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

9 May 2021

Sunday Bulletin - May 9, 2021
Second Week of Pascha - Antipascha, St. Thomas Sunday
 
Христос Воскресе! ~ Christ is Risen!
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroom)
 
Sunday, May 9th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of 
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Lorraine  (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi
Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
For the memory of   
+newly departed servants +Dragan (Novakovic) +Doris (Patrick) +James (S. Patrick) +Eleanor (Zubko)
+ Mary (DeMeo) and + Olga (K. Shast) on their birthday by Sokoluk Family
+ Sydor (Hrynick) and + Helen (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
+ Deborah (Martin) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
+ Valentina (Kunasz) on the 5th anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Kunasz & Williams Families
 
 
Flowers on the altar offered in memory of the departed servant of God, + Valentina (Kunasz) on the 5th anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Kunasz & Williams Families
 
 
Troparion  When the tomb was sealed, Thou, the Life, O Christ our God, didst rise up from the grave; and when the doors were closed, Thou, the Resurrection of all, didst stand among the disciples, and through them renew a right spirit in us, according to Thy mercy. 
 
Kontakion With his inquisitive right hand, Thomas probed Thy life-giving side, O Christ our God. For when Thou didst enter, the doors being shut, with the rest of the Apostles he cried to Thee: Thou art my Lord and my God.
 
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. 
 
For those who did not receive the email bulletin last Sunday, please note, its abbreviated information is shared at the end of this email.
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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 (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services:
  • Sunday, May 16th Third Week of Pascha Myrrh-bearing Women, Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday, May 23rd Fourth Sunday of Pascha The Paralyzed Man, Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday, May 30th Fifth Sunday of Pascha The Samaritan Woman,  Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday, June 6th  Sixth Sunday of Pascha The Blind Man, Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
 
Fasting Reminders: Wednesday May 12th and Friday May 14th, both Fast, Fish Allowed
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes. 
Try one this week:
Kulich (Cake-like Easter Bread)                      
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 pkg. active dry yeast
2 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup flour
10 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 Tablespoons sugar
4 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cup flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sliced , blanched almonds 
Heat the cream to lukewarm, then stir in the yeast, the 2 Tablespoons of sugar and the one cup of flour, mixing well. Cover the bowl and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to one hour. This is the sponge mixture. Cream the butter with the 6 Tablespoons of sugar. Then beat in the egg yolks, salt and vanilla extract. Stir in the sponge mixture, then add enough flour to make a soft dough. Stir in the raisins and almonds. Place in a greased bowl, turning dough to grease the top, and let rise, covered, until double in bulk, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down the dough. Prepare a 2 1/2 quart mold or 2 pound coffee can by greasing the mold or can and lining it with brown paper, turning down the edges of the paper out over the top of the can. Grease the paper so that the Kulich will not stick. Place the dough in the mold or can and let rise until it reaches the top of the mold or can. Preheat the oven to 370 degrees. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped. If necessary, cover the top with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning. Yield: one large loaf. 
By Melanie Ervin (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Loula's Shrimp Dish
12 Tablespoons butter, melted (or vegan substitute/magarine)
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon paprika, optional
dash cayenne, optional
2/3 cup cooking sherry
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup parsley, chopped
4 cups soft bread crumbs and small cubes*
2 to 3 pounds shrimp, boiled
Melt butter, add celery, onion, paprika, cayenne, and sherry. Cook until celery is soft; add garlic and parsley. Cook about 2 more minutes. Add bread crumbs. * (Use Italian bread: remove crust and cut into slices. Dry in oven until dry; crush by hand) Toss. If the mixture is dry add a little butter. Sprinkle a little of the crumb mixture on the bottom of a baking pan. Place shrimp in rows and sprinkle a little more of crumbs and add more shrimp. Layer the remaining shrimp and crumbs. Spoon at least 2 1/2 cups of the butter mixture on top of the shrimp. You may at this point freeze and then defrost and bake when you are ready to serve. Bake in a slow oven, 325 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until crumbs brown. 
By Loula A. Passes (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
 
Thank you 
 
Christ Is Risen! Indeed, He Is Risen! Thank you to everyone for making the meeting of the Feast of Feasts very special. Heartfelt efforts throughout preparations, Holy Week, Bright Week and on Pascha, made all the difference in experiencing the great joy of the Feast. May God bless those working hands, gleeful voices and dedicated hearts for many years!
 
Thank you for supporting the Luminaries Project. On Pascha, the glimmering lights "in memory of" and "for health of" your loved ones, shone brightly throughout the night into the early morning hours, bringing the joy of Pascha to all. Thank you!
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table (two). 
 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered  
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturday April 17th, Liturgy was served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. They were read at the Litany for the Departed. These submitted names will be read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the standard monthly commemoration of the dead, Panikhida/Parastas. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th 
  • November 28th 
  • December 26th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
Shopping at GIANT & Shop Rite? Gift Cards Fundraising Program is available year-round. 
All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Church Calendars, a few available; if you would like a 2021 Orthodox church calendar please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually.
 
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services:
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
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:
 
 
Reprint: Sunday Bulletin - May 2, 2021
The Bright Resurrection of Christ, Pascha
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt),Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex (Kobasa), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga and John (Candelori), Rose (Staso), 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), Helen (Yurkow), Daria (Champion), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion),Roman (Ron Vroom)
 
Sunday, May 2nd Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of 
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Lorraine  (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi
Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
For the memory of   
+ newly departed servants, + James (S. Patrick) 40th Day, +Dragan (Novakovic), and + Eleanor (Zubko) 40th Day
+ Peter (Compo) on the 21st anniversary of his passing into eternal life by The Compo Family
 
Troparion O great and holiest Passover, Christ! O Wisdom, Word and Power of God! Grant that we may more perfectly partake of Thee in the unending Day of Thy Kingdom.
 
Kontakion Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of hell, and didst rise again as Conqueror, O Christ our God, saying to the myrrbearing women, Rejoice! And giving peace to Thine Apostles, and offering to the fallen resurrection.
 
Epistle Acts 1:1-8 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
 
Gospel John 1:1-17 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' "And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
 
For services and events, please look at the detailed parish calendar at:
25 April 2021

Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroom)
 
Sunday, April 25th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of
Michael  (Champion) by his Family    
Lorraine (Guglielmi) by Richard Elias Guglielmi
Amelia (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
 
For the memory of   
+ newly departed servants, +James (S. Patrick) 40th day, +Dragan (Novakovic) and +Eleanor (Zubko) 40th day,
+ Peter (Compo) on the 21st anniversary of his passing into eternal life by The Compo Family
+ Josephine (Yankovoy) on the 1st anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk & Winsky Families
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar offered in memory of the departed servant of God, +Josephine (Yankovoy) on the 1st anniversary of her passing into eternal life, by Alexei, Anna, Lucia Luke, Marguerite & Amelia
 
Troparion Thou didst give a pledge of the general resurrection before Thy Passion, O Christ our God, by raising Lazarus from the dead. Therefore, we too, like the children, carry the symbols of victory and cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the Heights! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.
 
Kontakion On the throne in heaven and riding a colt on earth, O Christ our God, Thou didst receive the praise of Angels and the chorus of the children who cried to Thee: Blessed art Thou Who comest to recall Adam.
 
Epistle Phillipians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. 
 
Gospel John 12:1-18 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said, Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always. Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: Hosanna! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' The King of Israel!" Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey's colt." His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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 (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Holy Week 
  • Holy Wednesday, April 28th Holy Unction Service 6:30PM*
  • Holy Thursday, April 29th Vesperal Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior; Matins of Holy Friday (Twelve Passion Gospels) 6:30PM*
  • Holy Friday, April 30th Vespers 5 PM; Matins of Holy Saturday & Burial 7PM*
  • Holy Saturday, May 1st Reading of the Acts of the Apostles 8:30AM; Vesperal Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Blessing of Baskets follows; Nocturn 11:20PM; Procession 11:45PM *
  • Pascha Sunday, May 2nd Paschal Matins & Divine Liturgy 12Midnight, Blessing of Baskets*
 
Bright Week
  • Bright Monday, May 3rd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior, updated*
  • Bright Tuesday, May 4th  Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior
 
*Please Note Further Details will be shared regarding Holy Week & Paschal Services, measures & guidelines will be in place*
 
Fasting Reminders: Holy Week Strict Fasting ongoing through Pascha May 2nd  
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes for Great Lent. Try one this week:
Glazed Strawberries With Basil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Basil
2 pints strawberries
In small sauce pan combine sugar, water, and basil. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Pour syrup into a large metal bowl and place in refrigerator to cool. Hull strawberries and cut in half. Strain syrup over berries and stir to coat. 
By Shirley Blessing (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered  
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturday April 17th, Liturgy was served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. They were read at the Litany for the Departed. These submitted names will be read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the standard monthly commemoration of the dead, Panikhida/Parastas. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th 
  • November 28th 
  • December 26th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
Shopping at GIANT & Shop Rite? Gift Cards Fundraising Program is available year-round. 
All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Luminaries: Let's "Relight the Night" with our annual "Illuminate Pascha" fundraiser. We will once again be selling luminaries, which we will light around the church on Holy Saturday night.  The candles are to burn for 4-5 hours. 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. If an indoor procession is required due to weather, we will make arrangements to light these luminaries on another occasion in the coming weeks. To purchase your luminaries please contact Tatiana Veres now through April 25th, Contact: Tatiana Veres.
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Church Calendars, a few available; if you would like a 2021 Orthodox church calendar please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually.
 
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services:
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
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:
18 April 2021

Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroom)
 
Sunday, April 18th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of
Michael  (Champion) by his Family    
Lorraine (Guglielmi) by Richard Elias Guglielmi
Amelia (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
 
For the memory of   
+ newly departed servants, +James (S. Patrick) 40th day, +Dragan (Novakovic) and +Eleanor (Zubko) 40th day
+ Peter (Compo) on the 21st anniversary of his passing into eternal life by The Compo Family
+ Christina (Monteiro) on birthday by Alexei, Lucia, & Amelia
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar offered in memory of the departed servant of God, +Gerard (Jerry Blessing) on the 7th anniversary of his passing into eternal life, by parish family and friends
 
Troparion When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Kontakion My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!
 
Epistle Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
 
Gospel Mark 10:32-45  Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again. Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask." And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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 (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services: 
  Sixth Week of Great Lent
  • Wednesday, April 21st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM  
  • Friday, April 23rd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM 
  • Saturday, April 24th Lazarus Saturday Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior AND Vespers 6PM  
  • Sunday, April 25th Entry of The Lord into Jerusalem Palm Sunday 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours & Blessing of Pussy Willows, prior
Holy Week 
  • Holy Wednesday, April 28th Holy Unction Service 6:30PM*
  • Holy Thursday, April 29th Vesperal Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior; Matins of Holy Friday (Twelve Passion Gospels) 6:30PM*
  • Holy Friday, April 30th Vespers 5 PM; Matins of Holy Saturday & Burial 7PM*
  • Holy Saturday, May 1st Reading of the Acts of the Apostles 8:30AM; Vesperal Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Blessing of Baskets; Nocturn 11:20PM; Procession 11:45PM *
 
Pascha Sunday, May 2nd Paschal Matins & Divine Liturgy 12Midnight, Blessing of Baskets*
 
Bright Week
  • Bright Monday, clergy called to Cathedral (NJ), there is no service in St. Michael the Archangel parish 
  • Bright Tuesday, May 4th  Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior
 
*Please Note Further Details will be shared regarding Holy Week & Paschal Services, measures & guidelines will be in place*
 
 
Fasting Reminders: Great Lent Strict Fasting ongoing through Pascha May 2nd  
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes for Great Lent. Try one this week:
David's Lenten Red Beans and Rice
A Wednesday Evening Favorite)
1 large pot with lid
1 large stirring spoon
1 stovetop burner
1 liquid measuring cup
1 kitchen timer
1 blue oven mitt, use as needed for excessive heat
6 3/4 cup water, filtered
2 (8-oz.) bags "Vigo" brand Red Beans and Rice (authentic New Orleans Recipe)
1 (16-oz.) jar "Santa Fe Chile Co." brand Chunky, Chunky Salsa: Mild
Using your favorite method of transportation, make a trip to your local grocery store. Once in the store, look for the rice aisle. This is where you'll find the Beans and Rice necessary for this dish. If it is not located in the rice aisle, try the pasta aisle. If you cannot find it in the pasta aisle, look for a helpful employee to give you assistance. On the off chance that your store does not carry "Vigo" products, do not despair. Another local market may carry what you need. If all else fails and frustration sets in, just buy two boxes of "Zatarains" brand red beans and rice and follow the directions on the box. It will do. Now, you are back home and ready to make this delicious dish. First, gather all of the necessary equipment. Next measure out water into the pot. Place the water-filled pot on your stovetop burner and set heat on high. No need to add salt, there is enough in the two bags, unless you are in a hurry. Once water comes to a boil, empty contents of both "Vigo" bags into the water. Please disregard "Vigo's" attempt to add unnecessary fat into your diet and omit the butter and margarine. Using your large stirring spoon, stir the contents of the pot while boiling for one minute. Place cover onto pot and turn down the heat of your stovetop burner to low. Set your kitchen timer to 21 minutes. Cooking time will vary according to your stovetop burner type. Sit down and relax while your meal cooks away, taking a break every five minutes to stir and make sure there is not any rice sticking to the bottom of the pot. When done, the mixture will still have some gravy. Turn off the heat for your stovetop burner and pour the contents into a large sealable container. Add 2 to 4 Tablespoons of the "Sante Fe Chile Co" brand Chunky Chunky Salsa to the red beans and rice mixture. If you would like your dish spicier, add more salsa. If you do not care for too much spice in your foods, do not add as much salsa. This dish can be consumed, cold, lukewarm, warm and even hot. Enjoy! For a non-lenten version of this dish add some of your favorite meat. 
By David Searfoorce (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered  
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturday April 17th, Liturgy was served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. They were read at the Litany for the Departed. These submitted names will be read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the standard monthly commemoration of the dead, Panikhida/Parastas. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th 
  • November 28th 
  • December 26th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
Shopping at GIANT & Shop Rite? Gift Cards Fundraising Program is available year-round. 
All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Luminaries: Let's "Relight the Night" with our annual "Illuminate Pascha" fundraiser. We will once again be selling luminaries, which we will light around the church on Holy Saturday night.  The candles are to burn for 4-5 hours. 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. If an indoor procession is required due to weather, we will make arrangements to light these luminaries on another occasion in the coming weeks. To purchase your luminaries please contact Tatiana Veres now through April 25th, Contact: Tatiana Veres.
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Church Calendars, a few available; if you would like a 2021 Orthodox church calendar please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually.
 
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services:
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful. 
Thank you 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
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:
 
11 April 2021

Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroom)

Sunday, April 11th Divine Liturgy offered:

For the health of

Michael  (Champion) by his Family    

Lorraine (Guglielmi) by Richard Elias Guglielmi

Amelia (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family

For the memory of   

+ newly departed servants, + James (S. Patrick), +Dragan (Novakovic) and  + Eleanor (Zubko) 

+ Samuel (Sokoluk, Sr) on the 7th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family

 

Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar offered in memory of the newly departed servant of God, + Zoe Pron by Maryann Storey

 

Troparion of the Sunday, 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 of the Sunday, 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!

Hebrews 6:13 – 20  For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you."  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,  where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel  Mark 9:17 – 31 Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.  He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me."  Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood.  And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!"  Then the spirit cried out, con vulsed 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." 

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent: Venerable John Lestvichnik, Troparion, Tone I – Thou didst prove to be a freeman of the desert, an angel in a body, and a wonder-worker, O our God - bearing Father John. By fasting, vigil and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of those who have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him Who gave thee strength, glory to Him Who crowned thee, glory to Him Who works through thee healings for all

Kontakion, Tone I —Offering ever-blossoming fruits of learning from thy book, O wise one, thou delightest the hearts of those who study it seriously, O blessed one. For it is a ladder which leads up from the earth to the heavenly and abiding glory souls who with faith honour thee.

Epistle  Ephesians 5:9 – 19 (Venerable John Lestvichnik) (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

Gospel  Matthew 4:25 – 5:12 (Venerable John Lestvichnik) Great multitudes followed Him-from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.  Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

 

Spiritual 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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.

Prayer in Time of Devastating & Death-bearing Pestilence

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.

Link to Prayer in Time of Devastating & Death-bearing Pestilence

This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 

 

Liturgical Calendar

Schedule of Services: 

  Sixth Week of Great Lent

  • Wednesday, April 21st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM  
  • Friday, April 23rd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM 
  • Saturday, April 24th Lazarus Saturday Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior AND Vespers 6PM  
  • Sunday, April 25th Entry of The Lord into Jerusalem Palm Sunday 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior

  Sixth Week of Great Lent

  • Wednesday, April 21st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM  
  • Friday, April 23rd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM 
  • Saturday, April 24th Lazarus Saturday Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior AND Vespers 6PM  
  • Sunday, April 25th Entry of The Lord into Jerusalem Palm Sunday 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, Blessing of Pussy Willows

Holy Week April 26th to May 1st; Pascha May 2nd; Bright Week May 3rd to 8th 

*Please Note Further Details will be shared regarding Paschal Services, safety measures apply

Fasting Reminders: Great Lent Strict Fasting ongoing through Pascha May 2nd  

Fasting Recipe of the Week

Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes for Great Lent. Try one this week:

High Energy, High Vitamin Berry Smoothie

1 cup orange juice

1 cup soy milk

1 banana

1 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries

a few ice cubes

Add the orange juice and soy milk to a blender. Add the banana, berries and ice cubes. Blend on high until desired consistency. You can also use peaches, raspberries and blackberries, if desired. 

By Jenny Phillips (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 

Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.

 

Thank you 

Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 

 

Prayers & Offerings

Soul Saturday, April 17, 2021 Departed Servants of God To Be Remembered

Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturday April 17th, 10AM, Liturgy will be served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. If you have recently submitted names, for this past Soul Saturday, there is no need to resubmit. They will be remembered at this service automatically. Please submit your Name(s) of the departed souls to be remembered, to the office office@saintmichaelsroc.org by end of day on Friday 4/16. Please write baptismal name(s). The standard monthly commemoration of the dead (panikhida) list will be included along with any additional lists submitted. They will be read at the Litany for the Departed.

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.

Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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

B. Beeswax  $2.00 

C. Thin Taper $1.00

D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 

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 2021 

  • April 17th Soul Saturday
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th 
  • November 28th 
  • December 26th

Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 

Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 

Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 

 

Fundraisers

Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 

Shopping at GIANT & Shop Rite? Gift Cards Fundraising Program is available year-round.  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 

Luminaries: Let's "Relight the Night" with our annual "Illuminate Pascha" fundraiser. We will once again be selling luminaries, which we will light around the church on Holy Saturday night.  The candles are to burn for 4-5 hours. 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. If an indoor procession is required due to weather, we will make arrangements to light these luminaries on another occasion in the coming weeks. To purchase your luminaries please contact Tatiana Veres now through April 25th.

 

Administration

Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 

Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 

Church Calendars, a few available; if you would like a 2021 Orthodox church calendar please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually.

 

Community & Caring

FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 

Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 

Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.

 

Important Reminders

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.

4 April 2021

 
Sunday of Adoration of the Holy Cross
Tone 2
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Rose (Staso), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroom)
 
 
Sunday, April 4th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of
Michael  (Champion) by his Family    
Lorraine (Guglielmi) by Richard Elias Guglielmi
Amelia (Sokoluk) by Sokoluk Family
 
For the memory of   
+ newly departed servants, + James (S. Patrick), +Dragan (Novakovic) and  + Eleanor (Zubko) 
+ Archpriest Vincent (Saverino) by Saverino Family
+ Helen (Kobasa) on the 1st anniversary of passing into eternal life by family
+ Samuel (Sokoluk, Sr) on the 7th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+ Eugene (Coppola) on the 35th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Dennis Starr
 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar offered in memory of the newly departed servant of God, + Zoe Pron by Maryann Storey
 
Troparion Tone I O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross. 
 
Kontakion Tone IV O Christ our God, Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace.
 
Epistle Hebrews 4:14 - 5:6 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:"You are My Son, Today I have begotten You." As He also says in another place:"You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek";
 
Gospel Mark 8:34 - 9:1 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power." 
 
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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 (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services: 
    Fourth Week of Great Lent
  • Tuesday, April 6th Vespers 6PM
  • Wednesday, April 7th Holy Great Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  (Please Note: Wednesday April 7th is a Holy Feast Day, so there is no Presanctified Liturgy in the evening)
  • Friday, April 9th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
  • Saturday, April 10th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, April 11th  Sunday of St. John Climacus (The Ladder) 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
   Fifth Week of Great Lent
  • Wednesday, April 14th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM 
  • Friday, April 16th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM 
  • Saturday, April 17th Soul Saturday10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, AND Vespers 6PM  
  • Sunday, April 18th  St. Mary of Egypt 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, Panikhida follows
  Sixth Week of Great Lent
  • Wednesday, April 21st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM  
  • Friday, April 23rd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM 
  • Saturday, April 24th Lazarus Saturday Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours, prior AND Vespers 6PM  
  • Sunday, April 25th Entry of The Lord into Jerusalem Palm Sunday 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
 
Fasting Reminders: Great Lent Strict Fasting ongoing through Pascha May 2nd  
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes for Great Lent. Try one this week:
Cranberry and Apricot Chutney
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 (12-oz.) pkg. cranberries (3 cups)
3/4 cup snipped dried apricots
3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
In a 3 quart heavy suacepan combine sugar and water. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil without stirring. Stir in cranberries, apricots, vinegar, brown sugar, and ginger. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes until berries have popped and mixture starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Cover, refrigerate up to 4 days. Makes 3 1/2 cups.
By Suzanne Veres (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Soul Saturday, April 17, 2021 Departed Servants of God To Be Remembered
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturday April 17th, 10AM, Liturgy will be served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. If you have recently submitted names, for this past Soul Saturday, there is no need to resubmit. They will be remembered at this service automatically. Please submit your Name(s) of the departed souls to be remembered, to the office office@saintmichaelsroc.org by end of day on Friday 4/16. Please write baptismal name(s). The standard monthly commemoration of the dead (panikhida) list will be included along with any additional lists submitted. They will be read at the Litany for the Departed.
 
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.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th 
  • November 28th 
  • December 26th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 
 
Shopping at GIANT & Shop Rite? Gift Cards Fundraising Program is available year-round. 
All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Luminaries, Let's "relight the night" Stay tuned for details regarding annual "Illuminate Pascha" fundraiser
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Church Calendars, a few available; if you would like a 2021 Orthodox church calendar please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org include your name and address. Thanks to The Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the church calendar for our parish, annually.
 
 
Community & Caring
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
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:
 
28 March 2021

Sunday Bulletin - March 28, 2021
Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas  
Tone 1
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Ron (Vroon)
 
 
Sunday, March 28th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of  Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Lorraine (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi
Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
 
For the memory of   
+ newly departed servants, + James (S. Patrick) and  + Eleanor (Zubko) 
+ Alexis (Yankovoy) on 10th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Sokoluk & Winsky Families
+ Samuel (Sokoluk, Sr) on 7th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Julianna and Family
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar offered in memory of departed, + Alexis (Yankovoy) on 10th anniversary and +Samuel (Sokoluk, Sr) on 7th anniversary, by Julianna and family 
 
Troparion When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
 
Kontakion As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!
 
Epistle Hebrews 1:10-2:3 And: "You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail." But to which of the angels has He ever said:"Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 
 
Gospel Mark 2:1-12 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins-He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
 
 
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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 (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services: 
   Third Week of Great Lent
  • Wednesday, March 31st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM 
  • Friday, April 2nd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
  • Saturday, April 3rd Vespers 6PM 
  • Sunday, April 4th  Adoration of Holy Cross 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
    Fourth Week of Great Lent
  • Tuesday, April 6th Vespers 6PM
  • Wednesday, April 7th Holy Great Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
      (Please Note: This is a Holy Feast Day, so there is NO Presanctified Liturgy in the evening)
  • Friday, April 9th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
  • Saturday, April 10th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, April 11th  Sunday of St. John Climacus (The Ladder) 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
   Fifth Week of Great Lent
  • Wednesday, April 14th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM 
  • Friday, April 16th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM 
  • Saturday, April 17th Soul Saturday10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, AND Vespers 6PM  
  • Sunday, April 18th  St. Mary of Egypt 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, Panikhida follows
 
 
Fasting Reminders: Great Lent Strict Fasting ongoing through Pascha May 2nd  
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes for Great Lent. Try one this week:
Oriental Cucumber Salad
4 cucumbers, seeded and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup rice wine
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil 
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Toss cucumbers and salt. Add vinegar, wine, sugar, soy sauce, oil and sesame seeds and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste before serving. 
By Melaney Candelori Bedard (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Soul Saturday, April 17, 2021 Departed Servants of God To Be Remembered
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturday April 17th, 10AM, Liturgy will be served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. If you have already submitted names, for this past Soul Saturday, there is no need to resubmit. They will be remembered at this service automatically. Please submit your Name(s) of the departed souls to be remembered, to the office office@saintmichaelsroc.org by end of day on Friday 4/16. Please write baptismal name(s). The standard monthly commemoration of the dead (panikhida) list will be included along with any additional lists submitted. They will be read at the Litany for the Departed.
 
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.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th 
  • November 28th 
  • December 26th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 
 
New in 2021 GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Luminaries, Let's "relight the night" Stay tuned for details regarding annual "Illuminate Pascha" fundraiser
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
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:
 
21 March 2021

Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Ron (Vroon)
 
 
Sunday, March 21st Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of:
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Lorraine (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi
Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
 
For the memory of:    
+ newly departed servants, + Eleanor (Zubko) and 
+ James  (S. Patrick) by Matushka Patricia Saverino
+ Michael (Zaruba) birthday by Sokoluk Family
+ Helen (Karnick) on 1 st anniversary of passing into eternal life by Dennis Starr
 
 
Panikhida/Parastas offered for the memory of the +newly departed +James, + Eleanor & of the departed servants of God (monthly names), offered by Justine Paul & Daughters; Justine & Greg; Nasobko; Sokoluk familiesMemory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar offered in memory of departed, +Helen Karnick on 1st anniversary of passing into eternal life, by parish family and friends
 
The First Sunday of Great Lent Troparion Tone II  We worship Thy immaculate Image, O Good One, and ask forgiveness of our sins, O Christ God; for of Thy own will Thou wast pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, to deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst created. Therefore we thankfully cry to Thee: Thou hast filled all things with joy, O our Saviour, by coming to save the world. 
 
Kontakion Tone VIII The illimitable Word of the Father accepted limitations by incarnation from thee, O Mother of God; and He transformed our defiled image to its original state and transfused it with the divine beauty. But we confess and give thanks for our salvation, and we proclaim it by deed and word.
 
Troparion 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 By rising from the tomb, Thou didst raise the dead and resurrect Adam. / Eve exults in Thy Resurrection, / and the world celebrates Thy rising from the dead, O greatly Merciful One!
 
 
Epistle Hebrews 11:24-26, 11:32-12:2 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 
 
Gospel John 1:43-51  The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." 
 
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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 (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services: 
   Second Week of Great Lent
  • Wednesday, March 24th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM 
  • Friday, March 26th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
  • Saturday, March 27th Soul Saturday10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, AND Vespers 6PM 
  • Sunday, March 28th  St. Gregory of Palamas 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
   Third Week of Great Lent
  • Wednesday, March 31st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM 
  • Friday, April 2nd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
  • Saturday, April 3rd Vespers 6PM 
  • Sunday, April 4th  Adoration of Holy Cross 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
    Fourth Week of Great Lent
  • Tuesday, April 6th Vespers 6PM
  • Wednesday, April 7th Holy Great Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
      (Please Note: This is a Holy Feast Day, so there is NO Presanctified Liturgy in the evening)
  • Friday, April 9th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
  • Saturday, April 10th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, April 11th  Sunday of St. John Climacus (The Ladder) 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
 
Fasting Reminders: Great Lent Strict Fasting ongoing through Pascha May 2nd  
 
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes for Great Lent. Try one this week, 
Lentil Soup  
2 Tablespoons oil
2 cups lentils
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped, carrots 
1 cup chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
8 cups water
2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 Tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
Heat oil in soup pot and saute lentils., onion, carrots, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper and thyme for 15 minutes over medium heat. Add water and tomatoes and simmer covered for 1 1/2 hours. Add vinegar and simmer 30 minutes longer. Serves 10. 
By Pat Kozak (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
Soul Saturday, March 27, 2021 Departed Servants of God To Be Remembered
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturday 10AM, Liturgy will be served with a special memorial service for those souls, now departed from this life. Please submit your Name(s) of the departed souls to be remembered, to the office saintmichaelroc@gmail.com by end of day on Friday 3/26. Please write baptismal name(s). The standard monthly Panikhida list will be included along with any additional lists submitted. They will be read at the Litany for the Departed.
 
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.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • March 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th 
  • November 28th 
  • December 26th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 
 
New in 2021 GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Luminaries, Let's "relight the night" Stay tuned for details regarding annual "Illuminate Pascha" fundraiser
 
 
Administration
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
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:
 
14 March 2021

Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare)

Tone 7

Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Ron (Vroon)

 

Sunday, March 14th Divine Liturgy offered:

For the health of:

Michael  (Champion) by his Family

Lorraine (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi

Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family

 

For the memory of: 

 + Archpriest Vincent (Saverino) by The Saverino Family

 + newly departed +James (S. Patrick) and

 + Eleanor (Zubko)  

 + Doris (Patrick)

 + Vera (Compo) on 24th anniversary of passing into eternal life by The Compo Family

 + Alexander and +Olga (Sokoluk) on birthday and anniversary, by Sokoluk Family

Forgiveness Vespers follows Divine Liturgy 

        

Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are offered in memory of +Archpriest Vincent by The Saverino Family

 

Troparion By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy! / And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, / to proclaim that Thou art risen, / granting the world great mercy!

 

Kontakion The dominion of death / can no longer hold men captive, / for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers! / Hell is bound, while the prophets rejoice and cry: /”The Savior has come to those in faith! / Enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!

 

Epistle Romans 13:11-14:4 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

 

Gospel Matthew 6:14-21 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

 

Spiritual 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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.

 

Prayer in Time of Devastating & Death-bearing Pestilence

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.

Link to Prayer in Time of Devastating & Death-bearing Pestilence

 

This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 

 

 

Liturgical Calendar

Schedule of Services: 

First Week of Great Lent

-  Wednesday, March 17th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM 

-  Friday, March 19th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM

-  Saturday, March 20th Vespers 6PM

- Sunday, March 21st  Sunday of Triumph of Orthodoxy 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior

Second Week of Great Lent

-  Wednesday, March 24th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM 

-  Friday, March 26th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM

-  Saturday, March 27th Soul Saturday10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, AND Vespers 6PM 

-  Sunday, March 28th  St. Gregory of Palamas 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior

 Third Week of Great Lent

-  Wednesday, March 31st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM 

-  Friday, April 2nd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM

-  Saturday, April 3rd Vespers 6PM 

-  Sunday, April 4th  Adoration of Holy Cross 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior

 

Fasting Reminders: Great Lent Begins Monday, March 15th Strict Fasting through Pascha May 2nd  

 

Fasting Recipe of the Week

Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite recipes for Great Lent. Try one this week, 

Twice The Rice Salad

5 cups water, separated

1 cup wild rice

1 cup brown rice

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

1/4 cup chopped Italian (flat leaf) parsley

2 Tablespoons grated orange zest

1/4 cup olive oil

1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cook rice in separate pots. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a medium sized heavy sauce pan. Add wild rice, stir and reduce heat. Cover pan, simmer rice 35 minutes (Wild rice can vary in cooking time. It should be just tender). Drain rice and transfer to large bowl. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in heavy sauce pan. Add brown rice, stir and reduce heat. Cover pan, and simmer the rice for 20 minutes. Water should be totally absorbed and rice just tender. Transfer brown rice to the bowl with the wild rice. Combine the cranberries, pine nuts, parsley, orange zest, olive oil, orange juice and salt and pepper with the rices. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

By Barbara Saverino (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 

Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 

 

 

Thank you 

 

Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 

 

 

Prayers & Offerings

 

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.

 

Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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

B. Beeswax  $2.00 

C. Thin Taper $1.00

D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 

 

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 2021 

-  March 21st 

-  April 18th 

-  May 16th 

-  June 20th

-  July 18th

-  August 15th

-  September 19th

 

Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 

 

Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 

 

Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 

 

 

Fundraisers

 

Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 

 

New in 2021 GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 

 

Luminaries, Let's "relight the night" Stay tuned for details regarding annual "Illuminate Pascha" fundraiser

 

 

Administration

 

Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 

 

Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 

 

 

Community & Caring

 

FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to office@saintmichaelsroc.org 

 

Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 

 

Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.

 

 

Important Reminders

 

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

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.

 

Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including:

7 March 2021

 

Sunday Bulletin - March 7, 2021
Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare)
Tone 6
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Ron (Vroom)
 
Sunday, March 7th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of       Michael  (Champion) by his Family
                                   Lorraine (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi
                                   Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
                                 John (Morgan Bedard), on his birthday by Alexei
 
For the memory of    Archpriest Vincent (Saverino) by The Saverino Family
                                 newly departed +James (S. Patrick) and
                                 Eleanor (Zubko)   
                                   + Doris (Patrick), 40th Day
                
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are offered in memory of +Archpriest Vincent by The Saverino Family
 
Troparion The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead: glory to Thee!
 
Kontakion When Thou comest to earth with glory, O God, and all things tremble, then a river of fire will flow before Thy Judgment Seat, and the books will be opened, and the hidden things made public. Then deliver me from the unquenchable fire and grant me to stand at Thy right hand, O most just Judge. 
 
Epistle  1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
 
Gospel  Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. 
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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 (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services:    
  • Saturday, March 13th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, March 14th Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare) 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
  • Wednesday, March 17th Presanctified Liturgy 6:30PM
  • Friday, March 19th Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
  • Saturday, March 20th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, March 21st  Sunday of Triumph of Orthodoxy 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior  
Fasting Reminders: Maslenitsa week, Meat excluded Monday March 8th through Sunday March 14th Upcoming: Great Lent Begins Monday, March 15th
 
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 prelenten recipes for Maslenitsa. Try one this week, 
Sour Cream Poundcake
1 cup butter
3 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
6 jumbo whole eggs 
3 cups all-purpose flour
powdered sugar
Beat butter and sugar for 10 minutes. Add and beat in soda and extracts. Add sour cream and mix well. Beat in eggs, two at a time. Beat in flour, a cup at a time. Beat well after each addition. Pour batter into buttered and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake in preheated 325 degrees oven for 1½ hours or until cake tests done. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or use cooked icing.
By Alice Krwawecz (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans 
graham crackers
In mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap; shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers. Yield: one cheese ball is 2 cups. 
By Dianna Champion (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Cream Cheese Brownies
2 (4-oz.) pkgs. bakers German sweet chocolate
10 Tablespoons butter
6 oz. cream cheese
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons unsifted flour
3 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
Melt chocolate and 6 Tablespoons butter. Cream 4 Tablespoons butter with cream cheese. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar creaming until light and fluffy. Blend in 2 eggs, 2 Tablespoons flour and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat remaining eggs in separate bowl until light. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating until thick. Add baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining flour. Blend in cooled chocolate, nuts, almond extract and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Measure two cups chocolate and set aside. Spread remaining chocolate batter in a greased 18 inch pan. Top with cheese mixture. Drop measured chocolate batter on top. Swirl with spatula to marble. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
By Joan Sarcheese (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
Thank you to each member of the 2021 Council for dedicating time and service to our church for the upcoming year. 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
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.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • March 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 
 
New in 2021 GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Spring Ahead Soon, On Sunday, March 14th at 2:00AM Eastern Time, Daylight Saving Time begins. Reminder to set your clocks ahead before going to bed on Saturday night. 
 
Parishioner collection envelopes for 2021 arrived. Dues are currently being accepted. Thanks to everyone for continuing support and service to our parish, may you have a blessed, healthy new year!
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
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. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including:
*with respect to pandemic

 

28 February 2021

 
 
 
The Prodigal Son
 
Apostle Onesimus of the Seventy
 
Sunday Bulletin - February 28, 2021
Thirty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 5
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Ron (Vroom)
 
Sunday, February 28th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of  Michael  (Champion) by his Family
                     Lorraine (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi
                     Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
For the memory of    + newly departed Eleanor (Zubko), 
                        + newly departed Doris (Patrick)
                      + Dragan (Novakovic)
                         + Christina and + Kevin (Monteiro) on 3rd & 1st anniversaries, by Alexei 
 
Installation of the 2021 Council* will be at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are offered  in memory of departed servants of God +Christina and + Kevin Monteiro on their 3rd & 1st anniversaries, by parish family and friends 
 
Troparion Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
 
Kontakion Thou didst descend into hell, O my Savior, / shattering its gates as almighty; / resurrecting the dead as Creator, / and destroying the sting of death. / Thou hast delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, / and we all cry to Thee: "O Lord, save us!"
 
Epistle 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
 
Gospel Luke 15:11-32 Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants. 'And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, this week city officials announced an ease of restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org 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 (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
Schedule of Services:    
  • Saturday, March 6th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, March 7th Sunday of Last Judgment (Meatfare) 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior 
  • Saturday, March 13th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, March 14th Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare) 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
 
Fasting Reminders: Wednesday March 3rd and Friday March 5th both Fast, Fish Allowed
Upcoming: Great Lent Begins Monday, March 15th
 
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, 
Acorn Squash, Gourmet Baked
3 halved acorn squash, seeded
2/3 cup diced celery
1 1/2 cup diced unpeeled apples
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1 cup grated cheese
1/2 tsp. salt 
1/8 tsp. pepper
Place squash halves, cut side down in baking pan in small amount of water. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until almost tender. Sauté celery and apples in butter in skillet for 5 minutes; stir in crumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper. Turn squash halves, fill with apple mixture. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until squash halves are tender. 
By Anne Boris (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." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
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.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • March 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 19th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 
 
New in 2021 GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Congratulations, On Sunday, February 28th, the Installation of the 2021 Council* will be at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, for those as needed. Thank you to each member for dedicating time and service to our church for the upcoming year. 
 
The parish Annual Meeting reconvened at 12:30pm on Sunday, February 14th. When called at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy on Sunday January 31st, 2021, it resulted in adjournment due to lack of quorum and inclement weather, following Sunday, February 7th. Dues are currently being accepted. Parishioner collection envelopes for 2021 arrived. Thanks to everyone for continuing support and service to our parish, may you have a blessed, healthy new year!
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
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. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including:
 
*with respect to pandemic
 
21 February 2021

Sunday Bulletin - February 21, 2021
Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
Tone 4
Theodore of Heraclea
 
Great-martyr Theodore Stratelates of Heraclea
Theodore was appointed military-commander in the city of Heraclea Pontica, during the time the emperor Licinius began a fierce persecution of Christians. Theodore was arrested and subjected to torture and crucified. In the morning the imperial soldiers found him alive and unharmed. Not wanting to flee a martyr's death, Theodore voluntarily surrendered to Licinius, and was beheaded by the sword. 
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Ron (Vroom)
 
Sunday, February 21st Divine Liturgy offered:
 
For the health of:
Lorraine  (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi                        
Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
 
For the memory of:
 + newly departed Monk Christian (Lesinsky), 40th day
+ newly departed Doris (Patrick)
+ Dragan (Novakovic)
+ Nicholas (Nayko) on 2nd anniversary, by Sokoluk & WinskyFamilies    
+ Justine (Staso) on  23rd anniversary, by Staso Family
+ Anna (Greenjack) by Dennis Starr  
 
Panykhida/Parastas, offered for the memory of the +newly departed Monk Christian, +Doris, and +Hanora, +Helen, & of the departed servants of God (monthly names), offered by families. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Installation of the 2021 Council* will be at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are offered in memory of departed servant of God +Nicholas Nayko on his 2nd anniversary, by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte & Amelia
 
Troparion When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Kontakion My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!
 
Epistle 2 Timothy 3:10-15 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra-what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
 
Gospel Luke 18:10-14 Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men-extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
 
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, city officials announced reaffirmation of restrictions to take effect within the city to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The city is maintaining limitations, citing there is a significant increase in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org to register your attendance. Please include each of your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Alternating attendance may be necessary to accommodate.
 
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. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
 Schedule of Services 
  • Saturday, February 27th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, February 28th Sunday of Prodigal Son 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior, 
  • Saturday, March 6th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, March 7th Sunday of Last Judgment (Meatfare) 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior  
 
Fasting Reminders:  
Fast Free Week, Monday February 22nd through Saturday February 27th
Upcoming: Great Lent Begins Monday, March 15th
 
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, 
Breakfast (Country)
9 slices bread
1 pound bulk sausage
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 cups milk
6 eggs
pepper
Remove crusts from bread, break into 1-inch cubes. Place into 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle cheese over bread, layer with sausage which has been sautéed and drained. Beat eggs, milk, and pepper; pour over layers. Refrigerate overnight. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Let it stand 5 minutes before serving. Crisp bacon may be used instead of sausage. 
By Helen Lysak (St. Michael Church Cookbook 1978) 
 
Barbeque Beef
2 pounds ground beef
1 large green pepper, chopped fine
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 to 3 ribs celery, chopped fine
1 large bottle of ketchup (about 20 oz.)
1 Tablespoon dry or prepared mustard
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tablespoons vinegar
small bottle of cocktail sauce
salt to taste
Fry out hamburger. Simmer onion, pepper, celery, sugar, salt, mustard, ketchup until onions, peppers, celery and cocktail sauce are clear and tender. Pour sauce over drained hamburger and cook for 1/2 hour. 
By Helen E. Patrick (St. Michael Church Cookbook 1978) 
 
Chicken Kiev
4 large boneless chicken half-breasts
4 ounces butter softened
grated zest and juice from one lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 large egg
4 ounces white bread crumbs
oil
Cream butter with lemon zest and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper and lemon juice. Shape butter into block, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until set. Remove chicken skin, flatten between sheets of plastic wrap. Cut butter into 4 pieces and place in center of each chicken filet. Fold chicken edges neatly and roll up tightly. Secure with string. Beat egg and coat chicken with egg and then bread crumbs. Put in refrigerator until set. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry chicken slowly so it gets thoroughly cooked inside as well.
By Karen Zukowksky(St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to office@saintmichaelsroc.org or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
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.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • February 21st
  • March 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
New in 2021 GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office@saintmichaelsroc.org 
 
 
Administration
 
Congratulations, On Sunday, February 21st, the Installation of the 2021 Council* will be at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy. Thank you to each member for dedicating time and service to our church for the upcoming year. 
 
President: Nadine Sokoluk
Vice President: Suzanne Veres
Treasurer: Debbie Barth
Assistant Treasurer: Charles Staso
Secretary: Kenneth Koscinski
Controller: Gregory Shast
Assistant Controller: Joel Patrick
Assistant Controller: Justine Paul
 
Trustees:
Melaney Bedard
Thom Nickels
Denise Rutherford
Joseph Rutherford
Tatiana Saverino Sarris
Maryann Storey
Genevieve Veres
Tatiana Veres
 
The parish Annual Meeting reconvened at 12:30pm on Sunday, February 14th. When called at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy on Sunday January 31st, 2021, it resulted in adjournment due to lack of quorum and inclement weather, following Sunday, February 7th. Dues are currently being accepted. Parishioner collection envelopes for 2021 arrived. Thanks to everyone for continuing support and service to our parish, may you have a blessed, healthy new year!
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
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. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including:
 
*with respect to pandemic
 
For services and events, please look at the detailed parish calendar at:
14 February 2021

 
Saint Tryphon
 The Martyr Tryphon was born in one of the districts of Asia Minor – Phrygia, not far from the city of Apameia in the village of Kampsada. From his early years the Lord granted him the power to cast out devils and to heal various maladies.
 
Forefeast of The Meeting of Our Lord 
 
Sunday Bulletin - February 14 , 2021
Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 3
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Ron (Vroom)
 
Sunday, February 14th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of   Lorraine  (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi                        
                             Michael  (Champion) by his Family
                            Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
For the memory of    + newly departed Monk Christian (Lesinsky)
+ newly departed Doris (Patrick)
+ Hanora (Smarkola), 40th Day
+ Helen (Kaczmarczik), 40th Day
+ Dragan (Novakovic)
+ Nicholas (Nayko) on 2nd anniversary, by Sokoluk & WinskyFamilies    
+ Carol Irene (Kauriga) on 17th anniversary, by Gregory Kauriga & Family    
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are offered in memory of departed +Helen Kaczmarczik and +Hanora Smarkola on their 40th days, by their parish family & friends
 
Troparion  Let the heavens rejoice, / let the earth be glad! / For the Lord has shown might with His arm,/ He has trampled down death by death. / He has become the first-born of the dead. / He has delivered us from the depths of hell, / and has granted the world great mercy!
 
Kontakion  On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, / leading us from the gates of death. / On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; / with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise / the divine majesty of Thy power!
 
Epistle 1 Timothy 4:9-15  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
 
Gospel Luke 19:1-10  Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
 
For those who did not receive the email bulletin last Sunday, please note, its abbreviated information is shared at the end of this email.
 
Spiritual 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, city officials announced reaffirmation of restrictions to take effect within the city to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The city is maintaining limitations, citing there is a significant increase in community transmission. 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). Alternating attendance may be necessary to accommodate.
 
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. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
 Schedule of Services 
  • Monday, February 15th The Meeting of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
  • Saturday, February 20th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, February 21st Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior, Panikhida/Parastas 
 
Fasting Reminders: Wednesday February 17th & Friday February 19th both Fast, Fish Allowed
Upcoming Fast Free Week, Monday February 22nd through Saturday February 27th
Great Lent Begins Monday, March 15th
 
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,
Citrus Scallops 
1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsely
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 
soba noodles, optional 
Combine scallops, lemon juice, parsely, orange rind, salt, pepper, and garlic in large bowl, stirring well to coat. Chill 5 minutes. Heat oil in non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add scallop mixture; sauté 4 minutes or until done. Top with parsley. May be served over soba noodles.
By Christina Monteiro (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Pan Barbequed Shrimp (from Sunday February 7th)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 cup broth, [original recipe calls for chicken broth, substitutes may include seafood / vegetable]
1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce
1 teaspoon Emeril's Essence or other Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Tabasco sauce to taste
Saute garlic in oil about one minute. Add broth, raise heat to high. Add garlic, Essence, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Boil until slightly thickened. Add shrimp; cook until pink. Serve.
By Katy Kuzmich Vogel (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." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions. 
 
 
Thank you 
 
Thanks goes to the three families who each sponsor the yearly 7-day vigil candles used for the Large Lampada hanging above Royal Doors, Lamps on the Tetrapod (two), and Lamps on the Confession Table two). 
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
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.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • February 21st
  • March 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
 
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com
 
New in 2021 GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office.
 
 
Administration
 
The parish Annual Meeting called at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy on Sunday January 31st, 2021, resulted in adjournment due to lack of quorum, and inclement weather on following Sunday, February 7th. The meeting to reconvene at 12:30pm on Sunday, February 14th. It is under consideration with respect to the pandemic.Measures and guidelines remain in place. The licensing has been obtained in order to extend the courtesy of remote audio access. As specific details become available, you will be advised, promptly. A separate email with information regarding the meeting was previously sent. Dues are currently being accepted. Parishioner collection envelopes for 2021 arrived. Thanks to everyone for continuing support and service to our parish, may you have a blessed, healthy new year!
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to the office with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
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. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
 
Important Reminders
 
ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including:
 
For services and events, please look at the detailed parish calendar at:
 
 
Reprint: Sunday Bulletin - February 7, 2021
Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 2
 
New Martyrs and Confessors of Russian Church
Today we commemorate the uncounted millions of faithful who suffered and died at the hands of the Soviet atheists, including the Tsar-martyr Nicholas II and the rest of the Russian Royal Family.
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion), Ron (Vroom)
 
Sunday, February 7th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of       Lorraine  (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi                         
                          Michael  (Champion) by his Family
Amelia (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family
For the memory of    + newly departed Monk Christian (Lesinsky)
+ newly departed Doris (Patrick)
+ newly departed Hanora (Smarkola), 40th Day
+ newly departed Helen (Kaczmarczik), 40th Day
+ Dragan (Novakovic)
+ Carol Irene (Kauriga) on 17th anniversary, by Gregory Kauriga & Family    
 
The Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are offered in memory of departed servants of God, +Helen Kaczmarczik and +Hanora Smarkola, on 40th Days, by 49ers Seniors Club
 
Troparion When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
 
Kontakion Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
 
Epistle 1 Timothy 1:15-17 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
 
Gospel Luke 18:35-43 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise 
 
 
For services and events, please look at the detailed parish calendar at:
31 January 2021

Sunday Bulletin - January 31 , 2021
Thirty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 1
Sainted Athanasias and Cyril were Archbishops of Alexandria, who are recognized for their incessant labour in affirmation of the dogmas of the Orthodox faith and their zealous defense of such against heretical teachings.
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion)
 
Sunday, January 31st Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of 
  Lorraine  (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi
  Michael  (Champion) by his Family
  Amelia  (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family 
 
For the memory of  
  + newly departed Monk Christian (Lesinsky)
 + newly departed Doris (Patrick)
  + newly departed Hanora (Smarkola)
  + newly departed Helen (Kaczmarczik)
  + Dragan (Novakovic)
  + Anna (Kowal) by Dennis Starr
 
The Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are offered in memory of the newly departed servant of God, +Doris Patrick, by her parish family and friends
 
Troparion When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
 
Kontakion As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!
 
Epistle Colossians 3:12-16 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
 
Gospel Luke 18:18-27 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For 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. And those who heard it said, "Who then can be saved?" But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
 
Spiritual 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, city officials announced reaffirmation of restrictions to take effect within the city to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The city is maintaining limitations, citing there is a significant increase in community transmission. 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  office to register your attendance. Please include each of your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Alternating attendance may be necessary to accommodate.
 
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. 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 Schedule of Services 
  • Saturday, February 6th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, February 7th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours,prior,*Installation of 2021 Council
  • Saturday, February 13th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, February 14th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
Fasting Reminders: Wednesday February 3rd and Friday February 5th, both Fast, Fish Allowed
 
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,
Tuna Quadratini
2 cans tuna in vegetable oil (6 1/2 or 7 oz. size)
1 clove garlic
1 (6 oz.) can broiled mushroom crowns
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (8 oz.) package broad noodles, cooked
2 (10 oz.) package frozen, chopped spinach, cooked
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Drain vegetable oil from tuna in skillet, reserving tuna. Add garlic, mushroom crowns (reserving mushroom liquid), bay leaf, salt, basil and Tobasco. Sauté about 10 minutes. Add mushroom liquid, tomato sauce and tuna. In foil casserole, alternate layers of noodles, spinach and tuna in sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Chill, wrap and freeze. To serve: bake covered at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove cover. Bake 15 to 30 minutes longer. A deep casserole will take longer.
By Russian Baba? (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." Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions
 
Thank you 
Christ Is Baptized! In the River Jordan! Thanks to everyone for their help in making the Great Feast of Holy Theophany a beautiful celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. The Great Blessing of the Waters is a joyous time to begin a year anew, to take the Holy water into ourselves, into our homes, and into our lives by the Priest blessing with it to make Holy those items of which are of this world, Christ Is Baptized! In the River Jordan!  
 
Prayers & Offerings
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.
 
Candles, light of light that never fades. We are honoring your 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
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
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 2021 
  • February 21st
  • March 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
Fresh Flowers on the Tetrapod and Altar:  Welcome, sponsors for the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar, weekly. Donations to help defray the costs are graciously accepted. Remember loved ones, by flowers "in memory of departed" and/or "in honor of" individual/families, or anonymously. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
Fundraisers
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 
 
New in 2021 GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Cards Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office.
 
Administration
The Annual Meeting, is called for January 31st, 2021. It is under consideration with respect to the pandemic. Measures and guidelines remain in place. The licensing has been obtained in order to extend the courtesy of remote audio access. As specific details become available, you will be advised, promptly. A separate email with information regarding the meeting was previously sent. Dues are currently being accepted. Parishioner collection envelopes for 2021 arrived. Thanks to everyone for continuing support and service to our parish, may you have a blessed, healthy new year!
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to the office with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address,  FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Community & Caring
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. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
Important Reminders
ALL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME; FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE SHARED
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including:
24 January 2021

Sunday Bulletin - January 24, 2021
Thirty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday after the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Tone 8
 
Venerable Theodosius the Great, the Cenobiarch (529)
The Monk Theodosios the Great lived during the V-VI Centuries, and was the initiator of common-life (coenobitic) monasteries. He was born in Cappadocia of pious parents.
 
Prayer List: Metropolitan Hilarion, Archpriest Sergei (Lukianov), Archpriest Boris, Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Luba, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Alex, 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), Amelia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Michael (Champion)
 
Sunday, January 24th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the health of 
  Lorraine  (Guglielmi), by Richard Elias Guglielmi
   Michael  (Champion) by his Family
  Amelia  (Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family 
 
For the memory of  
  + newly departed Monk Christian (Lesinsky)
 + newly departed Doris (Patrick)
  + newly departed Hanora (Smarkola)
  + newly departed Helen (Kaczmarczik)
  + Dragan (Novakovic)
  + Gabriel (Kowal) and + Mary (Prokopczek) by Dennis Starr 
 + Valentina (Kunasz) and +Samuel (Sokoluk Sr), for birthday by the Kunasz and Williams Family
 
Panykhida/Parastas to follow Divine Liturgy, offered for memory of +newly departed servants +Monk Christian, +Doris, +Hanora, +Helen, & memory of departed servants +Dragan, + Samuel (Sokoluk Sr) & + Valentina (Kunasz) by Kunasz & Williams Family, monthly names offered by familiesMemory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
The Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are offered in memory of  + Valentina (Kunasz) and +Samuel (Sokoluk Sr), for birthday by the Kunasz and Williams Family
 
Troparion of the Sunday, 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 of the Sunday, 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 Ephesians 4:7-13 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore He says:"When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men." (Now this, "He ascended"-what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
 
Gospel Matthew 4:12-17 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, city officials announced reaffirmation of restrictions to take effect within the city to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The city is maintaining limitations, citing there is a significant increase in community transmission. 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  office@saintmichaelsroc.org to register your attendance. Please include each of your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Alternating attendance may be necessary to accommodate.
 
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:
  • Saturday, January 30th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, January 31st 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
  • Saturday, February 6th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, February 7th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
 
Fasting Reminders: Wednesday January 27th and Friday January 29th, both Fast, Fish Allowed
 
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 of these three recipes this week, for Christmas Eve. In some households, kutya is served on Christmas Eve, as the first course. On the anniversary of a death or on the 40th day, kutya is blessed in church and served.
Greek Festival Fish
2 Tablespoons olive oil
8 scallions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley 
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. black pepper
6 2pounds total white-fleshed fish fillets such as tilapia, flounder or sole
1 (4 oz.) pkg crumbled feta cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat 9x11 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add scallions and garlic and sauté until tender. Add tomatoes, wine, parsley, oregano, and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat. Place half of the sauce mixture in baking dish. Arrange fish fillets over sauce and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with fork. Serve immediately. 
By Mat. Pat Saverino (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
 
Christ Is Baptized! In the River Jordan! Thanks to everyone for their help in making the Great Feast of Holy Theophany a beautiful celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ. The Great Blessing of the Waters is a joyous time to begin a year anew, to take the Holy water into ourselves, into our homes, and into our lives by the Priest blessing with it to make Holy those items of which are of this world, Christ Is Baptized! In the River Jordan!  
 
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
  • January 24th 
  • February 21st
  •  March 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
Passing the Sunday collection basket is not happening as it once did prior the pandemic, therefore, Parishioner Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations, are being accepted in safe and healthy ways including online PayPal and traditional mail sent to the church address. Visit our website for details. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support of our parish, now and always. 
 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through smile.amazon.com helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to smile.amazon.com. 
 
GIANT & Shop Rite Gift Card Fundraising Program All of us are shopping for groceries to feed your families and yourselves. We have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains (like Shop Rite & GIANT) in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards at face value from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite & GIANT stores. Details upon request, email the office.
 
The Annual Meeting, is called for January 31st, 2021. It is under consideration with respect to the pandemic. Measures and guidelines remain in place. There is a diligent effort to obtain licensing in order to extend the courtesy of remote audio access. As specific details become available, you will be advised, promptly. Dues are currently being accepted. Parishioner collection envelopes for 2021 arrived. Thanks to everyone for continuing support and service to our parish, may you have a blessed, healthy new year!
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to the office with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
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. 
 
Charitable Deductions, please consult your tax advisor/preparer before acting. The following is for information purposes only. There is a new charitable deduction option for this year only – Take advantage of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provision that allows individuals to take a $300 charitable deduction for 2020 filers who claim the standard deduction.
 
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
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER & URGENT UPDATES: In the event of winter weather affecting services and important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Our Website Provides Links to spiritual resources and information regarding Coronavirus/ COVID-19 including:
  • Word of Consolation for the Pandemic by Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex, England