Volume 51; Number 10 March 8, 2015
Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica
Gregory’s father was an eminent official at the court of Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus. The gifted Gregory, completing his secular studies, did not want to enter the service of the imperial court, but withdrew to the Holy Mountain and was tonsured a monk. He lived a life of asceticism in the Monastery of Vatopedi and the Great Lavra. He led the struggle against the heretic Barlaam and finally defeated him. He was consecrated as Metropolitan of Thessalonica in the year 1347. He is glorified as an ascetic, a theologian, a hierarch and a miracle-worker. The Most-holy Theotokos, St. John the Theologian, St. Demetrius, St. Anthony the Great, St. John Chrysostom and angels of God appeared to him at different times. He governed the Church in Thessalonica for thirteen years, of which he spent one year in slavery under the Saracens in Asia. He entered peacefully into rest in the year 1360, and took up his habitation in the Kingdom of Christ. His relics repose in Thessalonica, where a beautiful church is dedicated to him.
The second time Gregory secluded himself in a monastery he was writing his Principles of Orthodoxy. On the eve of the Feast of St. Anthony the Great, the monks summoned him to the all-night vigil service, but he remained at his work in the cell while all the brethren went to church. St. Anthony suddenly appeared to him and said: “Perfect stillness is good, but sometimes it is necessary to be with the brethren.” Convinced by this revelation, Gregory immediately went into church to the joy of all the monks.
Holy Bishop Nikolaj, Prolog
Sv. Grigorije Palama arhiepiskop Solunski.
Otac Grigorijev bio znatan činovnik na dvoru cara Andronika II Paleologa. Daroviti Grigorije svršivši svetske nauke ne hte poći na dvorsku službu nego se udalji u Svetu Goru i zamonaši. Podvizavao se u Vatopedu i Lavri. Vodio borbu sa jeretikom Varlamom i najzad ga pobedio. Posvećen za mitropolita Solunskog 1347. god. Proslavljen i kao podvižnik, i kao bogoslov, i kao jerarh, i kao čudotvorac. Javljali mu se naizmenično: Presveta Bogorodica, sv. Jovan Bogoslov, sv. Dimitrije, sv. Antonije Veliki, sv. Zlatoust, angeli Božji. Upravljao crkvom Solunskom 13 godina, od kojih jednu godinu proveo u ropstvu kod Saracena u Aziji. Upokojio se mirno 1360. god. i preselio u carstvo Hristovo. Mošti mu počivaju u Solunu, gde se nalazi i krasna crkva njegovog imena.
Drugi put Grigorije se zatvorio bio u jednom manastiru i tu pisao svoja Načela Pravoslavlja. U oči dana sv. Antonija Velikog pozovu ga monasi na bdenije, no on ostane pri svom zanimanju u keliji. Bratija sva odu u crkvu. Na jedanput mu se javi sv. Antonije i reče: „dobro je i savršeno bezmolvije, no ponegda je neophodno i opštenje s bratijom”. Ubeđen od ovog otkrovenja Grigorije se odmah uputi u crkvu na radost svih monaha.
Sveti Vladika Nikolaj, Prolog
READINGS FOR Today Second Sunday of Lent, St. Gregory Palamas
Epistle: Heb. 1:10-2:3; Heb. 7:26-8:2; Gospels: Ss Mark 2:1-12; John 10:9-16.
READINGS For Next Sunday: Epistle: Heb. 4:14-5:6; Gospel: St Mark 8:34-9:1.
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today is the child CHRISTOPHER JERNIGAN.
A message from Fr. Rastko:
On Tuesday, March 10, [postponed to Friday, March 13] I will have surgery to remove a tumor that is pressing on my optic nerve. My doctors tell me I will be out for a minimum of six to eight weeks. Please keep me in your prayers.
U utorak, 10 marta,[odloženo do petka, 13 marta] moraću se operisati da se ukloni tumor koji pritiskuje na mome očnom živcu. Lekari mi kažu da će oporavak trajati minimum šest do osam nedelja. Molim vas setite se mene u svojim molitvama.
Serving with Fr. Rastko today are Fr. Stephen Gousios, who will be serving many of the upcoming weeks while Fr. Rastko is recuperating. Also serving is Deacon (Dr.) Mark Hoeplinger, a long standing friend of our St. Stephen community.
ST BASIL’S LITURGY is served on the Sundays of Great Lent. Follow the beautiful prayers in your prayer book. The Liturgy of St. Basil is longer, so expect everything to take more time during Lent. Parents should expect the Church School classes to end by 12:15.
The Pan Orthodox Vespers this evening at 5 PM will be served at our own St. Stephen Church. Plan on being here to welcome our friends from surrounding Orthodox parishes. Please prepare a posno dish to serve during our fellowship after the service. As always, help in the kitchen is gratefully accepted.
Immediately following the Vesper service, there will be a short Prayer Service (Moleban) for the health of Fr. Rastko.
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!
High School class Lenten Collections continue today. Today we are collecting deodorant and shampoo. Next Sunday we will collect toilet paper and bar soap. Let us remember, fasting time is also the time for almsgiving. Our goals is to collect 100 of each item. Donations to date include 30 toilet paper; 20 deodorant, 21 shampoos, 60 tuna, 65 soup cans, 8 dish detergent, 8 laundry detergent, 16 toothbrushes, 8 toothpaste, 20 bar soap, 8 spaghetti sauce & 8 # spaghetti. In addition, 30 miscellaneous food items and toiletries have been donated. May God see your generous spirit and bless you abundantly.
PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENTS OF CONFESSION AND COMMUNION is an important Lenten effort. All our parishioners are called to prepare themselves and to receive Holy Communion as often as possible. Do not wait until the last minute to come to Confession during Great Lent. Confessions are heard after Vespers each Saturday night. Appointments for Confession can be made by calling the parish home, 823-2846. On March 29, Fr. Mihailo Doder will be serving and can hear confessions in Serbian. Put Confession in your weekly schedule and plan to come on Saturday nights or at times other than on Sunday mornings. No confessions will be heard on Pascha (Easter morning).
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, March 8 through SUNDAY, March 15, 2015.
This is the third week of the fast. Regular fasting, strict fasting only on Wednesday and Friday.
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas. Pan Orthodox Vespers here at St. Stephen’s 5 PM.
Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;
Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy CANCELLED.
Friday Fish Fry 4 to 7 PM; Small Compline & Akathist CANCELLED.
Saturday Vespers & Confession 6 PM (Fr. Stephen will be serving and hearing confessions)
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Third Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Cross. Pan Orthodox Vespers at Ss. Theodore (Williamsville) 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: Popadija Nancy Hutnyan (Home); Father Thomas Hopko (PA); Father Rastko; Fr. Joseph Cervo; Metodije Damljanovic; Irene Fruhauf; Branka Sciuk; Georgene Stevanoff (OLV); Rick Zivic; Elizabeth Korbut; 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; Katie Repaski; Andrea Simich; Caroline Magaris; Paul Just; Kosa Opacic; Danica Opacic; Janice LeGresley; Eugenia Babitsch; Christine Schulz; 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: Deacon Mark Hoeplinger; 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.