from her youth served God in the Temple by fasting and prayers, recognized the Messiah and glorified God and proclaimed to the inhabitants of Jerusalem about the coming of the long-awaited One. The Pharisees present in the Temple, who having seen and heard all, became angry with Zacharias because he placed the Virgin Mary in the area reserved for virgins and reported this to King Herod. Convinced that this is the new king about whom the Magi from the east spoke, Herod immediately sent his soldiers to kill Jesus. In the meantime the Holy Family had already left the city and set out for Egypt under the guidance of an angel of God.
Holy Bishop Nikolai: Prolog
U četrdeseti dan po Roždestvu donese Presveta Deva svog božanskog Sina u hram jerusalimski da Ga, shodno zakonu, posveti Bogu i sebe očisti (Levit 12, 2-7; Ishod 12, 2). Iako ni jedno ni drugo nije bilo potrebno, ipak Zakonodavac nije hteo nikako da se ogreši o Svoj Zakon, koji je On bio dao kroz Svoga slugu i proroka Mojseja. U to vreme držao je čredu u hramu prvosveštenik Zaharija, otac Jovana Preteče. On stavi Djevu Mariju ne na mesto za žene, nego na mesto za devojke u hramu. Tom prilikom pojave se u hramu dve čudne ličnosti: starac Simeon i Ana, kći Fanuilova. Pravedni starac uze na ruke svoje Mesiju i reče: “Sad otpuštaš u miru slugu svojega, Gospode, po riječi svojoj…” Još reče Simeon za Hrista Mladenca: “Gle, ovaj leži da mnoge obori i podigne u Izrailju, i da bude znak protiv koga će se govoriti” (Lk 2, 29 i 34). Ana pak koja od mladosti služaše Bogu u hramu postom i molitvama, i sama poznade Mesiju, pa proslavi Boga i objavi Jerusalimljanima o dolasku Dugočekanoga. A fariseji, prisutni u hramu, koji videše i čuše sve, rasrdiše se na Zahariju što stavi Devu Mariju na mesto za devojke, dostaviše to caru Irodu. Uveren da je to Novi Car, o kome su mu zvezdari s Istoka govorili, Irod brzo posla da ubiju Isusa. No u međuvremenu božanska porodica beše već izmakla iz grada i uputila se u Misir, po uputstvu angela Božjeg. Dan Sretenja praznovan je od samog početka, no toržestveno praznovanje ovoga dana ustanovljeno je naročito 544. godine u vreme cara Justinijana.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj, Prolog
READINGS FOR Today Sunday of the Lat Judgement & Meeting of the Lord
Epistle: 1 Cor. 8:8-9:2; Heb. 7:7-17; Gospels: St Matt. 25:31-46; St. Luke 2:22-40.
READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: 1 Cor. 8:8-9:2; Heb. 7:7-17; Gospel: St. Matt. 25:31-46; St. Luke 2:22-40.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are DUSANKA BOTIN (Serbia); MLADJEN KALAJDZIC & MILKA KUTIC (req. by Velinka Malinovic); and all recent victims of disasters, epidemics and war.
ST. SAVA SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY. Thanks to all who participated last Sunday in the special collection for the St Sava School of Theology in Libertyville. If you were absent last Sunday and would like to give your donation, it is never too late.
The TAMMIE BRUNCH has been postponed due to the weather. It will be held after Pascha. Your tickets will still be good then.
FISH FRIES will again be sponsored by our parish. Please come and support this effort, which will run for six weeks, beginning Friday, February 20, from 4–7 PM. Bring your friends!
PLAN NOW to participate in as many of the precious services that are served every evening of the first week of Great Lent, February 22 to March 1. Bring the children. You will be happy you came.
MISSION SUNDAY is next Sunday, February 22. A special collection will be taken to benefit the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Children will receive their Mission Coin Boxes to collect donations during Great Lent.
SINGERS! You are invited to sing with the Pan Orthodox Choir for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers on March 1. Rehearsal will be today at 5 PM here at St. Stephen’s.
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!
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, February 15 through SUNDAY, February 22, 2015.
Today is the last day of eating meat. Monday begins Cheese-fare Week. Dairy is prescribed all week.
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Meatfare Sunday; Feast of the Meeting of the Lord; Tammie Brunch POSTPONED! Pan Orthodox Choir 5 PM.
Monday Happy Slava to those celebrating St. Simeon today; Tammies & Dancers.
Friday First Fish Fry of the season 4 to 7 PM;
Saturday Baptism of Andrew Thauer; Vespers & Confession 6 PM
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Cheese-fare Sunday; Forgiveness Sunday; Mission Sunday Special Collection; Forgiveness Vespers 5 PM.
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.
March 1 Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Ss Peter & Paul Church 5 PM.
March 8 Pan-Orthodox Vespers here at St. Stephen Church 5 PM.
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! — HE IS AND SHALL BE!
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС! — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ!
ST. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and sisters.
Litany of Fervent Supplication: Archpriest Thomas Hopko (PA); Metodije Damljanovic; Irene Fruhauf; Branka Sciuk; Rick Zivic; Martha Masich Olka; Martin Darmstedter; Mother Ana; Ilinka Tomic; 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; Katie Repaski; Serafima Zdjelar; Caroline Magaris; Paul Just; Kosa Opacic; Danica Opacic; Georgene Stevanoff (OLV); Janice LeGresley; Eugenia Babitsch; Christine Schulz; Mary Krestos; 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); Dragan Reznicak (W.VA); Martha Pavlakis; Stojan Kosovac (Hamilton); Anna Tonarely (FL);.
Proskomedia: Helen Biggs; Jovana Marjanovic; Fr. Christopher Rocknage; Milenko Zdjelar; Erika Tiem (Germany); Carl Heinz Blashke (Germany); Dusan Curuvija; Popadija Tamara Spasojevic 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); 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.