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   SHEPHERD Monthly newsletter of the Serbian
                                                      A monthly publication of the
                                                       Serbian Orthodox Church
                                                       Assumption of the Blessed
                                                             Virgin Mary

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                                                                                         ticipate in this new life spiritually,          must know and feel and believe if a
                                                                                         by being sharers of His eternal life,           mere "Easter holiday" is to be
              DEARLY BELOVED                                                                                                             transformed into a "Pascha holy
                                                                                         and physically by partaking the Pas-
                Christ is Risen             the values associated with a holi-
                                                                                         chal foods in anticipation of the               day."
                      When we               day: family gatherings, fellowship
                                                                                         eternal banquet in the Kingdom of                      When we make an "Easter
                mention the term            and food.
                                                                                         God. The Paschal bread, the meats,              celebration" subordinate to the
"Resurrection Sunday," how does                    It is possible, indeed com-
                                                                                         and dairy products become special               Resurrection of Christ, then we will
our mind respond? We may be                 mendable, when we are able to
                                                                                         signs of Christ's presence in our               understand the significance of
prompted to think in such terms as          combine the two. Faithful believers
                                                                                         midst. The Paschal bread represents             Pascha in our life. Our feeble lives
Redemption, Saviour, or even make           are able to unite both meanings be-
                                                                                         Christ, Who is truly the "Bread of              that are so delicate and subject to
a mental picture of the Icon of             cause it is the Resurrection of our
                                                                                         Life." The meat products recall the             external forces need to be nour-
Christ trampling down death. When           Lord which gives deep and real
                                                                                         animal sacrifices of the Old Cove-              ished by that which is higher than
we mention Easter, what mental              meaning to the quickened pace of
                                                                                         nant that led to the sacrifice of the           human life itself, by that which is
picture do we have? Possibly we             activity in the home in preparation
                                                                                         Paschal Lamb, Christ Himself, and               most sublime. Indeed, every other
think of lilies and other spring            for the feast, and also meaning to
                                                                                         also our union with our Eternal Fa-             purpose and cause and intention
flowers, colored eggs, new clothing,        the customs and traditions we love
                                                                                         ther as His prodigal children who               the world over pales in compari-
and even the eating of blessed food.        and cherish. They mean nothing,
                                                                                         celebrate our blessings upon eating             son . May the beauty of the Res-
This second term conjures up dif-           however, if the spiritual does not
                                                                                         the fattened calf. And the dairy                urrection make your life beautiful!
ferent images than the first, and al-       prevail over the temporal. Christ
                                                                                         products symbolically point to our              May the joy of Pascha encircle you
though we have always considered            and His glorious Resurrection must
                                                                                         new life in the land of "milk and               with joy! May the incomparable
them synonymous, we see that they           be the only theme of this magnifi-
                                                                                         honey," our new and eternal life in             spiritual splendor of the Holy Res-
suggest two different approaches            cent spring feast of feasts. This
                                                                                         the union with the Risen Christ. We             urrection burst forth in your own
toward the Great Feast of Pascha.           meaning we must teach even our
                                                                                         see that it is only through Christ that         spiritual life and be yours this Pas-
       We must all be aware of the          youngest children, and allow no
                                                                                         the heavenly nature of God is united            cha.
dichotomy in the meaning of Resur-          other to replace it.        By His
                                                                                         with the earthly nature of man, and
rection. As followers of Christ, we         glorious Resurrection, Christ gave
                                                                                         that by the Resurrection of our Lord,
emphasize the values of His rising          us new life in raising our earthly
                                                                                         salvation and sanctification is
from the dead. Those who celebrate          nature to the heavenly, and we par-
                                                                                         brought to all creation. That we
it as a spring festival think only of
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                                                                                                vog ve~nog `ivota, a telesnim priman-             zumeti zna~enje Pashe za na{ `ivot.
                                                                                                jem Pashalne hrane u iz~ekivanju                  Na{ nejak `ivot koji je tako delikatan
                                                                                                ve~ne Trepeze u Carstvu Bo`ijem.                  i podlo`an spoljnim pritiscima a treba
                                                  prole}ni praznik, misle samo o                        Pashalni hleb, meso i mle~ni
               Dragi parohijani!
                                                                                                                                                  da bude negovan sa ne~im vi{im
                                                  vrednostima koje su vezane za                 proizvodi postaju posebne oznake                  nego {to je ljudski `ivot, ne~im {to je
                                                  praznik: okupljanje porodice,                 Hristovog prisustva me|u nama. Pa-
               Hristos Vaskrse!                                                                                                                   najuzvi{enije.
                                                  dru`enje, zajedni~arenje i hrana.             shalni hleb predstavlja Hrista Koji je                   Neka lepota Vaskrsenja u~ini
                                                          Treba znati da ova dva pravca         zaista “Hleb @ivota”. Meso nas
        Kada izgovorimo re~ “ Nedelja                                                                                                             va{ `ivot lepim! Neka radost Pashe
                                                  mogu biti spojena i to je vrlo lepo           podse}a na `ivotinjske `rtve starog
Vaskrsenja”, kako reaguje na{ razum?                                                                                                              uve}a va{u radost! Neka duhovna
                                                  ako je mogu}e. Vernici su u stanju da         zaveta koje nas uvode u `rtvovanje
Mo`da mi u tom trenutku i bez okle-                                                                                                               radost svetog Vaskrsenja ispuni va
                                                  spoje ova dva zna~enja, jer je to             Jagnjeta, Samoga Hrista, kao i na{e
vanja pomislimo na Pokajanje,                                                                                                                     { duhovni `ivot i `ivot vama dragih
                                                  Vaskrsenje Gospoda na{ega koji daje           sjedinjenje sa na{im Nebeskim Oce,
Spasitelja ili ~ak stvorimo sliku ikone                                                                                                           ove Pashe.
                                                  dublji i stvarni zna~aj br`eg ku}nog          kao Njegova neposlu{na deca koja
Hrista kako pobe|uje smrt. Kada
                                                  mira u pripremanju za Praznik, kao i          slave blagodati uz trpezu ugojenog
pomenemo Vaskrs, kakvu sliku onda
                                                  zna~enju obi~aja i tradicije koju             teleta. Mle~ni proizvodi simboli{u novi
stvorimo u glavi? Mogu}e je da mi
                                                  `elimo da sa~uvamo. One na zna~e              `ivot u novoj zemlji gde the~e “med i
pomislimo na ljiljane ili neko drugo
                                                  ni{ta, ako duhovno ne preovlada nad           mleko”. Na{ novi i ve~ni `ivot u jed-
proletno cve}e, obojena jaja, nova
                                                  privremenim. Hristos i Njegovo svetlo         instvu sa Vaskrslim Hristom.
ode}a, ili ~ak u`ivanje u bogatoj bla-
                                                  vaskrsenje moraju biti najva`nija tema                Kao {to vidimo da se jedino
goslovenoj trpezi. Ova druga varijanta
                                                  u ovom slavlju nad slavljima. Zna~aj          kroz Hrista, nebeska Bo`anska pri-
nam otkriva druga~iju sliku od prve,
                                                  praznika Hristovog vaskrsenja moramo          roda sjedinjuje sa ljudskom i da kroz
ali smo ih uvek podrazumevali da su
                                                  u~iti ~ak i na{e najmla|e, na{u decu,         Vaskrsenje Hrista, osve}enje je po-
istog zna~enja, vidimo ih kao dva
                                                  ne dozvoliv{i da Ga i{ta drugo                dareno svima.
razli~ita pristupa slavljenja Velikog
                                                  zameni.                                               Moramo da znamo, da osetimo
Praznika–Pashe
                                                          Svojim Vaskrsenjem Hristos            i da vreujemo da je upravo takav
        Mi svi moramo da znamo da
                                                  nam je dao novi `ivot u vaskrsenju na         “Vsakr{nji praznik” bude pretvoren
razgranicimo zna~enje Vaskrsenja.
                                                  {e zemaljske prirode u nebesku i tako         u “PASHALNI Sveti Dan”
Kao sledbanici Hristovi, mi vi{e nagla
                                                  smo postali u~esnici novog duhovnog                    Kada proslavljamo Vaskrs
{avamo vrednost Njegovog vaskrsenja
                                                  `ivota, postav{i tako u~esnici Njego-         poklonimo se Vaskrslom Hristu i mis-
iz mrtvi. Oni koji ovo slave kao
                                                                                                limo o Njemu, tek }e mo onda ra-
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                                                                                                         commit ourselves to follow in His steps to         pate the victory. Let us spend this day in
                                                                                                         the end.                                           that silent waiting and joy, confident in the
                                                                                                                                                            glorious resurrection which awaits us all
                                                                                                         GREAT AND HOLY SATUR-                              in the new blessed Pasha!
                                                     be victorious, for it is by evil that the Son of
                                                     God is crucified on the cross and buried in the     DAY—Silence!
                GREAT AND                            tomb. It is the ultimate sign of defeat. Christ's           The Cherubic Hymn for Holy Sat-                                 PASHA - You
                HOLY THURSDAY                        journey has taken us to the cross, and it is        urday calls us to silence as we contem-                                 made it!
                - Take! Eat and drink!^              there that Christ dies.                             plate the tomb of the Lord. What has hap-                              This is the day which
                                          The                                                            pened to the glorious journey that began
                                                                                                                                                                                the Lord has made!
                  cross is approaching and                    How do His followers react? Judas, as      in Jerusalem - to the "Hosannas" - to the
                  Jesus Has His final meal           we know, was the one who betrayed Him. Pe-          King of Glory?                                                         Let us rejoice and be
with His disciples, during which He shows            ter denies knowing Him. All the disciples scat-             The King of Glory lies dead in a                               glad in it! Can any
His love for His friends by humbling Himself         ter out of fear. Who remains? Who continues         tomb. It is only fear and trembling - in                               other words be ut-
as a servant and washing their feet. He does         with the Lord on His final journey to Gol-
                                                                                                         silence - that we can behold the source of         tered? Can any joy be more complete than
this as an example for them, saying that men         gotha? The followers are reduced to few
                                                     women, to John, the beloved disciple, and to
                                                                                                         life held captive by death! But Christ is          that which we experience on the Feast of
would know that they are His disciples by
                                                     Mary, the mother of Jesus. Few remain to wit-       life! He is the Giver of Life! His tomb is                       feasts, the Resurrection of
their love for one another. As He breaks
bread and shares His cup with them, He says:         ness the end.                                       a life-giving tomb, and it is precisely that
                                                                                                         mystery that we celebrate today - the                            the Lord? Now is the time
"I shall not drink again of this fruit of the                 Where do we stand among Christ's
                                                     followers? Are we the first to run if dangers       mystery of Christ's victory over Death                           to enter the joy of the Lord!
vine until that day when I drink it new with
you in Kingdom." Christ shares His love,                                         threatens? Do we        itself!                                                          The journey has ended! The
His food. His very life with us. He gives                                        follow at a distance,           In our silence, our waiting, our                         bridal chamber is prepared.
Himself totally to us even to death so that                                      but deny our in-        hope of His promise, we already antici-                          The feast awaits us all!
we might share in His newness of life. Let no                                    volvement or
one be ignorant at the Lord's Supper! Let no                                     knowledge of the
one, like Judas, approach the banquet with
lies! For he received, yet he killed the Bread
                                                                                 Lord? Do we pre-
                                                                                 tend sometimes that
                                                                                                                                NAILS
of Life. He looked like a disciple, but was          we do not know Him? Or do we openly betray
really a murderer! He rejoiced with the apos-        Him? Friday is day of witness, the day on                             The nails secured our Lord to the Cross. He didn't need that. The nails
tles, yet with murderers he made his home!           which strength of our faithfulness to the Lord                        caused Him great pain and agony. He didn't need that either. But it
He kissed with hatred, with a kiss he sold           is tested. Each year on this day we should ex-       was our sins that caused it all. Some say He could have lived without them. But Christ
our God..."                                          amine ourselves and our lives to see how we          was born that He might die on the Cross for us!
                 GREAT AID                                         have betrayed Christ, denied Him,
                                                                   and abandoned Him during the                   Jesus endured the nails because we needed something. We needed His salva-
               HOLY FRIDAY - The                                   past year. Each year on this day,      tion; Our Lord did not need anything because everything is already His. But Christ
               darkest day of the year!                            we should repent sincerely and         does know what we all need, even better than we do. Even the painful nails helped
                       Holy Friday is the                          pledge ourselves anew to His
                                                                                                          Christ provide what we really need: for-giveness of our sins and eternal salvation!
               day in which evil appears to                        Kingdom, renew our hope, and

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                                                                                                        sledbenici? Da li prvi be`imo kada opasnost            drhtanje u ti{ini ukazuje na `ivot zarobljen
                                                                                                        nastupi? Pratimo li Isusa sa rastojanja i              smr}u! Nezaboravite Hristos je `ivot? On je
                                                                                                        odri~emo li se Gospoda. Pretvaramo li se ikada         davaoc `ivota, Njegv grob je grob koji `ivot
                                                      Da niko kao Juda ne pristupi veceri sa la`ima!    da neznamo Isusa? Da li Ga otvoreno izdajemo.          daje, to je tajna koju mi slavimo danas, tajna
                           VELIKI                     Jer Juda be{e izabran ali ubi Hleb `ivota.                                                               pobede Isusove nad smrcu. U ti{ini i
                     ^ETVRTAK -                       Juda be{e apostol ali i ubica, sa apostolima je                               Petak je dan               is~ekivanju i nadi Njegvog obe}anja ose}amo
                   Uzmite, Jedite i                   `iveo ali je sa ubicama ku}u pravio. Juda dade                                svedo~anstva, dan          pobedu. Provedimo ovaj dan u ti{ini i rados-
                     pite!                            poljubac mr`nje i sa poljupcem prodade Go-                                    kada se na{a               nom is~ekivanju veruju}i u presvetlo vask-

         Raspe}e se pribli`ava. Hristos ima           spoda.                                                                        veli~ina vere ispi-        rsenje dato nam u novoj blagoslovenoj Pashi.

svoj poslednji obrok sa Svojim u~enicima, gde                                VELIKI I                                               tuje. Svake godine                              PASHA-
tako|e spu{ta sebe na nivo sluge, pere im                                    SVETI PETAK                na ovaj dan mi treba da preispitamo sebe da li                              VASKRS-
svima noge i tako pokazuje Svoju ljubav prema                                                           smo izdali Hrista, da li Ga smo se odrekli,
                                                                             – Najtu`niji                                                                                           Do~ekasmo
svojim prijateljima. Isus je u~inio ovo da                                                              jesmo li Ga napustili u pro{loj godini. Ovo je
                                                                             dan u godini!                                                                                          ovaj dan!
poka`e apostolima Svojim primerom da vole                                                               dan kada treba da se iskreno pokajemo i obe}
                                                               Veliki Petak je dan u koji |avo od-                                                                                  Ovo je dan koji
jedni druge i da }e ih ljudi po tome poznati da                                                         amo sebe carstvu Njegvom, obnovimo nadu i
                                                      nese pobedu jer njegvom voljom Sin Gospodnji                                                                                  Gospod stvori.
su sledbenici Njegvi. Isus je jeo hleba i pio                                                           obave`imo se da pratimo Isusa do kraja
                                                      bi raspet na krstu i bi sahranjen u grobu. Ovo                                                           Slavimo i radujmo se. Nema
vino sa apostolima i potom rekao: "Od sada                                                                        VELIKA SUBOTA-
                                                      je dan poraza, Hristos nas dovede do krsta I                                                             ve}eg dana ni praznika. Ovo je
ne}u piti od ovoga roda ~okotova do onoga                                                                                  Ti{ina!
                                                      tu umre. Kako su Njegovi sledbenici reagovali?                                                           praznik nad praznicima Vask-
dana kada }u ga sa vama piti novog u carstvu                                                             Heruvimska Himna na Veliku Subotu nas
                                                      Juda, kao {to znamo izdade Hrista. Petar se                                                              rsenje Gospoda. Sada je vreme
Oca Mojega."                                                                                            poziva na tisinu pribli`avajuci se Hristovom
                                                      odre~e Hrista govore}i da Ga ne poznaje a os-                                                                           za ulazak u radost
        Isus je delio svoju ljubav, svoju hranu                                                         grobu. [ta se desilo sa slavnim putovanjem
                                                      tali apostoli se razbe`a{e u strahu. Ko ostade                                                                          Gospodnju, putovanje
i svoj `ivot sa nama on je sebe potpuno predao                                                          zapo~etim u Jerusalimu sa pesmom i palmama.
                                                      za Hristom prateci Ga na Golgoti? Nekoliko                                                                              je zavr{eno, svadba
umiru}i za nas da bismo imali `ivot ve~ni.                                                              [ta se desilo sa Osanom Carom Salve? Car
                                                      `ena, Jovan Isusov Miljenik I Marija mati Is-                                                                           pripremljena, gozba
Pazite da niko ne ignori{e ve~eru Gospodnju!                                                            slave le`i mrtav u grobu. Samo strah i
                                                      usova. Samo ovih nekoliko behu sledbenici i                                                                             za sve nas.
                                                      o~evici do kraja. Gde mi stojimo kao Hristovi
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                                                    mestima jaja se boje crvenom bo-
                                                    jom, {to podse}a hri{}ane na krv                                                                                                When the fullness of time had
                                                    Hristovu. No, osim crvenom bojom
                                                                                                                                                                     come, as prophesized by Daniel the Prophet,
                                                    {araju se jaja I drugim bojama,kao
                                                                                                                                                                  and when God was pleased to fulfill His promise
                                                    `utom, zelenom, ru`i~astom I
                                                                                                                                                                  to the banished Adam and to the Prophets, the
                                                    raznim {arama, prema ukusu                                 When the All-Holy Virgin completed the             great Archangel Gabriel appeared in the cham-
                                                    doma}ice.                                        fourteenth year after her birth and was entering
       Kod nas srba      obi~aj je da se
                                                           Pored navedenog predanja,
                                                                                                                                                                  ber of the All-Holy Virgin and, as some priestly
za Vaskrs spremaju obojena I {arena                                                                  her fifteenth year, after having spent eleven years          writers wrote, precisely at that same moment
                                                    ~ini nam se da je pravi simbol uskr              of living and serving in the Temple of Jerusalem,
jaja. Doma}ice se trude da pripreme
                                                    {njeg jajeta u slede}em: kao {to                                                                              when she held open the book of the Prophet
jaja sa rznim {arama. Na tim ku-                                                                     the priests informed her that, according to the              Isaiah and was contemplating his great proph-
                                                    pile, bez i~ije pomo}I spolja, kada
vanim jajima ispisuju: Hristos vask-                                                                 Law, she could not remain in the Tem-                                  ecy: "Behold, the virgin shall be with
                                                    do|e vreme, sopstvenim mo}ima
rse!, “Sre}an Vaskrs” I drugo. Deca                                                                  ple but was required to be betrothed                                   child, and bear a son!" (Isaiah 7:13).
                                                    razbija ljusku I izlazi na svetlost
najvi{e vole ovaj praznik zbog                                                                       and enter into marriage. What a great                                  Gabriel appeared in all of his angelic
                                                    dana, tako I Hristos, sopstvenim
{arenih jaja. Kucaju se jajima, I ~ije
                                                    snagama razbija okove groba—
                                                                                                     surprise to the priests was the answer                                 brightness and saluted her: "Rejoice,
se razbije, to razbijeno predaje se
                                                    smrti, vaskrsava I donosi novi `ivot             of the All-Holy Virgin that she had                                    highly favored one!
pobedniku.
                                                    svima koji veruju u Njegovu re~ I                dedicated her life to God and that she
       Po~etak ovoga obi~aja, da se                                                                  desired to remain a Virgin until death,
                                                    bo`ansku mo}.                                                                                                                    The Lord is with you" (St. Luke
za Vaskrs spremaju farbana jaja,                                                                     not wanting to enter into marriage
                                                           Sa pripremom I {aranjem                                                                                          1:28), and the rest in order as it is writ-
poti~e jo{ iz ranih hri{}anskih vre-                                                                 with anyone! Then, according to Di-
mena. Sledbenica Isusa Hrista,                      uskr{ih jaja vezani su razni obredi                                                                                     ten in the Gospel of the saintly Luke.
                                                    I verovanja, koja svedo~e o njiho-               vine Providence, Zacharias, the high                                   With this angelic annunciation and the
Marija Magdalina do{la je, posle                                                                     priest and father of the Forerunner,
Hristovog Vaznesenja u Rim radi                     vom va`nom zna~enju u re-                                                                                               descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Vir-
                                                    ligioznom `ivotu na{eg naroda.                   under the inspiration of God, and in agreement               gin, the salvation of mankind and restoration of
propovedanja Jevan|elja. I kada je
                                                    @ene I devojke {araju jaja obi~no                with the other priests, gathered twelve unwed                all creation began. The history of the New Testa-
izi{la pred cara Tiberija, pozdravila
                                                    uo~I Vaskrsa. Ovaj posao smatraju                men from the Tribe of David to betroth the Virgin            ment was opened by the words of the Archangel
ga je re~ima: “Hristos vaskrse!” I
                                                    sve{tenom radnjom, pa se zato                    Mary to one of them to preserve her virginity and            Gabriel: "Rejoice, highly favored one" This is to
pru`ila mu na dar ofarbano jaje.
Ovakav poklon Svete Marije Magda-                   pripremaju molitvom. Da bi {aranje               to care for her. She was betrothed to Joseph of              imply that the New Testament was to signify joy
line obja{njava se time {to je u Rimu               I bojenje ispalo bolje, vodu spre-               Nazareth who was her kinsman. In the house of                to mankind and to all created things. It is from
I kod drugih naroda bio obi~aj                      maju na Veliki ~etvrtak, po{to ~uju              Joseph, the All-Holy Virgin continued to live as             this that the Annunciation is considered not
darivanja jaja pri nastupanju nove                  da crkveno zvono odzvoni za bo-                  she did in the Temple of Solomon, occupying her              only a great feast, but a joyful feast as well.
godine, koja je tada obi~no po~injala               goslu`enje. U tu vodu dodaju I                   time in the reading of Sacred Scripture, in prayer,
u prole}e. Kada su prvi hri{}ani                    malo osve}ene vodice, koju je sve                in Godly-thoughts, in fasting and in handywork.
doznali za ovaj dar Svete Marije                    {tenik osvetio u toku Vaskr{njeg                 She rarely went anywhere outside the house nor
Magdaline, onda su I oni po~eli da                  posta. U nekim krajevima, prvo jaje              was she interested in worldly things and events.
se ugledaju na nju. Od tada, svuda u                spu{teno u vodu ~uva se do slede}e               She spoke very little to anyone, if at all, and never
dane Vaskrsenja Hristovog pripre-                   godine.                                          without special need. More frequently she com-
maju se uskr{nja jaja kao symbol                                                                     municated with both of Joseph's daughters.
Vaskrsenja Hristovog. U mnogim
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            Kada se Presvetoj                     s kim u op{te govorila, i nikad
                                                                                                                                  Every            water, they leave behind their old life. All
            Devi navr{i jedanaest                 bez naro~ite potrebe. Naj~e{}e je
                                                                                                                  once in a while an oppor-        their sins fall away. As each person
            godina prebivanja i                   u ku}i op{tila sa dvema k}erima                                 tunity to share in an ex-        emerges from the water, they begin life
            slu`enja pri hramu                    Josifovim. No kada se navr{I                                    perience presents itself to      anew. To those watching, we can only
            Jerusalimskom,        i               vreme prore~eno Danilom proro-                                  us. It has been brought          marvel that all that is truly happening is
~etrnaest godina od ro|enja–                      kom, i kada Bog blagovoli is-                to my attention on more than one occasion           inside the person’s heart! Each person
kada, dakle, stupi u 15-tu godinu                 puniti obe}anje Svoje izgnanom               that there are a number of people in our            will emerge as a ‘son of God’. This is the
nemo`e vi{e ostati pri hramu,                     Adamu i prorocima, javi se veliki            midst who pray with us, share our Church            true miracle of Baptism. God accepts us
nego treba da se obru~i i stupi u                 archangel Gavril u odaji Presvete            life with us and yet are not totally ONE of         totally as we were and changes us to as we
brak. No kako veliko iznena|enje                  Deve, I to, kako neki sve{teni               us. These quiet pious people have not               are. After the Baptisms have been com-
za sve sve{tenike bi odgovor                      pisci pi{u, u trenutku ba{ kada              been Baptized into the Orthodox Faith.              pleted, it would be wonderful to have a
Presvete Deve, da je se ona pos-                  je ona dr`ala otvorenog proroka              As your Shepherd, this pains my heart.              group picnic on the banks of the river.
vetila Bogu i da `eli ostati devo-                Isajiju i razmi{ljala o njegovom             My life is devoted to leading, shepherding          This will be an open event for anyone who
jkom do smrti ne stupaju}I ni s                   velikom proro~anstvu: gle, devo-             and bringing ‘lost’ lambs to Christ. The            would like to come and take part in this
kim u brak! Tada po Promislu i                    jka }e za~eti i rodi}e sina! Javi            salvation of each person’s soul within our          wonderful mystery God has revealed to us.
vnu{enju Bo`jem prvosve{tenik                     joj    se    Gavril  u   svetlosti           midst is my ultimate goal. If you or some-          Please plan to attend. More details will be
Zaharija, otac Prete~ev, dogo-                    arhangelskoj i re~e joj: raduj se,           one you know is in the position of not yet          forthcoming.
vorno sa ostalim sve{tenicima,                    blagodatna! Gospod je s tobom! I             being Baptized, please invite them to con-
sabra 12 bez`enih ljudi iz ple-                   ostalo sve redom kako pi{e u                 sider participating in our first ever group
mena Davidova, da bi jednome od                   Jevan|elju bo`anstvenog Luke.                Baptism. This is tentatively being planned                        Planirano je
njih uru~ili Devu Mariju na                       Sa ovom arhangelskom blagove{}               for the month of July. We will go to the
                                                                                               American River where the Catechumens                      GRUPNO KR[TENJE
~uvanje devoja{tva njenog i sta-                  u, i sa silaskom Duha Svetoga na
ranja o njoj. I bi uru~ena starome                Devu      Pre~istu,    otpo~inje             will enter the water as worldly people and
                                                                                               will emerge from the water as newly-                  Svi Oni koji nisu iz bilo kog
Josifu iz Nazareta, koji joj be{e i               spasenje ljudi i onavljanje tvari.
srodnik. U domu Josifovom Pres-                   Istoriju Novog Zaveta otvorio je             illumined Christians. Just as John the Bap-           razloga krsteni u Pravoslavnoj
veta Deva produ`I `iveti isto kao                 archangel Gavrilo re~ju: Raduj               tist placed his hand on Jesus’ head, I will          veri a `ele da se krste, sada je
i u hramu Solomonovom, pro-                       se! da o znamenuje time, da                  place my hand on the heads of those being           jedinstvena prilika. Nevezano na
vode}i vreme u ~itanju Sv.                        Novi Zavet ima da zna~I radost               Baptized. My hand is only the representa-
                                                                                               tive of what is happening. God is the un-
                                                                                                                                                   godine starosti nikad nije kasno
Pisma, u molitvama, bogorazmi                     za ljude i za svu stvorenu tvar.                                                                 da se krstite. Kr{tenje }e biti na
                                                                                               seen Presence that participates. You will
{ljanju, postu i ru~nom radu. Go-                 Otuda I Blagovest se smatra ko-
                                                                                               hear the words, “so and so is Baptized in            reci u Julu. Za jos informacija
tovo nikada iz ku}e ne izlaza{e,                  liko velikim toliko i radosnim
                                                                                               the name of the Father, Son and Holy                   nozovite Protu Popovica na
niti se interesova{e svetskim                     praznikom.
                                                                                               Spirit”. As each person emerges from the
stvarima i doga|ajima. Malo je                                                                                                                              916-606-8808.
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                                                                                                                             THE BLESSING OF THE HOMES
                                                                                                                     The homes of thousands of Orthodox Christian have
                                                                                                               been blessed during the Epiphany seasons. Let your homes be
         A group Marriage Cere-                     ness of the closest relationship God                       blessed as they are like small churches. Prepare a candle,
mony will be tentatively held dur-                  has bestowed upon us, that of hus-                         bowl of water, and a list of your living family members. Call
ing the month on August. If you                     band and wife. The Love of two peo-                        Father Dane to bless your home with the sanctified water of
have never been married in                          ple dedicated to each other for this
Church, please let me know if you would                                                                        Epiphany starting on this day.
                                               earthly life and for all eternity. It would
like to participate. If you know someone       be wonderful if all the newlyweds and                                        OSVE]ENJE DOMOVA
who has not been married in Church,            those who witness the multiple weddings
please let them know this ceremony will        would share in a celebratory party in our          Hiljade Pravoslavnih domova se osve}uju u vreme Bogojavljenja I
be for them. Marriage is one of our 7          Church hall at the conclusion of the cere-            posle. Osvetite svoje domove jer domovi su va{e male crkve.
Sacraments in the Orthodox Faith. To be                                                           Pripremite sve}u, ~iniju sa vodom I spisak `ivih ~lanova porodice.
                                               mony. Are there any volunteers to help?
                                                                                                   Nazovite Protu Dana da unese krst u va{ dom I blagoslovi sa Bo-
married in a civil ceremony is not recog-      Please plan to attend. More details will           gojavljenskom vodicom. Osve}enje domova po~inje na dan Bogo-
nized by the Church as a legal marriage.       be forthcoming.                                                                 javljenja.
Consider your souls and eternity. The
Church offers a ‘new beginning’ for your
marriage when you are crowned as a new                                                             SHEPHERD SPONSOR for
                                               PLANIRANO JE GRUPNO
king and queen of your own household.                                                                          2010                                        BECOME A
Do not allow yourself to be lulled by the      VENCANJE U NA[OJ CRKVI
                                                                                                       GOLD SPNOSORSHIP                                    SHEPHERD
passing of years into a sense that being           Svi oni koji nisu ven~ani I crkvi                   In memory of my Parents                          SPONSOR FOR 2010
married by society is just as valid as be-         a zive u civilnom braku bilo bi                   Mane & Yeka Evasovich                            Please consider becoming a
ing married in Church. It is not so in the          po`eljno da se ven~aju u crkvi                                   by                               Shepherd Sponsor. For$ 25 you
eyes of God. Jesus Christ performed His                                                                      Mike Evasovic                            will become a bronze Sponsor,
                                                    da im brag bude Bogom bla-
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                                                   gosloven. Evo lepe prilike da se                                                                   $ 100.00 a gold Sponsor.
into wine at the Marriage of Cana. This
in itself should tell us that marriage is                to obavi u Avgustu.                                                                                  Your name or the name
                                                                                                                                                      of a loved one will be listed.
held in the highest regard by God. This
ceremony will be open to anyone who
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                                                                        То је било време гоњења
                                                                        наше цркве, и то нико не
                                                                        пориче, али као што се
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Молим вас да ми лепо појасните како и када              васељеннски сабор и на њему искорене
треба да се крсна слава преноси (слави). Према                                                                        Grant rest eternal and make heir memory to be eternal.
                                                        нека погрешна учења, исто тако се и сада
Пројекту Растко (Православни Мисионар –                                                             PARASTOS:        March 6, 2010, Miodrag Georgevich
подлистак Гласника СПЦ) «док је отац жив, друга         јавља потреба да се после турака и
се свећа неће палити. Ако отац да благослов и           комунизма преуреди црквени живот и                          March 7, 2010 Georgina Stevenson
пренесе славу на сина, онда и он славску свећу у        одвоје народни обичаји од                                   March 13,2010 Aleksandar Mirkovich
своме дому може палити и славу слaвити». Ипак,          свештенорадњи. Тако би се стало на пут
на Светосављу се истиче да је овако веровање
                                                                                                                    Vjecnaja Pamjat – Memory eternal !
погрешно – син може славу да слави чим се
                                                        разним контрадикторним па чак и
осамостали. И свештеници са којима смо                  саблажњивим народним тумачењима као
разговарали дају опречна мишљења. Врло је               и опречним мишљењима свештеника.
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        Наша црква мора да се одлучније
                                                        је само ЈЕДНА и «његова». Ако ми            Church Funeral    Donation         $300
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                                                        евхаристијски сваког момента примамо        Chapel              $50           $300
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Ако данас теолошки изазивамо неке
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                                                        који због «српских обичаја» још увек нису
изолованост неких наших локалних                                                                    rebna nam je va{a pomo}. Godi{nja pretplata je $15.00 dolara. Ako `elite da
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заједница па су у тој отуђености од матице
                                                        шест година, а родитељи чекају кума који    primate putem E-meila dostavite nam va{u imail adresu. Ako ne `elite da pri-
која једва да је постојала (ако је уопште
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постојала?), формрали неке своје обичаје
                                                        (вероватно је неће ни добити), а они сами
који су често замењивали и свештенике,
                                                        још увек немају папире да путују и тамо
којих је у то време било тешко да се нађу.
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                        STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Stewardship is our financial response to God and His Church. Through our finan-
 cial commitment our Parish will be able to carry on its programs for all its mem-
                                                                                                                 APRIL                                                                           2010
                                                                                                    Sunday                           Monday                      Tuesday                    Wednesday                           Thur
 bers. Please fill your stewardship card and mail it to the Church office. “ God has                   Nedelja                                                       Utorak                         Sreda                           ^etv
                                                                                                                                     Ponedeljak
  given us everything we have. He expects from us a generous portion of our bless-
                           ings for the needs of His Church.”
        Starateljstvo je ne{ finansiski odgovor prema Bogu i Njegovoj crkvi. Kroz na                  KIDS EGG HUNTING!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Great T
{a nov~ano obavezivanje na{a parohija bi}e u mogu}nosti di ispuni sve njene pro-                       FOLLOWING WITH SERBIAN                                                                                                     Liturgy a
                                                                                                            TRADITIONAL                                                                                                                Grea
grame prema svim parohijanima. Molimo vas popunite KARTU STARATELJSTVA i                                                                                                                                                              at 6:0
                                                                                                           EASTER DINNER
po{aljite je u crkvenu kancelariju. “Bog nam je dao sve {to imamo. On i o~ekuje od                                                                                                                                              VELIKI ^
nas dobar deo od blagoslov nam dati za potrebe Njegove crkve”.
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                                                                                                                                        Resurrection Monday                Resurrection                 The Annunciation
We are grateful to the following Stewards of our parish family                                  BRIGHT SUNDAY– PASCHA                    Vaskrsnji Ponedeljak
                                                                                                                                                                               Tuesday                     BLAGOVESTI
                                                                                                Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                   Liturgy at                                                  Liturgy at      No fast W
 for their pledge of support to the Church and her ministries
                                                                                                                                                                         Vaskr{nji Utorak
                                                                                                        VASKRS
                                                                                                                                                   9:00 a.m.                   Liturgy at                      9:00 a.m.
                                                                                                      Gospel Jn. 1:1-17;
                            for 2010                                                                 Epistle: Acts. 1:1-8;                                                     9:00 a.m.

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        Radomir Antovich, Agnes Atkinson, Ilija & Ana Bradaric, Ljubinko & Nevenka
                                                                                                 Sunday of St. Thomas                Board
Churchin, Anne Cippa, Biserka Delich, Pava Djordjevich, Peter Djukanovich, Daisy Free-          Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.            Meeting                                                    AKATIST6:00 p.m.
man, Kim Glazzard, John Gojkovich, Rob & Zorka Gojkovich, Horia & Joanna Groza, Donald               Tomina Nedelja
                                                                                                   Gospel. John 20:19-31;                                                                     Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
& Nada Halkovic, Chris & Yuliya Johnson, Danica & Cliff Jones, Dimitri & Luba Karnaookh,            Epistle: Acts 5:12-20;

Eve M. Katich, Gladys Katsikis, Paula Kordic, Steven R. Kosach, Milos Kovac, Mihail &                                        18                          19                         20                                21
Ljuba Kruska, Anna Lisnich, Bosko & Greta Ljubisavljevich, Borka Malkovic, Bill & Martha        Sunday of Myrrhbearers
                                                                                                Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.                                                                     AKATIST at 6:00 p.m.
Mamika, Mile Marjanovich Jr, Mirjana Markovic, Jagoda Mastilovic & Milorad Slavnic,               Nedelja Mironosica                                                                         Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Carolyn Metzka, Daragan & Katarina Mirkovic, Dragan & Martha Mihailjcic, Savka Mileus-            Gospel. Mk.15:43-47; 16:1-8;
                                                                                                      Epistle: Acts.6:1-7;
nich, Robert Miller, Slobo & Tanya Mitic, Elsie Mrvos, Vladimir & Ljiljana Otasevic, Aco &                                   25                         26                        27                                  28
Zorana Petrovic, Boris & Draginja Petrovich, Savo & Bosiljka Petrovic, Gene Plecas,             Sunday of the Paralytic                                                                       AKATIST at 6:00 p.m.
Kevin Pokrajac, Fr. Dane & Protinica Milica Popovic, Milivoje & Cveta Radovanovich, Mi-         Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.                                                                    Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
lanka Radosavljevic, Milena & Todor Rajak, Danica Ryder, Savo Simic, Michail Slavkov,
                                                                                                 Nedelja Raslabljenoga
                                                                                                     Gospel. Jn. 5:1-15;
Inna Telford, Zlatko & Kim Theodorovich, Jovo Tica, Milan & Betty Tica, Nikola & Zorka             Epistle: Acts. 9:32-42;

Tica, Slavko & Milica Turjacanin, Dragan Michelle Vidovich. Fr. Bill Weir & Mary Anne Ple-                                                          CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS? - MENJATE ADRESU
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KI ^ETVRTAK                                                             Velika Subota                           Epistle: Acts.1:1-8;               Ankica Jaksic         …………………………..$ 100.00                 Anonymous          ……………………………. $            25.00
                                                                                                                   April —April 11                 Elia & Milena Kentera       ………………. $ 100.00              Borka Malkovich ……………………………. $                25.00
               8                                         9                                        10       Reader: Dimitri Karnaookh               Fr Dane & Pr Milica Popovic ……………….$ 100.00               Desa Mojsich         …………………………….$            25.00
                                                                     Vespers- VE^ERNJE                         Gospel Jn. 20:19-31;                John & Nevenka Kordic        ………………. $ 100.00             Elsie & Peter Mrvos           ………………...$ 25.00
st Wednesday 7, & Friday 9, April 2010                                     6:00 p.m.                            Epistle: Acts 5:12-20;             Kent & Dawn Foster          ………………. $ 100.00              Michaela Badea-Mic            ………………... $ 25.00
                                                                  Confession—Ispovest-
                                                                                                                   April —April 17                 Nikola & Zorka Tica …………………………..$ 100.00                  Nada Kosanovic …………………………….$ 25.00
                                                                                                           Reader: Mirjana Susa                    Pava Djordjevich …………………………..$ 100.00                     Nina Sadovnikov ……………………………. $ 25.00
                                                                                                             Gospel. Mk.15:43-47; 16:1-8;          Stanley & Vesna Mojsich      ………………. $ 100.00             Proto & Protinica Popovic ………………... $ 25.00
               15                                         16                                      17                                               Vladimir Otashevich          ……………….$ 100.00              Slavko & Milica Turjacanin ………………... $ 25.00
                                                                                                                Epistle: Acts. 6:1-7;
                                                                     Vespers- Ve~ernje                            April — April 24                 Zorka Stijakovic     …………………………..$ 80.00                  Stevana Ausban …………………………….$                  25.00
                                                                 Vespers- Ve~ernje 6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                             Reader: Rade Radulovich               Ilija & Anna Bradaric        ……………….$ 75.00                Anonymous          ……………………………. $            20.00
                                                                 Confession—Ispovest-
                                                                                                                Gospel. Jn. 5:1-15;                Marsha Ivetic Stefanovich    ……………….$ 75.00                Prilog    ………………………………………..$ 20.00
                                                                                                                Epistle: Acts. 9:32-42;            Robert & Zorka Gojkovich-Savin Dan In Memory of           Betty Moomey        ……………………………. $ 20.00
               22                                      23                                         24                May —Maj 1                     Stephen Ryder        …………………………..$ 75.00                  Charlie & Angie Bradaric      ………………... $ 20.00
                                                                            Lazarus Saturday                 Reader: Rade Radulovich               Protonitsa Djorjevic ………………………….. $ 60.00                 Chris & Yuliya Johnson        ………………...$ 20.00
                                                                        LZAREVA SUBOTA                                                                                                                       Danica Gojkovich Ryder        ………………... $ 20.00
                                                                               Divine Liturgy                  Gospel. Jn. 4:5-42;                 Boris & Rada Drca ………………………….. $ 50.00
                                                                                                                                                   Carmen Bowen         ………………………….. $ 50.00                 Danica Gojkovich Ryder-Savin Dan In Memory of Ken
                                                                                  at 9:00 a.m.            Epistle: Acts 11:19-26 & 29-30;
                                                                       Vespers- Ve~ernje                                                           Dragan & Michelle Vidovich ……………… $         50.00         Kinnaman            ……………………………. $ 20.00
                                                                           5:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                   Dragoljub & Andje Cvjetkovic ………………$         50.00        Danica Gojkovich Ryder-Savin Dan In Memory of Mirko
               29                                        30                                                   INFORMATION FOR MAY                  George & Judy Doane         ……………... $       50.00        Porovich ………………………………………...$ 20.00
                                                                                                                   SHEPHERD                        Gladys Katsikis      ………………………….$           50.00         Danica Gojkovich Ryder-Savin Dan In Memory of
                                                                                                       If anyone has anything they would like to   Ivan & Tatjana Maksimovich ……………...$         50.00        Stephen Ryder        ……………………………..$ 20.00
                                                                                                       add to the Shepherd, the last day to send                                                             Danica Gojkovich Ryder-Savin Dan In Memory of
                                                                                                                                                   Martha McGrath ………………………….$                 50.00
                                                                                                               information is April 15th.
                                                                                                            INFORMACIJE ZA MAJSKI PASTIR           Milan & Betty Tica Family    ……………...$      50.00         Zorka Ficovich       ……………………………..$ 20.00
                                                                                                       Ako imate ne{to da bi `eleli da date        Milos & Mileva Radmanovich ……………... $       50.00         Dushanka Medic …………………………….. $ 20.00
           BLESSING OF HOMES                                                                           za mese~ni Pastir, zadnji dan za to je      Nada Micanovic       ………………………….$           50.00         Helen Vukasovich ……………………………...$ 20.00
    If you would like your home to be                                                                    15 April. Nazovite Protu Dana ili         Nikolai & Inna Kaliakin      ……………... $      50.00        Jovo Tica ………………………………………….$ 20.00
    blessed call Fr. Dane at 916-966-6276 or                                                                     po{aljite po{tom.                 Vuk & Verica Nastic         ……………... $       50.00        Lila Lukic ………………………………………….$ 20.00
    606-8808                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ljubo Churchin       ……………………………..$ 20.00
                                                                                                                                                   Biserka Delich        ………………………….$          40.00
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   FINANCIAL REPORT for FEBRUARY 2010                                                                 Mico Stefanovic     ……………………………$              20.00
                                                                                                                                                                 In Memory of my Father Tihomir Danila Lukic on the
                                                                                                      Mirjana Markovic …………………………... $              20.00
                                                                                                                                                                 10 year anniversary of his death
Plate……………… …………….$                       1065.00     Interest Income…………………...$              1.76    Miroslav & Marie Milovanovich……………….$         20.00
Candles………………………….$                       1704.00     Banquets Event ………………….$                  .00   Premil & Ana Gojkovich       ………………. $        20.00        Lila & Ljubica (mom) Lukic   ……………… $       100.00
Stewardship…………… ……....$                  2350.00     Other……………………………...$                   86.00    Zoran, Veliborka & David Cvjetkovic………...$    20.00
In Memory & other donations….$             4734.00    Apartment Rental…………………$              900.00    Anonymous          ………………………….. $            10.00                       In Memory of Zeljko
Hall Rental……………………...$                     300.00                                                    Anonymous          ………………………….. $            10.00         Slobodan & Tanja Mitic       ………………..$       10.00
Church Fees………………….…$                       950.00    Total Income for February $ 12.190.76           Nikola Saraba       …………………………..$            10.00
Christmas Donations.. …………$               4576.00                                                     Radmila Krapcevich………………………….. $             10.00         In Memory of Stevo Begovich
                                                                                                      Anonymous           …………………………..$             5.00         Eli & Anna Bradaric ……………………………$             25.00
                                            EXPENSES                                                  Slava & Leanna      …………………………..$             5.00
Diocese Fees…………………….$                     1048.92        Church Worship……………...$          1.034.36                                                                 In Memory of Georgina Stevenson
                                                                                                                 Shepherd Donations
Priest’s Salary …………... …….$               3129.00        Building & Grounds……….…$         5.681.95                                                              Serbian Senior Citizens Club ………………..$       25.00
Payroll Taxes…………………... $                   239.37        Miscellaneous ………….……$                      Mike Evasovic-Shephard Gold Sponsor - In Memory of
                                                                                                      my parents Mane & Yeka Evasovich …... $ 100.00                      Libertyville Seminary donation
Administration…… …………….$                    730.34            Total for February $15.207.24
Priest’s Benefits……...................$    2404.30                                                    Margaret Chernay-Shepherd In Honor of Margaret             Cash donations       …………………………...$         549.00
Charitable Giving…… ………….$                  839.00                                                    Chernay, Natalie Fitzpatrick & Andre Chernay               Slobodan & Tanja Mitic    ……………….. $         50.00
Education………………………..$                       262.49               Excess of Income over                …………………………………………………..$ 45.00                               Stevana Ausban …………………………...$                50.00
Socials/Banquets ………………..$                  100.00                     Expenses                       Andjelka Bojic Raicevic      ……………….$ 30.00                Borka Malkovich …………………………... $              25.00
                                                                     ( $ 3.016.48)                    Andjelka Raicevic …………………………..$ 30.00                      Ilija & Sharon Cvetich    ………………. $          25.00
                                                                                                      Fred Cooley         …………………………..$ 25.00                    John & Nevenka Kordic     ………………. $          25.00
                                                                                                      Olga "Bunnie" Swartz         ……………….$ 25.00                Proto & Protinica Popovic ……………….. $          25.00
                                                                                                      Milica Jovanovic …………………………..$ 15.00                       Robert Miller        …………………………...$          20.00
                                                                                                      Miroslav & Marie Milovanovich ……………...$ 15.00              Lila Lukic ……………………………………….$                10.00
                                                                                                      Pavo & Bosiljka Cvjetkovic ……………….$ 15.00                  Martha McGrath …………………………...$                10.00
                                                                                                            In memory of Protinica Nina Garic                                       Other Donations
                             General Account Balances:                                                Ilija & Sharon Cvetich   ………………. $           50.00         Levi & Tanya Ax ………………………….. $               45.00
                                                                                                      Peter & Dara Kosich       ……………….$           25.00         Patricia Culjak    …………………………..$             35.00
                        Balance as of January 31, 2010………$ 49,715.10
                                                                                                      Daisy Freeman        …………………………... $         20.00         Milica Jovanovic …………………………..$               25.00
                       Deposits in February 2010 ……………....$ 12.190.76                                      In Memory of my Father Nikola Kordic                  Timothy & Melissa Culjak ……………….$            20.00

                       Expenditures in February 2010………....$ 15.207.24                                John & Nevenka Kordic     ………………. $          50.00

               Balance as of February 28.2010 …..$ 43,698.62                                             In Memory of Dr. Alexander Janushkowsky

                                                                                                      Gregory & Anastasia Mandrussow      $   100.00
                                    Wash Account………..$

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                                                                                                               Please help us decorate the Church and
                             Peter & Jelena Tiemann
                                                                                                               Christ’s Tomb for the Easter Holidays.
Auto, Motorcycle & Drunk driving Accidents Big Rig, Bicycle & Boating Accidents,
     Falls & Construction Accidents, Dog & Animal Attacks, Accidental Death                       Easter is upon us! We are now beginning to
                          Free consultation, 24 hours/day                                         take donations for flowers to decorate
                               No Fee until we win                                                Christ’s Tomb and for the Church on
                                      (916-941-7300                                               Easter. You may wish to give a donation
                                      English, Serbian                                            in memory, or for the good health, of a
                                                                                                  Loved One. Please specify that your donation
                                                                                                  is for Easter Flowers.

                              Advokati                                                                         Thank you!
                      Peter & Jelena Tiemann
   Besplatna consultacija, 24/7, ne napla}ujemo dok ne pobedimo
                           916-941-7300
           Konsultacije na Engleskom i Srpskom Jeziku.                                                             Traditional Easter Dinner, Sunday
                                                                                                                             April 4, 20010
                                      I BELIEVE
     I Believe in the goodness of God, in the joy of the Lord which                                                       10:00 am Divine Liturgy
                            strengthens me.
         I BELIVE that God guides me and feavors my ways.
   I BELIEVE that God is acting through me as beauty, love, peace,
                                                                                                                       Followed by Easter Banquet
                        abundance and security.
 I BELIEVE that God attends all my ways and works miracles in my                                                     Bring your family and friends!
                                   life.
I BELIEVE that I am the son of the living God and that I was born to                                                            Dobro nam do{li!
         win, to succeed and walk in the beautiful way of life.
IBELIEVE that I am here for only one purpose; that is, to Glorify God
                   and be delighted in him for eternity

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                                                                                            and are anxious to cast their net still wider. In the words of Father Spartas: "And, me-
                            Orthodox Church                                                 thinks, that in no time this Church is going to embrace all the Africans at large and
                                                                                            thereby become one of the leading Churches in Africa" (Quoted in F. B. Welbourn, East
                      The Church of the Seven Councils                                      African Rebels, London, 1961, p. 83; this book gives a critical but not unsympathetic
                                                                                            account of Orthodoxy in Uganda). The rise of Orthodoxy in Uganda has of course to be
                            by Bishop Kallistos Ware
                                                                                            seen against the background of African nationalism: one of the obvious attractions of
CONTINUED…...                 The twentieth century,                                        Orthodox Christianity in Ugandan eyes is the fact that it is entirely unconnected with the
                                                                                            colonial regimes of the past hundred years. Yet, despite certain political undertones, Or-
                                 Western Orthodoxy
                                                                                            thodoxy in Central Africa is a genuinely religious movement.
         Besides these Asian Orthodox Churches, there is now an exceedingly lively Af-               The enthusiasm with which these Africans have embraced Orthodoxy has caught
rican Orthodox Church in Uganda and Kenya. Entirely indigenous from the start, Afri-        the imagination of the Orthodox world at large, and has helped to arouse missionary in-
can Orthodoxy did not arise through the preaching of missionaries from the traditional      terest in many places. Paradoxically, in Africa hitherto it has been the Africans who
Orthodox lands, but was a spontaneous movement among Africans themselves. The               have taken the initiative and converted themselves to Orthodoxy. Perhaps the Orthodox,
founders of the African Orthodox movement were two native Ugandans, Rauben Se-              encouraged by the Ugandan precedent, will now establish missions elsewhere on their
banja Mukasa Spartas (born 1899, bishop 1972, died 1982) and his friend Obadiah Ka-         own initiative, instead of waiting for the Africans to come to them. The "missionary"
banda Basajjakitalo. Originally brought up as Anglicans, they were converted to Ortho-      situation of the diaspora has made Orthodox better aware of the meaning of their own
doxy in the 1920s, not as a result of personal contact with other Orthodox, but through     tradition: may not a closer involvement in the task of evangelizing non-Christian coun-
their own reading and study. Over the past forty years Rauben and Obadiah have ener-        tries have the same effect?
getically preached their new-found faith to their fellow Africans, building up a commu-              Every Christian body is today confronted by grave problems, but the Orthodox
nity which, according to some reports, numbers more than 100,000, mostly in Kenya. In       have perhaps greater difficulties to face than most. In contemporary Orthodoxy it is not
1982, after the death of Bishop Rauben, there were two African bishops.                     always easy "to recognize victory beneath the outward appearance of failure, to discern
         At first the canonical position of Ugandan Orthodoxy was in some doubt, as         the power of God fulfilling itself in weakness, the true Church within the historic real-
originally Rauben and Obadiah established contact with an organization emanating from       ity" (V. Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church, p. 246). But if there are
the United States, the "African Orthodox Church," which, though using the title             obvious weaknesses, there are also many signs of life. Whatever the doubts and ambi-
"Orthodox," has in fact no connection with the true and historical Orthodox communion.      guities of Church-State relations in communist countries, today as in the past Orthodoxy
In 1932 they were both ordained by a certain Archbishop Alexander of this Church, but       has its martyrs and confessors. The decline of Orthodox monasticism, unmistakable in
towards the end of that same year they became aware of the dubious status of the            many areas, is not by any means universal; and there are centers which may prove the
"African Orthodox Church," whereupon they severed all relations with it and ap-             source of a future monastic resurrection. The spiritual treasures of Orthodoxy — for ex-
proached the Patriarchate of Alexandria. But only in 1946, when Rauben visited Alex-        ample, the Philokalia and the Jesus Prayer — so far from being forgotten, are used and
andria in person, did the Patriarch formally recognize the African Orthodox community       appreciated more and more. Orthodox theologians are few in number, but some of them
in Uganda, and definitely take it under his care. In recent years the bond with Alexan-     — often under the stimulus of western learning — are rediscovering vital elements in
dria has been considerably strengthened, and since 1959 one of the Metropolitans of the     their theological inheritance. A shortsighted nationalism is hindering the Church in its
Patriarchate — a Greek — has been charged with special responsibility for missionary        work, but there are growing attempts at cooperation. Missions are still on a very small
work in Central Africa. African Orthodox have been sent to study theology in Greece,        scale, but Orthodoxy is showing a greater awareness of their importance. No Orthodox
and since 1960 more than eighty Africans have been y ordained as deacons and priests        who is realistic and honest with himself can feel complacent about the present state of
(until that year, the only .priests were the two founders themselves). In 1982 a seminary   his Church; yet despite its many problems and manifest human shortcomings, Ortho-
for training priests was opened at Nairobi. Many African Orthodox have high ambitions,      doxy can at the same time look to the future with confidence and hope. END
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Питање:                                                                                   Parishioners hospitalized, sick at home or in nursing homes…
                                                                                         Mihajlo Kruska                       Zorica Popovic                        Rade Popovic
Када и како је настала прва молитва, да ли за вереме Мојсија или још пре?                Nikola Dragovic                      Ana Bozinovic                        Milli Maticic
Мада бих волио да знам и за прву хришћанску молитву како и када је                       Dusko Pesevic                        Horia Ion Groza                      Danica Ryder
настала. Свако вам добро од Господа Бога.                                                Persa Dragovic                       Dejan Trailovi                       Sandy Tobe
                                                                                         Dorothy Gojkovich                    Nada Kosanovic                       Milos Kovac
Одговор:                                                                                 Ana Mileusnich
                                                                                         Olga & Irina Butin
                                                                                                                              Daisy Freeman
                                                                                                                              Ivan Popazivanov
                                                                                                                                                                   Belko Yovanovich
                                                                                                                                                                   George Melnikov
                                                                                         Alexandra Fitzpatrick                Darinka Mitrovich
Молитва је стара колико и свет. У невидљивом свету анђели Божји непрестано                Dear Brothers and Sisters, please remember these people in your daily prayers. If you know anyone who is
славе Господа, а то је и молитва, а створени човек од праха земаљског, у кога је        sick please let Father Dane know. He would like to visit them and pray for them. His telephone number is 966-
Бог удахнуо дух живи, ступа одмах у контакт са Богом кроз разговор. Ми и данас          6276 or 606-8808.
кажемо да је молитва разговор са Богом. Значи, молитва је настала стварањем
човека као боголиког бића.
                                                                                               When your are making a donation to our Church, please note on the check
На првим страницама Библије имамо опис жртава које су приносили синови                  (under the memo field) what it is for. This is because we have no way of knowing
Адама и Еве Каин и Авељ, што је била једне врсте молитва Богу. Касније читамо о         your intent for the donation. Otherwise, if there is no such notation, and if you are al-
молитвама патријараха, Ноја, Јова, судија, пророка и царева, а најлепше молитве         ready a steward, the donation will automatically apply towards your stewardship. If you
је исписао цар Давид у псалмима. Хришћанска молитва потиче од Христа, који се           are not a steward, it will be applied as a church donation.
врло често молио свом небеском Оцу, а када су и апостоли пожелели да их научи                 Kada dajete prilog crkvi, molimo vas napi{ite na ceku ili
како да се моле ("Господе, научи нас да се молимо" Лука 11, 1), Христос је пред
њима изговорио Молитву Господњу, Оче наш... "Господе научи нас да се                    koferti za{ta je namenjen. Jer druga~ije neznamo za{ta je taj
молимо", обратио се Христу један ученик, чије нам име није познато, и та молба је       novac namenjen onda novac ida za starateljstvo ako ste Staratelj
произвела највећу реку молитве у свету, Молитву Господњу. Добро је што не               crkve ako niste oda ide u generalni fond kao prilog. Hvala
знамо ништа о том ученику, јер он на тај начин редставља све нас.

Сви смо ми представљени у њему и он у име нас говори: Господе, научи нас да се
молимо. Апостоли су се, свакако, молили и молитвама старозаветним, али су врло
брзо почели и сами да изговарају, по надахнућу, молитве при ломљењу хлеба, при                                               To get important updates
Евхаристији и тиме почели формирање хришћанског богослужења, које је                                                           regarding our Church
проткано молитвама мољења, захваљивања и прослављања.                                                           community OR to review old issues of The Shepherd
                                                                                                                                         OR
                                                                                                                to send e-mails to the Church, please visit our NEW,
                                                                                                                              IMPROVED website at:
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                    Calendar of Events                                                   Јереј Србољуб Милетић                    како би били "приступачнији народу"
               We are publishing a calendar of events so                                                                          или "да би преживели". У додиру са
                    that you and your family                                                                                      својим парохијанима често пута
                                                                                               NASTAVAK...
         can join us for these events. All are welcome
                                                                                                                                  свештеници су просто "приморани" да
                                                                                                                                  много више времена потроше у
               and we hope to see you at Church,                                   О "НАРОДНОМ СВЕШТЕНИКУ"
                                                                                                                                  разговорима о политици,
                     as well as these events.                                           Ако на прво место у једном
                                                                                                                                  аутомобилима, становима, спорту и
                    More details will follow.                                    тренутку ставимо "народ", као
                                                                                                                                  разним светским пословима - о свему
                                                                                 уопштени, световни скуп, ми чинимо
                                                                                                                                  за шта нису надлежни, уместо о
                                                                                 пропуст који ће нам се једноставно
                    March 27, Lazarus Saturday, -                                "осветити". Не говорим о томе да не
                                                                                                                                  духовним стварима, за које једино јесу
                          Cleaning of Church                                                                                      надлежни. Ако и покушају да започну
                                                                                 треба водити бриго о народу, него о
                                                                                                                                  неку духовну тему, врло брзо се
                    April 4, Easter—Vaskrs                                       томе да та брига код пастира не сме
                                                                                                                                  открива непријатан и "непремостив"
                    June 27 Vidovdan Celebration                                 никада да буде на првом месту, а
                                                                                                                                  јаз између духовног, хришћанског
                                                                                 нарочито не у организовању
                    July 18 Drazin dan                                                                                            виђења света и његових свакодневних
                                                                                 парохијског живота, јер ће на тај начин
                    August 1 Children’s Camp                                     Парохија узети "световни курс" а не
                                                                                                                                  парохијана који често не само да нису
                    August 28, Church Slava                                                                                       заинтересовани, већ су и одбојни
                                                                                 Црквени, постаће сличнија неком клубу
                                                                                                                                  према сувише "црквеним" темама:
                                                                                 или организацији него Цркви.
                                                                                                                                  "Знате оче, ја не идем сваке недеље у
              Your Church Board Welcomes you.                                    Уосталом, ко је нас поставио
                                                                                 одговорнима за читав народ?
                                                                                                                                  цркву! Нисам ја од оних "црквењака",
                                                                                                                                  али, ја волим своју Цркву и поштујем
                                                                                 Данас, велики број чланова наших
                                                                                                                                  своју Веру; само, не знам ти ја баш све
                                                                                 парохија на прво место ставља обичаје а
                                                                                                                                  те наше обичаје"! - слуша свештеник
                                                                                 не Веру. Код многих се схватање Цркве
                                                                                                                                  сувише често од својих парохијана.
                                                                                 и Православља, на жалост, своди на
                                                                                                                                  Деси се такође, да и сам свештеник
                                                                                 неку врсту "фолклора" и обичаја. Из тог
                                                                                                                                  приликом славског обреда, или
                                                                                 разлога, на жалост, поједнини
                                                                                                                                  венчања, па чак и за Божић или
                                                                                 парохијани и од свештеника очекују да
                                                                                                                                  Ђурђевдан, непажњом говори о
                                                                                 се поистовећује са светским токовима и
                                                                                                                                  "нашим лепим обичајима" а не о
                                                                                 модерним начином живота. Поједини
                                                                                                                                  Светим Тајнама и животу у Цркви. На
                                                                                 пастири су у искушењу да то прихвате,
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                                                                                                                                      Lord's offering....." (Exodus 35, 21).
овакву, све учесталију појаву у Цркви        шта да тражимо у њиховом друштву.                            S TEWARDSHIP—               There was no compulsion in connection
                                             Колико је мени познато, у                                                                with this offering. It was all based on
готово нико не указује, а многи је и сами
прихватају како не би "заостали" за          Православној Цркви не постоје                                STARATEL-                   the voluntary action of the giver.
временом.                                    преседани када је "дозвољено" оно                            JSTVO                               Note the stress placed on the
Ради оправдања, неки цитирају                што је иначе забрањено. Врлине су                                                        attitude of the giver in both the above
Апостола Павла који каже: "Свима сам         увек и у свакој прилици врлине, а                                                        quotations, "whoever is of a generous
                                                                                                                 A generous-
био све, само да кога придобијем за          греси су увек греси, без обзира ко,
                                                                                                           hearted old man, looking   hear," and, "everyone whose heart
Јеванђеље". Једно је извесно: апостол        када и ради којег циља их чинио.
                                             Према томе, оно за шта би богослов          back on his life, once remarked: "I have     stirred him." This shows us clearly that
сигурно није мислио на банкете и
пријеме, на састанке са бизнисменима,        био избачен из богословије, или пак         loved more than I have been loved; I         the impulse to give came from within.
министрима и дипломатијом, на                верник одлучен од Причешћа, не сме          have trusted more than I have been           These ancient men of Israel wanted to
шармирање или причање вицева                 да буде прихватљиво или што је још          trusted; I have given more than I have       help construct, furnish and operate the
потенцијалним Христовим                      горе "врлина", "сналажљивост" или           received, but the balance remains with       Tabernacle as an expression of their
следбеницима, на испијање здравица по        "способност" за свештеника.                 me."                                         worship and service to God. Isn't that
клубовима и кафанама или на одласке          Грешке и греси се стално дешавају, јер                                                   exactly what we want today?
                                                                                                 The reward of generosity is the
на голф и коњске трке.                       "нема човека који би живео а да не                                                               When one contributes because
                                                                                         generous heart which rejoices in giving
Апостол Павле се састајао са                 сагреши". Црква је и основана управо
                                                                                         and seeks nothing in return. But the law     he must (taxes) or because of the
гувернерима, министрима, судијама и          због наших грехова. Али, потребно је
                                                                                         of returns remains, regardless of your       pressure from his friends and members
државним представницима - али само           разликовати грешку и грех од читавих
тада, када је пред њих био доведен у         токова којима се крећемо. никаква           feelings, and you reap what you sow.         of his group, and not because his own
оковима и у ланцима. Тада је и одржао        корист није ако се бринемо о гресима,               "He who sows" sparingly will also    "willing heart" has "stirred him," his
своју чувену беседу пред царем               а следимо светске токове. Свештеник         reap sparingly and he who sows bounti-       gift may have beneficial results but he,
Агрипом која се завршава: "Молио бих         треба да сузбија грешке и грехове, али      fully will also reap bountifully. Each one   himself, will miss the greater part of
Бога да би не само ти, него и сви који ме    много више од тога, он треба да се          must do as he has made up his mind, not      the spiritual uplift that comes from
данас слушају били такви као ја што          противи неправославним токовима и                                                        giving generously and enthusiastically
                                                                                         reluctantly or under compulsion, for God
сам, осим ових окова!" (Дјел. 26,29.) Он     секуларистичким тенденцијама које                                                        from an eager heart. If we find our-
                                                                                         loves a cheerful giver" (II Corinthians 9,
дакле, није желео да постане сличан          постају устаљена пракса у нашим
                                                                                         6-7).                                        selves giving grudgingly to the work of
цару и његовим великодостојницима,           парохијама и Црквеним општинама.
                                             Који пастир није у стању да направи                 "Take an offering to the Lord;       the Church and to the spreading of the
већ је својим судијама отворено, иако
ухапшен, рекао да жели да се они             ову разлику, него се "бори противу          whoever is of a generous heart, let him      Gospel, we need a mountain-top experi-
угледају на њега. То је циљ и прави          греха" а узима активног учешћа у            bring the Lord's offering” (Exodus 35,       ence, a renewed vision of our place in
разлог који никада не треба крити:           посветовњачивању Цркве - нека је            5).                                          God's plan, and a renewal of our conse-
залуталим овцама можемо једино               њему и нама Бог на помоћи! Таквима                  "And they came, everyone whose       cration to his service.
поручити да бисмо желели да и они            је Христос рекао: "Вођи слијепи који        heart stirred him, and everyone whose                The cheerfulness with which we
буду у Христовој Цркви као и ми. Ако         оцјеђујете комарца а камилу                                                              give to advance his Kingdom is a good
                                                                                         heart moved him, and brought the
то нисмо у стању, онда уопште немамо         прождирете"! NASTAVICE SE…...
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                                                                                           ticle, have also included your Church and                   DELIBERATE GIVING means that
measure of the spiritual life within us. If   need money to support my family, but l
                                                                                           parish in this list of necessities every           once you have made up your mind to give,
we dislike to give, it is a danger signal     won’t worry about it. It wi11 come one
                                                                                           week? Have you ever thought that a cer-            and decided how much to give, you will give
flashing its warning across the path of       way or another." He goes after it and
                                                                                           tain amount of your expenses each week             REGULARLY, week in and week out. Just as
life. It should send us to our knees in re-   no Church can afford to say the same.                                                           you have your payday and you know how
                                                                                           should be directed for the work of your
newed searching for that which is most        She must go after it. And the only                                                              much to expect, so must your Church have
                                                                                           Church? For God's work? Or do you, on
significant, most worthwhile and most         source of its income is the voluntary                                                           her "payday" every Sunday whether that
                                                                                           the spur of the moment, put a dollar in
closely attuned to God's plan for our         contributions of the parishioners and                                                           money comes in by the person himself, his
                                                                                           the envelope and drop it in the tray? And          agent, or the mail.
highest fulfillment and greatest satis-       friends who have intelligently discov-
                                                                                           what do you do when you do not go to                        There was a time when the Church
faction.                                      ered that the Church cannot operate
                                                                                           Church? Do you forget even that little             demanded — and got — the very life of her
        Once a man has found pleasure         on a hit or miss system of deriving an
                                                                                           amount?                                            Martyrs in order to survive. Today all we
and cheer in giving, he must make up his      income, but a methodical and system-
                                                                                           It is hard to believe that to many Or-             are asked to give is part of our TIME,
mind that the most effective giving is:       atic way of giving on their part. This is
                                                                                           thodox Christians -- far too many. I               TALENT and TREASURE! Anyone who
INTELLIGENT, CONSCIENTIOUS,                   the only source of income that the
                                                                                           regret to say — their Church means no              gives willingly, cheerfully and generously in
AND DELIBERATE, for the sake of the           Church must look forward to for sup-                                                            faith and out of love for the Lord, to the
                                                                                           more than a pack of cigarettes or a
giver as well as the receiver. This is the    port, and not the various gimmicks and                                                          limit of his/her ability, has truly responded
                                                                                           mediocre cigar per week! Then we hear
kind of giving which sustains the income      games currently employed.                                                                       to the call of the Lord: “Whosoever wishes
                                                                                           complaints that the parish is dragging its feet
of the Church and the philanthropic in-                                                                                                       to come after me, let him deny himself,
                                                                                           on some desired projects, or does not re-
stitutions.                                           CONSCIENTIOUS GIVING                                                                    take up his cross and follow me" (Matthew
                                                                                           spond as she should to the charity and philan-
        INTELLIGENT GIVING means                                                                                                              16, 24).
                                              means one's fair share. Once you have        thropic needs of the parishioners and the
that the giver has intelligently arrived at                                                                                                            And the Lord will respond to him/
                                              intelligently decided that you want to       community.
                                                                                                                                              her in the Great Beyond with the greeting:
the conclusion that he must give so that      give, you now have to decide how much                Since most people persist on some
                                                                                                                                              "Well done, good and faithful servant, you
his Church may be able to live and pro-       to give and how often. This must be          guidelines on giving, here is a minimal and fair
                                                                                                                                              have been faithful over a little, I will set
gress. He is convinced that the Church        done conscientiously. No spur of the         and truly affordable amount that you can
                                                                                                                                              you over much; enter into the joy of your
must look to a regular income in order to                                                  start with in order to introduce yourself into
                                              moment decision. You do not decide at                                                           Master" (Matthew 25, 23).
make effective plans to serve all the pa-                                                  the joy of generous giving: ONE HOUR'S
                                              random that you need seventy five or                                                                    Let everything you do for your
rishioners to the fullest. Just as a man      one hundred and fifty dollars a week         PAY PER WEEK! That is, for you and your
                                                                                                                                              Church, especially your giving of the
figures that he needs so much money a                                                      spouse and every member of the family to
                                              for groceries. You figure it out. Like-                                                         three T's be Cheerful, Generous, In-
                                                                                           give to their Church every week what they
week for shelter food clothing, etc., and     wise, you figure out all your other                                                             telligent, Conscientious and Deliber-
                                                                                           make in an hour? Or, if you are salaried, to
goes out to get it, so does the Church        weekly needs: rent, clothing, insurance,                                                        ate.
                                                                                           give $5.00 per week for every 51,000 gross
need a certain amount of money to meet        transportation, recreation, etc.             income you make per year. What a beautiful                 Fr. Evagoras Constantinides
her multitudinous needs each week. No                 Now, let me ask you this ques-       way to start! And next year, when you dis-
sensible man says to himself: "I know I       tion: How many of you, reading this ar-      cover how painless and how rewarding it is to
                                                                                           give, you can increase it to two hours per
                                                                                           week or even more.
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                                                                                                                                                              and joined in the singing. How wonderful to wor-
                                                   a senior at Lower Lake High School in
        Katarina Miletijev and her husband,                                                                    Our congregation hosted this year’s Tri-       ship surrounded by people of all backgrounds and all
Joe Horton, married in 2005. They started          Clearlake. Her school team took the top
                                                                                                    umph of Orthodoxy - Orthodox Sunday Vespers Ser-                                              colors singing and
thinking about choosing a Saint so they might      Honors at the Academic Decathlon held
celebrate a family Slava. This January, after
                                                                                                    vice on February 21st. Even though the service was                                            worshipping Our God
                                                   for Lake County. She and her teammate
pondering for 5 years, they made a decision.                                                                                                to begin at 7                                         together. The ser-
Their son, Nicolas, had been born on January       received the highest score for Lower                                                     p.m., people                                          vice seemed to end
27, St. Sava’s Day, 3 ½ years ago. Their prayer    Lake High School. They will be repre-                                                    began arriving                                        too soon. How fitting
was answered – St. Sava was to be their fam-
ily’s Slava! Katarina talked with her Mother
                                                   senting Lake County at the state finals                                                  shortly after 6                                       that the final prayer
and got her Mother’s Zhito recipe. Then she        which will be held March 12 to 15.                                                       p.m. By the                                           for this Sunday ser-
went to the internet and did her own research.               May God Bless His Servant,                                                     time the doors                                        vice is our beautiful
In the end, she developed her OWN recipe. “I       Teodora – Many Years                                                                     of the Sanctu-    prayer “How Great Is Our God”.
loved it! But then I love Zhito.” They invited               Augustin Deteres left for Ft. Ben-
their American friends to a dinner. Katarina                                                                                                ary were                    We were blessed with the presence of 15
                                                   ning, Georgia, for military training on March    opened, the Church was full. Latecomers spilled           Priests. Our own Fr. Dane Popovic led the beautiful ser-
wanted them to know the significance of the
                                                   15 th. Please keep him close to your hearts in
event, so she included online information for
                                                   prayer as he prepares to defend our Nation.
                                                                                                    into the side aisles and stood in the Vestibule! All      vice as the host priest. With him were:
them to read in advance of the dinner. Both                                                         had come to witness the Triumph of Orthodoxy –            Fr. Miladin Garic - our retired Priest, now at St. Sava’s in Jack-
Katarina and Joe are forward thinkers. For         When we pray for the military during our Ser-
                                                                                                    the right to possess and venerate our beloved             son
next year, Katarina has already decided that       vices, raise his name to Our Lord so He pro-
                                                                                                                                                              Fr. Dimitrius Dogias - retired Priest from Annunciation Greek
she wants the Priest to come to their home.        tects one of our own loved ones.                 icons. Many worshippers came clutching their own          Church – Sacramento
She wants her children, 3 ½ year old Nicolas                 May God Bless His Servant, Augustin    beloved icons to their breasts.                           Fr. Dino Pappademos—St. Katherine Greek Church -Elk Grove
and 19 month old Lili, to learn some Serbian       – Many Years
                                                                                                               The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek      Fr. Andrew Jacobs – St. Suzanna – Sonora
songs and prayers. Joe wants to invite the                   Mirko Petrovich heard from a
children’s Godparents to the dinner so the chil-                                                    Orthodox Church of Sacramento was the guest               Fr. Timothy Robinson – Annunciation Greek Church – Sacra-
                                                   friend of a friend of two fairly new ice mak-                                                              mento
dren realize how important they are in their       ing machines that were available for free.       choir. With the singing of their first evening prayer,
                                                                                                                                                              Fr. Stephen Tumbas – St. Sava Serbian Church – Jackson
religious life. Both of them are thankful they     He immediately thought of our hall kitchen       all the worshippers were transfixed! We were truly
have had their prayers answered and have                                                                                                                      Fr. Paul Volmensky – Ascension Russian Church – Sacramento
                                                   and bar. When serving food and drinks for        in a place where God was in our midst and we all          Fr. James Retelas – Annunciation Greek Church – Sacramento
the protection of St. Sava for their family.
          May God Bless His Servants, Katarina,    our large gatherings, ice is always in high      felt His presence. The choir chose to sing the re-        Fr. Thomas Zell – St. James Antiochian Church – Modesto
Joe, Nicolas and Lili - Many Years                 demand. Mirko followed up on the slight          sponses and prayers in three languages – Greek,           Fr. Polycarp Whitcomb – Antiochian Church – Sacramento
        George and Mara Mileusnic                  information. The result? We now have two         Church Slavonic and English. They rotated amongst         Fr. Ian Mackinnon – Holy Cross American Church – Sacramento
celebrated their 57th Wedding Anniversary on       working ice making machines! Now he is                                                                     Fr. Christopher Flesoras – St. Anna Greek Church – Roseville
                                                                                                    the three. It
February 28, 2010. We offer our Congratula-        considering upgrading our bar. He and our                                                                  Fr. Stephen Howell
tions to them.                                     President are beginning the process of look-     only took the                                             Fr. George Gulin – Holy Myrrhbearers Church – West Sacra-
         May God Grant George and Mara             ing for volunteers to donate items needed        worshippers                                               mento
Many Years                                         and helpers with installation. We offer our      one cycle of                                              Fr. William Weir – our Church
        Teodora Toshich continues on-              Thanks to Mirko for his endeavors.               languages                                                           Our President, Miroslav Milovanovich became
ward in her studies having more accolades                                                           before they                                               the love of the evening with his wonderful Lenten mine-
handed to her for her hard work. Dora is           May God Bless His Servant, Mirko – Many Years
                                                                                                    discovered                                                strone soup. The wafting smells that emanated from the
                                                                                                    the pattern                                               kitchen made everyone want to eat! Our beloved Sisters
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felt during the service continued until after 10 p.m. as    Orthodoxy in the United States today:
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and the hall in preparation for the evening; Thank you
to those who prepared the flower arrangements in the          Only 1 in every 1,000 immigrants to the U.S. is Orthodox.
Church and in the hall; Thank you to those who fixed        The American culture tells us everything and anything is
the lights outside; Thank you to those who set up the       okay to believe.
tables and chairs; Thank you to those who set the ta-                   More than 50% (1/2) of children who go to a
bles; Thank you to those who served the food; Thank         university do NOT attend Church after they graduate.
you to those who cleaned up the kitchen and the hall                    How do Orthodox Christians respond to the
till midnight; Thank you to those who attended and          confusing pluralism of America? We need to educate
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      Thanks be to God for giving us such a wonderful       gious tradition. We need to take our religious practices
evening as we begin our Second Week of Lent – 2010.         seriously: fasting, praying, and repenting of our sins. We
How Great A God Is Our God.                                 need to dedicate ourselves to preaching the Gospel.
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     Tonight we are celebrating the triumph of the Or-      Denisova
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