Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

St. Nicholas Bulletin - July 24, 2022

Christ is in our midst! Христос међу нама! Cristo está entre nosotros!

Homily on Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

by St. Anthony of Sourozh

In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

A man was brought to the Lord Jesus Christ, paralyzed, by four of his friends. And Christ, seeing their faith, said to him that he could be healed.

There are two things in this story which I would like you to think about. The one is that this man was ill, he was in need; perhaps he was unable either to express his need, or to express the faith that he had in the possibility of healing; but his friends had faith: faith in Christ, faith in His power to heal, to make whole. And they took this man and brought him to the Lord.

But their faith would not have been sufficient; many were paralyzed, many were sick who did not find friends who would bring them to the healer. It is not only their faith in Christ, it is also their love to their friend that prompted them to act. And again, it is because this man, in the years when he was whole, was able to call out love, friendship, devotion, faithfulness in their hearts that in the hour of need they came to his rescue.

Here are two lessons for us; the one is that we can bring forth the needs of people — physical, spiritual and other needs; we can bring forth their needs to God if we have faith in His healing power, and our faith can open the gates of salvation for those who perhaps have not enough faith, who might not even be able to say, ‘I believe, Lord, help my unbelief — those who doubt, those who hesitate, those who are uncertain that we can bring them to the Lord. But this is possible only if the person in need has created in us, called out in us love; a love so personal, so faithful that we prove capable of acting. Or perhaps, if our life in Christ is deep enough that God has sawn into our hearts so much of His own compassion, of His own love that we can turn to the unknown, turn to whom we have never heard of, prompted by nothing but by his or her need, and bring him or her to God unto salvation, unto healing.

We must remember both the necessity for us to become capable of love and capable of calling out love around us. And also we must learn to have the daring of faith when we see need around us, and bring it to the Only One Who can resolve it, Who can heal, Who can make whole not only bodies, and minds, and souls, but the complex relationship between people.

Here is a calling, here is a vocation for us; let us pay attention to what God says to us in this Gospel, in this Good News of the power of love, divine and human, and the power of faith to which God’s love and mercy responds. Amen.

~Hymnography of the Day~

Commemorating Equal–to-the-Apostles Blessed Great Princess Olga, Finding of the Relics of St Hilarion Archbishop of Verey, Greatmartyr Euphemia the All-praised, Hieromartyr Kindeos the Presbyter of Pamphylia, New Monastic Martyr Nikodemos of Albania, Transfer of the Relics of St Barbara, Venerable Arcadius of Novotorsk




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.


Truly you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; your humility exalted you; your poverty enriched you. Hierarch Father Nicholas, entreat Christ our God that our souls may be saved.


Giving your mind the wings of divine understanding, you soared above visible creation seeking God the Creator of all. When you had found Him, you received rebirth through baptism. As one who enjoys the Tree of Life, you remain eternally incorrupt, ever-glorious Olga.


You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator, and destroying the sting of death. You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we cry to You: “O Lord, save us!”


Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant Advocate before the Creator; despise not the cry of us sinners, but come speedily to help those who call on You in faith. Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for You always protect those who honor You!


~Scripture Readings of the Day~


Matins: Nicholas Ressetar Epistle: Natalija Gligorevic

Matins Next Week: Milan Radanovic Epistle Next Week: Nick Govelovich

EPISTLE: Romans 12: 6-14


DEACON:     Let us pay attention. 

PRIEST:       Peace be unto all!

READER:     And with your spirit!

DEACON:     Wisdom.

READER:     The Prokeimenon in the Fifth Tone: You, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.

CHOIR: You, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.

READER: v: Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any that is godly!

CHOIR: You, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.

READER: You, O Lord, shall protect us ...

CHOIR: … and preserve us from this generation forever.

DEACON: Wisdom!

READER: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.

DEACON: Let us attend!

READER: Brethren, 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.

PRIEST: Peace be unto you, reader!

READER: And with your spirit! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: I will sing of Your mercies, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Your truth from generation to generation.

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: For You have said: “Mercy will be established forever; My truth will be prepared in the heavens.”

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!




АПОСТОЛ:  Римљанима  12: 6-14

Ђакон:         Пазимо

Свештеник: Мир свима!

Читач:           I Духу Твоме!

Ђакон:          Премудрост

Читач : ПРОКИМЕН- глас 5 Ти ћеш нас, Господе, одбранити и сачувати од рода овога до вјека.

Хор: Ти ћеш нас, Господе, одбранити и сачувати од рода овога до вјека.

Читач: Помилуј ме Господе, јер неста Светих, јер је мало вјерних међу синовима човјечијим.

Хор: Ти ћеш нас, Господе, одбранити и сачувати од рода овога до вјека.

Читач: Ти ћеш нас, Господе, одбранити 

Хор: и сачувати од рода овога до вјека.

Ђакон: Премудрост

Читач: Читање је од посланице Светог апостола Павла до Римљанима

Ђакон: Пазимо

Читач: Браћо, имамо пак различите дарове по благодати која нам је дата: ако је пророштво, нека је по мјери вјере; Ако је служба, нека је у служењу; учитељство, нека је у учењу; Ако је тјешитељ, нека тјеши; који даје, нека даје искрено; који управља, нека је ревностан; који чини милостињу, нека чини радосно. Љубав да не буде лицемјерна. Мрзећи зло држите се добра. У братољубљу будите једни према другима њежни; чашћу чините једни друге већим од себе. У ревности не будите лијени: будите духом ватрени; Господу служите. Будите у нади радосни y невољи трпељиви, у молитви постојани. Помажите светима у потребама; будите гостољубиви. Благосиљајте оне који вас гоне, благосиљајте а не куните.

Свештеник: Мир свима Читачу!

Читач: I Духом Твоме! Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Пјеваћу увјек милости Господње; од кољена на кољено јавићу истину Твоју устима својим.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Јер си рекао: Милост ће бити основана заувјек; на Небесима си утврдио истину Своју.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа



Matthew 9: 1-8

At that time, 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.



Матеј 9: 1-8

У оно вријеме, Исус уђе у лађу, пређе и дође у свој град. И гле, донесоше му одузетога који лежаше на одру. И видјевши Исус вјеру њихову, рече одузетоме: Не бој се, чедо, опраштају ти се гријеси твоји. И гле, неки од књижевника рекоше у себи: Овај хули на Бога. А Исус, видјевши помисли њихове, рече: Зашто ви зло мислите у срцима својим? Јер шта је лакше, рећи: Опраштају ти се гријеси; или рећи: Устани и ходи? Али да знате да власт има Син Човјечији на земљи опраштати гријехе; тада рече одузетоме: Устани, узми одар свој и иди дому своме. И уставши отиде дому своме. А народ видјевши задиви се и прослави Бога, који је дао такву власт људима.



~ The Week Ahead: Scriptures and Services ~

6th Sunday after Pentecost

July 24, 2021

Romans 12: 6-14

Matthew 9: 1-8

8am Matins

9am Liturgy

Father Chris Serving at Camp during the following week.


July 25, 2022

I Corinthians 5:9-6:11

Matthew 13: 54-58

7pm Serb Club Meeting


July 26, 2022

I Corinthians 6:20-7:12

Matthew 14: 1-13


July 27, 2022

I Corinthians 7: 12-24

Matthew 14:35-15:11


July 28, 2022

I Corinthians 7: 24-35

Matthew 15: 12-21


July 29, 2022

I Corinthians 7:35-8:7

Matthew 44-54


July 30, 2022

Galatians 3:23-4:5

Mark 5: 24-34

1pm Choir Retreat

5pm Vespers

7th Sunday after Pentecost

July 31, 2021

Romans 15: 1-7

Matthew 9: 27-35

8am Matins

9am Liturgy

"Cherubic Hymn No. 3"

Dirigent: V. Polyansky

Composer: P. I. Tchaikovsky


Sixth Resurrection Gospel: Luke 24: 36-53

At that time, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.  And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?  Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”  So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence. Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And you are witnesses of these things.  Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.  Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.  And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.



~Prayers for the Faithful~

In Our Prayers

Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop Youhanna, Protopresbyter Srboljub and Protinica Ljubica Jockovic, Protopresbyter Rodney Torbic, Popadija Sara Golic, Matushka Barbara Ealy, the child Katie Elizabeth and her parents Mileva and Michael Repasky, the child Metodija and his parents Fr. Dn. Milan and Mira Damljanovic, the child Danijela and her parents Mark and Jennifer Belo, Melissa Thomason and the child newly born of her, Clare Jurkovic and the child newly born of her, Lauren Spangler and the child to be born of her, Mara Bebeau and the child to be born of her, Addy Andy, Louise Bare, Dori Bert, Jonathan Bertsch, Darlene & Larry Black, Carole Blitva, Stephan and Barbara Blitva, Walter “Bud” Brown, Guiliana & Aleksandar Carricato, Leann Cox, Joseph Derk, Art Dils, Draga Donato, Tommy and Kara (Blitva) Dorsey, Anaya Garvin, Christian & Melanie Geib, Michael Geppert III, Dr Andrea Govelovich, Nick & Terry Govelovich, Kata Gruich, Dan Haizlett, Basil Havalchak, Travis Heilman, Adam Herigan, Edith Herigan, Nicole Stefan Imschweiler, Susan Jacobs, Tijana Jaksic, Slobodan Jovicic, Spencer Klinge, Ljuban Kosovac, Dorothy Krnjaich, Henry Laichak, Peter Lalic, Dragan Lalovic, Stella Wren Lappas, Catherine Lewis, Maggie Livingston, Stephen Lundingrin, Sandy Marijan, Dianne & Jim Martin, Rowan Martin, Jack McFall, Annabelle McLaughlin, Marija Miljkovic, Daria Milletics, Infant of God Ryan Leigh Moffitt, Peter Mrgich, George Myers, Patty Navarro, Bosiljka Ninkovic, Eva Orr, Lila Packer, Daniel Paddock, Ned Pantelich, Vid & Marica Pejcic, Hope Pesner, Tracy Petrovich, Logan Roszkowski, Greg Selman, Michael Schaffner, Michael Semic, Steven Semic, Benjamin Shaffer, Tessa Shaffer, Pat Shoemaker, Branko Smitran, Tracey Stanovich, Tim Stefan, Josephine Svitchan, Patricia & Joseph Sypniewski, Leonard Tepsich, Leroy Tepsich Jr, Edie & Michael “Bo” Venesevich, Rita Vorkapich, Kristina Vukalo, Steve Vulich, Paula Werner, Draga Worman, Dewey Yetter, Mileva “Millie” Yezdimir, Demetrios & Eleni Ziogas, Miriam “Mim” Codan Ziolkowski


Those Who Need Special Care 


Those to be Baptized

Sloane Ivey Semic, Emilia Renee Peterson, Barrett Scott, Divna and Danica Mitrovic, Nora Katherine Van Huysen, Sloane York, Logan Michael Livingston 

Our College Students

Anastasija Gligorevic, Cayden Healy, Matthew Hoover, Sophia Mummert, Kobe Petrovich, Christina Radanovic, Ioanna Radanovic, Kyranna Radanovic, Maxim Reznitchenko, Madison Vorkapich


Our Dearly Departed Loved Ones

Hieromonk Nektarios, Priest Ioan Comanescu, Protinica Miryana Trbuhovich, Protinica Donna Merick, Elizabeth Rupich, Margaret Radanovic, Frederick Miroslav Pantelich, Milan Martich


~Vigils Offered~

PAUL KESSLER Offered by his Kumovi Dave, Daria, Jason & Sarah in celebration of his birthday (July 30). May God grant him good health and Many Years! Mnogaja Ljeta! 

DARLENE BLACK Offered with love by the Barber & Geib Families for God’s Blessings during her recovery. We pray that He will bless her with good health. Our Love & Prayers are with her.

MICHAEL GEPPERT Offered prayerfully by Mom & Dad for improvement in health and God’s blessings and loving care during his recovery.

†FRANCIS X BRESCIA SR Offered with love and in remembrance of his repose (22 years—July 24) by Frank & Marie Brescia and family. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†MARIJA MARY YANICH Offered in loving memory of Mom/Mom-Mom/Aunt Mary (3 years—July 25) with prayers that our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ shelters her where there is no sickness nor sorrow nor sighing but life everlasting. Offered with deep love and abiding respect by Danilo, Rose, Tosh, Tosha, Emily, Braydon, Victoria and her nieces and nephews. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†PETER & †BETTY GRUICH Offered in loving memory of their repose (July 27, 1977 and July 26, 1978). Given by the family.   Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†CYNTHIA COOK BOGNOLO Offered in loving memory of Cindy, college roommate and long time family friend (2 years—July 27). Give rest, O Lord, to the soul of dear Cindy in a place of brightness, peace and refreshment where all sickness, sighing and sorrow are gone and there is Your everlasting Light & Life. Given by Beba and the Yanich and Matich family. Memory Eternal! Vjecnaja Pamjat! 

Please continue to pray for all of those currently being persecuted for Christ's sake in Kosovo, Metohija, Montenegro, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Sudan, China, North Korea, for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ suffering throughout the world, especially in Ukraine, that they might be comforted with the Joy of our Lord, and for all of those suffering from the pandemic, for those who minister, and for those who are unjustly persecuted that they may be strengthened by the love of Christ which knows no race.  


Stewardship Offering Information

Date 7/17/2022

Collection: $5,175.00

Date 7/10/2022

Collection: $3,360.00

Date 7/3/2022

Collection: $3,305.00

July Birthdays

Edie Venesevich (July 6), Jovanka Shaffer (July 7), Christian Gunther (July 8), Sloane Ivey Semic (July 8), Cindy Semic (July 10), Kyle Barber (July 10), Faith Kingsbury (July 10), Duke Petrovich (July 11), Paula Werner (July 11), Bo Hudson Paddock (July 11), Melania Skinder (July 12), Andrea Gunther (July 13), Jazmin Cruz (July 13), Pam Healy (July 14), Jevgenija Radanovic (July 16), Lenny Tepsich Jr (July 16), Alana Tepsich (July 17), Igor Skinder (July 18), Katya Kotchneva (July 18), Milan Radanovic (July 22), Paul Kessler (July 30), Erik Barber (July 31), Jovan Grujic, Bojan Lazarevic

July Anniversaries

Chloe & Dennis Ruff (July 17)

~Bulletin Board~


Please contact Proto Ilija Balach in case of a pastoral emergency Monday, July 25 through Saturday July 30: 425.736.3016.


There will be a “Mini-Retreat” for the SSS Marinkovich on Saturday, July 30 from 1pm until 6pm. The choir will be singing the Vespers service that evening. All singers are encouraged to attend. If you have been looking for a time to join in—this is it! 


The Sisters will be having a meeting after Liturgy on Sunday, August 7th, in the library. All members are urged to attend.


Please join the St Nicholas Mothers Club for their 65th (plus 1) Slava on August 28th to celebrate the Holy Dormition of the Mother of God. Everyone is invited to a slava brunch after church.


Our Annual Serb Fest is September 17 beginning at 11 am! If you are willing to help get the word out and distribute fliers around the area, please see Daria. There will also be available fliers in the church lobby (help yourself). And a big Thank You in advance.


Our SOTAYA Group is once again selling frozen packs of cevapi at $15/pack (2 pounds, 32 pieces). To order see Dn. Bojan Gligorevic or call the office at 717-939-3872


Please bring any unwanted books to the Church for a book sale to take place during SerbFest to benefit the Seniors. Boxes will be on the table in the lobby for your books. You may take boxes home to pack up your books to bring to church. Please no romance novels. Children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, cookbooks, cocktail table books, self-improvement, DIY/how to books are welcome!


The next meeting of the Senior’s will be held in September. Anyone 50+ is invited to join. Monthly luncheon meetings are held. Dues are $5 per year. Please consider joining us… Come and see!



Thank you for all of your help! The flowerbeds look wonderful! Please keep up the good work this summer as needed.


Please look in the Coat Room for any personal items of yours that may have been left. Any items left after August 31 will be donated.

July 2022 Calendar

July Charity

Monastery New Marcha


On July 26, Monastery Marcha celebrates its Slava, the Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel, so it is fitting that the monastery is our Charity Sunday recipient this month. It is the first monastery established for Serbian Orthodox nuns in the United States and was begun in 1975 by His Grace, the late Bishop Dr. Sava. Its inspiration was the original 17th century Monastery Marcha of Serbia, destroyed by war twice in the 20th century. From modest beginnings, Monastery Marcha has grown. In addition to the new monastery church erected in 2001, there is a residence and lodgings for visiting monastics. The weekly Divine Liturgy is celebrated by nearby clergy. Mother Anna, of blessed memory, was the first American-born Serbian Orthodox nun who took residence at Monastery Marcha, and we, at St. Nicholas Church, counted Mother Anna as our dear friend. We have been blessed to have had her visit with us. Monastery Marcha’s main income is derived from the sale of candles, prayer ropes and other religious articles. If you travel to the Cleveland, Ohio area, plan to visit Monastery Marcha in nearby Richfield. It is a beautiful and uplifting spiritual site and visitors are welcomed with great warmth and hospitality. 


You can send an email to the Monastery at

Monastery Marcha, 5095 Broadview Road, Richfield, OH 44286, (330) 659-3809