Sunday of St. Gregory of Palamas
St. Nicholas Bulletin - March 20, 2022
Christ is in our midst! Христос међу нама! Cristo esta entra nosotros!
Homily on the Sunday of St. Gregory

from +St. Anthony of Sourozh
In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

In one of the Psalms we can read the following words: Those who have sown with tears will reap with joy… If in the course of weeks of preparation we have seen all that is ugly and unworthy in us mirrored in the parables, if we have stood before the judgement of our conscience and of our God, then we have truly sown in tears our own salvation.

And yet, there is still time because even when we enter into the time of the harvest, God gives us a respite; as we progress towards the Kingdom of God, towards the Day of the Resurrection, we still can, at every moment, against the background of salvation, in the face of the victory of God, turn to Him with gratitude and yet, broken-heartedness, and say, ‘No, Lord! I am perhaps the worker of the eleventh hour, but receive me as Thou promised to do!’

Last week we have kept the day of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the day when the Church proclaimed that it was legitimate and right to paint icons of Christ; it was not a declaration about art, it was a deeply theological proclamation of the Incarnation.
The Old Testament said to us that God cannot be represented by any image because He was bottomless mystery; He had even no Name except the mysterious name which only the High Priest know.

But in the New Testament we have learned, and we know from experience that God has become Man, that the fullness of the Godhead has abided and is still abiding forever in the flesh; and therefore God has a human name: Jesus, and He has got a human face that can be represented in icons. An icon is therefore a proclamation of our certainty that God has become man; and He has become man to achieve ultimate, tragic and glorious solidarity with us, to be one of us that we may be one of the children of God. He has become man that we may become gods, as the Scripture tells us.

And so, we could last week already rejoice; and this is why, a week before, when we were already preparing to meet this miracle, this wonder of the Incarnation, softly, in an almost inaudible way, the Church was singing the canon of Easter: Christ is risen from the dead! – because it is not a promise for the future, it is a certainty of the present, open to us like a door for us to enter through Christ, the Door as He calls Himself, into eternity.

And today we remember the name of Saint Gregory Palamas, one of the great Saints of Orthodoxy, who against heresy and doubt, proclaimed, from within the experience of the ascetics and of all believers, proclaimed that the grace of God is not a created Gift – it is God Himself, communicating Himself to us so that we are pervaded by His presence, that we gradually, if we only receive Him, open ourselves to Him, become transparent or at least translucent to His light, that we become incipiently and ever increasingly partakers of the Divine nature.

This is not simply a promise; this is a certainty which we have because this has happened to thousands and thousands of those men and women whom we venerate as the Saints of God: they have become partakers of the Divine nature, they are to us a revelation and certainty of what we are called to be and become.

And today one step more brings us into the joy, the glory of Easter. In a week’s time we will sing the Cross – the Cross which was a terror for the criminals, and has become now a sign of victory and salvation, because it is to us the sign that God’s love has no measure, no limits, is as deep as God is deep, all-embracing as God is all-embracing, and indeed, as tragically victorious as God is both tragic and victorious, awe-inspiring, and shining the quiet, joyful light which we sing in Vespers.

Let us then make ourselves ready to meet this event, the vision of the Cross, look at it, and see in it the sign of the Divine love, a new certainty of our possible salvation; and when the choir sings this time more loudly the canon of the Resurrection, let us realize that step by step God leads us into a victory which He has won, and which He wants to share with us.

And then we will move on; we will listen to the Saint who teaches us how to receive the grace which God is offering, how to become worthy of Him; and a step more – and we will see the victory of God in Saint Mary of Egypt and come to the threshold of Holy Week. But let us remember that we are now in the time of newness, a time when God’s victory is been revealed to us, that we are called to be enfolded by it, to respond to it by gratitude, a gratitude that will make us into new people – and also with joy!
And joy full of tears in response to the love of God, and a joy which is a responsible answer to the Divine love. Amen! 

~Hymnography of the Day~
Commemorating St Paul the Confessor Bishop of Plousias in Bithynia, St Emilian of Rome, Holy Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius and Agathodorus, Venerable Paul the Simple disciple of Venerable Anthony the Great

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

In truth 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.

O light of Orthodoxy, teacher of the Church, its confirmation, O ideal of monks and invincible champion of theologians, O wonderworking Gregory, glory of Thessalonica and preacher of grace, always intercede before the Lord that our souls may be saved!

Holy and divine instrument of wisdom, joyful trumpet of theology, together we sing your praises, O God-inspired Gregory. Since you now stand before the Original Mind, guide our minds to Him, O Father, so that we may sing to you: "Rejoice, preacher of grace!"

Now is the time for action! Judgment is at the doors! So let us rise and fast, offering alms with tears of compunction and crying: “Our sins are more in number than the sands of the sea; but forgive us, O Master of all, so that we may receive the incorruptible crowns!”

HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS (Instead of “It is Truly Meet…”)
All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace: the assembly of Angels and the race of men. O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise, the glory of virgins, from whom God was incarnate and became a Child – our God before the ages. He made your body into a throne, and your womb He made more spacious than the heavens. All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace. Glory to you!
~Scripture Readings of the Day~
Matins: Lenny Tepsic Epistle: Marko Rocknage
Next Week:     Matins : Milan Radanovic    Epistle: Jason Milletics
EPISTLE: Hebrews 1:10-2:3

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 Hebrews
DEACON: Let us attend!
READER: Brethren, and again, “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.
PRIEST: Peace be unto you, reader!
READER: And with your spirit!
DEACON: Wisdom!
READER: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
READER: He that dwells in the help of the Most High shall abide under the shelter of the God of Heaven.
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
READER: He shall say unto the Lord, “ You are my help, my refuge and my God, and I shall hope in You.”
CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
АПОСТОЛ:  Јеврејима 1:10-2:3

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 вијека.
Хор: Ти ћеш нас, Господе, одбранити и сачувати од рода овога до вијека.
Читач: Помилуј ме Господе, јер неста Светих.
Хор: Ти ћеш нас, Господе, одбранити и сачувати од рода овога до вијека.
Читач: Ти ћеш нас, Господе, одбранити
Хор: и сачувати од рода овога до вијека.
Ђакон: Премудрост
Читач: Читање из посланице Св. Апостола Павла Јеврејима
Ђакон: Пазимо
Читач: Браћо, И опет: Ти, Господе, у почетку основа земљу, и небеса су дјело руку твојих; Они ће проћи, а ти остајеш, и све ће остарјети као одијело, и савићеш их као хаљину, и измјениће се, а ти си увијек исти, и године твоје неће минути. А коме од анђела икад рече: Сједи мени са десне стране док положим непријатеље твоје за подножје ногама твојим? Нису ли сви они духови за служење, који се шаљу да служе онима који ће наслиједити спасење? Због тога морамо веома пазити на оно што чусмо, да не скренемо. Јер ако је ријеч казана преко анђела потврђена, и сваки преступ и непослушност доби заслужену казну, како ћемо је ми избјећи ако не маримо за тако велико спасење, које отпоче проповиједати Господ, а потврдише га међу нама они који су чули.
Свештеник: Мир свима Читачу!
Читач: I Духом Твоме! Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Ђакон: Премудрост!
Читач: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа
Читач: Милости Господње пјеваћу увјек, 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

Mark 2: 1-12

At that time, Jesus 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!”

Марко 2: 1-12

Тада уђе Исус у Капернаум послије неколико дана; и чу се да је у кући. И одмах се скупише многи тако да не могаху ни пред вратима да се смјесте; И казиваше им ријеч. И дођоше к њему са узетим, кога ношаху четворица. И не могући приближити се к њему од народа, открише кров од куће гдје он бијаше, и прокопавши спустише одар на коме узети лежаше. А Исус видјевши вјеру њихову, рече узетоме: Синко, опраштају ти се гријеси твоји! А ондје сјеђаху неки од књижевника и помишљаху у срцима својим: Што овај тако хули на Бога? Ко може опраштати гријехе осим једнога Бога? И одмах разумјевши Исус духом својим да они тако помишљају у себи, рече им: Што тако помишљате у срцима својим? Шта је лакше? Рећи узетоме: Опраштају ти се гријеси; или рећи: Устани и узми одар свој, и ходи? Но да знате да власт има Син Човјечији на земљи опраштати гријехе, рече узетоме: Теби говорим: Устани и узми одар свој, и иди дому своме. И уста одмах, и узевши одар изиђе пред свима тако да се сви дивљаху и слављаху Бога говорећи: Никада тако што не видјесмо.

~ The Week Ahead: Scriptures and Services ~
March Birthdays
Ruth Yovanovich (Mar 1), Gregory Yanich (Mar 1), Karen Stefan (Mar 2), Matea Jovic (Mar 3), George Radanovic (Mar 4), Dasha Gencturk (Mar 4), Donald Semic (Mar 5), Alex Bazdar (Mar 5), Nick Ressetar (Mar 7), Mark Gruin (Mar 9), Kirsten Geib (Mar 10), Monroe Semic (Mar 10), Sylvia Velencia (Mar 11), Stephani Yanich (Mar 13), Millie Trayer (Mar 14), Vega Stevenson (Mar 14), Tootsie Krnjaich (Mar 16), Donna Carricato (Mar 18), Tosha Yanich (Mar 19), Natalija Gligorevic (Mar 19), Rohan Radanovic (Mar 19), Mileva Jovic (Mar 21), Danielle Van Huysen (Mar 21), Protinica Carole Balach (Mar 22), Val Radosevich (Mar 26), Anastasija Vukalo (Mar 27), Ava Kingsbury (Mar 28), Zorka Starcevich (Mar 29), Beba Yanich (Mar 30), Blagica Raic (Mar 30), Clark Filepas (Mar 30), Mya Rose Petrovich (Mar 30), Mitch Matovich (Mar 31)
March Anniversaries
Igor & Brankica Skinder (Mar 21) 
~Bulletin Board~
His Grace, Bishop IRINEJ, directs us to prepare for Holy Communion at the Pre-sanctified Liturgy in the following way: Begin the complete fast at 12 noon from food and water. If you have a medical concern, please see Fr. Chris to discuss options.

This evening, we are hosting the Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers at 5:00pm. V. Rev. Fr. Milorad Orlic is the guest homilist. All are invited to share a lenten supper afterward.

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. To order please call or text Sladjana Gligorevic @ 717-538-2073. The delivery dates are: March 20th, April 3rd, and April 17th. Thank you in advance for supporting the youth of our church!

If you are not receiving envelopes and wish to, receiving envelopes and no longer wish to, or you need to make an address change, please inform the office TODAY!

The Bible Study resumes on Mondays during April 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.

If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily to help decorate the Lord’s Tomb on Great & Holy Friday, please contact Daria in the church office. Cost is $10.00. Also contact Daria if you would like to make donations for red candles, wine, incense, rose oil or olive oil. If you would like the item for the health of someone or in memory of someone, please have your request/money in by 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.
Please consider bringing in donations for our Food Pantry box in the lobby along with any of the following:
Men’s mission—13 and 60 gallon trash bags, wash cloths & towels, Large print bibles (NIV, NASB or ESV), batteries (AA, AAA, 9 volt), umbrellas, shower shoes (flip flops), and winter clothing (thermal underwear, sweatshirts, long sleeved shirts such as under armor—plus sized LG-XXXL needed most), winter boots (size 10-13)
Medical Clinic—Alka Seltzer Cold, Neosporin, Anti-Fungal Cream, Cepacol Throat Lozenges, Cough Drops (regular and sugar free), DayQuil, Eye Drops, Hand Sanitizer (personal size), Hydrocortisone Cream, Instant Hot Packs, Lip Balm, Sinus Congestion Medication
Mobile Mission—Sweatshirts & pants (M, L, XL), Jeans (Waist 32,34,36,38,40), Underwear, T-shirts, Candles, Sterno, Deodorant, Flashlights
Women’s Mission—Stamps, Paper products, headphones/earbuds, phone chargers, gallon size baggies, bath towels, washcloths
Dental Clinic—Hydrogen Peroxide 1.5%-2% mouth rinse, Polident, soft toothbrushes (individually packaged), travel size non-alcoholic mouthwash, dental pics & floss, denture cases, travel toothbrush holders

Sunday, April 10
The choir will once again be selling posno sticky buns
 by the dozen only.
$8 per dozen plain
$10 per dozen with nuts
Pre-orders by Sunday, April 3 to Yovanka Hoover 
call / text 717-623-8588
Order forms may also be found on the tutors stand

Rolls are $20 each and the last day to order will be
Sunday, April 3rd
There will be LIMITED QUANTITIES, so order soon
Order forms are available at the tutors stand
and can be turned in to Popadija Andreja.
Or call her at 717-939-0251
Pick Up will be Thursday, April 14 from 4 pm - 6 pm
This movie, directed by Jelena Popovic, tells the story of St. Nektarios of Aegina. It plays on Monday, March 21 and Monday, March 28 at 7:00pm EDT. All are encouraged to see this film, which has the blessing of the Holy Mountain (Mt. Athos) in both production and distribution. Locally, it is showing at Regal Cinemas on Caughey Drive. Tickets are still available, but going fast.

Stewardship Reflection
Today is the second Sunday of Great Lent, which commemorates St. Gregory Palamas. The Epistle reading for today is Hebrews 1:10-2:3

10 He also says, "In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. 12You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end." 13To which of the angels did God ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet" 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? 1We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.

There are several themes found within these verses... St. Dorotheos of Gaza says "who will give us back this present time if we waste it?" 1 Corinthians 2:9 says "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 

In order to see what God has prepared for us, we must work towards our salvation and do what is necessary to enter the eternal Kingdom. God will judge us by our works. To fit into Heaven, we must be prepared during this life here on earth - in our daily existence, body, soul and spirit and this requires a change... a change that is the primary focus of the period of Great Lent.

St. John Chrysostom says, "after our time on earth, there are no more opportunities for change so this leaves our life on earth as the only time during which change is possible."

· Change, with our focus on Church
· Change, with how we interact with people
· Change, with all of those bad habits we have
· Change, with the Stewardship of our Time, Talents and Treasures

This change is necessary for our salvation, for we know that God will judge us by our works, we just don't know when! We pray that this time of Great Lent provides you with the opportunity for reflection and the contemplation of change in your life. 
Старатељска Порука 
Данас је друга Недеља Великога Поста у коју се слави Свети Григорије Палама. Апостол који се данс чита је Јеврејима 1:10-2:3 

10. И опет: Ти, Господе, у почетку основа земљу, и небеса су дјело руку твојих;11. Они ће проћи, а ти остајеш, и све ће остарјети као одијело, 12. И савићеш их као хаљину, и измјениће се, а ти си увијек исти, и године твоје неће минути. 13. А коме од анђела икад рече: Сједи мени са десне стране док положим непријатеље твоје за подножје ногама твојим? 14. Нису ли сви они духови за служење, који се шаљу да служе онима који ће наслиједити спасење?1. Због тога морамо веома пазити на оно што чусмо, да не скренемо. 2. Јер ако је ријеч казана преко анђела потврђена, и сваки преступ и непослушност доби заелужену казну, 3. Како ћемо је ми избјећи ако не маримо за тако велико спасење, које отпоче проповиједати Господ, а потврдише га међу нама они који су чули.

Овде можемо наћи неколико битних идеја..... Свети Доротеј из Газе каже"ко ће нам дати назад ово време ако га сада потрошимо узалуд?" 1 Коринћанима 2:9 се каже" Него као што је написано: Што око не видје, и ухо не чу, и у срце човјеку не дође, оно припреми Бог онима који га љубе." 

Ако желимо да знамо шта је Бог припремио за нас , ми морамо да радимо на нашем спасењу и да урадимо шта је неопходно да уђемо у Царство Небеско. Да ућђемо у Царство Небеско , ми се морамо припремати током оваог нашег живота на земљи- у нашем свакидашњем постојању , телу, души и духу и ово тражи промену ... промену која је главни циљ овог Великог Поста. 

Свети Јован Златоуси каже:" после нашег живота на земљи , нема више шанси за промене , што значи да је овај наш живот на земљи једино време када је промена могућа."
· Променимо се , како гледамо Цркву 
· Променимо се , како се односимо према људима 
· Променимо се , све оне лоше навике које имамо 
· Променимо се , са Старатељством о нашем Времену , Талентима и Новца

Ова промена је потребна за неше спасење , јер знамо да ће нам Господ судити онако како радимо , само незнамо када! Ми се молимо да ово време Великога Поста вам буде на корист и на размишљање о промени и вашем животу. 

March Charity
St. Sava Pro-Cathedral, New York City, NY

The St. Sava Pro-Cathedral in New York City was burned in a fire on Pascha in 2016. The Cathedral is the Seat of our Diocese of Eastern America. As such, it also belongs to all of the faithful in the Diocese. The Cathedral is currently being renovated, and in need of funds to do so. The entirety of the project will eventually amount to around $62 million when completed. Thus, it is indeed a long range project in need of renewed support. Currently, the Cathedral has completed the Secure & Enclosure Phase. This consisted of securing the walls, including rebuilding segments of the roof line; installing new roof and floor beams; putting up the roof, all save the final slate layer, originally replaced in the years preceding the fire; pouring the floor, except for the final layer, which is to be determined by other factors, such as heating and finish; framing the doors and windows; and installing temporary fireproof metal doors and plexiglass windows. According to His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America, "with the removal of the interior scaffolding completed, once again the steeply pitched roof, which soars to the height of nearly two stories above the roofline, covering the broad expanse of our magnificent Cathedral, appears likened unto hands stretched forth in prayer". Spanning an entire city block, "the vast grandeur of this edifice, stands before God and humanity, likened unto the very image of Christ's Resurrection". According to the Bishop's vision, "our Cathedral promises to be a perfect harmony of East and West, where, in the timeless words of our Holy Bishop Nicholai (Velimirovich), 'the light of the East and the Light of the West will rest at their noon'." With the issuance of a temporary occupancy permit, our faithful will be allowed to return to their house of worship, the St. Sava Cathedral, which is now saved for posterity. Progress reports are available at or at the cathedral website:

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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.