Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

St. Nicholas Bulletin - July 31, 2022

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

Homily on Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

by Iguman Tikhon

In the Epistle appointed for this Sunday, we hear St. Paul instructing us in a very important truth concerning the Holy Scriptures: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Such an understanding of the Scriptures is absolutely foundational to the Christian life: the Divine Scriptures are not merely stories about events that occurred halfway around the world many thousands of years ago, nor are they a collection of abstract and intellectual propositions concerning abstruse systems of theology. No, quite the contrary: every single word written in the Scriptures has a direct and immediate relevance for every human soul. Indeed, each line in Sacred Scripture is far more significant and vital than all the worldly concerns and preoccupations which we so often assume to constitute “real life.”

Yet the true meaning of St. Paul’s saying that “we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” can only be apprehended by paying attention to what he had just exhorted us to do in the preceding sentence: “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, the reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.” In other words, the comfort and hope of the Scriptures consist precisely in their call to ascetic self-denial and to the patient and joyful bearing of reproaches, in imitation of the radical and self-emptying love shown to us by Christ our True God.

What a striking contrast this is to the wisdom of the world, and to the false and comfortable doctrines of the pseudo-Christianity which we see everywhere around us today. In fact, the modern world can even be summarized as being the systematic effort to maximize pleasure and to eliminate reproach. Nothing could possibly be so scandalous to the modern world as to teach that pleasure is harmful and that reproaches are needful. Yet such is the message of the Gospel. Such is the way of the Cross. And it is precisely through the Cross that joy has come to all the world.

Because for all its pleasures, the modern world knows precious little of joy. For all its globalism, multiculturalism, and unprecedented technological interconnectedness, the modern age is nevertheless defined precisely by loneliness and isolation. The more the world has attained to outward and obvious progress and success, the more it has suffered from a hidden and inward decay and death. Everything has come to pass according to the sure and certain word of the Lord: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.”

Here is the one and only way in which “we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”: in the laying down of our life for the sake of Christ. Our comfort is not in the empty pleasures of this world. Our hope is not in the vain desires of this world. Our comfort is to suffer the sufferings of Christ. Our hope is to die the death of Christ. Our joy is to love with the love of Christ, a love which is totally self-emptying and which holds absolutely nothing back.

So if we find ourselves without comfort, if we find ourselves lacking in patience, if we find ourselves unable to perceive our hope, then let us ask ourselves one simple question: have I truly been striving to serve others, or have I merely been pleasing myself? If we find ourselves depressed or dry or forlorn, let us ask ourselves: have I been following the holy example of our Lord Jesus Christ and bearing patiently and joyfully the reproaches of others, or have I instead been following the example of the world in desiring only honor, love, and praise, no matter how little such is deserved?

In the Gospel appointed for this Sunday, Christ heals two blind men and, in His divine humility, warns them not to speak to anyone about this miracle. Afterward he heals a man who is demon-possessed, only to be slandered by the Pharisees who accuse Him of accomplishing this by being in league with Satan. Thus the Savior by His own life and example perfectly illustrates the teaching given in the Epistle by St. Paul: He labors patiently and lovingly for the sake of others, while avoiding praise and peacefully accepting the vilest and most unjust of reproaches. Let us, then, who wish to participate in His divine life participate also in His deeds and, above all, in His humility.

If we only make a beginning in this, then the Lord will by no means fail to quickly send to us patience, comfort, and hope. And we will realize the truth stated by Abbot Nikon (Vorobiev): “when we have cleansed ourselves with repentance, we shall see that the misfortunes sent to us were actually signs of the Lord’s mercy and love for us. And we shall understand that we need these more than all the good things of the world.” To our God be honor and dominion, always, now and ever and unto the ages of ages.

~Hymnography of the Day~

Commemorating Martyr Emilian of Silistria in Bulgaria, Martyr Hyacinthus of Amastridea, Nun-martyr Barbara, Hieromartyr Kozman, Venerable John the Long-Suffering of the Kiev Near Caves, Venerable Pambo the Recluse of the Kiev Far Caves, Venerable Pambo the Hermit of Egypt, Grand Duchess Elizabeth





The angelic powers were at Your tomb; the guards became as dead men. Mary stood by Your grave, seeking Your most pure body. You took captive hell, not being tempted by it. You came to the Virgin, granting life. O Lord, Who rose from the dead, glory to You.


You are most glorious, O Christ our God, You have established the Fathers as lights upon the earth, and through them, You have guided all of us to the true Faith! O greatly compassionate one, glory to You.


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.


Holy martyr Emilian, you defended the Church against the idolatry of the pagans. Because of your faith in Christ, you were martyred by fire and through a glorious death received your crown. Pray to Christ God that He may grant us great mercy.


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.


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: Milan Radanovic Epistle: Nick Govelovich

Matins Next Week: Milan Radanovic Epistle Next Week: Stefan Gligorevic

EPISTLE: Romans 15: 1-7


DEACON:      Let us pay attention. 

PRIEST:        Peace be unto all!

READER:      And with your spirit!

DEACON:      Wisdom.

READER:      The Prokeimenon in the Sixth Tone: O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance!

CHOIR: O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance!

READER: v: To You, O Lord, will I call. O my God, be not silent to me!

CHOIR: O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance!

READER: O Lord, save Your people ...

CHOIR: … and bless Your inheritance!

DEACON: Wisdom!

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

DEACON: Let us attend!

READER: Brethren, we then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.  Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

PRIEST: Peace be unto you, reader!

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

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the heavenly God.

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: He will say to the Lord: “My Protector and my Refuge; my God, in Whom I trust.”

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!





АПОСТОЛ:  Римљанима  15: 1-7

Ђакон:          Пазимо

Свештеник: Мир свима!

Читач:           I Духу Твоме!

Ђакон:           Премудрост

Читач : ПРОКИМЕН- глас 6 Спаси, Господе, народ Свој и благослови наследство Своје.

Хор: Спаси, Господе, народ Свој и благослови наследство Своје.

Читач: Теби, Господе Боже мој, вапим: немој ме оставити без одговора.

Хор: Спаси, Господе, народ Свој и благослови наследство Своје.

Читач: Спаси, Господе, народ Свој

Хор: и благослови наследство Своје.

Ђакон: Премудрост

Читач: Читање је од посланице Светог апостола Павла до Римљанима

Ђакон: Пазимо

Читач: Браћо, дужни смо пак ми јаки слабости слабих носити, и не себи угађати. Сваки од нас нека угађа ближњему на добро ради напретка. Јер и Христос не угоди себи, него као што је писано: Ружења оних који руже тебе падоше на мене. Јер што се раније написа за нашу се поуку написа, да кроз трпљење и утјехом Писма имамо наду. А Бог трпљења и утјехе нека вам да исто да мислите међу собом по Христу Исусу, Да би једнодушно, једним устима славили Бога и Оца Господа нашега Исуса Христа. Зато примајте један другога. као што је и Христос примио вас на славу Божију.

Свештеник: Мир свима Читачу!

Читач: I Духом Твоме! Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Који живи у закону Вишњега, у сјени Свемогућега почива.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Говори Господу: Ти си уточиште моје и бранич мој, Бог мој, у кога се уздам.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа



Matthew 9: 27-35

At that time, when Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”  And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.”  But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.



Матеј 9: 27-35

А када је Исус одлазио оданде, за њим иђаху два слијепца вичући и говорећи: Помилуј нас, сине Давидов! А када дође у кућу, приступише му слијепци, и рече им Исус: Вјерујете ли да могу то учинити? А они му рекоше: Да, Господе. Тада се дохвати очију њихових говорећи: По вјери вашој нека вам буде. И отворише им се очи. И запријети им Исус говорећи: Гледајте да нико не дозна! А они изишавши, разгласише га по свој земљи оној. Када пак они излажаху, гле, доведоше му човјека нијема и бјесомучна. И пошто изагна демона, проговори нијеми. И дивљаше се народ говорећи: Никада се то није видјело у Израиљу. А фарисеји говораху: Помоћу кнеза демонског изгони демоне. И прохођаше Исус по свим градовима и селима учећи по синагогама њиховим и проповиједајући јеванђеље о Царству, и исцјељујући сваку болест и сваку немоћ у народу.



~ The Week Ahead: Scriptures and Services ~

7th Sunday after Pentecost

July 31, 2021

Romans 15: 1-7

Matthew 9: 27-35

8am Matins

9am Liturgy


August 1, 2022

I Corinthians 9: 13-18

Matthew 16: 1-6


August 2, 2022

Feast of the Holy Prophet Elijah

James 5: 10-20

Luke 4: 22-30

9am Liturgy


August 3, 2022

I Corinthians 10: 12-22

Matthew 16: 20-24


August 4, 2022

I Corinthians 10:28-11:7

Matthew 16: 24-28

6:30pm Choir Rehearsal


August 5, 2022

I Corinthians 11: 8-22

Matthew 17: 10-18


August 6, 2022


Romans 13: 1-10

Matthew 12: 30-37

10am Hierarchical Liturgy at Shadeland Camp

No Vespers

8th Sunday after Pentecost

August 7, 2021

I Corinthians 1: 10-18

Matthew 14: 14-22

8am Matins

9am Liturgy

Serb Club Slava

to follow

Kolo Srpska Sestara/ Circle of Serbian Sisters Meeting

Blessing of vehicles upon departure from Church property

"Cherubic Hymn"

St. Innocent Academy Choir

Composer: L'vovsky, Greek Chant


Seventh Resurrection Gospel: John 20: 1-10

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb.  So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.  And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.  For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.  Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.



~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, Jazmin Cruz 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, Ljubomir Pejanovic, 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, Protinica Miryana Trbuhovich, Protinica Donna Merick, Elizabeth Rupich, Margaret Radanovic, Frederick Miroslav Pantelich


~Parastos Offered~

†PETER BARBER, SR Offered today after Divine Liturgy in loving memory of his repose (50 years—Today) by the Foltz, Barber and Geib families.  

~Vigils Offered~

KYLE BARBER Offered in joyous celebration of his 16th birthday (July 10). May God grant you good health & happiness. With much love, Baba & Pap Pap. Mnogaja Ljeta! Many Years!

ERIK BARBER Offered in joyful celebration of his birthday (July 31). With much love, Mom & Dad. Mnogaja Ljeta! Many Years!

TIMOTHY HOOK Offered in joyful celebration of Tim’s birthday (August 1) with prayers for his safety and well-being and with gratitude for his service with the PA State Police and his proud role as Baylor’s Daddy. May the Lord guide Tim in making wise and compassionate decisions, keep him safe and grant him serenity of spirit. Much love from Kaitlyn, Baylor, Kum John, Kuma Beba, the family and Kumovi. Mnogaja Ljeta! Many Years!

KAITLYN WENNER HOOK Offered in happy celebration of Kait’s birthday (August 2) with prayers for continued success in her nursing career and her cherished role as Baylor’s Mommy. May she always feel Christ’s comforting grace and carry His healing presence to all she serves. Much love from Tim, Baylor, Kum Gregory, Kuma Beba, the family and Kumovi. Mnogaja Ljeta! Many Years!

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.

†PETER BARBER, SR  Offered in loving memory of our Father, Grandfather & Great-Grandfather (50 years—July 31). Always in our hearts and prayers. Sadly missed by the Foltz, Barber and Geib families. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†MARIA REZNITCHENKO Offered by the Reznitchenko family in loving memory of her repose (5 years—August 1). May God give her rest where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, but life everlasting. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

PEOPLE OF UKRAINE – Offering prayers for all who are on the front lines defending the country, for those who are risking their lives to serve others, for those who are grieving, suffering and are victims of this war. For all who left as refugees and for those who stayed, living in war zones. May the Peace of Christ comfort them in this affliction. Praying for servicemen, civilians and children who have lost their lives because of the war in Ukraine. May God give them rest where there is neither sickness nor sorrow, but life everlasting. Especially praying for newly departed Yaroslav, father of two young children who died defending Ukraine. Memory Eternal!

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 7/24/2022

Collection: $2,595.00

Date 7/17/2022

Collection: $5,175.00

Date 7/10/2022

Collection: $3,360.00

August Birthdays

Ross Spangler (Aug 1), Tim Hook (Aug 1), Father Ilija Balach (Aug2), Kaitlyn Hook (Aug 2), Jela Nonkovic (Aug 3), Ted Yanich (Aug 4), Mike Healy (Aug 5), Chris Radanovic (Aug 7), Cathy Fagan (Aug 7), Dieter Geib (Aug 7), Igor Pejcic (Aug 7), Heather Heilman (Aug 9), Russ Hewitt (Aug 9), Bo Venesevich (Aug 11), Ioanna Radanovic (Aug 11), Theodore Sukernik (Aug 11), Victoria Fithian (Aug 11), Tracey Stanovich (Aug 15), Eva Sutkliffe (Aug 15), Marina Skinder (Aug 20), Stefan Gligorevic (Aug 21), Chase Hewitt (Aug 23), Chuck Belic (Aug 25), Vaciona Petrovich (Aug 25), Ferris Atty (Aug 27), Maryann Seiders (Aug 28), Chuck Miller (Aug 30), Florence Ivanoff


August Anniversaries

Chris & Beth Ann Radanovic (Aug 1), Duke & Sue Petrovich (Aug 9), Chuck & Jean Miller (Aug 9), Mike & Stephanie York (Aug 20), Dn. Bojan & Sladjana Gligorevic (Aug 31)

~Bulletin Board~


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


The Club will be celebrating their Slava (Sveti Ilija) on Sunday, August 7th. All Club Members are encouraged to join in the turning of the Slavski Kolach during Divine Liturgy.


On Sunday, August 7th, after the Fellowship Hour, Father Chris will be blessing vehicles outside of the Church. As you depart, stop to have your vehicle blessed with holy water, in honor and memory of the Holy Prophet Elijah, who rode upon a fiery chariot to the Heavenly Kingdom.


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


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!


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!


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.

August 2022 Calendar

Stewardship Reflection

Reflection from a parishioner...

I recently read my morning Scriptures and reflected on an article discussing aspects of worship. In the Orthodox faith, we attend the Divine Liturgy on a weekly basis as a community and are expected to worship God privately each and every day of our lives. This includes our daily prayers, thanksgiving, almsgiving, gratitude - many ways we can praise and thank God for all that He has provided.

This then led to a reflection on my life as a Steward - this isn't a commitment that is completed weekly, or when a collection tray is passed or once a year at a festival we volunteer for. This is a commitment that must be exercised daily as well. When we thank God for all that He provides us, His only expectation is that we be good and faithful Stewards with what He has entrusted to us. Each function of our daily life should focus on our Time, Talents and Treasures and how we are using them.


Разматрање парохијана 

Недавно сам читао Свето Писмо и замислих се на чланку који разматра аспекте Богослужења. У православној вери, ми идемо на Свету Литургију сваке Недеље као заједица и од нас се очекије да се молимо Богу код куће сваки дан током нашег живота. Ово укључује свакодневну молитву, захвалност, помагање сиротима-много начина ми можемо захвалити Богу за све што нам Је дао.

То ме је навело да се замислим о моме животу као Старатељ- ово није обавеза која се испињава седмично, или када се тас пронесе кроз Цркву или када једном годишње волонтирамо за Црквени Фестивал. Ово нас обавезујемо да радимо сваки дан . Када се ми захваљујемо Богу за све што нам је дао, једино што Он очекује је да будемо верни Старатељи са оним што нам је Он дао. Све што радимо током дана треба да се фокусирамо на наше Време , Таленте и Новце и како да их употребимо 

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