Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church
A PARISH OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE
January 17, 2010
Sunday before Theophany & Sunday of Zacchaeus
EPISTLE: 1Timothy 4:9-15 * GOSPEL: St. Luke 19:1-10
schedule of weekly divine services
Sunday Divine Liturgy followed by a Perpetual Panachida in Memory of +Lloyd and +David Vreeland,
offered by Estella Vreeland and Family.
Vigil of Theophany with the Great Blessing of Water - Come join us and listen to the gorgeous prayers!
Festive Divine Liturgy with the blessing of the Rockaway River and retrieval of the cross!
Saturday Evening Vespers.
Sunday Divine Liturgy.
schedule of weekly parish activities
Sunday Social Hour & Sunday Church School -- Come downstairs and join us!
Parish Council Meeting -- Sandra Riesebeck, President
Sunday Social Hour & Sunday Church School -- Come downstairs and join us!
SECOND HOLY NIGHT SUPPER -TOMORROW - Monday, January 18
Every one of our Parish Family members is cordially invited to attend the Second Holy Night Supper in our parish that
evening at 6:00PM. This meal is a ‘covered dish’ (strict fast) to preserve the sacred tradition of our church. We encourage as
many people as possible to attend and pray that we will see you there.
A signup sheet has been posted in the vestibule for the number of people coming and what you will bring. Any
questions, please ask Fr. Michael. Come and join us.
Please pray for the health of God’s servants; Amanda Overdorf, Maryann/Michael Hercek, Mary Beth Newkirk, Pani Eleanor
Pribish, Matushka Charity Fetchina, Karen Clarke & new-born daughter, Metropolitan NICHOLAS, Vilma Walsh, Pete Lyasko, Darren
Lajunie, Charles & Helen Matola, Sophie & Emil Janosec, Clava Troﬁmova, Betty Pavlovich, Dora Gorog, Ann Willis, Marilyn George,
Anna Hollis, Adam & Margot Nemerovich, Ashley Nicole Drake, Tina Griff, Donna Griff, Nick Luchycky, Fr. John Baranik, Fr. Stephen Jula,
Pani Yvonne Lysack, Pani Kathy Dutko, Fr. David/Pani Donna Smoley, Emily Holowach, Hazil Sinclair, Irene Horgas, Pat Overdorf, Joshua
Skoog, Our Armed Forces, George Bak, the unborn children of the world. May the Infant Saviour heal them all with His Right
Hand! Let us say, O Lord, have mercy! Amen.
SAINTS PETER & PAUL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH ✙ 64 BEACH STREET ✙ ROCKAWAY, NJ 07866
CHURCH: 973.627.8576 ✙ RECTORY: 973.627.1462 ✙ MOBILE: 201.486.2123
EMAIL: FATHERMIKEC@VERIZON.NET ✙ WEBSITE: WWW.SSPPACROD.ORG
In the event of an emergency or if you are admitted SUNDAY SOCIAL HOUR
to the hospital, please call Father at the rectory (973) 01/24 - Barbara Fitzgerald
627-1462 as soon as possible and at any time. His mobile 01/31 - ANNUAL MEETING
number is (201) 486-2123. If he is unable to be reached,
02/07 - Olga Gallos
please call Fr. George Hasenecz at (973) 366-9110 and he
will be glad to assist you. 02/09 - JoAnn George
02/16 - Marilyn George
LENTEN SOUP AND PIROHI SALE
We need people to donate soup for sale at this annual event.
Over the past two years, it has blossomed into a wonderful and
necessary source of income for our parish. Your help is needed.
Please sign up on the sheet posted in the vestibule with the type Bring a canned good or goods to church that day and
of soup you will be making. NEED A RECIPE - See Barbara stay to enjoy some homemade soup and bagels for a
Cahill or Father Michael. All Soups must be meatless (no meat small donation. The cans collected will beneﬁt the
stocks please) and a list of ingredients [not the recipe] must be
Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown and the money
provided. Please help us out and sign up for this labor of love.
collected will beneﬁt IOCC.
UPCOMING PIROHI BAKING SESSION: Support our parish youth in this endeavor!
Tuesday, January 26 at 9AM. Help us get ready!
HOUSE BLESSING SCHEDULE - Father will do his best to call before he arrives so that you can be ready. Please
have out a bowl with your holy water, cross, candle ad any items you would like blessed on a table with a white
tablecloth/cover. Please turn off TVs, radios, etc and secure any pets.
Tuesday : Andover/Vernon/Sussex/Sparta Areas Wednesday : Hackettstown/Landing/Mt. Olive
Thursday: Morristown / Montville / Pine Brook / Woodland Park Friday: Boonton/Succussana / Mt. Arlington
Please allow changes for weather and emergencies. If you do not want your house blessed, please let Fr. know.
DEANERY RAFETTO’S VALENTINE’S DAY PASTA SALE
Proceeds defray the cost of transportation for our deanery youth to Camp Nazareth
PASTA 8 JUMBO Heart Shaped Ravioli $6.50/pkg.
_____ Ricotta Cheese _____ Ricotta Cheese & Spinach
SAUCE 14oz. container $5.50/ea.
_____ Marinara _____ Tomato/Basil
$______________ Total Due ___________________________________________
ORDERS/PAYMENT DUE FEBRUARY 07
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Why do we Orthodox celebrate the baptism of Jesus on Epiphany when other Christian faiths celebrate the Magi visiting
Although Orthodox Christians and non-Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany on January 6th, there is a difference in
what they celebrate. Both agree that the word “epiphany” means manifestation or revelation. The Lutheran, Roman
Catholic and Orthodox Churches celebrate different aspects of God’s revelation to man.
The Lutherans believe that Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season. Their celebration begins with the three
magi coming to worship the newborn King, and ends with the feast of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. On
Epiphany, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the revelation of Christ to the three magi, the revelation of Christ at
His baptism, and the revelation of Christ with His first miracle at the Wedding of Cana.
On January 6th, the Orthodox Church celebrates the revelation of the Holy Trinity, the baptism of Christ, and the
enlightenment of humanity. The Church not only refers to this feast as Epiphany, but also Theophany and the Feasts of
Lights (Ta Phota). The word Theophany means the revelation — manifestation of God. Along with the baptism of Christ,
another very special event took place. Until the baptism of Christ, no one knew that God was Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. This is the revelation that the Orthodox Christians are celebrating at Epiphany.
The reason Epiphany is also called the Feast of Lights is because of the revelation of the Holy Trinity on this day has
enlightened the whole world, and given us a greater understanding about Who God is.
Courtesy of Fr. Ted Poteres, SS Constantine & Helen Cathedral, Merrillville, IN
The baptism of Jesus is a highly significant event in the Gospels. Three evangelists actually record it and the fourth
refers to it. The Church emphasizes and celebrates the feast with vigor. The primary reason for this is that in the
Baptism the persons of the Trinity are distinctly revealed; the Son comes out of the water to hear the voice of The Father;
the Spirit, in turn, rests on the Son. This is why the feast is called the “Epiphany” (Manifestation) or
“Theophany” (Manifestation of God).
One sees here that it is Jesus who reveals the Father by the Spirit. We know God as our Father through Jesus because it
is through Jesus that the “spirit of adoption” is given”. As a child we learn that Jesus Christ is God, and that He has a
Father. Similarly, when we grow into a relationship with Christ we in turn come to know the Father. God became Man
in order to show Himself tangibly and relate to us.
This, perhaps, is why Jesus was baptized even though He was sinless. He did so to relate to and identify with sinful man
without actually sinning Himself. Baptism was for sinners; this is why John the Baptist was aghast at Christ’s request to
be baptized. Christ was baptized to identify Himself with us; we are baptized in order to be identified with Him
At His baptism, Jesus also identified Himself with the other person of the Godhead; when we are baptized we are also
identified with the people of God. Just as we come into the world when we are born physically so we come into the
environment of the Body of Christ through baptism. Since the Church is to be the tangible presence of God upon the
earth, the committed relationships of Christians with one another manifest the relationships of the Trinity. Collectively,
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we are to be a theophany, personally manifesting the Lord in our midst through our lives, and identifying ourselves with
the Lord and one another.
Even though baptized, a person may cover the grace and effects of baptism through sin, through the “abuse of temporal
things, or through excess of cares for worldly activities.” This may be regained through the making of a conscious
commitment and decision to follow Christ and relate to Him daily. The grace we first received at baptism will be “stirred
up” as we give our lives to Christ and identify ourselves, with Him and His life. We can, in turn, live the life He meant us
to live just as Christ encountered every temptation and overcame it.
“Therefore, He had to be made like his brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in
things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which
He suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17, 28).
Perhaps the concept of Christ’s identification with’ us and ours with Him was best expressed, outside of Scripture, by St.
Irenaeus: “He came to save all through Himself, -- all I say, who through Him are reborn in God – infants, children,
youths and old men. Therefore He passes through every age, becoming an infant for infants, sanctifying infants; a child
for children, sanctifying those that are of that age, and at the same time becoming for them an example of piety,
righteousness, and submission; a young man for youths, becoming an example for youths and sanctifying them . . . So
also He became an adult for the adults so that He might be the perfect teacher in all things perfect not only in respect to
the setting forth of truth, but perfect in respect to relative age sanctifying the elderly and at the same time becoming an
example for them. The He even experienced death itself, so that He might be the first-born of the dead …
“For all who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27).
SUNDAY OF ZACCHAEUS
The paschal season of the Church is preceded by the season of Great Lent, which is also preceded by its own liturgical
preparation. The first sign of the approach of Great Lent comes five Sundays before its beginning. On this Sunday the
Gospel reading is about Zacchaeus the tax-collector. It tells how Christ brought salvation to the sinful man, and how his life
was changed simply because he "sought to see who Jesus was" (Luke 19:3). The desire and effort to see Jesus begins the
entire movement through Lent towards Pascha. It is the first movement of salvation. Our lenten journey begins with a
recognition of our own sinfulness, just as Zacchaeus recognized his. He promised to make restitution by giving half of his
wealth to the poor, and by paying to those he had falsely accused four times as much as they had lost. In this, he went
beyond the requirements of the Law (Ex. 22:3-12).
The example of Zacchaeus teaches us that we should turn away from our sins, and atone for them. The real proof of our
sorrow and repentance is not just a verbal apology, but when we correct ourselves and try to make amends for the
consequences of our evil actions. We are also assured of God's mercy and compassion by Christ's words to Zacchaeus,
"Today salvation is come to this house" (Luke 19:9). After the Great Doxology at Sunday Matins (when the Tone of the
week is Tone 1, 3, 5, 7) we sing the Dismissal Hymn of the Resurrection "Today salvation has come to the world," which
echoes the Lord's words to Zacchaeus.
Zacchaeus was short, so he climbed a tree in order to see the Lord. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God
(Rom. 3:23). We are also short in our spiritual stature, therefore we must climb the ladder of the virtues. In other words, we
must prepare for spiritual effort and growth.
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