St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Bulletin Special Holiday Edition Christmas and Theophany 2015 Fr George Lardas, Rector – Telephone 203 / 209-9374 Web Site: StNicholasStratford.org V Rev Fr George Lardas, Rector, and Leo “Dexter” Peavy, Starosta, with the entire Parish Council Wish our parishioners and friends A blessed Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year! о. Георгий Лардас, Настоятель, и Лев Пиви, Староста, со всем Церковно-Приходским Советом Сердечно приветствуем всех наших прихожан и друзей С Рождеством Христовым, Silver star under the Altar of the Nativity marks the spot where Christ was born Troparion of Christmas, Tone 4 Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, * hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world, * for thereby they that worshipped the stars * were instructed by a star * to worship Thee the Sun of Righteousness * and to know Thee the Dayspring from on high, ** O Lord, glory be to Thee и с счастливым Новым Годом! Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem Тропарь Рождества, Гласъ 4 . Christmas carols - К Blessing of waters - В Troparion of Theophany, Tone 1 Тропарь Богявленія, Гласъ 4 When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * the worship of the Trinity was made manifest, * for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee * that Thou art my beloved Son, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove * confirmed the certainty of that word. * O Christ God, who wast made manifest, * and dost enlighten the world, ** glory be to Thee. В - . St Nicholas Parish Bulletin – January 2015 Fr George Lardas, Rector – Telephone: 203 209-9374 Web Site: StNicholasStratford.org Email: [email protected] Announcements Verse: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11. Стjхъ: И# речE и5мъ ѓнгелъ: не б0йтесz, сe бо блаогвэствyю вaмъ рaдость вeлію, ћже бyдетъ всёмъ лю1демъ. Ћкw роди1сz вaмъ днeсь Спaсъ, и4же є4сть Хріст0съ Госп0дь, во грaдэ давjдовэ. – њтъ Луки2 гl б7, ст< ‹-№i. Стихъ: И ; i – Отъ Луки 2:10-11. Sponsor the Bulletin: If you wish to sponsor any future issues in whole or in part, please contact our treasurer, Anastasia Milligan or ask at the Candle Desk. You may donate in memory of a departed relative, or for some milestone, a birthday, anniversary or other celebration. The bulletin costs $1.25 each to produce and receiving the bulletin via email will save money for our parish. Please leave your email at the candle desk or send it to [email protected] Do you wish to be taken off our mailing list? Please contact us (or email [email protected]) and we will remove your name from our monthly bulletin mailing. ** Yolka ** Children’s Christmas Party Sunday, January 18 General Parish Meeting This year’s Annual General Parish Meeting will take place after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday 8 February. We invite all our members to attend and participate. Please remember that those eligible to vote are those who have confessed and received Communion at least once in the past year and who are up to date in their dues. If you wish to participate, please be sure to fulfill your obligations. Annual Dues: We ask our parishioners who are not current in their dues please see our Treasurer, Anastasia Milligan. These dues help maintain our parish and give us the privilege of voting and making our voice heard at the Annual Parish Meeting. Donations over and above the dues are also most welcome. This Bulletin Christmas Donation Envelopes: This Bulletin includes a special donation envelope for your annual Christmas Donation. Please be generous in your contribution. This donation will help cover our expenses during the year. Your donations can be either mailed in or dropped into the collection basket when you come to church. Special Services: Included in this Bulletin is the schedule of special services for Christmas and Theophany. The schedule of blessing of homes with Holy Water will be announced later. If you have not had your house blessed in the past and would like to be included, please contact Fr George before Theophany so that we may add your name to the list. All parish children are invited to perform in the Yolka to be held during the Coffee Hour after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday January 18. Children can act in the Nativity play, join in singing Christmas carols, or perform individually on an instrument, recite a poem, sing a song or dance. Rehearsal: 3 pm Saturday January 17. Please contact Masha Peavy if you or your children wish to participate: 203 387-8744. Save the Date: Children’s Yolka Performance: Sunday, January 18th Services Inclement Weather: Winter sometimes brings stormy weather. We ask our parishioners to use good judgment and common sense not to drive when conditions are dangerous. As weather varies from place to place, it may be that services will be held as scheduled, despite the fact that conditions in your area are difficult. To find out whether services are cancelled or delayed, call 203 375-4793. If you hear the usual greeting, services will be held as scheduled. Otherwise the message will inform you whether services are cancelled or delayed. In general, if Fr George can arrive at the church, services will be held however many or few people are present. Weather advisories will also be posted on our Parish website, www.StNicholasStratford.org. Nativity Fast (Advent): The Nativity Fast continues until Christmas Day, Wednesday 7 January. During this time we abstain from meat, eggs and dairy products. On Wednesdays and Fridays we also abstain from fish, wine and oil. Some keep a strict fast Mondays. The fast becomes stricter on the day after Ss Spyridon and Herman, 25 December, after which we do not eat fish until Christmas Day. Announcements – January 2015 Strict Fast: Please do not forget that the Nativity Fast continues up to Christmas. The day before Christmas (Tuesday 6 January) and the day before Theophany (Sunday 18 January) are both strict lenten days, on which we abstain from meat, eggs, dairy products, and fish. The evening meal on Christmas Eve should be fully lenten. No Vigil: On Saturday 3 January there will be no Vigil at St Nicholas as Fr George will be travelling. Those who wish may attend Vigil at Presentation Church, 5 Wheeler Terr in Stratford, which begins at 6:30 pm. Holy Supper: The traditional Holy Supper on Christmas Eve will be held at 5 pm before the Christmas Vigil on Tuesday 6 January in the Church Hall. Matushka Ann is organizing this and will have a signup sheet downstairs. Bring your favorite lenten dishes. We also need volunteers to help with cleanup. Christmas: Vigil for Christmas will be at 6:30 pm Tuesday 6 January, and Divine Liturgy at 10 am on Wednesday 7 January. Christmas Trapeza: The Divine Liturgy on Christmas day will be followed by a festive meal and singing of carols and Christmas songs. Matushka Ann is organizing this meal and would be appreciative of help. Please see her if you would like to participate. Feel free to bring your favorite non-lenten dish! Holy Innocents Killed by Herod: This year this day falls on the Sunday after Christmas. We will serve a brief prayer service at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday 11 January for the innocents killed by our society through abortion. Saint Basil’s Day and New Year: Vespers for the Circumcision of our Lord and St Basil and the Old Calendar New Year will be at 6:30 pm Tuesday 13 January. The Vespers will be followed by a moleben for the New Year. There will be no services on Tuesday morning 14 January. Chronicle 85th Anniversary: On November 1 and 2 we celebrated the 85th Anniversary of the founding of our parish. Metropolitan Hilarion arrived toward the end of the Vigil on Saturday 1 November, having been delayed by traffic and distance, and was able to join the service in progress. The concelebrating clergy were: V Rev George Lardas, Rector; V Rev George Larin, Dean, of Holy Protection Church in Nyack NY; V Rev Peter Paproski of St John the Baptist Carpatho-Russian Church on Broadbridge Ave in Stratford; V Rev Constantine Semyanko of our sister parish of the Presentation of the Lord Church in Stratford; our Deacon Paul Giatas; and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin) who drove the Metropolitan. The Vigil was followed by a dinner for the visiting clergy. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday 2 November was led by Metropolitan Hilarion with Fr George Lardas, Fr Deacon Paul Giatas and Hierodeacon Panteleimon concelebrating. At the Liturgy Metropolitan Hilarion awarded Fr George the right to wear a jeweled cross. Blessing of Homes: Starting on Theophany Day, Monday 19 January, Fr George will be blessing homes with Holy Water. Because his teaching hours for Spring 2015 have not all been assigned, the schedule of blessings will be announced after the New Year. A festive banquet was held at Vazzy’s Four Seasons Restaurant. During the banquet, Metropolitan Hilarion delivered a speech in honor of the parish’s anniversary. The children of our parish opened the performances as the St Nicholas Russian Folk Dance Group, under the direction of Elena Reilly and Kelley Kendall. They performed five dances, including the Berezka and the Gopak. The Barynya Folk Dance Ensemble from New York followed with traditional dances and songs, and the next performance was by the St Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, who also sang at the Divine Liturgy. Our Vice-President Gregory Romanovsky and iconographer Oleg Trofimenko also spoke about the interior refurbishment and the iconography project that we are undertaking. The banquet was a great success and enjoyed by all. Molebens: To mark the lesser holy days in January, we will serve a moleben on Thursday 15 January for St Seraphim of Sarov; on Tuesday 27 January for St Nina; and Friday 30 January for St Antony the Great; all three molebens are at 6:30 pm. Children’s Advent Retreat: On Saturday 13 December our children participated in a special retreat for the Nativity Fast. They watched a short movie about the birth of our Lord in Bethlehem, practiced hymns and songs, discussed the meaning of the Theophany Eve: Royal Hours for Theophany will begin at 6:30 pm Friday 16 January. Sunday 18 January is a strict fast day. Theophany: Vigil for Theophany will begin at 6:30 pm Sunday 18 January, and Divine Liturgy will be at 9:30 am Saturday 19 January. Blessing of Waters: There will be two Blessings of Waters, the first during Vigil on Sunday evening 18 January, and the second at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Monday 19 January. Late Vigil: From Theophany (19 January) to Meat Fare Sunday (15 February) Vigil will begin at 6:30 pm to allow Fr George more time before the evening service to bless houses. -2- Announcements – January 2015 Nativity Fast and how we may prepare for the birth of our Lord, and they participated in a craft – making Christmas tree decorations. Fr George gave a talk about the Church prepares us for major holy days. The program ended with the children staying to sing Vespers and go to confession. The children and their mothers also served the Coffee Hour on Sunday after the Liturgy. Since this was the first time we held this event, it was somewhat small, but we look forward to doing it again in the years to come. Greg Romanovsky – bringing the St Petersburg Men’s Ensemble and coordinating with the iconographer Matushka Ann Lardas – press releases Elena Reilly – choreographing, scheduling and working with the children dancers Kelley Kendall – sewing the beautiful costumes From the Restoration Committee Sonya DeBiase – creating the raffle baskets To the Family of St. Nicholas, Natasha Peavy – setup and Commemorative Booklet For all of those who were able to attend the 85th anniversary services and banquet I thank you. It was a well thought out event and from what I saw and heard everyone seemed to have a good time. That day also marked the beginning of our parish interior transformation to what is to become an everlasting statement for our commitment to God through iconography. As I stated in my first letter back in October this should not be looked up as a project but rather a spiritual journey that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. The church council has approved funding for Oleg Trofimenko, to begin work on the four evangelists. This does not mean that an individual or group cannot contribute to all or part for any of these icons. If you have an idea for a fundraiser that you would like to run that would be okay with the approval of the church committee. All the names of the contributors will be honored on a plaque which will be placed in the church hall. If you wish to remain anonymous that is fine as well. I will provide a monthly status for the bulletin but don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. (203) 8955660 Paul Przybylski – Commemorative Booklet Sergei Rakov – photography from start to finish Dimitry Shurba and Dexter Peavy - preparation of the church for the event Fr Deacon Paul Giatas – innumerable labors preparing the Altar and moving furniture and icons for the painting and restoration of the church, brass polishing Andrew Warth – moving furniture and icons, assisting Fr Paul with brass polishing and other work Walter Nalysnyk – Hanging of all the icons and lampadas after the painting of the interior walls The choir and our visiting singers Yours in Christ With so many people working together for this event it is possible that someone might have been overlooked; our apologies. Children’s Advent Retreat: We thank Maria Peavy, Elena Reilly and Kelley Kendall for arranging and putting together the Children’s Advent Retreat. This was a beautiful occasion for the children, and we hope to continue it in the years to come. Calendars for 2015: These are now available at the Candle Desk, courtesy of Adzima’s Funeral Home. We thank the Adzima family for their continued generosity to our parish in supplying our annual calendar for so many years. Gregory Romanovsky Chairman of the Church Restoration Committee Donations Still Accepted! It is not too late – you may still make a tax-deductible contribution to the 85th Anniversary Restoration Fund or toward the Iconography Project. Please see our Treasurer, Nancy Milligan to make a donation. Many Thanks th 85 Anniversary: The 85th Anniversary would not have been so great a success, nor so wonderful an occasion without the hard work of many people, to whom we are grateful. We thank them here: Leaf Cleanup: We thank Katherine Pigiel and her daughter Gabrielle, Eugene Viderman, Daria Sipeykina, and John Lardas who came and did the preliminary raking of leaves on the announced day for the cleanup. There was much remaining, for the job was so big. We thank Nicholas Niejelow for arranging and donating the cleanup of the leaves from the church yard this December. Now that the leaves have all fallen and the yard is cleared, the grounds are beautiful and clean before winter. Maria Peavy – overall management and planning of the event, and engaging the painters and floorers Choir Books: We thank Elena Reilly for copying all the music for the choir for our 85th Anniversary celebration, and also Daria Sipeykina for making enlarged, bound copies of the Tenor and Soprano Vigil books. Nancy Milligan – handled all the monies and wrote the thank you notes for donations, did innumerable tasks to make things go smoothly and painted the trim and crosses in the church, that the painters did not complete Altar Wine: We thank Andrew Warth for his donation of the Rosario wine for the zapivka. Kathy Callaghan – booklet ads -3- Announcements – January 2015 per person. We also have an introductory rate for students. Prosphora Baking Work Party: We held a prosphora baking work party on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 29 November, and we baked about 150 prosphoras. The participants were John Lardas, Daria Sipeykina, Eugene Viderman, and Fr George. Since we made a smaller batch than usual, the time was shorter. These will not last until our Christmas, and so another work party will be announced before secular Christmas. Our Parish Sponsor the Coffee Hour: The Sisterhood is happy to hold the Coffee Hour every Sunday for the sake of fellowship and the community of our Parish. However, we find the same ladies working in the kitchen Sunday after Sunday. Since many of our Sisterhood are no longer so young and able, we are seeking volunteers to give the ladies in the Sisterhood a rest so that they may attend the Divine Liturgy in peace. We need families or individuals (men can do this too!) to take responsibility for preparing and serving a meal on a rotating basis. Ideally this responsibility would not fall more than once every six weeks or so, and so it would not be a great burden. This is also an opportunity to showcase our culinary skills. It is a Christian duty to support the Parish, and there is much blessing in it. To sign up see Joan Hudobenko. St Nicholas Day: We celebrated our Parish Feast with a Vigil on Thursday 18 December and the Divine Liturgy on Friday 19 December, at the end of which we congratutlated all the Nicholases in our parish as well as all our parishioners with the Feast of our Patron Saint. Sisterhood We Appreciate Donations of Coffee Hour Supplies: The Sisterhood is always in need of donations of supplies for our Coffee Hour. We need paper plates, Styrofoam soup bowls, cups, and paper napkins. We are particularly in need of food storage and ziplock bags. We also need food supplies and willing hands to help prepare, set things up and clean up. Please remember the parish when you are shopping, and see Joan Hudobenko if you wish to help. We thank you for your continued support, and appreciate all your donations. Another need is paper towels and toilet paper for the bathrooms and kitchen. Our Children Food Drive: Our children collected eleven bags and one crate of food for the Sterling House Food Pantry during October and the first part of November. These were delivered the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We thank all our parishioners who participated, and we plan to continue collecting food for the unfortunate through the winter holiday season. Sterling House Food Pantry: Our children collected eleven bags and one crate of food for the Sterling House Food Pantry during October and the first part of November. We received this letter from Sterling House: Dear Please know that your support enables Sterling House to nurture the body, mind and spirit of youth and adults in the heart of Stratford and surrounding areas. Again, thank you. Christmas Flower Donations: Please make note of the collection box in the center of the church; It its being used for flower donations to make the church beautiful for Christmas. Most Sincerely, Raymond O’Donnell Lampada Sponsorship: Offerings may be made to sponsor the lighting the lampadas at the Divine Liturgy, either in memory of loved ones, or in gratitude for blessings received, or for any other good intention. The sponsorship of the lampadas is $25 for all the lampadas in the church. Register at the Candle Desk if you wish to sponsor the lampadas, in whole or in part, on a Sunday of your choice. Consider the Church in Your Will: Please consider including St Nicholas Church in your will. There are many advantages in making the Church one of your beneficiaries. It is possible to structure the bequest so that there is little loss to the estate. Please contact our Starosta, Dexter Peavy, for more information. Become a Member: If you attend services but are not a member, would you please consider joining? The cost is not great - $150 per adult, or $300 for families with two adults and any number of children. This amounts to about $12.50 a month 11/14 A heartfelt thank you for the generous donation to Sterling House. This act of kindness enables us to provide assistance to many individuals and families. St Nicholas Day Fish Dinner: The Sisterhood served up a splendid fish dinner in honor of our Parish Feast after the Liturgy on Sunday 22 December. The dinner was enjoyed by all, and many kept company for a long while. Utilities: Please remember that on the first Sunday of each month there is a special collection for utilities. St. Nicholas Church, Value Raymond O’Donnell Program Director Sterling House Community Center 2283 Main St Stratford, CT 06615 Choir The Choir in the New Year: We encourage our parishioners to begin the new year by joining the Choir! It takes many voices to sustain us! Nobody is too young. Nobody is too old. Liturgical Notes Note: We include this section so that Fr George may have help changing the altar cloths and vestments at the appropriate times. This is a lot of work, but goes much more easily with a few helping hands. -4- Announcements – January 2015 Red: On Thursday 11 December we change all altar cloths and vestments to Red for the continuation of the Nativity Fast. The red remains until Christmas Eve, Tuesday 6 January. Decorations: On Saturday 3 January we decorate the church with poinsettias and lights. White: After Liturgy on Christmas Eve, Tuesday 6 January we change all altar cloths and vestments to white. The white remains until the Apodosis (Leave-Taking) of Theophany, Tuesday 27 January. Gold: After the leave-taking of the Feast of Theophany, Tuesday 27 January, we change the altar cloths and vestments to gold. They remain gold until Vespers on Forgiveness Sunday, 22 February, when the cloths are changed to black. Milestones Note: The following events were inadvertently omitted from previous issues of this Bulletin: Reception of a Convert: On Friday 12 July, the eve of Ss Peter and Paul, Andrew Warth, formerly of the Roman Catholic faith was received into the Orthodox Faith. His sponsor was Rev Deacon Paul Giatas. We congratulate the newly-illumined and his sponsor! Many years! Многая лѣта! Wedding: On Sunday 9 November, David Dutkanicz, son of our parishioners Peter and Anna Dutkanicz, was wed to Mary Alice McDonald in Holy Matrimony at Three Saints Orthodox Church (OCA) in Ansonia by Bishop Jerome of the Russian Church Abroad. Concelebrating the wedding were Fr Patrick Burns, Rector of Three Saints Church, and Fr George Lardas of St Nicholas Church in Stratford. Congratulations to the newlyweds! Many years! Многая лѣта! Mitered Archrpiest Stavros Rousos, Protodeacon Nicholas Triantafillidis (cancer), Reader Vladimir. Ailing Parishioners: Mildred Harko, Emilia Hramov, Martin Hudobenko, Kiril (Charles) Nettle, Vera Peebles and her daughter Janet, Galina Penchuk, Angelina Schneider, Ann Sharog, Elena and Ludmila Skorik, Valentina and Denis Zimbalkin. Ailing Orthodox: Uliana Drobot, Nina Boldyreff, Nadezhda Jakovenko, Helen Raduk, Yvette (Eve) Girard, Andrea Picard, Sophia, Peter Nelson, Desislava Dimitrova, Margaret, Theophan, and also the servants of God Velitchka and for Sophia Drobot, and for the servant of God Natalia (cancer), and for infant Constantine Bezas. Prayers are also asked for child Taras. Ailing Non-Orthodox: Veronica Wlodarski, the daughter of Elizabeth Wlodarski, and Sophia Salinger, the daughter of Tatiana Sergievsky. Other Requests, Clergy: Archpriest Alexander Fedorowsky at Novo-Diveevo Convent (facing a frivolous, but expensive lawsuit). Other Requests, Orthodox: David, Ambrose, Matthew, and Nicholas, Andrés, Benjamin. Other Requests, Non-Orthodox: Ken, Jane, and Daniel. Soldiers, Orthodox: Nicolas, Jesse, Andrei, Michael, Timothy, James, and Sarah. Soldiers, Non-Orthodox: John and Geoffrey. Is Anyone Sick? “Let him call the presbyters,” as it says in the Epistle of St James. If you know anyone who needs attention please let Fr George know. Call 203 209-9374 and leave a message. Is Anyone Better? If you have submitted any names for the list of prayers for the sick and that person has recovered, please let us know so we can keep the list a manageable length. Prayer Requests Administrative Reminder: If you need a hospital visit or wish Fr George to visit a sick relative, please call and let us know. Hospitals no longer give out information to non-relatives without express permission, so if you want the priest to know you or your loved one’s condition you must inform the hospital or nursing home in writing. Deadline for Submissions: Notices from parishioners or parish organizations must be submitted to Fr George by the 18th of the month for inclusion in the next Bulletin. Pray for our Soldiers: Although we do not have any parishioners of St Nicholas Church on active duty now, our parishioner, Vera Peebles asks prayers for her granddaughter’s husband, John. There are also many Orthodox Christians in the Armed Forces and serving in the War. Please keep them and all our soldiers in your prayers. Asking Prayers: Please remember the following names in your prayers: Ailing Clergy: Archbishop Paul (Pavlos) of Astoria (Greek Old-Calendar), Archbishop Nikon (OCA), Mitered Archpriest Andrei Semyanko, Mitered Archpriest Theodore Shevzov, Mark Your Calendar Please mark these events of the coming months in your calendar: Sunday 8 February – General Parish Meeting Sunday 15 February – Presentation Parish Feast Sunday 15 February - Bliny Sunday 22 February – Forgiveness Sunday Monday 23 February – Lent begins Sunday 8 March – Daylight Time begins Saturday 28 March – Children’s Lenten Retreat Sunday 29 March – Children’s Communion Breakfast Sunday 5 April – Palm Sunday Friday 10 April – Good Friday Sunday 12 April - Pascha -5- RETROSPECTIVE 2014 In the year 2014 we had six baptisms, one reception of a convert, one wedding, and four funerals. One parishioner was married elsewhere. We celebrated our 85th Anniversary as a parish, and we began a program of restoration of the church, including new iconography. Our Synod requested we add prayers for the Ukrainian land over the troubles that began with the new year. Fr George celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Our parish continued participation in the Greater Bridgeport PanOrthodox Lenten Vespers. In addition to our annual Children’s Lenten Retreat, we also had for the first time a Children’s Advent Retreat during the Nativity Fast. In the spring Emilia Hramov celebrated her 90 th birthday with a big party, and Walter Wolog gave a talk at the University of New Haven about his experiences during the War. Stratford celebrated the 375 th Anniversary of its founding as a town. Our young people participated in events outside our parish: Misha Reilly wrote about St Seraphim’s Camp and the Three Saints Day Camp, and John Lardas wrote about being a delegate to the 13th All-Diaspora Youth Conference in San Francisco, and some of our parishioners attended the Columbus Day Youth Picnic at St Nicholas in Springfield MA. In the fall our new Diocesan Center opened in Lakewood NJ. In November Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated the 30 th anniversary of his consecration to the episcopate, and the Diocese celebrated the 80th Anniversary of its founding. The celebration of our 85th Anniversary as a parish took place on the weekend of November 1 and 2, with a pastoral visit by Metropolitan Hilarion and a Festive Banquet in which our children performed. Preparations included the repainting of the church and refinishing of the floors. In addition our iconographer, Oleg Trofimenko, restored the icons in the Altar, and we engaged him to restore the Four Evangelists in the nave. This work is ongoing. Baptisms: Patricia, daughter of Alexandru and Larisa Eshanu; Milena (Xenia in Baptism), daughter of Pavel and Tatiana Shurba; Nicholas (Cameron Joshua), son of Joshua Matthew Dickinson and Iryna Kheilik; Adrian Alexander, son of Clint Alexander Joseph and Tatiana Prosvirina; Aliana (Maria in Baptism), daughter of Klimentsi and Viktoriya Manko; Ian Alexander, son of Jose João and Olga Simões. Congratulations to the parents and sponsors. Many years! Mnogaja ljeta! Chrismation: Andrew Warth. Congratulations to the parents and sponsors. Many years! Mnogaja ljeta! Graduations: George Peavy, Hamden Hall Country Day High School; Wedding: At St Nicholas Church: Alexandru Eshanu and Larisa Bulaki. Wedding elsewhere: David Dutkanicz and Mary McDonald at Three Saints in Ansonia. Congratulations to the newlyweds! Many years! Mnogaja ljeta! Moving Away: Joy Paschalidis and Tatiana Porfirieva. Awards: Miter – Archpriest Theodore Shevzov; Jeweled Cross – Archpriest George Lardas; Double Orarion – Deacon Paul Giatas; Rason – Reader Peter Romanovsky. Funerals: At St Nicholas Church: Barbara Yaremich Cardinal, Michael Shigalkowski, Mary Horelik, Alexander Kulakov, and Irene Stettinin. St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Bulletin Special Holiday Edition Christmas and Theophany 2015 Fr George Lardas, Rector – Telephone: 203 / 209-9374 Web Site: StNicholasStratford.org 1 Honeyspot Road, Stratford, CT 06615 Telephone: 203 209-9374 Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia V. Rev. George Lardas, Rector Сердечно приветствуем всех наших прихожан и друзьей С Рождеством Христовым, и с счастливым Новым Годом! Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Calendar – January 2015 Sunday 28 Dec (15 Dec) Fr George Lardas, Rector – Telephone 203 / 209-9374 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 29 (16) 30 (17) 31 (18) 1 Jan 2015 Friday Saturday 2 (20) 3 (21) (19 Dec 2014) 29th Sunday after Pentecost, Holy Forefathers Tone 4 Secular New Year Liturgy 10 am Fast day Fast day Fast day Fast day Fast day Fast day Vigil at Presentation Church 6:30 pm Fast day 4 (22) 5 (23) 6 (24) 7 (25) 8 (26) 9 (27) 10 (28) CHRISTMAS Synaxis of the Theotokos Fast day 12 (30) Christmas Eve Royal Hours 9:30 am Holy Supper 5 p Vigil with Litya 6:30 pm Strict Fast 13 (31) No fast 16 (3) Vigil 5 pm 17 (4) Moleben 6:30 pm 22 (9) Royal Hours for Theopany Eve 9:30 am No fast 23 (10) Vigil 5 pm 24 (11) 29 (16) Fast day 30 (17) Late Vigil 6:30 p 31 (18) Sunday before Christmas, 30th after Pent, Ancestors of Christ Tone 5 Liturgy 10 am Fast day 11 (29) Sunday after Christmas, 31st after Pentecost, Holy Innocents Tone 6 Liturgy 10 am Prayer Service 12 pm 18 (5) Eve & Sunday before Theophany, T 7 Liturgy 10 am Yolka, Children’s Christmas Party Vigil with Blessing of Waters 6:30, Strict Fast! 25 (12) Sun after Theophany, 33rd after Pent, of Zacchaeus St Tatiana Tone 8 Liturgy 10 am Sisterhood Pelmeni Dinner 19 (6) THEOPHANY Liturgy 9:30 am Blessing of Waters 12 noon Blessing of houses begins Martin Luther King Day 26 (13) Vespers with Litya and Moleben for the New Year 6:30 pm 20 (7) Liturgy 10 am Festive Trapeza 12 noon No fast 14 (1 Jan 2015) Circumcision of our Lord, St Basil the Great Old Calendar New Year 2015 No Liturgy No fast 21 (8) No Liturgy 15 (2) St Seraphim of Sarov Synaxis of St John the Baptist No services 27 (14) Fast day 28 (15) St Nina Moleben 6:30 pm St Antony the Gt Moleben 6:30 pm Fast day Fast day Late Vigil 6:30 p Note: Dates in parentheses are Old Style (Julian Calendar). Please mark these events of the coming months in your calendar: Sunday 8 February – General Parish Meeting Sunday 15 February – Presentation Parish Feast Sunday 15 February - Bliny Sunday 22 February – Forgiveness Sunday Monday 23 February – Lent begins Sunday 8 March – Daylight Time begins Saturday 28 March – Children’s Lenten Retreat Sunday 29 March – Children’s Communion Breakfast Sunday 5 April – Palm Sunday Friday 10 April – Good Friday Sunday 12 April - Pascha Свято-Николаевская Русская Православная Церковь Календарь – Январь 2015 г. О Воскресенье 28 (15) Понедельник 29 (16) Л Вторник 30 (17) Н – ф Среда 203 / 209-9374 Четверг 1 Янв 2015 г 31 (18) (19 Неделя Свв Праотцев, 29ая по Пят, Глас 4 Пятница Суббота 2 (20) 3 (21) 2014) Н Литургия 10 ч День постный День постный День постный День постный День постный День постный Всенощная в Сретенской Церкви 6:30 ч в День постный 4 (22) 5 (23) 6 (24) 7 (25) 8 (26) 9 (27) 10 (28) День постный 12 (30) Навечерие Рожд Царские Часы 9:30 ч утра Постный Ужин 5 ч веч Всенощная с литией 6:30 ч Строгий пост 13 (31) Поста нет 16 (3) Всенощная 5 ч веч 17 (4) 19 (6) Вечерня с литией и Молебен за Новый Год 6:30 ч веч 20 (7) Царские Часы на Богоявления 9:30 ч утра Поста нет 23 (10) Всенощная 5 ч веч 24 (11) День постный 30 (17) Всенощная поздняя 6:30 ч веч 31 (18) Неделя пред Рождеством, 30ая По Пят Глас 5 Литургия 10 ч утра День постный 11 (29) Неделя по Рождестве, 31ая по Пят Свв Младенцев Глас 6 Литургия 10ч ут Молебен 12 ч д 18 (5) Навеч и Нед пред огояв, Глас 7 Литургия 10 ч Ё Всенощ и Вел Водоосвящение 6:30 ч веч Строгий пост! 25 (12) Нед по Богоявление, 34ая по Пят, о Закхее, Гл 8 Мучц Татианы Литургия 10 ч утра Пельмени от Сестричества 12 БОГОЯВЛЕНИЕ Лит 9:30 ч утра Вел Водоосвящение 12 ч дня Начинается освящ домов 26 (13) РОЖДЕСТВО ХРИСТОВО Литургия 10ч ут Праздничный стол 12 ч дня Поста нет 14 (1 Янв 2015) Обрезание Господне Свят Василия Великаго Новый Год 2015 Литургии нет Поста нет 21 (8) Собор Пресв Богородицы Литургии нет 15 (2) Преп Серафима Саровскаго Молебен 6:30 ч веч 22 (9) Собор Иоанна Крестителя Богослужений нет 27 (14) День постный 28 (15) 29 (16) Св Равноап Нины Преп Антония Великаго Молебен 6:30 ч веч Молебен 6:30 ч веч День постный День постный Всенощная поздняя 6:30 ч веч Замечание: Все даты в скобках по старому стилю (по июлианскому календарю). Отметьте эти наступающие события Воскресенье 8 Февраля – Годовое Общее Приходское Собрание Воскресенье 15 Февраля – Сретение Господне Воскресенье 15 Февраля - Блины Воскресенье 22 Февраля – Прощенное Воскресенье Понедельник 23 Февраля – Начало Великого Поста Воскресенье 8 Марта – Начало летнего времени Суббота 28 Марта – Детское Великопостное Говение Воскресенье 29 Марта – Детское Причастие Воскресенье 5 Апреля – Вербное Воскресенье Пятница 10 Апреля – Великий Пяток Воскресенье 12 Апреля – Пасха Господня Holiday Schedule - Christmas and Theophany – January 2015 Day New Old Time Service Style Style Sunday before Christmas, 30th after Pentecost, Ancestors of Christ, Tone 5 Sat 3 Jan 21 Dec 6:30 pm Vigil at Presentation Church (not at St Nicholas) Sun 4 Jan 22 Dec 9:30 am Hours and Confession 10:00 am Divine Liturgy CHRISTMAS – The Nativity of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ Tue 6 Jan 24 Dec 9:30 am Royal Hours, Christmas Eve – Strict fast 5:00 pm Holy Supper in the Church Hall (lenten) 6:30 pm Vigil with Great Compline and Litya Wed 7 Jan 25 Dec 9:30 am Hours and Confession 10:00 am Divine Liturgy 12:00 noon Festive Trapeza, Nativity Season – The Twelve Days of Christmas: From Christmas Day to the Eve of Theophany we do not fast on Wednesday and Friday. However, the Eve of Theophany, 18 January (5 January), which is a Sunday this year, is a strict fast, like Great Lent. Sunday after Christmas, 31st after Pentecost, Holy Innocents Killed by Herod, Tone 6 Sat 10 Jan 28 Dec 5:00 pm Vigil Sun 11 Jan 29 Dec 9:30 am Hours and Confession 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Circumcision of our Lord, St Basil the Great and Old Calendar New Year 2015 Tue 13 Jan 31 Dec 6:30 pm Vespers with Litya and Moleben for the New Year St Seraphim of Sarov Thu 15 Jan 2 Jan 6:30 pm Moleben Preparation for Theophany Fri 16 Jan 3 Jan 9:30 am Royal Hours Eve of Theophany, Sunday before Theophany, 32nd after Pentecost, Tone 7 – Strict fast Sat 17 Jan 4 Jan 5:00 pm Vigil Sun 18 Jan 5 Jan 9:30 am Hours 10:00 am Divine Liturgy 12:30 pm Children’s Christmas Party (Yolka) THEOPHANY – The Baptism of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ Sun 18 Jan 5 Jan 6:30 pm Vigil with Great Compline, Litya and Great Blessing of Waters Mon 19 Jan 6 Jan 9:00 am Hours 9:30 am Divine Liturgy 11:30 am Great Blessing of Waters, Blessing of homes begins Sunday after Theophany, 33rd after Pentecost, of Zacchaeus, St Tatiana, Tone 8 Sat 24 Jan 11 Jan 6:30 pm Late Vigil Sun 25 Jan 12 Jan 9:30 am Hours and Confession 10:00 am Divine Liturgy 12:00 pm Sisterhood Pelmeni Dinner St Nina Tue 27 Jan 14 Jan 6:30 pm Moleben St Antony the Great Fri 30 Jan 17 Jan 6:30 pm Moleben Sunday after Theophany, 33rd after Pentecost, of Zacchaeus, St Tatiana, Tone 8 Sat 31 Jan 18 Jan 6:30 pm Late Vigil Sun 1 Feb 19 Jan 9:30 am Hours and Confession 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Note: Weekday services, apart from major Holy Days, subject to change depending on Fr George’s work schedule. Расписание Богослужений – Рождество и Богоявление – Январь 2015 г. День Новый Старый Время Служба Стиль Стиль Неделя пред Рождеством, 30ая по Пятидесятнице, Свв Богоотец, Глас 5 Суб 3 Дек 21 Дек 6:30 ч веч Всенощная в Сретинской Церкви Вос 4 Янв 22 Дек 9:30 ч утра Часы и исповедь 10:00 ч утра Божественная Литургия РОЖДЕСТВО Господа Бога и Спаса нашего Иисуса Христа Вто 6 Янв 24 Дек 9:30 ч утра Царские Часы, Навечерие Рождества – Строгий пост 5:00 ч веч Сватый Вечер, постный ужин в церковном зале 6:30 ч веч Всенощная с Великом Повечерием и литией Сре 7 Янв 25 Дек 9:30 ч утра Часы и исповедь 10:00 ч утра Божественная Литургия 12:00 ч дня Праздничный стол, колядки Рождественские Святки: От Рождества до Навечерие Богоявления поста по средам и пятницам нет. Но Навечерие Богоявления, 18 Января (5 Января), которое впадает в Воскресенье в этом году – строгий пост, как Великий Пост. Неделя по Рожеству, 31ая по Пятидесятнице, Свв Младенцев от Ирода в Вифлееме избиенных, Глас 6 Суб 10 Янв 28 Дек 5:00 ч веч Всенощная Вос 11 Янв 29 Дек 9:30 ч утра Часы и исповедь 10:00 ч утра Божественная Литургия Обрезание Господне, Свят Василия Великаго, Новый Год 2015 Старого Стиля Вто 13 Янв 31 Дек 6:30 ч веч Вечерня с литией и Молебен на Новый Год Преп Серафима Саровскаго Чет 15 Янв 2 Янв 6:30 ч веч Молебен Предпразднство Богоявления Пят 16 Янв 3 Янв 9:30 ч утра Царские Часы, Навечерие Богоявления, Неделя пред Богоявлением, 32ая по Пятидесятнице, Глас 7 – Строгий пост Суб 17 Янв 4 Янв 5:00 ч веч Всенощная Вос 18 Янв 5 Янв 9:30 ч утра Часы 10:00 ч утра Божественная Литургия 12:30 ч дня Детская Ёлка БОГОЯВЛЕНИЕ – Крещение Господа нашего Иисуса Христа Суб 18 Янв 5 Янв 6:30 ч веч Всенощ с Великим Повечерием, литией и Великим Водоосвящением Вос 19 Янв 6 Янв 9:00 ч утра Часы 9:30 ч утра Божественная Литургия 11:30 ч утра Великое Водоосвящение; Начинается освящение домов Неделя по Богоявлением, 33ая по Пятидесятнице, о Закхее, Св Мчцы Татианы, Глас 8 Суб 24 Янв 11 Янв 6:30 ч веч Поздняя Всенощная Вос 25 Янв 12 Янв 9:30 ч утра Часы и исповедь 10:00 ч утра Божественная Литургия 12:00 ч дня Пельмени от Сестричества Св Равноапостольной Нины Вто 27 Янв 14 Янв 6:30 ч веч Молебен Преп Антония Великого Пят 30 Янв 17 Янв 6:30 ч веч Молебен 34ая Неделя по Пятидесятнице, Глас 1 Суб 31 Янв 18 Янв 6:30 ч веч Поздняя Всенощная Вос 1 Фев 19 Янв 9:30 ч утра Часы и исповедь 10:00 ч утра Божественная Литургия Замечание: Богослужения будных дней могут переменяться зависая от расписания работы о. Георгия.