St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia
November 15, 2020

Sunday Bulletin - November 15th, 2020
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 6
 
Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphthonius, Elpidophorus, Anempodistus
Akindinos, Pegasias, Anempodist, – were courtiers of the Persian emperor Sapor II (310-381), and were Christians who were martyred by the pagan emperor for their faith.
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow) 
 
Sunday, November 15th Divine Liturgy:
For the memory of  + 
For the health of Helen (Yurkow) for her birthday by Alexei
 
Panykhida/Parastas to follow Divine Liturgy, offered for memory of departed monthly names by families. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Please note: Father Luka returned safely, and is doing well. Father Gregory (Winsky) will be serving Divine Liturgy on Sunday, to accommodate the safety concerns of our parishioners. Also, in the case of emergency, please contact Nadine Sokoluk, President by phone (610) 368-5251 or by email the office. 
 
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!
 
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 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.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. Chapel downstairs remains in place. Measures and guidelines remain the same throughout the building. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.  
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include each of your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
  • Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
  • Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
  • Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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. 
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
O Lord our God, look down from Thy Holy Heaven on the supplication of us, Thy sinful and unworthy servants, who have angered Thy graciousness by our transgressions, and have provoked Thy deep compassion, and enter not into judgement with Thy servants. But do Thou turn aside Thy fearsome anger that hath justly seized us, appease the destructive threatening, avert Thy terrible sword that, although invisible, cutteth us grievously, and spare Thy poor and needy servants. Enclose not with death the souls of us who have fallen down in repentance with broken hearts and tears before Thee, our kindhearted, condescending, and accommodating God.
For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference.  
 
Schedule of Services:
  • Friday, November 20th Vespers 6PM 
  • Saturday, November 21st Patronal Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, Synaxis of Archangels 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior AND Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, November 22nd 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
  • Saturday, November 28th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, November 29th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
Fasting Reminders:  Wednesday November 18th & Friday November 20th Strict Fast;
Nativity (St. Philip's) Fast begins Saturday, November 28th to January 6th
 
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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week. 
Mediterranean Diced Salad
1 19-oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 red pepper
1 cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/4 cup juice of one large lemon
1 Tbsp white vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Drain and rinse chickpeas and put in large mixing bowl. Core pepper and dice into half inch squares. Add to bowl. Peel and chop cucumber; slice celery lengthwise and chop. Add to bowl. Add tomatoes. In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil. Pour over salad ingredients. Toss well to coat all ingredients. Add parsley and mix again. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes six servings. 
By Christina Monteiro (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
  
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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.
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
  • November 15th
  • December 20th
  • January 17th 
  • February 21st
  •  March 21st 
  • April 18th 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal. Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions. Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always. 
 
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. 
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office.
 
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 the office. 
 
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. 
 
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.  
 
Fresh Flowers: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
                                   
REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED
 
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:
 
November 8, 2020

Sunday Bulletin - November 8th, 2020
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 5
 
Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki
The Holy Great-Martyr Demetrius, was a Christian martyr of the early 4th century AD. During the Middle Ages, he came to be revered as one of the most important Orthodox military saints.
 
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow) 
 
Sunday, November 8th Divine Liturgy:
For the memory of 
+Mary and Sydor (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera (Lawrence)
For the health of
Tatianna and Paul (Sokoluk-Porch) on their 25th wedding anniversary by Amelia, Lucia & Alexei
 
Flowers in the church are donated in honor of the 25th wedding anniversary of Paul and Tatianna (Sokoluk-Porch). Many Years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
 
Please note: Father Luka returned safely, and is doing well. Father Gregory (Winsky) will be serving Divine Liturgy on Sunday, to accommodate the safety concerns of our parishioners. Also, in the case of emergency, please contact Nadine Sokoluk, President by phone (610) 368-5251 or by email the office.
 
Troparion Tone 5 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.
 
Kontakion Tone 5 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 16:19-31  There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, 'for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' 
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. Chapel downstairs remains in place. Measures and guidelines remain the same throughout the building. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.  
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include each of your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
  • Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
  • Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
  • Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
  
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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. 
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference.  
 
Schedule of Services:
  • Saturday, November 14th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, November 15th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior; Panikhida/Parastas  
  • Saturday, November 21st Patronal Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, Synaxis of Archangels 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior 
  • Saturday, November 21st Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, November 22nd 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
 
Fasting Reminder: Wednesday, November 11th & Friday, November 13th 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week. 
Lenten Applesauce Cake
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 3/4 tsp. pumpkin spice 
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup Fleischmann's margarine, melted
1 (16-oz.) can applesauce
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin spice. Add raisins and nuts. Mix together melted margarine and applesauce and add to dry ingredients. Blend well and pour into a greased and floured 8 x 8 inch pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes. 
By Olga S. Shast (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
  
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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.
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
  • November 15th
  • December 20th
  • January 17th 
  • February 21st
  •  March 21st 
  • April 18th 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal. Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions. Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always. 
 
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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office.
 
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 the office.
 
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. 
 
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.  
 
Fresh Flowers: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
                                   
REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED
 
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:
 
For services and events, please look at the detailed parish calendar at:
 
November 1, 2020

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 4
Joel
The Holy Prophet Joel
The Holy Prophet Joel lived 800 years before the Birth of Christ. He made prediction about the desolation of Jerusalem. He likewise prophesied, that upon all flesh would be poured out the Holy Spirit 
through the Saviour of the world.
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow) 
 
Sunday, November 1st Divine Liturgy:
For the memory of 
+Mary and Sydor (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera (Lawrence)
For the health of
Father Luka (Novakovic) on his name day & birthday by Alexei
 
Flowers in the church are donated in honor of Fr Luka for his name day & birthday, Many Years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
  
Please note:  Father Luka is traveling until November 5th.  Father Alexander (Tsyganov) will be serving Divine Liturgy on Sundays, in Father Luka's absence. Also, in the case of emergency, please contact President, Nadine Sokoluk by phone (610) 368-5251 or by email to the office.
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone 4 - 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!
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone 4 - 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 8:5-15 A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold. When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying, "What does this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. Chapel downstairs remains in place.  Measures and guidelines remain the same throughout the building.  
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include  each of your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
   
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference.   
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, November 7th Vespers 6PM
Sunday, November 8th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
Saturday, November 14th Vespers 6PM
Sunday, November 15th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior; Panikhida/Parastas  
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, November 4th & Friday, November 6th
 
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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.  
Vegetarian Chili
2 1/2 cups dried kidney beans, soaked overnight in water to cover
3 tsp salt
1 cup tomato juice
1 cup raw bulgar
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
3 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
3 carrots, coarsely chopped
3 or 4 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp ground hot red chili
3 Tbsp ground mild red chili
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 green peppers, coarsely chopped
bottled hot pepper sauce
Transfer kidney beans and water in which they soaked to large heavy sauce pan. Add one teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat and continue boiling, partially covered until tender, about one hour. Watch water level. Add more water to keep beans from scorching if necessary. Meanwhile, place the tomato juice in another pan and boil over medium heat. Remove from heat immediately and stir in bulgar. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent. Add celery, carrots, tomatoes, lemon juice, and all of the spices including the remaining salt. Cook covered until vegetables are nearly tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the kidney beans, the water in which they cooked and the bulgar to the vegetables. Stir mixture thoroughly and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat. Add water if too thick so as not to stick to pot. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with hot pepper sauce. Serves 6 to 8 people as a main course. 
By Matushka Dianne Winsky (St. Michaels Cookbook 2004)
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the chuch office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
   
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
November  15th 
December  20th
January   17th 
February   21st 
March   21st 
April   18th 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office. 
 
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 the office. 
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                             
2020 Russian Festival Update:  Due to COVID-19, a modified Festival/  frozen pierogi sale was offered from 12noon-2pm, on Sunday, October 11th and was successful. We are sold out and unable to accept any more orders. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details.  Thank you all.  
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
 
 
October 25, 2020

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 3
7th Ecumenical Council
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787)
The Seventh Ecumenical Council, convoked by the Empress Irene and met at Nicaea from September 24 to October 13, 787. Patriarch Tarasios (commemorated February 25) presided. The council ended almost fifty years of iconoclast persecution and established the veneration of the holy icons as basic to the belief and spirituality of Christ's Church.
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow) 
 
Sunday, October 25th Divine Liturgy offered
For the memory of: 
+Mary and Sydor (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
For the health of: 
Matushka Patricia (Saverino) on her birthday by Sokoluk Family
 
Flowers in the church are donated in honor of Matushka Patricia on her birthday, Many Years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
 
Please note:  Father Luka is traveling until November 5th. Father Gregory (Winsky) and Father Alexander (Tsyganov) will be serving Divine Liturgy on Sundays, in Father Luka's absence. Also, in the case of emergency, please contact President, Nadine Sokoluk by phone (610) 368-5251 or by email the office. 
 
Troparion - Tone III 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!
 
Kontakion - Tone III 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 Galatians 1:11-19 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother.

Gospel Luke 7:11-16 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us"; and, "God has visited His people." 

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council
At the Blessing of the Loaves, the (Troparion) "Virgin Theotokos, rejoice...," twice, and then that of the fathers, in Tone VIII -
Most glorious art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our fathers upon the earth as beacons, and hast thereby guided us all to the true Faith! O greatly Compassionate One, glory be to Thee! Once
 
Kontakion - Tone VI The Son Who ineffably shone forth from the Father hath been born in two natures of a woman, and beholding Him we do not disdain to depict the form thereof. But, tracing it piously, we honor it in faith. Wherefore, the Church, holding to the true Faith, doth vener­ate the icon of the incarnation of Christ.

Epistle Hebrews 13:7-16 (Fathers) Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Gospel John 17:1-13 (Fathers) 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,  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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. Chapel downstairs remains in place.  Measures and guidelines remain the same throughout the building.  
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include  each of your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
   
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference.   
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, October 31st Vespers 4PM - Please note time change for this day only
Sunday, November 1st 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
Saturday, November 7th Vespers 6PM
Sunday, November 8th Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours,  prior 
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, October 28th & Friday, October 30th  are days of srict 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.  
Artichokes and Favas
4 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup sliced onion
chopped dill and parsley
1 tsp salt
pepper
1/2 cup water
1 can large lima beans
1 can cooked artichokes
juice of 1 lemon
Cook sliced onions and seasonings in olive oil until soft. Add water and bring to a boil. Drain beans, add to onions and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Add artichokes and lemon juice and cook 5 minutes longer to blend flavors. Makes 5 servings.
By Carol Kauriga (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978) 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
   
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
October  18th
November  15th 
December  20th
January   17th 
February   21st 
March   21st 
April   18th 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
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 
the office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                             
2020 Russian Festival Update:  Due to COVID-19, a modified Festival/  frozen pierogi sale was offered from 12noon-2pm, on Sunday, October 11th and was successful. We are sold out and unable to accept any more orders.A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details.  Thank you all.  
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
October 18, 2020

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 2 
 Saint Gregory of Chandzoe in Georgia
 Saint Gregory of Khandzta was raised in the court of the Kartlian ruler Nerse. Near the end of his life St. Gregory spent most of his time at Shatberdi Monastery, which he himself had built.
   
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow) 
 
Sunday, October 18th Divine Liturgy offered
For the memory of: 
+Matushka Pamela Ann (Micek) on her first anniversary
For the health of: 
Joel (Patrick) on his birthday by Sokoluk Family
Kaitlyn (Barth) on her birthday, by her Family 
 
Panikhida/Parastas will follow Divine Liturgy, offered for +Thomas (Melnick, Sr) by Thomas Melnick Jr. and for memory of departed, monthly names by families. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! 
 
Flowers in the church are donated in honor of Kaitlyn Barth on her birthday by Alexei, Many Years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
 
Please note:  Father Luka is traveling until November 5th. Father Gregory (Winsky) and Father Alexander (Tsyganov) will be serving Divine Liturgy on Sundays, in Father Luka's absence. Also, in the case of emergency, please contact President, Nadine Sokoluk by phone (610) 368-5251 or by email to the office.
 
Troparion - Tone 2 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!
 
Kontakion - Tone 2 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 31 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; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
 
Gospel Luke 6:31-36 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. Chapel downstairs remains in place.  Measures and guidelines remain the same throughout the building.  
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
   
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference.   
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, October 24th Vespers 6PM
Sunday, October 25th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
Saturday, October 31st Vespers 6PM
Sunday, November 1st 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours,  prior 
 
Fasting Reminder: Wednesday October 21st Strict Fast & Friday October 23rd 
 
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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.  
Sauerkraut with Whole Dried Peas
1 pt sauerkraut
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 cup whole dried peas
salt and pepper
Wash peas and soak in water overnight. Cook in same water and add more if you have to until tender, about 1 hour. Rinse sauerkraut. Wash and chop mushrooms. Cover sauerkraut and mushrooms with water; add salt and cook for 1 hour. Add peas, put into oiled, covered baking dish and bake for half hour at 325 degrees.
By Helen Kaczmarizik (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978) 

Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
   
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
October  18th
November  15th 
December  20th
January   17th 
February   21st 
March   21st 
April   18th 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office.
 
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 the office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                             
2020 Russian Festival Update:  Due to COVID-19,
a modified Festival/  frozen pierogi sale was offered from 12noon-2pm, on Sunday, October 11th and was successful. We are sold out and will only be able to honor/fulfill pre orders this Sunday, October 18th.   A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details.  Thank you all.  
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 

 

October 11, 2020

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 1 
Venerables schemamonk Cyril and schemanun Maria
Saint Cyril and his wife Maria were the parents of Saint Sergius of Radonezh. They belonged to the nobility, but more importantly, they were pious and faithful Christians who were adorned with every virtue.
  
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion)    
 
Sunday, October 11th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the memory of:
+ Valentina (Winsky) on 7th anniversary, by The Sokoluk Family
For the health of: 
Thom (Nickels) on his birthday, by The Koscinski Family 
 
Flowers in the church for the Elevation of the Cross were donated by Justine Paul 
 
Flowers in the church are donated in memory of Valentina Winsky on her 7th anniversary 
 
Troparion - Tone 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 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 Corinthians 9:6-11 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: "He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever." Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
 
Gospel Luke 5:1-11 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. Chapel downstairs remains in place. Protocols and practices remain the same throughout the building.  
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
   
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference.  
 
Schedule of Services:
Sunday October 18th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours, prior) 
Sunday October 25th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours, prior) 
Sunday November 1st 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours, prior) 
 
Fasting Reminder: Wednesday October 14th & Friday October 16th 
 
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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.  
Pampushki with Garlic
1 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup luke warm water
2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt 
vegetable oil
Mix yeast and sugar, then add water. Mix the flour and salt and add the yeast mixture. When well mixed knead until the dough is smooth, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel. Let rise for one hour. Grease a baking sheet. Make balls from the dough about 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Put on baking sheet; cover with a towel. Let rise for 15 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Let them cool. Roll the balls in the dressing and serve with soup.  
Dressing: 
3 cloves garlic, peeled 
salt
1 Tbsp. oil
1/3 cup water
Crush the garlic in a garlic press, add the salt, oil and water.
By Father Vincent Saverino (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)     
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
   
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
January   17th 
February   21st 
March   21st 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office.
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                             
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival, consisting of a drive-through frozen pierogi takeout, is being offered from 12noon-2pm, on Sundays October 11th, 18th, and 25th, while supplies last.  A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com
October 4, 2020

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 8 
Quad

Saint Quadratus the Apostle
The Holy Disciple from the 70 - Quadratus preached the Word of God at Athens and at Magnezia (eastern peninsula of Thessaly), and was bishop of Athens. He converted many pagans to the true faith in Christ the Saviour.
 
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion)   
   
Sunday, October 4th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the memory of:
+ Carol Irene (Kauriga) by Gregory P. Kauriga & Family
+ Fr Vincent (Saverino) on 2nd anniversary, by Sokoluk Family
For the health of: 
Gregory and (Gail Shast) on their anniversary, by Alexei  
 
Flowers in the church are donated in honor of the anniversary of Gregory and Gail Shast
 
Thank you for lending your helping hands and muscles to make lighter the work of returning to upstairs, God bless
 
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 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:"I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people." Therefore Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty." Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
 
Gospel Matthew 15:21-28 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. Protocols and practices remain the same throughout the building.  
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
   
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference. 
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday October 10th 6PM Vespers 
Sunday October 11th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours, prior) 
Sunday October 18th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours, prior) 
Sunday October 25th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours, prior) 
 
Fasting Reminder: Wednesday October 7th & Friday October 9th
 
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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week. 
Eggplant and Chickpeas
2 medium eggplants
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 large onion, chopped
2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas
1 (15 oz.) can whole tomatoes, sliced or crushed
1/2 small can tomato sauce
1 handful of parsley, chopped
Cut eggplant into 1/4 inch slices, it is not necessary to peel. You may peel with a potato peeler leaving some of the skin. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees until soft. Sauté onions with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Drain the chickpeas and place in a 9 x 14 inch pan. Add eggplant on top of peas, then add onions, and top with the sliced tomatoes. Add the juice from the tomatoes and the tomato sauce and parsley. Cover pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. You may freeze the entire casserole or in smaller quantities. 
By Loula A. Passes (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)   
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the church office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
   
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
January   17th 
February   21st 
March   21st 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office.
 
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 the office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                             
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival, consisting of a drive-through frozen pierogi takeout, is being offered from 12noon-2pm, on Sundays October 11th, 18th, and 25th, while supplies last.  A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
 

 

September 27, 2020

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 7 
Great Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion)   
   
Sunday, September 27th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the memory of:
+ Carol Irene (Kauriga) by Gregory P. Kauriga & Family
For the health of:
Denise (Rutherford) on her birthday, by John Morgan & Alexei
Tatianna (Sokoluk-Porch) on her birthday, by Amelia, Lucia & Alexei
Olga (Candelori) on her birthday, by Sokoluk Family
Daniel, Jacob and Kathryn (Vogel) on their birthdays, by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their 5th Anniversary, by Sunny Vera Lawrence
   
Flowers in the church are donated in memory of All of the deceased members of The Pron Family, Memory Eternal, Vechnaya Pamyat! by Maryann Storey
 
Great Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, Day of Strict Fast
 
Troparion - 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!
 
Kontakion - 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 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
 
Gospel John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him." The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God." Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer. Then Pilate said to Him, "Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?" Jesus answered, "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin." When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!" But they cried out, "Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar!" Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!" So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the church office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
   
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference. 

Schedule of Services:
Saturday, October 3rd 6PM Vespers
Sunday, October 4th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours,prior) 
Saturday, October 10th 6PM Vespers 
Sunday, October 11th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours, prior) 
 
Fasting Reminder:  Today & Wednesday, September 30th & Friday, October 2nd, 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week. 
Spice Cake
1 1/4 cup flour
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup water (approximately)
Sift or stir together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt. Cream together brown sugar, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, a little at a time, alternating with up to one cup water. Mix briskly with fork until thoroughly blended. Pour into lightly greased and floured 8 or 9-inch square panned bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Let cool in pan. Frost as desired. Makes nine servings.
By Helen P. Yurkow (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978)  
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the church office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
   
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
January   17th 
February   21st 
March   21st 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the church office.
 
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 the church office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                             
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival, consisting of a drive-through frozen pierogi takeout, is being offered from 12noon-2pm, on Sundays October 11th, 18th, and 25th.  A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
 

 

September 20, 2020

 
Kassiani
Saint Kassiani the Hymnographer
St. Kassiani lived in Constantinople in the ninth century
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion)   
 
Sunday, September 20th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the memory of:
+ Father Vincent (Saverino) on 2nd Anniversary Memory Eternal, by The Saverino Family
For the health of:
Justine (Paul) on her birthday, by Alexei 
Daniel, Jacob and Kathryn (Vogel) on their birthdays, by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their 5th Anniversary, by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Following Divine Liturgy, Panikhida/Parastas for +Father Vincent (Saverino) on his 2nd anniversary and monthly names. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!   
 
Flowers on the altar are donated in memory of Father Vincent Saverino, Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Flowers on the tetrapod are donated in honor of Justine Paul on her birthday, Many Years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
 
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!
 
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  2 Corinthians 4:6-15 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
 
Gospel Matthew 22:35-46 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"'? If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son? And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
 
Many years to everyone celebrating a birthday, anniversary and milestone this week!  Congratulations! May God bless you on your special day and keep you in His loving care, always. God grant you many years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
Return to regular hours for Divine Liturgy at 10 AM on Sunday September 13th. Location will remain the same. Divine Services will be served in the summer chapel (a.k.a., church hall) until further notice.  
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email church office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
   
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. 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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference. 
 
Schedule of Services:
Monday, September 21st 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior) Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary,
Saturday, September 26th 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, September 27th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior) Great Feast of Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, September 23 and Friday, September 25, 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week. 
Mushroom Barley Soup
1 cup barley
2 cups diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 onion, diced
6 quarts water
1 1/2 pound mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can Campbell's tomato soup
4 sprigs each: fresh parsley and dill
salt and pepper
Peel and slice mushrooms and sauté in 2 tablespoons of oil. Cook barley in six quarts of water until almost tender. Skimming the starch off the top. Add more water if needed. Add carrots, celery, onion and clove of garlic. Add can of soup, parsley, and dill. When carrots and celery are cooked, add sautéed mushrooms and cook 5 minutes longer. Add two level tablespoons of sugar (optional). Salt and pepper to taste. 
By Alice DiAntonio (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978)  
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to parish office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
   
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
January   17th 
February   21st 
March   21st 
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the church office.
 
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 the church office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com

 

September 13, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 5 
Cyprian
 
Hieromartyr Cyprian, bishop of Carthage 
"The Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was born in about the year 200 in the city of Carthage (Northern Africa), where all his life and work took place."
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion)   
 
Sunday, September 13th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the memory of:
+ Orthodox Christian Victims of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks in the United States, memory eternal to all of the victims
For the health of:
Stephanida and Kevin (Buck) on their marriage 
Daniel, Jacob and Kathryn (Vogel) on their birthdays, by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their 5th Anniversary, by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers in the church are donated in memory of all of the Victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Memory eternal. 
 
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.
 
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  2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand. But I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow. For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me? And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you.
 
Gospel Matthew 22:1-14 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,  and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.' But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 'Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.' So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen.
 
Many years to everyone celebrating a birthday, anniversary and milestone this week!  Congratulations! May God bless you on your special day and keep you in His loving care, always. God grant you many years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
Return to regular hours for Divine Liturgy at 10 AM on Sunday September 13th. Location will remain the same. Divine Services will be served in the summer chapel (a.k.a., church hall) until further notice.  
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the church office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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 venerations.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
 
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice.
 NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference.  
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, September 19th 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, September 20th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior), Panikhida/Parastas & 6PM Vespers 
Monday, September 21st Feast of the Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary,10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Saturday, September 26th 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, September 27th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior) Feast of Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, September 16 and Friday, September 18, 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.
 
Bread & Butter Pickles
4 quarts sliced cucumbers (Kirby's or pickling cucumbers)
6 white onions sliced
2 green peppers chopped
3 pieces garlic sliced
1/3 cup salt
5 cups sugar
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp celery seed
2 Tbsp mustard seed
3 cups vinegar
Mix cucumbers, onions, peppers, garlic and salt in a large pan and add one tray of ice cubes. 
Mix sugar, turmeric, celery seed, mustard seed and vinegar together and bring to a boil. Pour mixture over cucumbers and bring all the things to a boil. Put in jars and seal. 
By Helen Karnick (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978)  
 
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." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
 
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
September  20th
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the church office.
 
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 the church office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com

 

September 6, 2020

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 4   
seraphim
Saint Serapion the Wonderworker
reposed in the year 1774
Saint Serapion was abbot of the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist in the Davit-Gareji Wilderness. He was endowed by God with the ability to work miracles.
  
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion)   
 
Sunday, September 6th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the memory of:
Special Litany for the Departed, + Departed hierarchs, clergy and faithful of the Patriarchal Parishes in the United States
 
For the health of:
Deborah (Barth) on her birthday, by her Family 
Daniel, Jacob and Kathryn (Vogel) on their birthdays, by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their 5th Anniversary, by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers in the church are donated in honor of Deborah Barth on her birthday, May God grant her many years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
 
Troparion - 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! 
 
Kontakion - 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 1 Corinthians 16:13-24 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I urge you, brethren-you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints- that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us. I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand-Paul's. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
 
Gospel Matthew 21:33-42 Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'?
 
Epistle of Bishop Matthew on the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Patriarchal Parishes
His Grace Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA delivered an epistle to the clergy and faithful on the 50th Anniversary of the Establishement of the Patriarchal Parishes. On Sunday, September 6, 2020, Bishop Matthew blesses a special Litany for the Departed be read for the "departed hierarchs, clergy and faithful of the Patriarchal Parishes in the United States" during the Divine Liturgy. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, the epistle is to be read aloud.  
 
Many Years! to everyone celebrating a birthday, anniversary and milestone this week, Congratulations! May God bless you on your special day and keep you in His loving care, always. God grant you many years! Mnohaya Lyeta!
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email church office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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 venerations.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
 
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice.
 NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list, in case of emergencies and future reference.  
 
Schedule of Services:
Thursday, September 10th 6PM Vespers,
Friday, September 11th 10AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of the Hours, prior), The Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist, John; Day of Fast
Saturday, September 12th 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, September 13th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Saturday, September 19th 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, September 20th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior) & 6PM Vespers 
Monday, September 21st Feast of the Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary,10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, September 9 and Friday, September 11 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.
Postny Borscht (Lenten Mushroom Soup)
5 cups water
1/2 lb. white mushrooms
1 large onion, uncut
1 cup firmly packed, finely shredded cabbage
salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbsp. tomato sauce
1 large potato, cubed
6 Tbsp oil, not olive
6 heaping Tbsp flour
Place water in a large pot and add mushrooms and onion. When it comes to a boil, add cabbage, salt and pepper, tomato sauce and potatoes. Cook until onion and potatoes are tender. Make a roux by browning the oil and flour. Add liquid from soup to form a smooth paste. Add to soup stirring until well dissolved. Let simmer 1/2 hour. Serves 4 to 5. Best eaten the following day. 
By Valentina G. Winsky (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)  
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to chuch ofifce email or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
 
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
September  20th
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Property Update: The air conditioners in the hall, serve us well amidst the summer heat. Both units went down, at the same time, thus needing serious attention. Thanks be to God, the service company was available to be onsite and repair each of the units immediately. Schedule for services were not interrupted, by the grace of God. 
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the church office.
 
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 the chuch office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
 
 
For services and events, please look at the detailed parish calendar at:

 

August 30, 2020

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 3  
 
Myron
Holy Martyr Myron  
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion)  
 
Sunday, August 30th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of:
Julianna (Sokoluk) on her birthday by Alexei, Lucia & Amelia
Dimitri (Sokoluk) on his birthday by Alexei, Lucia & Amelia  
 
Blessing of Flowers & Fragrant Herbs at the end of Divine Liturgy 
 
Flowers in the church are donated in honor of Feast of the Dormition of Most Holy Theotokos
 
Troparion - Tone III 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!
 
Kontakion - Tone III 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 15:1-11 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
 
Gospel   Matthew 19:16-26 Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' "The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the church office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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 venerations.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
 
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice.
 NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, September 5th 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, September 6th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Thursday, September 10th 6PM Vespers,
Friday, September 11th 10AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of the Hours, prior), The Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist, John; Day of Fast
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, September 2 and Friday, September 4, 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.
 
Holubchi (Meatless)
One solid head of cabbage unrefrigerated overnight, leaves will be more pliable. With knife cut leaves off singly. In large pot half filled with water, bring to boil. Parboil leaves between 10 and 20 minutes (leaves should be soft); remove leaves from water. Cool and cut off hard part of leaf and set aside. 
Filling: 
1 1/3 cup rice 
1 large or 2 medium potatoes
1 Tbsp salt
1 large or 2 small onions
1/2 cup tomato soup
1/4 cup water
Grate potato and saute onions. Cook rice following directions. Place grated potato in large mixing bowl, add salt and dash of pepper. Empty cooked rice and sauteed onions over grated potatoes. When filling is completely mixed, stuff cabbage leaves (roll from core to outside part of leaf). Line bottom of pan with 1/4-inch of water and a slotted disc from pressure cooker and unused (waste) leaves. Cover each layer of stuffed cabbage with tomato soup and water mixture. Cooking time in pressure cooker 25 minutes, low heat. Dutch oven or roasting pan, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
 
By Nellie Uhniat (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)   
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the church office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
 
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Commemorations, Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
September  20th
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Property Update: The air conditioners in the hall, serve us well amidst the summer heat. Both units went down, at the same time, thus needing serious attention. Thanks be to God, the service company was available to be onsite and repair each of the units immediately. Schedule for services were not interrupted, by the grace of God. 
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the church office.
 
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 the church office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com

 

August 22, 2020

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 2 
 
Saint  Saint Irenaeus of Lyons
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion)
 
Sunday, August 23rd Divine Liturgy offered:
For memory of departed:
 +Gregory (Sokoluk), infant, on birthday by his Family;
For the health of:
Irene (Kunasz-Williams) on her birthday by Alexei, Lucia & Amelia
 
Flowers in the church are donated in memory of +Gregory, (Sokoluk) on his birthday
 
Troparion - Tone II 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!
 
Kontakion - Tone II 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 9:2-12 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. My defense to those who examine me is this: Do we have no right to eat and drink? Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
 
Gospel   Matthew 18:23-35 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 'Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance:  Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy.  Please email  office@saintmichaelsroc.org to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel, Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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 venerations.
 
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
 
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice.
 NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
Schedule of Services:
Thursday, August 27th 6 PM Vespers, Eve of Feast 
Feast of Dormition of Most Holy Theotokos, Friday, August 28, 10 AM Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Flowers & Fragrant Herbs
Saturday, August 29th 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, August 30th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior), Blessing of Flowers & Fragrant Herbs
Saturday, September 5th 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, September 6th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Thursday, September 10th 6PM Vespers,
Beheading of the Glorious Prophet, John the Baptist, Friday, September 11th 10AM Divine Liturgy
 
Fasting Reminder:  Dormition Fast now through August 28th 
 
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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.
 
Lenten Orange Cake
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp. baking powder
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugar, oil, applesauce, and juice at medium speed until well blended. Add baking powder and soda and blend well. Mix in flour a little at a time until blended. Pour into 2 greased 8x8 inch pans or a 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until it tests clean. 
By Rose Staso (from 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." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
 
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00
B. Beeswax     $2.00 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents 
 
Prayers and Services, 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
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
September  20th
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Property Update: The air conditioners in the hall, serve us well amidst the summer heat. Both units went down, at the same time, thus needing serious attention. Thanks be to God, the service company was available to be onsite and repair each of the units immediately. Schedule for services were not interrupted, by the grace of God. 
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
 
August 16, 2020

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 1 
 
Issac Dalamtus Faustus
Saints Issac, Dalmatus and Faustus 
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, August 16th Divine Liturgy offered:
For memory of departed:
+Olga (K. Shast) on 6th anniversary by Sokoluk Family
For the health of:
Anne (Kobasa) on her 99th birthday by her family, Bergantz & Kobasa Family
 
Flowers in the church are donated in honor of Anne Kobasa on her 99th Birthday.  May God grant her many years! Mnohaya Lyeta!

Panikhida/Parastas will be today, Commemoration list of monthly names and departed clergy of Moscow Patriarchate reposed as result of Coronavirus. May their memories be eternal!

Troparion - Tone 1 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 1 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 1 Corinthians 4:9-16  For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
 
Gospel  Matthew 17:14-23 And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance:  Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy.  Please email the church office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.

Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel, Please visit our Facebook page, 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.

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 venerations.

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.

We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available

All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice.
 NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.

Schedule of Services:
Feast of Transfiguration, Wednesday August 19th 10 AM Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Fruit
Saturday, August 22nd 6 PM Vespers 
Sunday, August 23rd 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior), Blessing of Fruit
Thursday, August 27th 6 PM Vespers 
Feast of Dormition of Most Holy Theotokos, Friday, August 28, 10 AM Divine Litrugy, Blessing of Flowers & Fragrant Herbs

Fasting Reminder:  Dormition Fast now through August 28th

Fasting Recipe of the Week
A favorite recipe brings more to feeding your stomachs, it warms the heart. Memories are attached to those ingredients put together in a methodical way to create substance, but it is how we share that creation with friends and family, that makes food into a meal. A culinary dish may bring us together, nourishing our bodies, and yet it is the moments shared over that dish that nourishes our hearts and souls, as well. 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.
Soup & Sandwich
LENTIL HERBED VEGETABLE SOUP
1/2 to 3/4 cup lentils
3 1/2 cups water
1 large onion, cut into wedges
1 (18 oz.) can tomato juice
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 (10oz.) pkg. frozen cut green beans
3 or 4 carrots, sliced
mushrooms, sliced
1 Bouquet Garni: 2 cloves; 1 bay leaf; 4 sprigs parsley; 
2 tsp. fresh thyme or 3/4 tsp. dried thyme
Rinse lentils. In a large saucepan, combine lentils,  water, tomato juice, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper; bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Add the Bouquet Garni. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes more or until vegetables are nearly tender. Add green beans and mushrooms; cover and simmer15 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Discard Bouquet Garni. Makes 6 servings.
By Helen P. Yurkow (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978)   

PORTOBELLA MUSHROOM SANDWICHES
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
4 large portobella mushroom caps
4 Kaiser rolls
Preheat broiler. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together garlic, olive oil, thyme, vinegar, salt and pepper. Put the mushroom caps, bottom side up, in a shallow baking pan. Brush the caps with 1/2 the dressing. Put the caps under the broiler, cook for 5 minutes. Turn the caps and brush with the remaining dressing. Broil 4 minutes. Serve on lightly toasted rolls. 
By Mat. Dennise Kraus (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)  
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to church office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
 
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00 each, location is red glass hurricane stand
B. Beeswax     $2.00 each, location is tall candle stands 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00 each, location is small tabletop holder
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents each, location votive holder stands  
 
Prayers and Services, 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

Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
September  20th
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 

Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the chuch office.
 
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 the office.
 
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. 
 
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.  
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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.

 

August 9, 2020

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 8 
 
Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon 

Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, August 9th Divine Liturgy offered:
For memory of departed:
+Carol Irene (Kauriga) by Gregory P. Kauriga & Family
For the health of:
Joan (Ostrowski-Hubbard) by Arleen Pauluch
 
Flowers in the church are donated in memory of Orville Rehm on his birthday by Maryann Storey  
 
Troparion - Tone 8 Thou didst descend from on high, O Merciful One!  Thou didst accept the three day burial to us from our sufferings! O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: glory to Thee!
 
Kontakion - Tone 8 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 Corinthians 3:9-17 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
 
Gospel  Matthew 14:22-34 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God." When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance:  Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). 
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel is resuming.  Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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 venerations.
 
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.
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building, 
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
 
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to defined.  
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time. We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484.  
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, August 15th  6PM Vespers    
Sunday, August 16th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior) 
Feast of Transfiguration,  Wednesday August 19th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Fruit
Saturday, August 22nd  6PM Vespers  
Sunday, August 23rd 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Feast of Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, Friday August 28th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Flowers & Fragrant Herbs
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday Aug 12th & Friday Aug 14th, both Strict Fast
Upcoming, Dormition Fast August 14th through August 28th
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
A favorite recipe brings more to feeding your stomachs, it warms the heart. Memories are attached to those ingredients put together in a methodical way to create substance, but it is how we share that creation with friends and family, that makes food into a meal. A culinary dish may bring us together, nourishing our bodies, and yet it is the moments shared over that dish that nourishes our hearts and souls, as well. 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 inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week.
 
Easy Lentil Chili 
8 oz. lentils 
1 (14.5-oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 pkg French's mild chili mix
2 cans red kidney beans, one can if desired
Fill saucepan with half pot of 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 (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)   
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the parish office email or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
 
Requests for Lighting Candles, in absence: 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. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00 each, location is red glass hurricane stand
B. Beeswax     $2.00 each, location is tall candle stands 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00 each, location is small tabletop holder
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents each, location votive holder stands  
 
Requests for Prayers and Services- 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.
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the yearWhen 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
 
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program: All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, 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 from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office.
 
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 the office.
 
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. 
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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.

 

August 2, 2020

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 7
 
Holy Glorious Prophet Elijah 
 
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, August 2nd Divine Liturgy offered:    
In memory of departed: 
+Linda (Dudash) 40th Day
For the health of: 
Carol (O'Connell) on birthday
 
Flowers in the church are donated in memory of Orville Rehm on his birthday by Maryann Storey 
 
Troparion - Tone 7 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!
 
Kontakion - Tone 7 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 Corinthians 1:10-18 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
 
Gospel  Matthew 14:14-22 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to Me." Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.   
 
Attendance:  Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy.  Please inform us of your desire to attend by emailing the church office. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number).    
 
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel is resuming.  Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
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.
 
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.
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
-  Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
 
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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.  
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to defined.  
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time. We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484.  
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, August 8th  6PM Vespers  
Sunday, August 9th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Saturday, August 15th  6PM Vespers   
Sunday, August 16th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior) 
Feast of Transfiguration,  Wednesday August 19th 10AM Divine Liturgy Blessing of Fruit
Feast of Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, Friday August 28th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Flowers & Fragrant Herbs
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday Aug 5th  & Friday Aug 7th
Upcoming, Dormition Fast  August 14th through August 28th
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our parish youth are cooking in the kitchen, and they are sharing their favorite lenten recipes. Try one this week.
Russian Eggplant Caviar
1 medium eggplant
salt to taste
3 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 onions, minced
1 tomato
2 tsp. lemon juice
pepper to taste 
Bake eggplant at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until tender. Peel and chop. Sprinkle chopped eggplant with salt to taste and let stand 1 1/2 hours. Heat 2 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Add eggplant, onion and tomato and cook over low heat until eggplant is tender. Add remaining oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook over a low heat just enough for flavors to blend. Chill well before serving. Serve as an appetizer or dip for crackers or vegetables. Makes 3 1/2 cups. 
By Pat Kozak (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)  
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to church office emial or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  

Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site:https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:     https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church    http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
 
Requests for Lighting Candles, in absence: Please submit by sending your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles"  Thank you. All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number.  
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00 each, location is red glass hurricane stand
B. Beeswax     $2.00 each, location is tall candle stands 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00 each, location is small tabletop holder
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents each, location votive holder stands  
 
Requests for Prayers and Services- 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.
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Gifts & Donations.  Online and By Mail. Did You Know? PayPal is up & running, Donations are being accepted in multiple ways.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
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.  
 
Photographs added to parish website homepage: "Blessing of Graves 2020"
 
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 the church office.
 
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. 
 
Update: The Women's Fellowship has for a while now supported the Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, New York. With the money that we raise from the support of this parish we donate to them every year. In thinking of them in this difficult time, I reached out to Olga McHugh who is on their board and she related to me that she has spoken with Sister Raphaela and they are fine and being very cautious in having people on their grounds and social distancing with the surrounding community. That being said, they do not have the funds coming in as usual from the sale of their goods so money is tight. We were glad to be able to send them a donation and we encourage anyone that can to also send a donation to help them out. This can be done easily on their website or sending a donation through the mail. We are glad they remain healthy and pray this continues!
 
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.   
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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
July 26

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 6 
saint Julian
Saint Julian, Bishop of Cenomanis 
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, July 26th Divine Liturgy offered:   
In memory of newly departed, Linda (Dudash);  
In memory of departed: 
+ Louis Elias (Martin) by Sunny Vera Lawrence; 
+ Josephine (Yankovoy) on her birthday by the Sokoluk Family
 
For the health of: 
Gail (Shast) on her birthday by Alexei;
Robert and Kathryn (Vogel) on their anniversary; 
Nicholas (Reeves) on his birthday; 
Robert (LeBlanc) on his birthday, all by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Troparion - Tone 6 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!
 
Kontakion - Tone 6  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  Romans 15:1-7  We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me." For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
 
Gospel  Matthew 9:27-35 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it." But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!" But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons." Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.  
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
Limitations and measures are in place.  The governor of Pennsylvania has moved most counties into the Green Phase of reopening. However, the local jurisdiction of the church is the city of Philadelphia. The city is in a modified, restricted Green Phase of reopening. 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.  
 
Attendance:  Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy. IMPORTANT!  Please, let us know by sending an email to the church office to inform us of your desire to attend. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Occupancy is limited. A rotation over weeks is necessary, to accommodate all individuals who want to attend. We will confirm with you. You will receive a reply email confirmation for you to attend, or further details will be shared with you.

Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel is resuming.  Please visit our Facebook page, 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.
 
Veneration of Icons & Cross, please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand, nor 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.
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building, 
Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
- Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
- Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
 
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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. 
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to defined. 
 
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time. We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 (239) 785-4484. 
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, August 1st  6PM Vespers  
Sunday, August 2nd 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior) 
Saturday, August 8th  6PM Vespers  
Sunday, August 9th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Feast of Transfiguration,  Wednesday August 19th 10AM Divine Liturgy Blessing of Fruit
Feast of Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, Friday August 28th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Flowers & Fragrant Herbs
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, July 29 & Friday, July 31, both Strict Fast
Upcoming, Dormition Fast  August 14th through August 28th
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our parish youth are cooking in the kitchen, and they are sharing their favorite lenten recipes. Try one this week.
 Bean Soup  
1 lb. dry small navy beans 
3 to 4 potatoes
salt to taste
1 large onion 
4 large pieces of garlic
honey to sweeten (about 2 Tbsp)
Boil beans until almost soft, about 1 hour. Add potatoes, cook, until done. Salt. Then mash beans and potatoes together. In small frypan sauce onions; add to bean and potato mixture. Chop garlic cloves into pieces and add to soup. Simmer on low for at least half hour. Remove from heat and add honey to sweeten. 
By Rose Marie Staso (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978) 
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the church office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo  
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:    https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar  
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church   http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/  
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com  
 
Requests for Lighting Candles, in absence: Please submit by sending your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles"  Thank you. All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number.  
A. 7-day vigils  $4.00 each, location is red glass hurricane stand 
B. Beeswax     $2.00 each, location is tall candle stands 
C. Thin Taper   $1.00 each, location is small tabletop holder
D. Tea Lights    .50 cents each, location votive holder stands 
 
Requests for Prayers and Services- 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.
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Did You Know? PayPal is up & running, Donations are being accepted in multiple ways.  Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions.  Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
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.  
 
Photographs added to parish website homepage: "Blessing of Graves 2020"
 
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 the church office.
 
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. 
 
Update: The Women's Fellowship has for a while now supported the Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, New York. With the money that we raise from the support of this parish we donate to them every year. In thinking of them in this difficult time, I reached out to Olga McHugh who is on their board and she related to me that she has spoken with Sister Raphaela and they are fine and being very cautious in having people on their grounds and social distancing with the surrounding community. That being said, they do not have the funds coming in as usual from the sale of their goods so money is tight. We were glad to be able to send them a donation and we encourage anyone that can to also send a donation to help them out. This can be done easily on their website or sending a donation through the mail. We are glad they remain healthy and pray this continues!
 
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.  
 
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the vestibule. 
 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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.
July 19, 2020

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 5  
The Venerable Sisoes the Great of Egypt
 
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, July 19th Divine Liturgy offered:  
For memory of departed Archpriest Vincent by the Saverino Family; For memory of newly departed, Linda (Dudash); For memory of departed Louis Elias (Martin) by Sunny Vera Lawrence; For memory of departed George and Olga (Mlynar) by Lubomir Mlynar; For memory of Paul (Sokoluk) on his birthday by the Sokoluk Family; 
For the health of Robert and Kathryn (Vogel) on their anniversary; For the health of Nicholas (Reeves) on his birthday; For the health of Robert (LeBlanc) on his birthday, all by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone 5 - 
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.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone 5 -  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) Romans: 12:6-14 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
 
(Gospel) Matthew 9:1-8 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins-then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.  
 
Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 
 
Limitations and measures are in place.  The governor of Pennsylvania has moved most counties into the Green Phase of reopening. However, the local jurisdiction of the church is the city of Philadelphia. The city is in a modified, restricted Green Phase of reopening. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.  
 
Attendance:  Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Liturgy. IMPORTANT!  Please, let us know by sending an email to the church office to inform us of your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Occupancy is limited. A rotation over weeks is necessary, to accommodate all individuals who want to attend. We will confirm with you. You will receive a reply email confirmation for you to attend, or further details will be shared with you.

Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel is resuming.  Please visit our Facebook page, 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
 
Veneration of Icons & Cross, please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand, nor the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred.
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.
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building, 
  • Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
  • Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
  • Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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. 
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to defined
 
We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
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 for personal, pastoral care at (239) 785-4484. 
 
Schedule of Services:
Saturday, July 25th  6PM Vespers  
Sunday, July 26th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Saturday, August 1st  6PM Vespers 
Sunday, August 2nd 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)  
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, July 22 and Friday, July 24 
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our parish youth are cooking in the kitchen, and they are sharing their favorite lenten recipes. Try one this week,    
 
Pickled Red Cabbage
2 lb red cabbage
12 peppercorns
1/2 tsp. allspice
2 pt. vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp cooking salt
 
Remove the outside leaves of the cabbage, quarter it and cut away the hard stalk. Shred the cabbage finely, put into a bowl with layers of salt and leave for several hours. Then press it down to into a sieve to strain off the moisture. Heat the vinegar for 5 minutes with the peppercorns, bay leaf and allspice and leave to cool. Put the cabbage into a jar, put in the spiced vinegar, cover and store in a cool place. Cabbage should be ready to use with a week.
By Pete Patrick (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978)
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to church office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo  
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org 
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:   https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar 
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church  http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/ 
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com 
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- 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.
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
Did You Know? Online Gifts and Donations Up & Running,  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
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.  
 
Parastas/Panikhida & Blessing of Graves: Thank you to everyone in attendance and those who helped by lending their time and talents, on Saturday, July 18, at Oakland Cemetery. 
 
Blessing of Graves by Appoitnment: Fr Luka is available, if you are interested in having visitation at a different cemetery, please speak with Fr Luka to make special arrangements, or if you have need for a different day at Oakland. Email the church office for further assistance.
 
Blessed Pussy willows are available in the church vestibule.  

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 the church office.
 
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. 
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

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.   
Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
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.

 

July 12, 2020

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 Tone 4 
Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul 

Prayer List: 
Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)

Sunday, July 12th Divine Liturgy offered:  
For memory of newly departed, Linda (Dudash); For memory of departed Louis Elias (Martin) by Sunny Vera Lawrence;  
For the health of John (Candelori) on his birthday by the Sokoluk Family; 
For the health of Robert and Kathryn (Vogel) on their anniversary; For the health of Nicholas (Reeves) on his birthday; For the health of Robert (LeBlanc) on his birthday, all by Sunny Vera Lawrence

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone 4 - 
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, Tone 4 -
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 4 -
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!
  
Holy Apostles Peter & Paul, Troparion, Tone 4 - 
O first enthroned among the apostles/ and teachers of the whole world;/ entreat the Master of all,/ that He grant peace to the world// and great mercy to our souls.
 
Kontakion, Tone 2 -
The steadfast and divinely eloquent preachers,/ the foremost of Thine apostles, O Lord,/ hast Thou received into the delight of Thy good things and into rest;/ for Thou hast accepted their pangs and death as greater than any wholeburnt offering,// O Thou Who alone knowest the hearts of men.
 
(Epistle) Romans 10: 1-10 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "The man who does those things shall live by them." But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' " (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, " 'Who will descend into the abyss?' " (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
 
(Gospel) Matthew 8:28 - 9:1 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
 
(Epistle, Apostles) 2 Corinthians 11:21 - 12:9 To our shame I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold-I speak foolishly-I am bold also. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ?-I speak as a fool-I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness-besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation? If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. 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; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
 
(Gospel, Apostles) Matthew 16:13-19 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
   
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.  

Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 

Limitations and measures are in place.  The governor of Pennsylvania has moved most counties into the Green Phase of reopening. However, the local jurisdiction of the church is the city of Philadelphia. The city is in a modified, restricted Green Phase of reopening. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.  

Attendance: Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Liturgy. IMPORTANT!  Please, let us know by sending an email to the church office to inform us of your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Occupancy is limited. A rotation over weeks is necessary, to accommodate all individuals who want to attend. We will confirm with you. You will receive a reply email confirmation for you to attend, or further details will be shared with you.

Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
 
Streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel is resuming.  Please visit our Facebook page, 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 

Veneration of Icons & Cross, please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand, nor the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred.
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.

We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building, 
  • Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
  • Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
  • Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  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. 

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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined. 

We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.

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 for personal, pastoral care at (239) 785-4484.

Schedule of Services:
Saturday, July 18th 11 AM Oakland Cemetery Parastas/Panikhida (see details)
Saturday, July 18th 6PM Vespers  
Sunday, July 19th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
 
Fasting Reminder:  Wednesday, July 15 and Friday, July 17 

Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our parish youth are cooking in the kitchen, and they are sharing their favorite lenten recipes. Try one this week,    
 
Lentil Burgers
1 cup dried lentils
3 cup water
1 c bread crumbs
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. leaf marjoram, crumbled
1/2 cup brown rice
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 cup regular wheat germ 
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. salt
wheat germ to coat each side
Combine lentils, rice, water, and the 1 tablespoon of salt in a medium size saucepan. Bring to boil, lower heat, cover ad simmer 45 minutes until beans and rice are tender. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Then mash well with any liquid remaining in pan. Stir in bread crumbs, wheat germ, onion, and seasonings. Shape into patties (1/3 cup each). Sprinkle with wheat germ and sauté patties until brown on both sides in large skillet with some oil for about 10 minutes. Serve as you would hamburgers or cover with tomato sauce. 
By Gail Shast (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978)
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- 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.

***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our  website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.  
 
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.  
 
Blessing of Graves: Saturday, July 18, Oakland Cemetery. A Panikhida will be served at the gravesite of Fr Vincent of blessed memory, at 11 AM; following the service Fr Luka will bless graves throughout the cemetery. If you have interest in having your family/friends graves blessed in Oakland, please let us know by emailing the church office. This will help Fr Luka with managing time and expectations. Rain date is Saturday July 25th. In addition, Fr Luka is available, if you are interested in having visitation at a different cemetery, please speak with Fr Luka to make special arrangements, or if you have need for a different day at Oakland. 

Blessed Pussy willows are available in the church vestibule.  

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 the church office. 
 
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. 
 
***REMINDER ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

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.   

Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is under consideration with the appropriate measures due to the Covid-19 situation. A modified Festival is being considered for Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday October 4th. A separate communication will be shared with more details. Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
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.
 
July 5, 2020

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Synaxis of Pskov-Perchersky:  Tone 3
 
           Synakis of Pskov-Perchersky 
 
Prayer List: 
Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)

Sunday, July 5th Divine Liturgy offered:  
For memory of newly departed, Linda (Dudash); For memory of departed Louis Elias (Martin) by Sunny Vera Lawrence; For the memory of departed Nicholas (Zubko) on his birthday by the Sokoluk Family; For the memory of departed Nicholas (Nayko) on his birthday, by Alexei, Anna, Lucia, Luke, Margueritte, and Amelia
 
For the health of Robert and Kathryn (Vogel) on their anniversary; For the health of Nicholas (Reeves) on his birthday; For the health of Robert (LeBlanc) on his birthday, all by Sunny Vera Lawrence

Troparion - Tone 3 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 - Tone 3 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 - Tone 3   
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) Romans 6:18-23 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
(Gospel) Matthew 8:5-13  Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it. When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.  

Divine Liturgy will be downstairs in the church hall (aka, summer chapel) at 9:30AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 

Limitations and measures are in place.  The governor of Pennsylvania has moved most counties into the Green Phase of reopening. However, the local jurisdiction of the church is the city of Philadelphia. The city is in a modified, restricted Green Phase of reopening. 
 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state.  

Attendance: 
Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Liturgy. IMPORTANT!  Please, let us know by sending an email to the church office@saintmichaelsroc.org to inform us of your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Occupancy is limited. A rotation over weeks is necessary, to accommodate all individuals who want to attend. We will confirm with you. You will receive a reply email confirmation for you to attend, or further details will be shared with you.

Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
Streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel is resuming.  Please visit our Facebook page.  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

Veneration of Icons & Cross, please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand, nor the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred.
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.

We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building, 
  • Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
  • Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
  • Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  Access to hall will be limited to restrooms only. 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. 

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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined. 

We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.

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 for personal, pastoral care at (239) 785-4484.

Schedule of Services:
Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul,
Saturday, July 11th 6:00 PM Vigil Service
Sunday, July 12th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)
Saturday, July 18th 11 AM Oakland Cemetery
Sunday, July 19th 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours prior)

Fasting Reminders: Apostle Fast now, through July 11th

Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our parish youth are cooking in the kitchen, and they are sharing their favorite lenten recipes, to guide us through menu planning during the Apostles Fast. 
 
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
3 cups white flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt 
1/2 cup poppy seed
1/3 cup lemon juice
grated peel of 2 lemons
3/4 cup apple juice
3/4 cup canola oil 
3/4 cup maple syrup
Mix flour, baking soda, salt, and poppy seeds. In another bowl, mix lemon juice, lemon peel, apple juice, canola oil and maple syrup. Fold gently together. Pour into a greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Bake in 350 degrees oven for 1/2 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. 
By Maryann Taylor (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)
 
Lenten Sauerkraut
1 bag sauerkraut
1 large onion
3 or 4 cloves garlic
a few pepper corns
2 bay leaves
can of chick peas, optional
sautéed mushrooms, optional
Wash sauerkraut. Chop onion and garlic. Combine with sauerkraut and add peppercorns and bay leaves. Cover with water. Cook about 1/2 hour. Drain or leave in water until serving time. The can of chick peas or sautéed mushrooms may be added if desired.
By Olga K. Shast (from St. Michael Church cookbook 2004)
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- 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.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our  website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always. 

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.  
 
Blessing of Graves: Saturday, July 18, Oakland Cemetery. A Panikhida will be served at the gravesite of Fr Vincent of blessed memory, at 11 AM; following the service Fr Luka will bless graves throughout the cemetery. If you have interest in having your family/friends graves blessed in Oakland, please let us know by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org  This will help Fr Luka with managing time and expectations. Rain date is Saturday July 25th. In addition, Fr Luka is available, if you are interested in having visitation at a different cemetery, please speak with Fr Luka to make special arrangements, or if you have need for a different day at Oakland. 

Blessed Pussy willows are available in the church vestibule.  

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 

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. 

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

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.   

Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is coming up on Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation and set-up.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
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.
June 28, 2020

Third Sunday after Pentecost
Synaxis of Novgorod Hierarchs:  Tone 2
June 28, 2020
 
Saint Jona
Saint Jona, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia
 
Prayer List: 
Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)

Sunday, June 28th Divine Liturgy offered:  For memory of newly departed, Linda (Dudash); For memory of departed Fr. Stephen (Kuzmich); and for memory of departed Edward (Lawrence), both by Sunny Vera Lawrence
For the health of Robert Vogel on his birthday, for the health of Kathryn Vogel; and for the health of Alexandra (Martin) all by Sunny Vera Lawrence

Troparion - Tone 2
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!
 
Kontakion - Tone 2
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.

Romans 5:1-10 (Epistle) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
 
Matthew 6:22-33 (Gospel) The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
 
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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives. 

Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church at 10 AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 

Limitations and measures are in place. We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local government guidelines. 
 
Attendance: 
Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Liturgy. IMPORTANT!  Please, let us know by sending an email to the church office@saintmichaelsroc.org to inform us of your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Occupancy is limited. A rotation over weeks is necessary, to accommodate all individuals who want to attend. We will confirm with you. You will receive a reply email confirmation for you to attend, or further details will be shared with you.

Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
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

Veneration of Icons & Cross, please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand, nor the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred.
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.

We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building, 
  • Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
  • Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
  • Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  Access to hall will be limited to restrooms only. 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. 

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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined. 

We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.

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 for personal, pastoral care at (239) 785-4484.

Fasting Reminders: Apostle Fast now, through July 11th

Schedule of Services:
Sunday, July 5th 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Reading of Hours 9:30 AM)
Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul,
Saturday, July 11th 6:00 PM Vigil Service
Sunday, July 12th 10:00 Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours 9:30AM)
Saturday, July 18th 11 AM Oakland Cemetery
Sunday, July 19th 10 AM Divine Liturgy (Reading of Hours 9:30 AM) 

Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are starting the trend, by sharing their favorite lenten recipes to guide us through menu planning during the Apostles Fast. Children of all ages, love this cake!!! Especially, when a birthday or special celebration comes on a fasting day.
Whacky Cake
3 cups Flour 
2 cups Sugar
6 Tbsp Cocoa
2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp vinegar
3/4 cup oil
2 cups cold water
10x sugar
Sift flour and put all ingredients in one bowl. Mix with electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake for 45 minutes or until done. When cool sprinkle with 10x sugar.
By Carol Kauriga (from St. Michael Church cookbook 1978)

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." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- 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.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our  website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always. 

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.  

Blessing of Graves visitation will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 18; Oakland Cemetery at 11 AM; more details will be shared. 

Blessed Pussy willows are available in the church vestibule.  

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 

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. 

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

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.   

Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is coming up on Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation and set-up.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
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.
 
June 21, 2020

Second Sunday after Pentecost
All Russian Saints:  Tone 1
June 21, 2020
 
St Theodore of Suzdal
St. Theodore, Bishop of Rozdov and Suzdal 

Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)

Sunday, June 21st  Divine Liturgy offered:  For memory of departed Fr. Stephen (Kuzmich); and for memory of departed Edward (Lawrence), both by Sunny Vera Lawrence
For the health of Robert Vogel on his birthday, for the health of Kathryn Vogel; and for the health of Alexandra (Martin) all by Sunny Vera Lawrence

Panikhida for the month of June, will follow Divine Liturgy today.

Troparion - Tone I
In hymns let us honor the fathers of the wilderness of Athos, the angels in the flesh, the confessors and the venerable, holy hierarchs and martyrs; and, emulating their virtues, let us cry aloud, saying: Glory to Him who hath glorified you! Glory to Him Who hath crowned you! Glory to Him Who hath shown you to be our intercessors amid tribulations!

Kontakion - Tone IV
Come ye, let us all praise the fathers who have made Mount Athos a heaven, who have shown forth therein an angelic life, and have assembled a multitude of monks; and let us cry out unto them: deliver us from every misfor­tune and temptation, O ye multitude of the venerable, boast of Athos.

(Epistle) Romans 2:10-16
But glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
 
(Gospel)Matthew 4:18-23 
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

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 federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives. 

Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church at 10 AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. 

Limitations and measures are in place. We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local government guidelines. 
 
Attendance: Every Sunday, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Liturgy.

IMPORTANT! Please, let us know by sending an email to the church office@saintmichaelsroc.org to inform us of your attendance. Please include your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number).  
Occupancy is limited. A rotation over weeks is necessary, to accommodate all individuals who want to attend. We will confirm with you. You will receive a reply email confirmation for you to attend, or further details will be shared with you. 

Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.

Streaming services from our parish will resume on Sunday June 21st.  In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons    Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, Weekdays TBA.  
Veneration of Icons & Cross, please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand, nor the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred.
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 so we can burn them afterwards. Please do not kiss the chalice." 
 
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building
  • Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
  • Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
  • Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. NO COFFEE HOUR, at this time.  Access to hall will be limited to restrooms only. 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. 
 
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. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined. 

We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.

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 for personal, pastoral care at (239) 785-4484.
 
Fasting Reminders: 
Apostle Fast ongoing, now through July 11th.

Schedule of Services:
Sunday, June 28th 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy Third Sunday after Pentecost (Hours 9:30AM)
Sunday, July 5th 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Hours 9:30 AM)
Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul, 
Saturday, July 11th 6:00 PM Vigil Service
Sunday, July 12th 10:00 Divine Liturgy (Hours 9:30AM)
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our  website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always. 

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.  

Blessing of Graves visitation will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 18; Oakland Cemetery at 11 AM; more details will be shared. 

Blessed Pussy willows are available in the church vestibule.  

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 

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. 

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

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.   

Fresh Flowers:  Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted  "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
                                                                                 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual event is coming up on
Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation and set-up.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.   
 
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.
 
June 7, 2020

Pentecost 
Trinity Sunday: Tone Seven
June 7, 2020
 
Pentecost
The Descent of the Holy Spirit on Apostles 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this Holy day, Orthodox Church is remembering fulfillment of the promise which our Lord Jesus Christ has given to His Apostles and followers while He was living with them and proclaiming the Holy Gospel. At that time, they couldn't fully understand the teaching revealing the existence of Kingdom of God, eternal life and spirit of Salvation of mankind from death. In Old Testament Apostles learned about Great God, with coming of Jesus Christ into this world they learned about Son of God and with sending Holy Spirit on Apostles they learned about third face of the Holy Trinity. 
Saint Cyril of Alexandria says that "Our Lord Jesus Christ herein ordained the instructors and teachers of the world and the stewards of His divine Mysteries. . . showing together with the dignity of Apostleship, the incomparable glory of the authority given them... Revealing them to be splendid with the great dignity of the Apostleship and showing them forth as both stewards and priests of the divine altars . . . they became fit to initiate others through the enlightening guidance of the Holy Spirit" (PG 74, 708-712).  When they were siting and hiding in one room, being afraid for their lives, when Holy Spirit descended on them and tongues of fire appeared on their heads, they the felt presence of God and remembered promise of their Teacher. The Holy Spirit made them brave and not fearing for their lives. They went out and proclaimed Holy Gospel. And not only that, Apostles who did not have any special education started speaking all different languages of different peoples gathered those days in Jerusalem. Thousands of people felt presence of God, accepted Christianity and were baptized in the name of Holy Trinity, putting their lives into risk and danger, but for Salvation of their souls...
Thus dear Brothers and Sisters, more than ever in our lives, these days when everything earthly is trembling around us threatening our lives and future existence of mankind, let us put our hope and prayers before everything else and call to God by these words:
"O heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord".
 
Fr. Luka
 
Closed until June 14th, further notice will be shared and instructions regarding reopening

Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)

Sunday, June 7th  Divine Liturgy offered:  For memory of newly departed Josephine (Yankovoy) 40th day by Yanokovoy, Sokoluk and Winsky Families; For the health of Joseph (Rutherford) on his birthday by Alexei and John Morgan

(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,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https: //www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons .  Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, Weekdays TBA.  

This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, any desire or need for personal, pastoral care at (239) 785-4484.

Following guidelines of federal, state, and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and other services by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you. 
 
Fasting Reminders: 
Seventh Week of Pascha: FAST FREE WEEK Monday June 8th through Sat June 13th
Apostle Fast begins on Monday, June 15th through July 11th.

Schedule of Services
Feast of Pentecost Sunday June 7th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Apostles Fast begins Monday, June 15th through July 11th
Sunday, June 14th Divine Liturgy
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  orthodoxchristian.com
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our  website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always. 

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.  

Blessing of Graves visitation will be rescheduled, once the city restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted; details will be shared. 

Blessed Pussy willows will be available in the church, upon our reopening. 

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. 

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 

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. 

ILLUMINATE All efforts will be made to reschedule the annual luminaries project which traditionally takes place on Pascha.
A special time in the upcoming months. More information
 to be announced.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. When it is appropriate to resume our weekly custom of  social camaraderie, please volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. Please feel free to contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions.
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church:  Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                

110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.                                                                                      
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days. 
Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.  
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
May 31, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Pascha: Tone Six
The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council 
May 31, 2020
 
Holy Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical Council 

Closed until June 4th, further notice will be shared and instructions regarding reopening
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, May 31st Divine Liturgy offered:  For memory of newly departed Josephine (Yankovoy) and For the memory of Alexis (Yanokovoy) by Sokoluk Family; 
For the health of Olga and John (Candelori) on their 55th Wedding Anniversary,  For the health of Denise and Joseph (Rutherford) on their wedding by Alexei and John Morgan
 
(Epistle) Act 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,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted.
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https: //www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons .  Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, Weekdays TBA.  

This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, any desire or need for personal, pastoral care at (239) 785-4484.

Following guidelines of federal, state, and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and other services by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you. 
 
Fasting Reminders
Seventh Week of Pascha: Wed June 3 & Friday June 5, Fast, Fish Allowed
Apostle Fast begins on Monday, June 15th through July 11th.

Schedule of Services, Closed until Further Notice 
Feast of Pentecost Sunday June 7th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Day of Holy Spirit Monday June 8th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Apostles Fast begins Monday, June 15th through July 11th
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  
Orthodox Christianity https://orthochristian.com

Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com.  

Blessing of Graves visitation will be rescheduled, once the city restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted; details will be shared. 

Blessed Pussy willows will be available in the church, upon our reopening. 

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners

FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term as well as our parishioners at large.
If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information to church office email. 

Event Cancelled:   The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. 

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. 

ILLUMINATE All efforts will be made to reschedule the annual luminaries project which traditionally takes place on Pascha.
A special time in the upcoming months. More information to be announced.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. When it is appropriate to resume our weekly custom of  social camaraderie, please volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. Please feel free to contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions.
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church: Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                

110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed
                                                                                    
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days. Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.  
 
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.
May 24, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Pascha: Tone Five
The Blind Man 
May 24, 2020
 
Mokios
Saint Mokios
 
Closed until June 4th, further notice will be shared
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, May 24th Divine Liturgy offered:  For memory of newly departed Josephine (Yankovoy) and For the memory of Alexis (Yanokovoy) by Sokoluk Family; 
For the health of Alexandra (Martin), Judith (Martin) & George (Reeves) on their birthdays by Sunny Vera Lawrence; For the health of Kathryn (Vogel) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
(Epistle) Acts 16:16-34 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation." And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, "These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe. Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here." Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.
 
(Gospel) John 9:1-38 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" Some said, "This is he." Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." Therefore they said to him, "How were your eyes opened?" He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and I received sight." Then they said to him, "Where is He?" He said, "I do not know." They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, "What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself. His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?" Then they reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from. The man answered and said to them, "Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing. They answered and said to him, "You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?" And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?" He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshipped Him.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted.
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https: //www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons .  Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, Weekdays TBA.  

In regards to spiritual life, any questions or concerns, any desire or need for personal or pastoral care, please do not hesitate to call Fr. Luka.

Following guidelines of federal, state, and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and other services by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you. 
 
Fasting Reminders
Sixth Week of Pascha: Wed May 27 & Friday May 29, Fast, Fish Allowed
Apostle Fast begins on Monday, June 15th through July 11th.

Schedule of Services, Closed until Further Notice
The Seventh Sunday:  Fathers of the Ecumenical Council Sunday May 24th Divine Liturgy 
Feast of Ascension  Thursday May 28th Divine Liturgy Closed
Feast of Pentecost Sunday June 7th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Day of Holy Spirit Monday June 8th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Apostles Fast begins Monday, June 15th through July 11th
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  
Orthodox Christianity https://orthochristian.com

Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com.  

Blessing of Graves visitation will be rescheduled, once the city restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted; details will be shared. 

Blessed Pussy willows will be available in the church, upon our reopening. 

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. 

FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to the office.

Event Cancelled:   The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. 

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. 

ILLUMINATE All efforts will be made to reschedule the annual luminaries project which traditionally takes place on Pascha. A special time in the upcoming months. More information to be announced.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. When it is appropriate to resume our weekly custom of  social camaraderie, please volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. Please feel free to contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions.
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church:  Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                

110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.     
                                                                                
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days. 
Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.  
 
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.
May 17, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Pascha: Tone Four
The Samaritan Woman 
May 17, 2020 / May 4 OC 
 
The Virgin Martyr Pelagia of Tarsus
 
Closed until June 4th, further notice will be shared
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, May 17th Divine Liturgy offered:  For memory of newly departed Josephine (Yankovoy) by Yankovoy Family; For the health of Alexandra (Martin), Judith (Martin) & George (Reeves) on their birthdays by Vera Sunny Lawrence; For the health of Kathryn (Vogel) by Vera Sunny Lawrence
 
(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,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted.
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https: //www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons .  Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, Weekdays TBA.  

Anyone who is in need of personal, pastoral care or has any questions or concerns regarding spiritual life, please do not hesitate to call Fr. Luka.

Following guidelines of federal, state, and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and other services by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you. 
 
Fasting Reminders
FifthWeek of Pascha: Wed May 20 & Friday May 22, Fast, Fish Allowed

Schedule CLOSED until Further Notice
The Paralyzed Man Sunday May 10th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Feast of Ascension  Thursday May 28th Divine Liturgy Closed
Feast of Pentecost Sunday June 7th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Day of Holy Spirit Monday June 8th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Apostles Fast begins Monday, June 15th through July 11th
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  
Orthodox Christianity https://orthochristian.com

Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com.  

Blessing of Graves visitation will be rescheduled, once the city restrictions due to Covid-19 have been lifted; details will be shared. 

Blessed Pussy willows will be available in the church, upon our reopening. 

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners.  An assistant will resume calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka at a time in the future.

Thank you to the three families that are sponsors of the yearly 7-day vigil candles for the large Lampada, Tetrapod, and Confession table. 

FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term.
If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to 

Event Cancelled:   The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. 

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. 

ILLUMINATE All efforts will be made to reschedule the annual luminaries project which traditionally takes place on Pascha.
A special time in the upcoming months. More information to be announced.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:   Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. When it is appropriate to resume our weekly custom of  social camaraderie, please volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. Please feel free to contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions.
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church: Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                

110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.         
                                                                            
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days. 
Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help. 
 
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.
May 10, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Pascha: Tone Three  
The Paralyzed Man
                                                 
The Holy Martyr Avramii (Abraham) the Bulgar
 (4th Sunday of Pascha)
 
Closed until June 4th, further notice will be shared
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, May 10th Divine Liturgy offered:  For memory of newly departed Josephine (Yankovoy) by Sokoluk & Winsky Families; For the memory of Mary (DeMeo) & Olga (K. Shast) on anniversary of birthdays by Sokoluk Family; For the memory of Valentina (Kunasz) 4th anniversary of falling asleep by Sokoluk Family
 
For the health of Alexandra (Martin), Judith (Martin) & George (Reeves) on their birthdays by Vera Sunny Lawrence; For the health of Kathryn (Vogel) by Vera Sunny Lawrence. 

(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,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted.
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https: //www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons .  Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, Weekdays TBA.  

Anyone who is in need of personal, pastoral care or has any questions or concerns regarding spiritual life, please do not hesitate to call Fr. Luka.

Following guidelines of federal, state, and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and other services by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you. 
 
Fasting Reminders
FourthWeek of Pascha: Wed May13 & Friday May 15, Fast, Fish Allowed

Schedule CLOSED until Further Notice
The Paralyzed Man Sunday May 10th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Feast of Ascension  Thursday May 28th Divine Liturgy Closed
Feast of Pentecost Sunday June 7th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Day of Holy Spirit Monday June 8th Divine Liturgy Closed 
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  
Orthodox Christianity https://orthochristian.com

Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 

Mother's Day:   Please remember, on May 10th, all of our parish family in your prayers who are Mothers, God-Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Daughters, Sisters and Friends. 
Please pray for all of the ladies in our parish family and community who help and support each of us throughout the year.
"O  Lord and Savior, You have taught us to honor our fathers and mothers, and to show love and obedience toward them. From the depth of my heart I fervently pray to You, Jesus, my God: hear my prayer. Bless my mother, Godmother and all those who love and care for me, who have raised me up with the help of Your grace. Protect them from evil, harm and sickness. Grant them faith, health and joy. Bless all their works that they may give You honor and glory all the days of their lives. Amen." 

Blessing of Graves will be rescheduled; details will be shared. On St. Thomas  Sunday, Fr Luka prayed for all departed souls.

Blessed Pussy willows will be available in the church, upon our reopening. 

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. 
An assistant will resume calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka at a time in the future.

Thank you to the three families that are sponsors of the yearly 7-day vigil candles for the large Lampada, Tetrapod, and Confession table. 

FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term.
If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to 

Event Cancelled:   The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. 

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. 

ILLUMINATE All efforts will be made to reschedule the annual luminaries project which traditionally takes place on Pascha.
A special time in the upcoming months. More information to be announced.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. When it is appropriate to resume our weekly custom of  social camaraderie, please volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. Please feel free to contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions.
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church: Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                

110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.     
                                                                                
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days. 
Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.  The pierogi making session scheduled for May 8th & 9th is cancelled.  
 
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.
 
May 3, 2020

Third Sunday of Pascha:   Tone Two
The Holy Myrrh Bearing Women 
The Holy Noble Born  Empress of Gruzia (Georgia)
Tamara the Great 
 

 

               
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Closed until at least May 8th, further notice will be shared
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Josephine (Yankovoy), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)
 
Sunday, May 3rd Divine Liturgy offered: 
For memory of Helen (Kobasa) on her 40th Day;  For memory of newly departed Josephine (Yankovoy) by Yankovoy Family 

(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,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted.
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https: //www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons .  Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, Weekdays TBA.  

Anyone who is in need of personal, pastoral care or has any questions or concerns regarding spiritual life, please do not hesitate to call Fr Luka.

Following guidelines of federal, state, and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and other services by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you. 
 
Fasting Reminders
Third Week of Pascha: Wed May 6 & Friday May 8, Fast, Fish Allowed

Schedule CLOSED until Further Notice
The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women Sun May 3rd Divine Liturgy Closed
The Paralyzed Man Sunday May 10th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Feast of Ascension  Thursday May 28th Divine Liturgy Closed
Feast of Pentecost Sunday June 7th Divine Liturgy Closed 
Day of Holy Spirit Monday June 8th Divine Liturgy Closed 
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
 
Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Main page of our site: https://saintmichaelsroc.org
Moscow Patriarchal Parishes in the USA:  https://mospatusa.com/churchcalendar
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church http://www.holytrinityorthodox.com/calendar/
Resources for Orthodoxy:  
Orthodox Christianity https://orthochristian.com

Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations  Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our website for details. It is a modern convenience to use online options, for weekly donations and special contributions, however, traditional mail is also welcome. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 

Mother's Day,  Please remember, on May 10th, all of our parish family in your prayers who are Mothers, God-Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Daughters, Sisters and Friends,
 Please pray for all of the ladies in our parish family and community who help and support each of us throughout the year.
"O  Lord and Savior, You have taught us to honor our fathers and mothers, and to show love and obedience toward them. From the depth of my heart I fervently pray to You, Jesus, my God: hear my prayer. Bless my mother, Godmother and all those who love and care for me, who have raised me up with the help of Your grace. Protect them from evil, harm and sickness. Grant them faith, health and joy. Bless all their works that they may give You honor and glory all the days of their lives. Amen." 

Blessing of Graves will be rescheduled; details will be shared. On St. Thomas  Sunday, Fr Luka prayed for all departed souls.

Blessed Pussy willows will be available in the church, upon our reopening. 

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners.  An assistant will resume calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka at a time in the future.

Thank you to the three families that are sponsors of the yearly 7-day vigil candles for the large Lampada, Tetrapod, and Confession table. 

FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term.
If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to 

Event Cancelled:   The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. 

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. 

ILLUMINATE All efforts will be made to reschedule the annual luminaries project which traditionally takes place on Pascha.
A special time in the upcoming months. More information
 to be announced.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. When it is appropriate to resume our weekly custom of  social camaraderie, please volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. Please feel free to contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions.
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church:  Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                

110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.         
                                                                            
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days. 
Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.  The pierogi making session scheduled for May 8th & 9th is cancelled.  
 
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.
 
April 26, 2020

Second Sunday of Pascha: Antipascha
St. Thomas Sunday  Tone One
April 26, 2020

 

Hieromartyr Artemon
                                                
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Josephine (Yankovoy), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)

Sunday, April 26th Divine Liturgy offered: For memory of Helen (Karnick) on her 40th Day, by Justine Paul; For memory of newly departed Helen (Kobasa)

(Epistle) Acts 5:12-20 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.
 
(Gospel) John 20: 19-31 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained. Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted.
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https: //www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons .  Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, Weekdays TBA.  

Anyone who is in need of personal, pastoral care or has any questions or concerns regarding spiritual life, please do not hesitate to call Fr Luka.

Following guidelines of federal, state, and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and other services by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you. 
 
Fasting Reminders: Fasting Reminders: Wed April 29 & Friday May 1, Fast, Fish Allowed
 
Schedule CLOSED until Further Notice
St. Thomas Sunday Divine Liturgy April 26th CLOSED
Blessing of Graves will be rescheduled; details will be shared
Ascension    Divine Liturgy 10AM Thursday May 28th
Pentecost     Divine Liturgy 10AM Sunday June 7th 
                     Multicultural Ethnic Pot-Luck by Parish family
Holy Spirit Day  Divine Liturgy Monday June 8th 
 
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
*Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources

Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. An assistant will resume calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka at a time in the future.
 
Blessed Pussy willows will be available in the church, upon our reopening. 

Thank you to the three families that are sponsors of the yearly 7-day vigil candles for the large Lampada, Tetrapod, and Confession table. 

Event Cancelled:  The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. 
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our website for details. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 

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.  
 
ILLUMINATE PASCHA will not take place on Pascha.  All efforts will be made to reschedule the annual luminaries project at a special time in the upcoming months.  Update to be announced.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. Everyone who enjoys the social camaraderie each week is asked to volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions. 
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church:
Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                
 
110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.                                                                                             
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days.  Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Don't forget the week before - help is needed for food preparation.  Please contact Melaney Bedard for details and/or to help.  The pierogi making session scheduled for May 8th & 9th is cancelled.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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.
April 19, 2020

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN!
XB!
PASCHA  April 19, 2020

 

                                               
Christ Is Risen! Today we celebrate the joy of Pascha! Let the flowers of spring exhale their sweetest fragrance for this is a day of happiness. Christ Lives! Christ Triumphs! Christ Reigns! On Good Friday, Christ was crucified and died on the Cross. Sadness and inexpressible grief hovered in the air. But today we no longer see before us a suffering Christ, but a glorious Christ. 
By His glorious Resurrection, Christ has completed the work of salvation. He has confirmed our Holy Faith, for as St. Paul tells us: "If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and faith is also empty." (1 Cor. 15:14) Pascha fulfills our hope in Christ's teachings and promises. We should give thanks for this blessed evidence of our Christian faith. No wonder we sing with great joy the words of David: "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad therein." That is because the crucifixion has been displaced by the Resurrection.
Christ Is Risen! Indeed, He Is Risen!
Fr Luka Novakovic, Rector and Church Council

Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Father Valeriy, Father Joseph, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Josephine (Yankovoy), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan)

(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.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines. We will continue to monitor the developing situation and will share updates. We are thinking of you and your family at this time. We ask everyone to join in their home to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted.
 
Paschal Baskets:  Dear Brothers and sisters, you may have your Pashcal baskets blessed between 12 to 1pm as you drive through parking lot. Enter from 4th Street gate and exit gate onto Fairmount.   Federal, state, local and city guidelines must be followed, the limitations on travel, social distancing, and no gathering are important measures to keep everyone safe and healthy. If not, then please sing Troparion of Resurrection, three times and say prayer before meals. XB!
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https: //www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons
[Nocturns 11:30PM; Matins 12Midnight; Paschal Divine Liturgy Sunday at 10AM; Bright Monday Paschal Divine Liturgy 9AM; Weekday services TBA] 

Anyone who is in need of personal, pastoral care or has any questions or concerns regarding spiritual life, please do not hesitate to call Fr Luka.

Following guidelines of federal, state, and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and other services by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you. 
 
Fasting Reminders: BRIGHT WEEK: Monday April 20 - Saturday April 25, No Fast 

Paschal Schedule CLOSED until Further Notice
XB!  Pascha  Paschal Divine Liturgy Sunday April 19th CLOSED XB!
XB!  Bright Monday Paschal Divine Liturgy  April 20th CLOSED XB!
XB!  Bright Tuesday  Paschal Divine Liturgy  April 21st CLOSED XB!
St. Thomas Sunday Divine Liturgy with Panikhida April 26th CLOSED
Blessing of Graves will be rescheduled; details will be shared
Ascension    Divine Liturgy 10AM Thursday May 28th
Pentecost     Divine Liturgy 10AM Sunday June 7th 
                     Multicultural Ethnic Pot-Luck by Parish family
Holy Spirit Day  Divine Liturgy Monday June 8th 

 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
*Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources

Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. An assistant will resume calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka at a time in the future.
 
Blessed Pussy willows will be available in the church, upon our reopening. 

Thank you to the three families that are sponsors of the yearly 7-day vigil candles for the large Lampada, Tetrapod, and Confession table. 

Event Cancelled:  The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. 
 
NEW! Online Gifts and Donations Multiple options, including PayPal, are now available; Visit our website for details. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 

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.  
 
ILLUMINATE PASCHA will not take place on Pascha.  All efforts will be made to reschedule the annual luminaries project at a special time in the upcoming months.  Update to be announced.  
 
Resources for Pacha: 
"Holy Week and Pascha at Home: A Guide forFamilies" is an interactive, daily journey through Holy Week and Pascha, specifically tailored to the traditions commonly celebrated in OCA NY/NJ Diocesan churches, from Lazarus Saturday through Holy Pascha.  It will be a companion as you participate in live-streamed services, and it will fill your Holy Week and Pascha with purposeful, prayerful action.
Orthodox Christianity https://orthochristian.com 

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. Everyone who enjoys the social camaraderie each week is asked to volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions. 
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church:
Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                
 
110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.                                                                                             
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days.  Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th.  Don't forget the week before for food preparations.  Upcoming Pierogi making sessions are May 8&9.  Please see Melaney Bedard for details.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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.
April 12, 2020

Palm Sunday
Great Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem  -  Tone Seven
April 12, 2020
 
Closure remains until April 30th. Updates will be shared. 

John of Sinai
                                               
                
Prayer  List:   Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Family of Kevin (Monteiro),  Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Josephine (Yankovoy), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Natalia (Vladimirova), Lisa (Schiede), Nancy (Crowley), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky). For the health of Deborah (Reeves) by Sunny (Lawrence) and for Elynore (Whelan) by Justine (Paul).
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Please do not hesitate to call Fr Luka, if you are in need of personal pastoral care or have any questions or concerns.  At this time, as we are prioritizing the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal government guidelines. 
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons
[Divine Liturgy Sunday at 10AM; Weekday services TBA]
 
Following guidelines of federal, state and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and Moleben by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you.

Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 12th offered: 
For memory of newly departed Helen (Kobasa)
For memory of newly departed Helen (Karnick); 
For the memory of Peter (Compo), 20th Anniversary, by the Compo Family

Fasting Reminders: Sixth Week of Great Fast: Monday April 6 - Saturday April 11, Strict Fast.
 
Holy Thursday, Holy Friday, Holy Saturday, Pascha April 16-19th Holy Services CLOSED

Moleben In Time of Devastating Epidemic and Deathbearing Pestilence: moleben-epidemic-pestilence
 
Prayer read during the Spread of Devastating Pestilence

Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
*Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Lazarus Saturday April 11th, Closed Divine Liturgy with Panikhida
Thank you for sending the list of your departed.  Praying for all souls on Lazarus Saturday included the submitted lists and the monthly requested panikkhida/parastas standard list. 
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
 
April 
19th* PASCHA (reschedule for Lazarus Saturday,
11th; all Monthly names will be included in the litany for departed)
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
Great Lent & Pascha Schedule  CLOSED until Further Notice
Great Feast of Entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 12th Blessing of Pussywillows  - CLOSED 
Holy Monday April 13th
Holy Tuesday April 14th
Holy Wednesday April 15th 
Holy Thursday April 16th
Holy Friday April 17th 
Holy Saturday April 18th 
Pascha April 19th
Bright Monday April 20th Divine Liturgy CLOSED 
Bright Week April 21st - 25th 
St. Thomas Sunday, April 26th Divine Liturgy CLOSED

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. An assistant will resume calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka at a time in the future.
 
Event Cancelled:  The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. 

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 
 
Online Gifts and Donations Multiple options will be available soon; Visit our website for details. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always.

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.  
 
ILLUMINATE PASCHA update to be announced.
 
***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. Everyone who enjoys the social camaraderie each week is asked to volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions. 
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church:
Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                
 
110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.           
                                                                                 
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days.  Save-the -Dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 2nd, 3rd & 4th.  Don't forget the week before for food preparations.  Upcoming Pierogi making sessions are May 8&9.  Please see Melaney Bedard for details.  

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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.
 
 
April 5, 2020

Closure remains until April 30th. Updates will be shared.
 
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Saint Mary of Egypt  - Tone 1
Prayer  List:   Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Family of Kevin (Monteiro),  Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Josephine (Yankovoy), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Natalia (Vladimirova), Lisa (Schiede), Nancy (Crowley), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky). For the health of Deborah (Reeves) by Sunny (Lawrence) and for Elynore (Whelan) by Justine (Paul).
 


Dear Brothers and Sisters, Please do not hesitate to call Fr Luka, if you are in need of personal pastoral care or have any questions or concerns.  At this time, as we are prioritizing the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal government guidelines. 
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr. John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons
[Divine Liturgy Sunday at 10AM; Weekday services TBA]
 
Following guidelines of federal, state and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of certain readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and Moleben by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you.

Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 5th offered: 
For memory of newly departed Helen (Kobasa)
For memory of newly departed Helen (Karnick); 
For memory of newly departed Kevin (Monteiro), 40th Day;
For the memory of Samuel (Sokoluk Sr), 6th Anniversary, by the Sokoluk Family

Fasting Reminders: Sixth Week of Great Fast: Monday April 6 - Saturday April 11, Strict Fast.
 
Holy Feast of Annunciation CLOSED Tuesday, April 7th Divine Liturgy
 
Moleben In Time of Devastating Epidemic and Deathbearing Pestilence  CLOSED Wednesday, April 8th & Friday, April 10th
Full Service Text: moleben-epidemic-pestilence.pdf 
 
Lazarus Saturday CLOSED  Saturday, April 11th Divine Liturgy

Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19, such as:
Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8iQQ0_Fmo 
*Daily Readings and Commemoration of Saints, Online Resources
Hebrews 9:11-14 (Epistle) 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?
 
Mark 10:32-45 (Gospel) 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.
 
Lazarus Saturday April 11th, Closed Divine Liturgy with Panikhida
Send your departed names to be prayed for by Friday, April 10
Please share your list of baptismal names of departed loved ones, family & friends, not later than Friday. Email your list of departed souls to office@saintmichaelsroc.org    
If you know someone who does not have internet access, please offer to help, by sending their list for them. Otherwise by mailing to the church. Praying for all souls on Lazarus Saturday, April 11th, will include the submitted lists and the monthly panikhida/parastas standard list. Any questions, please speak with Fr Luka. 
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
 
April 
19th* PASCHA (reschedule for Lazarus Saturday,
11th; all Monthly names will be included in the litany for departed)
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
Great Lent & Pascha Schedule  CLOSED until Further Notice
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy Wednesdays N/A
Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete Fridays N/A
Great Feast of Entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 12th Blessing of Pussywillows  - CLOSED 
Holy Monday April 13th
Holy Tuesday April 14th
Holy Wednesday April 15th 
Holy Thursday April 16th
Holy Friday April 17th 
Holy Saturday April 18th 
Pascha April 19th
Bright Monday April 20th Divine Liturgy CLOSED 
Bright Week April 21st - 25th 
St. Thomas Sunday, April 26th Divine Liturgy CLOSED

In light of the situation at this time, Fr. Luka will be postponing visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. An assistant will resume calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka at a time in the future.
 
Save the Date: The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. At this time, immersive musical experiences for all levels of choir members. The PaTRAM Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy will be held at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ. Please visit website for more information and registration: https://patraminstitute.org/event/patram-institute-summer-academy-june-25-28-2020/

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 AmazonTo sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 

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.  
 
ILLUMINATE PASCHA update to be announced.
 
Youth Focus on Great Lent, and Holy Feast of Annunciation  If you are interested in activities for youth at home, during this time, please feel free to contact Miss Nadine or Mr. Ken.  Resources are ready to share and are waiting for your creative talents. We look forward to sharing and displaying your work, on our Journey to Pascha Path.
 
***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under -appreciated. Everyone who enjoys the social camaraderie each week is asked to volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions. 
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church: Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                
 
110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed.     
                                                                                       
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days.  Save-the-Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday  Oct. 2nd, 3rd, & 4th;  Don't forget the week before too, for food preparations.  Upcoming Pierogi making sessions are May 8 & 9.  Please see Melaney Bedard for details.
 
***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
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.
 
March 29, 2020

Sunday Bulletin

March 29, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
Saint John Climacus (of the Ladder) - Tone 8

St. John Climacus
 
 
Prayer  List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Family of Kevin (Monteiro),  Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Josephine (Yankovoy), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Natalia (Vladimirova), Lisa (Schiede), Nancy (Crowley), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky). For the health of Deborah (Reeves) by Sunny (Lawrence) and for Elynore (Whelan) by Justine (Paul).
 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Anyone who is in need of personal pastoral care or has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call Fr Luka. At this time, as we are prioritizing the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal government guidelines. 
 
Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our Dean Fr John Vass, streams their services, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons
[Divine Liturgy Sunday at 10AM; Moleben at TBD]

Following guidelines of federal, state and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of couple readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and Moleben by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. Thank you.

Today: Sunday of St. John Climacus March 29th CLOSED Divine Liturgy 10AM
 
Divine Liturgy offered: For memory of newly departed Kevin (Monteiro) by Olga McHugh;
For memory of newly departed Helen (Karnick); 
For memory of newly departed Helen (Kobasa)
 
Fasting Reminders: Fifth Week of Great Fast: Mon March 30 - Sat April 4, Strict Fast.
 
Moleben In Time of Devastating Epidemic and Deathbearing Pestilence  CLOSED Wednesday, April 1st & Friday,  April 3rd
 
Choir Rehearsal: CANCELLED Saturday April 4th; Please contact Director at gkaudiroak@comcast.net for additional information.

Hebrews 6:13-20 (Epistle) 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.
 
Mark 9:17-31 (Gospel) 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."
Requests for Services- Envelopes: During the Divine Liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted. When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions. The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office. Thank you.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Great Lent & Pascha Schedule  CLOSED until Further Notice
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy Wednesdays N/A
Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete Fridays N/A
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt April 5th Hours 9:30AM Divine Liturgy 10AM
Great Feast of Annunciation Tuesday April 7th Divine Liturgy 10AM
Great Feast of Entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 12th Blessing of Pussywillows 9:30AM, Divine Liturgy 10AM with Procession, followed by  Bring a Fish Dish/Annual Seafood Feast Coffee Hour by Women's Fellowship
Holy Week April 12th-18th 
Pascha April 19th
Bright Monday April 20th Divine Liturgy 10AM with Procession followed by Paschal Foods Coffee Hour & Youth Egg Activity
Bright Week April 21st - 25th
St. Thomas Sunday, April 26th Hours 9:30AM, Divine Liturgy 10AM, followed by Blessing of Graves at Oakland Cemetery
 
***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Fr. Luka's Email has been hacked. If you receive any suspicious emails from Fr Luka Novakovic requesting help,  please disregard it and inform the church office or Fr. Luka directly. The email requesting assistance from Fr. Luka may appear official but is not. Thank you.   
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, until the beginning of Great Week (week before Holy Pascha), Fr. Luka will be visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. An assistant will be calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka.
 
Save the Date: The PaTRAM Institute Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy - June 25-28, 2020. At this time, immersive musical experiences for all levels of choir members. The PaTRAM Conductors' and Singers' Summer Academy will be held at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ. Please visit website for more information and registration: https://patraminstitute.org/event/patram-institute-summer-academy-june-25-28-2020/
 
Charity Collection: Our annual shelter charity drive, in Memory of Miss Tina, is on going until further notice. Please see separate flier for more details.

***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:   
Please consider volunteering this year; no effort is too small or under- appreciated. Everyone who enjoys the social camaraderie each week is asked to volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available. contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions. 
 
Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church:
Donations to help defray the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                
 
110th Anniversary:  Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed. Please stay tuned for updates.                                                                                        
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days.  Save-the-DatesFriday, Saturday, Sunday  Oct. 2nd, 3rd, & 4th;  Don't forget the week before too, for food preparations.  Upcoming Pierogi making sessions are May 8 & 9.  Please see Melaney Bedard for details.
 
***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***
 
Illuminate Pascha: We will once again be selling luminaries now through April 12th, which we will light around the church on Holy Saturday night.  You can buy a luminary "For the health of" or "For the memory of" your loved ones. Remember all of your family and friends on this joyous occasion! Luminaries are $5 each or 6 for $25 To purchase your luminaries please see Tatiana Veres.

Soul Saturday April 11th, Divine Liturgy with Panikhida
Please join us, in praying for departed souls of loved ones. Please share in advance, if possible, your list of baptismal names of departed family & friends; Give list to Fr Luka.
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly 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.
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
 
April 
19th* PASCHA (reschedule for Lazarus Saturday,
11th; all Monthly names will be included in the litany for departed)
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Youth Focus on Great Lent, and Holy Feast of Annunciation
If any one is interested in activities for their youth at home, during this time, please feel free to contact Miss Nadine or Mr. Ken.  Resources are ready to share and are waiting for your creative talents. We look forward to displaying your work, on our Journey to Pascha Path.
 
***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED***

 

March 22, 2020

Third Sunday of Great Lent
Adoration of the Holy Cross - Tone 7

 

Forty Martyrs 
 
Prayer List: 
Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Family of Kevin (Monteiro),  Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Josephine (Yankovoy), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Helen, Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Natalia (Vladimirova), Lisa (Schiede), Nancy (Crowley), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky). For the health of Deborah (Reeves) by Sunny (Lawrence) and for Elynore (Whelan) by Justine (Paul).
 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Anyone who is in need of personal pastoral care or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Fr Luka.

At this time, as we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, St. Michael the Archangel is closed to parishioners out of regard to federal government guidelines. 

Currently Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the parish of our dean Fr John Vass, streams their services which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons .
 
Following guidelines of federal, state and local government authorities as well as Hierarchal directives to the faithful, Fr. Luka, with help of couple readers, will continue to serve Holy Liturgies and Canon of St. Andrew of Crete by the schedule for the parish.  These services will NOT be open for the congregation. 


Today: Sunday of the Adoration of Holy Cross CLOSED March 22nd Hours 9:30AM, Divine Liturgy 10AM  

Today's Divine Liturgy offered: For the memory of newly departed Kevin (Monteiro) by Olga McHugh;  For memory of newly departed Helen (Karnick) 
 
Hebrews 4:14-5:6 (Epistle) 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 out weakness, 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 requires as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he 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". 
 
Mark 8:34-9:1 (Gospel) 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."
 
Fasting Reminders: Fourth week of the Great Lent, Monday, March 23rd - 28th, Strict Fast.

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy CLOSED Wednesday, March 25th  

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete  CLOSED Friday, March 27th   
 
Choir Rehearsals: CANCELLED Saturday March 21st, and April 4th; Please contact Director for additional information.

Fr. Luka's Email has been hacked. If you receive any suspicious emails from Fr Luka Novakovic requesting help,  please disregard it and inform the church office or Fr. Luka directly. The email requesting assistance from Fr. Luka may appear official but are not. Thank you.   
 
***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES  WILL BE SHARED***
 
Charity Collection: Our annual shelter charity drive, in Memory of Miss Tina, is on going until further notice. Please see separate flier for more details.  

Illuminate Pascha: We will once again be selling luminaries now through April 12th, which we will light around the church on Holy Saturday night.  You can buy a luminary "For the health of" or "For the memory of" your loved ones. Remember all of your family and friends on this joyous occasion! Luminaries are $5 each or 6 for $25 To purchase your luminaries please see Tatiana Veres.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, until the beginning of Great Week (week before Holy Pascha), Fr. Luka will be visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. An assistant will be calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka.

Requests for Services Envelopes:
During the divine liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted.  When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions.  The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office.  Thank you

Soul Saturday April 11th, Divine Liturgy with Panikhida
Please join us, in praying for departed souls of loved ones. Please share in advance, if possible, your list of baptismal names of departed family & friends to Fr Luka.
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: 
There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to serve a monthly 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.

Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
April 
19th* PASCHA (reschedule for Lazarus Saturday,
11th; all Monthly names will be included in the litany for departed on Lazarus Saturday)
May  17th
June  21st
July  19th
August  16th
September  20th
October  18th
November  15th  
December  20th
 
Youth Focus on Confession
The youth will have an opportunity to partake in the Sacrament of Confession together as a group. Each child individually will experience Confession. Father Luka will guide through the steps for each child, however, we will all be doing it together. Great Lent is a time for reflection and repentance. For some children this may be a first time, for others, not.  Our recent class discussions have been inclusive of stories about confession and ways to make things right when we sin. Fr Luka will discuss the Sacrament of Confession with all of our youth. Any questions you may have in advance for Father Luka, please send to Miss Nadine or Mr. Ken. All questions will be compiled into one list and shared with Father Luka. This discussion will be no longer than 15 minutes downstairs in the hall. Following discussion, additional Lenten activities will be available for those who would like to participate. 
 
Kitchen Duty Sign Ups for Sunday Coffee Hour:  Need Help on April 26th ***Please consider volunteering; no effort is too small or under-appreciated. Everyone who enjoys the social camaraderie weekly, is asked to volunteer at least once during the year.  Expertise not necessary, help & guidance are available.  Check your personal calendars; select from many open dates remaining in 2020. Sign-up now on duty roster posted in Kitchen or contact Debbie Barth or Julianna Sokoluk to schedule dates or if you have any questions. 

Weekly Bulletin & Fresh Flowers In the Church:
Donations to help offset the cost of printing the weekly bulletin and  the fresh flowers on theTetrapod are graciously accepted. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.                

110th Anniversary: Moleben & Presentation by youth is postponed. Please stay tuned for updates.                                                                                            
2020 Russian Festival: 44th Annual Russian Festival is not too far away, especially when planning ahead with vacation days.  Save-the-Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday  Oct. 2nd, 3rd, & 4th;  Don't forget week before too for food preparations.  Upcoming Pierogi making sessions May 8 & 9.  Please see Melaney Bedard for details.
 
***REMINDER ALL ACTIVITIES ARE ON HOLD AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES  WILL BE SHARED***
 
Great Lent & Pascha Schedule
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy  Wednesdays TBD PM 
March 25th, April 1st, 8th  
Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete Fridays TBD PM 
March  27th, April 3rd, 10th
Sunday of St. John Climacus (the Ladder) March 29th Divine Liturgy 10AM 
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt April 5th Divine Liturgy 10AM
Great Feast of Entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, April 12th Blessing of Pussy Willows   9:30 AM, Divine Liturgy  10AM with Procession, followed by Bring a Fish Dish/Annual Seafood Feast Coffee Hour by Women's Fellowship
Holy Week April 12th-18th 
Pascha April 19th
Bright Monday April 20th Divine Liturgy 10AM with Procession followed by Paschal Foods Coffee Hour & Youth Egg Activity
Bright Week April 21st - 25th
St. Thomas Sunday, April 26th Hours 9:30AM, Divine Liturgy 10AM, followed by Blessing of Graves at Oakland Cemetery
 
March 15, 2020

Second Sunday of Great Lent
St. Gregory of Palamas  - Tone 6

 

St. Gregory of Palamas
 

Prayer List: 
Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Family of Kevin (Monteiro), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Josephine (Yankovoy), Helen (Karnick), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Helen, Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Linda (Dudash), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Natalia (Vladimirova), Lisa (Schiede), Nancy (Crowley), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky). 
For the health of Deborah (Reeves) by Sunny (Lawrence) and for Elynore (Whelan) by Justine (Paul).
 
Today: Sunday of St. Gregory of Palamas March 15th Hours 9:30AM, Divine Liturgy 10AM followed by Panikhida, followed by Coffee Hour.
 
Today's Divine Liturgy offered: For the memory of newly departed  Kevin (Monteiro); For the memory of Vera (Compo) on the 23rd anniversary by Sandra (Compo); For the health of Doris (Patrick) on her 99th birthday by Jim, Dawn & Gwen (Patrick).
 
Today's Panikhida (Parastas) offered: For the memory of Albina on 17th anniversary by Jim, Dawn & Gwen (Patrick); For the memory of departed souls by (Winsky, Veres, Taylor, Staso, Sokoluk, Shast, Sevast, Peleszak, Paul, Nasobko, Lawrence, Candelori and Ardan). 

Hebrews 1:10-2:3 (Epistle) 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.
 
 Mark 2:1-12 (Gospel) 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!"

Fasting Reminders: Third week of the Great Lent, Monday, March 16th -21st, Strict Fast.

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30PM followed by Lenten Potluck.

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete  Friday, March 20th at 6:30 PM 

For March 15th:  Candles: Team 1,  Reader: Sam Sokoluk, Desk: Ed Veres, Kitchen: A. Kauriga & D. Sokoluk

Choir Rehearsals: Saturday March 21st, and April 4th; Rehearsals begin at 10AM.  Please contact Director for additional information.

Fr. Luka's Email has been hacked. If you receive any suspicious emails from Fr Luka Novakovic requesting help,  please disregard it and inform the church office or Fr. Luka directly. The email requesting assistance from Fr. Luka may appear official but are not. Thank you.   

Charity Collection: Our annual February shelter charity drive, in Memory of Miss Tina, will run through March 15th. Please see separate flier for more details.  

Illuminate Pascha: We will once again be selling luminaries now through April 12th, which we will light around the church on Holy Saturday night.  You can buy a luminary "For the health of" or "For the memory of" your loved ones. Remember all of your family and friends on this joyous occasion! Luminaries are $5 each or 6 for $25 To purchase your luminaries please see Tatiana Veres.
Triumph of Orthodoxy, Thanks to everyone for their participation in the processions of the beautiful icons on Sunday, March 8th. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, until the beginning of Great Week (week before Holy Pascha), Fr Luka will be visiting and blessing homes of our parishioners. An assistant will be calling to offer a scheduling opportunity for blessing of home and visit with Fr Luka.

Requests for Services Envelopes:
During the divine liturgy there is a litany where clergy will pray for the health of those who are ill and in need. There are also places to pray for those that have passed either in memoriam, or newly departed.  Those service choices are:
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 Panakhida.
Please note that during Feast day's/holiday's the litany for the departed and the panakhida are NOT conducted.  When using "Request for Services" envelopes, it is helpful to please clearly state the date and name of person and specify what is being requested based on the above descriptions.  The envelopes are available at the candle desk and in the office.  Thank you

Soul Saturday April 11th, Divine Liturgy with Panikhida
Please join us, in praying for departed souls of loved ones. Please share in advance, if possible, your list of baptismal names of departed family & friends to Fr Luka.
 
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: 
There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to serve a monthly 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.

Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020
March 
15th

April 
19th* PASCHA (reschedule for Lazarus Saturday,
11th; all Monthly names will be included in the litany for departed on Lazarus Saturday)
May 
17th
June 
21st
July 
19th
August 
16th
September 
20th
October 
18th
November 
15th  
December 
20th
 
Youth Focus on Confession, Sunday March 22nd
Prior to start and following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 22nd, this will be an opportunity to partake in the Sacrament of Confession together as a group. Each child individually will experience Confession. Father Luka will guide through the steps for each child, however, we will all be doing it together. Great lent is a time for reflection and repentance. For some children this may be a first time,