Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church
Orthodox Church in America
Clifton, NJ
Announcements for Sunday April 18th. 2021

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William, Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Barry Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, Alphonsus ‘Rick’ Doerr, Jr., MD,

As We Orthodox Christians continue the Great Fast, please do your best to refrain from meat, fish, dairy products and animal fats. Seafood without bones is permissible as well as grains, fruits and vegetables. Please consult your Lectionary Wall Calendar for those days when there are exceptions. Please be careful about undertaking the fast if you have medical conditions.

Liturgical Services for Great Lent 2021

  • Because of Covid-19, there will be no shared services between parishes this year.
  • The Diocese of NY & NJ has given our parish guidelines to follow in order to minimize the
  • risk of its spread. It will mean some changes to the services, the wearing of masks and
  • keeping social distancing where possible.
  • Every attempt will be made to streamline all of them during the season of Great Lent.
  • The Lenten Weekday Services will be open to everyone. There will be a door keeper to verify
  • that those coming are healthy & take down the names of the attendees.
  • I will continue to post my daily scriptural messages on the parish website & Facebook.
  • Attached is the calendar for the Liturgical Services for Great Lent 2021
  • The schedule for Holy Week is included on the attached calendar.

St. Andrew’s Camp

Dearly Beloved Parishioners and Friends:

Christ is in our midst!

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael has begun a fund raiser for St. Andrew's Camp, the diocesan camp for our diocese of New York and New Jersey.

He has asked us to take up 3 collections for this most worthy project for the youth of our diocese. The Parish Council and I have decided on the dates for these collections:

  1. Sunday, April 18th. The 5th. Sunday of Great Lent.
  2. Sunday, April 25th. Palm Sunday.
  3. Sunday, May 9th. Mother's Day.

We call upon your generosity to support this project.

Yours, in Christ,

Fr. Terence Baz

Holy Assumption Church

Clifton NJ

St. Basil Charitable Project

With the blessing and encouragement of Archbishop Michael, we have been asked to participate in the St. Basil Charitable project in Trenton, NJ. Our parish has cancelled its regularly scheduled Rummage Sale because of the virus but if you would like to donate clothing or canned food, please bring them to the Church Hall after Divine Liturgy on a Sunday during Great Lent. This will be a Lenten Charitable Project for our parish. Please read below what the St. Basil's committee is asking for.

The volunteers of St. Basil’s House have shared the following list of particular needs. I ask that each parish undertake a Charity Drive for these types of items. Your pastor will coordinate with the local Dean for the transportation of these items to St. Basil’s House:

  • CLOTHING, clean and in good condition. We ask that one person in each parish take responsibility for collecting the clothing, storing it until it can be picked up, and working with your priest to coordinate transportation of the donations.
  • CANNED FOOD, which will be used to stock the cupboards from which we provide meals for our neighbors. Again, one parishioner should oversee collecting and storing the food and assist your priest in arranging its transportation.
  • VOLUNTEERS, from neighboring parishes, to help out at St. Basil’s House in Trenton, with preparing the take-out meals that are offered, and to help with cooking, serving, cleaning and hosting, once normal post-pandemic services resume.

 

Dates To Remember:

  • Sunday, April 18th: The 5th. Sunday of Great Lent. First Special collection for St. Andrew’s Camp Building Project
  • Saturday, April 24th: 9:00 AM - Lazarus Saturday – Memorial Saturday. The names on the Memorial & Preservation plaques will be included in this service.
  • Sunday, April 25th: Palm Sunday Second Special collection for St. Andrew’s Camp Building Project
  • Saturday, May 8th: 5:00 PM Great Vespers
  • Sunday, May 9th: Mother’s Day. Third Special collection for St. Andrew’s Camp Building Project
  • Sunday, May 9th: Donations received by this date will be prepared for transportation
  • to St.Basil’s, Trenton, NJ
  • Saturday, May 15th: SAVE THE DATE: Dinners –To-Go Fundraiser Bangers(sausage) & Potatoes. Details to be announced
  • Saturday, May 15th: 12:00 NOON – The donated items we collect for the St. Basil
  • Charitable project will be picked up and transported to St. Basil’s in Trenton, NJ
Divine Liturgy Variables for Sunday April 18th., 2021

SUNDAY, APRIL 18                                                        TONE 4

Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

St. Mary of Egypt

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 4         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: “Death is overthrown! Christ God is risen,// granting the world great mercy!”

Tone 8         Troparion   (St. Mary of Egypt)

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother, for you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, for it is immortal.// Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the angels.

Tone 4         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earth-born from their chains. He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master,// He has risen on the third day!

Tone 3         Kontakion   (St. Mary of Egypt)

Having been a sinful woman, you became through repentance a bride of Christ.

Having attained angelic life, you defeated demons with the weapon of the Cross.//

Therefore, O most glorious Mary, you are a bride of the Kingdom.         

Tone 4         Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

O Lord, how manifold are Your works; / in wisdom have You made them all. 

(Ps. 103:26)

  1. V. Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord, my God, You are very great! (Ps. 103:1)

Tone 4         God is wonderful in His saints, / the God of Israel. (Ps. 67:35a)

Epistle

                                        (321-ctr) Hebrews 9:11-14

 Tone 4        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

  1. V. Go forth, prosper and reign, for the sake of meekness, righteousness and truth! (Ps. 44:3b)
  2. V. For You love righteousness, and hate iniquity. (Ps. 44:6)

Tone 1

  1. V. I waited patiently for the Lord; He attended to me and heard my supplication.(Ps. 39:1)                            

                                        Gospel

                                        (47) Mark 10:32-45 

Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing the following:

Hymn to the Theotokos

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!

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance!  He shall not fear evil

tidings! (Ps. 111:6)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Divine Liturgy Variables for Sunday, April 11th., 2021

DIVINE LITURGY VARIABLES FOR:

SUNDAY, APRIL 11                                                      TONE 3

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

St. John Climacus (of the Ladder)

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 3         Troparion   (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice!

Let the earth be glad!

For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.

He has trampled down death by death.

He has become the first born of the dead.

He has delivered us from the depths of hell,

and has granted to the world//

greatmercy.

Tone 1         Troparion   (St. John Climacus)

O dweller of the wilderness and angel in the body,

you were a wonderworker, O our God-bearing Father John.

You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil and prayer,

healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith.

Glory to Him Who gave you strength!

Glory to Him Who granted you a ^crown!//

Glory to Him Who grants healing to all!

Tone 3         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

On this day You rose from the tomb, O Merciful One,

leading us from the gates of death.

On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;

with the Prophets and Patriarchs//

they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.

Tone 4         Kontakion   (St. John Climacus)

The Lord truly set you on the heights of abstinence,

to be a guiding star, showing the way to the universe,//

O our father and teacher John.

Tone 3         Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

Sing praises to our God, sing praises! /Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

  1. V. Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! (Ps. 46:1)

Tone 7         Prokeimenon        (St. John Climacus)

Let the saints exult in glory; / let them sing for joy on their couches! (Ps. 149:5)

Epistle

                                        (314) Hebrews 6:13-20                                       

Tone 3        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V.In You, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be put to shame! (Ps. 30:1a)

V.Be a God of protection for me, a house of refuge in order to save me!(Ps. 30:2b)

          Tone 4

V.They that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (Ps. 91:12)

                                         Gospel

                                        (40) Mark 9:17-31                                     

Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing the following:

Hymn to the Theotokos

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!

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance!  He shall not fear evil

tidings! (Ps. 111:6)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Announcements for Sunday April 4th., 2021. The 3rd. Sunday of Great Lent. The Veneration of the Cross.

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz,  Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William

Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, Alphonsus ‘Rick’ Doerr, Jr., MD

Today, a memorial service will be held in loving memory of

  • John Bacik, Jr.  -  34th year in repose

requested by:  (daughter) Deborah Bacik Sancenito & Family

              May his memory be eternal!

 As We Orthodox Christians continue the Great Fast, please do your best to refrain from meat, fish, dairy products and animal fats. Seafood without bones is permissible as well as grains, fruits and vegetables. Please consult your Lectionary Wall Calendar for those days when there are exceptions. Please be careful about undertaking the fast if you have medical conditions.

Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church

Liturgical Services for Great Lent 2021

 

  • Because of Covid-19, there will be no shared services between parishes this year.
  • The Diocese of NY & NJ has given our parish guidelines to follow in order to minimize the risk of its spread. It will mean some changes to the services, the wearing of masks and keeping social distancing where possible.
  • Every attempt will be made to streamline all of them during the season of Great Lent.
  • The Lenten Weekday Services will be open to everyone. There will be a door keeper to verify that those coming are healthy & take down the names of the attendees.
  • I will continue to post my daily scriptural messages on the parish website & Facebook.
  • The schedule for Holy Week will be posted closer to that time.
  1. Fr. Terence Baz March 2021

 

With the blessing and encouragement of Archbishop Michael, we have been asked to participate in the St. Basil Charitable project in Trenton, NJ.   Our parish has cancelled its regularly scheduled Rummage Sale because of the virus but if you would like to donate clothing or canned food, please bring them to the Church Hall after Divine Liturgy on a Sunday during Great Lent. This will be a Lenten Charitable Project for our parish. Please read below what the St. Basil's committee is asking for. Please make sure any donations are brought by Palm Sunday, April 25th. More details will follow.

 

Fr. Terence

 

 

The volunteers of St. Basil’s House have shared the following list of particular needs. I ask that each parish undertake a Charity Drive for these types of items. Your pastor will coordinate with the local Dean for the transportation of these items to St. Basil’s House:

  • CLOTHING, clean and in good condition. We ask that one person in each parish take responsibility for collecting the clothing, storing it until it can be picked up, and working with your priest to coordinate transportation of the donations.
  • CANNED FOOD, which will be used to stock the cupboards from which we provide meals for our neighbors. Again, one parishioner should oversee collecting and storing the food and assist your priest in arranging its transportation.
  • VOLUNTEERS, from neighboring parishes, to help out at St. Basil’s House in Trenton, with preparing the take-out meals that are offered, and to help with cooking, serving, cleaning and hosting, once normal post-pandemic services resume.

Because of the pandemic, we are currently asked by the archdiocese to not light candles in the church. Given, however, that the large red candles are light by Father up at the iconostasis and on the altar, if you would like to sponsor one for a loved one who has passed away or is sick that you would like to pray for, please speak to Donna Betza to give her the name and she will pass it along to Father. That candle will be left alight until it burns out during the week. They cost $7.00.  Fr. Terence Baz

                                                DATES TO REMEMBER

           Saturday, April 24th:   9:00 AM - Lazarus Saturday – Memorial Saturday

Please complete the attached form if you wish to have

loved ones included in this service.

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, please contact Fr. Terence and Barbara Polk.   To sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact only Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Pierogies for  Sale!    Please see Donna Betza during coffee hour for information.  

 

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by the Polk Family in honor and in celebration of family birthdays in April;  Laura Polk, the 5th and Charles Polk, the 22nd.  Congratulations and Many Blessed Years!

 

 

Liturgical Variables for Saturday & Sunday April 3rd. & 4th. The Veneration of the Cross.

SUNDAY, APRIL 4                                                        TONE 2

Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of the Cross

 

(Before the vigil, the celebrant transfers the precious Cross to the Holy Altar Table, accompanied by the singing of the Troparion, “O Lord, save Your people…”, and the Kontakion, “Now the flaming sword…”)

"Lord I Call..."    Tone 2

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Hear me, O Lord!

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Receive the voice of my prayer,

when I call upon You!//

Hearme, O Lord!

 

Let my prayer arise

in Your sight as incense,

and let the lifting up of my hands

be an evening sacrifice!//

Hearme, O Lord!

 

  1. V. (10)Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to Your name!

          Tone 2         (for the Resurrection)

Come, let us worship the Word of God

begotten of the Father before all ages,

and incarnate of the Virgin Mary!

Having endured the Cross,

He was buried as He Himself desired.//

And having risen from the dead, He saved me, an erring man.

  1. V. (9) The righteous will surround me; for You will deal bountifully with me.

Christ our Savior

nailed to the Cross the bond against us,

He voided it and destroyed the dominion of death.//

We fall down before His Resurrection on the third day.

  1. V. (8) Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! 

With the Archangels

let us praise the Resurrection of Christ!

He is our Savior, our Redeemer.

He is coming with awesome glory and mighty power//

to judge the world which He made.

  1. V. (7) Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 

(Resurrection stichera by Anatolius) 

The Angel proclaimedYou,

the crucified and buried Master.

He told the women:  “Come, see the place where He lay!

He is risen as He said,

for He is almighty.”

We worship You, O only immortal One.//

Have mercy on us, O Christ, the Giver of life!

  1. V. (6)If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You.

By Your Cross, You destroyed the curse of the tree.

By Your burial You destroyed the dominion of death.

By Your rising, You enlightened the race of man.//

O Benefactor, Christ our God, glory to You!

  1. V. (5)For Your Name’s sake I wait for You, O Lord.My soul has waited for Your word; my soul has hoped on the Lord.

The gates of death opened to You from fear, O Lord.

When the guards of hell saw You they were afraid,

for You demolished the gates of brass and smashed the iron chains.//

You have led us from the darkness and shadows of death, and have broken our bonds.

  1. V. (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch, let Israel hope on the Lord!

Tone 5[*]        (from the Lenten Triodion)                    (Rejoice, O Life-giving Cross) 

Shine, O Cross of the Lord!

Illumine the hearts of those who honor you!

With love inspired by God, we embrace you,

for you are the only hope of the world.

Through you our tears are wiped away,

the snares of death are sprung,

and we pass over into everlasting joy.

Through the Cross reveal Your beauty to us, O Lord!

Help Your servants who ask for mercy in faith!//

Bestow upon us the fruits of abstinence!

  1. V. (3) For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption, and He will deliver Israel from all his iniquities.

Rejoice, O life-bearing Cross:

bright paradise of the Church, the tree of incorruption!

You have obtained for us the joy of everlasting glory.

Through you, the hosts of demons are driven out;

the choirs of angels are amazed and rejoice;

the company of the faithful gathers in celebration.

O unconquerable weapon, unbroken stronghold,

triumph of Orthodox Christians and pride of priests,//

by following you may we witness the Passion and Resurrection of Christ our God!

  1. V. (2) Praise the Lord, all nations! Praise Him, all peoples!

Rejoice, O life-bearing Cross:
invincible triumph of godliness,
gate of Paradise, and protection of the faithful!
The Cross is the might of the Church,
through which corruption is abolished,
through which the power of death is crushed.
and we are raised from earth to heaven.
O invincible weapon, the adversary of demons,
the glory of martyrs, the true adornment of ven’rable saints,
and the haven of salvation,//
which grants the world great mercy.

  1. V. (1) For His mercy is confirmed on us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.

Come, O Adam and Eve, our first father and mother,

who fell from divine glory

through the envy of the murderer of man!

Bitter was the pleasure of the Tree of old;

but see, the honored Tree of the Cross draws near!

Run with haste and embrace it in joy,

crying out with faith:

“You are our help, O most-precious Cross!

We eatyour fruit and gain incorruption!//

We are restored again to Eden, having received great mercy!”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

Tone 3         (from the Lenten Triodion)        

Wishing to restore all men to life,

You accepted crucifixion, O Christ our God.

Burning with boundless love for man,

You took the quill of the Cross in Your hand;

dipping it in ink of royal crimson,

You signed our release with blood-stained fingers.

Though temptations assault us,

may we never forsake You again!

Have mercy on Your despairing people,

O long-suffering Master!//

Arise and fight Your enemies in Your almighty power!

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 2          (Theotokion – Dogmatikon)

The shadow of the Law passed when grace came;

as the Bush burned, yet was not consumed,

so the Virgin gave birth, yet remained a Virgin.

The Righteous Sun has risen instead of a pillar of flame.//

Instead of Moses, Christ, the Salvation of our souls. 

Aposticha

Tone 2         (for the Resurrection)

Your Resurrection, O Christ our Savior,

has enlightened the whole universe,

recalling Your creation.//

Glory to You, O almighty Lord!

  1. V. The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty!

By the Tree You destroyed the curse of the Tree, O Savior.

By Your burial You mortified the majesty of death.

You have enlightened our race by Your Resurrection.//

O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!

  1. V. For He has established the world, so that it shall never be moved.

When You were seen nailed to the Cross, O Christ,

You restored the beauty of Your creatures.

The soldiers showed their inhumanity when they pierced Your side with a spear.

The Hebrews, not knowing Your power,

asked that Your tomb might be sealed,

but through the mercy of Your compassion,

You accepted the tomb

and rose on the third day!//

O Lord, glory to You!

  1. V. Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore!

O Christ, the Giver of life,

for the sake of the dead You voluntarily endured death,

descending into hell as the Mighty One

to save those who awaited Your coming,

granting them the life of paradise instead of hell.

Grant also to us who glorify Your Resurrection on the third day//

cleansing of our sins and great mercy!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 4         (from the Lenten Triodion)       

The humble David

defeated his enemies by Your help, O Lord.

Now come to the aid of Your Orthodox people;

show us Your power as You did of old,

and our adversaries will know that You are God!

And we will be victorious, for we hope in You.

Through the constant intercessions of Your all-pure Mother,//

grant us Your great mercy!

At Great Vespers

Tone 2         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal,

You slew hell with the splendor of Your Godhead.

And when from the depths You raised the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

Tone 1         Troparion of the Cross 

O Lord, save Your people,

and bless Your inheritance!

Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians

over their adversaries;

and by virtue of Your Cross,//

preserve Your habitation!

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 1         ResurrectionalDismissal Theotokion 

When Gabriel announced to you, O Virgin,  saying “Rejoice!”

with that word the Master of all was incarnate in ^you,

the holy Ark, spoken of by the righteous David!

Your womb became more spacious than the heavens,

for you carried your Creator.

Glory to Him Who took abode in you!

Glory to Him Who came ^forth from you!//

Glory to Him Who freed us by being born of you! 

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 2         Troparion   (Resurrection)=

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal,

You slew hell with the splendor of Your Godhead.

And when from the depths You raised the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

Tone 1         Troparion of the Cross 

O Lord, save Your people,

and bless Your inheritance!

Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians

over their adversaries;

and by virtue of Your Cross,//

preserve Your habitation!

Tone 7         Kontakion   (Cross)

Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden;

it has been mysteriously quenched by the wood of the Cross.

The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished;

for You, O my Savior, have come and cried to those in hell://

“Enter again into Paradise!”

          Tone 6         Prokeimenon        (Cross)

O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance! (Ps. 27:9a)

  1. V. To You, O Lord, will I call. O my God, be not silent to me! (Ps. 27:1a)

Epistle

                                        (311) Hebrews 4:14-5:6 

Tone 8[†]       

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V.Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old! (Ps. 73:2)

  1. V. God is our King before the ages; He has worked salvation in the midst of theearth! (Ps. 73:13)

                                        Gospel

                                        (37) Mark 8:34-9:1

Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing the following:

Hymn to the Theotokos 

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!

Communion Hymn

The light of Your countenance has shone on us, O Lord. (Ps. 4:7a)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

[*]Music for the Veneration of the Cross from the Department of Liturgical Music and Translations can be downloaded at www.oca.org.

[†]The Slavonic Triodion indicates that the Alleluia is sung in Tone 1.

   The Slavonic “Apostol” indicates that the Alleluia is sung in Tone 8.

   The Greek Triodion indicates that the Alleluia is sung in Tone 2.

Sunday, March 28th., 2021

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz,  Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, William Hartmann

Next Sunday,  a parastas will be held in loving memory of

  • John Bacik, Jr.  -  34th year in repose

requested by:  (daughter) Deborah Bacik Sancenito & Family

              May his memory be eternal!

We as Orthodox Christians continue the Great Fast, please do your best to refrain from meat, fish,dairy products and animal fats. Seafood without bones is permissible as well as grains, fruits and vegetables. Please consult your Lectionary Wall Calendar for those days when there are exceptions. Please be careful about undertaking the fast if you have medical conditions.

A few Sundays past  was Orthodox Christian Mission Sunday (OCMC). Please pray for those who are laboring to plant the seed of the Word of God in the name of the Orthodox Church to those who have not heard Christ's teachings and those of His apostles throughout the world. Please see the bulletin board to read about their work.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday, April 3rd:     5:00 PM – Great Vespers
  • Saturday, April 24th:   9:00 AM - Lazarus Saturday – Memorial Saturday

Please complete the attached form if you wish to have

loved ones included in this service.

Pierogies for  Sale!    Please see Donna Betza during coffee hour for information.  

We are very happy to announce the profit from last week’s Vegetable Soup & Oven Baked Panko-Crusted Cod fish dinners-to-go fund raiser for our parish is $818.18.    Thank you Debbie Sancenito for another delicious meal.    With grateful appreciation to our supporters, we thank you for participating in this fund raiser. 

With the blessing and encouragement of Archbishop Michael, we have been asked to participate in the St. Basil Charitable project in Trenton, NJ. Our parish has cancelled its regularly scheduled Rummage Sale because of the virus but if you would like to donate clothing or canned food, please bring them to the Church Hall after Divine Liturgy on a Sunday during Great Lent. This will be a Lenten Charitable Project
for our parish. Please read below what the St. Basil's committee is asking for. Please make sure any donations are brought by Palm Sunday, April 25th. More details will follow.
Fr. Terence

The volunteers of St. Basil’s House have shared the following list of particular needs. I ask that each parish undertake a Charity Drive for these types of items. Your pastor will coordinate with the local Dean for the transportation of these items to St. Basil’s House:
• CLOTHING, clean and in good condition. We ask that one person in each parish take responsibility for collecting the clothing, storing it until it can be picked up, and working with your priest to coordinate transportation of the donations.
• CANNED FOOD, which will be used to stock the cupboards from which we provide meals for our neighbors. Again, one parishioner should oversee collecting and storing the food and assist your priest in arranging its transportation.
• VOLUNTEERS, from neighboring parishes, to help out at St. Basil’s House in Trenton, with preparing the take-out meals that are offered, and to help with cooking, serving, cleaning and hosting, once normal post-pandemic services resume.
Because of the pandemic, we are currently asked by the archdiocese to not light candles in the church. 

Liturgical Variables for Sunday March 28th., 2021

SUNDAY, MARCH 28                                                            TONE 1

                                         Second Sunday of Great Lent      

St. Gregory Palamas

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 1         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews,

while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body,

You rose on the third day, O Savior,

granting life to the world.

The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life:

“Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ!

Glory to Your Kingdom!//

Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”

Tone 8         Troparion   (St. Gregory Palamas)

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!

          Tone 8         Kontakion   (St. Gregory Palamas)

Holy and divineinstrument 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!”

Tone 4         Kontakion   (from the Lenten Triodion)

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!”

          Tone 5         Prokeimenon

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

(Ps. 11:7)

  1. V. Save me, O Lord, for there is no longer any that is godly! (Ps. 11:1a)

Tone 1         Prokeimenon        (St. Gregory Palamas)      

My mouth shall speak wisdom; / the meditation of my heart shall be

understanding.(Ps. 48:3)

Epistle

                                        (304) Hebrews 1:10-2:3

            Tone 1        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

V.God gives vengeance unto me, and subdues people under me. (Ps. 17:48)

V.He magnifies the salvation of the King and deals mercifully with David, His anointed, and his seed forever. (Ps. 17:51)

Tone 2        

  1. V. The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak of judgment. (Ps. 36:31)

                                        Gospel

                                        (7) Mark 2:1-12

 Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing the following:

Hymn to the Theotokos

 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!

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance!  He shall not fear evil

tidings! (Ps. 111:6)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Announcements for Sunday March 21st., 2021. Sunday of Orthodoxy

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz,  Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William

Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, William Hartmann

We as Orthodox Christians, began the Great Fast last week. Please do your best to refrain from meat, fish,dairy products and animal fats. Seafood without bones is permissible as well as grains, fruits and vegetables. Please consult your Lectionary Wall Calendar for those days when there are exceptions. Please be careful about undertaking the fast if you have medical conditions.

Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church

Liturgical Services for Great Lent 2021

  • Because of Covid-19, there will be no shared services between parishes this year.
  • The Diocese of NY & NJ has given our parish guidelines to follow in order to minimize the risk of its spread. It will mean some changes to the services, the wearing of masks and keeping social distancing where possible.
  • Every attempt will be made to streamline all of them during the season of Great Lent.
  • The Lenten Weekday Services will be open to everyone. There will be a door keeper to verify that those coming are healthy & take down the names of the attendees.
  • I will continue to post my daily scriptural messages on the parish website & Facebook.
  • The schedule for Holy Week will be posted closer to that time.
  • Attached is the calendar for the Liturgical Services for Great Lent 2021
  1. Terence Baz March 2021

 A very special thanks to Deborah Sancenito, Ludmilla DiIanni and Barbara Polk for making the Vegetable Soup & Oven Baked Panko-Crusted Cod fish dinners-to-go fund raiser for our parish.  If you are picking up your dinner this morning, please contact Debbie during coffee hour.  The profit will be announced as soon as the figures are finalized.   With grateful appreciation to our supporters, we thank you for participating in this fund raiser.  

Because of the pandemic, we are currently asked by the archdiocese to not light candles in the church. Given, however, that the large red candles are light by Father up at the iconostasis and on the altar, if you would like to sponsor one for a loved one who has passed away or is sick that you would like to pray for, please speak to Donna Betza to give her the name and she will pass it along to Father. That candle will be left alight until it burns out during the week. They cost $7.00.  Fr. Terence Baz

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, please contact Fr. Terence and Barbara Polk.   To sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact only Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Today, Sunday,  a parastas will be held in memory of

  • Matushka Sonya Tuttko, who recently fell asleep in the Lord

sponsored by:  Deborah & Joseph Stura    and

                         Nadine (sister of Mat. Sonya) & Frank Decarlo

              May her memory be eternal!

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday, April 3rd:    5:00 PM – Great Vespers
  • Saturday, April 24th:   9:00 AM - Lazarus Saturday – Memorial Saturday

Please complete the attached form if you wish to have

loved ones included in this service.

Liturgical Variables for the Divine Liturgy for the Sunday of Orthodoxy. March 21st., 2021

SUNDAY, MARCH 21                                                            TONE 8

First Sunday of Great Lent

Sunday of Orthodoxy

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 8         Troparion   (Resurrection)

You descended from on high, O Merciful One!

You accepted the three day burial to free us from our sufferings!//

O Lord, our Life and Resurrection, glory to You!

 

Tone 2         Troparion   (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One;

and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God.

Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh

and deliver Your creatures from bondage to the Enemy.

Therefore with thankfulness we cry aloud to You:

“You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,//

by coming to save the world.”

 

Tone 8         Kontakion   (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

No one could describe the Word of the Father;

but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described,

and restored the fallen image to its former state by uniting it to divine beauty.//

We confess and proclaim our salvation in words and images.

 

Tone 4         Prokeimenon        (Song of the Fathers)

Blessed areYou, O Lord God of our fathers, / and praised and glorified is

YourName forever! (Song of the three Holy Children, v. 3)

V.For You are just in all that You have done for us! (v. 4)

Epistle:

                                        (329-ctr) Hebrews 11:24-26; 32-12:2

Tone 4        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

  1. V. Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those who called on His Name. (Ps. 98:6)
  2. V. They called to the Lord and He answered them. (Ps. 98:7a)

                                        Gospel

                                        (5) John 1:43-51

(Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing the following)

Hymn to the Theotokos:

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!

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! (Ps. 148:1)

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The Procession of the Holy Icons

Because of the pandemic, only the Priest and the altar servers will carry icons and only in front of the royal doors and around the iconastasis icons, after Divine Liturgy. The choir will sing the Apolytikion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy in Tone 2.

Apolytikion

Thy pure image do we venerate, O good One, asking forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God; for by Thine own will Thou did ascend the Cross in Thy body, to save Thy creatures from the bondage of the enemy. Thou has verily filled all with joy, since Thou didst come, O our Savior, to save the world.

When completed, the priest will stand at the solea where he will recite the small Litany.

Small Litany

Priest: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, we pray Thee, hearken & have mercy. Choir: Lord, have mercy. 3X

Priest: Again, we pray for all pious & Orthodox Christians.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. 3X

Priest: Help us save us & have mercy on us. Choir: Lord, have mercy. 3X

Priest: For Thou art a merciful God & love mankind and unto Thee we ascribe glory: to the Father & to the Son & to the Holy Spirit; now & ever and unto ages of ages. Choir: Amen.

The Synodicon: the Affimation of the Orthodox Faith Priest only:

As the Prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as th Church has received, as the

Teachers have dogmatized, as the universe has agreed, as Grace has shown forth, as Truth has revealed, as falsehood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented, as Christ has awarded: thus we declare, thus we assert, thus we preach Christ our true God, and honor His Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshiping & reverencing Christ as God & Lord; and on the other hand honoring them as true servants of the same Lord of all, and accordingly offering them veneration.

This is the Faith of the Apostles; this is the Faith of the Fathers; this is the Faith of the Orthodox; this is the Faith which has established the universe!

Schedule of Services for Great Lent 2021
Sunday, March, 14th., 2021. Cheesefare or Forgiveness Sunday

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz,  Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William

Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, William Hartmann

For the Forgiveness Service after Divine Liturgy today, when you come up for Father's blessing, instead of saying "Christ is in our midst!" he will say: "Please forgive me." You will respond: "God forgives." If you have the space and wish to ask others the same, please feel free to do so.

We begin tomorrow as Orthodox Christians, the Great Fast. Please do your best to refrain from meat, fish,dairy products and animal fats. Seafood without bones is permissible as well as grains, fruits and vegetables. Please consult your Lectionary Wall Calendar for those days when there are exceptions. Please be careful about undertaking the fast if you have medical conditions.

Today is Orthodox Christian Mission Sunday (OCMC). Please pray for those who are laboring to plant the seed of the Word of God in the name of the Orthodox Church to those who have not heard Christ's teachings and those of His apostles throughout the world. Please see the bulletin board to read about their work."

Thanks, Fr. Terence

Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church

Liturgical Services for Great Lent 2021

  • Because of Covid-19, there will be no shared services between parishes this year.
  • The Diocese of NY & NJ has given our parish guidelines to follow in order to minimize the risk of its spread. It will mean some changes to the services, the wearing of masks and keeping social distancing where possible.
  • Every attempt will be made to streamline all of them during the season of Great Lent.
  • The Lenten Weekday Services will be open to everyone. There will be a door keeper to verify that those coming are healthy & take down the names of the attendees.
  • I will continue to post my daily scriptural messages on the parish website & Facebook.
  • The schedule for Holy Week will be posted closer to that time.
  • Attached is the calendar for the Liturgical Services for Great Lent 2021
  • Father Terence Baz March 2021

 A Vegetable Soup & Oven Baked Panko-Crusted  Cod dinners-to-go fund raiser is being planned for Friday, March 19, 2021.    Your love and your support of these fund raisers for our parish are greatly appreciated.    Thank you.    Please see the attached flyer with contact person, phone number and information.

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, please contact Fr. Terence and Barbara Polk.   To sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact only Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Next Sunday, March 21st, a parastas will be held in memory of

  • Matushka Sonya Tuttko, who recently fell asleep in the Lord

sponsored by:  Deborah & Joseph Stura    and

                         Nadine (sister of Mat. Sonya) & Frank Decarlo

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Sunday, March 14th:   9:00 AM - Forgiveness Sunday
  • Sunday, March 14th:   Orthodox Christian Mission Sunday  
  • Saturday, April 24th:   9:00 AM - Lazarus Saturday – Memorial Saturday
Sunday, March 7th., 2021 Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Matushka Sonya Tuttko, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, William Hartmann

A very special thanks to Deborah Sancenito, Ludmilla Di Ianni and Barbara Polk for making the soup & sandwich--Borscht & Roast Pork Sandwich--dinners-to-go fund raiser for our parish last weekend.  The profit realized from this fund raiser is $ 582.98.  With grateful appreciation to our supporters, we thank you for participating in this fund raiser.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Sunday, March 14th:   Daylight savings time – set clocks ahead 1 hr Saturday evening
  • Sunday, March 14th:   Forgiveness Sunday
  • Sunday, March 14th:   Orthodox Christian Mission Sunday  
  • Saturday, April 24th:   Lazarus Saturday – Memorial Saturday

The Church School Class charity project.

Fellow parishioners, I wanted to share the outcome of the church school charity project as well as a thank you from James Gaccione, which is below.

This year's project raised a total of $905. 

  • $150 was raised directly on the GoFundMe page
  • while $755 was collected through donations at the church.

 

Subdeacon Christopher will be presenting James with a check for $755 as well as some well wishes created by the students of the Sunday school class. 

 

The children were very happy that our small class was able to help James with his need and bring some smiles and joy.

 

On behalf of myself, Subdeacon Christopher and the church school class, we would like to offer our thanks to Father Terence,  the church council, all the parishioners, family and friends for the success of this project.

Best regards, 

Craig Polk

Holy Assumption Church School Coordinator

Thank you so much for all of your help, and your contribution! Once the weather breaks, there will be a ramp being put in! Thank you again and may the Lord continue to bless you!!

- James Gaccione

 

Liturgical Variables of Great Vespers & Divine Liturgy for Meatfare & Judgment Sunday, March 7th., 2021

SUNDAY, MARCH 7                                                    TONE 6

Meatfare Sunday – Sunday of the Last Judgment

 "Lord I Call..."    Tone 6

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Hear me, O Lord!

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Receive the voice of my prayer,

when I call upon You!//

Hear me, O Lord!

Let my prayer arise

in Your sight as incense,

and let the lifting up of my hands

be an evening sacrifice!//

Hear me, O Lord!

  1. V. (10)Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to Your name!

          Tone 6         (for the Resurrection)

Possessing victory over hell, O Christ,

since You are free among the dead,

You ascended the Cross

raising with Yourself those who sat in the shades of death.//

Drawing life from Your light, O almighty Savior, have mercy on us!

  1. V. (9) The righteous will surround me; for You will deal bountifully with me.

Today Christ tramples on death,

for He is risen as He said!

Let us all sing this song,

for He has granted joy to the world:

O Light unapproachable, O Fountain of life!//

O Savior almighty, have mercy on us!

  1. V. (8) Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!

Where shall we sinners flee from You, Who are in all creation?

In heaven You dwell!

In hell You trampled on death!

In the depths of the sea?

Even there is Your hand, O Master!

To You we flee, and falling before You, we pray://

O You Who rose from the dead, have mercy on us!

  1. V. (7) Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

(Resurrection stichera by Anatolius)

In Your Cross, we glory, O Christ.

We sing and glorify Your Resurrection.

For You are our God,//

and we know no other than You.

  1. V. (6)If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You.

We will always bless the Lord

by singing of His Resurrection!

For He endured the Cross,//

trampling down death by death.

  1. V. (5)For Your Name’s sake I wait for You, O Lord.My soul has waited for Your word; my soul has hoped on the Lord.

Glory to Yourmight, O Lord,

for You overthrew the prince of death,

by Your Cross renewing us,//

granting us life and incorruption.

 

  1. V. (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch, let Israel hope on the Lord!

Tone 6[1]        (from the Lenten Triodion)                    (Having placed all their hope)

O Righteous Judge of all mankind,

You will come, enthroned in glory and escorted by angels,

to judge the living and the dead.

Every man will stand in fear before You,

trembling at the river of fire flowing past Your throne,

as each one waits to hear the sentence he deserves.

On that awesome day have mercy on us as well, O Christ;

count us worthy of salvation,

for, worthless as we are, we turn to You in faith,//

O compassionate and merciful Lord!

  1. V. (3) For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption, and He will deliver Israel from all his iniquities.

The books will be opened, and the works of all men laid bare;

the vale of tears will echo with the gnashing of teeth;

the sinners will mourn in vain, as they depart to eternal damnation.

Your judgments are just, O Lord Almighty!

We beg You, O Master full of goodness and compassion,//

take pity on us who sing to You, O most merciful One!

  1. V. (2) Praise the Lord, all nations! Praise Him, all peoples!

The trumpet shall sound, and the graves shall be opened;

all mankind will arise in trembling;

the righteous will rejoice, as they receive their reward,

but the wicked will depart to eternal fire with wailing and horror.

O Lord of Glory, have mercy on us!

Number us with those who love You,//

for You alone are good, O Master!

 V. (1) For His mercy is confirmed on us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.

I shudder in terror when I think of that dreadful day;

I weep as I consider the darkness that will never see light:

there the worm shall not cease, or the fire be quenched;

the pain of those who reject You will never end.

Save me, Your most worthless servant, O Righteous Judge,//

for Your mercy and compassion are my only hope!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

Tone 8         (from the Lenten Triodion)         

When the thrones are set in place and the books are opened,

then God will take His place on the judgment seat.

Oh, what a fearful sight!

The angels stand in fear, and the river of fire flows by.

What shall we do, who are already condemned by our many sins,

as we hear Christ call the righteous to His Father’s Kingdom,

and send the wicked to eternal damnation?

Who among us can bear that terrible verdict?

Hasten to us, O Lover of man and King of the universe;

grant us the grace of repentance before the end,//

and have mercy on us!

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 6          (Theotokion – Dogmatikon)

Who will not bless you, O most holy Virgin?

Who will not sing of your most pure childbearing?

The only-begotten Son shone timelessly from the Father,

but from you He was ineffably incarnate.

God by nature, yetMan for our sake,

not two persons, but one known in two natures.

Entreat Him, O pure and all-blessed Lady,//

to have mercy on our souls! 

Aposticha

Tone 6         (for the Resurrection)

Your Resurrection, O Christ our Savior,

the Angels in heaven sing!

Enable us on earth//

to glorify You in purity of heart!

  1. V. The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty!

Destroying the gates of hell,

breaking the chains of death,

You resurrected the fallen human race as almighty God!//

O Lord, Who rose from the dead, glory to You!

  1. V. For He has established the world, so that it shall never be moved.

Desiring to return us to Paradise,

Christ was nailed to the Cross and placed in a tomb.

The Myrrhbearing Women sought Him with tears, crying,

“Woe to us, O Savior!

How do You deign to descend to death?

What place can hold Your life bearing body?

Come to us as You promised!

Take away our wailing and tears!”

Then the Angel appeared to them:

“Stop your lamentations!

Go, proclaim to the Apostles:

‘The Lord is risen,//

granting us purification and great mercy!’”

  1. V. Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore!

Having been crucified as You willed,

by Your burial You captured death, O Christ,

rising on the third day as God in glory,//

granting the world unending life and great mercy!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

Tone 8         (from the Lenten Triodion)

Woe, to you, O my darkened soul!

Your life is stained by depravity and laziness;

your folly makes you shun all thought of death.

How complacent you remain!

How can you flee the awesome thought of Judgment Day?

When will you change your way of life?

On that day your sins will rise against you.

What will your answer be then?

Your acts will condemn you; your deeds will expose you.

The time is at hand, O my soul.

Turn to the good and loving Savior!

Beg Him to forgive your malice and weakness, as you cry in faith:

“I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned against You,

but I know Your love for all mankind.//

O good Shepherd, call me to enjoy Your lasting presence on Your right hand!”

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 8         (Theotokion)

O unwedded Virgin,

who ineffably conceived God in the flesh,

O Mother of God most high,

accept the cries of your servants, O blameless One!

Grant cleansing of transgressions to all!//

Receive our prayers and pray to save our souls!

 

At Great Vespers

Tone 6         Troparion   (Resurrection)

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.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 6         Resurrectional Dismissal Theotokion

You Who called Your Mother blessed,

came of Your own will to the Passion.

Shining on the Cross, desiring to recall Adam, You said to the Angels:

“Rejoice with me for the lost coin has been found.”

You Who have ordered all things in wisdom//

our God, glory to You! 

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 6         Troparion   (Resurrection)

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.

Tone 1         Kontakion   (from the Lenten Triodion)

When You, O God, shall come to earth with glory,

all things shall tremble,

and the river of fire shall flow before Your judgment seat;

the books shall be opened, and the hidden things disclosed;

then deliver me from the unquenchable fire,//

and make me worthy to stand at Your right hand, O Righteous Judge!

 Tone 3         Prokeimenon        (from the Lenten Triodion)

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power, / His understanding is beyond

measure. (Ps. 146:5)

  1. V. Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God! (Ps.146:1)

Epistle

(140) 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2

Tone 8        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

  1. V. Come, let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our

Savior! (Ps. 94:1)

V.Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise.(Ps. 94:2)

Gospel

                              (106) Matthew 25:31-46

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia

 

[1]Music for the Sunday of the Last Judgment from the Department of Liturgical Music and Translations can be downloaded at www.oca.org.

 

Sunday, February 28th., 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, William Hartmann

 

"Fr. Terence would like to thank everyone involved in the events for last Sunday's Archpastoral Visit by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael: the servers, the chanters, the door keeper, those who attended or watched the services that were streamed; also to those who helped plan for the breakfast and helped to clean up afterwards. The food was great and it was enjoyed by everyone. The only disappointment was that the streaming cut out half way through the Liturgy. Hopefully this will have been solved by the time of today's service.

 

This Sunday, Father will also show parishioners the new Antimensium that Archbishop Michael has given to the parish. It sits on the altar underneath where the liturgical vessels (paten and chalice) are placed. It has a relic in it from a martyr who died in Russia during the Bolshevic Revolution."

 

A very special thanks to Deborah Sancenito, Ludmilla Di Ianni and Barbara Polk for making the soup & sandwich--Borscht & Roast Pork Sandwich--dinners-to-go fund raiser for our parish.   If you haven’t already picked up your order, please see Debbie Sancenito this morning during coffee hour.     The profit will be announced as soon as all the figures are calculated.  With grateful appreciation to our supporters, we thank you for participating in this fund raiser.

 

Because of the pandemic, we are currently asked by the archdiocese to not light candles in the church. Given, however, that the large red candles are light by Father up at the iconostasis and on the altar, if you would like to sponsor one for a loved one who has passed away or is sick that you would like to pray for, please speak to Donna Betza to give her the name and she will pass it along to Father. That candle will be left alight until it burns out during the week. They cost $7.00.  Fr. Terence Baz

 

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by the Polk Family in honor of Heather Polk celebrating her birthday today.  Congratulations and Many Blessed Years!

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, please contact Fr. Terence and Barbara Polk.   To sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact only Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Today, a Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in memory of

  • their loving mother Annette Swenda, for her first anniversary in repose

                     requested by:  Cheryl, Arthur & Michael Yaroshefsky and Gregroy Swenda

 

  • Deacon James Kelly, who fell asleep in the Lord, Friday Feb. 26th.

requested by The Shermock Family

 

May their memories be eternal!

 

The family of Annette Swenda would like to Thank the following people for today's 1 Year memorial

Service:  Ann Holick,  Ann Omelczuk,. Gisela and Michael Horvzy,  Greg Holowich,  Gloria Antoniuk, Pauline Rydzaj,  June and Jerome Fejko, Lori and Anthony Udina.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday, March 6th:   Vespers 5PM
  • Saturday, March 6th:   Holy Apostles Church fund raiser dinner (see attached flyer)
  • Sunday, March 14th:   Daylight savings time – set clocks ahead 1 hr Saturday evening
  • Sunday, March 14th:   Forgiveness Sunday
  • Sunday, March 14th:   Orthodox Christian Mission Sunday  

 

The Church School Class is asking for your support through February 28th of this project in one of the following ways:

  1. Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

  1. Make a donation in the church poor box (cash or checks payable to the church with a note in the memo part of your check –James Gaccione.

On behalf of the church school class, I would like to offer my thanks for all the prayers and continued support of our program.

Best regards, 

Craig Polk (Church School Coordinator) 

 

Scam Requests

A couple of parishioners recently got a message supposedly from me (with the wrong phone number & my last name was misspelled) requesting that they donate $300.00 towards a cancer charity. The request was a scam!

 

I want everyone to know that it would be most unprofessional in my position to make any personal requests soliciting money. I would therefore never make such a request, nor do I intend to in the future.

 

Any request for donations, such as the one Craig Polk has undertaken, are either done through the American Assembly of Orthodox Canonical Bishops, the OCA, the Diocese of New York & New Jersey through Archbishop Michael or, through our parish of Holy Assumption. If I would make such a request, I would seek both Archbishop Michael's endorsement and the Parish Council's.

In other words, if you get a text, an email or any other message using my name asking for money, please ignore it.

 

Yours, in Christ,

Fr. Terence Baz, pastor.

Sunday, February 21st., 2021

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, William Hartmann

"Please welcome His Eminence, Archbishop Michael and his attendants to our parish today for his Annual Archpastoral Visit. After the Divine Liturgy, he will be present in the hall for the Parish Breakfast. Please feel welcome to say hello if you would like to."

 

A very special thanks to Deborah Sancenito and Barbara Polk for making the Hungarian Goulash dinners-to-go fund raiser for our parish.  This fund raiser was a huge success realizing a profit of  $ 643.72.   Congratulations Debbie and thank you for your delicious cooking and for your dedication to our church.   With grateful appreciation to our supporters, we thank you for participating in this fund raiser.   

 

A Soup n Sandwich fund raiser is being planned for Friday, Feb. 26, 2021:  Russian Borscht & Roast

Loin of Pork sandwich.  Please see the attached flyer for information. 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021:  Annual Archpastoral visit from Archbishop Michael
  • Friday,  Feb. 26th:  Soup & Sandwich fund raiser (see attached flyer)
  • Saturday, March 6th:   Vespers 5PM
  • Saturday, March 6th:   Holy Apostles Church fund raiser dinner (see attached flyer)

 

The Church School Class is asking for your support through February 28th of this project in one of the following ways:

  1. Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

  1. Make a donation in the church poor box (cash or checks payable to the church with a note in the memo part of your check –James Gaccione.

On behalf of the church school class, I would like to offer my thanks for all the prayers and continued support of our program.

Best regards, 

Craig Polk (Church School Coordinator) 

 

Scam Requests

A couple of parishioners recently got a message supposedly from me (with the wrong phone number & my last name was misspelled) requesting that they donate $300.00 towards a cancer charity. The request was a scam!

 

I want everyone to know that it would be most unprofessional in my position to make any personal requests soliciting money. I would therefore never make such a request, nor do I intend to in the future.

 

Any request for donations, such as the one Craig Polk has undertaken, are either done through the American Assembly of Orthodox Canonical Bishops, the OCA, the Diocese of New York & New Jersey through Archbishop Michael or, through our parish of Holy Assumption. If I would make such a request, I would seek both Archbishop Michael's endorsement and the Parish Council's.

In other words, if you get a text, an email or any other message using my name asking for money, please ignore it.

 

Yours, in Christ,

Fr. Terence Baz, pastor.

Liturgical Variables for Great Vespers & Divine Liturgy for Sunday February 20th & 21st., 2021

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21                                             TONE 4

37th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

[Beginning of the Lenten Triodion]

 

"Lord I Call..."    Tone 4

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Hear me, O Lord!

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Receive the voice of my prayer,

when I call upon You!//

Hearme, O Lord!

 

Let my prayer arise

in Your sight as incense,

and let the lifting up of my hands

be an evening sacrifice!//

Hearme, O Lord!

 

  1. V. (10)Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to Your name!

          Tone 4         (for the Resurrection)

We glorify Your Resurrection on the third day, O Christ God,

by always honoring Your life-creating Cross;

by it You have renewed the corrupted nature of man,

O almighty One.

By it You have renewed our entrance to heaven,//

for You are good and the Lover of man.

 

  1. V. (9) The righteous will surround me; for You will deal bountifully with me.

You loosed the Tree's verdict of disobedience, O Savior,

by being voluntarily nailed to the tree of the Cross.

By descending to hell, O almighty God,

You broke the bonds of death.

Therefore, we adore Your Resurrection from the dead, singing in joy://

“Glory to You, O all powerful Lord!”

 

  1. V. (8) Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!

You smashed the gates of hell, O Lord,

and by Your death You demolished the kingdom of death.

You delivered the race of men from corruption,//

granting the world life, incorruption and great mercy.

 

  1. V. (7) Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

(Resurrection stichera by Anatolius)

Come, O people,

let us sing of the Savior's Resurrection on the third day!

By it, we have been freed from the unbreakable bonds of hell.

By it, we have received life and incorruption.

Save us by Your Resurrection!//

Life-creating and almighty Savior, glory to You!

 

  1. V. (6)If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You.

Angels and men sing of Your Resurrection on the third day, O Savior.

By it, the ends of the earth have been illumined.

By it we have been delivered from bondage to the Enemy.

Save us by Your Resurrection!//

O life-creating and almighty Savior, glory to You!

 

  1. V. (5)For Your Name’s sake I wait for You, O Lord.My soul has waited for Your word; my soul has hoped on the Lord.

You have shattered the gates of brass

and destroyed the chains of death, O Christ God.

You have raised the fallen human race.//

O Lord, risen from the dead, glory to You!

 

  1. V. (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch, let Israel hope on the Lord!

O Lord, Your begetting from the Father is timeless and everlasting.

Your incarnation from the Virgin is beyond words and understanding.

Your descent into hell is terrible for the Devil and his Angels.

You have trampled  on death,

rising on the third day,//

and granting men incorruption and great mercy.

 

  1. V. (3) For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption, and He will deliver Israel from all his iniquities.

Tone 1[*]        Idiomela       (from the Lenten Triodion)

Brothers, let us not pray like the Pharisee!

He who exalts himself will be humbled.

Let us prepare to abase ourselves by fasting;

let us cry aloud with the voice of the Publican://

“O God, forgive us sinners!” 

 

  1. V. (2) Praise the Lord, all nations! Praise Him, all peoples!

(Repeat: “Brothers, let us not pray like the Pharisee…”)

 

  1. V. (1) For His mercy is confirmed on us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.

The Pharisee went up to the temple with a proud and empty heart;

the Publican bowed himself in repentance.

They both stood before You, O Master:

the one, through boasting, lost his reward,

but the other, with tears and sighs, won Your blessing:

Strengthen me, O Christ our God, as I weep in Your presence,//

since You are the Lover of man!

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

Tone 8         (from the Lenten Triodion)         

I know the value of tears, O almighty Lord:

they delivered Hezekiah from the gates of death,

and rescued the harlot from repeated sins.

Tears justified the Publican instead of the Pharisee.

I prayYou, O Lord://

“Number me with the former, and have mercy on me!”

 

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 4          (Theotokion – Dogmatikon)

The Prophet David was a father of the Lord through you,O Virgin.

He foretold in songs the One Who worked wonders in you:

“At Your right hand stood the Queen,”

Your Mother, the mediatrix of life,

since God was freely born of her without a father.

He wanted to renew His fallen image, made corrupt in passion,

so He took the lost sheep upon His shoulder

and brought it to His Father, joining it to the heavenly powers.//

Christ Who has great and rich mercy has saved the world, O Theotokos.

 

 

Aposticha

Tone 4         (for the Resurrection)

By ascending the Cross, O Lord,

You have annulled our ancestral curse.

By descending to hell, You have freed the eternal prisoners,

granting incorruption to the human race.//

Therefore in songs we glorify Your life-creating and saving Resurrection.

 

  1. V. The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty!

By hanging upon the tree, O only powerful Lord,

You shook all of creation.

By being laid in the tomb You have raised those who dwelt in the tombs,

granting life and incorruption to the human race.//

Therefore in songs we glorify Your rising on the third day.

 

  1. V. For He has established the world, so that it shall never be moved.

The lawless people, O Christ,

handed You over to Pilate, condemned to be crucified,

thus proving themselves ungrateful before their Benefactor.

But voluntarily You endured burial,

rising by Your own power on the third day as God,//

granting us life everlasting and great mercy.

 

  1. V. Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore!

With tears the women reached Your tomb,

searching for You, but not finding You.

They wept with wailing and lamented:

“Woe to us!  Our Savior, King of all,

how were You stolen?

What place can hold Your life-bearing body?”

An Angel replied to them:

“Do not weep but go and proclaim that the Lord is risen,//

granting us joy as the only compassionate One!”

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

Tone 5         (from the Lenten Triodion)

The weight of my transgressions burdens mine eyes:

I cannot lift my gaze to the heights of heaven, O Lord.

Accept me in repentance, as You accepted the Publican;//

have mercy on me, O Savior!

 

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 5         (Theotokion)

O most precious Virgin,

you are the gate, the temple,

the palace, the throne of the King.

From you, my Redeemer, Christ the Lord,

appeared to those asleep in darkness.

He is the Sun of Righteousness,

Who desired to enlighten His image, whom He had created.

Since you possess motherly boldness before Him, O all praised Lady,//

pray unceasingly that our souls may be saved!

 

At Great Vespers)

Tone 4         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When the women disciples of the Lord

learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection,

they cast away the ancestral curse

and elatedly told the apostles:

Death is overthrown!

Christ God is risen,//

granting the world great mercy!”

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 4         Resurrectional Dismissal Theotokion

The mystery of all eternity,

unknown even by Angels,

through you, Theotokos, is revealed to those on earth:

God incarnate by union without confusion.

He voluntarily accepted the Cross for us,

by which He resurrected the first-created man,//

saving our souls from death.

 

 

At the Divine Liturgy

 

Tone 4         Troparion   (Resurrection)

 

When the women disciples of the Lord

learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection,

they cast away the ancestral curse

and elatedly told the apostles:

Death is overthrown!

Christ God is risen,//

granting the world great mercy!”

 

Tone 4         Kontakion   (from the Lenten Triodion)

 

Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee!

Let us learn humility from the Publican's tears!

Let us cry to our Savior:

“Have mercy on us,//

O only merciful One!”

 

          Tone 4                   Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

 

O Lord, how manifold are Your works; / in wisdom have You made them all. 

(Ps. 103:26)

 

  1. V. Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord, my God, You are very great! (Ps. 103:1)

 

Epistle

                                        (296) 2 Timothy 3:10-15

 

Tone 4        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

  1. V. Go forth, prosper and reign, for the sake of meekness, righteousness and truth! (Ps. 44:3b)

 

  1. V. For You love righteousness, and hate iniquity. (Ps. 44:6)

 

                                        Gospel

                                        (89) Luke 18:10-14

Communion Hymn

 

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

 

Sunday, February 14th., 2021

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, William Hartmann

Today, in the Orthodox Liturgical Calendar, we celebrate the Venerable Auxentius of Birthynia, which is the name day for Auxentius John Savastinuk.  It only occurs on a Sunday about every seven years.

Today’s coffee hour is also being sponsored by the Savastinuk Family as we celebrate his name day with our church.

Father is happy to announce that Archbishop Michael will visit our parish for his Annual Arch-pastoral Visit on the weekend of February 20th. and 21st. He will be present both for the Saturday Great Vespers and will celebrate the Sunday Divine Liturgy. The maximum number allowed to be present has been increased to 40 but only for active parish members. Please make sure that you let Barbara Polk know of your intention to attend either or both of the services no later than the previous Wednesday. Both services will be live-streamed so, if you belong to another parish, you can watch it that way. Please see the online links to be able to do so. There will be a brunch & reception after the Liturgy in the parish hall. It will be catered by 'The Brownstone' in order to minimize close interaction among parishioners.  To help cover the cost of the breakfast $20 to attend will be greatly appreciated!   If you send a check, please earmark it: "Arch Michael's Brunch."   Please see the attached flyer for information.

Next Sunday, a Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in memory of their loving mother Olga Grib for her first anniversary in reposerequested by:  Karen & Greg,  Kath & Dan,  and Krissy & John of her loving family!  

May her memory be eternal!

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday, Sunday, Feb. 20/21, 2021:  Annual Archpastoral visit from Archbishop Michael
  • Friday – Sunday, Feb. 26th-28th:  Soup & Sandwich fund raiser
  • Saturday, March 6th:   Vespers 5PM

The Church School Class is asking for your support of this project in one of the following ways:

  1. Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

  1. Make a donation in the church poor box (cash or checks payable to the church with a note in the memo part of your check –James Gaccione.

On behalf of the church school class, I would like to offer my thanks for all the prayers and continued support of our program.

Best regards, 

Craig Polk (Church School Coordinator) 

Scam Requests

A couple of parishioners recently got a message supposedly from me (with the wrong phone number & my last name was misspelled) requesting that they donate $300.00 towards a cancer charity. The request was a scam!

I want everyone to know that it would be most unprofessional in my position to make any personal requests soliciting money. I would therefore never make such a request, nor do I intend to in the future.

Any request for donations, such as the one Craig Polk has undertaken, are either done through the American Assembly of Orthodox Canonical Bishops, the OCA, the Diocese of New York & New Jersey through Archbishop Michael or, through our parish of Holy Assumption. If I would make such a request, I would seek both Archbishop Michael's endorsement and the Parish Council's.

In other words, if you get a text, an email or any other message using my name asking for money, please ignore it.

 

Yours, in Christ,

Fr. Terence Baz, pastor.

Liturgical Variables for the Divine Liturgy for February 14th., Zacchaeus Sunday

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14                                             TONE 3

36th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday of Zacchaeus

Ven. Auxentius of Bithynia

 

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 3         Troparion   (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice!

Let the earth be glad!

For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.

He has trampled down death by death.

He has become the first born of the dead.

He has delivered us from the depths of hell,

and has granted to the world//

greatmercy.

Tone 1         Troparion   (Ven. Auxentius)

O dweller of the wilderness and angel in the body,

you were a wonderworker, O our God-bearing Father Auxentius.

You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer,

healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith.

Glory to Him Who gave youstrength!

Glory to Him Who granted you a ^crown!//

Glory to Him Who grants healing to all!

Tone 3         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

 On this day You rose from the tomb, O Merciful One,

leading us from the gates of death.

On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices;

with the Prophets and Patriarchs//

they unceasingly praise the divine majesty of Your power.

Tone 2         Kontakion   (Ven. Auxentius)

 You delighted in abstinence,

restraining the desires of the flesh.

Divinely wise and holy Father Auxentius,

you were revealed to be shining with faith,//

blossoming like a plant in the midst of Paradise.

           Tone 3                   Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

Sing praises to our God, sing praises! / Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

(Ps. 46:6)

  1. V. Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!(Ps. 46:1)

 Epistle

                                        (285-ctr) 1 Timothy 4:9-15

Tone 3        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V.In You, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be put to shame! (Ps. 30:1a)

 V.Be a God of protection for me, a house of refuge in order to save me!(Ps. 30:2b)

                                         Gospel

                                        (94) Luke 19:1-10

Communion Hymn

 Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sunday February 7th., 2021 Announcements

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton

                                                           ANNOUNCEMENTS

Because of the snow storm during this past week, the front steps to the church will be roped-off for your safety, therefore, please enter through the ‘hall doors’ and at the conclusion of  liturgy please exit through the hall doors. 

Today,  a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in memory of Perry Georgison – 40th Day

requested by Greg & Donna Betza

Mitred Archpriest Daniel Ressetar, who Fell asleep in the Lord Jan. 20, 2021, requested by Christopher Minarich

May their memories  be eternal !

With impending snow today, coffee hour is cancelled this morning after Liturgy.

 Please see the attached message regarding ‘Parish Snow Appeal.  We are appealing to your generosity, to give towards this year’s Parish Snowstorm Appeal.    If you would please send a donation check to Holy Assumption Church it will be greatly appreciated.   Thank you.   Fr. Terence Baz

"A very special thanks to Deborah Sancenito and Barbara Polk for making the Navy Bean Soup-to-Go 

last Sunday”.   The profit for this soup sale is $315.    Thank you for participating in this fund raiser. 

A Hungarian Goulash dinners-to-go fund raiser is being planned for February 14thPlease see the attached flyer with information.   Your love and your support of these fund raisers for our parish are greatly appreciated.    Thank you.

Father is happy to announce that Archbishop Michael will visit our parish for his Annual Arch-pastoral Visit on the weekend of February 20th. and 21st.   He will be present both for the Saturday Great Vespers and will celebrate the Sunday Divine Liturgy. The maximum number allowed to be present has been increased to 40 but only for active parish members. Please make sure that you let Barbara Polk know of your intention to attend either or both of the services no later than the previous Wednesday. Both services will be live-streamed so, if you belong to another parish, you can watch it that way. Please see the online links to be able to do so. There will be a brunch & reception after the Liturgy in the parish hall. It will be catered by 'The Brownstone' in order to minimize close interaction among parishioners.  To help cover the cost of the breakfast $20 to attend will be greatly appreciated!   If you send a check, please earmark it: "Arch Michael's Brunch."   Please see the attached flyer for information.

Message from the Church School:

During the Nativity fast, the church school children always select a charity/service project. This year the class is learning about the impacts of MS and the many ways that charities and people can help support this cause.  The kids did research on different ways that they could help, and decided to help a specific individual, James Gaccione. 

The church school class is asking for your support of this project in one of the following ways:

  • Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

Make a donation in the church poor box (cash or checks payable to the church with a note in the memo part of your check –James Gaccione.

On behalf of the church school class, I would like to offer my thanks for all the prayers and continued support of our program.

Best regards, 

Craig Polk (Church School Coordinator) 

 

Liturgical Variables for Sunday February 7th., 2021, 35th Sunday

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7                                               TONE 2

35th Sunday after Pentecost

Afterfeast of the Meeting

St. Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus

 

"Lord I Call..."    Tone 2

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Hear me, O Lord!

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Receive the voice of my prayer,

when I call upon You!//

Hearme, O Lord!

Let my prayer arise

in Your sight as incense,

and let the lifting up of my hands

be an evening sacrifice!//

Hearme, O Lord!

  1. V. (10)Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to Your name!

          Tone 2         (for the Resurrection)

Come, let us worship the Word of God

begotten of the Father before all ages,

and incarnate of the Virgin Mary!

Having endured the Cross,

He was buried as He Himself desired.//

And having risen from the dead, He saved me, an erring man.

 V. (9) The righteous will surround me; for You will deal bountifully with me.

Christ our Savior

nailed to the Cross the bond against us,

He voided it and destroyed the dominion of death.//

We fall down before His Resurrection on the third day.

  1. V. (8) Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!

With the Archangels

let us praise the Resurrection of Christ!

He is our Savior, our Redeemer.

He is coming with awesome glory and mighty power//

to judge the world which He made.

  1. V. (7) Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

(Resurrection stichera by Anatolius)

The Angel proclaimedYou,

the crucified and buried Master.

He told the women:  “Come, see the place where He lay!

He is risen as He said,

for He is almighty.”

We worship You, O only immortal One.//

Have mercy on us, O Christ, the Giver of life!

  1. V. (6)If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You.

          Tone 1         Idiomela, for the Feast       (by Patriarch Germanus)

Simeon, tell us, Whom you bear in your arms,

that you rejoice so greatly in the Temple?

To Whom do you shout and cry aloud:

“Now I am set free, for I have seen my Savior?”

This is He Who was born of a Virgin;

this is God the Word, Who came forth from God,

Who for our sakes has taken flesh and has saved man.//

Let us worship Him!

  1. V. (5)For Your Name’s sake I wait for You, O Lord.My soul has waited for Your word; my soul has hoped on the Lord.

Simeon, receive Him Whom Moses once beheld in darkness,

granting the Law on Sinai,

now that He has become a Babe subject to the Law!

This is He Who spoke through the Law.

This is He, of Whom the Prophets spoke,

Who for our sakes has taken flesh and has saved man.//

Let us worship Him! 

  1. V. (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch, let Israel hope on the Lord!

Come, let us also go to meet Christ with divine songs!

Let us receive Him Whose salvation Simeon saw!

This is He Whom David announced;

this is He Who spoke in the Prophets,

Who, for our sakes, has taken flesh and Who speaks through the Law.//

Let us worship Him! 

  1. V. (3) For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption, and He will deliver Israel from all his iniquities.

Tone 1         (for St. Parthenius)           (Joy of the Heavenly Hosts)

The great Parthenius, the namesake of virginity,

the beacon of Lampsacus,

the radiant morning star of miracles,

calls us all together by his memorial,

that we who sing hymns to Christ the Savior//

may keep the spiritual feast.

  1. V. (2) Praise the Lord, all nations! Praise Him, all peoples!

You boreGod within yourself from childhood

by the fire of your prayers, O all-blessed and wise one.

You burned up legions of demons

and guided the flock of Lampsacus.

Casting down the temples of idols,//

you renewedyourself for God.

 V. (1) For His mercy is confirmed on us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.

The fish that was thrown away, breathless, yet life-giving;

the fruit of the barren field and vineyard;

the generous rain promised to those who wept,

all proclaimedyourwonder.

Yourworks are wonderful, O celebrant of sacred mysteries.//

Therefore, pray that we may be saved.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

Tone 6         (for the Feast)

In the hands of the Elder upon this day

You were pleased to be laid, O Christ our God,

as upon the chariot of the Cherubim.

Deliver us also, who singYour praise,

calling us back from the tyranny of the passions,//

and save our souls!

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 2          (Theotokion – Dogmatikon)

The shadow of the Law passed when grace came;

as the Bush burned, yet was not consumed,

so the Virgin gave birth, yet remained a Virgin.

The Righteous Sun has risen instead of a pillar of flame.//

Instead of Moses, Christ, the Salvation of our souls.

 Aposticha

Tone 2         (for the Resurrection)

Your Resurrection, O Christ our Savior,

has enlightened the whole universe,

recalling Your creation.//

Glory to You, O almighty Lord!

  1. V. The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty!

By the Tree You destroyed the curse of the Tree, O Savior.

By Your burial You mortified the majesty of death.

You have enlightened our race by Your Resurrection.//

O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!

  1. V. For He has established the world, so that it shall never be moved.

When You were seen nailed to the Cross, O Christ,

You restored the beauty of Your creatures.

The soldiers showed their inhumanity when they pierced Your side with a spear.

The Hebrews, not knowing Your power,

asked that Your tomb might be sealed,

but through the mercy of Your compassion,

You accepted the tomb

and rose on the third day!//

O Lord, glory to You!

  1. V. Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore!

O Christ, the Giver of life,

for the sake of the dead You voluntarily endured death,

descending into hell as the Mighty One

to save those who awaited Your coming,

granting them the life of paradise instead of hell.

Grant also to us who glorify Your Resurrection on the third day//

cleansing of our sins and great mercy!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 6         (for the Feast, by John the Monk)

Let the gate of heaven be opened today,

for the unoriginate Word of the Father

has made a beginning in time without forsaking His divinity.

As a Babe forty days old,

of His own will He is brought by the Virgin, His Mother,

as an offering in the Temple of the Law.

The Elder receives Him in his arms,

crying as a servant to his Master:

“Let me depart for my eyes have seen Your salvation!”//

Glory to You, O Lord, for You have come into the world to save mankind.

 

At Great Vespers

 Tone 2         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal,

You slew hell with the splendor of Your Godhead.

And when from the depths You raised the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

Tone 4         Troparion   (St. Parthenius)

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.

O Hierarch Father Parthenius,

entreat Christ our God//

that our souls may be saved!

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 1         Troparion   (Feast)                   

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace!

From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, ^Christ our God,

enlightening those who sat in darkness.

Rejoice and be glad, O righteous Elder,

you accepted in your arms the ^Redeemer of our souls,//

Who grants us the Resurrection!

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 2         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal,

You slew hell with the splendor of Your Godhead.

And when from the depths You raised the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

Tone 1         Troparion   (Feast)                   

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace!

From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, ^Christ our God,

enlightening those who sat in darkness.

Rejoice and be glad, O righteous Elder,

you accepted in your arms the ^Redeemer of our souls,//

Who grants us the Resurrection!

Tone 4         Troparion   (St. Parthenius)

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.

O Hierarch Father Parthenius,

entreat Christ our God//

that our souls may be saved!

Tone 2         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

 Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior,

seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb!

The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You,//

and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.

 Tone 3         Kontakion   (St. Parthenius)

 You received divine grace to work miracles/

wise and holy God-bearing wonderworker Parthenius.

You cleansed the passions of all the faithful

and drove out evil spirits.//

Therefore, we praise you as a great initiate of the grace of God.

          Tone 1         Kontakion   (Feast)         

 By Your Nativity You sanctified the Virgin’s womb

and blessed Simeon’s hands, ^O Christ God.

Now You have come and saved us through love.

Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians,//

O only Lover of Man!

          Tone 2                   Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

The Lord is my strength and my song; / He has become my salvation.(Ps. 117:14)

  1. V. The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death.

(Ps. 117:18)

 Tone 3         Prokeimenon        (Song of the Theotokos)

My soul magnifies the Lord, / and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. 

(Lk. 1:46-47)

 Epistle

                                        (280-ctr) Timothy 1:15-17

Tone 2        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

  1. V. May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! (Ps. 19:1)
  2. V. Save the King, O Lord, and hear us on the day we call! (Ps. 19:9)

          Tone 8

V.Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation! (Luke 2:29)

                                        Gospel

                                        (62) Matthew 15:21-28

(Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing:)

          Tone 3

O Virgin Theotokos, hope of all Christians,

protect, preserve, and save those who hope in you!

In the shadow and letter of the Law,

let us the faithful discern a figure:

every male [child] that opens the womb

is holy to God.

Therefore we magnify the firstborn Word of the Father Whohas no beginning,//

the Son firstborn of a Mother who had not known man.

Communion Hymn

 Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

I will receive the cup of salvation and call on the Name of the Lord. (Ps.115:4)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Announcements for Sunday January 31st., 2021

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela,  John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, Lynn Opuda

With the snowstorm forecast for Monday (Feb. 1st),   I have decided to cancel Vespers for Monday evening at 5:00pm.     Thank you.  Father Terence.

"A very special thanks to Deborah Sancenito and Barbara Polk for making the Navy Bean Soup-to-Go 

last Sunday”.   The profit for this soup sale is $315.    Thank you for participating in this fund raiser. 

A Hungarian Goulash dinners-to-go fund raiser is being planned for February 14th.  Please see the attached flyer with information.   Your love and your support of these fund raisers for our parish are greatly appreciated.    Thank you.

Father is happy to announce that Archbishop Michael will visit our parish for his Annual Arch-pastoral Visit on the weekend of February 20th. and 21st.   He will be present both for the Saturday Great Vespers and will celebrate the Sunday Divine Liturgy. The maximum number allowed to be present has been increased to 40 but only for active parish members. Please make sure that you let Barbara Polk know of your intention to attend either or both of the services no later than the previous Wednesday. Both services will be live-streamed so, if you belong to another parish, you can watch it that way. Please see the online links to be able to do so. There will be a brunch & reception after the Liturgy in the parish hall. It will be catered by 'The Brownstone' in order to minimize close interaction among parishioners.  To help cover the cost of the breakfast $20 to attend will be greatly appreciated!   If you send a check, please earmark it: "Arch Michael's Brunch."

Today,  a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in memory of

Alice Bacik – 7th year in repose

John Bacik III – 5th year in repose

                requested by Deborah Bacik Sancenito & Family

May their memories be eternal !

Next Sunday,  a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in memory of

  • Perry Georgison – 40th Day

requested by Greg & Donna Betza

May his memory be eternal !

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday,  Feb. 6, 2021:       Vespers 5PM

 Saturday, Sunday, Feb. 20/21, 2021:  Annual Archpastoral visit from Archbishop Michael

The church school class is asking for your support of this project in one of the following ways:

  • Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

 Make a donation in the church poor box (cash or checks payable to the church with a note in the memo part of your check –James Gaccione.

On behalf of the church school class, I would like to offer my thanks for all the prayers and continued support of our program.

Best regards, 

Craig Polk (Church School Coordinator) 

Liturgical Variables for Divine Liturgy: 34th Sunday, January 31st., 2021

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31                                               TONE 1

Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John

 At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 1         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body, You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: “Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom!// Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”

Tone 5         Troparion   (Sts. Cyrus and John)

O Christ God; You have given us the miracles of Your martyrs Cyrus and John, as an invincible rampart; through their prayers frustrate the plans of the heathens, and strengthen the faith of the Orthodox Christians,// for You alone aregood and lovest mankind.

          Tone 1         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You:// “You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”

          Tone 3         Kontakion   (Sts. Cyrus and John)

Having received the gift of miracles through divine grace, O saints, you work wonders in the world unceasingly. You remove all of our passions through your invisible surgery, divinely-wise Cyrus and glorious John,// for you are truly divine physicians.

 Tone 1         Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us /as we have set our hope on You! (Ps. 32:22)

  1. V. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

 Epistle

                                        (258) Colossians 3:12-16

          Tone 1        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

V.God gives vengeance unto me, and subdues people under me. (Ps. 17:48)

V.He magnifies the salvation of the King and deals mercifully with David, His anointed, and his seed forever. (Ps. 17:51)

                                         Gospel

                                        (105) Matthew 25:14-30

Communion Hymn

 Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sunday, January 24th., 2021

Please pray for the following servants of God: Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Maria Tlatelpa, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, Lynn Opuda

ANNOUNCEMENTS

"Please remember in your prayers, Helene Lenkowec and Naaman Aaraj, who Fell Asleep in the Lord this past week. Helene was the grand-aunt of Kathy & Stephen Kawalec. She was 98."

A very special thanks to Deborah Sancenito and Barbara Polk for making the Soup-to-Go on Friday! For those who have ordered, it is $6.00 a quart and can be picked up after Divine Liturgy on Sunday.

Father is happy to announce that Archbishop Michael will visit our parish for his Annual Arch-pastoral Visit on the weekend of February 20th. and 21st. He will be present both for the Saturday Great Vespers and will celebrate the Sunday Divine Liturgy. The maximum number allowed to be present has been increased to 40 but only for active parish members. Please make sure that you let Barbara Polk know of your intention to attend either or both of the services no later than the previous Wednesday. Both services will be live-streamed so, if you belong to another parish, you can watch it that way. Please see the online links to be able to do so. There will be a brunch & reception after the Liturgy in the parish hall. It will be catered by 'The Brownstone' in order to minimize close interaction among parishioners. Any donations towards its cost would be greatly appreciated! If you send a check, please earmark it: "Arch. Michael's Brunch."

Next Sunday, a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in memory of

  •  Alice Bacik – 7th year in repose
  •  John Bacik III – 5th year in repose

requested by Deborah Bacik Sancenito & Family

May their memories eternal !

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021: Vespers 5PM

 Saturday, Sunday, Feb. 20/21, 2021: Annual Archpastoral visit from Archbishop Michael

The water in the vestibule entrance of the church was blessed this past week for the feast of the

Theophany. If you would like to take some home, please bring your own bottle, use gloves when getting the water from the container and wear a mask. Anthony Ersalesi will be present to sanitize the tap each time someone uses it. Please do not collect the water after the Divine Liturgy has begun! You can ask him to be present after the Liturgy is completed if you want to get some then.

Thanks, Fr. Terence

It is the usual practice to offer to bless people's homes in the period afterwards. Because of the pandemic, however, Father will leave this practice until the vaccine becomes available to us so, in order to limit the spread the virus any more than it is already."

Fr. Terence

Sunday, January 17th., 2021

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura,  Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Maria Tlatelpa, Mary Fleming, Maree Hinton, Lynn Opuda

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Because of the pandemic, we are currently asked by the archdiocese to not light candles in the church. Given, however, that the large red candles are light by Father up at the iconostasis and on the altar, if you would like to sponsor one for a loved one who has passed away or is sick that you would like to pray for, please speak to Donna Betza to give her the name and she will pass it along to Father. That candle will be left alight until it burns out during the week. They cost $7.00.

Fr. Terence Baz

If you could like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, please contact Fr. Terence and Barbara Polk. To sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact only Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Today, a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in memory of

 Edward & Margaret Helen Mazur (Margaret’s 4th year in repose)

  • Richard Mazur
  • Frank & Agnes Mazur
  • Michael & Mary Kalinich
  • Albert Kalinich

requested  by Pat, Pam & Ed Mazur

                                      May their memories be eternal!

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday,  Feb. 2, 2021:  Vespers 5PM
  •  Saturday, Sunday, Feb. 20/21, 2021:  Annual Archpastoral visit from Archbishop Michael

The water in the vestibule entrance of the church was blessed this past week for the feast of the Theophany. If you would like to take some home, please bring your own bottle, use gloves when getting the water from the container and wear a mask. Anthony Ersalesi will be present to sanitize the tap each time someone uses it. Please do not collect the water after the Divine Liturgy has begun! You can ask him to be present after the Liturgy is completed if you want to get some then.

Thanks, Fr. Terence

It is the usual practice to offer to bless people's homes in the period afterwards. Because of the pandemic, however,  Father will leave this practice until the vaccine becomes available to us so, in order to limit the spread the virus any more than it is already."  

Fr. Terence

The church school class is asking for your support of this project in one of the following ways:

  • Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

 Make a donation in the church poor box (cash or checks payable to the church with a note in the memo part of your check –James Gaccione.

On behalf of the church school class, I would like to offer my thanks for all the prayers and continued support of our program.

Best regards, 

Craig Polk (Church School Coordinator) 

 

We are happy to announce that a Navy Bean Soup sale fund raiser will be held on Sunday, January 24th  

in our parish hall.    Please contact Debbie Sancenioto (973-773-3428) by Wednesday, Jan. 20th to place

your order….$ 6.00 per quart.    Pre-orders are encouraged as a limited amount of soup is being prepared.   See the attached flyer with more information.     Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Sunday, January 17th., 2021: Liturgical Variables for Divine Liturgy

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17                                               TONE 7

32nd Sunday after Pentecost

Venerable and Godbearing Father Anthony the Great

 At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 7         Troparion   (Resurrection)

By Your Cross You destroyed death. To the thief You opened Paradise. For the Myrrhbearers You changed weeping into joy. And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that You are risen,// granting the world great mercy.

Tone 4         Troparion   (St. Anthony)

You imitated the ways of zealous Elijah, and followed the straight path of John the Baptist. You became a desert-dweller, strengthening the world by your prayers.// O Father Anthony, intercede with Christ God that our souls may be saved!

Tone 7         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

 The dominion of death can no longer hold men captive, for Christ descended, shattering and destroying its powers. Hell is bound, while the Prophets rejoice and cry: “The Savior has come to those in faith;// enter, you faithful, into the Resurrection!”

Tone 2         Kontakion   (St. Anthony)

You rejected the tumult of this life living your life to the end in solitude, imitating the Baptist in every way. With him we honor you, most venerable Anthony,// the foundation of the Fathers.

          Tone 7         Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

 

The Lord shall give strength to His people. / The Lord shall bless His people with peace. (Ps. 28:11)

  1. V. Offer to the Lord, O you sons of God! Offer young rams to the Lord! (Ps. 28:1a)

 Tone 7         Prokeimenon        (St. Anthony)

Precious in the sight of the Lord / is the death of His saints. (Ps. 115:6)

Epistle

                                        (250) Colossians 1:12-18

 Tone 7        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

  1. V. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High. (Ps. 91:1)
  2. V. To declare Your mercy in the morning, and Your truth by night. (Ps. 91:2a)

          Tone 6

V.Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. (Ps. 111:1)

                                        Gospel

                                        (91) Luke 18:18-27

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.  He shall not fear evil

tidings. (Ps. 111:6)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Liturgical Variables for Divine Liturgy for Sunday, January 10th., 2021

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10                                               TONE 6

31st Sunday after Pentecost

Afterfeast of the Theophany

Sunday after the Theophany

St. Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa

 At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 6         Troparion   (Resurrection)

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.

Tone 1         Troparion   (Feast)

When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father bore witness to You, and called You His beloved Son; and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ our God, You have revealed Yourself// and hast enlightened the world, glory to You.     

Tone 4         Troparion   (St. Gregory)

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. O Hierarch Father Gregory, entreat Christ our God// that our souls may be saved!

Tone 6         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

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.

Tone 1         Kontakion   (St. Gregory)

You keptwatch with the eyes of your soul, O holy bishop, revealing yourself as a watchful pastor for the world. With the staff of your wisdom and your fervent intercession, you drove away all ^heretics like wolves,// and preservedyour flock free from harm, O most wise Gregory.

Tone 4         Kontakion   (Feast)

Today You have shone forth to the world, O Lord, and the light of Your countenance has been marked on us. Knowing You, we sing Your praises: “You have come and revealed Yourself,// O unapproachable Light.”

Tone 1         Prokeimenon        (Sunday After)

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us /as we have set our hope on You! (Ps. 32:22)

V.Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just!(Ps. 32:1)

Epistle: (224-ctr) Ephesians 4:7-13 (Sunday After)

Tone 5        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

  1. V. I will sing of Your mercies, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Your truth from generation to generation. (Ps. 88:1-2)
  2. V. For You have said: Mercy will be established forever; Your truth will be prepared in the heavens. (Ps. 88:3)

                                        Gospel

                                        (8) Matthew 4:12-17 (Sunday After)

 Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing:

Magnify, O my soul, the most pure Virgin Theotokos, more honorable than the heavenly hosts! No tongue knows how to praise you worthily, O Theotokos; even angels are overcome with awe praising you. But since you are good, accept our faith; for you know our love inspired by God! You are the defender of Christians, and we magnify you.

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men. (Titus 2:11)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak,  Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura, Peter Eagler, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco, Maria Tlatelpa

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today, a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of loved family members on our  ‘Preservation Fund’  plaque:

  • Kevin Kohler
  • Irene Koribanics
  • John Peregim
  • Irene Subtelny
  • Olga & Michael Grib

                                     May their memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in memory of

Edward & Margaret Helen Mazur (Margaret’s 4th year in repose)

  • Richard Mazur
  • Frank & Agnes Mazur
  • Michael & Mary Kalinich
  • Albert Kalinich

 

requested  by Pat, Pam & Ed Mazur

                                    May their memories be eternal!

 DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Sunday, Jan 10, 2021: A Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of  loved family members whose names are on the Preservation Fund Plaque
  • Saturday,  Feb. 6, 2021:  Vespers 5PM

The water in the vestibule entrance of the church was blessed this past week for the feast of the Theophany. If you would like to take some home, please bring your own bottle, use gloves when getting the water from the container and wear a mask. Anthony Ersalesi will be present to sanitize the tap each time someone uses it. Please do not collect the water after the Divine Liturgy has begun! You can ask him to be present after the Liturgy is completed if you want to get some then.

Thanks, Fr. Terence

It is the usual practice to offer to bless people's homes in the period afterwards. Because of the pandemic, however, Father will leave this practice until the vaccine becomes available to us so, in order to limit the spread the virus any more than it is already."   The OCA put out guidelines about being safe for the distribution of blessed water at the Divine Liturgy, January 10th.

Fr. Terence

                                                                                                       

Sunday, January 3rd., 2021

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura, Peter Eagler, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by the Polk Family in honor and to celebrate family birthdays in January: John, Sr., (1/2) and John, Jr. (1/7). Congratulations and Many Blessed Years!

Padro Tlatelpa, father-in-law to Maria Tlatelpa & grandfather to Peter Tlatelpa, passed away Friday evening.Please keep him in your prayers.  Please keep Maria, Peter, family & friends in your your prayers during this sad and difficult time.   May his memory be eternal!    

Today,  a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of loved family members on our  ‘May Their Memory Be Eternal’ plaque:

        • Nicholas C. Ligosh    
        • Mary Krupp
        • Frank & Julia Betza
        • Mary Gogats
        • Vera & Michael Makarewicz
        • Anna Pereviznick
        • Ward & Zubal Families (Anna, George, Lorraine, Katherine, John)
        • Peter Holick
        • Bacik Family (John, Sr., Anna, John, Jr., Alice, John III; Sancenito Family-Mark, James, Anna Potosnak, John, Shirley)
        • Barbara & Walter Kluck
        • Laura Dlholucky
        • Peter & Mary Kohler
        • Kevin Kohler
        • The John Hruby Family (John, Julia, John E., Joanne)
        • John & Helen Fornazor
        • Michael Pruzinsky, Jr.
        • Olga & Michael Grib
        • Edward & Annette Swenda
        • Susan Ersalesi Mautone

                                     May their memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of loved family members on our  ‘Preservation Fund’  plaque:

  • Kevin Kohler
  • Irene Koribanics
  • John Peregim
  • Irene Subtelny
  • Olga & Michael Grib

                                     May their memories be eternal!

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021:   5:00 PM  Vespers for the Eve of Theophany with the Great Blessing of Water
  • Sunday, Jan 10, 2021: A Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of  loved family members whose names are on the Preservation Fund Plaque

"Father will do the Great Blessing of the Waters on the eve of the Feast of the Theophany.  It is the usual practice to offer to bless people's homes in the period afterwards. Because of the pandemic, however, Father will leave this practice until the vaccine becomes available to us so, in order to limit the spread the virus any more than it is already." The Great Blessing of the Water will be done by complying with the diocesan guidelines to minimize the dangers from the Coronavirus.

Fr. Terence

Message from the Church School:

During the Nativity fast, the church school children always select a charity/service project. This year the class is learning about the impacts of MS and the many ways that charities and people can help support this cause.  The kids did research on different ways that they could help, and decided to help a specific individual, James Gaccione. 

 The church school class is asking for your support of this project in one of the following ways:

 

  • Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

 Make a donation in the church poor box

 

 

Liturgical Variables for Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy for Sunday, January 3rd., 2021

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3                                                 TONE 5

30th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday before the Theophany

Forefeast of the Theophany

Holy Prophet Malachi

 

"Lord I Call..."    Tone 5

 

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Hear me, O Lord! 

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Receive the voice of my prayer,

when I call upon You!//

Hearme, O Lord!

 

Let my prayer arise

in Your sight as incense,

and let the lifting up of my hands

be an evening sacrifice!//

Hearme, O Lord!

 

  1. V. (10)Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to Your name!

 

          Tone 5         (for the Resurrection)

 

By Your precious Cross, O Christ,

You have put the devil to shame.

By Your Resurrection, You have blunted the sting of sin

and saved us from the gates of death.//

We glorify You, O only begotten One.

 

  1. V. (9) The righteous will surround me; for You will deal bountifully with me.

 

Christ was led as a sheep to the slaughter

in order to grant Resurrection to the human race.

The princes of hell were frightened by this,

for the gates of sorrow were lifted.

Christ the King of glory had entered,

saying to those in chains:  “Go forth!”//

And to those in darkness:  “Come to the light!”

  1. V. (8) Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!

 

O great wonder!

The Creator of the invisible suffered in the flesh in His love for man

and rose again immortal.

Come, O sons of nations,

let us worship Him,

for delivered from error by His compassion,//

we have learned to sing of one God in three Persons!

 

  1. V. (7) Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

 

(Resurrection stichera by Anatolius)

 

We offer You our evening worship,

O never setting Light,

Who came in these last days to the world in the flesh;

Who even descended to hell to dispel its darkness.

Who has revealed the light of Resurrection to the nations.//

Glory to You, O Lord and Giver of light!

 

  1. V. (6)If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You.

 

Tone 6         (for the Forefeast)    (On the third day)

 

Behold the Enlightenment of the faithful!                                

See, our Atonement desires to enter the streams of the river,                   

that He may wash away man’s filth and corruption,//                    

refashioning us, who had been broken to pieces!                        

 

  1. V. (5)For Your Name’s sake I wait for You, O Lord.My soul has waited for Your word; my soul has hoped on the Lord.

 

O Lord, Your Forerunner cried out in fear,                               

when he saw You approaching and asking to be baptized:                             

“O my God! My Creator!//                                               

How can I baptize You, the sinless One?”        

 

  1. V. (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning watch, let Israel hope on the Lord!

 

O faithful, let us assemble in spirit

at the streams of Jordan,                                              

that we may clearly behold the great wonder!

We shall see the Creator of all made manifest,//                       

as He comes to be baptized.                                            

 

  1. V. (3) For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption, and He will deliver Israel from all his iniquities.

 

Tone 8         (for Prophet Malachi)        (Lord, though You stood) 

 

Beholding the words that came forth from your divinely-inspired tongue,

truly marveling, I bless you, O Prophet of truth,

for your clear message has illumined the world,//

foretelling the coming of the Lord for our salvation.

 

  1. V. (2) Praise the Lord, all nations! Praise Him, all peoples!

 

You were an angel on earth,

emulating the Angels with yourway of life.

You were enriched by appropriately bearing the name of Angel,[*]

and harmoniously you joined beauty of soul with beauty of body,//

O most blessed Malachi.

 

  1. V. (1) For His mercy is confirmed on us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.

 

O Lord, I set before You YourProphet

as an advocate and intercessor.

By his entreaties and prayers, O Compassionate One,

put an end to the misdeeds of my despairing soul,

for You are full of loving-kindness,//

as You possess essential and natural goodness.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

 

Tone 4         (for the Forefeast, by John the Monk)

 

Oh, the marvelous wonder!                                     

He Who baptizes by the Holy Spirit and by fire             

comes to be baptized by John in the Jordan.                

Neither simply God nor plainly man,

but, in both His natures, He is one only-begotten Son.          

In His humanity, He asks a servant to baptize Him;         

in His divinity, He takes away the sins of the world//     

granting great mercy to all.                                                                                            

 

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

Tone 5          (Theotokion – Dogmatikon)

 

In the Red Sea of old,

a type of the Virgin Bride was prefigured.

There Moses divided the waters;

here Gabriel assisted in the miracle.

There Israel crossed the sea without getting wet,

here the Virgin gave birth to Christ without seed.

After Israel’s passage, the sea remained impassable;

after Emmanuel’s birth, the Virgin remained a Virgin.

O ever-existing God Who appeared as Man,//

O Lord, have mercy on us!

 

 

 

Aposticha

 

Tone 5         (for the Resurrection)

 

We magnify You in songs of praise,

O incarnate Christ and Savior.

By accepting the Cross and death for our sake,

as the Lord and Lover of man,

You overthrew the gates of hell,//

and arose on the third day, saving our souls.

 

  1. V. The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty!

 

By being pierced in the side, O Lover of man,

You have poured out drops of life and salvation for all.

By accepting death in the flesh, You have granted us immortality.

You have freed us by being placed in the tomb,

and have resurrected us with Yourself in glory, as God.//

Glory to You, O Lord and Lover of man!

 

  1. V. For He has established the world, so that it shall never be moved.

 

Your crucifixion and descent into hell are awesome, O Lover of man.

You have captured it, releasing the ancient prisoners.

You have opened Paradise and given it to us.

Grant us purification of sins,

who glorify Your Resurrection on the third day!

Make us worthy of Paradise//

and save us, O Lover of man!

 

  1. V. Holiness befits Your house, O Lord, forevermore!

 

For our sake, You accepted death in the flesh,

to rise from the dead on the third day.

Heal us from our earthly passions,

and restore us from our evil transgressions;//

and save us, O Lover of man!

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Tone 5         (for the Forefeast)

 

Christ our God is coming to be baptized in the river Jordan,                             

desiring to cleanse us from our iniquities by His appearance,//            

for He alone is good and loves mankind.                 

 

(at Great Vespers)

 

Tone 5         Troparion   (Resurrection)

 

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.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

Tone 4         Troparion   (Forefeast)   

 

Prepare, O Zebulon,

and adorn yourself, O Naphtali!

River Jordan, cease flowing,

and receive with joy the Master coming to be baptized!

Adam, rejoice with our first Mother,

and do not hide yourselves as you did of old in Paradise;

for having seen you naked,

He has appeared to clothe you with the first garment.//

Christ has appeared to renew all creation.

 

 

 

 (at the Divine Liturgy)

 

Tone 5         Troparion   (Resurrection)

 

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.

 

Tone 4         Troparion   (Forefeast)   

 

Prepare, O Zebulon,

and adorn yourself, O Naphtali!

River Jordan, cease flowing,

and receive with joy the Master coming to be baptized!

Adam, rejoice with our first Mother,

and do not hide yourselves as you did of old in Paradise;

for having seen you naked,

He has appeared to clothe you with the first garment.//

Christ has appeared to renew all creation.

 

Tone 5         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

 

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!”

 

Tone 4         Kontakion   (Prophet Malachi)

 

Endowed with the gift of prophecy, O Malachi,

you clearly proclaimed the saving coming of Christ to the world.//

His brightness has brought light to the whole universe.

 

 

Tone 4         Kontakion   (Forefeast)

 

Today the Lord enters the Jordan and cries out to John:

“Do not be afraid to baptize Me.//

For I have come to save Adam, the first-formed man.”

 

          Tone 6         Prokeimenon        (Sunday before)

 

O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance! (Ps. 27:9a)

 

  1. V. To You, O Lord, will I call. O my God, be not silent to me! (Ps. 27:1a)

 

Epistle

                                        (298) 2 Timothy 4:5-8 (Sunday before)

 

Tone 8        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

V.O God, be bountiful to us and bless us, show the light of Your countenance upon us, and have mercy on us.(Ps.66:1)

 

V.That we may know Your way upon the earth, and Your salvation among all the nations.(Ps.66:2)

 

                                        Gospel

  • Mark 1:1-8 (Sunday before)

 

Communion Hymn

 

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

 

 

In addition to translations from the Department of Liturgical Music and Translations, liturgical texts for this service represent modified versions of translations provided by Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery, Otego, New York and St. Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, Pa.  The Department of Liturgical Music and Translations of the Orthodox Church in America expresses its gratitude to Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery and St. Tikhon’s Monastery and to those translators whose work has been consulted at times in the course of reviewing and modifying these texts to their present form: Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash), Father Benedict Churchill, Isaac Lambertson, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and Holy Transfiguration Monastery, among others.

 

[*] The name Malachi in Hebrew means “my messenger.”

Announcements December 27th., 2020

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura, Peter Eagler, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco

ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, please contact Fr. Terence and Barbara Polk. To sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact only Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you.

Today, a parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Joanne D’Arienzo – third year anniversary in repose

requested by Robert & Carol Hruby & Family

May her memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, a memorial service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of loved family members on our  ‘May Their Memories Be Eternal’ plaque:

        • Nicholas C. Ligosh    
        • Mary Krupp
        • Frank & Julia Betza
        • Mary Gogats
        • Vera & Michael Makarewicz
        • Anna Pereviznick
        • Ward & Zubal Families (Anna, George, Lorraine, Katherine, John)
        • Peter Holick
        • Bacik Family (John, Sr., Anna, John, Jr., Alice, John III; Sancenito Family-Mark, James, Anna Potosnak, John, Shirley)
        • Barbara& Walter Kluck
        • Laura Dlholucky
        • Peter & Mary Kohler
        • Kevin Kohler
        • The John Hruby Family (John, Julia, John E., Joanne)
        • John & Helen Fornazor
        • Michael Pruzinsky, Jr.
        • Olga & Michael Grib
        • Edward & Annette Swenda
        • Susan Ersalesi Mautone

                                     May their memories be eternal!

The church school class is asking for your support of this project in one of the following ways:

  • Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

  • Make a donation in the church poor box

On behalf of the church school class, I would like to offer my thanks for all the prayers and continued support of our program.

Best regards, 

Craig Polk (Church School Coordinator) 

Hope you have the opportunity to watch the virtual Yolka created by Craig Polk and our Church School students & Sub Deacon Christopher. Please check us out at…..https://holyassumptionclifton.org/ then click on Social  then click for Facebook.    We hope you enjoy watching our virtual YOLKA.  Special thank you  to Father Terence, parish Council, parents and parishioners for supporting our Church School.  

The 2021 Diocesan Wall Calendars have arrived. If you wish to pick one up, they are in the vestibule of the church. Please take one per family.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday, January 2, 2021 @ 5:00 PM: Great Vespers for the Sunday before the Theophany
  • Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 – A Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of  loved family members whose names are on the Memorial Plaque
  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021:   5:00 PM  Vespers for the Eve of Theophany with the Great Blessing of Water
  • Sunday, Jan 10, 2021: A Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of  loved family members whose names are on the Preservation Fund Plaque

"Father will do the Great Blessing of the Waters on the eve of the Feast of the Theophany.  It is the usual practice to offer to bless people's homes in the period afterwards. Because of the pandemic, however, Father will leave this practice until the vaccine becomes available to us so, in order to limit the spread the virus any more than it is already."

Fr. Terry

 

NO COFFEE HOUR AFTER LITURGY THIS MORNING.

 

Divine Liturgy Variables for Sunday after the Nativity of Christ, December 27th., 2020

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27                                              TONE 4

29th Sunday after Pentecost (14th of Luke)

Third Day of the Feast of the Nativity

Sunday after the Nativity

Holy Righteous Ones: Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James the Brother of the Lord

Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen

 

At the Divine Liturgy

 

Tone 4         Troparion   (Resurrection)

 

When the women disciples of the Lord

learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection,

they cast away the ancestral curse

and elatedly told the apostles:

Death is overthrown!

Christ God is risen,//

granting the world great mercy!”

 

Tone 4         Troparion   (Feast)

 

Your Nativity, O Christ our God,

has shone to the world the light of wisdom!

For by it, those who worshipped the stars,

were taught by a star to adore You,

the Sun of Righteousness,

and to know You, the Orient from on high.//

O Lord, glory to You!

 

Tone 2         Troparion   (Righteous Ones)

 

Proclaim the wonder, O Joseph,

to David, the ancestor of God;

you haveseen a Virgin great with child;

and you gave glory with the shepherds;

you worshipped with the Magi,

and received the news from the Angel.//

Pray to Christ God to save our souls!  

 

Tone 3         Kontakion   (Righteous Ones)

 

Today godly David is filled with joy;

Joseph and James offer praise.

The glorious crown of their kinship with Christ fills them with great joy.

They sing praises to the One ineffably born on earth,//

and they cry out: “O Compassionate One, save those who honor You!”

 

Tone 3         Kontakion

 

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One,

and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One!

Angels with shepherds glorify Him!

The wise men journey with the star,//

since for our sake the eternal God was born as a little Child!

 

          Tone 4         Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

 

O Lord, how manifold are Your works; / in wisdom have You made them all. 

(Ps. 103:26)

 

  1. V. Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord, my God, You are very great! (Ps. 103:1)

 

Tone 4         Prokeimenon        (Righteous Ones)

 

God is wonderful in His saints, / the God of Israel. (Ps. 67:35a)

 

Epistle

Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-5, 47-60 St. Stephen

 

Tone 4        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

  1. V. Go forth, prosper and reign, for the sake of meekness, righteousness and truth! (Ps. 44:3b)

 

  1. V. For You love righteousness, and hate iniquity. (Ps. 44:6)

          Tone 4

  1. V. Remember, O Lord, David and all his meekness! (Ps. 131:1)

 

                                        Gospel

Matthew 21:33-42 St. Stephen.

(Instead of “It is truly meet…,” we sing:)

 

Magnify, O my soul, the most pure Virgin Theotokos,

more honorable and more glorious than the heavenly hosts.

 

I behold a strange, most glorious mystery:

heaven—the cave;

the cherubic throne—the Virgin;

the manger—the place where Christ lay:

the uncontainable God, Whom we magnify in song.

 

            (or, the ninth heirmos of the second canon)

 

Out of fear, we should choose to love silence,

for that is a safer course;

so difficult it is lovingly to compose intricately woven songs

to you, O Virgin.

But grant us strength, O Mother,

equal to our natural calling.

 

Communion Hymn

 

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sunday, December 20th. 2020

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura, Peter Eagler, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash, Frank Fusco

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today, a parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of Nicholas Telep, Sr.

requested by Sally Telep & Family

May his memory be eternal!

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Thursday, December 24th., 2020 @ 4:00 PM: Vespers for the Nativity of Christ
  • Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 @ 9:00 AM: Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of Christ.

No Nativity Breakfast or Coffee Hour that day.

  • Saturday, January 2, 2021 @ 5:00 PM: Great Vespers for the Sunday before the Theophany
  • Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 – A Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of  loved family members whose names are on the Memorial Plaque
  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021:   5:00 PM  Vespers for the Eve of Theophany with the Great Blessing of Water
  • Sunday, Jan 10, 2021: A Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of  loved family members whose names are on the Preservation Fund Plaque

We are happy to announce our St. Nicholas Day Manhattan Clam Chowder soup sale realized a profit of $379.79.  Thank you for supporting this fund raiser.  Your participation was greatly appreciated.

Sunday School  has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students. Everyone of that age is welcome to join in. Please go to oca.org and you will find it on the front page.

Message from the Church School:

During the Nativity fast, the church school children always select a charity/service project. This year the class is learning about the impacts of MS and the many ways that charities and people can help support this cause.  The kids did research on different ways that they could help, and decided to help a specific individual, James Gaccione.

The church school class is asking for your support of this project in one of the following ways:

  • Visit James' GoFundMe page at the link below and make a direct donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bftvb-multiple-sclerosistrying-to-live-my-best-life?fbclid=IwAR3m-6L7GtY6FQY2bKGYXTOb7jPY4iVZUQQlbvxNfJJAqdn2DSeoDzkBU5s

  • Make a donation in the church poor box

 

Liturgical Variables for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20                                            TONE 3

28th Sunday after Pentecost (13th of Luke)

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ

Sunday before the Nativity

[Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, Bishop of Antioch]

 At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 3         Troparion   (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm. He has trampled down death by death. He has become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world// greatmercy.

Tone 4         Troparion   (Forefeast)

Prepare, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened to all! Adorn yourself, O Ephratha, for the Tree of Life blossoms forth from the Virgin in the cave! Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the Divine Fruit; if we eat of it, we shall live forever and not die like Adam.// Christ comes to restore the image which He made in the beginning.

Tone 2         Troparion   (Holy Fathers)

Great are the accomplishments of faith, for the three Holy Youths rejoice in the fountain of flames as though in the waters of rest; and the Prophet Daniel appeared a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep.// So by their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls!

Tone 1         Kontakion   (Fathers)

Rejoice, O Bethlehem! Prepare yourself, O Ephratha! The Lamb is on her way to give birth to the Chief Shepherd she carries in her womb. The God-bearing Forefathers will rejoice, beholding Him, and with the shepherds, they will glorify the Virgin nursing Him. 

Tone 3         Kontakion   (Forefeast)

Today the Virgin comes to the cave to give birth to the Eternal Word. Hear the glad tidings and rejoice, O universe! Glorify with the angels and the shepherds the Eternal God, Who is willing to appear as a little child!

Tone 4         Prokeimenon        (Holy Fathers) 

Blessed areYou, O Lord God of our fathers, / and praised and glorified is

YourName forever! (Song of the Three Holy Children, v. 3)

V.For You are just in all that You have done for us! (v. 4)

Epistle

                                        (328) Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40 (Sunday Before)

 Tone 4        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

V.We have heard with our ears, O God, for our fathers have told us.(Ps. 43:1a)

 V.For You have saved us from them that oppose us, and hast put to shame them that hate us. (Ps. 43:8)

                                         Gospel

                                        (1) Matthew 1:1-25 (Sunday Before)

Communion Hymn

 Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sunday, December 13th., 2020
The Liturgical Variables that the Chanters will sing for the Divine Liturgy

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13                                            TONE 2

Sunday of the Holy Forefathers

Repose of Ven. Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 2         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal, You slew hell with the splendor of Your Godhead. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out:// “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

Tone 2         Troparion   (Forefathers)

Through faithYou justified the Forefathers, betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles. These saints exult in glory, for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit: she who bore You without seed.// So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!

Tone 7         Troparion   (St. Herman)

O joyful North Star of the Church of Christ, guiding all men to the Heavenly Kingdom, teacher and apostle of the True Faith, intercessor and defender of the oppressed, adornment of the Orthodox Church in America: Blessed Father Herman of Alaska, pray to our Lord Jesus Christ// for the salvation of our souls!

Tone 2         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb! The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You,// and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.

Tone 3         Kontakion   (St. Herman)

The eternal light of Christ our Savior guided you, O blessed father Herman, on your evangelical journey to America to proclaim the Gospel of peace. Now you stand before the throne of glory: intercede for your land and its people,// asking peace for the world and salvation for our souls. 

Tone 6         Kontakion   (Forefathers)

You did not worship the graven image, O thrice-blessed ones, but armed with the immaterial Essence of God, you were glorified in a trial by fire. From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying: “Hasten, O compassionate One! Speedily come to our aid,// for You are merciful and able to do as You will!” 

Tone 4         Prokeimenon        (Forefathers)

Blessed areYou, O Lord God of our fathers, / and praised and glorified is Your Name forever! (Song of the Three Holy Children, v. 3)

V.For You are just in all that You have done for us! (v. 4)

Tone 7         Prokeimenon        (St. Herman)

Precious in the sight of the Lord / is the death of His saints. (Ps. 115:6)

Epistle

                                        (213) Galatians 5:22-6:2 (St. Herman)

 Tone 4        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

  1. V. Moses and Aaron were among His priests; Samuel also was among those who called on His Name. (Ps. 98:6)

 V. They called to the Lord and He answered them. (Ps. 98:6)

          Tone 6

  1. V. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. (Ps. 111:1)

                                        Gospel

                                        (24) Luke 6:17-23 (St. Herman)

Plese pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Deborah Stura, Peter Eagler, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not fear evil tidings. (Ps. 111:6)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Nativity Fast. Please refer to your OCA wall calendars for details: no meat, dairy etc. remember that if you have a medical condition that requires eating with the medicines, do not put yourself in danger because of the fast. Proper fasting is good for the body and is meant for the body, not the other way around.      Fr. Terence

Today, a Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Deacon George Yany
  • Angela Yany
  • Euphrasia Conca

May their memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, December 20th., a Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of  Nicholas Telep, Sr., requested by Sally Telep & Family.    May his memory be eternal!

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Thursday, December 24th., 2020 @ 4:00 PM: Vespers for the Nativity of Christ
  • Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 @ 9:00 AM: Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of Christ. No Nativity Breakfast or Coffee Hour that day.
  • Saturday, January 2, 2021 @ 5:00 PM: Great Vespers for the Sunday before the Theophany
  • Sunday, January 3rd, 2020 – A Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy in remembrance of  loved family members whose names are on the Memorial Plaque
  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021:   5:00 PM  Vespers for the Eve of Theophany with the Great Blessing of Water

 

Divine Liturgy Variables for Sunday December 6th., 2020

At the Divine Liturgy

Tone 1         Troparion   (Resurrection)

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body, You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: “Glory to Your esurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom!// Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”

Tone 4         Troparion   (St. Nicholas)

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. O Hierarch Father Nicholas, entreat Christ our God// that our souls may be saved!

          Tone 1         Kontakion   (Resurrection)

As God, You rose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You:// “You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”

          Tone 3         Kontakion   (St. Nicholas)

You appeared as a priest in Myra, O Saint Nicholas, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, O venerable one; you laid down your life for your people and rescued the innocent from death.// Therefore, you have been blest as a great initiate of the grace of God.

 Tone 1         Prokeimenon        (Resurrection)

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us /as we have set our hope on You! (Ps. 32:22)

V.Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just! (Ps. 32:1)

 Tone 7         Prokeimenon        (St. Nicholas)

The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord, / and shall hope in Him. (Ps. 63:10a)

 Epistle

                                        (229) Ephesians 5:9-19

          Tone 1        

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

V.God gives vengeance unto me, and subdues people under me. (Ps. 17:48)

V.He magnifies the salvation of the King and deals mercifully with David, His anointed, and his seed forever. (Ps. 17:51)

          Tone 2

V.Your priests shall be clothed in righteousness, and Your saints shall rejoice.

(Ps. 131:9)

                                        Gospel

                                        (85) Luke 17:12-19

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest!  (Ps. 148:1)

The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.  He shall not fear evil

tidings. (Ps. 111:6)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Please pray for the following servants of God:  Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford, Martha Hvizdash

                                                            ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Nativity Fast. Please refer to your OCA wall calendars for details: no meat, dairy etc. remember that if you have a medical condition that requires eating with the medicines, do not put yourself in danger because of the fast. Proper fasting is good for the body and is meant for the body, not the other way around. Fr. Terence

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of 

Departed members of the Sisterhood of St. Barbara

As we celebrate the memory of St. Barbara on December 4th

May their memories be eternal!

We are happy to announce that our St. Nicholas Day Manhattan Clam Chowder Soup sale held today was very successful because of the ‘pre-ordering’ process.  Thank you for your continued participation and support. Thank you to Deborah Sancenito for her hard work and dedication treating us to another delicious heartwarming soup.

Sunday, November 29th., 2020

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki,  Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Nativity Fast.  Please refer to your OCA wall calendars for details: no meat, dairy etc. remember that if you have a medical condition that requires eating with the medicines, do not put yourself in danger because of the fast.  Proper fasting is good for the body and is meant for the body, not the other way around. 

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • +His Eminence, Archbishop DAVID, Archbishop of Sitka and Alaska,

               who fell asleep in the Lord Friday evening

  •  Eugene Minarich – 4th year in repose, requested by his son Christopher Minarich

   Next Sunday, a Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

 The departed members of the Sisterhood of St. Barbara, as we celebrate the memory of St. Barbara on December 4th.

 May their memories be eternal!

 Today’s coffee hour is sponsored by Christopher Minarich  In Memory of his father Eugene.

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is back home.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more tests.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Thank you for supporting our “Slovak Mushroom Soup” sale last Sunday.   The sale realized a profit of $417.16.    Your participation was greatly appreciated.

 We are happy to announce that a St. Nicholas Day Manhattan Clam Chowder Soup sale will be held on Sunday, December 6th  in our parish hall.    Please contact Matushka Barbara Baz to place your order.

$8.00 per quart.    Pre-orders are encouraged as a limited amount of soup is being prepared.   See the attached flyer with contact information.     Thank you for your continued support.

 Sunday School has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students. Everyone of that age is welcome to join in. Please go to oca.org and you will find it on the front page.

The 2021 Diocesan Wall Calendars have arrived. If you wish to pick one up, they are in the vestibule of the church. Please take one per family.

Sunday, November 15th., 2020

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki,  Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky, Kelly Fusco Ford

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please welcome Fr. Samuel Kedala who is taking Fr. Terence  Baz's place today. Please go to the "Coronavirus Updates" on the website to read why.

Please remember in your prayers, Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur, who Fell Asleep in the Lord Oct. 28, 2020 . She served this parish with her husband, Archpriest Stephen Kachur for many years and was much loved.   Please go to the OCA Website at: oca.org for details.

 Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

 +Archpriest Eugene Carroll – 25th year in repose, requested by Matushka Lola Carroll, daughter Eugenia & granddaughter Sophia

  •  Vladimir Kopetz, requested by Robert & Carol Hruby

            May their memories be eternal!

 Next Sunday, November 22nd, a parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

 +Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur, Our very dear friend. Requested by Robert & Carol Hruby

 May her memory be eternal!

 Updates re some sick people to pray for:

  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is back home.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.
Announcements for Sunday November 8th., 2020

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, , Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please remember in your prayers, Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur, who Fell Asleep in the Lord October 28, 2020.    She served this parish with her husband, Archpriest Stephen Kachur for many years and was much loved.   Please go to the OCA Website at: oca.org for details.

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Vladimir Kopetz – 40th Day, requested by his daughters, Susan Golbek, Marianne Kopetz, Judith Whalen & Families

            May his memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, November 15th, a parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Vladimir Kopetz, requested by Robert & Carol Hruby

May his memory be eternal!

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is back home.
  • Helene Lenkowec who recently suffered an infection.
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Today’s coffee hour is IMO Vladimir Kopetz – 40th day sponsored by his daughters Susan Golbek, Marianne Kopetz, Judith Whalen and their families.  May his memory be eternal!

Sunday November 8th., 2020

Sunday, November 9th 2020

Epistle: Galatians 6:11-18                       Gospel: Luke 8:41-56

Father Terence Baz

St. Paul wrote to the community in Galatia which he had started because, among other matters, some of them were being influenced by Jews who did not believe in Christ but who were telling his community that the Gentile converts should be circumcised according to the old Mosaic Law. St. Paul would have none of this. He warned the community that those who want to justify themselves by the Law have separated themselves from Christ and fallen from the grace of the Holy Spirit. He wrote,

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.”

What does matter is that those who follow Christ must also take up their crosses.

“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

In contrast, he wrote that those who wanted to compel them to be circumcised,

“would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.”

This goes to the heart of the matter. Not only did they refuse to believe in Christ, they were afraid of suffering persecution from the Romans by identifying as being someone different from the Jewish faith. They would lose their privilege as Jews in the Roman Empire. The threat of persecution from Rome for non-Jews was very real. Such people did not want to take up their cross and follow Christ.

In today’s Gospel passage from St. Luke, we have the story of a Jewish leader who asked Jesus to heal his dying daughter. She had already passed away but Jesus told them that she was only asleep. The sympathizers scoffed at Him because it would have been obvious that her body was cold, not breathing and lifeless but Jesus sent everyone outside, went in with 3 of his apostles and the parents and proclaimed: “Little girl, arise!” Her soul was re-united with her body and Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

You may ask: why the secrecy from Jesus? Jesus was given various titles such as master, rabbi, teacher, a prophet, the Nazarene, the one with God or Emmanuel etc. He came to bring the life of the Kingdom of God to others, to teach them about it and call them to repent and sin no more. The one title He did not want at this point was ‘Messiah.’ The time had not yet come for that. Raising a little girl from the dead would stir the people to call Him the ‘Messiah.’ Their expectation, however, of what a ‘Messiah’ would be was very different from what Jesus’ Father in heaven was giving them. He was not a political redeemer sent to free them from the Roman yoke. He was sent to bring the Kingdom of God to them. Thus, the story ends with the words,

“He charged them to tell no one what had happened.”

The word Christ in English translates to Messiah in Hebrew and Arabic. Thus, in the Epistles of the apostles, He is referred to as Jesus Christ because by then He had risen from the dead, becoming the savior of the world. Before that time, however, He is called Jesus.

We can admire the wonderful works of God while we read this story in hindsight. That same Christ is with us now, through the Holy Spirit. That same Kingdom of God that Jesus was preaching is also with us. That same ‘living water’ that Jesus promised is with us in our hearts. That same ‘bread of life’ that He taught about, is offered to us today, in the Eucharist at the Divine Liturgy. So, the life of the Kingdom of God is offered to us now, just like it was to the Chosen People when Jesus was on earth. Unlike them, let us not put Him on the cross by rejecting Him. Let us always acknowledge the wonderful works He has done for us. Let us choose the Kingdom of God and not what the fallen world may want to attract us to. Let us desire to be part of the Communion of Saints just like so many have done before and join them in that same Kingdom of God.

Sunday, November 1st., 2020

Plese pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, , Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please remember in your prayers, Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur, who Fell Asleep in the Lord this past week. She served this parish with her husband, Archpriest Stephen Kachur for many years and was much loved. Please go to the OCA Website at: oca.org to find details. Sadly, because of the current state restrictions, there will be no public viewing.

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, please contact Fr. Terence and Barbara Polk.    To sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact only Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com.   Thank you.

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Martyred Priest Nicola
  • Matushka Elizabeth Dolores Kachur

                                  requested by the Church Council & Parish

            May thier memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, November 8th, parastasas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Vladimir Kopetz – 40th day

 requested by daughters, Susan Golbek, Judith Whalen, Marianne Kopetz  

& Families

May his memory be eternal!

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is back home.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Today’s bulletin in sponsored by the Polk Family in honor of Kayleigh Polk celebrating her first birthday (Nov. 7th) and Brad Polk celebrating his birthday (Nov. 23rd).    Congratulations and Many Blessed Years!

Sunday, October 25th., 2020
Martyr Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries, of Constantinople

Please pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

  • Metropolitan Theodosius
  • Nikifor Savastinuk – 40th day, requested by A.John & Susan Savastinuk & Family           
  • Lorraine & Peter Spann, requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

May their memories be eternal!

Today’s coffee hour is sponsored by A.John & Susan Savastinuk In Memory Of Nikifor Savastinuk - 40th day.  May his memory be eternal.

This was a message that Father read out about Nikifor Savastinuk just before his 40 Day Memorial Service which John Savastinuk gave him:

For those of you who are not familiar with the Orthodox tradition, this memorial service is in remembrance of NikiforSavastinuk at the 40th day since his passing. 

John asked me to say a few words about his younger brother Nikifor.  He was born in Flemington, New Jersey and baptized at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Church in Trenton.    Nikifor was the second son born to Agnes and John Savastinuk.  He is survived by John, his younger brotherPhilip,  two sisters Pauline and Theresa and his nieces and nephews Anastasia, Paul and Julia and John.

Nikifor moved to Colorado and spent the rest of his life there.  He is survived by his wife Debi, children Notasha, Nicholas and Natalie and several grandchildren.  Our condolences go out to the family in Colorado during this very difficult time. 

We would like to welcome the family visitors present today:  his cousin Kathy and her husband Frank.

May Nikifor’s memory be eternal. May his soul dwell with the righteous.

 

I am happy to announce we’ll have coffee hour after Liturgy this morning in the parish hall.  Only those who attend the Liturgy will be able to come downstairs for coffee.  Do not feel obligated if you are not comfortable to come.   In keeping with the guidelines during the pandemic, listed below are some changes and a few reminders to follow as we join together in Fellowship during coffee hour: the hall set up will look a little different to adhere to the guidelines.  

reminders….

  • face coverings/masks must be worn except when eating or drinking coffee, etc.
  • to obtain social distancing….chairs are set to accommodate 4 at a table

keeping you safe

  • food will be individually packaged,  including butter and jelly
  • a kitchen server will pour your coffee, milk and/or juice when you come to the window

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying Fellowship as we resume coffee hour.  If you have any concerns or questions, kindly speak with Donna Betza.   Thank you for your patience.

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky had her hernia procedure and is improving.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Today’s bulletin in sponsored by the Polk Family in honor of Brad & Danielle Polk celebrating their 5th anniversary on  Oct. 23rd.   Congratulations and Many Blessed Years!

The 2021 Diocesan Wall Calendars have arrived. If you wish to pick one up, they are in the vestibule of the church. Please take one per family.

Remember that Daylight saving time (DST) ends on Sunday, November 1st, when clocks are moved back an hour at 2 a.m. (so they will then read 1 a.m. local standard time).   Note: since

the time changes at 2:00 A.M.,  please change your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday.

Sunday, October 18th., 2020

Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Commemorated on October 18

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of 

  • Vladimir Kopetz, requested by Stephen & Diane Abrams
  •  Nikifor Savastinuk, requested by Stephen & Diane Abrams     

May their memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, October 25thth, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of:

  • Nikifor Savastinuk – 40th day, requested by A.John & Susan Savastinuk & Family
  • Lorraine & Peter Spann, requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers. For the sick, some changes:

  • Deborah Stura's back procedure was successful
  • Gabi Cordero had her stiches removed recently & is doing well
  • Janet Dlholucky looks set to have a hernia procedure this week.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Sunday School has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students.

Please make sure you arrive on time! Only the front door will be open. After the Liturgy begins the church door will be locked. A number of emails have gone out about how to stay safe if you come to the church.

Sunday, October 11th Bulletin Announcements
Bulletin Announcements

PLease pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of

            Patricia Thanasides – in loving memory on her birthday, today

                                    requested by her mother, Sally Telep & Family

Nicholas Telep, Sr.

                                    requested by Sally Telep & Family

 

            May their memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, October 18th, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of:

              Vladimir Kopetz

                               requested by Stephen & Diane Abrams

 

               Nikifor Savastinuk

                                requested by Stephen & Diane Abrams                                              May their memories be eternal!

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by the Polk Family in honor of Mikaela Polk celebrating her 9th birthday on Monday, Oct. 12th.    Congratulations and many blessed years.

Dear Holy Assumption Church Family and Friends,

We deeply appreciate your expressions of sympathy.  We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Father Terence Baz, Father Stephen Evanina and to everyone for your love, kindness, friendship, expressions of faith and comfort in the face of sorrow and loss of our dearly departed Vladimir Kopetz who Fell asleep in the Lord.   We thank you for your support and care for our family during this sad and difficult time.   To everyone who was touched by Val….remember his gentle ways and his smile that would light-up a room.  Please keep him in your prayers.  We are so fortunate to have such an endearing and loving church family!     Thank you for your love and prayers.     

Love,  Kopetz and Holick Families.

Thank you Matushka Barbara for sponsoring coffee hour last Sunday In Memory of your parents, Charles & Jennie Ablahani.

I am happy to announce Coffee Hour resumed last Sunday with about 14 parishioners in attendance enjoying Fellowship with coffee and.   We’ll have coffee hour after Liturgy this morning in the parish hall.  Only those who attend the Liturgy will be able to come downstairs for coffee.  Do not feel obligated if you are not comfortable to come.   In keeping with the guidelines during the pandemic, listed below are some changes and a few reminders to follow as we join together in Fellowship during coffee hour. The hall set up will look a little different to adhere to the guidelines.

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers.

  • Gabriella Cordova, who has been ill for some time, was given a new liver a short time ago.  She is now back home and recovering well.
  • Deborah Stura is waiting to have a back procedure done.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Janet Dlholucky is having complications from a large hernia in her esophagus.
    they include the development of ulcers and a blood clot. She is grateful for your prayers.
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Sunday School has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students. Everyone of that age is welcome to join in. Please go to oca.org and you will find it on the front page.

 

Sunday, October 4th. 2020

Please keep our dearly beloved parishioner Vladimir Kopetz who Fell Asleep in the Lord, Sept. 26, in your prayers. May his memory be eternal ! Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this sad and difficult time.


Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of
Charles & Jennie Ablahani
requested by their daughter, Matushka Barbara Baz
Olga Grib – In Loving Memory of our dear mother on her 89th birthday, Oct. 5th!
requested by her daughters, Kathy, Karen, Krissy, & their families
We miss her every day!
Susan Ersalesi Mautone
requested by Lori & Antony Udina & Family
Patricia Thanasides
requested by Sharon & Joseph Koribanics
May their memory be eternal!

I am happy to announce Coffee Hour will resume this morning after Divine Liturgy in the parish hall, as a result of Archbishop Michael approving the Parish Council's plan to begin coffee hour. Only those who attend the Liturgy will be able to come downstairs for coffee. Do not feel obligated if you are not comfortable to come. In keeping with the guidelines during the pandemic, listed below are some changes and a few reminders to follow as we join together in Fellowship during coffee hour: the hall set up will look a little different to adhere to the guidelines.
reminders….
 face coverings/masks must be worn except when eating or drinking coffee, etc.
 to obtain social distancing….chairs are set to accommodate 4 at a table
keeping you safe…
 food will be individually packaged, including butter and jelly
 a kitchen server will pour your coffee, milk and/or juice when you come to the window
We look forward to seeing you and enjoying Fellowship together as we resume coffee hour.
If you have any concerns or questions, kindly speak with Donna Betza.
Thank you for your patience.
There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them
in your prayers.
 Gabriella Cordova, who has been ill for some time, was given a new liver a short
time ago. She is now back home and recovering well.
 Deborah Stura is waiting to have a back procedure done.
 Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
 Janet Dlholucky is having complications from a large hernia in her esophagus.
they include the development of ulcers and a blood clot. She is grateful for your
prayers.
 Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
 A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Sunday, September 27th. 2020

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th 2020                     TONE 7

16th Sunday after Pentecost (1st of Luke)

Martyr Callistratus and his company

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10                  Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Archpriest Terence Baz

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

It is with heartfelt sadness to advise you that our beloved parishioner Vladimir Kopetz  Fell Asleep in the Lord yesterday. Please keep him in your prayers.  Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this sad and difficult time. May his memory be eternal!   Val had been hospitalized for the last two weeks, an infection deteriorated his health and during dialysis his heart gave out and he passed away; without any pain.

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of:

  •  Laura Dlholucky for her 1st year in repose, requested by her mother Janet Dlholucky & Family 
  •  John Peter Koribanics, for his 53rd year in repose, requested by the Koribanics Family
  • The Honorable John Koribanics, requested by the Koribanics Family 

             May their memories be eternal!

 Next Sunday, October 4th,  a Parastas will be held In Memory of: 

  • Charles & Jennie Ablahani, requested by their daughter, Matushka Barbara Baz
  • Olga Grib, to remember her on her birthday of October 5th., requested by her daughters, Karen, Krissy, & Kathy and their families          
  • Susan Ersalesi Mautone, requested by Lori, Antony Udina & Family
  • Patricia Thanasides, requested by Sharon & Joseph Koribanics

             May their memory be eternal!

I am happy to announce that Archbishop Michael has given his blessing to begin Coffee Hour again. The Parish Council has put together a plan that he approved. It will begin on the first Sunday of October, Sunday, October 4th after Divine Liturgy. Only those who attend the Liturgy will be able to come downstairs for coffee. Do not feel obligated if you are not comfortable to come. I will list the details of what we can and cannot do next week, given the restrictions, because of the Coronavirus.

There have been medical developments with some of our parishioners and ask you to keep them in your prayers.

  • Gabriella Cordova, who has been ill for some time, was given a new liver during the week. She is recovering well.
  • Susan Shermock was having trouble with her foot but her condition is improving
  • Janet Dlholucky is having complications from a large hernia in her esophagus.
    they include the development of ulcers and a blood clot. She is grateful for your prayers.
  • Michael Pruzinsky is feeling well but undergoing more texts.
  • A supporter of our parish, Sub-deacon Peter Eagler, is undergoing therapy for cancer.

Sunday School has begun online via Zoom! Parents, please encourage your children to register with Craig Polk and join in. For older students, the archdiocese has begun an online Church Education program for Middle School and Senior School students. Everyone of that age is welcome to join in. Please go to oca.org and you will find it on the front page.

Sunday, September 20th 2020

Sunday, September 20th 2020

15th Sunday after Pentecost — Tone 6. 

The Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross & Sunday after Elevation.

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 4:6-15                        Gospel: Matthew 22:35-46

Archpriest Terence Baz

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, Michael Pruzinsky

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please remember in your prayers, Nikifor Savastinuk, the brother of A. John Savastinuk, who Fell Asleep in the Lord this past week.   May his memory be eternal!

Today, a Memorial Service after Divine Liturgy for:

  • Susan Mautone, requested by Gregory & Donna Betza
  • Christina Telep, requested by Sharon & Joseph Koribanics
  • Nikifor Savastinuk

May their memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, Sept. 27th, a Memorial Service will be held after Divine Liturgy for:

The Honorable John Peter Koribanics – 53rd year in repose, requested by the Koribanics Family

Today’s bulletin is sponsored by Gregory & Donna Betza in loving memory of  Susan Mautone.   May her memory be eternal!

SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL

We hope that everyone had a safe, relaxing summer and we welcome you back to our Holy Assumption Community!  Although things will be different, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for Sunday Church School.  Due to the safety of both our teachers and students,classes will be exclusively via ZOOM.

Sunday, September 13th. 2020

The Forefeast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross is
celebrated for only one day (September 13) and there are seven days of Afterfeast
(September 15-21). The Leavetaking of the Feast falls on September 21.

As per the custom for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, flowers will be available on icon table for you to take home when you come up for a blessing from Father. There are plenty of them. Please do not kiss the icon or the cross and after taking the flowers, take some blessed bread if you did not do so after communion 

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana Selejan, Susan Shermock, survivors & their families and the families of the victims of the Twin Towers attack.

Today, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of
Victims of the World Trade Twin Towers Attack – 19 years ago
May their memories be eternal!

Next Sunday, Sept. 20th, a Parastas will be held after Divine Liturgy In Memory of:
Susan Mautone, requested by Gregory & Donna Betza
Christina Telep, requested by Sharon & Joseph Koribanics
May their memory be eternal!

SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL
We hope that everyone had a safe, relaxing summer and we welcome you back to our Holy Assumption Community! Although things will be different, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for Sunday Church School. Due to the safety of both our teachers and students, classes will be exclusively via ZOOM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 2020 TONE 4 13th Sunday after Pentecost
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 TONE 4 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Lleana
Selejan

SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL

We hope that everyone had a safe, relaxing summer and we welcome you back to our Holy Assumption Community! Although things will be different, we are excited to announce that registration is now open for Sunday Church School. Due to the safety of both our teachers and students, classes will be exclusively via ZOOM.

First class/orientation is scheduled for next Sunday, Sept. 13th. Please email Craig at

polk.craig@gmail.com for information/zoom information.

It is our hope and prayer that circumstances will change to allow us to progress to in-person learning.

Please complete the attached registration form and return via email or mail to the church; Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 35 Orange Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013

Attention: Church School Coordinator. Despite the restrictions, we will do our best to give our students a meaningful religious education experience. If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Craig at polk.craig@gmail.com .

Thank you.

God Bless

Father Terence Craig Polk

Pastor Church School Coordinator

Sunday August 30th 2020

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30                                                                  TONE 3

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Afterfeast of the Beheading of the Forerunner

  1. Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11                   Gospel: Matthew 19:16-26

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Barry Hruby, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Luis Camacho & Family, Lleana Selejan

ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you want to watch the livestream of the Divine Liturgy, please go to the parish website: https://holyassumptionclifton.org/ then click on Media & you will see a new tab: Livestream. Click on that to watch the Liturgy.

You can also still go directly to the parish Facebook page at: Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church @ HolyAssumptionClifton. Then look for the ‘live’ tab & click on it. You will also see that the Livestream has been announced.

Don't forget that Father posts a sermon each day about the scripture readings designated on the OCA Liturgical Calendar. Simply go to: holyassumptionclifton.org, click onto 'Media' and then Fr. Terence's Message. The date of the message is always used as the heading for the post. For Facebook users, go to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church page and look for the posts. They are usually posted soon after lunch time that day.

If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you.    Please note that if you have requested a Memorial Service, Father will still do it.

 

Today, there will be a  Parastas service at the end of Divine Liturgy In Memory of:

Jane Gusciora, requested by Helen Dolocheck & Family

            Richard Mazur – 11th  yr in repose

            Edward & Margaret Helen Mazur

            Frank & Agnes Mazur

            Michael & Mary Kalinich

            Albert Kalinich

                                    requested by the Mazur & Kalinich Families

 

            Anna & George Ward

                                    requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

 May their memory be eternal!

Next Sunday, September 6th, a Parastas will be served In Memory of:

Katherine & John Zubal, requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

May her memory be eternal!

Father is pleased to advise that Archbishop Michael has given us His blessing to hold Divine Liturgy in the church with a maximum of 30 people.   Also, any spouses or friends, who are not Orthodox but came in the past, are welcome to come.

If you would like to come to Divine Liturgy and/or any services when listed under Dates To Remember, please get in contact with Barbara Polk either by phone (973-452-1233) or email (polk_barbara@yahoo.com) and ask her to put you on the list. This list will be worked through alphabetically and you will be told as soon as a space becomes available.  If you are, unfortunately, unable to attend a service after space as been confirmed kindly contact Barbara as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Please make sure you arrive on time! Only the front door will be open. After the Liturgy begins the church door will be locked. A number of emails have gone out about how to stay safe if you come to the church.

For those attending church for Sunday Divine Liturgy, please only sit where a piece of blue tape has been attached to the seat of the pews.  In doing so, we can better keep the social distancing requirement of 6 feet.  If you are a couple, of course, sit together.

Sunday August 23rd 2020

Sunday, August 23rd 2020
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Leavetaking of the Dormition
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12 Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35

Celebrant: Father Terence Baz

Server and Epistle Reader: Sub-deacon Christopher Chasse

Chanter: Reader Christopher Minarich

Door Keeper: Donna Betza

 

Pray for the following servants of God: Archpriest Daniel Skvir, Matushka Eugenia
Nehrebecki, Matushka Dolores Kachur, Matushka Barbara Baz, Sandra Sasso, Paul & Steve Bauer, Vladimir Kopetz, Elaine Klein, William Le Van, Barry Hruby, Susan Dugan, Marie Stephanelli, Katherine Ditinyak, Gabriella Cordero, Klara Filip, Robert Hruby, Kevin Shermock, James Hopko, Kyle Shermock, Jerry Fejko, Janet Dlholucky, Emily Dugan, Melissa Joseph, Bridget McLaughlin, Joann Hopko, Jean Candela, Helene Lenkowec, John Slivinsky, Sally Telep, Elizabeth Thomas-Munzo, Keith Hopko, Kira Eck, Luis Camacho & Family, Lleana Selejan

ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you want to watch the livestream of the Divine Liturgy, please go to the parish website: https://holyassumptionclifton.org/ then click on Media & you will see a new tab: Livestream. Click on that to watch the Liturgy.

You can also still go directly to the parish Facebook page at: Assumption of the Holy
Virgin Orthodox Church @ HolyAssumptionClifton. Then look for the ‘live’ tab & click on it. You will also see that the Livestream has been announced.

Don't forget that Father posts a sermon each day about the scripture readings designated on the OCA Liturgical Calendar. Simply go to: holyassumptionclifton.org, click onto 'Media' and then Fr. Terence's Message. The date of the message is always used as the heading for the post. For Facebook users, go to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church page and look for the posts. They are usually posted soon after lunch time that day. If you would like to schedule a Parastas or Memorial Service, sponsor a weekly bulletin and/or sponsor coffee hour, please contact Barbara Polk @ 973-452-1233 or email: polk_barbara@yahoo.com. Thank you. Please note that if you have requested a Memorial Service, Father will still do it.

Today, there will be a Parastas service at the end of Divine Liturgy In Memory of:
Jane Gusciora requested by Deborah Sancenito & Family
May her memory be eternal!
Next Sunday, Aug. 30th, a Parastas will be served In Memory of: Jane Gusciora
requested by Helen Dolocheck & Family

Richard Mazur – 11th yr in repose
Edward & Margaret Helen Mazur
Frank & Agnes Mazur
Michael & Mary Kalinich
Albert Kalinich
requested by the Mazur & Kalinich Families

Anna & George Ward requested by June & Jerry Fejko & Family

May their memory be eternal!

Please go to the Archdiocesan Website at: https://www.oca.org/ to read any updates from the Orthodox Church of America and our Diocese of NY & NJ at: https://nynjoca.org/ about the Coronavirus crisis.
Please check our parish website each day at: https://www.holyassumptionclifton.org/ to read any updates about closings of Church Services, streaming services and parish news in general and the daily sermon.

Father is pleased to advise that Archbishop Michael has given us His blessing to hold Divine Liturgy in the church with a maximum of 30 people. Also, any spouses or friends, who are not Orthodox but came in the past, are welcome to come.

If you would like to come to Divine Liturgy and/or any services when listed under Dates To Remember, please get in contact with Barbara Polk either by phone (973-452-1233) or email (polk_barbara@yahoo.com) and ask her to put you on the list. This list will be worked through alphabetically and you will be told as soon as a space becomes available. If you are, unfortunately, unable to attend a service after space as been confirmed kindly contact Barbara as soon as possible. Thank you.

Please make sure you arrive on time! Only the front door will be open. After the Liturgy begins the church door will be locked. A number of emails have gone out about how to stay safe if you come to the church.

For those attending church for Sunday Divine Liturgy, please only sit where a piece of blue tape has been attached to the seat of the pews. In doing so, we can better keep the social distancing requirement of 6 feet. If you are a couple, of course, sit together.
Please only take one cup per person for the antidoron and do not take bread from other cups!
Thank you. Fr. Terry

Anyone who is 65 or older, has a medical condition that may make them susceptible to the virus, or been in contact with anyone known to have recently had the virus must declare that you are safe to enter our church. You must also have been symptom free for at least two weeks. Please do not put anyone at risk by ignoring these requirements.
It is very regrettable that this needs to be done but we have to keep our church building free from the Coronavirus, especially as many of our community are elderly.

Please contact Father Terence if you do not feel comfortable in coming but would like to receive the sacraments. No one should feel guilty for refraining from coming to church because of the risks involved with this virus.

You may have heard about the sudden passing of Susan Mautone. It has unfortunately, left Anthony & Joan Ersalesi's grand children in a precarious financial situation for their future. Their aunt, Jodi Ersalesi has set up a fund that will be used for Susan's two daughters' Madison and Dana Mautone's future. Anyone wishing to make a donation, please make checks payable to Jodi Ersalesi at the address below and mark donation in memory of Susan Mautone. Thank you!
Mail to:
Jodi Ersalesi
51 Penobscot St.
Clifton, NJ 07013-2017

Many thanks to Joseph & Sharon Korbanics for donating the microphone attachment to the Iphone that Father uses to broadcast the Livestream of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. From the feedback Father received, this attachment has improved the sound output for the Liturgy significantly. Sharon Koribancs would like to donate (in memory of her mother Jane Gusciora) some used medical equipment; wheel chair, etc., to those in need. If you are interested please contact her at 973-333-1015 for a complete list. Thank you.

Second Sunday of Lent Announcements March 15th 2020

Please check every day the websites: oca.org & nynjoca.org to read any updates about cancellations or restrictions that may happen this week because of the current virus crisis.

On the front page of our diocesan website, you will see a link to sites that have live streaming of Church services, if you feel that you would be at risk by attending them on the weekend.

The Presanctified Liturgy scheduled for this Wednesday at Holy Assumption in Clifton will still be held.

Please go to oca.org to read the statement from the OCA Archdiocesan website about the Coronavirus crisis.

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