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Easter Celebration & Schedule of Services

April 17, 2019 | Father Blasko

Dear Broth­ers and Sis­ters:

Please view the fly­er for East­er cel­e­bra­tion with reser­va­tion por­tion for the ban­quet. I kind­ly ask you to send in your reser­va­tions as soon as pos­si­ble. Here bel­low is the Sched­ule of ser­vices:

Also, please plan on com­ing & attend­ing the Annu­al meet­ing on Palm Sun­day April 21st!

THE SERVICES OF HOLY WEEK

Since the ear­ly days of the Church, there has been a cycle of ser­vices cel­e­brat­ed dur­ing Holy Week and Pascha.

April 20th Lazarus Sat­ur­day Div. Litur­gy at 9:00 AM

Ves­pers ser­vice and vrbica at 5 PM Please bring chil­dren @ 4:45 PM for pro­ces­sion with Vrbica and Bells

April 21stCVETI ENTRANCE OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM:Divine Litur­gy at 10:00am: This litur­gy her­alds the end of the Great Fast and the begin­ning of Holy Week as Christ tri­umphant­ly enters into Jerusalem. The tra­di­tion, as the tropar states and the icon shows, is for a pro­ces­sion of palms led by the chil­dren. So begins our jour­ney into Holy Week. Dur­ing Holy Week, we fast from meat, poul­try, dairy prod­ucts, eggs, fish, wine and oil.

April 21st — Bride­groom Matins at fol­low­ing Annu­al meet­ing pm:Known in the Church as The End, the imagery here is about the Last Judg­ment. It relates the deep anguish of Christ as He pre­pares for His Pas­sion. The ser­vices tell us to be ever vig­i­lant for we do not know when God will come. These ser­vices are a tri­umph of the escha­to­log­i­cal (last days) imagery in the Church.

April 22nd — VelikiPoned­e­qak Great and Holy Mon­day Pre­sanc­ti­fied Litur­gy at 10:00am:
The read­ings from Exo­dus dur­ing these ser­vices tell of the Passover which pre­cedes the Passover (Pascha) of Christ.

April 22nd — Bride­groom Matins at 7:00 pm.

April 23rd — Velik­i­U­torak Great and Holy Tues­day Pre­sanc­ti­fied Litur­gy at 10:00 am

April 23rd — Bride­groom Matins at 7:00 pm

April 24th — VelikaSre­da Great and Holy Wednes­day Pre­sanc­ti­fied Litur­gy at 10:00 am

April 24th — VelikaSre­da Great and Holy Wednes­day Holy Unc­tion at 7pm, at St. Steven Ser­bian Ortho­dox Cathe­dral at 1621 West Gar­vey Ave., in Alham­bra. For Holy Unc­tion there should be more priests serv­ing, there­fore, all of us Ser­bian priests gath­er togeth­er at the Cathe­dral to per­form this Holy Sacra­ment for all the Faith­ful. This ser­vice relates to the event when the har­lot anoints Christ and is for­giv­en. On this day we cus­tom­ar­i­ly anoint the peo­ple with Holy Oil as a sign of heal­ing and remis­sion of sins.

April 25th — Veli­ki ^etvr­tak Great and Holy Thurs­day: Holy Ves­pers Litur­gy of Holy Thurs­day at 10:00am: This solemn Litur­gy com­mem­o­rates the First Eucharist also known as Red Thurs­day. The dark­ness of the week is bro­ken slight­ly because of the impor­tance of the Eucharis­tic event. Tra­di­tion­al­ly the priest pre­pares the reserve sacra­ment of the year. The pas­sion of Christ is now close.

April 25th — Veli­ki ^etvr­tak — Great and Holy Thurs­day Matins of Holy Fri­day Thurs­day evening at 7:00pm. The ser­vice, com­mon­ly known as “The Twelve Gospels“as the Church, remem­bers the betray­al and cru­ci­fix­ion of Christ by read­ing the twelve Gospel accounts. A cli­mat­ic point of Holy Week empha­siz­ing the real­i­ty of actions.

April 26th — VelikiPetak — Great and Holy Fri­day Roy­al Hours at 10:00am: Known as Roy­al because there is a Gospel read­ing and the Emper­or would attend this ser­vice. It recounts the entire Gospel and Pas­sion of Jesus Christ.

April 26th — Veli­ki Petak — Great and Holy Fri­day Ves­pers at 4:00pm: Remem­ber­ing the cru­ci­fix­ion and death of Christ. There is a solemn pro­ces­sion as the bur­ial shroud (plash­tan­i­ca) is brought out to the peo­ple. Christ is laid in the tomb and our vig­il of the Res­ur­rec­tion begins.

April 26th — Like every year, please bring chil­dren for col­or­ing of eggs from 5 — 7 PM

April 26th — Veli­ki Petak — Great and Holy Fri­day Matins of Holy Sat­ur­day on Fri­day evening at 7:00pm: Known as the Prais­es of the Lamen­ta­tions, the ser­vice begins the Sab­bath as Christ lays in rest in the tomb. Often seen as a funer­al ser­vice for Christ, in fact it is a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the law and love of God towards His peo­ple.

April 27th — Veli­ka Sub­o­ta — Great and Holy Sat­ur­day and The Annu­ci­a­tion Ves­per­al Litur­gy of Holy Sat­ur­day at 10:00am: The death of Christ is linked with the cre­ative acts of God. It is here that Christ descends into Hell and breaks the doors. The ser­vice inau­gu­rates the paschal cel­e­bra­tion as the ser­vice is bright and uplift­ing. The tomb is revealed as a place of life.

April 27th — Velika­Sub­o­ta Vaskrsno jutrewe- Great and Holy Saturday:The Ser­vices of the Great and Holy Pascha Sat­ur­day evening start­ing at 11:30pm: The Joy of Joys, Hol­i­day of Hol­i­days, cel­e­brat­ing Christ’s Res­ur­rec­tion. The ser­vice begins with noc­turn antic­i­pat­ing the Res­ur­rec­tion. The pro­ces­sion fol­lows at mid­night announc­ing the Res­ur­rec­tion to the world. We then cel­e­brate the Paschal matins.Baskets will be blessed after Ruser­recional Matins on Pascha night and again fol­low­ing Divine Litur­gy on Sun­day.

April 28th — “VASKRSEWE HRISTOVO” — PASCHA CELEBRATION, Divine Litur­gy at 10:00am at Parish Cen­ter, 2148 Michel­son Dr., Irvine. This is the Great and Joy­ous Litur­gy cel­e­brat­ing the Pascha of our Lord.The Parish cel­e­brates the Res­ur­rec­tion with a feast and events for the chil­dren and adults. Ban­quet will be held after the Divine Litur­gy at St. Mark Anti­ochi­an Church. See the detailed infor­ma­tion lat­er in this Newslet­ter. Ser­bian Music and enter­tain­ment will be pro­vid­ed by Pagani­ni Orches­tra.

April 29th — Vaskrsni poned­e­qak -Bright Week. The Divine Litur­gy will be held at 10:00 am.

April 30th — Vaskrsni utorak -Bright Week (on Tues­day -no Litur­gy here — there will be Litur­gy @ the Monastery in Escon­di­do) and on Mon­day, April 16th, the Divine Litur­gy will be held at 10:00 am.

Also, dear Broth­ers and Sis­ters: One Ser­bian Lady is look­ing for a domes­tic job to take care of an elder­ly per­son or chil­dren. If you know of any­one who needs such a work­er please let me know.

Wish­ing you all a blessed remain­der of Holy Great Lent,

With love in Christ,

Fr. Blasko


One Million Dollar Building Fund Matching Challenge Update

October 24, 2017 | Father Blasko

Dear Nativ­i­ty of the Most Holy Theotokos Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church Parish­ioners and Friends,

There are only five weeks remain­ing in the Mil­lion Dol­lar Match. Now is the time, before this great oppor­tu­ni­ty expires, to make a dona­tion to our Build­ing Fund that will be matched, i.e., dou­bled, by His Excel­len­cy Mr. Milan Pan­ic.

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Important Survey

May 21, 2017 | Father Blasko

Dear Parish­ioners,

On behalf of the board, I would like to give you an overview of three inter­wo­ven ini­tia­tives that are under­way to ensure the health and longevi­ty of our church com­mu­ni­ty. Many of you have been involved in sus­tain­ing our place of wor­ship, our com­mu­ni­ty, and our unique cul­tur­al lin­eages. Some of you have joined us recent­ly, and some of have per­se­vered since the incep­tion almost 19 years ago. We are grate­ful for all that each of you has done. The time has come, through the grace of God and gen­eros­i­ty of Mr. Milan Pan­ic, for us to make more sub­stan­tial progress toward ensur­ing that we, and those that fol­low, will have a per­ma­nent struc­ture in Orange Coun­ty to wor­ship togeth­er, to inter­act as a sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ty, and to con­tin­ue the unique iden­ti­ties of our Ortho­dox Faith and our cul­tur­al lin­eages.

Along with man­ag­ing the day to day oper­a­tions of our parish, the three inter­laced ini­tia­tives include a sur­vey, the devel­op­ment of our purpose/vision/values guid­ing doc­u­ment, and the nec­es­sary fund­ing to secure a per­ma­nent struc­ture. This sur­vey will pro­vide cru­cial infor­ma­tion about our hopes and dreams for this parish. It will also pro­vide insight into what we envi­sion for this parish’s per­ma­nent struc­ture. The infor­ma­tion from the sur­vey will be foun­da­tion­al for the oth­er two ini­tia­tives and will guide our future actions on these ini­tia­tives. Please take the time to share your expe­ri­ences and views through this sur­vey. As you will see in the intro­duc­tion of the sur­vey, your indi­vid­ual respons­es will be held con­fi­den­tial. The com­piled data will first be shared with the board and then with the whole parish. Narand­ja Milanovich, BSME, MME, MA Coun­sel­ing, MA Psy­chol­o­gy, Ph.D. Psy­chol­o­gy along with her hus­band Gary Eagle­son, will com­pile the results of the sur­vey and present this data to the church board and parish.

The purpose/vision/values doc­u­ment will ini­tial­ly be draft­ed by a small­er group of parish­ioners, for prac­ti­cal pur­pos­es, fol­lowed by the engage­ment of the whole parish. For clar­i­ty, below are some thoughts on what this doc­u­ment is about.

Our pur­pose (or mis­sion) state­ment will answer the ques­tion ‘Why does this parish exist?’ in the larg­er con­text of the Church as a liv­ing man­i­fes­ta­tion of our spir­i­tu­al beliefs. A pur­pose state­ment (or mis­sion state­ment) is some­thing that will direc­tion­al­ly guide those that fol­low us for decades to come. The vision answers the ques­tion, ‘What will be accom­plished?’ in the next 5–10 years in pur­suit of our purpose/mission. The vision state­ment speaks to spe­cif­ic, con­crete objec­tives and goals that we can mea­sure. The val­ues or rules of engagement/conduct pro­vide guid­ance of how we are to act and be as we move toward our vision. All three ele­ments: purpose/vision/values give direc­tion to our deci­sions as we search for fund­ing, secur­ing a per­ma­nent struc­ture, and how we con­duct our day to day oper­a­tions in the parish.

We will ensure align­ment of the con­tents of purpose/vision/values to coin­cide and align with our Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church’s West­ern Diocese’s mis­sion. It will be the pri­ma­ry guid­ing doc­u­ment for a future deci­sion regard­ing secur­ing our per­ma­nent struc­ture and our day -to- day oper­a­tions. Narand­ja Milanovich, Gary Eagle­son, and Mila Evanovich will pro­vide facil­i­ta­tion for the devel­op­ment of our guid­ing doc­u­ment.

The ongo­ing search for fund­ing and secur­ing of our per­ma­nent struc­ture has entered a unique six-month phase. Mr. Milan Panic’s gen­er­ous offer to match up to one mil­lion dol­lars will expire Novem­ber 13, 2017, so there is much to accom­plish giv­en this unique oppor­tu­ni­ty. Spear­head­ing the match­ing fund’s effort is John Vukaso­vich, and he will be look­ing for exper­tise and help. Our vision of what we fore­see for our future parish facil­i­ty must be clear and con­cise because it will guide our imple­men­ta­tion strat­e­gy. The imple­men­ta­tion strat­e­gy will in turn set pri­or­i­ty and tim­ing for which struc­tures (cul­tur­al cen­ter, hall, sanc­tu­ary, et al.) will be secured and made oper­a­tional first. Please make sure you answer the last ques­tion in the sur­vey per­tain­ing to the area where you want to get involved, using your unique skills and expe­ri­ences.

I am hope­ful that we are enter­ing a more secure and sus­tain­able phase of our parish where we can con­tin­ue our spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment, get and give sup­port as a com­mu­ni­ty, and ensure the longevi­ty of our unique Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian and cul­tur­al lin­eages.

The sur­vey is avail­able here (or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/58P27R2).

Bless­ings to each of you,

Father Blasko on behalf of
Nativ­i­ty of The Most Holy Theotokos Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church of Orange Coun­ty

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