St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia
22 November Bulletin

Sunday Bulletin - November 22nd, 2020
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 7
Saint Theoctiste of Lesbos
The Nun Theoktista was born on the island of Lezbia in the 800s. At an early age she was left a total orphan, and relatives gave her over for raising to a monastery.
Prayer List:  Metropolitan Hilarion, Hieromonk Savvaty, Abbot Tikhon, Mother Raphaela, Monk Christian, Reader Samuel, Nadine (Schmidt), Hanora (Smarkola), Shirley (Blessing), Madeleine (Popelak), Joel and Johanna (Patrick), Jeffrey (Poedubicky), Doris (Patrick), Frank (Krewda), Alex, and Anne (Kobasa), Arleen (Pauluch), James (Chafin), Elaine (Walsh), Joan (Sarchese), Sunny Vera (Lawrence), Lyubov (Pavuk), Jerry and Janet (Grzybowski), Lisa (Schiede), Olga and John (Candelori), Steve (Collinelli), Paul (Kauriga), Karen (Zukowsky), Elynore (Whelan), Daria (Champion), Helen (Yurkow) 
Sunday, November 22nd  Divine Liturgy:
For the memory of  + newly departed Patriarch Irinej
For the health of Andrew (Kauriga) by Family
Panikhida/Parastas following Divine Liturgy in memory of newly departed + Patriarch Irinej of Serbia
Flowers in the church for Patronal Feast are donated in memory of all our dear departed Brothers & Sisters of our parish, as well as in honor of all our dear Brothers & Sisters of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish 
Troparion– Tone VII By Thy Cross, Thou didst destroy death! / To the thief, Thou didst open Paradise! / For the myrrhbearers, 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!
Kontakion – Tone VII 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!
Epistle Ephesians 2:14-22 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Gospel Luke 8:41-56 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus' feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?' "But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise." Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, This week, city officials announced reaffirmation of restrictions to take effect within the city to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, the church of St. Michael the Archangel is open for Divine Liturgy and other services by the schedule, to parishioners under certain measures, out of regard to federal, state, and local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives.
Divine Liturgy will be upstairs in the church proper at 10AM, with Reading of the Hours prior. Chapel downstairs remains in place. Measures and guidelines remain the same throughout the building. 
We are following the Hierarchal directives as well as the CDC, state and local city government guidelines. The guidelines of the city are stricter than the state. 
Attendance: Every Sunday and other days, until further notice, a reservation is called for to attend Divine Liturgy, or other services.  Please email the office to register your attendance. Please include each of your names(s) and contact information (email & phone number). Alternating attendance may be necessary to accommodate.
Those with health issues/high risk please use utmost caution; any concerns please contact your medical professional for guidance.
Live streaming of services from St. Michael the Archangel: Please visit our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this email) or navigate through our website to view streaming on Facebook. There is a small icon "f" on the upper right hand corner page of the homepage of our website. To view, Facebook membership is not required, to our understanding. In the event of technical difficulties, please note that services are also streamed by our dean, Fr. John Vass of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church 
How to participate in Divine Services at home?  What do you need? To fully participate in the Divine Services, undivided attention is most important. Prepare yourself as if you are leaving to attend in person by dressing for church. In front of you, place an icon (if you are not in the presence of your icon corner); a candle (safely, in a glass votive holder or lampada & never leave unattended); incense (safely, in an approved home censer & never leave unattended); Stand, sit, make the sign of the cross, bow and respond reverently as if you are present inside the church; May God hear your prayers as well as ours, together, as we lift our hearts and voices to the Lord our God. If you have properly kept Holy Water in your home, a drink from the cup will help nourish the soul and body.
Veneration of Icons & Cross: Please do not kiss icons, the priest's hand and/or the cross at the end of Divine Liturgy. The cross will be placed upon the heads of the parishioners. Bowing and making the sign of the cross is preferred in place of veneration.
General Confession will be prior to Holy Communion, at the time of the Prayers before Communion.  Holy Communion, Individual spoon and paper tissue will be provided to wipe your mouth. A receptacle to place used tissues will also be provided. Please do not kiss the chalice.
We respectfully ask you to follow the health and safety measures while in the building:
  • Wear Masks. Please bring your own facial covering (masks, or cloth, scarf, etc. to cover your nose and mouth)
  • Social Distance (please keep 6ft separation throughout the building)
  • Hand washing & Hand Sanitizer is available
All social gatherings and activities are suspended until further notice. We are taking preventative measures to help stop the spread of the virus, by disinfecting high contact surfaces, and minimize contact touch points such as leaving doors open. 
Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. We continue to monitor this unchartered, fluid situation and will update you with new recommendations as they become available. We are looking forward to the new normalcy, which is yet to be defined.  
We understand how difficult it is to adjust to the world around us at this time.  We extend a kiss of peace to you, and ask everyone to join in their home, to pray for the end of the epidemic and for all who have/will be impacted as well as for peace.
O Lord our God, look down from Thy Holy Heaven on the supplication of us, Thy sinful and unworthy servants, who have angered Thy graciousness by our transgressions, and have provoked Thy deep compassion, and enter not into judgement with Thy servants. But do Thou turn aside Thy fearsome anger that hath justly seized us, appease the destructive threatening, avert Thy terrible sword that, although invisible, cutteth us grievously, and spare Thy poor and needy servants. Enclose not with death the souls of us who have fallen down in repentance with broken hearts and tears before Thee, our kindhearted, condescending, and accommodating God.
For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
This situation has a heavy bearing on any soul. Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Luka for spiritual guidance, with questions or concerns, for any reasons at (239) 785-4484. Please add Fr. Luka's direct phone number to your contact list in case of emergencies and future reference.  
Schedule of Services:
  • Saturday, November 28th  Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, November 29th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
  • Thursday, December 3rd Vespers 6PM
  • Friday, December 4th Great Feast of Entry of Our Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
  • Saturday, December 5th Vespers 6PM
  • Sunday, December 6th 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
Fasting Reminders:  Wednesday November 25th & Friday November 27th 
Nativity (St. Philip's) Fast begins Saturday, November 28th to January 6th
Fasting Recipe of the Week
Our youth are cooking in the kitchen, learning the recipes from generations past, and creating their own versions in the present. It is with great joy in cooking that they are sharing their favorite inspirational lenten recipes. Try one this week. 
Vareniki (Lenten)
5 cups flour
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
Mix flour, salt, oil, and add water gradually to make a stiff dough. Knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover with a towel and allow to stand in refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Cut into thirds. Roll out on floured board. Cut into circles with large glass. Fill half of the circle and fold. Pinch edges together well. Put into a pot of boiling water. Boil for about 10 minutes. They will rise to the top. Remove from water and toss with onions fried in oil. Yield about 50.
Potato and Onion Filling: 
3lbs potatoes and 1 large onion, diced. 
Boil potatoes and mash. Add onion fried in oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Potato and Sauerkraut Filling: 
5 large potatoes, 1 small can sauerkraut, 1 large onion, diced and oil. 
Boil potatoes and mash. Add sauerkraut drained and chopped and onions fried in oil. Season to taste.
Prune Filling: 
1 lb prunes. Boil prunes and remove pits. Cool. Treat as above.
By Carol Kauriga (St. Michael Church Cookbook 2004) 
Please feel free to send your favorite Lenten/Fasting Recipe to the office or through the mail to the church address. Label the Subject: "RECIPE OF THE WEEK." We will share one recipe per week in the bulletin. There is no limit on submissions, however, we will give priority to those whose recipe has not yet appeared. Please contact Julianna Sokoluk with any questions.  
Candles, requests are being accepted for lighting candles in absence. Please submit by mailing your requests to the church address. Donations gladly accepted by check. Please earmark on memo line: "candles." All requests will be honored at Divine Liturgy on Sundays. 
Please indicate quantity and type of candle(s) requested. Include your name, email and/or phone number. Thank you.
A. 7-day vigils $4.00
B. Beeswax  $2.00 
C. Thin Taper $1.00
D. Tea Lights  .50 cents 
Commemoration, Prayer and Service requests are being accepted through the mail. Please clearly state the preferred date(s) for service(s) and name(s) of person(s) to be prayed for and specify for health or departed, Health: Proskomedia - during the litany of mercy, life, peace, health, and visitation. For those that have passed: (specify newly departed, or in memory of) Proskomedia Litany for the departed Panikhida. Thank you.
Praying for the departed souls of our loved ones throughout the year: There are special Soul Saturdays designated on the church calendar, to pray for departed souls. In addition, our parish has a tradition to offer a monthly panikhida (or parastas).  There is a standard monthly list, however, baptismal names may be added on or request for a single name to be included in a particular month. Please refer to Request for Services envelope. Panikhida (or parastas) services may be requested, other than the third Sunday. Please contact Fr Luka for details.
Monthly Panikhida Dates for 2020-2021
  • December 20th
  • January 17th 
  • February 21st
  •  March 21st 
  • April 18th 
  • May 16th 
  • June 20th
Memory Eternal, Archpriest Benedict Tallant reposed in the Lord On Saturday, November 7th - Demetrius Parental Saturday, Archpriest Benedict Tallant, rector emeritus of St. Nicholas Church in Brookside, Alabama reposed in the Lord. Fr. Benedict was one of the senior-most clerics of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, having been ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1962 by Bishop Dositheius (Ivanchenko). Fr. Benedict served as rector of St. Nicholas Church for 55 years until his retirement as rector in 2018. The clergy and faithful of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA express their sincerest condolonces to the parish and family of the newly-reposed. On November 11-12, the clergy and parishioners of St. Nicholas Church in Brookside, AL bade farewell to their beloved longtime rector, Archpriest Benedict Tallant. 
Weekly Envelopes, Gifts & Special Donations.  Online and By Mail. Donations are being accepted in multiple ways, including PayPal. Visit our website for details. Use online options for weekly envelope donations and special contributions. Traditional mail is welcome, too. Thank you for your support of our parish, now and always. 
Amazonsmile is another way to help support the church, now and all through the year. When you shop online, remember to choose our church [St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia], to benefit from the charitable donation program at Amazon. Every purchase through helps the church, by receiving a percentage of your purchase in donation made by Amazon. To sign up or participate go to
Grocery Gift Card Fundraising Program - Do you shop at Shop Rite?  All of us are shopping for groceries to feed ourselves and our families. Do you recall, that we have an existing fundraising program that for the amount you spend shopping at grocery-market chains, such as Shop Rite, in return a portion of your total sales benefits the church directly. This program has existed for decades, but not everyone takes advantage of it. It's as easy as getting the gift cards from the church and then using them to purchase your groceries from your local Shop Rite store. Details upon request, email the office. 
FYI, our parish youth have been creating cards and sending to our parish family who are in nursing facilities or at home, long term. We have expanded to include more elderly parishioners as well. Missing all of you and praying for your good health and safety. If you know of someone who would like to receive cards please let us know by sending an email with their contact information, to the office. 
Charity Collections, support from our parish has benefitted Philabundance (PA), Holy Myrhhbearers (NY), Holy Trinity Seminary (NY), in the not too distant past. New focuses are being considered, and will be shared in the coming weeks. 
Weekly Bulletin: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of printing the weekly bulletin. We share the bulletin digitally, however, the paper version is appreciated by many. A hardcopy is important for those who are not tech-savvy, which is why we print and mail to those parishioners to keep them informed and connected. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you.  
Fresh Flowers: Sponsors are welcome to help defray the costs of the fresh flowers on the Tetrapod and altar. Donations are graciously accepted "in memory of/ in honor of" individuals/families. Please contact Ken Koscinski with any questions about the process. Thank you. 
URGENT UPDATES: In the event of important news, information will be shared via parish Facebook page, email and parish website. Please remember to keep those who may not have email or internet service, up-to-date on advisories. If you have any doubts, call the church. Thank you.
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