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CHURCH CALENDAR
January 2018


Saturday, January 6, 2018
Vespers 7:00 PM
Christmas Eve - Badnje Vece
Pot Luck Dinner after Vespers


Sunday, January 7, 2018
Divine Liturgy 10:30 AM
Nativity of Our LordJesus Christ
Christmas Day - Bozic


Monday, January 8, 2018
Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM
Synasis of the Holy Theotokos


Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM
Saint Archdeacon Stephen


Saturday, January 13, 2018
Vespers 7:00 PM
Serbian New Year's Eve
Serbian New Year's Eve Dance following Vespers


Sunday, January 14, 2018
Divine Liturgy 10:30 AM
Saint Basil the Great
Serbian New Year's Day


Thursday, January 18, 2018
Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
Holy Cross Day


Friday, January 19, 2018
Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM
Theophany


Saturday, January 20, 2018
Divine Liturgy 10:30 AM
Synaxis of St. John the Baptist


Sunday, January 21, 2018
Divine Liturgy 10:30 AM


Saturday, January 27, 2018
Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM
 St. Sava


Saturday, January 27, 2018
Divine Liturgy 10:30 AM
 Savindan Celebration


 

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST; SUNDAY BEFORE THEOPHANY; 
CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST; SAINT BASIL THE GREAT; JULIAN NEW YEAR

saint basilSaint Basil the Great who was born about the end of the year 329 in Caesarea of Cappadocia, to a family renowned for their learning and holiness. His parents' names were Basil and Emily. His mother Emily (commemorated July 19) and his grandmother Macrina (Jan. 14) are Saints of the Church, together with all his brothers and sisters: Macrina, his elder sister (July 19), Gregory of Nyssa (Jan. to), Peter of Sebastia (Jan. 9), and Naucratius. Basil studied in Constantnople under the sophist Libanius, then in Athens, where also he formed a friendship with the young Gregory, a fellow Cappadocian, later called "the Theologian." Through the good influence of his sister Macrina (see July 19), he chose to embrace the ascetical life, abandoning his worldly career. He visited the monks in Egypt, in Palestine, in Syria, and in Mesopotamia, and upon returning to Caesarea, he departed to a hermitage on the Iris River in Pontus, not far from Annesi, where his mother and his sister Macrina were already treading the path of the ascetical life; here he also wrote his ascetical homilies. About the year 370, when the bishop of his country reposed, he was elected to succeed to his throne and was entrusted with the Church of Christ, which he tended for eight years, living in voluntary poverty and strict asceticism, having no other care than to defend holy Orthodoxy as a worthy successor of the Apostles. The Emperor Valens, and Modestus, the Eparch of the East, who were of one mind with the Arians, tried with threats of exile and of torments to bend the Saint to their own confession, because he was the bastion of Orthodoxy in all Cappadocia, and preserved it from heresy when Arianism was at its strongest. But he set all their malice at nought, and in his willingness to give himself up to every suffering for the sake of the Faith, showed himself to be a martyr by volition. Modestus, amazed at Basil's fearlessness in his presence, said that no one had ever so spoken to him. "Perhaps," answered the Saint, "you have never met a bishop before." The Emperor Valens himself was almost won over by Basil's dignity and wisdom. When Valens' son fell gravely sick, he asked Saint Basil to pray for him. The Saint promised that his son would be restated if Valens agreed to have him baptized by the Orthodox; Valens agreed, Basil prayed. the son was restored. But afterwards the Emperor had him baptized by Arians, and the child died soon after. Later, Valens, persuaded by his counsellors, decided to send the Saint into exile because he would not accept the Arians into communion; but his pen broke when he was signing the edict of banishment. He tried a second time and a third, but the same thing happened, so that the Emperor was filled with dread, and tore up the document, and Basil was not banished. The truly great Basil, spent with extreme ascetical practices and continual labours, at the helm of the church, departed to the Lord on the 1st of January, in 379. at the age of forty-nine.

His writings are replete with wisdom and erudition, and rich these gifts he set forth the doctrines concerning the mysteries both of the creation (see his Hexaemeron) and of the Holy Trinity (see On the Holy Spirit). Because of the majesty and keenness of his eloquence, he is honoured as "the revealer of heavenly things" and "the Great."

Saint Basil is also celebrated on January 30th with Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint John Chrysostom.

SUNDAY BEFORE THEOPHANY: 2 TIMOTHY 4: 5-8

Brethren, when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”  Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

FOR THE CIRCUMCISION: COLOSSIANS 2: 8-12

Brethren, beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

GOSPEL READINGS

SUNDAY BEFORE THEOPHANY: MARK 1: 1-8

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

FOR THE CIRCUMCISION: LUKE 2: 20-21, 40-52

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature,[a] and in favor with God and man.

Читање из друге посланице Тимотеју Светог Апостола Павла (4, 5-8)

Чедо Тимотеје,  ти буди трезан у свачему, трпи зло, учини дело јеванђелиста, службу своју сврши. Јер ја се већ жртвујем, и време мог одласка наста. Добар рат ратовах, трку сврших, веру одржах. Даље, дакле, мени је приправљен венац правде, који ће ми дати Господ у дан онај, праведни судија; али не само мени, него свима који се радују Његовом доласку.

Читање Светог Јеванђеља по Марку (1, 1-8)

Почетак јеванђеља Исуса Христа Сина Божјег. Као што стоји у пророку: Ево ја шаљем анђела свог пред лицем Твојим, који ће приправити пут Твој пред Тобом. Глас је оног што виче у пустињи: Приправите пут Господњи, поравните стазе Његове. Појави се Јован крстећи у пустињи, и проповедајући крштење покајања за опроштење греха. И излажаше к њему сва јудејска земља и Јерусалимљани; и крштаваше их све у Јордану реци, и исповедаху грехе своје. А Јован беше обучен у камиљу длаку, и имаше појас кожан око себе; и јеђаше скакавце и мед дивљи. И проповедаше говорећи: Иде за мном јачи од мене, пред ким ја нисам достојан сагнути се и одрешити ремен на обући Његовој. Ја вас крштавам водом, а Он ће вас крстити Духом Светим.

БЕСЕДА Светог Владике Николаја о томе  како се трeба уклањати од зла и чннити добро

Уклони се од зла и учини добро (Пс. 33, 15)

Овим речима исказан је сав труд наш којим треба да се трудимо овде на земљи и у земљи, то јест на овој земљи материјалној и у овоме телу материјалном. Шта треба, дакле, да буде труд наш? Да стекнемо две навике: једну — уклањати се од зла, и другу — чинити добро. А о томе шта је добро а шта зло, казује нам наша савест непотпуно и нејасно, јер је грехом помрачена, а наука Христова потпуно и јасно. Шта тражи од нас Господ наш, браћо? Тражи да као што су олтари наши увек окренути Истоку, тако и душе наше да буду увек окренуте ка добру. Да остављамо зло иза леђа, у сенци, у понору заборава, у тами бившега, а ми из године у годину, из дана у дан, да се пружамо ка добру: да мислимо о добру, да чезнемо за добром, да говоримо о добру, да чинимо добро. Господ тражи зидаре а не рушиоце. Јер ко зида добро, самим тим руши зло. Ко се пак окрене да руши зло, брзо заборави зидати добро и претвара се у злочинца.  Мрзећи на зло, држите се добра (Рим. 12, 9), учи нас апостол Христов. Мрзи на зло, но не мрзи на човека који чини зло, јер је болесник. Ако можеш, лечи болесника, но не убијај га мржњом твојом. Држи се добра, и само добра, јер је добро од Бога, и јер је Бог ризница свих добара. О Господе добри и сведобри, научи нас уклањати се од зла и чинити добро ради славе Твоје и ради спасења нашег. Теби слава и хвала вавек, Амин

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE SEVEN:

By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death!  To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise!  For the myrrh-bearers, Thou didst change weeping into joy!  And Thou didst command Thy disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that Thou art risen, granting the world great mercy!

CIRCUMCISION TROPARION - TONE ONE:

O Jesus, sitting on the heavenly fiery throne together with Your Father, who has no beginning, and Your Divine Spirit; You have condescended to be incarnate on the earth from a virgin, Your Mother who knew no husband. You have also condescended to be circumcised in the flesh on the eighth day. Glory to Your all-merciful will! Glory to Your plan of redemption! Glory to Your condescension, O Only One who loves mankind.

TROPARION TO SAINT BASIL THE GREAT - TONE ONE:

Your teaching has spread over the whole world, which has accepted your instructions revealing the mystery of the Divinity. You clearly explained the nature of things and improved the human way of life. Holy Father and royal priest, intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.

Блажени Теофилакт, архиепископ охридски. Рођен на острву Еврипу а васпитан у Цариграду код најзнаменитијих учитеља тога времена. Као клирик Велике Цркве изабран за епископа и послат, мимо своје воље, у Охрид, где је провео око двадесет пет година (од прилике од 1082-1108). Хоматијан Охридски назива га "најмудријим архиепископом". Човек огромне учености, светске и богословске, утанчаног византијског укуса, меланхоличан и осетљив, Теофилакт се осећао међу Словенима у Охриду као изгнаник међу варварима. Написао Тумачења сва четири јеванђеља и других књига Новог Завета. То је најбоље дело те врсте после светог Златоуста, које се и дан-данас чита са великом коришћу. Од осталих његових дела позната су још: Писма, и Живот светог Климента Охридског. У старости свети Теофилакт се повукао из Охрида у Солун где је, како се мисли, и скончао свој земаљски живот и преселио се у блажену вечност.

Св. Василије Велики архиеп. Кесаријски. Рођен у време цара Константина. Још као некрштен учио се 15 година у Атини философији, реторици, астрономији и свима осталим светским наукама тога времена. Школски другови су му били: Григорије Богослов и Јулијан, доцнији цар одступник. У зрелим годинама крстио се на реци Јордану заједно са својим бившим учитељем Евулом. Био епископ Кесарије Кападокијске близу 10 година, а завршио свој земни живот напунив 50 година од рођења. Велики поборник Православља, велика луча моралне чистоте и ревности верске, велики богословски ум, велики стројитељ и стуб цркве Божје - Василије се пунозаслужно назива Великим. У црквеној служби назива се пчелом цркве Христове, која носи мед вернима и жаоком својом боде јеретике. Сачувана су многобројна дела овога Оца Цркве, богословска, апологетска, подвижничка и канонска; исто тако и служба, названа по његовом имену. Ова служба служи се 10 пута у години, и то: 1. јануара, уочи Божића, уочи Богојављења, у све недеље Часног поста осим Цветне, на Велики Четвртак и на Велику Суботу. Мирно се упокоји св. Василије 1. јануара 379. год. и пресели у царство Христово.

 

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