February 22, 2015 Sunday Bulletin — Soyata

Volume 51; Number 8 February 22, 2015

Forgiveness Vespers

Lent actually begins at Vespers this evening. This unique service, so deep and beautiful, is ignored by so many Orthodox Christians! Yet nothing reveals better the “tonality” of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church; nowhere is better manifested its profound appeal to man.

The service begins as solemn Vespers with clergy in bright vestments. The hymns (stichira) which follow the Psalm “Lord, I have cried…” announce the coming of Lent and, beyond Lent, the approach of Pascha!

Let us begin the time of fasting in light!
Preparing ourselves for the spiritual efforts.
Let us purify our soul; let us purify our body.
As from food, let us abstain from all passion
And enjoy the virtues of the spirit,
So that perfected in time by love
We may all be made worthy to see The Passion of Christ and the Holy Pascha
In spiritual joy!

Then comes, as usual, the Entrance with the evening hymn: “O Gladsome radiance of the holy glory….” The celebrant then proceeds to the “high place” behind the altar for the proclamation of the evening Prokeimenon which always announces the end of one and the beginning of another day. This day’s Great Prokeimenon announces thus the beginning of Lent:

Turn not away Thy face from Thy servant for I am afflicted!
Hear me speedily.
Attend to my soul and deliver it!

Listen to the unique melody of this verse– to this cry that suddenly fills the church: “…for I am afflicted!”– and you will understand this starting point of Lent: the mysterious mixture of despair and hope, of darkness and light. All preparation has now come to an end. I stand before God, before the glory and the beauty of His Kingdom. I realize that I belong to it, that I have no other home, no other joy, no other goal; I also realize that I am exiled from it into the darkness and sadness of sin, “for I am afflicted!” And finally, I realize that only God can help in that affliction, that only He can “attend to my soul.” Repentance is, above everything else, a desperate call for that divine help.

Five times we repeat the Prokeimenon. And then, Lent is here! Bright vestments are put aside; lights are extinguished. When the celebrant intones the petitions for the evening litany, the choir responds in the lenten “key.” For the first time the lenten prayer of St. Ephraim accompanied by prostrations is read. At the end of the service all the faithful approach the priest and one another asking for mutual forgiveness. But as they perform this rite of reconciliation, as Lent is inaugurated by this movement of love, reunion and brotherhood, the choir sings the Paschal hymns. We will have to wander forty days through the desert of Lent. Yet at the end shines already the light of Easter, the light of the Kingdom.

Fr. Alexander Schmemann: Great Lent

Većernje oproštaja 

U stvari, Veliki post počinje sa večernjem večeras. Ova jedinstvena služba, tako duboka i divna, ne održava se u mnogim našim crkvama! Nema ničeg što bi bolje otkrivalo tananost Velikog posta u Pravoslavnoj Crkvi. Nigde nije bolje izvršen apel Crkve na čoveka.

Sveštenici u svetlim odeždama počinju svečano večernje bogosluženje. Stihira, koja sledi za Psalmom “Gospodi vozvah ” objavljuje dolazak Posta i, za Postom, dolazak Vaskrsa!

“Počnimo radosno vreme posta pripremivši se za duhovne podvige. Očistimo dušu, očistimo telo. Uzdržavajmo se kako od hrane tako i od svih strasti, naslađujući se vrlinama duha da bi se, usavršavajući se u njima sa ljubavlju, svi udostojili da u duhovnoj radosti vidimo najčasnije stradanje Hrista Boga i Sveto Vaskrsenje”.

Tada, kao i obično, dolazi “vhod” sa večernjom himnom “Svjete tihij” (Tiha svetlosti svete slave…). Sveštenik posle toga odlazi na “gornje mesto” iza Časne trpeze da bi objavio večernji Prokimen, koji uvek označava kraj jednog i početak drugog dana. Ovoga dana Veliki prokimen objavljuje početak Velikog posta.

“Ojađen sam.

Nemoj da od svoga sluge okreneš lice čuj me odmah.

Ojađen sam. Nemoj da od svoga sluge

okreneš lice”.

Treba poslušati jedinstvenu melodiju ovog stiha – krik koji odjednom ispunjava Crkvu: “…jer sam ojađen” – i shvatiti ovaj početni momenat posta: tajanstvenu pomešanost beznađa i nade, tame i svetlosti. Sada su sve pripreme završene. Stojimo pred Bogom, pred slavom i lepotom Njegovog Carstva. Svesni smo da mu pripadamo, da nemamo drugog doma, druge radosti, drugog cilja. Takođe, shvatamo da smo iz njega isterani u tamu i tugu greha, da smo “ojađeni”. Pokajanje je iznad svega drugog očajnički poziv za božanskom pomoći.

Pet puta ponavljamo prokimen. I Post je tu. Svetle odežde su odložene, svetla su pogašena. Sveštenik čita molbe iz večernje jektenije, a hor odgovara u “posnom tonu”. Prvi put se čita molitva Sv. Jefrema i nju prate veliki pokloni. Na kraju službe svi vernici pristupaju svešteniku i uzajamno jedno od drugog mole oproštaj. Ali dok oni obavljaju ovaj ritual pomirenja, dok je Veliki post objavljen izlivima ljubavi, jedinstva i bratstva, hor peva Pashalne stihire. Predstoji nam da lutamo 40 dana po pustinji Velikog posta. Ali na kraju sija svetlost vaskrsa, svetlost Carstva Božijeg.

o. Aleksandar Šmeman, Veliki Post

READINGS FOR Today Cheesefare Sunday, Expulsion from paradise, Forgiveness
Epistle: Romans 13:11-14:4;        Gospels: St Matt. 6:14-21.

READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40, 12:1-2; Gospel: St John 1:43-51.

Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are JOHN BUTZ (Chicago); MARTHA CIMECA (req. by Ann Weaver); ROSA DAMJANOVIC (req. by family: and all recent victims of disasters, epidemics and war.

FISH FRIES are again being sponsored by our parish. Please come and support this effort, which will run every Friday until April 3, from 4–7 PM. Bring your friends!

Today is MISSION SUNDAY. A special collection will be taken to benefit the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Also, our children will receive their Mission Coin Boxes today in Church School to collect donations during Great Lent. Please see the OCMC Mission Sunday bulletin insert.

High School class Lenten Collections begin next Sunday. Please see the bulletin insert that tells us which items are being collected on each Sunday during Great Lent. Fasting time is also the time for almsgiving.

Please join our HOLY WEEK CHOIR that rehearses Fridays after the Akathist service. Help to beautify our Holy Week services, and sing praises to our Lord as He sacrifices Himself for us. Singers of all ages are welcome.

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 22 through SUNDAY, March 1, 2015.

Cheese-fare today. Pure Week, strict fasting is prescribed Monday through Friday. Saturday is ordinary fasting.

Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Cheese-fare Sunday; Forgiveness Sunday; Mission Sunday Special Collection; Forgiveness Vespers 5 PM.

Monday Grand Compline and Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6 PM

Tuesday Grand Compline and Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6 PM

Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy CANCELLED

Thursday Grand Compline and Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6 PM

Friday Fish Fry 4 to 7 PM; Small Compline & Akathist 7 PM; Holy Week Choir rehearsal.

Saturday Theodore Saturday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Vespers & Confession 6 PM

Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Sunday of Orthodoxy. Pan Orthodox Vespers Ss Peter & Paul Church, Buffalo, 5 PM.

 

Check our website calendar for any last minute changes in scheduling.

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: Nancy Hutnyan (BufGen); 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;  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.

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