Volume 51; Number 13 March 29, 2015
ST MARY OF EGYPT
Our holy mother Mary was born in Egypt. She had left her parents at the age of twelve to go to Alexandria, where she spent the next seventeen years in debauchery and the greatest profligacy. Living on charity and linen-weaving, she nevertheless offered her body to any man, not being forced to it by dire necessity as were so many poor women, but as though she were consumed by the fire of a desire that nothing was able to appease.
One day, seeing a crowd of Lybians and Egyptians moving towards the port, she followed them and set sail with them for Jerusalem, offering her body to pay her fare. When they arrived in the Holy City, she followed the crowd that was thronging towards the Church of the Resurrection, it being the day of the Exaltation of the Cross. But, when she reached the threshold of the church, an invisible force prevented her entering in spite of repeated efforts on her part, although the other pilgrims were able to go in without hindrance. Left alone in a corner of the narthex, she began to realize that it was the impurity of her life that was preventing her approaching the holy Wood. She burst into tears and smote her breast and, seeing an icon of the Mother of God, made this prayer to her: “O Sovereign Lady, who didst bear God in the flesh, I know that I should not dare to look upon thine icon, thou who are pure in soul and body, because, debauched as I am, I must fill thee with disgust. But, as the God born of thee became man in order to call sinners to repentance, come to my aid! Allow me to go into the church and prostrate before His Cross. And, as soon as I have seen the Cross, I promise that I will renounce the world and all pleasures, and follow the path of salvation that thou willest to show me.”
She felt herself suddenly freed from the power that had held her and was able to enter the church. There she fervently venerated the Holy Cross and then, returning to the icon of the Mother of God, declared herself ready to follow the path that the Virgin would show her. A voice replied to her from on high: “If you cross the Jordan, you will find rest.”
Leaving the church, she bought three loaves with the alms a pilgrim had given her, discovered which road led to the Jordan and arrived one evening at the Church of Saint John the Baptist. After having washed in the river, she received Communion in the Holy Mysteries, ate half of one of the loaves and went to sleep on the riverbank. The next morning, she crossed the river and lived from that time on in the desert, remaining there for forty-seven years without ever encountering either another human being or any animal.
During the first seventeen years, her clothes soon having fallen into rags, burning with heat by day and shivering with cold by night, she fed on herbs and wild roots. But more than the physical trials, she had to face violent assaults from the passions and the memory of her sins and, throwing herself on the ground, she implored the Mother of God to come to her aid. Protected by God, who desires nothing but that the sinner should turn to Him and live, she uprooted all the passions from her heart by means of this extraordinary ascesis, and was able to turn the fire of carnal desire into a flame of divine love that made it possible for her to endure the implacable desert with joy, as though she were not in the flesh.
Read the rest of the inspiring life of St. Mary of Egypt at http://lent.goarch.org/saint_mary_of_egypt/learn/
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today are Protopresbyter THOMAS HOPKO; JILLIAN HENSLEY (req by family); MICHAEL & CATHERINE MUNICH, TOM SHEA (req by Michael & Stephen Munich); STANLEY, NICHOLAS, LEONARD, BEATRICE, JOVO & ANNA (req by Karen Kovacevic) and all recent victims of natural disasters, epidemics and war.
Fr. Rastko continues to improve after his surgery, and he is resting and progressing toward health at home. Thank you for your cards and calls. Visiting Fr. Rastko is discouraged during his recuperation; however, he’s thinking about all of you each day, and is grateful for all of you at St. Stephen’s. God bless you all.
Serving for Fr. Rastko today is Proto Mihajlo Doder, retired parish priest from our Mississauga parish in Ontario. We are pleased and honored to have Fr. Mihajlo with us today. Proto will be with us on Pascha-Vaskrs to serve the Divine Liturgy- Welcome, Proto Mihajlo!
THE LAST FISH FRY will be held at our parish Friday April 3rd, from 4–7 PM. We have had excellent attendance from our community. If you haven’t been to one of our Fish Fries, this is your last chance! Join us!
FLOWERS FOR THE TOMB OF CHRIST and CANDLES Donations are being accepted at the Tutor’s Stand. Pascha (Easter) is coming quickly. Make your donation today to help beauty our Church for this great Feast! Thank you!
High School class Lenten Collections continue today. Today we are collecting tooth paste and tooth brushes.. Next Sunday we will collect dish and laundry detergent. Let us remember, fasting time is also the time for almsgiving. THE FINAL COUNT of items collected will be listed on Pascha-Vaskrs. May God see your good works and bless you all 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. 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).
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR OUR UPCOMING HOLY DAYS
Saturday April 4–10 AM – Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy. Confession will be heard in both Serbian and English beginning at 9 AM
5 PM – Vrbica-Procession with Pussy willows immediately followed by Vespers of Palm Sunday (Confessions heard in both Serbian & English)
Sunday, April 5 –10 AM Divine Liturgy for Palm Sunday. Confessions will be heard in both Serbian and English beginning at 9 AM. Please call the parish home to say if you will come to Confession on Sunday morning.
Tuesday, April 7–10 AM Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation. Blagovesti.
Services will be held on Holy Wednesday, April 8th (Holy Unction service, 7 PM); Holy Thursday, April 9th (Divine Liturgy 10 AM & Passion Gospels 7 PM); Great and Holy Friday, April 10th (Vespers 3 PM & Matins and Lamentations 7 PM); Great and Holy Saturday April 11 (Divine Liturgy with the reading of the 15 Old Testament readings at 10 AM); Paschal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 12th at 10 AM.
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 at every Divine Liturgy. (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.
SUNDAY, March 29 through SUNDAY, April 5, 2015.
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Confessions at 9:00 AM in both Serbian & Englsih. Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.
Pan Orthodox Vespers at St. George, Buffalo.
Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM;
Friday Last Fish Fry 4 to 7 PM; HOLY WEEK CHOIR REHEARSAL WILL BE HELD at 7 PM
Saturday 10 AM Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday. Fr. Thomas Kazich, our honored guest, will be serving, and will hear confessions at 9 AM in either Serbian or English.
5 PM Vrbice Procession with willows, children receive bells and wear them in Church. Vespers & Confession follow Vrbice, with confessions heard in either Serbian or English
Sunday Divine Liturgy and Church School 10 AM; Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday. Antiphon practice at 9:30 AM for Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy. Vespers will be held at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Niagara Falls, Ont.
33. PANTELEIMON COMMITTEE
Pray for the health of all our ailing brothers and
Litany of Fervent Supplication: Fr. John Tkachuk; Paula Hughes; Sofia Wuslich; Father Rastko (Home); Popadija Nancy Hutnyan; Fr. Joseph Cervo; Archmandrite Roman Braga (MI); 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; 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. 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.