St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia
June 12, 2022

Sunday Bulletin - June 12, 2022
HOLY FEAST OF PENTECOST - EIGHTH SUNDAY OF PASCHA
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 10 a.m.
 
 In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also the celebration of the beginning: it is the “birthday” of the Church as the presence among us of the Holy Spirit, of the new life in Christ, of grace, knowledge, adoption to God and holiness.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, June 12th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Gregory (Kauriga) on his retirement by Sokoluk Family
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Alexandra (Martin) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Judith (Le Blanc) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
George (Reeves) on his 4th birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion on passing into eternal life 
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) by Veres Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
+Frank Alexander (Sokoluk) on birthday by Sokoluk Family
+Timko (Prokopczek) by Mr. Dennis Starr
 
Please remember in prayers the newly departed students and teachers, as well as the entire community of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of departed servant of God, +Frank Alexander (Sokoluk) on birthday, by Sokoluk Family Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Pentecost, Troparion, Tone VIII —Blessed art Thou, Christ our God, Who didst make the fishermen wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. Lover of men, glory to Thee. 
 
Kontakion, Tone VIII — When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity. And with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.
 
EPISTLE ACTS 2:1-11 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
 
GOSPEL JOHN 7:37-52; 8:12 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him. Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed. Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them) said to them, Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing? They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee." Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 June
  • Sunday June 12th Holy Feast of Pentecost Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday June 19th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Sunday June 26th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday July 3rd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
 
Apostles' Fast begins Monday June 20th through July 11th
Holy Feast of Apostles Saints Peter and Paul is Tuesday July 12, 2022 more details will be forthcoming.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Venerable Isaac, Founder of Dalmátos Monastery at Constantinople Commemorated May 30 / June 12 Saint Isaac lived during the IV century, received the monastic tonsure and pursued ascetic labors in the desert. During the reign of Emperor Valens (364-378), a zealous adherent of the Arian heresy, there was a persecution of the Orthodox, and churches were closed and destroyed. Hearing of the persecution, Saint Isaac left the wilderness and went to Constantinople to (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Hermas of the Seventy Commemorated May 31 / June 13 The Holy Apostle Hermas was a bishop in Philippopolis, Thrace. He was a Greek, but he spent some time in Rome. The holy Apostle Paul greets him in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom 16:14). The Apostle Hermas endured (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Justin the Philosopher and those with him at Rome Commemorated June 01 / June 14 The Holy Martyr Justin the Philosopher was born around 114 at Sychem, an ancient city of Samaria. Justin’s parents were pagan Greeks. From his childhood the saint displayed intelligence, love for knowledge and a fervent devotion to the knowledge of Truth. When he came of age he studied the various schools of Greek philosophy: the Stoics, the Peripatetics, the Pythagoreans, the Platonists, and he concluded that none of (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Nikēphóros the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople Commemorated June 02 / June 15 Saint Nikēphóros was a dignitary at the court of the Empress Irene (797-802). After embracing monasticism, he became widely known for his piety. He assumed the Patriarchal Throne of  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Lucillian and those who suffered with him at Byzantium Commemorated June 03 / June 16 Saint Lucillian was a pagan priest during the reign of the Roman emperor Aurelian (270-275). In his old age he became persuaded of the falseness of the pagan religion, and with all his heart he turned to the faith in Christ the Savior, and was baptized. Under the influence of his preaching many pagans were converted to Christianity. Then certain Jews, seeing that (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Metrophanes, first Patriarch of Constantinople Commemorated June 04 / June 17 Saint Metrophanes, Patriarch of Constantinople, was a contemporary of Saint Constantine the Great (306-337). His father, Dometius, was a brother of the Roman emperor Probus (276-282). Seeing the falseness of the pagan religion, Dometius came to believe in Christ. During a time of terrible persecution of Christians at (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre Commemorated June 05 / June 18 The Hieromartyr Dorotheus was bishop of the Phoenician city of Tyre, during the time of the persecution against Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). Heeding the words of the Gospel (Mt.10:23), the saint withdrew from Tyre and hid from the persecutors. He returned to Tyre during the reign of Saint Constantine the (read more by clicking link)
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during the Apostles' Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Apostles' Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
 
June 5, 2022

Sunday Bulletin - June 5, 2022
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF PASCHA - THE FATHERS OF THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 10 a.m.
 
On the seventh Sunday of Pascha, we commemorate the holy God-bearing Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. The Commemoration of the First Ecumenical Council has been celebrated by the Church of Christ from ancient times. 
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, June 5th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Alexandra (Martin) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Judith (Le Blanc) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
George (Reeves) on his 4th birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion on passing into eternal life 
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) by Karen and Greg Zukowsky
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
+Frank Alexander (Sokoluk) on 11th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
 
Please remember in prayers the newly departed students and teachers, as well as the entire community of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of departed servant of God, +Frank Alexander (Sokoluk) on 11th anniversary of his passing into eternal life, by Sokoluk Family Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Sunday of the Holy Fathers, Troparion, Most glorious art Thou, O Christ our God, Who didst establish our fathers, as torch-bearers on earth and through them didst guide us all to the true faith. Most Compassionate One, glory to Thee. 
 
Kontakion, The preaching of the Apostles, and the dogmas of the fathers, confirmed the one faith of the Church. And wearing the garment of truth, woven from heavenly theology, she rightly dispenses and glorifies the great mystery of piety.
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VI —The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead: glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Thou Who didst call Thy mother blessed / came of Thine own will to the passion. / Shining on the cross, desiring to recall Adam, Thou didst say to the angels: / "Rejoice with Me, for the lost coin has been found." / Thou Who hast ordered all things in wisdom, / O our God, glory to Thee! (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, When Christ God, the Giver of Life, / raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, / He bestowed resurrection on the human race. / He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.
 
EPISTLE ACTS 20:16-18, 28-36 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost. From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them: "You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'  And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
 
GOSPEL JOHN 17:1-13 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 June
  • Sunday June 5th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday June 12th Holy Feast of Pentecost Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday June 19th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Sunday June 26th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
 
Apostles' Fast begins Monday June 20th through July 11th
Holy Feast of Apostles Saints Peter and Paul is Tuesday July 12, 2022 more details will be forthcoming.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Synaxis of the Saints of Rostov Commemorated May 23 / June 5 The celebration of the Synaxis of the Rostov and Yaroslav Saints on May 23 was established by resolution of His Holiness Patriarch Alexis I (+ 1970) and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Simeon Stylites the Younger of Wonderful Mountain Commemorated May 24 / June 6 Saint Simeon the Stylite was born in the year 521 in Antioch, Syria of pious parents John and Martha. From her youth Saint Martha (July 4) prepared herself for a life of virginity and longed for monasticism, but her parents insisted that she marry John. After ardent prayer in a church dedicated to Saint John the Forerunner, the future nun was directed in a vision (read more by clicking link)
  • Third Finding of the Honorable Head of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John Commemorated May 25 / June 7 The Third Discovery of the Venerable Head of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John occurred in about the year 850 (see the account of the First and Second Discoveries on February 24). The head of Saint John the Forerunner was first found on the Mount of Olives, where it had been hidden by  (read more by clicking link)
  • Greatmartyr George the New at Sofia, Bulgaria Commemorated May 26 / June 8 The Holy Martyr George the New was born into an illustrious Bulgarian family, living in the capital city of Bulgaria, Sredets (now the city of Sofia). Saint George’s childless parents, John and Mary, in their declining years entreated the Lord to send them a child. Their prayer was answered, and they baptized the infant with  (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Sardis Commemorated May 27 / June 9 The Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Sardis suffered for Christ during the third century (the city of Sardis was in Lydia, Asia Minor). In fulfilling his priestly service, Saint Therapon enlightened many of the pagan Greeks with the light of the Christian Faith and baptized them. For this, he was brought to trial before the governor Julian and fearlessly declared himself a Christian bishop. They threw him into prison, where he languished with hunger and thirst, and then they gave him over to (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Nikḗtas, Bishop of Chalcedon Commemorated May 28 / June 10 Saint Nikḗtas, Bishop of Chalcedon, lived during the second half of the eighth century. For his God-pleasing life he was consecrated as Bishop of Chalcedon. Saint Nikḗtas distinguished himself by his charity, he always helped the poor, he lodged travelers in (read more by clicking link)
  • Holy Virgin Martyr Theodosίa of Tyre Commemorated May 29 / June 11 Saint Theodosίa of Tyre lived during the III and IV centuries. Once, during a persecution against Christians, which had already lasted for five years, the seventeen-year-old Theodosίa visited some condemned Christian prisoners in the Praetorium at Caesarea in Palestine. It was the day of (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during the Apostles' Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Apostles' Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
22 May 2022

 
Sunday Bulletin - May 22, 2022
FIFTH SUNDAY OF PASCHA - THE SAMARITAN WOMAN
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 10 a.m.
 
The Holy Martyr Photina (Svetlana) the Samaritan Woman, The holy Martyr Photina was the Samaritan Woman, with whom the Savior conversed at Jacob’s Well (John. 4:5-42).
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, May 22nd Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Alexandra (Martin) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Judith (Le Blanc) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
George (Reeves) on his 4th birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion on passing into eternal life 
Newly departed +Olga (Candelori) on passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Alexei, Lucia and Amelia
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
Eugene (Paul) by his wife Justine
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of departed servants of God, +Mary (DeMeo) by Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Kontakion, Having come to the well by faith, the Samaritan woman beheld Thee, the Water of Wisdom, of which she drank lavishly, and inherited the kingdom on high, where her praises are sung eternally.
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone IV When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, The mystery of all eternity, / unknown even by angels, / through you, O Theotokos, is revealed to those on earth: / God incarnate, by union without confusion. / He voluntarily accepted the cross for us, / by which He resurrected the first-created man, / saving our souls from death.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone IV My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!
 
EPISTLE ACTS 11:19-26, 29-30 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
 
GOSPEL JOHN 4:5-42 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock? Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,' for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly. The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship. Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or, "Why are You talking with her?" The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ? Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world." 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 May/June
  • Sunday May 22nd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday May 29th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Wednesday June 1st Eve of Holy Feast of Ascension Vespers 7PM
  • Thursday June 2nd Holy Feast of Ascension Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday June 5th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
 
Holy Feast of Pentecost is Sunday June 12, 2022 more details will be forthcoming.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Translation of the relics of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari Commemorated May 9 / May 22 The Transfer of the Relics of Saint Nicholas to Bari in Italy. His Life is found under December 6. In the eleventh century the Byzantine Empire was going through some terrible times. The Turks put an end to its influence in Asia Minor, they destroyed cities and villages, they murdered the inhabitants, and they accompanied their cruel outrage with the desecration of churches, holy relics, icons and books. The Mussulmen also attempted to destroy the relics of Saint Nicholas, deeply venerated by the whole  (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Simon the Zealot Commemorated May 10 / May 23 Saint Simon was from Cana in Galilee, and was known to the Lord and His Mother. Tradition says that he was the bridegroom at the wedding where the Savior performed His first miracle. After witnessing the miracle of the water which had been turned into wine, he became a zealous follower of Christ. For this reason, he is known as Saint Simon the Zealot. Saint Simon was one of the twelve Apostles, and received the Holy Spirit with the others on Pentecost. He traveled to many places from Britain to the  (read more by clicking link)
  • Equals of the Apostles and Teachers of the Slavs, Cyril and Methodius Commemorated May 11 / May 24 Saints Cyril and Methodius, Equals of the Apostles, and Enlighteners of the Slavs came from an illustrious and pious family living in the Greek city of Thessalonica. Saint Methodius was the oldest of seven brothers, Saint Constantine [Cyril was his monastic name] was the youngest. At first Saint Methodius was in the military and was governor in one of the Slavic principalities dependent on the Byzantine Empire, probably Bulgaria, which made it possible for him to (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus Commemorated May 12 / May 25 Saint Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus, “a last relic of ancient piety,” as Saint Jerome calls him, lived during the fourth century in Phoenicia. The Roman empress Honoria was his sister. He was of Jewish descent, and in his youth he received a fine education. He was converted to Christianity after seeing how a certain monk named Lucian gave away his clothing to a poor person. Struck by the monk’s compassion, Epiphanius asked to be instructed in (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople Commemorated May 12 / May 25 Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born at Constantinople in the seventh century. His father, a prominent senator, was killed by order of the emperor Constantine Pogonatos (668-685). The young Germanus was emasculated and sent to a monastery, where he studied Holy Scripture. Because of the sanctity of his life, Germanus was made (read more by clicking link)
  • Virgin Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea Commemorated May 13 / May 26 Saint Glyceria suffered as a martyr for her faith in Christ in the second century, during a persecution against Christians under the emperor Antoninus (138-161). She came from an illustrious family, and her father Macarius was a high-ranking Roman official. Later, the family moved to the Thracian city of Trajanopolis. Saint Glyceria lost both her father and mother at an early age. Falling in with (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Isidore the Fool-For-Christ and Wonderworker of Rostov Commemorated May 14 / May 27 Saint Isidore Tverdislov (“Constant of Word”), Fool-for-Christ, Wonderworker of Rostov. He was born in Germany of rich parents. From his youth, he led “an unsullied life and had a compassionate understanding.” Leaving his parental home and “desiring the Kingdom of God,” Saint Isidore distributed his wealth to the poor. Taking up the staff of a wanderer, he visited many lands and cities. He was raised in Catholicism, and it is not known where he accepted the holy(read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Isaiah the Wonderworker, Bishop of Rostov Commemorated May 15 / May 28 Saint Isaiah was born near Kiev to pious parents who raised him in the Orthodox Faith. In his youth, he forsook worldly vanity and entered the Kiev Caves Monastery, where he was tonsured by Saint Theodosios († May 3, 1074). Aflame with love for the Savior, the young monk engaged in the difficult struggles of fasting and prayer. At the same time, he was meek, humble, obedient, non-acquisitive, fraternal, and he mortified the carnal passions through abstinence and patience, as well as the virtues of wisdom, spiritual courage, and chastity. He recalled the words of an ancient (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
15 May 2022

Sunday Bulletin - May 15, 2022
FOURTH SUNDAY OF PASCHA - THE PARALYZED MAN
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 10 a.m.
 
On the Fourth Sunday of Pascha, the Church remembers the man who lay paralyzed at the Sheep Pool in Jerusalem for thirty-eight years, waiting for someone to put him into the pool. The first person to enter the pool after an Angel troubled the water would be healed of his infirmities, but someone always entered the pool before him. Seeing the man, the Lord felt compassion for him and healed him. The Lord healed the paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and He remained there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Theologian, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, May 15th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Justine
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Alexandra (Martin) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Judith (Le Blanc) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
George (Reeves) on his 4th birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Olga (Candelori) on passing into eternal life by Veres Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Alexei, Lucia and Amelia
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
 
3rd Sunday Monthly Panikhida/Parastas offered today for the souls +newly departed & departed servants of God, offered by Justine Paul & Family; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family; Peleszak Family; Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of departed servants of God, +Mary (DeMeo) and +Olga (K. Shast) on their birthday by Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Sunday of the Paralytic, Troparion, Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.
 
Kontakion, By Thy divine presence, O Lord, raise my soul which is terribly paralyzed by all kinds of sins and misguided actions, as of old Thou didst raise the paralytic, that saved I may cry to Thee: O compassionate Christ, glory to Thy power.
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Let the heavens rejoice, / let the earth be glad! / For the Lord has shown might with His arm,/ He has trampled down death by death. / He has become the first-born of the dead. / He has delivered us from the depths of hell, / and has granted the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, We praise you as the mediatrix of our salvation, / O Virgin Theotokos. / For your Son, our God, Who took flesh from you, / accepted the passion of the cross, / delivering us from corruption as the Lover of man.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, / leading us from the gates of death. / On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; / with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise / the divine majesty of Thy power!
 
EPISTLE ACTS 9:32-42 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed." Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.
 
GOSPEL JOHN 5:1-15 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed." He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.' " Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and walk'?" But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 May/June
  • Sunday May 15th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior; 3rd Sunday Monthly Panikhida, after
  • Sunday May 22nd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday May 29th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Wednesday June 1st Eve of Holy Feast of Ascension Vespers 7PM
  • Thursday June 2nd Holy Feast of Ascension Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday June 5th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
 
Holy Feast of Pentecost is Sunday June 12, 2022 more details will be forthcoming; 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Translation of the Relics of the Holy Passionbearers Boris and Gleb (in Baptism Roman and David—1072 and 1115) Commemorated May 2 / May 15 The Transfer of the Relics of the Holy Passion-Bearers Boris and Gleb. Saint Boris (July 24) was a brother of the Great Prince of Kiev Yaroslav the Wise (1019-1054), and was baptized with the name Roman. The murdered Prince Boris was buried at the church of Saint Basil the Great at Vyshgorod near Kiev. Metropolitan John I of Kiev (1008-1035) and his clergy solemnly met the incorrupt relics of the holy passion-bearer Gleb and placed them in the church where (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria Commemorated May 2 / May 15 Saint Athanasius the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria, was a great Father of the Church and a pillar of Orthodoxy. He was born around the year 297 in the city of Alexandria into a family of pious Christians. He received a fine secular education, but he acquired more knowledge by diligent study of the Holy Scripture. In his childhood, the future hierarch Athanasius became known to Saint Alexander the Patriarch of Alexandria (May 29). A group of children, which included (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Theodosius, Abbot of the Kiev Far Caves Monastery, and Founder of Coenobitic Monasticism in Russia Commemorated May 3 / May 16 Saint Theodosius of the Caves, was the Father of monasticism in Russia. He was born at Vasilevo, not far from Kiev. From his youth he felt an irresistible attraction for the ascetic life, and led an ascetic lifestyle while still in his parental home. He disdained childish games and attractions, and constantly went to church. He asked his parents to let him study the holy books, and through his ability and rare zeal, he quickly learned to read the books, so that everyone was amazed at (read more by clicking link)
  • Virgin Martyr Pelagia of Tarsus, in Asia Minor Commemorated May 4 / May 17 Saint Pelagia of Tarsus in Cilicia (southeastern Asia Minor) lived in the third century, during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), and was the daughter of illustrious pagans. When she heard about Jesus Christ from her Christian friends, she believed in Him and desired to preserve her virginity, dedicating her whole life to the Lord. Emperor Diocletian’s heir (a boy he adopted), saw the maiden Pelagia, was captivated by her beauty and wanted her (read more by clicking link)
  • Great Martyr Irene Commemorated May 5 / May 18 The holy Great Martyr Irene was born in the city of Magedon in Persia during the fourth century. She was the daughter of Licinius, the pagan ruler of a certain small kingdom, and his wife Licinia, and at birth her parents named her Penelope. Penelope was very beautiful, and her father kept her isolated in a high tower from the time she was six so that she would not be exposed to Christianity. He also placed thirteen young maidens in the tower with her. An old tutor by the name of Apellian was appointed to give her the best possible (read more by clicking link)
  • Righteous Job the Long-Suffering Commemorated May 6 / May 19 The righteous Job (whose name means “persecuted”), God’s faithful servant, was the perfect image of every virtue. The son of Zarah and Bossorha (Job 42), Job was a fifth-generation descendent of Abraham. He was a truthful, righteous, patient and pious man who abstained from every evil thing. Job was very rich and blessed by God in all things, as was no other son of Ausis (his country, which lay between Idoumea and Arabia). However, divine condescension permitted him to be tested. Job lost his children, his wealth, his glory, and every consolation all at once. His entire body became (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Micah, disciple of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh Commemorated May 6 / May 19 Saint Micah of Radonezh was one of the first disciples of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, and lived with him in the same cell, and under his guidance he attained a high degree of spiritual perfection. For his meekness of soul and purity of heart, Saint Micah was permitted to witness the appearance of the Mother of God to his great teacher. Once, after Saint Sergius had completed the morning Rule of prayer, he sat down to rest for awhile; but suddenly he said to his disciple, “Be alert, my child, for we shall have a wondrous visitation.” Hardly had he uttered these words when a voice was heard, “The All-Pure One draws near.” Suddenly there shone a light brighter than the (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian Commemorated May 8 / May 21 When Saint John was more than one hundred years old, he told seven of his disciples to take spades and follow him to a certain place outside the city of Ephesus, and then he told everyone to sit down while he went off to pray by himself for a while. When he returned, he told his disciples to dig a grave as long as he was tall, in the form of a cross. After giving them instructions and kissing them, he climbed into the grave and said: "Take some earth, my mother earth, and cover me." They covered him with earth up to his knees, and he said: "Now take some more earth and (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • May 15th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
8 May 2022

Sunday Bulletin - May 8, 2022
THIRD SUNDAY OF PASCHA - THE HOLY MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy – 10 a.m.
 
The Myrrh-bearing women are those women who followed the Lord, along with His Mother. They remained with her during the time of the saving Passion, and anointed the Lord's body was with myrrh. Joseph and Νikόdēmos asked for and received the Lord's body from Pilate. They took it down from the Cross,wrapped it in linen cloths and spices, then they laid it in a tomb, and then they placed a great stone over the entrance of the tomb.
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, May 8th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Justine
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Newborn Natalie Lynn (Reeves) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
+Archimandrite Ilya on anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Ed and Suzanne Veres
+Jane (Matushka Jane) by Ed and Suzanne Veres
Newly departed +Olga & John (Candelori) on passing into eternal life by Goddaughter Tatiana Sokoluk-Porch
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Alexei, Lucia and Amelia
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Alexander (Kobasa) on his passing into eternal life by Marlene Blaskevitch
+Mary (DeMeo) and +Olga (K. Shast) on their birthday by Sokoluk Family
+Sydor (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
+Helen (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
+Stephen and +Anna (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of departed servants of God, +Mary (DeMeo) and +Olga (K. Shast) on their birthday by Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Happy Mother's Day, to all Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers and women in our parish. May God bless you on your special day, and keep you in His tender loving care, today and always. Join us for a special coffee hour presented by our youth. 
 
Sunday of Myrrhbearing Women, Troparion, When Thou, the Deathless Life, didst go down to death, then didst Thou slay hell by the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst raise the dead from the lower world, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud: Christ our God, Giver of Life, glory to Thee. Noble Joseph took Thy immaculate Body down from the Tree, wrapped It in a clean shroud and spices, and having embalmed It laid It in a new sepulchre. But on the third day Thou didst rise, O Lord, granting to the world great mercy. To the myrrbearing women at the sepulchre an Angel appeared and cried: Myrrh is fit for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a Stranger to corruption. So cry: The Lord has risen, granting to the world great mercy. 
 
Kontakion, Thou didst command the Myrrbearers to rejoice, O Christ our God, Thou didst dry the tears of our first mother Eve by Thy Resurrection, and Thou didst command the Apostles to preach: The Saviour has risen from the tomb.
 
Troparion of the Sunday, When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity, preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
 
EPISTLE ACTS 6:1-7 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. 
 
GOSPEL MARK 15:43-16:8 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid. Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away-for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples-and Peter-that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you. So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 May
  • Sunday May 8th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday May 15th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior; 3rd Sunday Monthly Panikhida, after
  • Sunday May 22nd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday May 29th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
 
Holy Feast of Ascension is Thursday June 2, 2022; Holy Feast of Pentecost is Sunday June 12, 2022 more details will be forthcoming; 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Saint Stephen, Bishop of Perm Commemorated April 26 / May 9 Saint Stephen the Enlightener of Perm, and Apostle to the Zyrians, was born around the year 1340 into the family of Simeon, a cleric of the Ustiug cathedral. He was greatly influenced by his pious mother Maria. Endowed with great abilities, he already displayed an unusual zeal for the service of the Church: in a single year he learned to read the Holy Books and he assisted his father in church during services, fulfilling the duty of canonarch, and also that of  (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Simeon, kinsman of the Lord, second Bishop of Jerusalem Commemorated April 27 / May 10 The Holy Apostle and Hieromartyr Simeon, a kinsman of the Lord, was the son of Cleopas, who was the younger brother of Saint Joseph the Betrothed. Thus, Saint Simeon is Joseph's nephew, and a cousin of the Lord. As an adult, he witnessed the miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ, believed in Him, and became one of the 70 Apostles. Saint Simeon proclaimed the teachings of Christ, was instructed in the truths of the (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostles Jason and Sosipater of the Seventy, the Virgin Kerkyra, and those with them Commemorated April 28 / May 11 The Apostle Jason was from Tarsus (Asia Minor). He was the first Christian in the city. The Apostle Sosipater was a native of Patra, Achaia. He is thought to be the same Sosipater mentioned in Acts 20:4. They both became disciples of Saint Paul, who even called them his kinsmen (Rom 16:21). Saint John Chrysostom (Homily 32 on Romans) says that this is the same Jason who is mentioned in Acts 17:5-9. Saint Jason was made bishop in his native city of Tarsus, and Saint Sosipater in Iconium. They traveled west preaching the Gospel, and in 63 they reached (read more by clicking link)
  • Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon Commemorated April 29 / May 12 The city of Cyzicus is in Asia Minor on the coast of the Dardenelles (Hellespont). Christianity already began to spread there through the preaching of Saint Paul (June 29). During the persecutions by the pagans, some of the Christians fled the city, while others kept their faith in Christ in secret. At the end of the third century Cyzicus was still basically a pagan city, although there was a Christian church there. The situation in the city distressed the (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle James the Brother of Saint John the Theologian Commemorated April 30 / May 13 The Holy Apostle James, the son of Zebedee, was the brother of Saint John the Theologian, and one of the Twelve Apostles. He and his brother, Saint John, were called to be Apostles by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who called them the “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17). It was this James, with John and Peter, who witnessed the Raising of the Daughter of Jairus, the Lord’s Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Saint James, after the Descent of the Holy Spirit, preached in Spain and in other lands, and (read more by clicking link)
  • Prophet Jeremiah Commemorated May 1 / May 14 The Holy Prophet Jeremiah, one of the four great Old Testament prophets, was son of the priest Helkiah from the city of Anathoth near Jerusalem, and he lived 600 years before the Birth of Christ, under the Israelite king Josiah and four of his successors. He was called to prophetic service at the age of fifteen, when the Lord revealed to him that even before his birth the Lord had chosen him to be a prophet. Jeremiah refused, citing his youth and lack of (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Paphnutius, Abbot of Borov Commemorated May 1 / May 14 Saint Paphnutius of Borov was born in 1394 in the village of Kudinovo, not far from Borov, and at Baptism he was named Parthenius. His father John was the son of a baptized Tatar, a “baskak” (“tax-collector”) named Martin, and his mother was named Photina. At the age of twenty, Parthenius left his home and received monastic tonsure in 1414 with the name Paphnutius at the Vyosky-Protection Monastery near Borov under its abbot, Marcellus. Saint Paphnutius struggled for many years at the (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • May 15th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
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Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
24 April 2022

Sunday Bulletin - April 24, 2022
PASCHA - RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy – 10 a.m.
 
 
ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ! ~ CHRIST IS RISEN!
 
Pascha (Easter)  Enjoy ye all the feast of faith; receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness. (Sermon of Saint John Chrysostom, read at Paschal Matins)
 
The Bright Resurrection of Christ, Troparion. 
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, April 24th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Newborn Natalie Lynn (Reeves) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Olga & John (Candelori) on her passing into eternal life by Justine Paul and Daughters
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Josephine (Yankovoy) on 2nd anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Winsky and Sokoluk Families
+Sydor (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
+Helen (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
+Stephen and +Anna (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in joyful celebration of PASCHA! XB! 
 
The Bright Resurrection of Christ, Troparion Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.
 
Kontakion, Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of hell, and didst rise again as Conqueror, O Christ our God, saying to the myrrhbearing women, Rejoice! and giving peace to Thine Apostles, and offering to the fallen resurrection.
 
EPISTLE ACTS 1:1-8 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
 
GOSPEL JOHN 1:1-17 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' " And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Palm Sunday Fish Dinner -The Women's Fellowship hosted this year's Annual Palm Sunday fish dinner on Sunday April 17th after Divine Liturgy. Thank you for joining us and supporting our fundraiser! 
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 April / May
  • Saturday April 23rd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Blessing of Baskets after
  • Saturday April 23rd Midnight Office 11:15 PM; Paschal Procession 11:45PM
  • Sunday April 24th Paschal Matins, Divine Liturgy 12AM Midnight, Blessing of Baskets after
  • Monday April 25th Paschal Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Tuesday April 26th Paschal Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday May 1st St. Thomas Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior; Blessing of Graves approximately 1PM
 
Blessing of Graves at Oakland, more details will be forthcoming; St. Thomas Sunday is Sunday, May 1, 2022 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • HOLY PASCHA: The Resurrection of Our Lord Commemorated April 17 / April 24 The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the center of the Christian faith. Saint Paul says that if Christ is not raised from the dead, then our preaching and faith are in vain (I Cor. 15:14). Indeed, without the resurrection there would be no Christian preaching or faith. The disciples of Christ would have remained the broken and hopeless band which the Gospel of John describes as being in hiding behind locked doors for fear of the Jews. They went nowhere and preached nothing until they met the risen Christ, the doors being shut (John 20: 19). Then they touched the wounds of the nails and the spear; they ate and drank with Him. The resurrection became the basis of everything they said and did (Acts 2-4): “. . . for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have” (Luke 24:39). The resurrection reveals Jesus of Nazareth as not only the  (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
17 April 2022

Sunday Bulletin - April 17, 2022
The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem – Palm Sunday
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy – 10 a.m.
 
Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! (John 12:13). This day together with the raising of Lazarus are signs pointing beyond themselves to the mighty deeds and events which consummate Christ’s earthly ministry. 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, April 17th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Justine (Paul) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Olga (Candelori) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Josephine (Yankovoy) on 2nd anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Winsky and Sokoluk Families
+Stephen and +Anna (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
+Peter (Compo) on 22nd anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sandra Compo
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servants of God,+deceased Olga Candelori, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Palm Sunday Procession at the conclusion of services
We are encouraging full parish participation in the Palm Sunday Procession on Sunday, April 17th. Both, adults and youth are encouraged to carry blessed pussy willows, brought from home or help yourself to ones available in the church, to join the procession at the conclusion of services.
 
Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, or Palm Sunday, Troparion Thou didst give a pledge of the general resurrection before Thy Passion, O Christ our God, by raising Lazarus from the dead. Therefore, we too, like the children, carry the symbols of victory and cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the Heights! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.
 
Kontakion On the throne in heaven and riding a colt on earth, O Christ our God, Thou didst receive the praise of Angels and the chorus of the children who cried to Thee: Blessed art Thou Who comest to recall Adam. 
 
EPISTLE PHILLIPPIANS 4:4-9  Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. 
 
GOSPEL JOHN 12:1-18 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said, Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always. Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: Hosanna! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' The King of Israel!" Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey's colt." His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Palm Sunday Fish Dinner -The Women's Fellowship is hosting this year's Annual Palm Sunday fish dinner on Sunday April 17th after Divine Liturgy. It will be a delicious meal of fish, salads, sides and desserts. Please consider joining us and supporting our fundraiser! See Suzanne Veres, Denise Rutherford or anyone in the Women's Fellowship to sign up.
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 April 
  • Sunday April 17th Palm Sunday, Blessing of Pussy Willlows 9:30AM, Feast of The Entry of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday April 20th Holy Unction 7PM
  • Thursday April 21st Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior AND Matins of Holy Friday (Twelve Passion Gospels) 7PM
  • Friday April 22nd Vespers 6PM AND Matins of Holy Saturday (Funeral of Christ) 7PM
  • Saturday April 23rd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Blessing of Baskets after
  • Saturday April 23rd Midnight Office 11:15 PM; Paschal Procession 11:45PM
  • Sunday April 24th Paschal Matins, Divine Liturgy 12AM Midnight, Blessing of Baskets after
  • Monday April 25th Paschal Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Tuesday April 26th Paschal Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday May 1st St. Thomas Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior; Blessing of Graves approximately 1PM
 
Blessing of Graves at Oakland, more details will be forthcoming; St. Thomas Sunday is Sunday, May 1, 2022 
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Venerable Titus the Wonderworker Commemorated April 2 / April 15 From his youth Saint Titus the Wonderworker displayed zeal for the monastic life. He labored in asceticism in the IX century at the Studion Monastery near Constantinople. By his fasting, and meek disposition, Saint Titus gained the love of the brethren, and at their request he was ordained as a Hieromonk. His soul was filled with fervent love for God and for his neighbor. As the Lord had said to His disciples, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work" (John 4:34). So it was with Saint Titus. His food was to do the will of (read more by clicking link)
  • The Raising of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday) Commemorated April 3 / April 16 Visible triumphs are few in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He preached a kingdom “not of this world.” At His nativity in the flesh there was “no room at the inn.” For nearly thirty years, while He grew “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52), He lived in obscurity as “the son of Mary.” When He appeared from Nazareth to begin His public ministry, one of the first to hear of Him asked: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). In the end He was crucified between two thieves and laid to rest in the tomb of another man. Two brief days stand out as sharp exceptions to the above—days of clearly observable triumph. These days are known in the Church today as Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday. Together they form a unified liturgical cycle which serves as the passage from the forty days of Great Lent to Holy Week. They are the unique and paradoxical days before (read more by clicking link)
  • Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) Commemorated April 4 / April 17 Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! (John 12:13). This day together with the raising of Lazarus are signs pointing beyond themselves to the mighty deeds and events which consummate Christ’s earthly ministry. The time of fulfillment was at (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Joseph the Hymnographer Commemorated April 4 / April 17 Saint Joseph the Hymnographer, “the sweet-voiced nightingale of the Church,” was born in Sicily around the turn of the 9th century into a pious Christian family. His parents, Plotinos and Agatha, moved to the Peloponnesos to save themselves from barbarian invasions. When he was fifteen, Saint Joseph went to Thessalonica and entered the monastery of Latomos. He was distinguished by his piety, his love for work, and his meekness; and he gained the good will of  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Agathopodes the Deacon and Theodulus the Reader at Thessalonica Commemorated April 5 / April 18 The Holy Martyrs Agathopodes the Deacon and Theodulus the Reader lived in Thessalonica during the reign of the emperor Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (284-305) and were among the church clergy. The holy Deacon Agathopodes was very old, and Saint Theodulus very young. Both distinguished themselves by righteous life and piety. Once, Saint Theodulus had a vision in his sleep, in which an unknown person in radiant garb placed some object in his (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople Commemorated April 6 / April 19 Saint Eutychius, Archbishop of Constantinople, was born in a village called “Divine” in the province of Phrygia. His father Alexander was a soldier, and his mother Synesia was the daughter of the priest Hesychius of Augustopolis. Saint Eutychius received the first rudiments of his education and a Christian upbringing from his grandfather the priest. Once, while playing a childhood game, the boy wrote his own name with the title of Patriarch. By this he seemed to predict his (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
Luminaries for Pascha night– Now that it is lent, we are selling luminaries to be lit on Pascha night! These bags will have the names of your loved ones “for the health of” or “In memory of”. It is a wonderful way to remember them as we process around the church at midnight and sing Christ is Risen! Please see Tatiana Veres in church to purchase them. They are $5 per bag or 6 for $25. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
10 April 2022

Sunday Bulletin - April 10, 2022
5th Sunday of Lent – St. Mary of Egypt
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy – 10 a.m.
 
Abba Zosimas, according to the custom of the monastery, went deep into the desert hoping to find someone living there who could benefit him. He walked into the wilderness for twenty days and then, when he sang the Psalms of the Sixth Hour and made the usual prayers. Suddenly, to the right of the hill where he stood, he saw a human form. He was afraid, thinking that it might be a demonic apparition. Then he guarded himself with the Sign of the Cross, which removed his fear. He turned to the right and saw a form walking southward. The body was black from the blazing sunlight, and the faded short hair was white like a sheep’s fleece. Abba Zosimas rejoiced, since he had not seen any living thing for many days.
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, April 10th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Justine (Paul) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), 
+Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon 
Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Olga (Candelori) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) on 8th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Stephen and +Anna (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
3rd Sunday Monthly Panikhida/Parastas offered today for the souls +newly departed & departed servants of God, offered by Justine Paul & Family; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family; Peleszak Family; Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servants of God,+deceased members of The Pron Family by Maryann Storey, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent: Venerable Mary of Egypt, Troparion In thee, O Mother, was carefully preserved what is according to the Image. For thou didst take the Cross and follow Christ. By so doing thou didst teach us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away, but to care for the soul as an immortal thing. Therefore, St. Mary, thy spirit rejoices with the Angels. 
 
Troparion, Tone I, When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
 
Kontakion, Tone I, As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!
 
EPISTLE HEBREWS 9:11-14 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
 
GOSPEL MARK 10:32-45 Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again. Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask." And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
 
 
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Palm Sunday Fish Dinner -The Women's Fellowship is hosting this year's Annual Palm Sunday fish dinner on Sunday April 17th after Divine Liturgy. It will be a delicious meal of fish, salads, sides and desserts. Please consider joining us and supporting our fundraiser! See Suzanne Veres, Denise Rutherford or anyone in the Women's Fellowship to sign up.
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 April 
  • Sunday April 10th St. Mary of Egypt Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, "3rd Sunday" Monthly Panikhida/Parastas after
  • Wednesday April 13th Sixth Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday April 16th Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday April 17th Palm Sunday, Blessing of Pussy Willlows 9:30AM, Feast of The Entry of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday April 20th Holy Unction 7PM
  • Thursday April 21st Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior and Matins of Holy Friday (Twelve Passion Gospels) 7PM
  • Friday April 22nd Vespers 6PM and Matins of Holy Saturday (Funeral of Christ) 7PM
  • Saturday April 23rd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Blessing of Baskets after
  • Saturday April 23rd Midnight Office 11:15 PM; Paschal Procession 11:45PM
  • Sunday April 24th Paschal Matins, Divine Liturgy 12AM Midnight, Blessing of Baskets after
  • Monday April 25th Paschal Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Tuesday April 26th Paschal Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday May 1st St. Thomas Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior; Blessing of Graves approximately 1PM
 
Blessing of Graves at Oakland, more details will be forthcoming; St. Thomas Sunday is Sunday, May 1, 2022 
 
Presantified Liturgy and Agape Meal – Please join us on Wednesdays at 7p.m. during Lent as we celebrate the Presantified Liturgy and enjoy an agape potluck dinner together afterwards. Please consider bringing a potluck Lenten dish to share with everyone. Or just come and enjoy the meal with us!
 
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Venerable Mary of Egypt Commemorated March 28 / April 10 Saint Zosimas (April 4) was a monk at a certain Palestinian monastery on the outskirts of Caesarea. Having dwelt at the monastery since his childhood, he lived there in asceticism until he reached the age of fifty-three. Then he was disturbed by the thought that he had attained perfection, and needed no one to instruct him. “Is there a monk anywhere who can show me some form of asceticism that I have not attained? Is there anyone who has surpassed me in spiritual sobriety and deeds?” Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Hilarion the New, Abbot of Pelekete Commemorated March 28 / April 10 Saint Hilarion the New, Igumen of Pelekete Monastery, from his youth devoted himself to the service of God and spent many years as a hermit. Because of his holy and blameless life he was ordained to the holy priesthood, and later he was made igumen of the Pelekete monastery (near the Dardanelles). Saint Hilarion was granted gifts of clairvoyance and wonderworking by the Lord. Through prayer he brought down rain during a drought, and like the Prophet Elisha he separated the  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Stephen, Wonderworker, Abbot of Triglia Commemorated March 28 / April 10 Saint Stephen the Confessor, Igumen of Triglia Monastery, suffered under the iconoclast emperor Leo the Armenian (813-820). From a young age, the holy ascetic dedicated his life to God and received monastic tonsure. He later became head of the Triglia monastery near Constantinople. When persecution again began against holy icons, the saintly igumen was summoned for questioning, and they tried to force him to sign a  (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Mark, Bishop of Arethusa, who suffered under Julian the Apostate Commemorated March 29 / April 11 Hieromartyr Mark, Bishop of Arethusa, suffered for his faith in Christ under the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363). By order of the emperor Constantine (May 21), Saint Mark had once destroyed a pagan temple and built a Christian church. When Julian came to the throne, he persecuted Christians and tried to restore paganism. Some citizens of Arethusa renounced Christianity and became (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Cyril the Deacon of Heliopolis, and those with him, who suffered under Julian the Apostate Commemorated March 29 / April 11 The historian Theodoritus relates that during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, Saint Cyril destroyed many idols and pagan temples in Heliopolis, Phoenicia. He was put to death for this during the reign of Julian the Apostate. Pagans cut open his stomach and, like wild beasts, they ate his liver and intestines, for which the Lord punished them with blindness, boils and other terrible afflictions. During this time the pagans killed many (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable John Climacus of Sinai, Author of “the Ladder” Commemorated March 30 / April 12 Saint John of the Ladder is honored by Holy Church as a great ascetic and author of the renowned spiritual book called THE LADDER, from which he is also called “of the Ladder” (Climacus). There is almost no information about Saint John’s origins. One tradition suggests that he was born in Constantinople around the year 570, and was the son of Saints Xenophon and Maria (January 26). John went to Sinai when he was  (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Sophronius, Bishop of Irkutsk Commemorated March 30 / April 12 Saint Sophronius, Bishop of Irkutsk and Wonderworker of all Siberia, whose family name was Kristalevsky, was born in Malorussia in the Chernigov region in 1704. His father, Nazarius, was “a common man in his affairs,” and the saint was named Stephen, in honor of the protomartyr Saint Stephen. He had two brothers and a sister, Pelagia. The name of one brother was Paul. The name of the other older brother is unknown, but it is said that he was head of the Krasnogorsk Zolotonosh  (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Hypatius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gangra Commemorated March 31 / April 13 Hieromartyr Hypatius, Bishop of Gangra, was bishop of the city of Gangra in Paphlagonia (Asia Minor). In the year 325 he participated in the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea, at which the heresy of Arius was anathematized. When Saint Hypatius was returning in 326 from Constantinople to Gangra, followers of the schismatics Novatus and Felicissimus fell upon him in a desolate place. The heretics ran him through  (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • April 10th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
Luminaries for Pascha night– Now that it is lent, we are selling luminaries to be lit on Pascha night! These bags will have the names of your loved ones “for the health of” or “In memory of”. It is a wonderful way to remember them as we process around the church at midnight and sing Christ is Risen! Please see Tatiana Veres in church to purchase them, or email her. They are $5 per bag or 6 for $25. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
3 April 2022

Sunday Bulletin - April 3, 2022
4th Sunday of Lent – St. John Climacus
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy – 10 a.m.
 
The Fourth Sunday of Lent is dedicated to Saint John Klimakos, the author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. In this book the Igoumen of Saint Katherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai bears witness to the great effort which is required for entry into God’s Kingdom (Matthew 10:12). The spiritual struggle of the Christian life is difficult since it is “not against flesh and blood, but against ... the rulers of the present darkness ... the hosts of wickedness in heavenly places ...” (Ephesians 6:12).
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, April 3rd Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Olga (Candelori)
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Justine (Paul) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Michael  (Champion)
Matushka Patricia (Saverino)
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), 
+Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon 
Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
+Helen (Kobasa) on 2nd anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) on 8th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Stephen and +Anna (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servants of God,+deceased members of The Pron Family by Maryann Storey, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent: Venerable John Lestvichnik, Troparion, Thou didst prove to be a freeman of the desert, an angel in a body, and a wonder-worker, O our God - bearing Father John. By fasting, vigil and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of those who have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him Who gave thee strength, glory to Him Who crowned thee, glory to Him Who works through thee healings for all. 
 
Troparion, Tone VIII, Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One! / Thou didst accept the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings! / O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee!
 
Kontakion, Tone VIII, By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam. / Eve exults in Thy Resurrection, / and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
 
EPISTLE  HEBREWS 6:13-20  For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
 
GOSPEL MARK 9:17-31 Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not. He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!"  Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day."
 
 
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome! Next week we will resume passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Palm Sunday Fish Dinner -The Women's Fellowship is hosting this year's Annual Palm Sunday fish dinner on Sunday April 17th after Divine Liturgy. It will be a delicious meal of fish, salads, sides and desserts. Please consider joining us and supporting our fundraiser! See Suzanne Veres, Denise Rutherford or anyone in the Women's Fellowship to sign up.
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 April 
  • Sunday April 3rd St. John Climacus Divine Liturgy 10AM,Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday April 6th Eve Feast of The Annunciation Vespers 7PM
  • Thursday April 7th Feast of The Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM,Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday April 10th St. Mary of Egypt Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, "3rd Sunday" Monthly Panikhida/Parastas after
  • Wednesday April 13th Sixth Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday April 16th Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday April 17th Palm Sunday, Blessing of Pussy Willlows 9:30AM, Feast of The Entry of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
Service Schedule for Great Lent may vary, more details will be forthcoming; Pascha is Sunday, April 24, 2022 
 
Presantified Liturgy and Agape Meal – Please join us on Wednesdays at 7p.m. during Lent as we celebrate the Presantified Liturgy and enjoy an agape potluck dinner together afterwards. Please consider bringing a potluck Lenten dish to share with everyone. Or just come and enjoy the meal with us!
 
All Souls Saturdays – Saturdays in Lent, are called Soul Saturdays and liturgy is served with a special memorial service for our departed members of our families and parish. Please consider joining us and praying for our departed loved ones. The next one is Saturday April 2nd. Divine Liturgy is at 10 a.m.
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria, and those with them at Rome Commemorated March 19 / April 1 Saint Chrysanthus came from a pagan family who had moved to Rome from Alexandria. He received a fine education, and among the books he read were those in which pagans discussed Christianity. The young man, however, wanted to read books written by Christians themselves. He finally managed to find a copy of the New Testament, which enlightened his rational (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyred Holy Fathers who were slain at the Monastery of Saint Savva Commemorated March 20 / April 2 Saints John, Sergius, Patrick and others were slain in the Monastery of Saint Savva. During the VIII century the area around Jerusalem was subjected to frequent incursions by the Saracens. The monastery of Saint Chariton was devastated and fell into ruin. (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable John Climacus of Sinai, Author of “the Ladder” Commemorated March 21 / April 3 Saint John of the Ladder is honored by Holy Church as a great ascetic and author of the renowned spiritual book called THE LADDER, from which he is also called “of the Ladder” (Climacus). There is almost no information about Saint John’s origins.(read more by clicking link)
  •  Hieromartyr Basil of Ancyra Commemorated March 22 / April 4  Hieromartyr Basil was a presbyter in Ancyra, Galatia. Fighting against the Arian heresy, he urged his flock to cling firmly to Orthodoxy. Because of this Saint Basil was deposed from his priestly rank by a local Arian council, but a Council of 230 bishops in Palestine reinstated him.(read more by clicking link)
  •  Martyr Drosίs, daughter of Emperor Trajan Commemorated March 22 / April 4 The Holy Martyr Drosίs, and five Virgin Martyrs with her: Agalϊda (Αγλαϊδα), Apollinarίa (Ἀπολλιναρία), Daria (Δαρεία), Mamousa (Μαμούσα), and Thaϊs (Θαΐς). Saint Drosίs was the daughter of Emperor Trajan (98-117), a fierce persecutor of Christians. In the year 99 he revived an earlier law which forbade secret gatherings, and applied it to the Christians. In the year 104 he issued a special edict against Christians.(read more by clicking link)
  •  Martyr Nikon and 199 disciples with him in Sicily Commemorated March 23 / April 5 The Monk Martyr Nikon was born at Neapolis (Naples). His father was a pagan, and his mother a Christian. He was not baptized, but his mother secretly instructed him in the tenets of Christianity. Nikon was still a pagan when he reached adulthood. He served as a soldier, and showed unusual courage and strength. (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • April 10th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
Luminaries for Pascha night– Now that it is lent, we are selling luminaries to be lit on Pascha night! These bags will have the names of your loved ones “for the health of” or “In memory of”. It is a wonderful way to remember them as we process around the church at midnight and sing Christ is Risen! Please see Tatiana Veres in church to purchase them, or email her. They are $5 per bag or 6 for $25. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
27 March 2022

Sunday Bulletin - March 27, 2022
3rd Sunday of Lent – Veneration of Holy Cross
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy – 10 a.m.
 
The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the lenten season not merely to remind men of Christ’s redemption and to keep before them the goal of their efforts, but also to be venerated as that reality by which man must live to be saved. “He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt.10:38). 
For in the Cross of Christ Crucified lies both “the power of God and the wisdom of God” 
for those being saved (1 Cor.1:24).
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, March 27th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Michael  (Champion)
Matushka Patricia (Saverino)
Olga (Candelori)
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Justine (Paul) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Elizabeth by Stephen Nasobko
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), 
+Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon 
Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Alexander and +Olga (Sokoluk) on birthday and anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) on 8th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Stephen and +Anna (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the newly departed servants of God, +Julianna (Sokoluk) and +Rose (Staso) on passing into eternal life and departed servants of God,+Samuel Sr (Sokoluk); +Alexander and +Olga (Sokoluk) on birthday and anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family , Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Third Sunday of Great Lent: Adoration of Cross, Troparion, O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.
 
Troparion of the Sunday Tone VII, By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy! / And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, / to proclaim that Thou art risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos Since you are the treasure of our resurrection, / we put our hope in you, O all-praised one. / Lead us from the abyss of transgressions, / for you have saved those guilty of sin, / O evervirgin Mother of our salvation.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday Tone VII The dominion of death / can no longer hold men captive, / for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! / Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: /”The Savior has come to those in faith! / Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!
 
EPISTLE  HEBREWS 4:14-5:6  Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You." As He also says in another place:"You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek";
 
GOSPEL  MARK 8:34-9:1 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power."
 
 
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome! Next week we will resume passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Palm Sunday Fish Dinner -The Women's Fellowship is hosting this year's Annual Palm Sunday fish dinner on Sunday April 17th after Divine Liturgy. It will be a delicious meal of fish, salads, sides and desserts. Please consider joining us and supporting our fundraiser! See Suzanne Veres, Denise Rutherford or anyone in the Women's Fellowship to sign up.
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 March / April 
  • Wednesday March 30th Fourth Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday April 2nd Soul Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday April 3rd St. John Climacus Divine Liturgy 10AM,Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday April 6th Eve Feast of Annunciation Vespers 7PM
  • Thursday April 7th Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM,Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday April 10th St. Mary of Egypt Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, "3rd Sunday" Monthly Panikhida/Parastas after
  • Wednesday April 13th Sixth Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday April 16th Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
Service Schedule for Great Lent may vary, more details will be forthcoming; Pascha is Sunday, April 24, 2022 
 
Presantified Liturgy and Agape Meal – Please join us on Wednesdays at 7p.m. during Lent as we celebrate the Presantified Liturgy and enjoy an agape potluck dinner together afterwards. Please consider bringing a potluck Lenten dish to share with everyone. Or just come and enjoy the meal with us!
 
All Souls Saturdays – Saturdays in Lent, are called Soul Saturdays and liturgy is served with a special memorial service for our departed members of our families and parish. Please consider joining us and praying for our departed loved ones. The next one is Saturday April 2nd. Divine Liturgy is at 10 a.m.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Venerable Benedict of Nursia Commemorated March 14 / March 27 Saint Benedict, founder of Western monasticism, was born in the Italian city of Nursia in the year 480. When he was fourteen years of age, the saint’s parents sent him to Rome to study. Unsettled by the immorality around him, he decided to devote himself to a different sort of life. At first Saint Benedict settled near the church of the holy Apostle (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Russia Commemorated March 14 / March 27 Saint Theognostus the Greek succeeded Saint Peter (August 25 and December 21) as Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia, holding this office from 1327 until 1353. It was through his (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Agapius, Publius, Timolaus, Romulus, two named Dionysius, and two named Alexander, at Caesarea in Palestine Commemorated March 15 / March 28 The Holy Martyrs Agapius, Publius (Pausis), Timolaus, Romulus, Alexander, Alexander, Dionysius and Dionysius suffered under the emperor Diocletian (284-305) in the city of Palestinian Caesarea. During one of the pagan festivals they began to torture and execute Christians who refused to offer (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Sabinus of Egypt Commemorated March 16 / March 29 The Holy Martyr Sabinus was administrator of the Egyptian city of Hermopolis. During a persecution of Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305), Saint Sabinus and some like-minded companions hid in (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Alexis the Man of God Commemorated March 17 / March 30 Saint Alexis was born at Rome into the family of the pious and poverty-loving Euphemianus and Aglais. The couple was childless for a long time and constantly prayed the Lord to grant them a child. And the Lord consoled the couple with the birth of their son Alexis. At six years of age the child began to read and successfully studied the mundane sciences, but it was with particular diligence that he read Holy (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Macarius the Wonderworker, Abbot of Kalyazin Commemorated March 17 / March 30 Saint Macarius of Kalyazin (in the world Matthew) was born in 1400 in the village of Gribkovo (Kozhino), near the city of Kashin, into the family of the boyar Basil Kozha. From youth he yearned for monasticism, but he married at the insistence of his parents. After a year his parents died, and after three more (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem Commemorated March 18 / March 31 Saint Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem, was born in Jerusalem in the year 315 and was raised in strict Christian piety. Upon reaching the age of maturity, he became a monk, and in the year 346 he became a presbyter. In the year 350, upon the death of Archbishop Maximus, he succeeded him on the episcopal throne of  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria, and those with them at Rome Commemorated March 19 / April 1 Saint Chrysanthus came from a pagan family who had moved to Rome from Alexandria. He received a fine education, and among the books he read were those in which pagans discussed Christianity. The young man, however, wanted to read books written by Christians themselves. He finally managed to find a copy of the New Testament, which enlightened his rational (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • April 10th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
Luminaries for Pascha night– Now that it is lent, we are selling luminaries to be lit on Pascha night! These bags will have the names of your loved ones “for the health of” or “In memory of”. It is a wonderful way to remember them as we process around the church at midnight and sing Christ is Risen! Please see Tatiana Veres in church to purchase them, or email her at tveres@outlook.com. They are $5 per bag or 6 for $25. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
20 March 2022

Sunday Bulletin - 20th March 2022
2nd Sunday of Lent – St. Gregory Palamas
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy – 10 a.m.
 
 
Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, was born in the year 1296 in Constantinople. Saint Gregory’s father became a prominent dignitiary at the court of Andronicus II Paleologos (1282-1328), but he soon died, and Andronicus himself took part in the raising and education of the fatherless boy. Endowed with fine abilities and great diligence, Gregory mastered all the subjects which then comprised the full course of medieval higher education. The emperor hoped that the youth would devote himself to government work. But Gregory, barely twenty years old, withdrew to Mount Athos in the year 1316 (other sources say 1318) and became a novice in the Vatopedi monastery under the guidance of the monastic Elder Saint Νikόdēmos of Vatopedi (July 11).
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, March 20th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of  
Michael  (Champion)
Matushka Patricia (Saverino)
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), 
+Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon 
Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Alexis (Yankovoy) on 11th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Winsky and Sokoluk Families
+Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) on 8th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Vera (Compo) on the 25th anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Sandra Compo
 
3rd Sunday Parastas/Panikhida offered today for the souls of +newly departed & departed servants of God, offered by Justine Paul & Family; Justine & Gregory; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; StasoFamily; +Doris (Patrick) on her birthday by her children Georgine Patrick, Steve Patrick, Jim Patrick and Janet Weber; +Vera (Compo) on the 25th anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Sandra Compo; Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the newly departed servants of God, +Julianna (Sokoluk) and +Rose (Staso) on passing into eternal life, by Sokoluk Family and departed servants of God,+Samuel (Sokoluk) and +Alexis (Yankovoy) by Winsky and Sokoluk Families, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
The Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas, Troparion, Light of Orthodoxy, pillar and doctor of the Church, adornment of monks, invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory the wonderworker, praise of Thessalonica, preacher of grace, ever pray that our souls may be saved.
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VI The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead: glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos Thou Who didst call Thy mother blessed / came of Thine own will to the passion. / Shining on the cross, desiring to recall Adam, Thou didst say to the angels: / "Rejoice with Me, for the lost coin has been found." / Thou Who hast ordered all things in wisdom, / O our God, glory to Thee! (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone VI When Christ God, the Giver of Life, / raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, / He bestowed resurrection on the human race. / He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.
 
EPISTLE  HEBREWS 1:10-2:3 And: "You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail." But to which of the angels has He ever said:"Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.
 
GOSPEL  MARK 2:1-12 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins-He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome! Next week we will resume passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 March
  • Sunday March 20th St. Gregory of Palamas Divine Liturgy 10AM,Reading of Hours prior,Panikhida after
  • Wednesday March 23rd Third Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday March 26th Soul Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday March 27th Adoration of the Holy, Precious Cross Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday March 30th Fourth Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
Service Schedule for Great Lent may vary, more details will be forthcoming; Pascha is Sunday, April 24, 2022 
 
Presantified Liturgy and Agape Meal – Please join us on Wednesdays at 7p.m. during Lent as we celebrate the Presantified Liturgy and enjoy an agape potluck dinner together afterwards. Please consider bringing a potluck Lenten dish to share with everyone. Or just come and enjoy the meal with us!
 
All Souls Saturdays – Saturdays in Lent, are called Soul Saturdays and liturgy is served with a special memorial service for our departed members of our families and parish. Please consider joining us and praying for our departed loved ones. The next one is Saturday March 26th and April 2nd. Divine Liturgy is at 10 a.m.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • The Holy Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius, and Agathodorus Commemorated March 7 / March 20 The Hieromartyrs Basil, Ephraim, Eugene, Elpidius, Agathodorus, Aetherius, and Capiton carried the Gospel of Christ into the North Black Sea region from the Danube to the Dniper, including the Crimea. They were bishops of Cherson at different times during the fourth century, and they sealed their apostolic activity with martyrdom. Only Aetherius died in peace. Long before the Baptism of Rus under (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Theophylactus, Bishop of Nicomedia Commemorated March 8 / March 21 Saint Theophylactus lived at Constantinople in the eighth century during the time of the Iconoclast heresy. After the death of the iconoclast emperor Leo IV the Khazar (775-780), Emperor Constantine VI (780-797) ascended the throne. At the same time, the holy Patriarch Paul (August 30), not having the strength to continue guiding the flock in the face of iconoclasm, voluntarily (read more by clicking link)
  • 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste Commemorated March 9 / March 22 In the year 313 Saint Constantine the Great issued an edict granting Christians religious freedom, and officially recognizing Christianity as equal with paganism under the law. But his co-ruler Licinius was a pagan, and he decided to stamp out Christianity in his part of the Empire. As Licinius prepared his army to fight Constantine, he decided to remove Christians from his (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Quadratus and those with him at Corinth Commemorated March 10 / March 23 During a persecution against Christians (in the third century) a certain pious woman named Rufina fled from Corinth to a mountain, to escape from her pursuers. There she gave birth to a son Quadratus, and died soon afterward. By the Providence of God the infant remained alive and was nourished in miraculous manner: a cloud appeared over him, dropping a sweet dew into his mouth. The childhood and youth of Saint Quadratus were spent in the (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Euthymius, Bishop of Novgorod Commemorated March 11 / March 24 Saint Euthymius, in Baptism John, was born in answer to the fervent prayers of the presbyter Micah and his wife Anna. For many years they had been childless, and they vowed that if they had a son, they would dedicate him to God. The boy read priestly books and frequently attended church services, often helping his father in the small church of Saint Theodore. All this sanctified young John’s soul. In the year 1411, he left his parental home for a monastery at the age of fifteen. Twelve versts from Novgorod, in a wilderness spot named Vyazhisch, three monks, Euphrosynus, Ignatius and Galacteon, settled in the (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem Commemorated March 11 / March 24 Saint Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, was born in Damascus around 560. From his youth he was distinguished for his piety and his love for classical studies. He was especially proficient in philosophy, and so he was known as Sophronius the Wise. The future hierarch, however, sought the true philosophy of monasticism, and conversations with the desert-dwellers. He arrived in Jerusalem at the monastery of (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • March 20th 
  • April 10th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
Luminaries for Pascha night– Now that it is lent, we are selling luminaries to be lit on Pascha night! These bags will have the names of your loved ones “for the health of” or “In memory of”. It is a wonderful way to remember them as we process around the church at midnight and sing Christ is Risen! Please see Tatiana Veres in church to purchase them, or email her at tveres@outlook.com. They are $5 per bag or 6 for $25.  
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during Great Lent – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during Lent. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional.. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
13 March 2022

Sunday Bulletin - 13th March 2022
Thirty-Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Five
First Sunday of Great Lent
Triumph of Orthodoxy
 
The first Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy because it commemorates the restoration of the Holy Icons and the triumph of the Orthodox Faith against the terrible heresy of the Iconoclasts, i.e. those heretics who refused to honor the Holy Icons. For more than a hundred years the Church was disturbed by the evil doctrine of iconoclasm.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, March 13th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of  
Michael  (Champion)
Matushka Patricia (Saverino)
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
 
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), 
+Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon 
Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Alexis (Yankovoy) on 11th anniversary passing into eternal life by Winsky and Sokoluk Families
+Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
+Doris (Patrick) on her birthday by her children Georgine Patrick, Steve Patrick, Jim Patrick and Janet Weber
 
Triumph of Orthodoxy procession of Icons at the conclusion of services
 
Panikhida/Parastas offered for the memory of departed servant of God +Doris (Patrick) on her birthday by her children Georgine Patrick, Steve Patrick, Jim Patrick and Janet Weber
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the newly departed servants of God, +Julianna (Sokoluk) and +Rose (Staso) on passing into eternal life, and departed servant of God,by Sokoluk Family, and +Alexis (Yankovoy) by Winsky and Sokoluk Families, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
The First Sunday of Great Lent, Troparion, Tone II:  We worship Thy immaculate Image, O Good One, and ask forgiveness of our sins, O Christ God; for of Thy own will Thou wast pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, to deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst created. Therefore we thankfully cry to Thee: Thou hast filled all things with joy, O our Saviour, by coming to save the world.
 
Kontakion The illimitable Word of the Father accepted limitations by incarnation from thee, O Mother of God; and He transformed our defiled image to its original state and transfused it with the divine beauty. But we confess and give thanks for our salvation, and we proclaim it by deed and word.
 
Troparion Tone V Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord! / Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to you! / Rejoice, O unshakable refuge! / Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! / Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion Tone V Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: "O Lord, save us!"
 
EPISTLE HEBREWS 11:24-26, 11:32-12:2 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.  And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 
GOSPEL JOHN 1:43-51 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
Social activities are resuming. We will be enjoying fellowship in the best way possible, having in mind the present guidelines. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this challenging time. We continue to monitor this unchartered, fluid situation and will update you with new recommendations as they become available. 
 
This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services
 
Regular Time Schedule 
Divine Liturgy begins at 10AM on Sundays 
 
Anyone preparing for Holy Communion should come to General Confession at 9:30AM, there will not be General Confession conducted immediately before Holy Communion.
 
2022 March
  • Sunday March 13th Triumph of Orthodoxy Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday March 16th Second Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday March 19th Soul Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday March 20th St. Gregory of Palamas Divine Liturgy 10AM,Reading of Hours prior,Panikhida after
  • Wednesday March 23rd Third Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday March 26th Soul Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday March 27th Adoration of the Holy, Precious Cross Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday March 30th Fourth Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
2022 April
  • Saturday April 2nd Soul Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday April 3rd St. John Climacus Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday April 6th Eve of Feast of Annunciation Vespers 7PM
  • Thursday April 7th Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday April 10th St. Mary of Egypt Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Panikhida
Service Schedule for Great Lent may vary, more details will be forthcoming; Pascha is Sunday, April 24, 2022
 
The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Therefore, masks are optional. Some may choose to continue to wear masks while around others. We respectfully request you to continue to follow these health and safety measures while in the building:
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available
- Social distance, being mindful of others' personal space
 
Presantified Liturgy and Agape Meal – Please join us on Wednesdays at 7p.m. during Lent as we celebrate the Presantified Liturgy and enjoy an agape potluck dinner together afterwards. Please consider bringing a potluck Lenten dish to share with everyone. Or just come and enjoy the meal with us!
 
Services and times are forthcoming: 
  Great Lent 2022
  • Soul Saturdays: March 19th, March 26th and April 2nd 
  • Pre Sanctified Liturgy Wednesdays March 16th through April 13th, weekly
  • Second Sunday, St. Gregory of Palamas, March 20th 
  • Third Sunday, Adoration of the Holy Cross, March 27th
  • Fourth Sunday, St. John Climacus, April 3rd
  • Eve of Feast of Annunciation Vespers 7PM, April 6th 
  • Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, April 7th 
  • Fifth Sunday, St. Mary of Egypt, April 10th, Panikhida/Parastas 
  • Lazarus Saturday April 16th
  • Feast of Entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday April 17th 
  • Holy Week April 18th through 23rd
  Pascha 2022
  • Pascha XC April 24th 
  • Bright Week April 25th through 30th
  • St. Thomas Sunday May 1st
 
Fasting: Great Lent, Meat and Dairy excluded until Pascha, April 24th 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Venerable Prokopios the Confessor of Decapolis Commemorated February 27 / March 12 Saint Prokopios lived during the VIII century in the region of Dekapolis, east of the Sea of Galilee. Forsaking the vainity of this world, Prokopios was tonsured in a certain monastery, where he labored for his salvation, devoting himself to a life of prayer and fasting. As he grew experienced in ascetical labors, he was adorned with (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Basil the Confessor, companion of Venerable Procopius at Decapolis Commemorated February 28 / March 13 Saint Basil the Confessor was a monk and suffered during the reign of the iconoclast emperor Leo the Isaurian (717-741). When a persecution started against those who venerated holy icons, Saint Basil and his companion Saint Procopius of Decapolis (February 27) were subjected to much torture and locked up in prison. Here both martyrs languished for a long while, until the death of the impious emperor. When the holy Confessors Basil and Procopius were set free along with (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Eudokia of Heliopolis Commemorated March 1 / March 14 Holy Monastic Martyr Eudokia was a Samaritan, a native of the city of Heliopolis in Phoenicia (modern Baalbek), who lived during the reign of Trajan (98-117). Her pagan impiety took her off the good path, and for a long time she led a sinful life. Her soul was deadened and her heart hardened. Eudokia awoke one night at midnight and heard singing from the (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Theodotus, Bishop of Cyrenia Commemorated March 2 / March 15  The Hieromartyr Theodotus, a native of Galatia in Asia Minor, was Bishop of Cyrenia in Cyprus. During a time of persecution against Christians under the impious emperor Licinius (311-324), Saint Theodotus openly preached Christ, calling on the pagans to abandon idolatry and turn to the true God. Sabinus, the governor of Cyprus, ordered that Bishop Theodotus be arrested and brought to trial. When he heard about this order, the saint did not(read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Arsenius, Bishop of Tver Commemorated March 2 / March 15 Saint Arsenius, Bishop of Tver, was born at Tver, and in his early years received monastic tonsure in the Kiev Caves monastery. Even among the monks of this ancient monastery, distinguished for their piety, Arsenius was noted for his saintly life as well as for his strictness in keeping his monastic vows, his knowledge of the Church typikon, his study of Holy Scripture, and his love for work. Under Metropolitan Cyprian of Kiev (1380-1382) he served as (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Eutropius, Cleonicus, and Basiliscus of Amasea Commemorated March 3 / March 16 The Holy Martyrs Eutropius, Cleonicus and Basiliscus suffered in the city of Pontine Amasea (Asia Minor) in about the year 308. The brothers Eutropius and Cleonicus, and Basiliscus the nephew of the Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (February 17), were comrades. After the martyric death of Saint Theodore, they wound up in prison and by their preaching brought many of the pagans in prison with them to the Christian Faith. When he tortured Saint  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Gerasimus of the Jordan Commemorated March 4 / March 17 Saint Gerasimus was a native of Lycia (Asia Minor). From his early years he was distinguished for his piety. Having received monastic tonsure, he withdrew into the desert of the Thebaid (in Egypt). Thereafter, in about the year 450, the monk arrived in Palestine and settled at the Jordan, where he founded a monastery. For a certain while Saint Gerasimus was tempted by the heresy of  (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you for your abundance of prayers, expressions of sympathy, and thoughtful generosity to both of our families and to the Church in memory of our dear, +Julianna and +Rose. The Sokoluk and Staso families, extend their sincere gratitude to all. 
 
Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts to the Kunasz and Williams Family and friends for their generosity in memory of our dear, +Julianna and +Rose on the 40th day. The Sokoluk and Staso families, extend their heartfelt thanks to all of you. 
 
Thank you for your kindness and generosity as we celebrated Maslenitsa! on Cheesefare Sunday. All donations were greatly appreciated to benefit the Sunday School. 
 
Thank you! To those whom have donated to our Charity Food Drive to benefit Philabundance. We have had a generous amount of donations, thank you!!! Unfortunately, for the local distribution centers there is a continuous need to stock their shelves. It is our hope to help with the pounds of food donated. Collection management is thanks to the helping hands of Julianna Sokoluk and family. 
 
Thank you! The necessary preparations for Theophany, The Baptism of Christ, were accomplished thanks to the helping hands of Michael Peleszak, Ivan Moroz and Sokoluk Family. 
 
Thank you! Festive decor for the Nativity of Christ season throughout the church is thanks to the helping hands of Joseph and Denise Rutherford, Michael Peleszak, Greg Shast, and Julianna Sokoluk and Family. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated many items for the altar and clergy, including priest vestments, Paschal Cross, icons, icon stands, Candle stand with censor holder, altar candle holders, and several large oil lampadas. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated time, materials and services to improving the technology and services used in the church. Improvements began being implemented last year and is on-going.
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Holy Water
Available upon request. 
Theophany of Our Lord, Troparion When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan,/ the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;/ for, the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee,/ calling Thee His beloved Son;/ and the Spirit in the form of a dove/ confirmed the certainty of His word./ O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the worlds,// glory be to Thee! 
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our choir director Greg Kauriga to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • March 20th 
  • April 10th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards available every Sunday & all year-round!!!  Great idea for Gift-Giving for the holidays, graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new baby, new home AND use one personally as you are shopping for meats, seafood, dry and canned goods, bakery, deli, pharmacy, gasoline and more, to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at supermarket chains (Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the Church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the Church by cash or check and then using them to purchase groceries, merchandise and services from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, in the office or email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
Luminaries for Pascha night– Now that it is lent, we are selling luminaries to be lit on Pascha night! These bags will have the names of your loved ones “for the health of” or “In memory of”. It is a wonderful way to remember them as we process around the church at midnight and sing Christ is Risen! Please see Tatiana Veres in church to purchase them, or email her at tveres@outlook.com. They are $5 per bag or 6 for $25.  
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
Annual Meeting reconvened on Sunday, February 6th. On Sunday, January 30th, 2022, the annual meeting was called by the Presiden Nadine Sokoluk, in keeping with proper procedure. Due to the wintery weather, there was a lack of quorum, therefore orders of business were suspended until the next Sunday. The Annual meeting is an opportunity to review the year past, see what is happening presently, and plan for the future. Thank you for joining us. Those who are current in your membership dues, maintained eligibility to vote.
 
Election results for the 2022 Council is as follows:
President Suzanne Veres
Vice President Denise Rutherford
Controller Gregory Shast
Assistant Controller Joel Patrick
Assistant Controller Justine Paul
Tresurer Deborah Barth
Assistant Treasurer Charles Staso 
Recording Secretary Genevieve Veres
Immediate Past President Nadine Sokoluk
Trustees: 
Marlene Blaskevitch
Melaney Bedard
Nikola Filipovic
Kenneth Koscinski
Thom Nickels
Michael Peleszak
Tatiana Saverino Sarris
Maryann Storey
Tatiana Veres
Elijah Williams
Dawn Worthington
 
Installation of 2022 Council, On Sunday, February 13th most of the new 2022 Council members were present in the church to take the oath, promising in front of God that they will be working for the welfare of St. Michaels parish, offering help to those in need and continuing the mission of our Holy Church. Those members who couldn't come and were not there for the Oath of Office, took the oath on Sunday, February 20th. Those members who couldn't come and were not there for the Oath of Office, should take the oath prior to the next Council meeting.
 
2022 Church Calendars, new 2022 Orthodox church calendars are available. Pick up yours today in church or if you would like one mailed to you please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually. 
 
2022 Envelopes - individual/family boxes are ready for pick-up in the church vestibule. Please verify your donation envelope number, and if it has been changed, come into the office to pick up new parking identification card. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
PHILABUNDANCE, a local food pantry, is the focus of our Charity Drive. Drop-off your non-perishable Food Donations in the Church hall during Great Lent. Did You Know? Philabundance relies on food drives to bring in much needed non-perishable items that they rarely receive from other donation sources. The items you donate will be sent to over 350 agencies and direct service within our region. These agencies include shelters, food pantries and after-school feeding programs. The people who rely on these programs are often struggling to feed a family with children. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not ideal because of their short shelf life. High priority items requested include, not limited to: canned fish; canned meats; canned stew/chili; 100% juice; breakfast cereals; oatmeal; peanut butter. All items should be recently purchased and in good condition. 
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes. 
Try one this week:
Ratatouille
1 large onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
1 (28-oz.) can tomatoes, chopped or crushed
1 1/2 teaspoon sweet basil, crushed
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 medium eggplant, cut, unpeeled
2 medium zucchini, cut
2 green peppers, cut in strips
Cook onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add tomatoes. All the basil, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf. Save 2 cups sauce. Layer vegetables. Add sauce on top. Cover and cook for 20 minutes; then uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes. Eat hot or cold.
By Helen P. Yurkow (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004)
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.

 

6 March 2022

Sunday Bulletin - 6th March 2022
Triodion, Thirty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Four
The Sunday of Forgiveness
 
 
As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, March 6th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of  
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia (Saverino)
Helen (Yurkow)
 
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), 
+Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon 
Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Archpriest John (Bohush) on passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Archpriest John (Udics) on 6th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on passing into eternal life by Marlene Blaskevitch
+Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
+Justina (Staso) on 24th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Staso Family
+Nicholas (Nayko) on 4th anniversary by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte, and Amelia 
 
Forgiveness Vespers at the conclusion of services
 
Maslenitsa! Cheesefare Sunday - the last day to eat all dairy and eggs, before the start of Great Lent! Please join us after Divine Liturgy this Sunday March 6th for Maslenitsa featuring a variety of dairy and egg dishes. A donation is appreciated to benefit the Sunday School. 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the newly departed servants of God, +Julianna (Sokoluk) and +Rose (Staso) on passing into eternal life, by Sokoluk, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Cheese Fare Sunday, Kontakion, O Lord, Who art the guide to wisdom, the bestower of prudence, the instructor of the thoughtless, and the protector of the poor, strengthen and enlighten my heart. Give me the gift of expression, O Thou Who art the Word of the Father; for behold I will not prevent my lips from crying to Thee: O Merciful Lord, have mercy on me who have fallen.
 
Troparion When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos The mystery of all eternity, / unknown even by angels, / through you, O Theotokos, is revealed to those on earth: / God incarnate, by union without confusion. / He voluntarily accepted the cross for us, / by which He resurrected the first-created man, / saving our souls from death.
 
Kontakion  My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!
 
EPISTLE ROMANS 13:11-14:4 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 6:14-21  For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 
 
For those who did not receive the email bulletin last Sunday, please note, its abbreviated information is shared at the end of this email.
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
Social activities are resuming. We will be enjoying fellowship in the best way possible, having in mind the present guidelines. 
 
The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Therefore, masks are optional. Some may choose to continue to wear masks while around others. We respectfully request you to continue to follow these health and safety measures while in the building:
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available
- Social distance, being mindful of others' personal space
 
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and support during this challenging time. We continue to monitor this unchartered, fluid situation and will update you with new recommendations as they become available. 
 
This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services
 
Regular Time Schedule & Upstairs
Divine Liturgy begins at 10AM on Sundays 
 
Anyone preparing for Holy Communion should come to General Confession at 9:30AM, there will not be General Confession conducted immediately before Holy Communion.
 
2022 March
  • Monday March 7th Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 7PM
  • Tuesday March 8th Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 7PM
  • Wednesday March 9th Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 7PM
  • Thursday March 10th Great Canon of St. Andrew 7PM
  • Sunday March 13th Triumph of Orthodoxy Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday March 16th Second Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday March 19th Soul Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday March 20th St. Gregory of Palamas Divine Liturgy 10AM,Reading of Hours prior,Panikhida after
  • Wednesday March 23rd Third Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
  • Saturday March 26th Soul Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday March 27th Adoration of the Holy, Precious Cross Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday March 30th Fourth Week Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 7PM
Service Schedule for Great Lent may vary, more details will be forthcoming; Pascha is Sunday, April 24, 2022
 
The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate as of Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Therefore, masks are optional. Some may choose to continue to wear masks while around others. We respectfully request you to continue to follow these health and safety measures while in the building:
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available
- Social distance, being mindful of others' personal space
 
Services and times are forthcoming: 
  Great Lent 2022
  • Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete Monday March 7th through Thursday March 10th 7PM
  • Soul Saturdays: March 19th, March 26th and April 2nd 
  • Pre Sanctified Liturgy Wednesdays March 16th through April 13th, weekly
  • Clean Monday, Great Lent Begins March 7th
  • First Sunday, Orthodoxy Sunday, March 13th 
  • Second Sunday, St. Gregory of Palamas, March 20th 
  • Third Sunday, Adoration of the Holy Cross, March 27th
  • Fourth Sunday, St. John Climacus, April 3rd
  • Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, April 7th 
  • Fifth Sunday, St. Mary of Egypt, April 10th, Panikhida/Parastas 
  • Lazarus Saturday April 16th
  • Feast of Entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday April 17th 
  • Holy Week April 18th through 23rd
  Pascha 2022
  • Pascha XC April 24th 
  • Bright Week April 25th through 30th
  • St. Thomas Sunday May 1st
 
Fasting: Great Lent begins Clean Monday March 7th, Meat and Dairy excluded until Pascha, April 24th 
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Venerable Timothy of Symbola in Bithynia Commemorated February 21 / March 6 Saint Timothy of Symbola was of Italian descent. He became a monk at a young age and pursued asceticism at a monastery called “Symbola”, in Asia Minor near Mount Olympus. At that time Theoctistus was the archimandrite of the monastery. Saint Timothy was the disciple of Theoctistus and also of Saint Platon of the (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Eustathius, Archbishop of Antioch Commemorated February 21 / March 6 Saint Eustathius, Archbishop of Antioch (323-331) was born in Side, Pamphylia in 324. He was Bishop of Beroea (modern Aleppo), and enjoyed the love and esteem of the people, and at the request of his flock he was elevated by the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council (325) to the See of Antioch. Saint Eustathius was a learned theologian, and was also distinguished by his broad knowledge in secular (read more by clicking link)
  • Uncovering of the relics of the Holy Martyrs at the Gate of Eugenius at Constantinople Commemorated February 22 / March 7 During the persecutions against Christians the relics of these Holy Martyrs were usually buried by the faithful in hidden places. Thus, at Constantinople, near the Eugenios Gate and tower, the incorrupt relics of several Martyrs were found. Their names are not known, but they are written in the Book of (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna Commemorated February 23 / March 8 Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, who was “fruitful in every good work” (Col. 1:10), was born in the first century, and lived in Smyrna in Asia Minor. He was orphaned at an early age, but at the direction of an angel, he was raised by the pious widow Kallista. After the death of his adoptive mother, Polycarp gave away his possessions and began to lead a chaste life, caring for the (read more by clicking link)
  • First and second finding of the Honorable Head of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist of the Lord, John Commemorated February 24 / March 9 After the Beheading of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John (August 29), his body was buried by disciples in the Samarian city of Sebaste, and his venerable head was hidden by Herodias in an unclean place. Saint Joanna (June 27), the wife of King Herod’s steward Chuza (Luke 8:3), secretly took the holy head and placed it into a vessel and  (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople Commemorated February 25 / March 10 Saint Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople was of illustrious lineage. He was born and raised in Constantinople, where he received a fine education. He was rapidly promoted at the court of the emperor Constantine VI Porphyrogenitos (780-797) and Constantine’s mother, the holy Empress Irene (August 7), and the saint attained the rank of senator. During these times the Church was (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza Commemorated February 26 / March 11 Saint Porphyrius, Archbishop of Gaza, was born about the year 346 at Thessalonica. His parents were people of substance, and this allowed Saint Porphyrius to receive a fine education. Having the inclination for monastic life, he left his native region at twenty-five years of age and set off for Egypt, where he lived in the Nitrian desert under the guidance of Saint Macarius the Great (January 19). There he also met Saint Jerome (June 15), who was then visiting the (read more by clicking link)
 
 
News of The Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and Moscow Patriarchate
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On February 15, the feast of the Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
On this feast, Orthodox Youth Day is traditionally celebrated. His Holiness was co-served by Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA & Canada and Bishop Roman of Serpukhov, abbot of Vysotsky Stavropegial Monastery; Archpriest Mikhail Ryazantsev, cathedral dean, Archimandrite Alexy (Turikov; personal secretary of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill ), and Moscow clergy. Singing at the Liturgy was the Patriarchal Choir of Christ the Savior Cathedral directed by I.B. Tolkachev. The chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for international affairs, L.E. Slutsky, was present at the Cathedral. Soyuz and Spas TV channels, as well as Patriarchia.ru, the official portal of the Russian Orthodox Church, broadcasted the festive Patriarchal service. Petitions for deliverance from the coronavirus infection were raised at the Augmented Litany. After the Augmented Litany, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church read a prayer during the spread of a harmful epidemic. 
During the Liturgy, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill ordained Hierodeacon Platon (Kudlasevich), a cleric of Sretensky Stavropegial Monastery, Director of the Publishing House of Sretensky Monastery, a priest. The sermon before the Holy Communion was delivered by Archpriest Viktor Gusev, cleric of the Church of the Mother of God"Unexpected Joy" in Chertanovo, Moscow. At the end of the Liturgy, the glorification to the feast of the Presentation of the Lord was performed. Then the Primate addressed the participants in the divine service with his primatial sermon. In recognition of his diligent archpastoral ministry and in connection with his 50th birthday, His Holiness awarded Bishop Matthew of Sourozh with the Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, III degree. Presenting the award, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill said: “Vladyka serves in Great Britain, carries out a very responsible obedience, gathers the flock, and, more recently, due to circumstances related to restrictions, which, unfortunately, representatives of the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church experience abroad and sometimes are not able to visit some countries, he also takes care of our flock in the United States. May God give you strength, firmness in faith, in love for the Motherland, so that your word could be wise and, at the same time, full of spiritual power."        
Patriarchia.ru/Sourozh.org "The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA - www.mospatusa.com"
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you for your abundance of prayers, expressions of sympathy, and thoughtful generosity to both of our families and to the Church in memory of our dear, +Julianna and +Rose. The Sokoluk and Staso families, extend their sincere gratitude to all. 
 
Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts to the Kunasz and Williams Family and friends for their generosity in memory of our dear, +Julianna and +Rose on the 40th day. The Sokoluk and Staso families, extend their heartfelt thanks to all of you. 
 
Thank you! To those whom have donated to our Charity Food Drive to benefit Philabundance. The collection is extended until February 27th. Up to now, we have had a generous amount of donations, thank you!!! Unfortunately, for the local distribution centers there is a continuous need to stock their shelves. It is our hope to exceed 300 pounds of food. We are not there yet, so let's add some more pounds in a good way! Collection management is thanks to the helping hands of Julianna Sokoluk and family. 
 
Thank you! The necessary preparations for Theophany, The Baptism of Christ, were accomplished thanks to the helping hands of Michael Peleszak, Ivan Moroz and Sokoluk Family. 
 
Thank you! Festive decor for the Nativity of Christ season throughout the church is thanks to the helping hands of Joseph and Denise Rutherford, Michael Peleszak, Greg Shast, and Julianna Sokoluk and Family. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated many items for the altar and clergy, including priest vestments, Paschal Cross, icons, icon stands, Candle stand with censor holder, altar candle holders, and several large oil lampadas. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated time, materials and services to improving the technology and services used in the church. Improvements began being implemented last year and is on-going.
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Holy Water
Available upon request. 
Theophany of Our Lord, Troparion When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan,/ the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;/ for, the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee,/ calling Thee His beloved Son;/ and the Spirit in the form of a dove/ confirmed the certainty of His word./ O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the worlds,// glory be to Thee! 
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir  New members are welcome to join the choir. Please speak with the choir director, Gregory Kauriga. 
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • March 20th 
  • April 10th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards available every Sunday & all year-round!!!  Great idea for Gift-Giving for the holidays, graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new baby, new home AND use one personally as you are shopping for meats, seafood, dry and canned goods, bakery, deli, pharmacy, gasoline and more, to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at supermarket chains (Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the Church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the Church by cash or check and then using them to purchase groceries, merchandise and services from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, in the office or email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
Annual Meeting reconvened on Sunday, February 6th. On Sunday, January 30th, 2022, the annual meeting was called by the Presiden Nadine Sokoluk, in keeping with proper procedure. Due to the wintery weather, there was a lack of quorum, therefore orders of business were suspended until the next Sunday. The Annual meeting is an opportunity to review the year past, see what is happening presently, and plan for the future. Thank you for joining us. Those who are current in your membership dues, maintained eligibility to vote.
 
Election results for the 2022 Council is as follows:
President Suzanne Veres
Vice President Denise Rutherford
Controller Gregory Shast
Assistant Controller Joel Patrick
Assistant Controller Justine Paul
Tresurer Deborah Barth
Assistant Treasurer Charles Staso 
Recording Secretary Genevieve Veres
Immediate Past President Nadine Sokoluk
Trustees: 
Marlene Blaskevitch
Melaney Bedard
Nikola Filipovic
Kenneth Koscinski
Thom Nickels
Michael Peleszak
Tatiana Saverino Sarris
Maryann Storey
Tatiana Veres
Elijah Williams
Dawn Worthington
 
Installation of 2022 Council, On Sunday, February 13th most of the new 2022 Council members were present in the church to take the oath, promising in front of God that they will be working for the welfare of St. Michaels parish, offering help to those in need and continuing the mission of our Holy Church. Those members who couldn't come and were not there for the Oath of Office, took the oath on Sunday, February 20th. Those members who couldn't come and were not there for the Oath of Office, should take the oath this Sunday, February 27th, before the new first council meeting on February 27th.
 
2022 Church Calendars, new 2022 Orthodox church calendars are available. Pick up yours today in church or if you would like one mailed to you please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually. 
 
2022 Envelopes - individual/family boxes are ready for pick-up in the church vestibule. Please verify your donation envelope number, and if it has been changed, come into the office to pick up new parking identification card. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
PHILABUNDANCE, a local food pantry, is the focus of our Charity Drive. Drop-off your non-perishable Food Donations in the Church hall during Great Lent. Did You Know? Philabundance relies on food drives to bring in much needed non-perishable items that they rarely receive from other donation sources. The items you donate will be sent to over 350 agencies and direct service within our region. These agencies include shelters, food pantries and after-school feeding programs. The people who rely on these programs are often struggling to feed a family with children. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not ideal because of their short shelf life. High priority items requested include, not limited to: canned fish; canned meats; canned stew/chili; 100% juice; breakfast cereals; oatmeal; peanut butter. All items should be recently purchased and in good condition. 
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes. 
Try one this week:
Easy Greek Golden Pilaf
2 medium carrots 
1 cup uncooked regular rice
1/2 cup raisins
1 Tablespoon bouillon, vegetable (or chicken)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup margarine (or butter)
2 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds
Cut carrots lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips and cut into one inch pieces. Put in a plastic bag. Add rice, raisins, bouillon, curry powder, salt and thyme. This may be done the night before. Cook and stir onion in margarine in a 2 quart sauce pan until tender. Add bag of goodies and water. Heat to boiling, stirring once or twice. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 14 minutes (do not lift cover or stir). After removing from stove, fluff with fork, cover and let it steam for 5 minutes. Top with almonds. 
By June Nilson (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004)
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." 
27 February 2022

Sunday Bulletin - 27th February 2022
Triodion, Thirty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Three 
Sunday of the Last Judgement
 
Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the Last Judgment. It reminds us that while trusting in Christ’s love and mercy, we must not forget His righteous judgment when He comes again in glory. 
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, February 27th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of  
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia (Saverino) 
 
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:  
 Newly departed +Archpriest John (Bohush) on passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
 +Archpriest John (Udics) on 6th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
  Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on passing into eternal life by Karen and Greg Zukowsky
  Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on passing into eternal life by Karen and Greg Zukowsky
  +Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
  +Nicholas (Nayko) on 4th anniversary by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte, and Amelia 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the newly departed servants of God, +Julianna (Sokoluk) and +Rose (Staso) on passing into eternal life, by Sokoluk, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Meatfare Sunday The Women’s Fellowship is hosting a meat filled Coffee hour this Sunday, February 27th. Please join us after Divine Liturgy for a luncheon with stuffed cabbages, kielbasa, chicken, meatballs, sides, salad and desserts. It should be a delicious time to enjoy together before the start of Great Lent! A donation is appreciated.
 
Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare), Kontakion When Thou comest to earth with glory, O God, and all things tremble, then a river of fire will flow before Thy Judgment Seat, and the books will be opened, and the hidden things made public. Then deliver me from the unquenchable fire and grant me to stand at Thy right hand, O most just Judge.
 
Troparion Let the heavens rejoice, / let the earth be glad! / For the Lord has shown might with His arm,/ He has trampled down death by death. / He has become the first-born of the dead. / He has delivered us from the depths of hell, / and has granted the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos We praise you as the mediatrix of our salvation, / O Virgin Theotokos. / For your Son, our God, Who took flesh from you, / accepted the passion of the cross, / delivering us from corruption as the Lover of man.
 
Kontakion  On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, / leading us from the gates of death. / On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; / with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise / the divine majesty of Thy power!
 
EPISTLE  1 CORINTHIANS 8:8-9:2 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 25:31-46 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
 
For those who did not receive the email bulletin last Sunday, please note, its abbreviated information is shared at the end of this email.
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, the church of St. Michael the Archangel is open for Divine Liturgy and other services by the schedule, to parishioners under certain measures, out of regard to current guidelines and Hierarchal directives. 
 
Divine Liturgy and other services are celebrated upstairs in the Church proper. Divine Liturgy at 10AM on Sundays, with Reading of the Hours prior. General Confession is conducted at 9:30AM. 
 
All are welcome.
 
Measures and guidelines remain. We are taking preventative measures to help stop the spread of the virus, by disinfecting high contact surfaces, and minimize contact touch points such as leaving doors open 
 
We respectfully request you to follow these health and safety measures while in the building:
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available
- Social distance, being mindful of others' personal space
- Wear masks, please bring a mask / face covering
 
Veneration of Icons & Cross: Please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand and/or the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will be placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred in place of veneration. 
 
General Confession will be conducted at 9:30AM.  Holy Communion, Individual spoon and paper tissue will be provided to wipe your mouth. A receptacle to place used tissues will also be provided. Please do not kiss the chalice. 
 
Social activities are resuming. We will be enjoying fellowship in the best way possible, having in mind the present guidelines. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We continue to monitor this unchartered, fluid situation and will update you with new recommendations as they become available. 
 
This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services
 
Regular Time Schedule & Upstairs
Divine Liturgy begins at 10AM on Sundays and has returned to the upstairs Church proper. 
 
Anyone preparing for Holy Communion should come to General Confession at 9:30AM, there will not be General Confession conducted immediately before Holy Communion.
 
2022 March 
  • Sunday, March 6th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Forgiveness Vespers after 
  • Wednesday, March 9th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, 7PM
  • Sunday, March 13th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Wednesday, March 16th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, 7PM
  • Sunday, March 20th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Panikhida/Parastas after
  • Wednesday, March 23rd Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, 7PM
  • Sunday, March 27th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Wednesday, March 30th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, 7PM
 
Services and times are forthcoming: 
 Pre-Lent 2022 
  • Sunday of Forgiveness / Cheesefare March 6th
  Great Lent 2022
  • Soul Saturdays: March 19th, March 26th and April 2nd 
  • Pre Sanctified Liturgy Wednesdays March 9th through April 13th, weekly
  • Clean Monday, Great Lent Begins March 7th
  • First Sunday, Orthodoxy Sunday, March 13th 
  • Second Sunday, St. Gregory of Palamas, March 20th 
  • Third Sunday, Adoration of the Holy Cross, March 27th
  • Fourth Sunday, St. John Climacus, April 3rd
  • Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, April 7th 
  • Fifth Sunday, St. Mary of Egypt, April 10th
  • Lazarus Saturday April 16th
  • Palm Sunday, Entry into Jerusalem, April 17th 
  • Holy Week April 18th through 23rd
  Pascha 2022
  • Pascha XC April 24th 
  • Bright Week April 25th through 30th
  • St. Thomas Sunday May 1st
 
Fasting Reminders: Masletnitsa; Wednesday March 2nd & March 4th, Meat is excluded. 
Upcoming Fasting: Cheesfare Sunday March 6th; Great Lent begins Monday March 7th
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes. 
Try one this week:
EASY LENTIL CHILI
8 ounce lentils
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 package French's mild chili mix
2 cans red kidney beans, one can if desired
Fill sauce pan with half pot water. Add lentils. Simmer 1/2 hour with lid on. Add tomatoes, simmer 20 minutes. Add chili mix and kidney beans. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Good with salad and tortilla chips. 
By June Nilson (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004)
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." 
 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Repose of Saint Cyril, Equal of the Apostles and Teacher of the Slavs Commemorated February 14 / February 27 Saint Cyril Equal of the Apostles, Teacher of the Slavs (Constantine in the schema), and his older brother Methodius (April 6), were Slavs, born in Macedonia in the city of Thessalonica. Saint Cyril received the finest of educations, and from the age of fourteen he was raised with the son of the emperor. Later, he was ordained as a (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Onesimus of the Seventy Commemorated February 15 / February 28 Saint Onesimus, Apostle of the Seventy in his youth was a servant of Philemon, a Christian of distinguished lineage, living in the city of Colossae, Phrygia. Guilty of an offense against his master and fearing punishment, Saint Onesimus fled to (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Pamphilius the Presbyter, Valens the Deacon, and those with them, at Caesarea in Palestine Commemorated February 16 / March 1 The Holy Martyrs Pamphίlios the Presbyter, Valens the Deacon, Paul, Porphyrios, Séleukos, Theódoulos, Julian, Samuel, Elias, Daniel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah suffered martyrdom during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284 – 305) at Caesarea in Palestine. The holy Martyr Pamphίlios, a native of the city of Beirut, was educated at Alexandria, after which he was   (read more by clicking link)
  • Greatmartyr Theodore the Tyro (“the Recruit”) Commemorated February 17 / March 2 The Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro) was a soldier in the city of Alasium of the Pontine district (northeast province of Asia Minor, stretching along the coast of the Euxine, i.e. the Black Sea), under the command of a certain Brincus. They commanded him to offer sacrifice to (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Leo the Great, Pope of Rome Commemorated February 18 / March 3 Saint Leo I the Great, Pope of Rome (440-461), received a fine and diverse education, which opened for him the possibility of an excellent worldly career. He yearned for the spiritual life, however, and so he chose the path of becoming an archdeacon under holy (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostles of the Seventy Archippus and Philemon, and Martyr Apphia Commemorated February 19 / March 4 Saints Archippus, Philemon and Apphia, Apostles of the Seventy were students and companions of the holy Apostle Paul. In the Epistle to Philemon, the Apostle Paul names Saint Archippus as his companion, and mentions him again in the Epistle to the Colossians (Col. 4:17). Saint Archippus was bishop of the city of Colossae in Phrygia. Saint Philemon was an eminent citizen of this city, and the Christians gathered in his home to celebrate (read more by clicking link)
 
 
News of The Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and Moscow Patriarchate
"The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA - www.mospatusa.com"
 
Your Beatitude! Your Eminences and Graces! Dear fathers, brothers & sisters! It is with deep and heartfelt pain that I witness the suffering of people caused by the events taking place. As the Patriarch of All Rus’ and the Primate of the Church, whose flock is in Russia, Ukraine and other countries, I deeply empathize with everyone who is experiencing misfortune. I call on all parties of the conflict to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties. I appeal to bishops, pastors, monastics and laity to provide available assistance to all victims, including refugees, people left without shelter and livelihood. The Russian and Ukrainian peoples have a common centuries-old history dating back to the Baptism of Rus’ by holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir. I believe that this God-given commonality will help overcome the divisions and contradictions that have arisen that have led to the current conflict. I call on the entirety of the Russian Orthodox Church to raise deep, fervent prayer for the speedy restoration of peace. May the all-merciful Lord, through the intercession of our Most Pure Lady Theotokos and all the saints, preserve the Russian, Ukrainian and other peoples, which our Church spiritually unites! 
+KYRILL PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA (https://ruschurchusa.org/en/)
 
Dear in the Lord Brothers and Sisters: As we approach Great Lent, this salvific time of profound prayer andself-correction, and in connection with the events in the Ukrainian land, I turn to all with a heartfelt plea: to refrain from excessive watching television, following newspapers and the internet, to close our hearts to the passions ignited by mass media, while doubling our fervent prayers for peace throughout the world, for overcoming enmity and discord, for help for the suffering, for the repose of those who have departed into the eternal life and the consolation of their friends and relatives, so that we all first and foremost remain humane and Orthodox Christians in these difficult times. The forthcoming Great Lenten period is our path towards the Pascha of Christ. This path leads away from indolence, impatience, fuss and constant anxiety in our spiritual life, and towards wholeness, humility and love. This pious experience do not arise within us without effort, but through adhering to the other world in our churches—the world of light, joy, hope and kindness. Without participating in the divine services of Great Lent, which creates a special atmosphere in our homes and in our lives, attaining such a spiritual state is very difficult, it may even be impossible. Striving towards God, establishing peace within our hearts and participating in the sacramental life of the Church of Christ, wherein lies our personal relationship with God, we reduce the level of evil in this world, we inspire others towards labors and spiritual feats of the Gospel, we enhance peace and brotherly relationships, and do not succumb to the temptations of various discords and divisions. Therefore, I urge everyone to take advantage of every opportunity offered by the Church to preserve peace and goodness in our hearts, to spend this blessed time of salvation, so that we can all together meet and spend the luminous night of Pascha in unity of spirit and brotherly love, in the renewal of all of our powers and the spiritual joy in the Resurrected Christ and the victory of good over evil! Amen.
+Metropolitan Hilarion 
of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (http://synod.com/synod/indexeng.htm)
 
On February 15, the feast of the Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
On this feast, Orthodox Youth Day is traditionally celebrated. His Holiness was co-served by Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA & Canada and Bishop Roman of Serpukhov, abbot of Vysotsky Stavropegial Monastery; Archpriest Mikhail Ryazantsev, cathedral dean, Archimandrite Alexy (Turikov; personal secretary of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill ), and Moscow clergy. Singing at the Liturgy was the Patriarchal Choir of Christ the Savior Cathedral directed by I.B. Tolkachev. The chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for international affairs, L.E. Slutsky, was present at the Cathedral. Soyuz and Spas TV channels, as well as Patriarchia.ru, the official portal of the Russian Orthodox Church, broadcasted the festive Patriarchal service. Petitions for deliverance from the coronavirus infection were raised at the Augmented Litany. After the Augmented Litany, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church read a prayer during the spread of a harmful epidemic. 
During the Liturgy, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill ordained Hierodeacon Platon (Kudlasevich), a cleric of Sretensky Stavropegial Monastery, Director of the Publishing House of Sretensky Monastery, a priest. The sermon before the Holy Communion was delivered by Archpriest Viktor Gusev, cleric of the Church of the Mother of God"Unexpected Joy" in Chertanovo, Moscow. At the end of the Liturgy, the glorification to the feast of the Presentation of the Lord was performed. Then the Primate addressed the participants in the divine service with his primatial sermon. In recognition of his diligent archpastoral ministry and in connection with his 50th birthday, His Holiness awarded Bishop Matthew of Sourozh with the Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, III degree. Presenting the award, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill said: “Vladyka serves in Great Britain, carries out a very responsible obedience, gathers the flock, and, more recently, due to circumstances related to restrictions, which, unfortunately, representatives of the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church experience abroad and sometimes are not able to visit some countries, he also takes care of our flock in the United States. May God give you strength, firmness in faith, in love for the Motherland, so that your word could be wise and, at the same time, full of spiritual power."        
Patriarchia.ru/Sourozh.org "The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA - www.mospatusa.com"
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you for your abundance of prayers, expressions of sympathy, and thoughtful generosity to both of our families and to the Church in memory of our dear, +Julianna and +Rose. The Sokoluk and Staso families, extend their sincere gratitude to all. 
 
Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts to the Kunasz and Williams Family and friends for their generosity in memory of our dear, +Julianna and +Rose on the 40th day. The Sokoluk and Staso families, extend their heartfelt thanks to all of you. 
 
Thank you! To those whom have donated to our Charity Food Drive to benefit Philabundance. The collection is extended until February 27th. Up to now, we have had a generous amount of donations, thank you!!! Unfortunately, for the local distribution centers there is a continuous need to stock their shelves. It is our hope to exceed 300 pounds of food. We are not there yet, so let's add some more pounds in a good way! Collection management is thanks to the helping hands of Julianna Sokoluk and family. 
 
Thank you! The necessary preparations for Theophany, The Baptism of Christ, were accomplished thanks to the helping hands of Michael Peleszak, Ivan Moroz and Sokoluk Family. 
 
Thank you! Festive decor for the Nativity of Christ season throughout the church is thanks to the helping hands of Joseph and Denise Rutherford, Michael Peleszak, Greg Shast, and Julianna Sokoluk and Family. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated many items for the altar and clergy, including priest vestments, Paschal Cross, icons, icon stands, Candle stand with censor holder, altar candle holders, and several large oil lampadas. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated time, materials and services to improving the technology and services used in the church. Improvements began being implemented last year and is on-going.
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Holy Water
Available in the Church proper until Sunday, February 27th or upon request thereafter. 
Theophany of Our Lord, Troparion When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan,/ the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;/ for, the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee,/ calling Thee His beloved Son;/ and the Spirit in the form of a dove/ confirmed the certainty of His word./ O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the worlds,// glory be to Thee! 
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir  New members are welcome to join the choir. Please speak with the choir director, Gregory Kauriga. 
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • March 20th 
  • April 17th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards available every Sunday & all year-round!!!  Great idea for Gift-Giving for the holidays, graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new baby, new home AND use one personally as you are shopping for meats, seafood, dry and canned goods, bakery, deli, pharmacy, gasoline and more, to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at supermarket chains (Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the Church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the Church by cash or check and then using them to purchase groceries, merchandise and services from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, in the office or email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
Annual Meeting reconvened on Sunday, February 6th. On Sunday, January 30th, 2022, the annual meeting was called by the Presiden Nadine Sokoluk, in keeping with proper procedure. Due to the wintery weather, there was a lack of quorum, therefore orders of business were suspended until the next Sunday. The Annual meeting is an opportunity to review the year past, see what is happening presently, and plan for the future. Thank you for joining us. Those who are current in your membership dues, maintained eligibility to vote.
 
Election results for the 2022 Council is as follows:
President Suzanne Veres
Vice President Denise Rutherford
Controller Gregory Shast
Assistant Controller Joel Patrick
Assistant Controller Justine Paul
Tresurer Deborah Barth
Assistant Treasurer Charles Staso 
Recording Secretary Genevieve Veres
Immediate Past President Nadine Sokoluk
Trustees: 
Marlene Blaskevitch
Melaney Bedard
Nikola Filipovic
Kenneth Koscinski
Thom Nickels
Michael Peleszak
Tatiana Saverino Sarris
Maryann Storey
Tatiana Veres
Elijah Williams
Dawn Worthington
 
Installation of 2022 Council, On Sunday, February 13th most of the new 2022 Council members were present in the church to take the oath, promising in front of God that they will be working for the welfare of St. Michaels parish, offering help to those in need and continuing the mission of our Holy Church. Those members who couldn't come and were not there for the Oath of Office, took the oath on Sunday, February 20th. Those members who couldn't come and were not there for the Oath of Office, should take the oath this Sunday, February 27th, before the new first council meeting on February 27th.
 
2022 Church Calendars, new 2022 Orthodox church calendars are available. Pick up yours today in church or if you would like one mailed to you please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually. 
 
2022 Envelopes - individual/family boxes are ready for pick-up in the church vestibule. Please verify your donation envelope number, and if it has been changed, come into the office to pick up new parking identification card. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
PHILABUNDANCE , a local food pantry, is the focus of our Nativity of Christ Charity Drive
Drop-off your non-perishable Food Donations in the Church hall through February27, 2022 .  Did You Know? Philabundance relies on food drives to bring in much needed non-perishable items that they rarely receive from other donation sources. The items you donate will be sent to over 350 agencies and direct service within our region. These agencies include shelters, food pantries and after-school feeding programs. The people who rely on these programs are often struggling to feed a family with children. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not ideal because of their short shelf life. High priority items requested include, not limited to: canned fish; canned meats; canned stew/chili; 100% juice; breakfast cereals; oatmeal; peanut butter. All items should be recently purchased and in good condition. 
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including: 
 
 
 
Sunday Bulletin - 20th February 2022 
Triodion, Thirty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Two
 
The Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the journey of return to God.
 
Sunday, February 20th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of  
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia  (Saverino) 
 
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), 
+Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon 
Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic
 
Departed servants:  
 Newly departed +Archpriest John (Bohush) by Sokoluk Family
 +Archpriest John (Udics) on 6th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
  Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on 40th day of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
  Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on 40th day of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
  +Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
  +Nicholas (Nayko) on 4th anniversary by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte, and Amelia 
  +Anna (Greenjack) by Mr. Dennis Starr  
 
Memory Eternal! Sunday February 20th, General Monthly Panikhida/Parastas, including the 40th day for +Julianna Sokoluk and for newly departed +Rose Staso; Anastasia Onopchenko and Maria Kostina
 
Panikhida/Parastas offered for the memory of +newly departed & memory of departed servants of God (monthly names), offered by Justine Paul & daughters; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family; Carlin Family, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the newly departed servants of God, +Julianna (Sokoluk) and +Rose (Staso) on their 40th day of passing into eternal life, by Sokoluk & Staso Families, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
The Prodigal Son, Kontakion, Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory, I have squandered on vices the wealth Thou gavest me. Therefore I cry to Thee, O compassionate Father, receive me who repent, and treat me as one of Thy hired servants.
 
Troparion When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity, preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
 
Kontakion  Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
 
EPISTLE  1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
 
GOSPEL LUKE 15:11-32 Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' " 
20 February 2022

Sunday Bulletin - 20th February 2022
Triodion, Thirty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Two 
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
 
The Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the journey of return to God.
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, February 20th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of  
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia (Saverino) 
 
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa),  +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:  
 Newly departed +Archpriest John (Bohush) by Sokoluk Family
 +Archpriest John (Udics) on 6th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
  Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on 40th day of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
  Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on 40th day of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
  +Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
  +Nicholas (Nayko) on 4th anniversary by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte, and Amelia 
  +Anna (Greenjack) by Mr. Dennis Starr  
 
Memory Eternal! Sunday February 20th, General Monthly Panikhida/Parastas, including the 40th day for +Julianna Sokoluk and for newly departed +Rose Staso; Anastasia Onopchenko and Maria Kostina
 
Panikhida/Parastas offered for the memory of +newly departed & memory of departed servants of God (monthly names), offered by Justine Paul & daughters; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family; Carlin Family, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the newly departed servants of God, +Julianna (Sokoluk) and +Rose (Staso) on their 40th day of passing into eternal life, by Sokoluk & Staso Families, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
The Prodigal Son, Kontakion, Having foolishly abandoned Thy paternal glory, I have squandered on vices the wealth Thou gavest me. Therefore I cry to Thee, O compassionate Father, receive me who repent, and treat me as one of Thy hired servants.
 
Troparion When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity, preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
 
Kontakion  Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
 
EPISTLE  1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
 
GOSPEL LUKE 15:11-32 Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' " 
 
For those who did not receive the email bulletin last Sunday, please note, its abbreviated information is shared at the end of this email.
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, the church of St. Michael the Archangel is open for Divine Liturgy and other services by the schedule, to parishioners under certain measures, out of regard to current guidelines and Hierarchal directives. 
 
Divine Liturgy and other services are celebrated upstairs in the Church proper. Divine Liturgy at 10AM on Sundays, with Reading of the Hours prior. General Confession is conducted at 9:30AM. 
 
All are welcome.
 
Measures and guidelines remain. We are taking preventative measures to help stop the spread of the virus, by disinfecting high contact surfaces, and minimize contact touch points such as leaving doors open 
 
We respectfully request you to follow these health and safety measures while in the building:
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available
- Social distance, being mindful of others' personal space
- Wear masks, please bring a mask / face covering
 
Veneration of Icons & Cross: Please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand and/or the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will be placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred in place of veneration. 
 
General Confession will be conducted at 9:30AM.  Holy Communion, Individual spoon and paper tissue will be provided to wipe your mouth. A receptacle to place used tissues will also be provided. Please do not kiss the chalice. 
 
Social activities are resuming. We will be enjoying fellowship in the best way possible, having in mind the present guidelines. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We continue to monitor this unchartered, fluid situation and will update you with new recommendations as they become available. 
 
This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services
 
Regular Time Schedule & Upstairs
Divine Liturgy begins at 10AM on Sundays and has returned to the upstairs Church proper. 
 
Anyone preparing for Holy Communion should come to General Confession at 9:30AM, there will not be General Confession conducted immediately before Holy Communion.
 
2022 February 
  • Sunday, February 27th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
Services and times are forthcoming: 
  Pre-Lent 2022 
  • Sunday of The Last Judgement / Meatfare February 27th
  • Sunday of Forgiveness / Cheesefare March 6th
  Great Lent 2022
  • Soul Saturdays: March 19th, March 26th and April 2nd 
  • Pre Sanctified Liturgy Wednesdays March 9th through April 13th, weekly
  • Clean Monday, Great Lent Begins March 7th
  • First Sunday, Orthodoxy Sunday, March 13th 
  • Second Sunday, St. Gregory of Palamas, March 20th 
  • Third Sunday, Adoration of the Holy Cross, March 27th
  • Fourth Sunday, St. John Climacus, April 3rd
  • Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, April 7th 
  • Fifth Sunday, St. Mary of Egypt, April 10th
  • Lazarus Saturday April 16th
  • Palm Sunday, Entry into Jerusalem, April 17th 
  • Holy Week April 18th through 23rd
  Pascha 2022
  • Pascha XC April 24th 
  • Bright Week April 25th through 30th
  • St. Thomas Sunday May 1st
 
Fasting Reminders: Wednesday February 23rd and Friday February 25th , both Fasting, Fish allowed Upcoming: Meatfare Sunday February 7th; Cheesfare Sunday March 6th; Great Lent begins Monday March 7th
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes. 
Try one this week:
Sauerkraut - Mushroom Soup 
1 large can plus 1 small can sauerkraut or 2 bags of sauerkraut 
2 medium onions, chopped
water
1 pound mushrooms
oil
2 to 4 small potatoes, peeled and diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 or 2 cans butter lima beans
3 Tablespoon oil
3 Tablespoons flour
Put sauerkraut and one onion in a soup pot. Cover with water and cook about 1 hour. Put mushrooms in a pan with remaining onion and a little oil and sauté. Add potatoes to the sauerkraut when almost cooked. Add mushrooms and onion to pot. Add the butter beans and turn down the heat. In a small pan heat the three tablespoons of oil and flour. Keep stirring until it browns. Add to the soup. Serve. 
By Rose Staso (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004)
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 
 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Saint Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus on the Hellespont Commemorated February 7 / February 20 Saint Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus, was a native of the city of Melitoupolis (in northwestern Asia Minor), where his father Christopher served as deacon. The youth did not receive adequate schooling, but he learned the Holy Scripture by attending church services. He had a good heart, and distributed to the poor the money he earned working as a fisherman. Filled with the grace of (read more by clicking link)
  • Greatmartyr Theodore Stratelates “the General” Commemorated February 8 / February 21 The Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates came from the city of Euchaita in Asia Minor. He was endowed with many talents, and was handsome in appearance. For his charity God enlightened him with the knowledge of Christian truth. The bravery of the saintly soldier was revealed after he, with the help of God, killed a giant serpent living on a precipice in the outskirts of  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Nikēphóros of Antioch, in Syria Commemorated February 9 / February 22 The Holy Martyr Nikēphóros lived in the city of Syrian Antioch. In this city lived also the presbyter Sapricius, with whom Nikēphóros was very friendly, so that they were considered as brothers. They quarreled because of some disagreement, and their former love changed into enmity and hate. After a certain time Nikēphóros came to his senses, repented of his sin and more than once (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you for your abundance of prayers, expressions of sympathy, and thoughtful generosity to both of our families and to the Church in memory of our dear, +Julianna and +Rose. The Sokoluk and Staso families, extend their sincere gratitude to all. 
 
Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts to the Kunasz and Williams Family and friends for their generosity in memory of our dear, +Julianna and +Rose on the 40th day. The Sokoluk and Staso families, extend their heartfelt thanks to all of you. 
 
Thank you! To those whom have donated to our Charity Food Drive to benefit Philabundance. The collection is extended until February 27th. Up to now, we have had a generous amount of donations, thank you!!! Unfortunately, for the local distribution centers there is a continuous need to stock their shelves. It is our hope to exceed 300 pounds of food. We are not there yet, so let's add some more pounds in a good way! Collection management is thanks to the helping hands of Julianna Sokoluk and family. 
 
Thank you! The necessary preparations for Theophany, The Baptism of Christ, were accomplished thanks to the helping hands of Michael Peleszak, Ivan Moroz and Sokoluk Family. 
 
Thank you! Festive decor for the Nativity of Christ season throughout the church is thanks to the helping hands of Joseph and Denise Rutherford, Michael Peleszak, Greg Shast, and Julianna Sokoluk and Family. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated many items for the altar and clergy, including priest vestments, Paschal Cross, icons, icon stands, Candle stand with censor holder, altar candle holders, and several large oil lampadas. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated time, materials and services to improving the technology and services used in the church. Improvements began being implemented last year and is on-going.
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Holy Water
Available in the Church proper until Sunday, February 20th or upon request thereafter. 
Theophany of Our Lord, Troparion When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan,/ the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;/ for, the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee,/ calling Thee His beloved Son;/ and the Spirit in the form of a dove/ confirmed the certainty of His word./ O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the worlds,// glory be to Thee! 
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir  New members are welcome to join the choir. Please speak with the choir director, Gregory Kauriga. 
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • March 20th 
  • April 17th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and daughters, Justine and Greg; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards available every Sunday & all year-round!!!  Great idea for Gift-Giving for the holidays, graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new baby, new home AND use one personally as you are shopping for meats, seafood, dry and canned goods, bakery, deli, pharmacy, gasoline and more, to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at supermarket chains (Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the Church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the Church by cash or check and then using them to purchase groceries, merchandise and services from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, in the office or email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
Annual Meeting reconvened on Sunday, February 6th. On Sunday, January 30th, 2022, the annual meeting was called by the Presiden Nadine Sokoluk, in keeping with proper procedure. Due to the wintery weather, there was a lack of quorum, therefore orders of business were suspended until the next Sunday. The Annual meeting is an opportunity to review the year past, see what is happening presently, and plan for the future. Thank you for joining us. Those who are current in your membership dues, maintained eligibility to vote.
 
Election results for the 2022 Council is as follows:
President Suzanne Veres
Vice President Denise Rutherford
Controller Gregory Shast
Assistant Controller Joel Patrick
Assistant Controller Justine Paul
Tresurer Deborah Barth
Assistant Treasurer Charles Staso 
Recording Secretary Genevieve Veres
Immediate Past President Nadine Sokoluk
Trustees: 
Marlene Blaskevitch
Melaney Bedard
Nikola Filipovic
Kenneth Koscinski
Thom Nickels
Michael Peleszak
Tatiana Saverino Sarris
Maryann Storey
Tatiana Veres
Elijah Williams
Dawn Worthington
 
On Sunday, February 13th most of the new 2022 Council members were present in the church to take the oath, promising in front of God that they will be working for the welfare of St. Michaels parish, offering help to those in need and continuing the mission of our Holy Church. Those members who couldn't come and were not there for the Oath of Office, should take the oath this Sunday, February 20th or any day before the new first council meeting on February 27th.
 
2022 Church Calendars, new 2022 Orthodox church calendars are available. Pick up yours today in church or if you would like one mailed to you please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually. 
 
2022 Envelopes - individual/family boxes are ready for pick-up in the church vestibule. Please verify your donation envelope number, and if it has been changed, come into the office to pick up new parking identification card. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
PHILABUNDANCE , a local food pantry, is the focus of our Nativity of Christ Charity Drive.  Drop-off your non-perishable Food Donations in the Church hall through February27, 2022 . Did You Know? Philabundance relies on food drives to bring in much needed non-perishable items that they rarely receive from other donation sources. The items you donate will be sent to over 350 agencies and direct service within our region. These agencies include shelters, food pantries and after-school feeding programs. The people who rely on these programs are often struggling to feed a family with children. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not ideal because of their short shelf life. High priority items requested include, not limited to: canned fish; canned meats; canned stew/chili; 100% juice; breakfast cereals; oatmeal; peanut butter. All items should be recently purchased and in good condition. 
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including: 
 
 
Sunday Bulletin - 13th February 2022 
Thirty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Tone One
 
Beginning of the Lenten Triodion
Sunday, February 13th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of:
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia  (Saverino) 
 
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa),  +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Archpriest John (Bohush) by Sokoluk Family
+Archpriest John (Udics) on 6th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
 Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
 Newly departed +Rose (Staso) by Sokoluk Family
 +Samuel Sr. (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
  +Nicholas (Nayko) on 4th anniversary by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte, and Amelia 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the servant of God, departed servant of God, +Nicholas (Nayko) by Winsky & Sokoluk Families, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Troparion When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
 
Hymn to the Theotokos  When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, “Rejoice!” / with that word the Master of all was incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee! 
 
Kontakion  As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!
 
EPISTLE  2 TIMOTHY 3:10-15  But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra-what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
 
GOSPEL  LUKE 18:10-14 Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men-extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
 
 
 Sunday Bulletin - 6th February 2022 
Thirty-Third Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Eight
Zacchaeus Sunday
On the Sunday closest to January 25, the Church commemorates the Synaxis of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, remembering all those Orthodox Christians who suffered for Christ at the hands of the godless Soviets during the years of persecution.
 
Sunday, February 6th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia  (Saverino) 
 
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine,+Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker),
+Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph(Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), 
+Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:     
Newly departed +Archpriest John (Bohush) by Sokoluk Family
+Archpriest John (Udics) on 6th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
 Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
 Newly departed +Rose (Staso) by Sokoluk Family
 +Carol Irene (Kauriga) by Gregory Kauriga
 +Nicholas (Nayko) on 4th anniversary by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte, and Amelia
 +Anna (Kowal) by Mr. Dennis Starr 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the servant of God, departed servant of God, +Nicholas (Nayko) by Winsky & Sokoluk Families, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Troparion Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One! / Thou didst accept the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings! / O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos  For our sake Thou wast born of the Virgin / and did endure crucifixion, O Good One, / destroying death by death. / Revealing the resurrection as God, / do not despise the work of Thy hand. / Reveal Thy love for man, O merciful One, / and accept the Theotokos praying for us, / and save Thy despairing people, O Savior.
 
Kontakion  By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam. / Eve exults in Thy Resurrection, / and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
 
EPISTLE 1 TIMOTHY 4:9-15   This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 
 
GOSPEL LUKE 19:1-10  Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
 
 
Sunday Bulletin - 30th January 2022 
Thirty-Second Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Seven
Monk Anthony, a very great ascetic, the founder of wilderness-monastery life and as such the father of monasticism, is entitled "the Great" by Holy Church. He was born in Egypt in the village of Coma, near the Thebaid wilderness, in the year 251.
 
Sunday, January 30th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia  (Saverino) 
Deborah (Reeves) on birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
     
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:      
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) by Kunasz & Williams
Newly departed +Rose(Staso) by Sokoluk Family
+Carol Irene (Kauriga) by Gregory Kauriga
+Mary (Prokopczek) by Mr. Dennis Starr 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the servant of God, departed servant of God, + Carol Irene (Kauriga) by Gregory Kaurga and Family, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Troparion By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy! / And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, / to proclaim that Thou art risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos  Since you are the treasure of our resurrection, / we put our hope in you, O all-praised one. / Lead us from the abyss of transgressions, / for you have saved those guilty of sin, / O evervirgin Mother of our salvation.
 
Kontakion  The dominion of death / can no longer hold men captive, / for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! / Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: /”The Savior has come to those in faith! / Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!
 
EPISTLE 1 TIMOTHY 1:15-17  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
 
GOSPEL LUKE 18:35-43 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God. 
 
 
Sunday Bulletin - 23rd January 2022 
Thirty-First Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Six
Sunday after the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
After Feast of the Theophany
Saint Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, was a younger brother of Saint Basil the Great (January 1)
 
Sunday, January 23rd Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia  (Saverino) 
Deborah (Reeves) on birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For the memory of  +Newly departed servants: +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), 
+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick),+Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:      
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) by Kunasz & Williams
+Mary (DeMeo) on 6th anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family 
+Samuel Sr (Sokoluk) and +Valentina (Kunasz) on their birthday by Kunasz & Williams Families
+Gabriel (Kowal) by Mr. Dennis Starr    
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the servants of God, newly departed servant of God, +Julianna(Sokoluk) by Maryann Storey, +Samuel (Sokoluk) & Valentina (Kunasz) for their birthday, by Kunasz & Williams Families, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Troparion The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead: glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos  Thou Who didst call Thy mother blessed / came of Thine own will to the passion. / Shining on the cross, desiring to recall Adam, Thou didst say to the angels: / "Rejoice with Me, for the lost coin has been found." / Thou Who hast ordered all things in wisdom, / O our God, glory to Thee! (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion  When Christ God, the Giver of Life, / raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, / He bestowed resurrection on the human race. / He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.
 
EPISTLE EPHESIANS 4:7-13 (Sunday After) But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore He says:"When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men." (Now this, "He ascended"-what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 4:12-17 (Sunday After) Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 
 
Holy Hierarch Theophan, Troparion, O instructor of Orthodoxy / teacher of piety and purity / O godly-wise hierarch Theophan the ascetic of Vyshynsk / through thy writings thou hast explained the Word of God / and hast thou shown to all believers the way to salvation / pray that Christ God will save our souls
 
Kontakion, O name-sake of Theophany / hierarch Theophan / through thy teachings thou hast enlightened many people / now standing with angels before the altar of the Holy Trinity // pray unceasingly for us all.
 
EPISTLE HEBREWS 7:26-8:2 (ST. THEOPHAN)  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever. Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
 
GOSPEL JOHN 10:9-16 (ST. THEOPHAN) I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 
 
26 December 2021

Sunday Bulletin - 26 December 2021
Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Tone Two
 
 
The Holy Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes (the Five Companions) suffered for Christ under the emperor Diocletian (284-305) at Sebaste, in Armenia.
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Luka (Novakovic), Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex (Kobasa), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga (Candelori), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Sandy (Tucker)
 
Sunday, December 26th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
 Michael (Champion) by his Family
 Matushka Patricia (Saverino) 
 Lucia (Sokoluk) on her name day by Alexei and Amelia
 
For the memory of +Newly departed servants: 
+Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori),+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer), +Eleanor (Zubko),+James (S. Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kaczmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:    
+Jeremiah (News) on anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Lucia and Amelia
+ Louis Elias (Martin) on 10th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in honor of the servant of God, Lucia (Sokoluk) on her name day, by Alexei and Amelia Mnohaya Lyeta! Many Years!
 
Troparion When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos,  All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity, preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
 
Kontakion  Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
 
Epistle COLOSSIANS 3:4-11 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
 
Gospel LUKE 14:16-24 Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'  So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 'For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.' "
 
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, Troparion, Through faith Thou hast justified the Forefathers,/ betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles./ These saints exult in glory/ for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:/ She who bore Thee without seed.// So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy upon us.
 
Kontakion, You did not worship the graven image/ O thrice-blessed ones,/ but armed with the immaterial Essence of God,/ you were glorified in a trial by fire./ From the midst of the unbearable flames you called upon God crying:/ Hasten O Compassionate One!/ Speedily come to our aid,// for Thou art merciful and able to do as Thou willest.
 
Holy Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius & Orestes; Holy Martyr Lucia,
In their sufferings, O Lord,/ Thy martyrs received imperishable crowns from Thee our God;/ for, possessed of Thy might,/ they set at nought the tormentors and crushed the feeble audacity of the demons.// By their supplications save Thou our souls.
 
Kontakion, "The tomb and mortality" Thou hast been shown to be a most splendid luminary,/ for those who sit in the darkness of ignorance, O passion-bearer;/ for, armed with faith as with a spear,/ thou wast undaunted by the arrogance of the enemy, O Eustratius,// who art far more eloquent than any orator.
 
Kontakion, "Today the Virgin" Speaking of divine things eloquently before the iniquitous, O all-wondrous one,/ thou didst endure beatings with most courageous heart,/ didst shine forth with godly signs,/ and didst extinguish the towering flame of falsehood.// Wherefore, we honor thee, O most blessed Eustratius, martyr of Christ.
 
Epistle EPHESIANS 6:10-17 (MARTYRS) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 
 
Gospel LUKE 21:12-19 (MARTYRS) But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls. 
 
For those who did not receive the email bulletin last Sunday, please note, its abbreviated information is shared at the end of this email.
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, the church of St. Michael the Archangel is open for Divine Liturgy and other services by the schedule, to parishioners under certain measures, out of regard to current guidelines and Hierarchal directives. 
 
Divine Liturgy and other services are celebrated upstairs in the Church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
All are welcome.
 
Measures and guidelines remain. We are taking preventative measures to help stop the spread of the virus, by disinfecting high contact surfaces, and minimize contact touch points such as leaving doors open 
 
We respectfully request you to follow these health and safety measures while in the building:
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available
- Social distance, being mindful of others' personal space
- Wear masks, please bring a mask / face covering
 
The city of Philadelphia has implemented new restrictions, as of Thursday August 12th. The indoor mask mandate requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in Philadelphia. 
 
Veneration of Icons & Cross: Please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand and/or the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will be placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred in place of veneration. 
 
General Confession will be prior to Holy Communion, at the time of the Prayers before Communion.  Holy Communion, Individual spoon and paper tissue will be provided to wipe your mouth. A receptacle to place used tissues will also be provided. Please do not kiss the chalice. 
 
Social activities are resuming. We will be enjoying fellowship in the best way possible, having in mind the present guidelines. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We continue to monitor this unchartered, fluid situation and will update you with new recommendations as they become available. 
 
This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services
 
Regular Time Schedule & Upstairs
Divine Liturgy begins at 10AM on Sundays and has returned to the upstairs Church proper. 
 
Anyone preparing for Holy Communion should come to General Confession at 9:30AM, there will not be General Confession conducted immediately before Holy Communion.
 
2022 January 
  • Sunday January 2nd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Thursday January 6th Eve of the Feast of Nativity of Christ Vigil (Great Compline followed by Matins) 6:30PM 
  • Friday January 7th Day of the Feast of Nativity of Christ Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday January 9th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Friday January 14th Day of the Feast of The Circumscision of Christ Divine Liturgy 9AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday January 16th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Panikhida/Parastas after
  • Tuesday January 18th Eve of the Feast of Theophany of Christ Vespers 6PM 
  • Wednesday January 19th Day of the Feast of Theophany of Christ Divine Liturgy 9AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday January 23rd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday January 30th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
 
Fasting Reminders: Nativity (St. Philip’s) Fast now through Eve of Nativity of Christ January 6th, Strict Fast
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes. 
Try one this week:
Pasta Puttanesca 
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 to 8 anchovies, drained
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
5 cloves garlic, minced 
2 cups pitted, oil cured black olives
1 (4-ounce) jar roasted red peppers
3 ounce capers, drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 pound pasta of your choice, cooked
Heat oil in large skillet on low. Add anchovies, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic. In a food processor, blend olives and roasted red pepper. Add to skillet along with capers and parsley. Cook until heated through. Serve on top hot pasta. 
By Margo(St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004)
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Virgin Martyr Lucy of Syracuse Commemorated December 13 / 26 Saint Lucy was born in Syracuse, Sicily during the reign of Diocletian. She distributed her wealth to the poor, and made a vow of virginity. Since she refused to marry him, a rejected suitor denounced her to the prefect Paschasius as a Christian, and she was arrested. She was sentenced to be defiled in a brothel, but with God’s help she preserved her purity. Then the pagans attempted to burn her alive, but she was not harmed by the fire. Finally, she was (read more by clicking link)
  • Repose of Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America Commemorated December 13 / December 26 A spiritual mission was organized in 1793 with volunteers from the monks of the Valaam Monastery. They were sent to preach the Word of God to the native inhabitants of northwestern America, who had come under the sovereignty of Russia only ten years before. Saint Herman was one of the members of this mission. Saint Herman came from a family of merchants of Serpukhov, a city of the Moscow diocese. His name before he was tonsured, and his family name are  (read more by clicking link) 
  • Martyrs Thyrsos, Leukios, and Kallinikos Commemorated December 14 / 27 The Holy Martyrs Thyrsos, Leukios, and Kallinikos, suffered for Christ under Emperor Decius (249-251) at Caesarea in Bithynίa. When Saint Leukios reproached the prefect Cumbricius for his unjust persecution of Christians, he was tortured and then executed. Saint Thyrsos, who was still a catechumen, was nonetheless eager for martyrdom. He was sentenced to cruel tortures after refusing (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Philḗmon, Apollonios, Arrian, and Theonas of Alexandria Commemorated December 14 / 27 These Saints lived during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (ca. 290). Arrian, the ruler of Thebes in Egypt, arrested 37 Christians, including Saints Askalon and Leonidas (May 20). Arrian gave them the choice of sacrificing to the idols, or being tortured and executed. Most preferred to die rather than deny Christ. One of them, the Reader Apollonios, was afraid of being tortured, so his gave his clothes and four gold coins to a pagan musician named Philḗmon to offer sacrifice to the(read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, his mother, Martyr Evanthia, and Caribus the Eparch Commemorated December 15 / 28 Saint Eleutherius, the son of an illustrious Roman citizen, was raised in Christian piety by his mother. His virtue was such that at the age twenty, he had been elevated to bishop of Illyria. In the reign of the emperor Hadrian, Saint Eleutherius was tortured for his bold preaching about Christ, then was beheaded at Rome with his mother Evanthia. The Eparch Caribus, who had tortured Saint Eleutherius, also came to believe in Christ and was (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Sourozh, Crimea Commemorated December 15 / 28  Saint Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Surrentium (Sourozh), was a native of Cappadocia and was educated at Constantinople. After receiving the monastic tonsure, he withdrew into the wilderness, where he lived for thirty years in ascetic deeds. Patriarch Germanus of Constantinople (May 12) heard of Stephen’s humility and virtuous life, and wished to meet him. He was so impressed with (read more by clicking link)
  • Prophet Haggai Commemorated December 16 / 29 The Holy Prophet Haggai was the tenth of the Twelve Minor Prophets. He was of the Tribe of Levi and he prophesied during the times of the Persian emperor Darius Hystaspis (prior to 500 B.C.). Upon the return of the Jews from the  (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Festive decor for the Nativity of Christ season throughout the church is thanks to the helping hands of Joseph and Denise Rutherford, Michael Peleszak, Greg Shast, and Julianna Sokoluk and Family. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated many items for the altar and clergy, including priest vestments, Paschal Cross, icons, icon stands, Candle stand with censor holder, altar candle holders, and several large oil lampadas. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated time, materials and services to improving the technology and services used in the church. Improvements began being implemented last year and is on-going.
 
Thank you! Every week throughout the year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three separate families who sponsor these for the entire year, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • January 16th
  • February 20th
  • March 20th 
  • April 17th 
  • May 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by: Stephen Nasobkow, Justine Paul and daughters, Justine and Greg, Peleszak Family, Sokoluk Family, Saverino Family, Novakovic Family, Yankovoy Family, Yuschak Family, Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family, Winsky Family, Veres Family, Sumilas Family, Storey Family, Staso Family, Smarkola Family, Sevast Family, James Patrick Family, Patrick/Weber Family, Mlynar Family, Kuzmich-Lawrence Family, Kunasz Family, Kobasa/Puglia Family, Kobasa/Bergantz Family, Kauriga Family, Ervin/Taylor Family, Compo-Pratt Family, Carlin Family, Candelori Family, Marlene Blaskevitch, Sidorsky/Barth Family, Melnick Family
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! 
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards available every Sunday & all year-round!!! 
Great idea for Gift-Giving for the holidays, graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new baby, new home AND use one personally as you are shopping for meats, seafood, dry and canned goods, bakery, deli, pharmacy, gasoline and more, to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at supermarket chains (Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the Church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the Church by cash or check and then using them to purchase groceries, merchandise and services from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, in the office or email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars, new 2022 Orthodox church calendars are available. Pick up yours today in church or if you would like one mailed to you please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually. 
 
2022 Envelopes - individual/family boxes are ready for pick-up in the church vestibule. Please verify your donation envelope number, and if it has been changed, come into the office to pick up new parking identification card. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
PHILABUNDANCE , a local food pantry, is the focus of our Nativity of Christ Charity Drive
Drop-off your non-perishable Food Donations in the Church hall please, Now through January 30th, 2022 Did You Know? Philabundance relies on food drives to bring in much needed non-perishable items that they rarely receive from other donation sources. The items you donate will be sent to over 350 agencies and direct service within our region. These agencies include shelters, food pantries and after-school feeding programs. The people who rely on these programs are often struggling to feed a family with children. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not ideal because of their short shelf life. High priority items requested include, not limited to: canned fish; canned meats; canned stew/chili; 100% juice; breakfast cereals; oatmeal; peanut butter. All items should be recently purchased and in good condition. 
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you. 
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including: 
 
 
Sunday Bulletin - 19th December 2021 
Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost  Tone One
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia (345)
 
Sunday, December 19th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia  (Saverino) 
Nikola (Filipovic)  on his name day by Alexei  
 
For the memory of
+Newly departed servants:  +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski),+John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson) +Helen(Kasmer) +Eleanor(Zubko) +James (S. Patrick) +Doris (Patrick) +Hanora (Smarkola)  +Helen (Kaczmarczik) +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:    
+Anna (Sniezek) on anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Kenneth Koscinski
+Nicholas (Zubko) by Sokoluk Family
+Nicholas (Nayko) by Winsky and Sokoluk Families
+Louis Elias (Martin) on 10th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in honor of the servant of God, Paul (Porch) on his birthday, by Alexei, Lucia and Amelia & Sokoluk Family Mnohaya Lyeta! Many Years!
 
Troparion  When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to Thy Kingdom! /  Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
 
Hymn to the Theotokos,  When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, “Rejoice!” / with that word the Master of all was incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee! Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
 
Kontakion  As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!
 
Epistle EPHESIANS 5:8-19  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 
 
Gospel LUKE 17:12-19  Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well." 
 
 
St. Nicholas, Archbp. of Myra in Lycia, The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith,/ a model of meekness and a teacher of abstinence/ wherefore thou hast attained the heights through humility/ and riches through poverty.// O hierarch Nicholas our father, entreat Christ God that our souls be saved.
 
Kontakion, In Myra thou wast shown to be a performer of the sacred mysteries, O holy one,/ for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ,/ thou didst lay down thy life for thy peo­ple, O venerable one,/ and didst save the innocent from death.// Wherefore, thou hast been sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God.
 
Epistle, SAINT NICHOLAS HEBREWS 13:17-21 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
 
Gospel, SAINT NICHOLAS LUKE 6:17-23 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
 
 
 
Sunday Bulletin - 12th December 2021 
Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost  Tone Eight
Martyr Paramon and 370 Martyrs in Bithynia
 
Sunday, December 12th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia  (Saverino) 
 
For the memory of
+Newly departed servants:  +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski),+John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson) +Helen(Kasmer) +Eleanor(Zubko) +James (S. Patrick) +Doris (Patrick) +Hanora (Smarkola)  +Helen (Kaczmarczik) +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:    
 +Anastasia (Starr) on 15th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Mr. Dennis Starr
  +Gregory (infant ,Sokoluk) on anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
  +Julia Ann (Sokoluk) on anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Godson Dimitri Sokoluk
  +Louis Elias (Martin) on 10th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of departed servants of God, Gregory (infant, Sokoluk),and Julia Ann (Sokoluk) on the anniversary of their passing into eternal life, by Sokoluk Family Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Troparion  Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One! / Thou didst accept the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings! / O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos,  For our sake Thou wast born of the Virgin / and did endure crucifixion, O Good One, / destroying death by death. / Revealing the resurrection as God, / do not despise the work of Thy hand. / Reveal Thy love for man, O merciful One, / and accept the Theotokos praying for us, / and save Thy despairing people, O Savior.
 
Kontakion  By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam. / Eve exults in Thy Resurrection, / and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
 
Epistle EPHESIANS 4:1-6  I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
 
Gospel LUKE 13:10-17 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day." The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound-think of it-for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath? And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him. 
 
5 December 2021

Sunday Bulletin - 5 December 2021
Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Tone Seven
 
Afterfeast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple
 
Kontakion, The most pure temple of the Savior,/ the precious bridal chamber and Virgin,/ the sacred treasury of the glory of God,/ is on this day brought into the house of the Lord,/ bringing with her the grace that is in the divine Spirit./ To her do the angels of God chant the hymn:// She is the heavenly tabernacle!
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Luka (Novakovic), Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex (Kobasa), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga (Candelori), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Sandy (Tucker)
 
Sunday, December 5th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
Michael (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia (Saverino) 
 
For the memory of +Newly departed servants: 
+Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori),+Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer), +Eleanor (Zubko),+James (S. Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kaczmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:    
+James (Starr) on 15th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Mr. Dennis Starr
+Gregory (infant ,Sokoluk) on anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Julia Ann (Sokoluk) on anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Godson Dimitri Sokoluk
+ Dragan (Novakovic) on anniversary of his passing into eternal life
+ Louis Elias (Martin) on 10th anniversary of his passing into eternal life by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of departed servants of God, Gregory (infant, Sokoluk),and Julia Ann (Sokoluk) on the anniversary of their passing into eternal life, by Sokoluk Family Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Troparion By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy! / And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God,
/ to proclaim that Thou art risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Since you are the treasure of our resurrection, / we put our hope in you, O all-praised one. / Lead us from the abyss of transgressions, / for you have saved those guilty of sin, / O evervirgin Mother of our salvation.
 
Kontakion The dominion of death / can no longer hold men captive, / for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! / Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: /”The Savior has come to those in faith! / Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!
 
Epistle EPHESIANS 2:14-22  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. 
 
Gospel LUKE 12:16-21 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." ' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 
 
Epistle PHILEMON 1:1-25 (APOSTLES) Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer, o the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother. Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting, yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you-being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ- I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me. I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel. But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary. For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave-a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay-not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides. Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you. Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. 
 
Gospel LUKE 10:1-15  After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. But whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house.' And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 'The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.' But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades.
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, the church of St. Michael the Archangel is open for Divine Liturgy and other services by the schedule, to parishioners under certain measures, out of regard to current guidelines and Hierarchal directives. 
 
Divine Liturgy and other services are celebrated upstairs in the Church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
All are welcome.
 
Measures and guidelines remain. We are taking preventative measures to help stop the spread of the virus, by disinfecting high contact surfaces, and minimize contact touch points such as leaving doors open 
 
We respectfully request you to follow these health and safety measures while in the building:
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available
- Social distance, being mindful of others' personal space
- Wear masks, please bring a mask / face covering
 
The city of Philadelphia has implemented new restrictions, as of Thursday August 12th. The indoor mask mandate requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in Philadelphia. 
 
Veneration of Icons & Cross: Please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand and/or the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will be placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred in place of veneration. 
 
General Confession will be prior to Holy Communion, at the time of the Prayers before Communion.  Holy Communion, Individual spoon and paper tissue will be provided to wipe your mouth. A receptacle to place used tissues will also be provided. Please do not kiss the chalice. 
 
Social activities are resuming. We will be enjoying fellowship in the best way possible, having in mind the present guidelines. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We continue to monitor this unchartered, fluid situation and will update you with new recommendations as they become available. 
 
This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services
 
Regular Time Schedule & Upstairs
Divine Liturgy begins at 10AM on Sundays and has returned to the upstairs Church proper. 
 
December
  • Sunday December 12th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday December 19th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Panikhida/Parastas after
  • Sunday December 26th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
 
Fasting Reminders: Nativity (St. Philip’s) Fast ongoing through January 5th
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes. 
Try one this week:
Roasted Asparagus
40 asparagus spears, about 2 pounds, with ends cut off
cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon Kosher or coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 12 minutes until asparagus can be pierced with a fork. Melt butter in a small pan over medium heat. Cook until lightly browned, approximately 3 minutes, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in soy sauce and vinegar. Drizzle over cooked asparagus, tossing well to coat. Serve immediately. Serves 8. 
By Margo(St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004)
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 
 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • ENTRY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD INTO THE TEMPLE  Commemorated November 21 / December 4   If a tree is known by its fruit, and a good tree bears good fruit (cf. Mt. 7:17; Lk. 6:44), then is not the Mother of Goodness Itself, She who bore the Eternal Beauty, incomparably more excellent than every good, whether in this world or the world above? Therefore, the coeternal and identical Image of goodness, Preeternal, transcending all being, He Who is the preexisting and good Word of the Father, moved by His unutterable love for mankind and compassion for us, put on our image, that He might reclaim for Himself our nature which had been dragged down to uttermost Hades, so as to renew this corrupted nature and raise it to the heights of Heaven. For this purpose, He had to assume a flesh that was both new and ours, that He might refashion us from out of ourselves. Now He finds a Handmaiden perfectly suited to these needs, the supplier of Her own unsullied nature, the Ever-Virgin now hymned by us, and Whose miraculous Entrance into the Temple, into the Holy of Holies, we now celebrate. God predestined Her before the ages for the salvation and reclaiming of our kind. She was chosen, not just from the crowd, but from the ranks of the chosen of all ages, renowned for piety and understanding, and for their God-pleasing words and deeds. In the beginning, there was one who rose up against (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostles of the Seventy Philemon and Archippus, Martyr Apphia, wife of Philemon and Equal-to-the-Apostles, and Onesimus, disciple of Saint Paul Commemorated November 22 / December 5  The Holy Apostles of the Seventy Philemon and his wife Apphia lived in the city of Colossa in Phrygia. After they were baptized by the holy Apostle Paul, they converted their house into a house of prayer, where all those who believed in Christ gathered and attended services. They devoted themselves to serving the sick and downcast. Saint Philemon became (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Michael, Prince of Tver Commemorated November 22 / December 5  The Holy Right-Believing Prince Michael of Tver was born in the year 1272, after the death of his father Great Prince Yaroslav Yaroslavich, the brother of Saint Alexander Nevsky (November 23). On his journey to the Horde, Prince Yaroslav fell ill, and was tonsured as a monk with the name Athanasios, then he (read more by clicking link)
  • Repose of Saint Alexander Nevsky Commemorated November 23 / December 6  The Holy Prince Alexander Nevsky was born on May 30, 1220 in the city of Pereslavl-Zalessk. His father Yaroslav II, Theodore in Baptism (+1246), “a gentle, kindly and genial prince”, was the younger son of Vsevolod III Large Nest (+ 1212), brother of the Holy Prince Yuri Vsevolodovich (February 4). Saint Alexander’s mother, Theodosia Igorevna, a Ryazan princess, was Yaroslav’s third wife. Their older son was the Holy Prince Theodore (June 5), who departed to the Lord at age fifteen. Saint Alexander was their second son. His childhood was spent at Pereslavl-Zalessk, where his father (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Metrophanes (in schema Macarius), Bishop of Voronezh Commemorated November 23 / December 6  Saint Metrophanes, Bishop of Voronezh, in the world Michael, was born November 8, 1623. Since the saint’s book of commemorations begins with persons of priestly rank, it is assumed that he was born into a priestly family. We know from Saint Metrophanes’ will that he “was born of pious parents and was raised by them in the incorrupt piety of the Eastern Church, in the Orthodox Faith.” Until he was forty, the saint lived in the world. He was married, had a son John, and served as a parish (read more by clicking link)
  • Great Martyr Katherine of Alexandria Commemorated November 24 / December 7  The Holy Great Martyr Katherine was the daughter of Konstos, the governor of Alexandria, Egypt during the reign of Emperor Maximian (305-313). Living in the capital, the center of Hellenistic knowledge, and possessed of a rare beauty and intellect, Katherine received an excellent education, studying the works of the greatest philosophers and teachers of antiquity. Young men from the most worthy families of the (read more by clicking link)
  • Holy Мartyr Mercurius of Smolensk  Commemorated November 24 / December 7 When the hordes of Batu Khan approached Smolensk in 1238, in the service of the Prince of Smolensk was a Roman soldier from a noble Orthodox family, who was Orthodox himself. His name was Mercurius. He was tall, courageous, and strong. It saddened him to see the destruction of so many churches, and he wished to lay down his life for Christ. One day, during evening prayers in the temple before the wonderworking Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, the sacristan of (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! To everyone for your helping hands and generous hearts in celebration of our joyous patronal feast day! May God bless you!
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated many items for the altar and clergy, including priest vestments, Paschal Cross, icons, icon stands, Candle stand with censor holder, altar candle holders, and several large oil lampadas. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated time, materials and services to improving the technology and services used in the church. Improvements began being implemented last year and is on-going.
 
Thank you! Every week throughout the year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three separate families who sponsor these for the entire year, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2021 - 2022
  • December 19th
  • January 16th
  • February 20th
  • March 20th 
  • April 17th
  • May 5th
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by: Stephen Nasobkow, Justine Paul and daughters, Justine and Greg, Peleszak Family, Sokoluk Family, Saverino Family, Novakovic Family, Yankovoy Family, Yuschak Family, Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family, Winsky Family, Veres Family, Sumilas Family, Storey Family, Staso Family, Smarkola Family, Sevast Family, James Patrick Family, Patrick/Weber Family, Mlynar Family, Kuzmich-Lawrence Family, Kunasz Family, Kobasa/Puglia Family, Kobasa/Bergantz Family, Kauriga Family, Ervin/Taylor Family, Compo-Pratt Family, Carlin Family, Candelori Family, Marlene Blaskevitch, Sidorsky/Barth Family, Melnick Family
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! 
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards available every Sunday & all year-round!!! 
Great idea for Gift-Giving for the holidays, graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new baby, new home AND use one personally as you are shopping for meats, seafood, dry and canned goods, bakery, deli, pharmacy, gasoline and more, to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at supermarket chains (Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the Church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the Church by cash or check and then using them to purchase groceries, merchandise and services from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, in the office or email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Church Calendars, a few available; if you would like a 2021 Orthodox church calendar please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually. 
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you. 
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including: 
 
28 November 2021 Bulletin

 

Sunday Bulletin - November 28, 2021
Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost
Tone Six
 
Holy Martyrs and Confessors Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus, of Edessa
Troparion of Martyrs and Confessors Gurias, Samonas & Abibus O Christ God, Thou hast given us an impregnable rampart/ in the miracles of Thy holy martyrs./ Through their supplications destroy Thou the councils of the heathen/ and strengthen the scepters of kingdoms,// in that Thou art good and lovest mankind.
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Luka (Novakovic), Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex (Kobasa), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga (Candelori), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Sandy (Tucker)
 
Sunday, November 28th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of:
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic)
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Matushka Patricia  (Saverino) 
 
For the memory of: 
  +Newly departed servants: +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), 
  +JeromeJoseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson) +Helen(Kasmer) 
  +Eleanor (Zubko) +James (S. Patrick) +Doris (Patrick) +Hanora (Smarkola)  +Helen (Kaczmarczik) 
  +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants:
   + Dragan (Novakovic) on anniversary of his passing into eternal life  
   + Sydor and +Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence  
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of departed servant of God, Dragan (Novakovic), Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Troparion Tone VI The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead: glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Thou Who didst call Thy mother blessed / came of Thine own will to the passion. / Shining on the cross, desiring to recall Adam, Thou didst say to the angels: / "Rejoice with Me, for the lost coin has been found." / Thou Who hast ordered all things in wisdom, / O our God, glory to Thee! (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion Tone VI When Christ God, the Giver of Life, / raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, / He bestowed resurrection on the human race. / He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.
 
EPISTLE EPHESIANS 2:4-10  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 
 
GOSPEL LUKE 10:25-37  And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' " And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves? And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." 
 
For those who did not receive the email bulletin last Sunday, please note, its abbreviated information is shared at the end of this email.
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, the church of St. Michael the Archangel is open for Divine Liturgy and other services by the schedule, to parishioners under certain measures, out of regard to current guidelines and Hierarchal directives. 
 
Divine Liturgy and other services are celebrated upstairs in the Church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
All are welcome.
 
Measures and guidelines remain. We are taking preventative measures to help stop the spread of the virus, by disinfecting high contact surfaces, and minimize contact touch points such as leaving doors open 
 
We respectfully request you to follow these health and safety measures while in the building:
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer are available
- Social distance, being mindful of others' personal space
- Wear masks, please bring a mask / face covering
 
The city of Philadelphia has implemented new restrictions, as of Thursday August 12th. The indoor mask mandate requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in Philadelphia. 
 
Veneration of Icons & Cross: Please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand and/or the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will be placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred in place of veneration. 
 
General Confession will be prior to Holy Communion, at the time of the Prayers before Communion.  Holy Communion, Individual spoon and paper tissue will be provided to wipe your mouth. A receptacle to place used tissues will also be provided. Please do not kiss the chalice. 
 
Social activities are resuming. We will be enjoying fellowship in the best way possible, having in mind the present guidelines. 
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We continue to monitor this unchartered, fluid situation and will update you with new recommendations as they become available. 
 
This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services
 
Regular Time Schedule & Upstairs
Divine Liturgy begins at 10AM on Sundays and has returned to the upstairs Church proper. 
 
December
  • Saturday December 4th Feast of Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading Hours prior,
  • Sunday December 5th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday December 12th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday December 19th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Panikhida/Parastas after
  • Sunday December 26th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
 
Fasting Reminders: Beginning of the Nativity (St. Philip’s) Fast November 28th through January 5th
Wednesday December 1st & Friday December 3rd, both Strict Fast
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes. 
Try one this week:
Pineapple Best Cake
2 eggs*, see Lenten substitute below
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts 
1 (20-oz.) can crushed pineapple
frosting or powdered sugar, optional 
Hand mix the flour, baking soda, sugar, vanilla, chopped nuts, and crushed pineapple. Pour into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Do not overbake. Frost with non dairy icing and sprinkle with chopped nuts or dust with powdered sugar.
 
LENTEN EGG SUBSTITUTE FOR ONE EGG* 
2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed 
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
3 Tablespoons water
By Margo(St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 
 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Holy Martyrs and Confessors Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus, of Edessa Commemorated November 15 / November 28 The Holy Martyrs and Confessors Gurias, Samonas and Habibus: during the persecution against Christians under the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311). The two friends Gurias and Samonas, preachers of the Word of God, were arrested in the city of Edessa. The saints refused to offer sacrifice to the  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Paϊsios Velichkovsky Commemorated November 15 / November 28 Saint Paϊsios Velichkovsky was born in Poltava in Little Russia on December 21, 1722, and was the eleventh of twelve children. His father John was a priest, who named him Peter at his Baptism, in honor of Saint Peter the Metropolitan of Moscow, on whose Feast he was born. After the children’s father died, their mother Irene raised them in piety. Peter was sent (read more by clicking link) 
  • Apostle and Evangelist Matthew Commemorated November 16 / November 29 The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, was also named Levi (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27); he was one of the Twelve Apostles (Mark 3:18; Luke 6:45; Acts 1:13), and was brother of the Apostle James Alphaeus (Mark 2:14). He was a publican, or tax-collector for Rome, in a time when the Jews were under the (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Gregory, Wonderworker of Neocaesarea Commemorated November 17 / November 30 Saint Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop of Neocaesarea, was born in the city of Neocaesarea (northern Asia Minor) into a prominent pagan family (between 210 - 215), and his original name was Theodore.
After his elementary education, Saint Gregory and his  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Nikon, Abbot of Radonezh, disciple of Venerable Sergius Commemorated November 17 / November 30  Saint Nikon, Abbot of Radonezh, a disciple and successor of Saint Sergius of Radonezh (September 25 and July 5), was born at Yuriev-Polsk. Having heard of the angelic life of the Radonezh Wonderworker, the young man came to Saint Sergius and requested to be tonsured into the angelic schema. Saint Sergius did not (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! To everyone for your helping hands and generous hearts in celebration of our joyous patronal feast day! May God bless you!
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated many items for the altar and clergy, including priest vestments, Paschal Cross, icons, icon stands, Candle stand with censor holder, altar candle holders, and several large oil lampadas. 
 
Thank you! A parishioner, who would like to remain anonymous, has generously donated time, materials and services to improving the technology and services used in the church. Improvements began being implemented last year and is on-going.
 
Thank you! Every week throughout the year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three separate families who sponsor these for the entire year, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Praying for the Departed Souls of our loved ones: Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy was served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. They were read at the Litany for the Departed. All of the names submitted will be read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the Panikhida/Parastas. Our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly group commemoration of the dead service, panikhida (or parastas). There is a standard monthly list, however, baptismal names may be added on or request for a single name to be included in a particular month. Please refer to Request for Services envelope. Panikhida (or parastas) services may be requested, other than the third Sunday. Please contact Fr. Luka for details. 
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered  
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy was served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. They were read at the Litany for the Departed. All of the names submitted will be read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2021 - 2022
  • December 19th
  • January 16th
  • February 20th
  • March 20th 
  • April 17th
  • May 5th
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by: Stephen Nasobkow, Justine Paul and daughters, Justine and Greg, Peleszak Family, Sokoluk Family, Saverino Family, Novakovic Family, Yankovoy Family, Yuschak Family, Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family, Winsky Family, Veres Family, Sumilas Family, Storey Family, Staso Family, Smarkola Family, Sevast Family, James Patrick Family, Patrick/Weber Family, Mlynar Family, Kuzmich-Lawrence Family, Kunasz Family, Kobasa/Puglia Family, Kobasa/Bergantz Family, Kauriga Family, Ervin/Taylor Family, Compo-Pratt Family, Carlin Family, Candelori Family, Marlene Blaskevitch, Sidorsky/Barth Family, Melnick Family
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! 
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards available every Sunday & all year-round!!! 
Great idea for Gift-Giving for the holidays, graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new baby, new home AND use one personally as you are shopping for meats, seafood, dry and canned goods, bakery, deli, pharmacy, gasoline and more, to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at supermarket chains (Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the Church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the Church by cash or check and then using them to purchase groceries, merchandise and services from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, in the office or email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Church Calendars, a few available; if you would like a 2021 Orthodox church calendar please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually. 
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you. 
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including: 
 
 
 
 
Sunday Bulletin - November 21, 2021 
Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Five  
Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: the Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel
 
Sunday, November 21st  Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic) 
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
 
For the memory of
+Newly departed servants:  +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski),+John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson) +Helen(Kasmer) +Eleanor(Zubko) +James (S. Patrick) +Doris (Patrick) +Hanora (Smarkola) +Helen (Kaczmarczik) +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants: +Sydor and +Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Panikhida/Parastas offered for the memory of +newly departed & memory of departed servants of God (monthly names), offered by Justine Paul & daughters; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in honor of the Feast Day of our parish, Mnohaya Lyeta! Many Years!
 
Troparion Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord! / Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to you! / Rejoice, O unshakable refuge! / Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! / Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: "O Lord, save us!"
 
Epistle GALATIANS 6:11-18  See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. 
 
Gospel LUKE 8:41-56  And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus' feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?' " But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise." Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.
 
 
 
Sunday Bulletin - November 14, 2021 
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost, Tone Four
Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian of Mesopotamia and their Mother Theodota
 
Sunday, November 14th  Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   
Archpriest Luka (Novakovic) 
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Tatiana and Paul (Sokoluk-Porch) on their anniversary by Alexei, Lucia and Amelia
 
For the memory of
+Newly departed servants:  +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski),+John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson) +Helen(Kasmer) +Eleanor(Zubko) +James (S. Patrick) +Doris (Patrick) +Hanora (Smarkola)  +Helen (Kaczmarczik) +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
Departed servants: +Sydor and +Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in honor of the servants of God and in memory of the departed servants of God who serve(ed) our country on this Veterans day. Mnohaya Lyeta! Many Years! And Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal! 
 
Troparion When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, The mystery of all eternity, / unknown even by angels, / through you, O Theotokos, is revealed to those on earth: / God incarnate, by union without confusion. / He voluntarily accepted the cross for us, / by which He resurrected the first-created man, / saving our souls from death.
 
Kontakion My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!
 
Epistle GALATIANS 2:16-20 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 
 
Gospel LUKE 8:26-39  Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you. And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.
 
31 October 2021 Bulletin

Sunday Bulletin - October 31, 2021
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Tone Two
 
Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke (1st c.)
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Luka (Novakovic), Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex (Kobasa), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga (Candelori), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Sandy (Tucker)
 
Sunday, October 31st Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of  Archpriest Luka (Novakovic) on his birthday and name day by Alexei
   Michael  (Champion) by his Family
For the memory of: 
  +Newly departed servants: +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), 
  +JeromeJoseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson) +Helen(Kasmer) 
  +Eleanor (Zubko) +James (S. Patrick) +Doris (Patrick) +Hanora (Smarkola)  +Helen (Kaczmarczik) 
  +Dragan (Novakovic)
Departed servants:
  +Jerome (Grzybowski) by Marlene Blaskevitch
  +Sydor and +Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence   
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in honor of the servant of God, Father Luka (Novakovic) on his birthday and name day, by Alexei. Mnohaya Lyeta! Many Years! 
 
Troparion Tone II  When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay all hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / the powers of heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone II —All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity, preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
 
Kontakion Tone I  Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
 
Epistle  2 CORINTHIANS 11:31-12:9  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me; but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands. It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows-such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows- how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast;