St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia
25 September 2022

Sunday Bulletin - September 25, 2022
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
Sunday before the Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 10:00 a.m.
 
 
Apodosis of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Commemorated September 25 / September 12 
Your Nativity, O Virgin, / has proclaimed joy to the whole universe! / The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, / has shone from You, O Theotokos! / By annulling the curse, / He bestowed a blessing. / By destroying death, He has granted us eternal Life
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List:Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, September 25th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Ann (Kobasa) 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) on their anniversary by Sokoluk Family
Alexei (Sokoluk) on his birthday by Amelia and Lucia
Tatiana (Sokoluk Porch) on her birthday by Amelia, Lucia and Alexei
Daniel (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Jacob (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Kathryn (Vogel) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of Departed servants:   
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
Newly departed +Metropolitan Herman
+Archpriest Vincent (Saverino) on anniversary of his passing by SaverinoFamily
+Carol Irene (Kauriga) on her birthday by Kauriga Family
Newly departed +Madeline (Popelak) on 40th day of her passing into eternal life by Peter Popelak
Newly departed +Helen (Yurkow) on her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) on her birthday by Goddaughter Tatiana Sokoluk Porch
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose Marie (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of servant of God, +Madeline Popelak, on the 40th day of her passing into eternal life, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
3rd Sunday Monthly Panikhida/Parastas offered today for the soul of +Madeline (Popelak) on her 40th day offered by Peter Popelak, and souls +newly departed & departed servants of God, offered by Justine Paul & Family; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family; Peleszak Family; Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VI The angelic powers were at Thy tomb; / the guards became as dead men. / Mary stood by Thy grave, / seeking Thy most pure Body. / Thou didst capture hell, / not being tempted by it. / Thou didst come to the Virgin, granting life. / O Lord, Who didst rise from the dead: glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Thou Who didst call Thy mother blessed / came of Thine own will to the passion. / Shining on the cross, desiring to recall Adam, Thou didst say to the angels: / "Rejoice with Me, for the lost coin has been found." / Thou Who hast ordered all things in wisdom, / O our God, glory to Thee! (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, When Christ God, the Giver of Life, / raised all of the dead from the valleys of misery with His mighty hand, / He bestowed resurrection on the human race. / He is the Savior of all, the Resurrection, the Life, and the God of all.
 
Troparion of the Feast Thy nativity, O Virgin Theotokos,/ hath proclaimed joy to all the world;/ for from thee hath shone forth Christ our God,/ the Sun of righteousness,/ Who hav­ing annulled the curse,/ hath given His blessing,// and having abolished death, hath granted us life everlasting
 
Kontakion of the Feast In thy holy nativity, O all-pure one, / Joachim and Anna are freed from the reproach of childlessness, / and Adam and Eve from mortal corruption. / And, delivered from sin, thy people celebrate it, crying out to thee:// A barren woman giveth birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our Life!
 
EPISTLE 2 CORINTHIANS 4:6-15  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 22:35-46 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"'? If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son? And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore. 
 
EPISTLE PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 (THEOTOKOS) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
GOSPEL LUKE 10:38-42; 11:27-28 (THEOTOKOS) Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!" But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
 
EPISTLE GALATIANS 6:11-18 (SUNDAY BEFORE THE UNIVERSAL ELEVATION) See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. 
 
GOSPEL JOHN 3:13-17 (SUNDAY BEFORE THE UNIVERSAL ELEVATION) No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 September/October
  • Sunday September 25th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior,Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Tuesday September 27th Feast of Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Fast Day
  • Sunday October 2nd Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday October 9th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
 
On Sundays, Divine Liturgy will be at 10AM, services remain downstairs in hall chapel until further notice.
 
Sunday School News A new school year is underway, thus a Moleben was served on Sunday September 11th for students and teachers as they begin their academic studies. Program welcomes youth from Pre-K through 12th Grade. Registration remains open until October 1st. Please speak with Fr Luka or Nadine Sokoluk. 
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Hieromartyr Autonomus, Bishop in Italy Commemorated September 12 / September 25 The Hieromartyr Autonomus was a bishop in Italy. During the time of the persecution against Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305), Saint Autonomus left his own country and resettled in Bithynia, in the locality of Soreus with a man named Cornelius. Saint Autonomus did his apostolic duty with zeal and converted to Christ so many pagans, that a large Church was formed, for which he consecrated a temple in (read more by clicking link)
  • Commemoration of the Founding of the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre) at Jerusalem Commemorated September 13 / September 26 The Dedication of the Temple of the Resurrection of Christ at Jerusalem celebrates the dedication of the Church of the Resurrection, built by Saint Constantine the Great and his mother, the empress Helen. After the voluntary Passion and Death on the Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the holy place of His suffering was long trampled on by pagans. When the Roman emperor Titus conquered Jerusalem in the (read more by clicking link)
  • Repose of Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople Commemorated September 14 / September 27 Saint John Chrysostom died on September 14, 407, but because of the feast of the Exaltation of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord, the commemoration of the saint was transferred (read more by clicking link)
  • Greatmartyr Nikḗtas the Goth Commemorated September 15 / September 28 The Holy Great Martyr Nikḗtas was a Goth (a Germanic tribe). He was born and lived on the banks of the Danube River, suffering for Christ in the year 372. The Christian Faith was already spreading throughout the territory of the Goths at that time. Saint Nikḗtas believed in Christ and was baptized by the Gothic (read more by clicking link)
  • Great Martyr Euphēmia the All-praised Commemorated September 16 / September 29 The Holy Great Martyr Euphēmia (Ευφημία) was the daughter of Christian parents, the senator Philophronos and his wife Theodosia. She suffered for Christ in the year 304 in the city of Chalcedon, on the Bosphorus opposite Constantinople, the Queen of Cities. Priscus, the Proconsul of Chalcedon, issued a decree which required all the inhabitants of  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Sophia and her three daughters at Rome Commemorated September 17 / September 30 The Holy Martyrs Saint Sophia and her Daughters Faith, Hope and Love were born in Italy. Their mother was a pious Christian widow who named her daughters for the three Christian virtues. Faith was twelve, Hope was ten, and Love was nine. Saint Sophia raised them in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Saint Sophia and her daughters did not hide their faith in Christ, but openly confessed it before everyone. An official named Antiochus denounced them to  (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Eumenius, Bishop of Gortyna Commemorated September 18 / October 01 Saint Eumenius from the time of his youth was noted for his virtuous life. He strove to serve the One God and therefore he shunned worldly temptations. Concerned for the salvation of his soul, he distributed all his substance to the poor. By the blessing of God Saint Eumenius was chosen as Bishop of Gortyna on the island of Crete. The saint, like a compassionate father, comforted his flock in their  (read more by clicking link)
 
News released by The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA
 
NEW YORK CITY: BISHOP NICHOLAS OF MANHATTAN ELECTED FIRST HIERARCH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA On Tuesday, 13 September, the election of His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, as the new First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia by its Council of Bishops took place. In accordance with the Act of Canonical Communion, signed on May 17, 2007, the Council will send the Act of Election, drafted by the vote-counting committee, to His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, with a request to bless the electee to assume the duties of the First Hierarch entrusted to him by his brother-archpastors, and for confirmation of the election by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. The rite of enthronement of His Eminence Nicholas, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, newly elected First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, will take place on Sunday, September 18. 
 
Schedule of Divine Services for the Enthronement of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad: Saturday, September 17 ‒ All-Night vigil in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign at 6:00 PM. At the end of the service, the newly elected Primate will emerge through the Royal Doors in a black klobuk and common bishop’s mantle and face the congregation. Two senior hierarchs will then present a white klobuk and blue mantle, which the newly elected First Hierarch will don, aided by subdeacons. At this moment, the senior-most hierarch will announce "Axios" ("he is worthy") which will be repeated first by the bishops then by the choir. After this, the Primate will bless the clergy and congregants. Before this, the blue mantle and white klobuk will be blessed with holy water by the senior-most hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad during the reading of the First Hour.
 
Sunday, September 18 ‒ Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral at 9:30 AM. After the reading of the entrance prayers and the customary vesting of the two senior hierarchs, the new Metropolitan will be escorted to the vesting area, when "Axios" will be repeated by the hierarchs and clergy, then by the choir. Divine Liturgy will commence in the customary manner. After the service, a moleben will be performed along with the entrusting of the archpastoral staff to the new Primate, which was blessed on the crypt of the Holy Hierarch Tikhon, Patriarch and Confessor of All Russia. Eastern American Diocese | Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia https://www.eadiocese.org
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022/2023
  • September 25th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
  • January 15th 2023
  • February 19th 2023
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday School Children’s charity drive during the upcoming Fall Harvest Season – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones
 
18 September 2022

Sunday Bulletin - September 18, 2022
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
General Confession – 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 10:00 a.m.
 
 
Commemorated September 18 / September 05 
 
  The Holy Prophet Zachariah and the Righteous Elizabeth were the parents of the holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John. They were descended from the lineage of Aaron: Saint Zachariah, son of Barach, was a priest in the Jerusalem Temple, and Saint Elizabeth was the sister of Saint Anna, the mother of the Most Holy Theotokos.
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, September 18th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Daniel (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Jacob (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Kathryn (Vogel) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of Departed servants:   
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
Newly departed +Metropolitan Herman
Newly departed +Madeline (Popelak) on 40th day of her passing into eternal life by Peter Popelak
Newly departed +Helen (Yurkow) on her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) on their passing into eternal life 
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose Marie (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence 
+Gilbert (Read) by Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Starr
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of servant of God, +Madeline Popelak, on the 40th day of her passing into eternal life, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone V Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord! / Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to you! / Rejoice, O unshakable refuge! / Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! / Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, 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!"
 
Troparion of Holy Prophet Zachariah In the vesture of a priest, according to the Law of God,/ thou didst offer unto Him well-pleasing whole-burnt offerings,/ as it befitted a priest, O wise Zacharias./ Thou wast a shining light, a seer of mysteries,/ bearing in thyself clearly the signs of grace;/ and in God's temple, O wise Prophet of Christ God, thou wast slain with the sword.// Hence, with the Forerunner, make entreaty that our souls find salvation.
 
Kontakion On this day Zacharias, the prophet and venerable priest of the Most High,/ the father of the Forerunner,/ setteth the table of his memorial, feeding the faithful;/ for he hath distributed the food of righteousness unto all.// Wherefore, he hath reposed as a divine initiate of the mysteries of the grace of God.
 
EPISTLE 2 CORINTHIANS 1:21-2:4 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand. But I determined this within myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow. For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me? And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 22:1-14  And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." ' But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 'Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.' So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen. 
 
EPISLTE HEBREWS 6:13-20 (PROPHET)  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 MATTHEW 23:29-29 (PROPHET)  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.' Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!'
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Fr. Luka has returned from his time away. Our sincere gratitude to Fr. Gregory (Winsky) for providing coverage for our parish while Fr. Luka was away. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr Luka (215) 627-6148 for any reasons, questions or concerns. Thank you.
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 September
  • Sunday September 18th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday September 21st Feast of Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Fast Day (Fish Allowed)
  • Sunday September 25th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior,Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Tuesday September 27th Feast of Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Fast Day
 
Schedule returns to Winter Hours on Sundays, Divine Liturgy will be at 10AM, beginning Sunday, September 18th; services remain downstairs in hall chapel until further notice.
 
Sunday School News A new school year is underway, thus a Moleben was served on Sunday September 11th for students and teachers as they begin their academic studies. Program welcomes youth from Pre-K through 12th Grade. Registration remains open until October 1st. Please speak with Fr Luka or Nadine Sokoluk. 
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Martyr Athanasius, Abbot of Bretsk Commemorated September 05 / September 18 The Hieromartyr Athansius of Bretsk was Belorussian and was born in about the year 1597 into a pious Christian family named Philippovich. He received a serious upbringing, and he knew the theological and historical literature, as is evidenced in the diary of the saint, which has been preserved. In his youth, Saint Athanasius for a while was a teacher in the houses of Polish merchants. In the year 1627, he accepted tonsure under (read more by clicking link)
  • Commemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossae Commemorated September 06 / September 19 In Phrygia, not far from the city of Hieropolis, in a place called Cheretopos, there was a church named for the Archangel Michael, built over a miraculous spring. This church was built by a certain inhabitant of the city of Laodicia in gratitude to God for healing his mute daughter. The holy Chief Commander Michael appeared to this man in a dream and revealed to him that his (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint John the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Novgorod Commemorated September 07 / September 20  Saint John, Archbishop of Novgorod, was born at Novgorod of the pious parents Nicholas and Christina. He passed his childhood in quiet and peaceful surroundings. After the death of their parents, John and his brother Gabriel decided to establish a small monastery in honor of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos with their (read more by clicking link)
  • The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary Commemorated September 08 / September 21 The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary: The Most Holy Virgin Mary was born at a time when people had reached such a degree of moral decay that it seemed altogether impossible to restore them. People often said that God must come into the world to restore faith and not permit the ruin of mankind. The Son of God chose to take on human nature for the salvation of mankind, and chose as His Mother the All-Pure Virgin Mary, who alone was worthy to (read more by clicking link)
  • Holy and Righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna Commemorated September 09 / September 22 Saint Joachim, the son of Barpathir, was of the tribe of Judah, and was a descendant of King David, to whom God had revealed that the Savior of the world would be born from his seed. Saint Anna was the daughter of Matthan the priest, who was of the tribe of Levi. Saint Anna’s family came from Bethlehem. The couple lived at Nazareth in Galilee. They were childless into their old age and all their life they grieved over this. They had to endure derision and scorn, since at that time childlessness was considered a disgrace. They never grumbled, but fervently prayed to (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Joseph, Abbot of Volokolamsk, Volotsk Commemorated September 09 / September 22 Saint Joseph of Volokolamsk, in the world John Sanin, was born on November 14, 1440 (1439 according to another source) in the village of Yazvisch-Pokrov, not far from the city of Volokolamsk. He was born into a pious family with his father named John (in monasticism Joannicius) and his mother Marina (in schema Maria). The seven-year-old boy John was sent to the pious and enlightened Elder Arsenius of the Volokolamsk-Exaltation of the Cross monastery to be educated. Distinguished by rare qualities and extraordinary aptitude for (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora, at Nicomedia Commemorated September 10 / September 23 The Holy Virgins Menodora, Nymphodora, and Metrodora (305-311), were sisters from Bithynia (Asia Minor). Distinguished for their special piety, they wanted to preserve their virginity and avoid worldly associations. They chose a solitary place for themselves in the wilderness and spent their lives in deeds of fasting and prayer. Reports of the holy life of the virgins soon spread, since healings of the sick began to occur through their prayers. The Bithynia region was governed at that time by a (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Theodora of Alexandria Commemorated September 11 / September 24 Saint Theodora of Alexandria and her husband lived in Alexandria. Love and harmony ruled in their family, and this was hateful to the Enemy of salvation. Goaded on by the devil, a certain rich man was captivated by the youthful beauty of Theodora and began with all his abilities to lead her into adultery, but for a long time he was unsuccessful. Then he bribed a woman of loose morals, who led the unassuming Theodora astray by saying that a secret sin, which the sun does not see, is  (read more by clicking link)
  • Translation of the Relics of Venerable Sergius and Herman, Wonderworkers of Valaam Commemorated September 11 / September 24 Saints Sergius and Herman settled on the island of Valaam in 1329. The brethren gathered by them spread the light of Orthodoxy in this frontier land. The Karelian people began to regard Christianity with renewed suspicion, with its authority in the fourteenth century being (read more by clicking link)
 
News released by The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA
 
In Memoriam His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko)
On September 6, 2022, His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko), retired Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 90. He had served as Metropolitan of All America and Canada from 2002 until his retirement in 2008. May Metropolitan Herman’s memory be eternal! oca.org
 
Patriarchal Condolences on the repose of His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko) His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia expressed condolences on the death of the former Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Herman (Svaiko), who reposed in the Lord on September 6, 2022. 
His Beatitude, Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Your Beatitude, beloved in the Lord Brother and concelebrant at the throne of God! With sorrow I received the news of the repose of the former Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Herman. I express my sincere sympathy to Your Beatitude, the episcopate, the clergy and all the faithful children of Church in America in connection with this heavy loss. The reposed hierarch devoted his life to the Great and Marvelous God: for almost sixty years he was a zealous servant of the Lord's altar, of which for almost half a century in the episcopal rank. As Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Vladyka made efforts to develop good relations with the Moscow Patriarchate and often visited our Fatherland. I will always keep warm memories of Metropolitan Herman and numerous meetings with him in my heart. The merciful Lord, who gives the dead resurrection and immortality (canon of the 5th tone on Saturday Matins), establish His faithful servant in the heavenly abode and grant him memory eternal. With condolences, +KYRILL, PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA "The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA - www.mospatusa.com"
 
NEW YORK CITY: BISHOP NICHOLAS OF MANHATTAN ELECTED FIRST HIERARCH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA On Tuesday, 13 September, the election of His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, as the new First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia by its Council of Bishops took place. In accordance with the Act of Canonical Communion, signed on May 17, 2007, the Council will send the Act of Election, drafted by the vote-counting committee, to His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, with a request to bless the electee to assume the duties of the First Hierarch entrusted to him by his brother-archpastors, and for confirmation of the election by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. The rite of enthronement of His Eminence Nicholas, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, newly elected First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, will take place on Sunday, September 18. 
 
Schedule of Divine Services for the Enthronement of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad: Saturday, September 17 ‒ All-Night vigil in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign at 6:00 PM. At the end of the service, the newly elected Primate will emerge through the Royal Doors in a black klobuk and common bishop’s mantle and face the congregation. Two senior hierarchs will then present a white klobuk and blue mantle, which the newly elected First Hierarch will don, aided by subdeacons. At this moment, the senior-most hierarch will announce "Axios" ("he is worthy") which will be repeated first by the bishops then by the choir. After this, the Primate will bless the clergy and congregants. Before this, the blue mantle and white klobuk will be blessed with holy water by the senior-most hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad during the reading of the First Hour.
 
Sunday, September 18 ‒ Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral at 9:30 AM. After the reading of the entrance prayers and the customary vesting of the two senior hierarchs, the new Metropolitan will be escorted to the vesting area, when "Axios" will be repeated by the hierarchs and clergy, then by the choir. Divine Liturgy will commence in the customary manner. After the service, a moleben will be performed along with the entrusting of the archpastoral staff to the new Primate, which was blessed on the crypt of the Holy Hierarch Tikhon, Patriarch and Confessor of All Russia.            Eastern American Diocese | Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia https://www.eadiocese.org
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022/2023
  • September 25th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
  • January 15th 2023
  • February 19th 2023
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday School Children’s charity drive during the upcoming Fall Harvest Season – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
11 September 2022

Sunday Bulletin - September 11, 2022
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
Beheading of St. John the Baptist
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m
 
Commemorated September 11 / August 29 The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist: The Evangelists Matthew (Mt.14:1-12) and Mark (Mark 6:14-29) provide accounts about the martyric end of John the Baptist in the year 32 after the Birth of Christ.
 
  
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, September 11th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Daniel (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Jacob (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Kathryn (Vogel) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of Departed servants:   
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
Newly departed +Metropolitan Herman
Newly departed +Madeline (Popelak) on her passing into eternal life by Marlene Blaskevitch
Newly departed +Helen (Yurkow) on her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) on their passing into eternal life 
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose Marie (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence 
+Gilbert (Read) by Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Starr
 
Orthodox Christian Victims of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks will be remembered in prayers
 
Blessing of Students and Teachers will be at the conclusion of services on the occasion of the new academic year. May God grant His wisdom and understanding to them all!.
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of servants of God, Orthodox Christian Victims of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone IV When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, The mystery of all eternity, / unknown even by angels, / through you, O Theotokos, is revealed to those on earth: / God incarnate, by union without confusion. / He voluntarily accepted the cross for us, / by which He resurrected the first-created man, / saving our souls from death.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, 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!
 
The Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John, Troparion, The memory of the righteous is celebrated with hymns of praise,/ but the Lord's witness is sufficient for thee, O forerunner./ Thou wast truly shown to be more honorable than the prophets,/ in that thou wast counted worthy to baptize in the streams Him Whom thou didst proclaim./ Wherefore, having suffered, rejoicing, for the truth,/ even unto those in hades thou didst proclaim God,/ Who had manifested Himself in the flesh,// Who taketh away the sin of the world and granteth us great mercy.
 
The Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John, Kontakion, The glorious beheading of the forerunner/ was part of God's dispensation,/ that he might proclaim to those in hades the coming of the Savior./ Let Herodias, who demanded the iniquitous murder, therefore lament;/ for she loved not the law of God nor the age of life,// but rather this false and transitory one.
 
EPISTLE 1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-24 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I urge you, brethren-you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints- that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us. I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand-Paul's. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 21:33-42 Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'? 
 
EPISTLE ACTS 13:25-32 (FORERUNNER)  And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.' Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him. And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead. He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. And we declare to you glad tidings-that promise which was made to the fathers.
 
GOSPEL MARK 6:14-30 (FORERUNNER) Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, "John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him." Others said, "It is Elijah." And others said, "It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets." But when Herod heard, he said, "This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!" For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her. Because John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not; for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee. And when Herodias' daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, "Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you." He also swore to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom." So she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist!" Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter." And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb. Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Fr. Luka has returned from his time away. Our sincere gratitude to Fr. Gregory (Winsky) for providing coverage for our parish while Fr. Luka was away. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr Luka (215) 627-6148 for any reasons, questions or concerns. Thank you.
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 September
  • Sunday September 11th Beheading of St. John the Baptist Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Blessing of Students and Teachers at conclusion, Fast Day
  • Wednesday September 14th Liturgical/Church New Year Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday September 18th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Wednesday September 21st Feast of Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Fast Day (Fish Allowed)
  • Sunday September 25th Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior,Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Tuesday September 27th Feast of Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, Fast Day
 
Note: Schedule on Sundays, Divine Liturgy will be at 10AM on Sundays, beginning Sunday, September 18th; services remain downstairs in hall chapel until further notice.
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Saint Alexander, Patriarch of Constantinople Commemorated August 30 / September 12 Saints Alexander, John and Paul, Patriarchs of Constantinople, lived at different times, but each of them happened to clash with the activities of heretics who sought to distort the teachings of the Church. Saint Alexander (325-340) was a vicar bishop during the time of Saint Metrophanes (June 4), the first Patriarch of Constantinople. Because of the patriarch’s extreme age, Alexander substituted for him at the First   (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint John, Patriarch of Constantinople Commemorated August 30 / September 12  Saint John IV the Faster, Patriarch of Constantinople (582-595), is famed in the Orthodox Church as the compiler of a penitential Nomokanon (i.e. rule for penances), which has come down to us in several distinct versions, but their foundation is one and the same. These are instructions for priests on how to hear the confession of secret sins, whether these sins have been committed, or are merely sins of intention. Ancient Church rules  (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Paul the New, Patriarch of Constantinople Commemorated August 30 / September 12  Saint Paul, by birth a Cypriot, became Patriarch of Constantinople (780-784) during the reign of the Iconoclast Emperor Leo IV the Khazar (775-780), and was a virtuous and pious, but timid man. Seeing the martyrdom which the Orthodox endured for the holy icons, the saint concealed his Orthodoxy and associated with the iconoclasts. After the death of the emperor Leo, he wanted to restore icon  (read more by clicking link)
  • The Placing of the Cincture (Sash) of the Mother of God Commemorated August 31 / September 13 The Placing of the Venerable Belt of the Most Holy Theotokos in a church of Constantinople’s Chalcoprateia district took place during the reign of the emperor Theodosius the Younger. Before this the holy relic, entrusted to the Apostle Thomas by the Mother of God Herself, was kept by pious Christians at Jerusalem after Her Dormition. During the reign of Emperor (read more by clicking link)
  • Church New Year Commemorated September 01 / September 14 The first day of the Church New Year is also called the beginning of the Indiction. The term Indiction comes from a Latin word meaning, “to impose.” It was originally applied to the imposition of taxes in Egypt. The first worldwide Indiction was in 312 when the Emperor Constantine (May 21) saw a miraculous vision of the Cross in the sky. Before the introduction of the Julian calendar, Rome began the New Year on September 1. According to Holy Tradition, (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Anthony of the Kiev Far Caves Commemorated September 02 / September 15 Saint Anthony of the Kiev Caves was born in the year 983 at Liubech, not far from Chernigov, and was named Antipas in Baptism. Possessing the fear of God from his youth, he desired to be clothed in the monastic schema. When he reached a mature age, he wandered until he arrived on Mt. Athos, burning with the desire to emulate the deeds of its holy inhabitants. Here he received monastic tonsure, and the young monk pleased God in  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Theodosius of the Kiev Far Caves Commemorated September 02 / September 15 Saint Theodosius of the Caves, was the Father of monasticism in Russia. He was born at Vasilevo, not far from Kiev. From his youth he felt an irresistible attraction for the ascetic life, and led an ascetic lifestyle while still in his parental home. He disdained childish games and attractions, and constantly went to church. He asked his parents to let him study the holy books, and through his ability and rare zeal, he quickly learned to (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia and those with him Commemorated September 03 / September 16 The Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia, and those with him suffered during the persecution against Christians under the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311). The persecution became particularly intense after a fire at the imperial court at Nicomedia. The pagans accused the Christians of setting the fire and reacted against them with terrible ferocity. In Nicomedia alone, on the day of the Nativity of Christ, as many as twenty thousand Christians were burned inside  (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Babylas, Bishop of Antioch, and those with him Commemorated September 04 / September 17 The Hieromartyr Babylas and with him the three youths Urban, Prilidian, Epolonius and their mother Christodoula died as martyrs under the emperor Decius (249-251). During his stay in their city of Antioch, the emperor arranged for a large festival in honor of the pagan gods. At the same time, Babylas, the holy and God-fearing Bishop of Antioch, was serving the Divine Liturgy in church. He prayed for his flock and taught them to  (read more by clicking link)
 
News released by The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA
 
In Memoriam His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko)
On September 6, 2022, His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko), retired Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 90. He had served as Metropolitan of All America and Canada from 2002 until his retirement in 2008. May Metropolitan Herman’s memory be eternal! oca.org
 
Patriarchal Condolences on the repose of His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko) His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia expressed condolences on the death of the former Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Herman (Svaiko), who reposed in the Lord on September 6, 2022. 
His Beatitude, Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Your Beatitude, beloved in the Lord Brother and concelebrant at the throne of God! With sorrow I received the news of the repose of the former Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Herman. I express my sincere sympathy to Your Beatitude, the episcopate, the clergy and all the faithful children of Church in America in connection with this heavy loss. The reposed hierarch devoted his life to the Great and Marvelous God: for almost sixty years he was a zealous servant of the Lord's altar, of which for almost half a century in the episcopal rank. As Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Vladyka made efforts to develop good relations with the Moscow Patriarchate and often visited our Fatherland. I will always keep warm memories of Metropolitan Herman and numerous meetings with him in my heart. The merciful Lord, who gives the dead resurrection and immortality (canon of the 5th tone on Saturday Matins), establish His faithful servant in the heavenly abode and grant him memory eternal. With condolences, +KYRILL, PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA "The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA - www.mospatusa.com"
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022/2023
  • September 25th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
  • January 15th 2023
  • February 19th 2023
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday School Children’s charity drive during the upcoming Fall Harvest Season – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
Important Reminders
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
Thank you  
Thank you! for joining us in celebration of the Feast; in memory of +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her birthday, and +Helen (Yurkow) on her 40th day, and in honor of the newly illumined Artemi (Reza). A special expression of thanks to the Kunasz and Williams Family for hosting a wonderful luncheon. 
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
28 August 2022

Sunday Bulletin - August 28, 2022
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
Feast of The Dormition Of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m
 
Commemorated August 28 / August 15 The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: After the Ascension of the Lord, the Mother of God remained in the care of the Apostle John the Theologian, and during his journeys She lived at the home of his parents, near the Mount of Olives. She was a source of consolation and edification both for the Apostles and for all the believers. Conversing with them, She told them about miraculous events: the Annunciation, the seedless and undefiled Conception of Christ born of Her, about His early childhood, and about His earthly life. Like the Apostles, She helped plant and strengthen the Christian Church by Her presence, Her discourse and Her prayers.
  
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, August 28th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Daniel (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Jacob (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Kathryn (Vogel) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: 
+Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Madeline (Popelak), +Helen (Yurkow), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +JeromeJoseph(Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:   
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
Newly departed +Madeline (Popelak) on her passing into eternal life by Karen and Greg Zukowsky
Newly departed +Helen (Yurkow) on her 40th day of her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) on their passing into eternal life by Justine
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her birthday, passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose Marie (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servants of God, +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her birthday and +Helen (Yurkow) on her 40th day, by Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Blessing of Flowers and Fragrant Herbs will be today at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy
 
Please join us today, following services, for a luncheon in celebration of the Feast and in memory of +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her birthday and +Helen (Yurkow) on her 40th day.
 
3rd Sunday Monthly Panikhida/Parastas offered today for the souls +newly departed & departed servants of God, offered by Justine Paul & Family; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family; Peleszak Family; Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Following the Divine Liturgy, and Panikhida/Parastas, Service of The Holy Sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation for Catechumen Artemi (Reza). "As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ", please welcome Artemi, into our parish family, God grant him many years! Mnohaya Lyeta! 
 
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone II When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity, preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
 
Dormition of the All‑holy Mother of God, Troparion, In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity,/ and in thy falling asleep thou hast not forsaken the world, O Theotokos./ Thou hast been, translated to life, as thou art the Mother of Life.// And by thy supplications thou dost deliver our souls from death.
 
Kontakion of the feast, The tomb and mortality could not hold the Theotokos,/ who is untiring in her supplications/ and our certain hope in her intercessions./ For, as the Mother of Life, she hath passed over to the Life// Who dwelt within her ever-virgin womb.
 
EPISTLE 1 CORINTHIANS 9:2-12 If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. My defense to those who examine me is this: Do we have no right to eat and drink? Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 18:23-35 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 'Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses. 
 
EPISTLE, THEOTOKOS PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 
 
GOSPEL, THEOTOKOS LUKE 10:38-42; 11:27-28 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!" But He said, "More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Fr. Luka has returned from his time away. Our sincere gratitude to Fr. Gregory (Winsky) for providing coverage for our parish while Fr. Luka was away. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr Luka (215) 627-6148 for any reasons, questions or concerns. Thank you.
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 August/September
  • Sunday August 28th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Sunday September 4th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday September 11th Feast of Beheading of St. John the Baptist Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
 
Holy Feast of Dormition is Sunday, August 28, 2022, Blessing of Flowers & Herbs will be at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy on the Feast Day 
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links: 
  • Translation of the Image “Not-Made-By-Hands” of our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople, the Third “Feast of the Savior in August” Commemorated August 16 / August 29 The Transfer of the Icon of our Lord Jesus Christ Not-Made-by-Hands from Edessa to Constantinople occurred in the year 944. Eusebius, in his History of the Church (I:13), relates that when the Savior was preaching, Abgar was the ruler of Edessa. He was stricken with leprosy all over his body. Reports of the great miracles performed by (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Myron the Presbyter of Cyzicus Commemorated August 17 / August 30 The Holy Martyr Myron was a presbyter in Achaia (Greece), and lived during the third century. He suffered in the year 250 under the emperor Decius (249-251). The presbyter was gentle and kind to people, but he was also courageous in the defense of his spiritual children. On the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, he was celebrating the Divine Liturgy. The local  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria Commemorated August 18 / August 31 The Martyrs Florus and Laurus were brothers by birth not only in flesh but in spirit. They lived in the second century at Byzantium, and afterwards they settled in Illyria [now Yugoslavia]. By occupation they were stone-masons (their teachers in this craft were the Christians Proclus and Maximus, from whom also the brothers learned about life pleasing to God). The prefect of Illyria, Likaion, sent the brothers to a nearby  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Andrew Stratelates, and 2,593 soldiers with him, in Cilicia Commemorated August 19 / September 01 The Martyr Andrew Stratelates was a military commander in the Roman army during the reign of the emperor Maximian (284-305). They loved him in the Roman army because of his bravery, invincibility and sense of fairness. When a large Persian army invaded the Syrian territories, the governor Antiochus entrusted Saint Andrew with the command of the Roman army, giving him the title of “Stratelates” (“Commander”). Saint Andrew selected a small (read more by clicking link)
  • Prophet Samuel Commemorated August 20 / September 02 The Prophet Samuel was the fifteenth and last of the Judges of Israel, living more than 1146 years before the Birth of Christ. He was descended from the Tribe of Levi, and was the son of Elkanah from Ramathaim-Zophim of Mount Ephraim. He was born, having been besought from the Lord through the prayers of his mother Hannah (therefore he received the name Samuel, which means “besought from God”). Even before birth, he was dedicated to God. Her song, “My heart exults in the Lord,” is the third Old Testament ode of the Canon (1 Sam/1 Kings 2:1-10). When the boy reached the age of three, his mother  (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy Commemorated August 21 / September 03 Saint Thaddeus, Apostle of the Seventy, was by descent a Hebrew, and he was born in the Syrian city of Edessa. The holy Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy must be distinguished from Saint Jude, also called Thaddeus or Levi (June 19), who was one of the Twelve Apostles. When he came to Jerusalem for a feastday, he heard the preaching of John the Forerunner. After being baptized by him in the (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Abramius the Wonderworker, Archimandrite of Smolensk Commemorated August 21 / September 03 Saint Abramius of Smolensk, a preacher of repentance and the Dread Last Judgment, was born in the mid-twelfth century at Smolensk of rich parents, who had twelve daughters before him, and they begged God for a son. From childhood he grew up in the fear of God, he was often in church and had the opportunity to read books. The parents hoped that their only son would enter into marriage and continue their  (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022/2023
  • August 28th
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
  • January 15th 2023
  • February 19th 2023
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday School Children’s charity drive during the upcoming Dormition Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Dormition Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
21 August 2022

Sunday Bulletin - August 21, 2022
TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
Dormition Fast
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m
 
 
Commemorated August 21 / August 8 Discourse on the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ of Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica. For an explanation of the present Feast and understanding of its truth, it is necessary for us to turn to the very start of today’s reading from the Gospel: “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and led them up onto a high mountain by themselves” (Mt.17:1).
  
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, August 21st Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Daniel (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Jacob (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Kathryn (Vogel) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: 
+Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Madeline (Popelak), +Helen (Yurkow), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +JeromeJoseph(Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:   
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
Newly departed +Madeline (Popelak) on her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Helen (Yurkow) on her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) on their passing into eternal life by Justine
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose Marie (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence 
+Gregory (infant, Sokoluk) on birthday by Sokoluk Family
+Xenia (Sadie Coppola) on the 25th Anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Mr. Dennis Starr
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servant of God, +Gregory (infant, Sokoluk), by Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Blessing of Fruit will be today at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone I When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, “Rejoice!” / with that word the Master of all was incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee!
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, 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!
 
Kontakion of the Saint Emilian, Chanting, the Church, for which thou didst suffer, O Emilian,/ doth glorify thee who didst show thyself/ to be a mighty champion of the Trinity./ Wherefore, we honor thy memory.// Deliver thy servants from the invasion of the heathen.
 
EPISTLE 1 CORINTHIANS 4:9-16 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now. I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 17:14-23 And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.  Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Fr. Luka has returned from his time away. Our sincere gratitude to Fr. Gregory (Winsky) for providing coverage for our parish while Fr. Luka was away. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr Luka (215) 627-6148 for any reasons, questions or concerns. Thank you.
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 August/September
  • Sunday August 21st Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday August 28th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Sunday September 4th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
 
Dormition Fast, now until August 28th
 
Holy Feast of Dormition is Sunday, August 28, 2022, Blessing of Flowers & Herbs will be at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy on the Feast Day 
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • Holy Confessor Emilian, Bishop of Kyzikos Commemorated August 08 / August 21 The Holy Confessor Emilian (Amilianos), the Bishop of Kyzikos, succeeded Bishop Nicholas, and remained in his See from 787 - 815. Saint Emilian suffered many afflictions and sorrows during the reign of the Iconoclast Emperor Leo the Armenian (813-820). He and other bishops were summoned to the Emperor's tribunal, and Leo ordered the bishops to refrain from teaching their flocks to venerate the Holy Icons. Saint Emilian told the (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Matthias of the Seventy Commemorated August 09 / August 22 The Holy Apostle Matthias was born at Bethlehem of the Tribe of Judah. From his early childhood he studied the Law of God under the guidance of Saint Simeon the God-Receiver (February 3). When the Lord Jesus Christ revealed Himself to the world, Saint Matthias believed in Him as the Messiah, followed constantly after Him and was numbered among the Seventy Apostles, whom the Lord “sent  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr and Archdeacon Laurence, and those with him, of Rome Commemorated August 10 / August 23 The Martyrs Archdeacon Laurence, Pope Sixtus, Deacons Felicissimus and Agapitus, and the soldier Romanus were citizens of Rome, and suffered in the year 258 during the reign of Emperor Valerian (253-260). Saint Sixtus was born in the city of Athens, and at first he was a philosopher, but later he became a follower of Christ. When he arrived in Rome, he showed himself to be a wise and devout member of the  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr and Archdeacon Euplus of Catania Commemorated August 11 / August 24 The Martyr Archdeacon Euplus suffered in the year 304 under the emperors Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311). He served in the Sicilian city of Catania. Always carrying the Gospel with him, Saint Euplus preached constantly to the pagans about Christ. Once, while he read and explained the Gospel to the gathered crowd, they arrested him and took him to the governor of the city, Calvisianus. Saint Euplus confessed himself a Christian and denounced the impiety of (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Anicletus and Photius of Nicomedia, and those with them Commemorated August 12 / August 25 The Martyrs Anicetus and Photius (his nephew) were natives of Nicomedia. Anicetus, a military official, denounced the emperor Diocletian (284-305) for setting up in the city square an implement of execution for frightening Christians. The enraged emperor ordered Saint Anicetus to be tortured, and later condemned him to be devoured by wild beasts. But the lions they set loose became gentle and fawned at his feet. Suddenly there was a strong earthquake, resulting in the collapse of (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Tikhon, Bishop of Voronezh, Wonderworker of Zadonsk and All Russia Commemorated August 13 / August 26 Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh (in the world Timothy), was born in the year 1724 in the village of Korotsk in the Novgorod diocese, into the family of the cantor Sabellius Kirillov. (A new family name, Sokolov, was given him afterwards by the head of the Novgorod seminary). His father died when Timothy was a young child, leaving the family in such poverty that his mother was barely able to make ends (read more by clicking link)
  • Translation of the relics of Saint Maximus the Confessor Commemorated August 13 / August 26 Saint Maximus the Confessor was born in Constantinople around 580 and raised in a pious Christian family. He received an excellent education, studying philosophy, grammar, and rhetoric. He was well-read in the authors of antiquity and he also mastered philosophy and theology. When Saint Maximus entered into  (read more by clicking link)
  •  Prophet Micah Commemorated August 14 / August 27 The Prophet Micah, the sixth of the Twelve Minor Prophets, was descended from the Tribe of Judah and was a native of the city of Moresheth, to the south of Jerusalem. His prophetic service began around the year 778 before Christ and continued for almost 50 years under the kings of Judah: Jotham, Ahaz, and Righteous Hezekiah (721-691 B.C., August 28). He was a contemporary of the Prophet Isaiah. His denunciations and predictions were in regard to the separate kingdoms (read more by clicking link)
  • Translation of the relics of Venerable Theodosius of the Kiev Far Caves Commemorated August 14 / August 27 Saint Theodosius of the Caves was the Father of monasticism in Russia. He was born at Vasilevo, not far from Kiev. From his youth he felt an irresistible attraction for the ascetic life, and led an ascetic lifestyle while still in his parental home. He disdained childish games and attractions, and constantly went to church. He asked his parents to let him study the holy books, and through his evident abilities and rare zeal, he quickly learned to read the (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022/2023
  • August 28th
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
  • January 15th 2023
  • February 19th 2023
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday School Children’s charity drive during the upcoming Dormition Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Dormition Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
14 August 2022

Sunday Bulletin - August 14, 2022
NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
Beginning of Dormition Fast
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m.
 
 
Commemorated August 14 / August 01 In the Greek Chasoslov (Orologion) of 1897 is explained thus the derivation of this feast: "By reason of the sicknesses, often everywhere occurring in August, from of old customarily it was done at Constantinople to carry out the Venerable Wood of the Cross along the roads and streets for the sanctifying of places and for the driving away of sicknesses.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, August 14th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Reader Thomas (Nickels) 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Daniel (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Jacob (Vogel) on his birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Kathryn (Vogel) on her birthday by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Deborah and Nicholas (Reeves) on their anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: 
+Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Madeline (Popelak), +Helen (Yurkow), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +JeromeJoseph(Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:   
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
Newly departed +Madeline (Popelak) on her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Helen (Yurkow) on her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) on their passing into eternal life 
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose Marie (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Mary (Hrynick) by Sunny Vera Lawrence 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servant of God, +Carol Irene (Kauriga), by Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Blessing of Honey will be today at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy
 
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!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, For our sake Thou wast born of the Virgin / and did endure crucifixion, O Good One, / destroying death by death. / Revealing the resurrection as God, / do not despise the work of Thy hand. / Reveal Thy love for man, O merciful One, / and accept the Theotokos praying for us, / and save Thy despairing people, O Savior.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, 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!
 
Troparion of the Cross, O Lord, save Thy people,/ and bless Thine inheritance./ Grant victory unto Orthodox Christians/ over their adversaries,// preserving Thy community by Thy Cross.
 
Kontakion of the Cross, O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly upon the Cross,/ bestow Thy compassions upon the new community called after Thee, O Christ God:/ gladden by Thy power Orthodox Christians,/ granting them victory over all adversaries.// May they have as an ally the invincible trophy, the weapon of peace.
 
EPISTLE 1 CORINTHIANS 3:9-17 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 14:22-34  Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God." When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. 
 
EPISTLE 1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-24 (CROSS) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 
 
GOSPEL JOHN 19:6-11; 13-20; 25-28; 30-35 (CROSS)   Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him." The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God." Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, "Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer. Then Pilate said to Him, "Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?" Jesus answered, "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin." When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!" But they cried out, "Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar!" Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.  And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!" So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Fr. Greg Providing Coverage for Our Parish While Fr. Luka is Away. Fr. Luka is away on vacation for the next 4 weeks. He left Monday, July 18th, and will be back on August 15th. Fr. Greg Winsky will fill in for him. If you have any concerns or issues or need to talk with a priest please call Fr. Greg at (609)-405-1920. If you need anything else in regards to the church, please contact Suzie Veres at (856)-223-1878 or email blgt@msn.com. Thank you.
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 August
  • Sunday August 14th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Friday August 19th Holy Feast of Transfiguration Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, 
  • Sunday August 21st Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
 
Beginning of Dormition Fast, August 14th until August 28th
 
Holy Feast of Transfiguration is Friday, August 19, 2022, Blessing of Fruit will be at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy on the Feast Day Friday August 19th and on Sunday August 21st.  
 
Commemoration of Saints
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  • 7 Holy Maccabee Martyrs Commemorated August 01 / August 14 The seven holy Maccabee martyrs Abim, Antonius, Gurias, Eleazar, Eusebonus, Alimus and Marcellus, their mother Solomonia and their teacher Eleazar suffered in the year 166 before Christ under the impious Syrian king Antiochus IV Epiphanes. This foolish ruler loved pagan and Hellenistic customs, and held Jewish customs in contempt. He did everything possible to turn (read more by clicking link)
  • Blessed Basil of Moscow the Fool-For-Christ Commemorated August 02 / August 15 Saint Basil the Blessed, Wonderworker of Moscow, was born in December 1468 on the portico of the Elokhov church in honor of the Vladimir Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos outside Moscow. His parents were commoners and sent their son to be trained as a cobbler. During Basil’s apprenticeship, the master happened to witness a remarkable (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Anthony the Roman and Abbot of Novgorod Commemorated August 03 / August 16 Saint Anthony the Roman was born at Rome in 1067 to rich parents who adhered to the Orthodox Faith, and they raised him in piety. After losing his parents at age 17, he took up the study of the Fathers in the Greek language. Afterwards, he distributed part of his inheritance to the poor, and the other portion he put into a wooden barrel and threw it into the sea. Then he was tonsured at one of the wilderness monasteries, where he lived for 20 years. A persecution of the Latins against the (read more by clicking link)
  • 7 Holy Youths “Seven Sleepers” of Ephesus Commemorated August 04 / August 17 The Seven Youths of Ephesus: Maximilian, Iamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodianus (Constantine) and Antoninus, lived in the third century. Saint Maximilian was the son of the Ephesus city administrator, and the other six youths were sons of illustrious citizens of Ephesus. The youths were friends from childhood, and all were in military service together. When the emperor Decius (249-251) arrived in (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Eusignius of Antioch Commemorated August 05 / August 18 The Martyr Eusignius was born at Antioch in the mid-third century. For sixty years he served in the Roman armies of the emperors Diocletian, Maximian Hercules, Constantius Chlorus, Constantine the Great and his sons. Saint Eusignius was a companion of Saint Basiliscus (March 3 and May 22), and he provided an account of his martyrdom. At the beginning of the (read more by clicking link) 
  • The Holy Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ (the Second “Feast of the Savior” in August) Commemorated August 06 / August 19 Discourse on the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ of Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica. For an explanation of the present Feast and understanding of its truth, it is necessary for us to turn to the very start of today’s reading from the Gospel: “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and led them up onto a high mountain by themselves” (Mt.17:1). First of all (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Dometius of Persia and his two disciples Commemorated August 07 / August 20 Saint Dometius lived in Persia during the fourth century. In his youth he was converted to the Faith by a Christian named Uaros. Forsaking Persia, he withdrew to the frontier city of Nisibis (in Mesopotamia), where he was baptized in one of the monasteries, and also received the monastic tonsure. Fleeing the ill-will of some of the  (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
  • January 15th 2023
  • February 19th 2023
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday School Children’s charity drive during the upcoming Dormition Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Dormition Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
7 August 2022

Sunday Bulletin - August 07, 2022
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m.
 
Commemorated August 07 / July 25 Saint Anna was the daughter of the priest Matthan and his wife Mary. She was of the tribe of Levi and the lineage of Aaron. According to Tradition, she died peacefully in Jerusalem at age 79, before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, August 7th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Reader Thomas (Nickels) 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Judith and Robert (LeBlanc) on their first anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Stephanie and Jacob (Vogel) on their marriage on the 3rd of June by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Madeleine (Popelak), +Helen (Yurkow), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph(Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:   
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
+Priest Stephen (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence 
Newly departed +Madeleine (Popelak) on her passing into eternal life
Newly departed +Helen (Yurkow) on her passing into eternal life by Karen and Greg Zukowsky
Newly departed +Olga (Candelori) on her passing into eternal life by Marlene Blaskevitch 
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Marlene Blaskevitch
Newly departed +Rose Marie (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Carol Irene (Kauriga) by Gregory P. Kauriga
+Edward (Lawrence) by Sunny Vera Lawrence 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servant of God, +Carol Irene (Kauriga), by Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
Please join us after Divine Liturgy today for Cake and Ice Cream as we wish our new high school graduate success as they start their college careers!
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone VII By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy! / And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, / to proclaim that Thou art risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Since you are the treasure of our resurrection, / we put our hope in you, O all-praised one. / Lead us from the abyss of transgressions, / for you have saved those guilty of sin, / O evervirgin Mother of our salvation.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, 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!
 
Dormition of St. Anna, Mother of the All-Holy Theotokos, Troparion, O divinely wise Anna,/ in thy womb thou didst bear the pure Mother of God, who gave birth unto Life./ Wherefore, rejoicing in glory,/ thou hast now been translated to the mansions of heaven, where is the abode of those who rejoice./ / O ever-blessed one, beseech thou cleansing of transgressions for those who honor thee with love.
 
Kontakion, We celebrate the memory of the forebears of Christ,/ entreating them with "faith for help,/ that from every tribulation all may be delivered who cry:// Our God is with us, Who hath glorified them, as was His good pleasure!
 
EPISTLE 1 CORINTHIANS 1:10-18  Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 14:14-22  And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to Me." Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 
 
EPISTLE GALATIANS 4:22-31 (RIGHTEOUS ANNA) For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar- or this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children- but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband." Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.
 
GOSPEL LUKE 8:16-21 (RIGHTEOUS ANNA) No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him. Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. And it was told Him by some, who said, "Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You." But He answered and said to them, "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it."
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Fr. Greg Providing Coverage for Our Parish While Fr. Luka is Away. Fr. Luka is away on vacation for the next 4 weeks. He left Monday, July 18th, and will be back on August 15th. Fr. Greg Winsky will fill in for him. If you have any concerns or issues or need to talk with a priest please call Fr. Greg at (609)-405-1920. If you need anything else in regards to the church, please contact Suzie Veres at (856)-223-1878 or email blgt@msn.com. Thank you.
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 July/August
  • Sunday August 7th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday August 14th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Friday August 19th Holy Feast of Transfiguration Divine Liturgy 10AM, Reading of Hours prior, 
  • Sunday August 21st Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
 
Upcoming: Dormition Fast August 14th through August 28th
 
Holy Feast of Transfiguration is Friday, August 19, 2022, Blessing of Fruit will be at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy on the Feast Day Friday August 19th and on Sunday August 21st.  
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links: 
  • Venerable Makarios, Abbot of Zheltovod and Unzha Commemorated July 25 / August 07 Our Venerable Father Makarios of Zheltovod and Unzha was born in the year 1349 at Nizhni-Novgorod into a pious family, and was baptized in the parish church of the Myrrh-bearing women. His secular name is unknown. At the age of twelve, he left his parents' home, and was (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Hermolaus and Martyrs Hermippus and Hermocrates at Nicomedia Commemorated July 26 / August 08 Hieromartyrs Hermolaus, Hermippus and Hermocrates of Nicomedia, were among the small number of those remaining alive after 20,000 Christians were burned alive in a church at Nicomedia in the year 303 (December 28), on the orders of the emperor (read more by clicking link)
  • Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon Commemorated July 27 / August 09 The Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon was born in the city of Nicomedia into the family of the illustrious pagan Eustorgius, and he was named Pantoleon. His mother Saint Euboula (March 30) was a Christian. She wanted to raise her son in the Christian Faith, but she died when the future martyr was (read more by clicking link)
  • Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons: Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas Commemorated July 28 / August 10 Saints Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas, Apostles of the Seventy were among the first deacons in the Church of Christ. In the Acts of the Holy Apostles (6:1-6) it is said that the twelve Apostles chose seven men: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and appointed them to serve as (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Callinicus of Gangra in Asia Minor Commemorated July 29 / August 11 The Holy Martyr Callinicus, a native of Cilicia, was raised from childhood in the Christian Faith. Grieving that many misguided people would perish for eternity because they worshiped idols, he went through the cities and villages to proclaim Jesus Christ and His teachings to the pagans, and with the Word of God he converted many to Christianity. In the Galatian city of Ancyra the holy confessor was (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Silas of the Seventy Commemorated July 30 / August 12 The Holy Apostle of the Seventy Silas was a disciple of the Savior. Saint Silas was a respected figure in the original Church at Jerusalem, one of the “chief men among the brethren” (Acts 15:22). The Council of the Apostles was convened at (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Silvanus of the Seventy Commemorated July 30 / August 12 The Holy Apostle of the Seventy Silvanus was a disciple of the Savior. The Holy Apostle Silvanus preached the Word of God together with the chief Apostles Peter and Paul. In his First Epistle, the holy Apostle Peter makes mention of him: “By Silvanus, a faithful brother to you, as I suppose, I have written briefly...” (1 Peter 5:12). Saint Silvanus was made bishop at Thessalonica and died  (read more by clicking link)
  • Righteous Eudocimus of Cappadocia Commemorated July 31 / August 13 Saint Eudocimus, a native of Cappadocia (Asia Minor), lived during the ninth century during the reign of Emperor Theophilus (829-842). He was the son of the pious Christians Basil and Eudokia, an illustrious family known to the emperor. They raised their son “in discipline and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6: 4), planting in his soul a sincere faith and holy virtues. The righteous life of Saint Eudocimus was devoted to  (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
  • January 15th 2023
  • February 19th 2023
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday School Children’s charity drive during the upcoming Dormition Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Dormition Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
July 24, 2022

Sunday Bulletin - July 24, 2022
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m.
 
Commemorated July 24th (In Hoy Baptism Helen) Saint Olga, Equal of the Apostles, was the wife of the Kievan Great Prince Igor. The struggle of Christianity with paganism under Igor and Olga, who reigned after Oleg (+ 912), entered into a new phase. 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, July 24th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Reader Thomas (Nickels) 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Judith and Robert (LeBlanc) on their first anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Stephanie and Jacob (Vogel) on their marriage on the 3rd of June by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Helen (Yurkow), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph(Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
+Priest Stephen (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Newly departed +Helen (Yurkow) 
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) by Veres Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Josephine (Yanokovoy) on her birthday by Winsky, Yankovoy and Sokoluk Families 
+Edward (Lawrence) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servant of God, +Josephine (Yanokovoy) on her birthday by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte, and Amelia, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
3rd Sunday Monthly Panikhida/Parastas offered today for the souls +newly departed & departed servants of God, offered by Justine Paul & Family; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family; Peleszak Family; Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone V Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, / Co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, / born for our salvation from the Virgin, / for He willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, / to endure death / and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Rejoice, O impassable gate of the Lord! / Rejoice, O wall and protection of those who run to you! / Rejoice, O unshakable refuge! / Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of your God and Creator! / Do not cease praying for those who praise you and worship your Son. (1x) Blessed be the name of the Lord, henceforth and forever more.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, 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!"
 
Holy Martyr Euphemia, Troparion, Thy ewe-lamb Euphemia crieth out to Thee with a loud voice, O Jesus:/ "I love Thee, O my Bridegroom,/ and, seeking Thee, I pass through many strug­gles:/ I am crucified and buried with Thee in Thy baptism,/ and suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee;/ I die for Thee that I might live with Thee./ As an unblemished sacrifice accept me,/ who sacrifice myself with love for Thee// By her supplications save Thou our souls, in that Thou art merciful. 
 
St. Olga, Troparion, Tone IV Having furnished thy mind with wings of divine knowledge,/ thou didst soar far above visible creation;/ and seeking God, the Creator of all, and finding Him,/ thou didst receive rebirth through baptism;// and delighting in the Tree of life, O ever-glorious Olga, thou remainest incorrupt forever.
 
Kontakion of St. Olga, Let us hymn today God the Benefactor of all,/ Who glorified the divinely wise Olga in Russia,// that through her supplications He might give remission of sins to our souls.
 
EPISTLE ROMANS 12:6-14 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 9:1-8 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins-then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
 
EPISTLE 2 CORINTHIANS 6:1-10 (SAINTS) We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 
But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
 
GOSPEL LUKE 7:36-50 (SAINTS) Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more? Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged." Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Fr. Greg Providing Coverage for Our Parish While Fr. Luka is Away. Fr. Luka is away on vacation for the next 4 weeks. He left Monday, July 18th, and will be back on August 15th. Fr. Greg Winsky will fill in for him. If you have any concerns or issues or need to talk with a priest please call Fr. Greg at (609)-405-1920. If you need anything else in regards to the church, please contact Suzie Veres at (856)-223-1878 or email blgt@msn.com. Thank you.
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 July/August
  • Sunday July 24th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Sunday July 31st Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday August 7th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
  • Sunday August 14th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior
 
Upcoming: Dormition Fast August 14th through August 28th
Holy Feast of Transfiguration is Friday, August 19, 2022 more details will be forthcoming.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links: 
  • Greatmartyr Euphemia the All-praised Commemorated July 11 / July 24  The Miracle of Saint Euphemia the All-Praised: The holy Great Martyr Euphemia (September 16) suffered martyrdom in the city of Chalcedon in the year 304, during the time of the persecution against Christians by the emperor Diocletian (284-305). One and a half centuries later, at a time when the Christian Church had become (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Proclus and Hilary of Ancyra Commemorated July 12 / July 25 The Holy Martyrs Proclus and Hilarion were natives of the village of Kallippi, near Ancyra, and they suffered during the time of a persecution under the emperor Trajan (98-117). Saint Proclus was put under arrest first. Brought before the (read more by clicking link)
  • Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel Commemorated July 13 / July 26 The Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel is celebrated on the day after the Annunciation, and a second time on July 13. It was instituted in the ninth century, perhaps to celebrate the dedication of a church at  (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Aquila of the Seventy Commemorated July 14 / July 27 Saint Aquila, Apostle of the 70: It is possible that he was a disciple of the Apostle Paul, a native of Pontus and a Jew, living in the city of Rome with his wife Priscilla (they are commemorated on February 13 on the Greek Calendar). During the reign of the emperor  (read more by clicking link)
  • Holy Great Prince Vladimir (Basil in Baptism), Equal of the Apostles, and Enlightener of Rus' Commemorated July 15 / July 28 The Holy Equal of the Apostles and Great Prince Vladimir, the youngest son of Prince Svyatoslav of Kiev, was born in 963. He was only six years old when his grandmother, the Holy Princess Olga (July 11), who had raised him, reposed, and his father sent him to reign in Novgorod under the tutelage of the voivode Dobryn, his mother's brother. Princess Malusha, who still bore her  (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Athenogenes, Bishop of Heracleopolis, and his ten disciples Commemorated July 16 / July 29 Hieromartyr Athenogenes and his Ten Disciples suffered for Christ during the persecution of Christians in the city of Sebastea in Cappadocia. The governor Philomachos arranged a large festival in honor of the pagan gods and called upon the citizens of Sebastea to offer  (read more by clicking link)
  • Greatmartyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch in Pisidia Commemorated July 17 / July 30 The Holy Great Martyr Marina was born in Asia Minor, in the city of Antioch of Pisidia (southern Asia Minor), into the family of a pagan priest. In infancy she lost her mother, and her father gave her into the care of a nursemaid, who raised Marina in the Orthodox Faith. Upon learning that his daughter had become a Christian, the father angrily disowned her. During the time of the (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • July 24th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
  • January 15th 2023
  • February 19th 2023
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday School Children’s charity drive during the upcoming Dormition Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Dormition Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
July 17, 2022

Sunday Bulletin - July 17, 2022
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m.
 
 
 
Commemorated July 17th; Saint Nicholas, the last Russian Tsar, was born in 1868. As a child, he was very religious, guileless and free from malice. Nicholas II was crowned as Tsar in 1894, following the death of his father Tsar Alexander. He married Princess Alice of Hesse, who converted to Orthodoxy and took the name Alexandra. Their children were Olga (1895), Tatiana (1897), Maria (1899), Anastasia (1901), and Alexis (1904). 
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, July 17th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Reader Thomas (Nickels) 
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Judith and Robert (LeBlanc) on their first anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Stephanie and Jacob (Vogel) on their marriage on the 3rd of June by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph(Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
+Priest Stephen (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) by Justine 
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Joseph (Jerome Grzybowski) on first anniversary of passing into eternal life by Mr. Dennis Starr
+Melanie (Erwin) on anniversary of her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Edward (Lawrence) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servants of God, +Joseph (Jerome Grzybowski) and +John (Candelori) on the first anniversary of their passing into eternal life by  Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
3rd Sunday Monthly Panikhida/Parastas offered today for the souls +newly departed & departed servants of God, offered by Justine Paul & Family; Justine & Greg; Stephen Nasobkow; Sokoluk Family; Staso Family; Peleszak Family; Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone IV —When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel / the joyous message of Thy resurrection, / they cast away the ancestral curse / and elatedly told the Apostles: / Death is overthrown! / Christ God is risen, / granting the world great mercy!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, The mystery of all eternity, / unknown even by angels, / through you, O Theotokos, is revealed to those on earth: / God incarnate, by union without confusion. / He voluntarily accepted the cross for us, / by which He resurrected the first-created man, / saving our souls from death.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!
 
Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia, Troparion, Meekly didst thou endure the loss of thine earthly kingdom, the bonds and divers sufferings inflicted upon thee by those opposed to God, and didst bear witness for Christ even unto death, O great passion-bearer, divinely crowned Tsar Nicholas; wherefore, Christ God hath crowned thee in the heavens with a martyr's crown, together with thy queen, thy children and thy servants. Him do thou beseech, that He have mercy upon the Russian land and save our souls.
 
Kontakion to Holy Martyr Princess Elizabeth, Taking up the Cross of Christ, thou didst pass from royal glory to the glory of heaven, praying for thine enemies, O holy martyr Princess Elizabeth; and with the martyr Barbara thou didst find everlasting joy. Therefore, pray ye in behalf of our souls.
 
Kontakion, Thou didst strengthen the hope of the martyred Tsar, his Tsaritsa and children, and it took flight to Thy love, proclaiming beforehand their future rest. Through their prayers, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
 
EPISTLE ROMANS 10:1-10 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "The man who does those things shall live by them." But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' " (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, " 'Who will descend into the abyss?' " (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 8:28-9:1 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
 
EPISTLE, ROYAL MARTYRS ROMANS 8:28-39 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:"For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
GOSPEL, ROYAL MARTYRS JOHN 15:17-16:2 These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'  But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 July
  • Sunday July 17th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Sunday July 24th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday July 31st Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
 
Upcoming: Dormition Fast August 14th through August 28th
Holy Feast of Transfiguration is Friday, August 19, 2022 more details will be forthcoming.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links: 
  • Saint Andrew, Archbishop of Crete Commemorated July 04 / July 17 Saint Andrew, Archbishop of Crete, was born in the city of Damascus into a pious Christian family. Up until seven years of age the boy was mute and did not talk. However, after communing the Holy Mysteries of Christ he found the gift of  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Andrew Rublev the Iconographer Commemorated July 04 / July 17 Saint Andrew Rublev, Russia’s greatest iconographer, was born near Moscow sometime between 1360 and 1370. While still very young, he went to the Holy Trinity Monastery, and was profoundly impressed by Saint Sergius of Radonezh (September 25). After the death of Saint Sergius in 1392, Saint Nikon (November 17) succeeded him as igumen. Saint Andrew became a novice in the monastery under (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Athanasius, founder of the Great Lavra and Coenobitic Monasticism on Mount Athos, and his six disciples Commemorated July 05 / July 18 Saint Athanasius of Athos, in holy Baptism named Abraham, was born in the city of Trebezond. He was orphaned at an early age, and being raised by a certain good and pious nun, he imitated his adoptive mother in the habits of monastic life, in fasting and in prayer. Doing his lessons came easily and he soon outpaced his (read more by clicking link)
  • Uncovering of the relics of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh Commemorated July 05 / July 18 The Uncovering of the Venerable Relics of Saint Sergius of Radonezh: The relics of the Saint Sergius (September 25) were uncovered on July 5, 1422 when Saint Nikon (November 17) was igumen. In the year 1408, when Moscow and its environs was invaded by the Tatar horde of Edigei, the Trinity monastery was devastated and burned, and the monks led by (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Sisoes the Great Commemorated July 06 / July 19 Saint Sisoes the Great (+ 429) was a solitary monk, pursuing asceticism in the Egyptian desert in a cave sanctified by the prayerful labors of his predecessor, Saint Anthony the Great (January 17). For his sixty years of labor in the desert, Saint Sisoes attained to sublime spiritual purity and he was granted the gift of  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Thomas of Mount Maleós Commemorated July 07 / July 20 Saint Thomas of Mount Maleós was a military commander before becoming a monk. Strong and brave, he participated in many battles, and brought victories to his countrymen, for which he won much  (read more by clicking link)
  • Appearance of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God Commemorated July 08 / July 21 The Wonderworking Copy of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, found in 1579, is in the Kazan cemetery church named for the holy Prince (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Pancratius, Bishop of Taormina in Sicily Commemorated July 09 / July 22 The Hieromartyr Pancratius, Bishop of Taormina, was born when our Lord Jesus Christ yet lived upon the earth. The parents of Pancratius were natives of Antioch. Hearing the good news of Jesus Christ, Pancratius’ father took his young son with him and went to Jerusalem in order to see the great Teacher for  (read more by clicking link)
  • The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Lord at Moscow Commemorated July 10 / July 23 The Placing of the Precious Robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Moscow (1625): The Savior’s precious Robe [ Greek “himatia”, literally “over-garments”] is not identically the same thing as His seamless coat [Greek “khiton”, literally “under-garb tunic”]. They are clearly distinct within Holy Scripture. “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified   (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Anthony of the Kiev Far Caves, Founder of Monasticism in Russia Commemorated July 10 / July 23 Saint Anthony of the Kiev Caves was born in the year 983 at Liubech, not far from Chernigov, and was named Antipas in Baptism. Possessing the fear of God from his youth, he desired to be clothed in the   (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during the Apostles' Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Apostles' Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
July 10, 2022

Sunday Bulletin - July 10, 2022
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m.
 
Saint Sampson was born in Rome, the son of wealthy, but devout and virtuous parents. He received an excellent education, studying philosophy and medicine, among other subjects. From his earliest childhood, he lived an exemplary Christian life.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, July 10th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Judith and Robert (LeBlanc) on their first anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Stephanie and Jacob (Vogel) on their marriage on the 3rd of June by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph(Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
+Priest Stephen (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) on first anniversary passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Joseph (Jerome Grzybowski) on first anniversary of passing into eternal life by Mr. Dennis Starr
+Edward (Lawrence) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servants of God, +Joseph (Jerome Grzybowski) and +John (Candelori) on the first anniversary of their passing into eternal life by  Sokoluk Family, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
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!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, We praise you as the mediatrix of our salvation, / O Virgin Theotokos. / For your Son, our God, Who took flesh from you, / accepted the passion of the cross, / delivering us from corruption as the Lover of man.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, / leading us from the gates of death. / On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; / with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise / the divine majesty of Thy power!
 
EPISTLE ROMANS 6:18-23  And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 8:5-13 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it. When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour. 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 July
  • Sunday July 10th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday July 17th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Sunday July 24th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday July 31st Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
 
Apostles' Fast now through July 11th
Holy Feast of Apostles Saints Peter and Paul is Tuesday July 12, 2022 more details will be forthcoming.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links: 
  • Saint Joanna the Myrrhbearer Commemorated June 27 / July 10 Saint Joanna was the wife of Herod's household stewart Khouza (Χουζά) and she served the Lord during His public ministry, along with some other women. She is mentioned in Luke 8:3 and 24:10. According to Tradition, she recovered the head of Saint John the Baptist after Herodias had disposed of it (February 24). Saint Joanna went to the Sepulchre with the other Myrrh-bearing Women, in order to  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Sergius and Herman, Wonderworkers of Valaam Commemorated June 28 / July 11 Saints Sergius and Herman settled on the island of Valaam in 1329. The brethren gathered by them spread the light of Orthodoxy in this frontier land. The Karelian people began to regard  (read more by clicking link)
  • The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul Commemorated June 29 / July 12 Sermon of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo: Today the Holy Church piously remembers the sufferings of the Holy Glorious and All-Praised Apostles Peter and Paul. Saint Peter, the fervent follower of Jesus Christ, for the profound confession of His Divinity: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” was deemed worthy by the Savior to hear in answer, “Blessed art thou, Simon ... I tell thee, that thou art (read more by clicking link)
  • Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Twelve Apostles Commemorated June 30 / July 13 The Synaxis of the Glorious and All-Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles of Christ appears to be an ancient Feast. The Church honors each of the Twelve Apostles on separate dates during the year, and has established a general commemoration for all of them on the day after the commemoration of the Glorious and First-Ranked among the Apostles Peter and Paul. The holy God-crowned Emperor Constantine the Great (May 21) built a  (read more by clicking link)
  • Holy Wonderworking Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian at Rome Commemorated July 01 / July 14 The Holy Martyrs, Wonderworkers and Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian were born at Rome, brothers by birth, and physicians by profession. They suffered at Rome in the reign of the emperor Carinus (283-284). Brought up by their parents in the rules of piety, they led strict and chaste lives, and they were granted by God the gift of healing the sick. By their generosity and exceptional kindness to (read more by clicking link)
  • The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Mother of God at Blachernae Commemorated July 02 / July 15 The Placing of the Venerable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae: During the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Leo the Great (457-474), the brothers Galbius and Candidus, associates of the emperor, set out from Constantinople to Palestine to venerate the holy places. In a small settlement near Nazareth they stayed in the home of a certain old Jewish (read more by clicking link)
  • Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow Commemorated July 03 / July 16  The Transfer of the Relics of Saint Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia: After the martyric death of Saint Philip (January 9), his body was buried at the Otrocha monastery, in Tver. The monks of the Solovki monastery, where he was formerly igumen, in 1591 requested permission for (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during the Apostles' Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Apostles' Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
July 3, 2022

Sunday Bulletin - July 3, 2022
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m.
 
The transfer of the relics of Saints Inna, Pinna, and Rimma to Alushta took place 
during the first-second centuries.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, July 3rd Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Judith and Robert (LeBlanc) on their first anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Stephanie and Jacob (Vogel) on their marriage on the 3rd of June by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Nadine (Sokoluk) on her birthday by Alexei, Lucia and Amelia 
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion 
+Priest Stephen (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) by Veres Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Nicholas (Nayko) on his birthday by Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte and Amelia 
+Edward (Lawrence) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
+ Joseph (Kowal) by Mr. Dennis Starr 
 
Please remember in prayers the newly departed students and teachers, as well as the entire community of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of the departed servant of God, Nicholas (Nayko) on his birthday, by  Alexei, Anna, Luke, Lucia, Margueritte and Amelia, Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!
 
New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke, Troparion of Sunday, The new martyrs, who with unremitting battle have cast down the ancient deception, have exalted the Faith of the Orthodox; for, having abolished the worship of the iniquitous and professed Christ boldly, they now unceas­ingly entreat Him as perfect God, that He grant us great mercy.
 
Kontakion of the new martyrs, Rejoice mystically, O Church of Christ, beholding thy children, the new martyrs, standing round about thy table in their relics, like newly planted olive shoots; and cry aloud to the Creator of all: Thou art the confirmation of the martyrs, O Christ!
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone II —When Thou didst descend to death, O Life immortal, / Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! / And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, / all the powers of heaven cried out: / O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to Thee!
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, All beyond thought, all most glorious, / are your mysteries, O Theotokos. / Sealed in purity, preserved in virginity, / you were revealed to be the true Mother who gave birth to the true God. / Entreat Him to save our souls.
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, Hell became afraid, O Almighty Savior, / seeing the miracle of Thy Resurrection from the tomb! / The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with Thee! / And the world, O my Savior, praises Thee forever.
 
EPISTLE ROMANS 5:1-10 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 6:22-23 The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 July
  • Sunday July 3rd Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday July 10th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday July 17th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
  • Sunday July 24th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
 
Apostles' Fast now through July 11th
Holy Feast of Apostles Saints Peter and Paul is Tuesday July 12, 2022 more details will be forthcoming.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links: 
  • Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara Commemorated June 20 / July 3 The Hieromartyr Methodius, Bishop of Patara (Lycia in Asia Minor), was distinguished for his genuine monastic humility. Calmly and with mildness he instructed his flock, but he firmly defended the purity of Orthodoxy and he energetically contended against heresies, especially the widespread heresy of the  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyr Julian of Tarsus, in Cilicia Commemorated June 21 / July 4 The Holy Martyr Julian of Tarsus was born at Diocesarea in the province of Cilicia. He was the son of a pagan senator, but his mother was a Christian. After the death of her husband, she and Julian moved to Tarsus, where her son was (read more by clicking link)
  • Hieromartyr Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata Commemorated June 22 / July 5 The Hieromartyr Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata, stood firmly for the Orthodox Confession of Faith proclaimed at the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea in the year 325. For this he underwent persecution by the Arians, being repeatedly deprived of his see and banished. The emperor Constantius (337-361), patron of the Arians, learned that Saint Eusebius kept (read more by clicking link)
  • Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God in memory of the Saving of Moscow from the Invasion of Khan Achmed Commemorated June 23 / July 6 Today the church celebrates the miracle of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, which led to the saving of Moscow from the invasion of Khan Achmed in  (read more by clicking link)
  • Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John Commemorated June 24 / July 7 The Nativity of the Holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John: The Gospel (Luke. 1: 5) relates that the righteous parents of Saint John the Baptist, the Priest Zachariah and Elizabeth (September 5), lived in the ancient city of Hebron. They reached old age without having children, since Elizabeth was barren. Once, Saint Zachariah was serving in the (read more by clicking link)
  • Virgin Martyr Febronia of Nisibis Commemorated June 25 / July 8 The Virgin Martyr Febronia suffered during the reign of Diocletian (284-305). She was raised at a monastery in the city of Sivapolis (Assyria). The head of the women’s monastery was the abbess Bryaίnē, the aunt of Saint Febronia. Being concerned about her niece’s salvation, she assigned her a stricter form of life than the other nuns. According to their monastic rule, on Fridays the sisters put aside their other duties and spent the whole day in prayer and the reading of (read more by clicking link)
  • Saints Peter and Fevronia (tonsured David and Euphrosynē), Wonderworkers of Murom Commemorated June 25 / July 8 Holy Prince Peter (David in monasticism) and Holy Princess Febronia (Euphrosynē in monasticism), Wonderworkers of Murom. Prince Peter was the second son of the Murom prince Yuri Vladimirovich. He entered upon the throne of Murom in the year 1203. Several years before this Saint Peter had fallen ill with (read more by clicking link)
  • Appearance of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God Commemorated June 26 / July 9 According to ancient tradition, the wonderworking icon of Tikhvin is one of several painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist. The icon was taken from Jerusalem to Constantinople in the fifth century, where it was enshrined in the Church of Blachernae, which was built especially for this purpose. In 1383, seventy years before the fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Turks, fishermen on Lake Ladoga in the principality of Novgorod the Great witnessed the (read more by clicking link)
 
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during the Apostles' Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Apostles' Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
 
June 26, 2022

Sunday Bulletin - June 26, 2022
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - ALL SAINTS OF RUSSIA & NORTH AMERICA
General Confession – 9:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy– 9:30 a.m.
 
Beloved in Christ! Today the Orthodox Church solemnly celebrates the radiant memory of all saints who have shone forth in the Russian land, glorified by God for their God-pleasing podvigs and holy lives. 
 
On the second Sunday after Pentecost, each local Orthodox Church commemorates all the saints, known and unknown, who have shone forth in its territory.
 
 
Spraznikom!
 
Prayer List: Archpriest Victor (Potapov), Priest Anthony, Hieromonk Savvaty, Hieromonk Sylvester, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Reader Samuel, Matushka Bridget, Nadine (Schmidt), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Frank (Krewda), Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), Olga (Candelori), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Shiede), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow), Ameila (Sokoluk), Lucia (Sokoluk), Christopher (Patrick), Lorraine (Guglielmi), Elias (R. Guglielmi) Michael (Champion), Roman (Ron Vroon), Justine (Paul)
 
Sunday, June 26th Divine Liturgy offered:
For the Health of: 
Archpriest Victor (Potapov)
Gail and Gregory (Shast) by Sokoluk Family
Helen (Yurkow) by her niece Arleen Pauluch
Judith and Robert (LeBlanc) on their first anniversary by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Stephanie and Jacob (Vogel) on their marriage on the 3rd of June by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Dimitri and Malinda Ann (Sokoluk) on their anniversary by Alexei, Lucia and Amelia 
Lucia (Sokoluk) on her birthday by Alexei and Amelia 
 
For Memory of +Newly Departed Servants: +Metropolitan Hilarion, +Archpriest John (Bohush), +Olga (Candelori), +Alexander (Kobasa), +Rose (Staso), +Julianna (Sokoluk), +Nadine, +Nadya (Gougnin), +Sandra (Tucker), +Protodeacon Nicholas (Lukianov), +Deacon Michael (Bishop), +Jerome Joseph (Grzybowski), +John (Candelori), +Royce (Nilson), +Helen (Kasmer),+Eleanor (Zubko), +James (S.Patrick), +Doris (Patrick), +Hanora (Smarkola), +Helen (Kazmarczik), +Dragan (Novakovic)
 
For Memory of Departed servants:  
Newly departed +Metropolitan Hilarion on 40th day of passing into eternal life 
+Priest Stephen (Kuzmich) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
Newly departed +Olga and +John (Candelori) by Veres Family
Newly departed +Julianna (Sokoluk) on her passing into eternal life by Veres Family
Newly departed +Rose (Staso) on her passing into eternal life by Sokoluk Family
+Edward (Lawrence) by Sunny Vera Lawrence
 
Please remember in prayers the newly departed students and teachers, as well as the entire community of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. 
 
Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in honor of the servant of God, Lucia (Sokoluk) on her birthday, by Sokoluk Family Mnoghaya Lyeta! Many Years!
 
All Russian Saints, Troparion, in Tone VIII The land of Russia doth offer Thee, O Lord, all the saints who have shone forth in it, as the beauteous fruit of Thy salvific splendor. By their supplications and through the Theotokos preserve Thou the Church and our land in profound peace, O most Merciful One.
 
Kontakion, in Tone III, Today the choir of the saints who have pleased God in our land standeth forth in the Church and invisibly prayeth to God for us. With them the angels give glory, and all the saints of the Church of Christ celebrate with them; for all together they entreat the pre-eternal God for us.
 
Troparion of the Sunday, Tone I When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; / while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; / Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior, / granting life to the world. / The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: / Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! / Glory to Thy Kingdom! / Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou Who lovest mankind.
 
Hymn to the Theotokos, Tone I When Gabriel announced to Thee, O Virgin, “Rejoice!” / with that word the Master of all was incarnate in Thee, O Holy Ark. / As the righteous David said, / Thy womb became more spacious than the heavens, bearing Thy Creator. / Glory to Him Who took abode in Thee! / Glory to Him Who came from Thee! / Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of Thee!
 
Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone I As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory, / raising the world with Thyself. / Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished! / Adam exults, O Master! / Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: / Thou art the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!
 
EPISTLE ROMANS 2:10-16 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. 
 
GOSPEL MATTHEW 4:18-23 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
 
EPISTLE, SAINTS HEBREWS 11:33-12:2 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, SAINTS 4:25-5:12 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. 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us continue to fervently pray for the protection and well being of the people of Ukraine, for the immediate cessation of all military action and hostilities and for the complete restoration of peace. Let us always remember that, first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith. We are brothers and sisters regardless of borders!
 
Ukrainian Refuge Relief - Our parish is collecting funds to help the Ukrainian people who are suffering in Eastern Europe - please consider donating to help the refugees as they will need help for much time to come. You can donate with a check or cash in the office, or see Elijah Williams who is heading up this charitable project.
 
Back to Pre-Covid ways – We are on our way back to our days before COVID! Social activities have resumed and all are welcome!  We have resumed passing the basket so please remember that your donations keep our church going – please be as generous as you can! We thank you in advance for your generosity.
 
Coffee Hour Help Needed We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour is now being offered in the church hall. It has been some time and we are looking for volunteers to be hosts. Debbie Barth is leading the effort and has created a sign up calendar in the hall. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please see her. Thank you!
 
Situations have a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (215) 627-6148. Please add church phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference, this will directly connect you to speak with Fr. Luka at anytime or anyplace. 
 
 
Liturgical Calendar
 
2022 June
  • Sunday June 26th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday July 3rd Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday July 10th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior 
  • Sunday June 17th Divine Liturgy 9:30AM, Reading of Hours prior, Monthly Pankihida/Parastas after
 
Apostles' Fast now through July 11th
Holy Feast of Apostles Saints Peter and Paul is Tuesday July 12, 2022 more details will be forthcoming.
 
Commemoration of Saints
Please visit links:
  • Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria Commemorated June 13 / June 26 The Holy Martyr Aquilina, a native of the Phoenician city of Byblos, suffered under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). Her parents raised her in Christian piety. When the girl was only twelve years old, she persuaded a pagan friend to convert to Christ. One of the servants of the imperial governor Volusian accused her of teaching others not to follow the religion of their fathers. The girl firmly confessed her faith in Christ before the governor and said that she would not  (read more by clicking link)
  • Prophet Elisha Commemorated June 14 / June 27 The Holy Prophet Elisha lived in the ninth century before the Birth of Christ, and was a native of the village of Abelmaum, near Jordan. By the command of the Lord he was called to prophetic service by the holy Prophet Elias (July 20). When it became time for the Prophet Elias to be taken up to Heaven, he said to Elisha, “Ask what shall I do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha boldly asked for a double portion of the (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople Commemorated June 14 / June 27 Saint Methodius, Patriarch of Constantinople, was born in Sicily into a rich family. Having a vocation to serve God, he went while still in his youth off to a monastery on the island of Chios and renovated it with his means. During the reign of the iconoclast Leo the Armenian (813-820), Methodius held the high position of “apokrisiaros” (“advocate for Church matters”) under the holy Patriarch Nikēphóros (June 2). He was dispatched by the patriarch to Rome on a mission to the papacy and he remained (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow Commemorated June 15 / June 28 Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia, was born in the city of Galich into a pious Christian family. The father of the future saint was named Theodore. The youth received monastic tonsure in one of the Galich monasteries when he was only twelve years old. From there, he transferred to the Moscow Simonov monastery, where he fulfilled various obediences for (read more by clicking link)
  • Saint Tikhon, Bishop of Amathus in Cyprus Commemorated June 16 / June 29 Saint Tikhon, Bishop of Amathus, was born in the city Amathus on the island of Cyprus. His parents raised their son in Christian piety, and taught him the reading of sacred books. It is said that the gift of wonderworking appeared in Saint Tikhon at quite a young age. His father was the owner of a bakery, and whenever he left his son alone in the  (read more by clicking link)
  • Venerable Tikhon of Kaluga Or Medin Commemorated June 16 / June 29   Saint Tikhon of Medin and Kaluga, in his youth received monastic tonsure at the Chudov monastery in Moscow, but through his love for solitude he settled at an isolated spot near Maloyaroslavl. He lived in asceticism in a deep dense forest, on the bank of the River Vepreika, in the hollow of an ancient giant oak. Once, during a hunt, Prince Basil Yaroslavich (grandson of Vladimir the Brave), came upon Saint Tikhon, angrily ordered him to leave his  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Manuel, Sabel, and Ismael, of Persia Commemorated June 17 / June 30 The Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ismael, brothers by birth, were descended from an illustrious Persian family. Their father was a pagan, but their mother was a Christian, who baptized the children and raised them with a firm faith in Christ the Savior. When they reached adulthood, the brothers entered military service. Representing the Persian King Alamundar, they were his emissaries in concluding a peace treaty with  (read more by clicking link)
  • Martyrs Leontius, Hypatius, and Theodulus at Tripoli in Syria Commemorated June 18 / July 1 The Holy Martyrs Leontius, Hypatius, and Theodulus were Roman soldiers. The holy Martyr Leontius, a Greek by origin, served as a military-chief in the imperial army in the Phoenician city of Tripoli during the reign of Vespasian (70-79). Leontius was distinguished for his bravery and good sense, and the people of Tripoli held him in deep respect because of his virtue. The emperor appointed the Roman senator Adrian as  (read more by clicking link)
  • Apostle Jude the Brother of the Lord Commemorated June 19 / July 2 The Holy Apostle Jude, one of the twelve apostles of Christ, is descended from King David and Solomon, and was the son of Righteous Joseph the Betrothed (Sunday after the Nativity of the Lord) by his first wife. The Holy Apostle John the Theologian writes in his Gospel, “... neither did his brethren believe in Him” (John. 7:5). Saint Theophylact, Archbishop of Bulgaria, explains this passage. He says that at the beginning of the Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, Joseph’s sons, Jude among (read more by clicking link)
 
Prayers & Offerings
 
The Blessing of Graves 
If you are interested in having grave visitation at Oakland or a different cemetery, Fr. Luka is available. Please speak with Fr. Luka to make special arrangements.
 
The Blessing of Travelers
If you are leaving soon to travel away from home, please speak with Fr Luka to receive a blessing. 
 
The Blessing of Houses 
The priest comes to the home because he wants God's blessing to be upon it, and to know those in his flock better and to be available to them. Invite Fr. Luka to your home for a visit. A house can be blessed at any time. Please speak with Fr. Luka at 215-627-6148 to make special arrangements, or by emailing the office@saintmichaelsroc.org (House Blessings: 10 Things, http://www.orthodox.net/10things/theophany-house-blessings.html
 
Choir members needed – Our church choir could use some new members! If you like to sing, consider joining our choir. It is a rewarding way to use your voice to praise God. Please talk to our interim choir director to see if our choir is the place for you.  
 
Departed Servants of God Remembered / Praying for our Loved Ones
Throughout the church year, especially during Great Lent, there are special times to remember your loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord. On Soul Saturdays, Liturgy is served with a special memorial service for souls now departed from this life. Those names are read at the Litany for the Departed.  All of the names of the departed submitted are read at services automatically, throughout the year, including the monthly group commemoration of the dead service, Panikhida/Parastas. 
 
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2022
  • July 17th
  • August 21st
  • September 18th
  • October 16th
  • November 20th
  • December 18th
 
Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat! Departed Servants of God Remembered are offered by family and friends: Sandra Compo; Stephen Nasobkow; Justine Paul and Family, Justine and Gregory; Peleszak Family; Sokoluk Family; Saverino Family; Novakovic Family; Yankovoy Family; Yuschak Family; Yurkow/Pauluch/Kaczmarczik Family; Winsky Family; Veres Family; Sumilas Family; Storey Family; Staso Family; Smarkola Family; Sevast Family; James Patrick Family; Patrick/Weber Family; Mlynar Family; Kuzmich-Lawrence Family; Kunasz Family; Kobasa/Puglia Family; Kobasa/Bergantz Family; Kauriga Family; Ervin/Taylor Family; Compo-Pratt Family; Carlin Family; Candelori Family; Marlene Blaskevitch; Sidorsky/Barth Family; Melnick Family;
 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you. 
 
Candle Requests, we will light candles in your absence at Divine Services. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax Regular $2.00 
C. Beeswax Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
 
Sponsors needed - Fresh Flowers on the tetrapod and altar – We would welcome sponsors for the fresh flowers on the tetrapod and altar. Donations help to defray the costs. Remember your loved ones by flowers “in memory of” or “in honor of” or donate just so we can beautify our church. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions. Thank you. 
 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
 
 
Fundraisers
 
Amazon Smile – and Giant Gift Cards – Two good ways to support the church all through the year – first, when you shop online on Amazon – remember to choose St Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia – at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to our church. For details on the Amazonsmile program see Ed Veres. And Giant and Shoprite gift cards are available all year round – We have an existing fundraising program where for the amount you spend at these supermarket chains, they will return a portion of your total sales to the church directly. Details upon request in the office. 
 
 
Administration
 
Cards for your Wallet – Parishioners can get a “I am an Orthodox Christian” card to keep in your wallet. Pick one up in the office.  This is good to have in case of emergencies to let people know your religious affiliation. They were donated by Tatiana Saverino Sarris from a suggestion by Marlene Blaskevitch. Thank you to our parishioners!
 
2022 Membership Dues - are being accepted in the office on Sundays, or by mailing a check to the church address. Individual adult is $75 and Family $150 (adult(s) and children). A of $50 per adult is sent onto the Patriarchal Parishes of the USA and a general donation of $25 remains in the parish. If you require further assistance, please contact office@saintmichaelsroc.org
 
2022 Church Calendars and 2022 Envelopes – 2022 church calendars and envelopes are now available. Pick them up in the church vestibule. Thank you Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendar.
 
Sunday Parking, please remember these helpful tips for parking in church lots, while attending services: 
  • Respect the available parking spaces for others; please do not leave open space between vehicles.
  • Front Small Lot is "bumper to bumper" parking. Pull completely forward when using this small lot; it is necessary to maximize its capacity.
  • Handicap Parking is available on the street "from driveway to driveway" in front of the Church on Fairmount Avenue by the city, on Sunday Only from 8AM to 4PM (limit of four hours); must have Department of Transportation/Medical Placard displayed properly.
  • On-street parking for 300 block of Fairmount Avenue is Residential Parking Permit, which means there is a 2-hour time limit for non residents. Please be advised to read all signs when parking on the streets. 
  • If you plan to leave early, please consider parking on the street; or expect to ask others to move their vehicle. 
  • Church Placard, please use & make it visible on dashboard; this helps identify cars easily by office staff.
  • Overall, please be considerate. If you have to ask someone to move or you have to move your vehicle for others to exit, please be kind and helpful.  Thank you. 
 
Update Contact Information, Please send an email to office@saintmichaelsroc.org with any updates to your address, phone number(s), email address(es) and/or preferred methods of communication for you and/or your family. 
 
Friendly Reminder, Add address, FROM <saintmichaelroc@gmail.com> to your contacts list in order for you to help these parish emails arrive directly to your inbox. Without notice, emails may be delivered into your Spam folder, so please check. Adjustments to your settings and/or filters may also be helpful. 
 
 
Community & Caring
 
Philabundance – is the focus of our Sunday school Children’s charity drive during the Apostles' Fast – Drop your non perishable food donations in our church hall during the Apostles' Fast. The Items you donate will be sent to shelters, food pantries, and after school feeding programs within our region. Donated food should be in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles and do not require refrigeration. Bread and baked goods are not good because of their shelf life. Requested Items include – canned fish, canned meats, canned stew chili, juice, breakfast cereal oatmeal, peanut butter among other items. Let’s support this important charity! 
 
 
Important Reminders
 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
 
Masks are Optional -The city of Philadelphia has lifted the indoor mask mandate therefore, masks are optional. Hand washing and hand sanitizer is available and it’s always good to be mindful of others personal space.
 
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church www.youtube.com/user/HolyTrinitySermons 
 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body. 
 
 
Thank you  
 
Thank you! Every week for the entire year there are 7-day vigil candles lit for the Large Lampada hanging above the Royal Doors; the two Lamps on the Tetrapod, and the two Lamps on the Confession Table. Thanks to the three individual families who are sponsoring these vigils for the year of 2022, in memory of their departed loved ones.
 
Thank you for joining us for a special coffee hour presented by our youth, in honor of all of our Fathers, Grandfathers, Godfathers and gentlemen in our parish family on Father's Day. 
 
June 12, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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