Palm Sunday -
Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem
St. Nicholas Bulletin - April 17, 2022
Christ is in our midst! Христос међу нама! Cristo esta entra nosotros!
Homily on the Palm Branches

from St. Andrew of Crete
Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today He returns from Bethany and proceeds of His own free will toward His holy and blessed Passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in Scripture, above every sovereignty, authority and power, and ever other name that can be named, now comes of His own free will to make His journey to Jerusalem. He comes without pomp or ostentation. As the psalmist says: "He will not dispute or raise His voice to make it heard in the streets. He will be meek and humble, and He will make His entry in simplicity."

Let us run to accompany him as he hastens toward His passion, and imitate those who met Him then, not by covering His path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before Him by being humble and by trying to live as He would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at His coming, and God, Whom no limits can contain, will be within us.

In His humility Christ entered the dark regions of our fallen world and He is glad that He became so humble for our sake, glad that He came and lived among us and shared in our nature in order to raise us up again to Himself. And even though we are told that He has now ascended above the highest heavens --the proof, surely, of His power and godhead-- His love for man will never rest until He has raised our earthborn nature from glory to glory, and made it one with His own in heaven.

So let us spread before his feet, not garments or soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in His grace, or rather, clothed completely in Him. Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the conqueror of death, not with mere branches of palms, but with the real rewards of His victory. Let our souls take the place of the welcoming branches as we join today in the children's holy song: "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel."

Let us say to Christ: "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel." Let us hold before him like palm branches those final words inscribed above the cross. Let us show him honor, not with olive branches but with the splendor of merciful deeds to one another. Let us spread the thoughts and desires of our hearts under His feet like garments, so that entering us with the whole of His bring, He may draw the whole of our being into Himself and place the whole of His in us. Let us say to Zion, do not be afraid. Behold, your king comes to you, humble and mounted on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden."

He is coming Who is everywhere present and pervades all things; He is coming to achieve in you His work of universal salvation. He is coming, Who came to call to repentance, not the righteous, but sinners, coming to recall those who have strayed into sin. Do not be afraid then: "God is in the midst of you, and you shall not be shaken."

Receive Him with open, outstretched hands, for it was on His own hands that he sketched you. Receive Him Who laid your foundations on the palms of His hands. Receive Him, for He took upon Himself all that belongs to us except sin, to consume what is ours in what is his. Be glad, city of Zion, our mother, and fear not. "Celebrate your feasts." Glorify Him for His mercy, Who has come to us in you. Rejoice exceedingly, daughter of Jerusalem, sing and leap for joy. "Be enlightened, be enlightened, we cry to you, as holy Isaiah trumpeted, for the light has come to you and the glory of the Lord has risen over you.

What kind of light is this? It is that which "enlightens every man coming into the world." It is the everlasting light, the timeless light revealed in time, the light manifested in the flesh although hidden by nature, the light that shone round the shepherds and guided the Magi. It is the light that was in the world from the beginning, through which the world was made, yet the world did not know it. It is the light which came to its own, and its own people did not receive it.

And what is this "glory of the Lord?" Clearly it is the cross upon which Christ was glorified, He, the radiance of the Father's glory, even as He said when He faced His passion: "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him, and will glorify Him at once." The glory of which He speaks here is His lifting up on the cross, for Christ's glory is His cross and His exultation upon it, as He plainly says: "When I have been lifted up, I will draw all men to myself."
~Hymnography of the Day~
Commemorating St Isidore Bishop of Seville, Venerable Theonas Archbishop of Thessalonica, St George Mtsire of Georgia, Virgin Martyr Pherbutha of Persia with her sister and servant, New Martyr Niketas of Pojani and Serres, Venerable Joseph the Hymnographer, Venerable Zosimas of Palestine, Venerable George of Mount Maleon in the Peloponnesus, Venerable Joseph the Much-Ailing of the Kiev Far Caves, Venerable Zosimas Abbot of Vorbozomsk 


Verse:  I love the Lord because He has heard the voice of my supplication. Because He inclined His ear to me; therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.
Refrain: Molitvami, Bogorodici, Spase, Spasi nas!

Verse: The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of hell laid hold on me. I suffered distress and anguish, so I called on the Name of the Lord. I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

Verse: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and into ages of ages. Amen.
Refrain: Molitvami, Bogorodici, Spase, Spasi nas!
Verse: I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” What shall I render to the Lord for all the things He has given me?
Refrain: Spasi ni Sine Božij, vozsjedij na žrebja, pojuščija Ti: Aliluja!

Verse: I will receive the cup of salvation, and call on the Name of the Lord.
Refrain: O Son of God, seated upon the foal, save us who sing to You: Alleluia!

Verse: I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people.
Refrain: Spasi ni Sine Božij, vozsjedij na žrebja, pojuščija Ti: Aliluja!

Verse: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.   
Only Begotten Son and immortal Word of God...
Verse: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever!
By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God. Like the children with the palms of victory, we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!”

Verse: Let the house of Israel say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever! Let the house of Aaron say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever!

Obščeje voskresenije prežde tvojeja strasti uvjerjaja, iz mertvih vozdvigl jesi Lazarja Hriste Bože: tjemže i mi jako otroci pobjedi znamenija posjašče Tebje pobjeditelju smerti vopijem: Osana vo višnjih, blagosloven gradij vo Imja Gospodnje.

Verse: Let those who fear the Lord say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever!
Entrance Verse: Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord! God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us!

PALM SUNDAY TROPARION—TONE 1    By raising Lazarus….
When we were buried with You in baptism, O Christ God, we were made worthy of eternal life by your Resurrection. Now we praise You and sing: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!”
Sitting on Your throne in Heaven, carried on a foal on earth, O Christ God, accept the praise of angels and the songs of children, who sing: “Blessed is He Who comes to recall Adam!”
Instead of “It is Truly Meet…”
God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us! Celebrate the feast and come with gladness! Let us magnify Christ with palms and branches, singing: “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord, our Savior!”
Communion Hymn
Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
~Scripture Readings of the Day~
Matins: Lenny Tepsic Epistle: Natalija Gligorevic
Next Week:     Matins : Choir/Milan Radanovic  Epistle: Matthew Hoover/ Anastasija Gligorevic
EPISTLE: Philippians 4: 4-9

DEACON:     Let us pay attention. 
PRIEST:        Peace be unto all!
READER:      And with your spirit!
DEACON:     Wisdom.
READER:      The Prokeimenon in the Fourth Tone: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!
CHOIR: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!
READER: v: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever!
CHOIR: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!
READER: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!
CHOIR: God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!
DEACON: Wisdom!
READER: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Philippians.
DEACON: Let us attend!
READER: Brethren, 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.
PRIEST: Peace be unto you, reader!
READER: And with your spirit! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
READER: O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
READER: All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
АПОСТОЛ:  Филипљанима 4:4-9

Ђакон:     Пазимо
Свештеник: Мир свима!
Читач:     I Духу Твоме!
Ђакон:     Премудрост
Читач : ПРОКИМЕН- глас 4 Благословен који долази у име Господње. Бог је Господ и јави се нама.
Хор: Благословен који долази у име Господње. Бог је Господ и јави се нама.
Читач: Хвалите Господа, јер је добар, јер је до вјека милост Његова.
Хор: Благословен који долази у име Господње. Бог је Господ и јави се нама.
Читач: Благословен који долази у име Господње.
Хор: Бог је Господ и јави се нама.
Ђакон: Премудрост
Читач: Читање посланице Св. Апостола Павла Филипљанима
Ђакон: Пазимо
Читач: Браћо, радујте се свагда у Господу, и опет велим: радујте се! Благост ваша нека буде позната свима људима. Господ је близу. Не брините се ни за што, него у свему молитвом и мољењем са захвалношћу казујте Богу жеље ваше. И мир Божији, који превазилази сваки ум, сачуваће срца ваша и мисли ваше у Христу Исусу. А даље, браћо, што год је истинито, што год је поштено, што год је праведно, што год је чисто, што год је достојно љубави, што год је на добру гласу, било која врлина, било што похвале достојно, то мислите; Што и научисте, и примисте и чусте и видјесте на мени, оно чините, и Бог мира биће с вама.
Свештеник: Мир свима Читачу!
Читач: I Духом Твоме! Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Читач: Појте Господу пјесму нову, јер учини чудеса.
Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Читач: Јави Господ спасење Своје, пред народима откри правду Своју.
Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
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.

Јован 12: 1-18

На шест дана прије Пасхе дође Исус у Витанију, гдје бјеше Лазар који умрије, кога он подиже из мртвих. Ондје му пак зготовише вечеру, и Марта служаше, а Лазар бјеше један од оних што сјеђаху са њим за трпезом. А Марија, узевши литру правога нардова скупоцјенога мириса, помаза ноге Исусове, и обриса косом својом ноге његове; а кућа се напуни мириса од мира. Онда рече један од ученика његових, Јуда Симонов Искариотски, који га намјераваше издати: Зашто се ово миро не продаде за триста динара и не даде сиромасима? А ово не рече што му бјеше стало до сиромаха, него што бјеше лопов, и имаше кесу, и узимаше што се меташе у њу. А Исус рече: Остави је! Она је то сачувала за дан мојега погреба; Јер сиромахе свагда имате са собом, а мене немате свагда. Дознаде пак многи народ из Јудеје да је ондје и дођоше не само ради Исуса, него и да виде Лазара кога он подиже из мртвих. А првосвештеници се договорише да и Лазара убију; Јер многи од Јудејаца долажаху због њега и вјероваху у Исуса. Сутрадан многи народ који бјеше дошао на Празник, чувши да Исус долази у Јерусалим, узеше гране од палми и изиђоше му у сретање и клицаху: Осана! Благословен који долази у име Господње, цар Израиљев! А Исус нашавши магаре усједе на њега, као што је писано: Не бој се, кћери Сионова, ево цар твој долази сједећи на магарету. Али ово не разумјеше испрва ученици његови; него када се прослави Исус, онда се сјетише да ово бјеше за њега писано, и да му ово учинише. А свједочаше народ који бјеше с њим када Лазара позва из гроба и подиже га из мртвих. Због тога му и изиђе народ у сретање, јер чу да је он учинио ово знамење.

~ The Week Ahead: Scriptures and Services ~
April Birthdays
Doni Cashman (April 3), Fr Dcn Bojan Gligorevic (April 9), Sandy Marijan (April 10), Shirley Hathaway (April 11), Sue Petrovich (April 12), Andrew Imschweiler (April 12), Parker Brosius (April 13), Philip Werner (April 16), Ava Carricato (April 17), Marina Radanovic (April 18), Jessica Barry (April 18), Nicholas Govelovich (April 20), Cameron Barber (April 21), Evan Filepas (April 22), Grant Govelovich (April 22), Sladjana Jovic (April 24), Olga Gaydebouroff (April 25), Dragan Lalovic (April 25), Fr Christopher (April 26), Barrett Bernardi (April 26), Logan Livingston (April 26), Angie Bagley (April 27), Luis Radanovic (April 30)

April Anniversaries
Bill & Ruth Yovanovich (April 3), Jelena & Justin Bowser (April 21), Russ & Amy Hewitt (April 27)
~Bulletin Board~
The Bible Study resumes on Monday May 2nd at 6:30pm. This class will be available via video chat, with a link emailed each week. Our current theme is the Old Testament readings for the Feasts of Holy Annunciation, Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday.
The St Nicholas Seniors organization is having an R&K Sub Sale fundraiser. Orders are due TODAY, April 17 and will be ready for pick-up on Friday, April 29 between 4:30 and 6:30 in the Church Social Hall. Cost is $6.50 for subs and $5.50 for pretzel sandwiches. Order forms will be on the tutor’s stand or you can call Sue Petrovich at 717-944-1258 (home) or 717-614-3114 (cell) to order, or turn order forms into the office. Make checks payable to “St Nicholas Seniors”. Payment is due at time of ordering.
Sotaya is keeping its tradition and will be selling peanut butter and coconut Easter eggs. The eggs POSNO (vegan) or REGULAR will be $3 each and can be coated in your choice of white, milk, or dark chocolate. Thank you in advance for supporting the youth of our church!
Sign up for the guarding of Christ’s Tomb from the Burial Vespers until the Resurrection Service. This is a noble and prayerful way to participate in Christ’s death and burial, so we may also participate in His Glorious Resurrection. Email Father Chris at or call the parish house at 717.939.0251 to schedule your time.
The Pascha Nocturne will begin at 10pm on Holy Saturday, April 23, not 11pm.
If you are interested in getting a ride to the Paschal Service, please sign-up in the office. If you would like to volunteer to help get people to church, please sign-up in the office. The Church office number is: 717.939.3872. Church email:
All Kolo Srpskih Sestara members are asked to donate RED COLORED EGGS (only red please) for distribution on Pascha. They will be collected in the church lobby before Liturgy on Pascha, or they may be left in the kitchen refrigerator on Friday or Saturday prior to services. Anyone is welcome to donate, you do not have to be a member of the Kolo Sestara to donate!
The Mother’s Club is requesting donations of candy filled, money filled or coupon filled plastic eggs for the Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday (April 24) after Agape Vespers. Please bring eggs in no later than Palm Sunday (April 17). Thank you!
If you would like to make Pascha donations for red candles, wine, incense, rose oil or olive oil, please contact Daria in the church office. If you would like the item for the health of someone or in memory of someone, please have your request in by TODAY, April 17 for it to appear in the Pascha bulletin.
The Serbian-American Club is once again offering a scholarship to a graduating high school senior continuing their education. The guidelines and application can be found on the Tutors stand in the Narthex. Application deadline is May 1, 2022. The Club is accepting additional scholarship donations which will be added to the amount already collected for the scholarship. If you are interested in donating, see Chris Radanovic.
We have a great pleasure to host our brothers and sisters from our sister parish from Lackawana NY this coming July 6th and 7th. In conjunction with their group of children and parents on July 6th we are organizing a trip to the Sight and Sound theatre in Lancaster to see "David", followed by dinner and fellowship at our church, and the lecture from visiting priest Fr. Vladislav Golić, and on the 7th we will have the Liturgy at 9am and then go to the Hershey Park for the rest of the day. We are inviting everybody to join us, children, parents, grandparents, and friends, just let us know by the end of April, so we can buy the tickets and plan accordingly. For more details and questions please see or call Dn. Bojan. 717-333-6258
This year's Paschal Messenger will be sent via e-mail during this week. Hard copies will be available at Church next Sunday for those without e-mail.
Stewardship Reflection
Palm Sunday
Come, O faithful, let us pass from one holy feast to another! Let us hasten from the palms and branches to the solemn celebration of Christ's saving Passion! We shall see Him voluntarily suffer for our sake! Let us offer Him a fitting hymn of thanksgiving: "Fountain of tender mercy and haven of salvation, O Lord, glory to You!"

The Palm Sunday Evening Vesper service includes many hymns that reflect upon Christ and His entry from Palm Sunday to Holy Week. When reading the above hymn, we are drawn to the words voluntary, suffer and Salvation. Jesus Christ died for our sins - He died on the Cross for our Salvation. He did this voluntarily and suffered for all the sins that were committed in this world. Why, then, do we question Stewardship or the care and support of our Church when we so visibly can see what Christ went through for us? Do we voluntarily give of our Time, Talents and Treasures? Do we suffer to help our parish like Christ suffered? Do we reflect upon our own Salvation and the fact that we will be judged by Jesus based upon our works and what we have done with what God has provided for us?

By His stripes, we are healed!
 Цветна Недеља 
Приђите верни пређимо од једног светог празника на други! Брзо пређимо од палмових гранчица на свечано прослављање Христовог спасоносног страдања! Видећемо Га како добровољно старда за наше спасење! Подајмо Њему само достојне хвале песму Изворе велике милости и небо спасења, Господе слава Теби.

Вечерње богослужење на Цветну Недељу има много химни које говоре о Христу и Његовом уласку у Јерусалим и Недељи Страдања. Када читамо ову химну , прво што нам привлачи пажњу је обровољно страдање и Спасење. Исус Христос је умро за наше грехове - Он је умро на Крсту за наше спасење. Он је ово добровољно урадио и патио за све наше грехове. Зашто онда, се ми неслажемо са Старатељством или не бринемо се за Цркву када је тако јасно и видљиво шта је Христос урадио за нас? Да ли ми добровољно волонтирамо наше Време, Таленте и Новац ? Да ли ми патимо да помогнемо нашу парохију како је Христос патио? Да ли се мо осврнемо да наше Спасење и чињеницу да ће мо бити осуђени од Бога за сва наша дела и за све што смо учинили са даровима које нам је Бог дао? 

Његовим ранама ми смо исцељени!
April Charity
Bethesda Women and Children's Center

A House of Refuge
For over 34 years Bethesda Women and Children’s Mission has offered a place of healing, change, and hope for women in need of addiction recovery, safety and stability, a new start in life, and place where they can call home.
A House of Change
A Christ-Centered facility, we offer hope to those searching for their purpose and their place in this world, by offering an array of programs and services geared toward reconciliation, renewal and change. Our initial Discipleship and Recovery program is at least ONE YEAR long, and upon completion, women have the option to move to into our Transitional Living Program before moving out on their own.
A House of Healing
We have found that a long-termed recovery program is successful when each individual is permitted to rest, reflect, renew, and re-enter. Time to heal, encouragement for others, and new experiences assist in offering new life to those that come through our doors.
A House of Hope
In addition to internal programming, we utilize local social, medical, and educational services to help each new person to set attainable goals during their stay. Some women, after completing our programming either return to the workforce or continue their education at our local college. Many of our graduates remain in contact through calls, mentoring, or volunteering of their time.

Lenten Almsgiving
Worthwhile Projects with the IOCC
In response to the crisis in Ukraine, IOCC is working with partners in country and across the region to address immediate needs while also looking ahead and planning for longer-term response. Initial work in Ukraine includes providing generators, fuel, and other emergency supplies to a humanitarian partner. IOCC is also coordinating with partners on the ground in Romania and Moldova who are serving refugees arriving from Ukraine. We’ve deployed staff to the area and are working with local churches to provide emergency supplies including food, water, mattresses, blankets and other bedding, baby food, wipes, and diapers, plus other hygiene and sanitary items. You can serve people affected by the Ukraine crisis with a gift today to IOCC's Ukraine Crisis Response Fund. Please help us raise $1 million to help those in need. Thank you.

In Kosovo, IOCC works to provide the foundations for stronger communities, building schools and agricultural facilities that make life better for those in need.

Please join IOCC’s Chairman of the Board, Jasmina T. Boulanger, in supporting this work as IOCC invests in a brighter tomorrow. Whether through repairing or equipping a school, expanding the Church’s agricultural facilities, or helping farmers increase their productivity, together, we are serving people in the spirit of Christ’s love.