June 18, 2016

The Saturday before Pentecost, this year on June 18, is the day the Orthodox set aside all other activities to remember the DEPARTED. This is one of the specially set Memorial Saturdays of the year when we who are yet alive, the Church Militant, still struggling against evil, gather at Church and the cemetery to pray for the souls of our relatives and friends, the Church Triumphant — together we are the body of Christ. The prayers offered are beneficial not only for the departed but for the living. On Saturday, DIVINE LITURGY was served at St. Sava (Libertyville) and also at Protection of the Virgin/Pokrov Church (New Gracanica), and was followed by a PARASTOS and BLESSING OF GRAVES at both cemeteries. The name of the newly departed +Milenko Vuckovich who attended church at Pokrov and was a faithful bass singer with the Episcopal Choir was mentioned at Liturgy and the Parastos.


Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life Come and Abide in us.



The glorious Feast of Pentecost, was celebrated on Sunday, June 19 at the Pokrov Church, New Gracanica which was decorated with the traditional greens representing the ever living Tree of grace and life, of joy and comfort. Thus says the Lord:

Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I your God am holy.

(Lev 11.44-45, 1 Pet 1.15-16)

-M. Savich