St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
R.O.C.O.R
343 N. Maple St., Enfield, CT 06082
CHRIST IS RISEN! Welcome To St.Nicholas Orthodox Church of Springfield - Enfield
W.Springfield,MA 1953-2014
W.Springfield,MA 1953-2014
W.Springfield,MA 1953-2014
Relocated Enfield ,CT 2014
Relocated Enfield ,CT 2014
Relocated Enfield ,CT 2014
 The Nave
The Nave
The Nave

Greetings! Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church is the R.O.C.O.R. parish for the greater Springfield and Western MA area since c.1953 under the authority, blessing, and protection of His Eminence, The Most Rev. HILARION, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. 

Our services are primarily in English with some Church Slavonic. We follow the Julian Calendar liturgically as is the tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church. Our parishioners come from throughout the Pioneer Valley & northern Connecticut. Visitors are always welcome—please have a glance at our schedule of services and come visit St. Nicholas Orthodox Church now located just over the Massachusetts border in Enfield, CT.


 

Services
Regular & Upcoming Services

Saturday May 21 6:00pm Readers Great Vespers & Matins

EARLY Divine Liturgy Sunday May 22 8:30 am

Burial of Metropolitan Hilarion at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY 3:00 pm

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Regular Weekly Services

Saturday Vigil 6:00pm

Sunday Divine Liturgy 9:30am;

     Hours 9:10 am, Holy Communion preparatory prayers 8:30am

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Weekday - Feast Days  - unless otherwise announced

   Vigil 6:30 pm Great Vespers with Litia, Matins, First Hour

     Divine Liturgy 7:00am,Third & Sixth Hours at 6:40am

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Scripture and Saints
Daily Readings-Prologue from Ochrid
The Prologue from Ohrid: May 9

1. THE HOLY PROPHET ISAIAH

This great prophet was of royal lineage. Isaiah was born in Jerusalem of Amoz his father who was the brother of Amaziah, the king of Judah. By the great grace of God that was in him, Isaiah was made worthy to see the Lord Sabaoth on the throne in heaven surrounded by six-winged Seraphims who continuously sing: "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts [Sabaoth]" (Isaiah 6:3). Isaiah prophesied many things to individual men as well as to the people. On one occasion, he walked naked around the streets of Jerusalem for three days prophesying the imminent fall of Jerusalem by the Assyrian King Sennacherib, reminding the king and the leaders of the people not to hope in assistance from the Egyptians or Ethiopians for they, also, will be subjugated by the same Sennacherib, but rather to trust in help from God the Most High. This prophesy, as well as other prophecies, were literally fulfilled. Isaiah's most important prophecies are the ones concerning the Incarnation of God, the conception of the All-Holy Virgin, John the Forerunner and about many other events of the life of Christ. ["Therefore, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Emmanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). "The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord and make straight in the desert a highway for our God" (Isaiah 40:3).] This discerning man, because of the purity of his heart and because of his zealousness toward God, also received the gift of working miracles. Thus, when the besieged Jerusalem suffered from drought, Isaiah prayed to God and water flowed from beneath Mount Zion. This water was called Siloam which means: "sent." Later, the Lord directed the man, blind from birth to bathe in this water in order for him to see. During the reign of King Manasses, when Isaiah thundered against the pagan customs of the king and the leaders comparing that generation with Sodom and Gomorrah, the anger of the leaders and the people rose up against this great prophet. He was captured, led out of Jerusalem and was sawed in half. Isaiah lived and prophesied about seven-hundred years before Christ.

2. THE TRANSLATION OF THE RELICS OF SAINT NICHOLAS THE WONDER-WORKER OF MYRA IN LYCIA.

During the reign of Emperor Alexius Commenus and Patriarch Nicholas Grammaticus, the body of this saint was translated from Myra in Lycia to the town of Bari in Italy in 1007 A.D. This occurred because of the assault of the Muslims on Lycia. The saint appeared in a dream to an honorable priest in Bari and ordered that his relics be translated to this town. At that time, Bari was Orthodox and under the Orthodox Patriarch. During the translation of the relics of this saint many miracles occurred either by touching the relics or from the myrrh [oil] which abundantly flowed from his relics. "Also on this day, is commemorated the miracle of St. Nicholas to the Serbian King, Stephan of Decani: how St. Nicholas restored the sight to the blinded King Stephan.

3. THE HOLY MARTYR CHRISTOPHER

Christopher was a great miracle-worker. He is especially venerated in Spain. The people pray to him primarily for protection from contagious diseases and great pestilence. He suffered for Christ and was glorified by Christ in the year 249 A.D.

HYMN OF PRAISE

SAINT STEVEN OF DECANI

[STEPHAN DECANSKI]

On the Field of Sheep, the blind Stephan sleeps

And in a dream, endures misfortune without peace.

His body shivering, his eyes bloody,

Than such a life, death is surely better,

At that moment, in a dream a man appeared to him,

In heavenly glow, in heavenly glory.

Nicholas I am, of Myra in Lycia, said he,

And, one of those whom God chooses, you are.

Into my right hand, O Stephan, look,

Behold are your eyes, preserved in it!

Without eyes you are, the eyes are with me,

To you I will give them, when the Lord wants.

Five years passed and Stephan in darkness

A strong hope has, a strong faith has:

To me, Nicholas will come once more,

With God's help; help me, he will.

Thus did Stephan, once thought in the church,

And to the beloved saint, with tears, he prayed.

And while in the chair stood, in a dream, he fell,

But behold, St. Nicholas again to him came!

Two eyes of the king in his right palm:
Behold, said he, to you, O king the day dawned!

In the name of the Lord Who, to the blind, gives sight

Look and cry out: To God be glory!

And the blind eyes, the saint touched

And darkness from the eyes as a curtain is drawn.

REFLECTION

Every Christian can accept for himself martyrdom for the Faith, in time of persecution as well as in time of peace. Abba Athanasius says: "Be tortured by your conscience, die to sin, subdue earthly organs and you will be a martyr according to your wishes. They [the persecuted and the martyrs] fought with emperors and princes; you also have the king of sins - the devil and demonic princes. Before, there were idols, pagan temples and those who offer sacrifice to the idols. And now, they exist as thoughts in the soul. He who is a slave to debauchery worships the idol of Aphrodite. He who becomes angry and enraged worships the idol of Ares. He who is avaricious and closed to the pain and misery of his neighbor worships the idol Hermes. If you refrain from all of this and preserve yourself from passions, you have overcome idols, you have rejected an evil belief and have become a martyr for the True Faith." Therefore, a man need not especially yearn for persecution and martyrdom. Everyone can and at all times endure martyrdom for the sake of Christ and His Gospel.

CONTEMPLATION

To contemplate the Descent of God the Holy Spirit upon the apostles:

1. How all the men wonder and marvel listening to the apostles speak in different tongues;

2. How some mocked them saying: "They have had too much new wine" (Acts of the Apostles 2:13).

HOMILY

About the curse of man who trusts in man

"Thus says the Lord: cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord" (Jeremiah 17:5).

When man alienates himself from God in his heart he usually trusts in men and in himself, for in who else can he otherwise trust when he untied his rowboat from God's boat? Since he has already untied his rowboat from God's boat, nothing else remains for him except to trust in his rowboat or in the rowboat of his neighbors. Weak trust, but there is no other for him! Weeping trust above the abyss of destruction, but there is no other!

But, O heaven and earth, why did man untie his rowboat from God's boat? What happened to man that he flees from his security? What kind of calculation did he calculate when he discovered it would be better for him alone on the tempestuous waves than in the household of God and near the hem of God! With whom did he make an alliance when he breached the alliance with God? Is it with someone stronger than God? Foolishness, foolishness, foolishness!

"Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings." This, God spoke once and men have repeated this thousands of times. Being disappointed in their trust in men, men have cursed thousands of times those who have trusted in man. God has said only that which men experienced only too well and confirmed by their experience, i.e., how, indeed, cursed is the man who trusts in man!

Brethren, that is why we should have trust in God Who is the stable boat on the tempest and Who does not betray. Let us have trust only in Him for all other trust is a devilish illusion. In You do we trust, O Lord, our fortress and refuge. Tie us along side You and do not allow us to untie ourselves, if we, by our foolishness and cursedness, attempt to untie ourselves from You.

To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

Paschal Epistle of Our First Hierarch

Posted on the R.O.C.O.R. website

NEW YORK: April 22, 2022
Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad

Eminent Brother Archpastors, Honorable Fathers, Dear Brothers and Sisters:
CHRIST IS RISEN!

With a sense of jubilation in the Lord, the Victor over evil, hell and death, I greet you all on this luminous night of the Matins and Liturgy of the Pascha of Christ, this “feast of faith” which the great Chrysostom exhorts us to relish! Congratulations with the Bright Resurrection of Christ!

The grace-filled power of Great Lent and Holy Pascha unites us all, elevates, illumines, softens and broadens our souls, which during these holy days are revealed in their finest degrees. Still, no matter how much we have strived to seclude ourselves within the cells of our hearts, mindfully heeding the touching hymns sung during Great Lent and Passion Week, that which is unfolding in the land of Kievan Rus’ – a land so dear to us – forcefully encroaches into our lives. We, as Orthodox Christians, cannot remain indifferent when members of one and the same Local Church gaze at each other through the sights of automatic weapons; we cannot remain indifferent when our brothers and sisters, deprived of shelter, become refugees, as once were the founders of our own Russian Church Abroad.

Our inability to remain indifferent is expressed first and foremost in our fervent prayers for the restoration of peace, lifted up during the Divine Services in the parishes of our Russian Church Abroad. And at this moment, as we worship Christ the Giver of Life, we turn towards His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the archpastors, pastors, and the multitude of the flock of the persecuted Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and fervently implore that they, and all those who with wearied hearts are tormented by the present tragedy, may experience that which is hymned in the Paschal nighttime, as we sing out: “O Pascha, thou art the ransom from sorrow!” May “this chosen and holy day” be a consolation and joy, an outpouring of mercy, aid, and Divine strength for all!

O God, our God, grant that the “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3) may reign among our Orthodox peoples, that we, not falling into despair, may overcome all tribulations, discord and conflicts “through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37), so that “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23) may be restored among us anew.

Now, as hostility, anger and hatred destroy the concord and brotherhood between nations and bring our sinful world to the threshold of hell, it is not the place of the Church to render political verdicts or take upon ourselves the task of seeking out those responsible for what is happening in the Ukrainian land. It is the work of the Church to join the suffering — not only in prayer, but in deed. Of this, our Lord the Chief Pastor instructed us plainly in the Gospel reading of the Sunday of the Dread Judgment (cf. Matthew 25:31-46).

This is why, beginning already in 2014, we have been offering help to those suffering in southeastern Ukraine; and since February of this year, when the new hostilities began, the dioceses and parishes of the Russian Church Abroad, our Fund for Assistance, and our other ecclesiastical-social organizations have been responding with kind hearts, vigorously and generously, to this terrible catastrophe. May the Lord save you all for your sacrificial labors! Such concrete help prevents us from becoming “salt that has lost its flavor” (Matthew 5:13), and shows that we can and must become more involved in the conciliar work of building the Church. We, as God’s people, scattered throughout the entire world, have many gifts and talents with which we can serve not only Him, Who with His Most-Pure Blood perfected our salvation, but can also serve His Holy Church and our neighbor. So let us not grow weak in spirit or fall into despair, but “let us commit ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God!”

May Pascha, wondrous and sweetly fragrant, warm cold hearts and unite us all! May the exclamation “Christ is Risen,” which forever evokes trepidation among those who have departed from the Father’s house, remind us that we, as Orthodox Christians, are children of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who Rose on the third day and with Whom and in Whom we shall also be resurrected for the life of the age to come. Amen.

With love in the Resurrected Christ, I ask for your holy prayers,

+ HILARION,
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Pascha of the Lord 2022

 

From the Rector

St. Nicholas Liturgical services will utilize the parish Hall in addition to the Nave of the Church providing an expanded area for worship; if necessary, safety measures to be followed

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 To participate in liturgical services at home, if necessary, we recommend the following resources for texts, and sites for internet broadcast- streaming of services

For Readers Texts, Rubrics/How To, and Calendar Specific

Weekly Liturgical Texts and Resources

Saint Jonah.org Readers services

Our church does not stream services.

Sites where to find streaming services:

Slavonic & English

Eastern American Diocese - list

StJohn the Baptist Cathedral, DC 

Holy Epiphany ROC, Boston

English

St. Xenia ROC, Methuen, MA

Holy Cross Monastery

 

 

 

 

Donations to the Church: Options available
General Fund

All unrestricted donations

Planned Entry
Entry Construction
Entry Construction - $40,000.00
Restricted donation for Church Entrance w/cross and cupola started 01/01/2020

Restricted Fund: Formal entry porch with Cross, Cupola at main entry doors leading to parking lot.

$10,049.62 raised of $40,000.00
26%
Ladies' Afternoon Tea Fundraiser - Postponed

UPDATE:

After careful consideration and to our immense disappointment, we have decided to postpone the Ladies' Afternoon Tea until further notice. We are hoping to hold it once again in the future and look forward to seeing you then!

Sincerely,

 

The ladies of St. Nicholas parish