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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, August 28

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him."

"You unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me." Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life." And the disciples were filled with grief.

​Epistle Reader: Jovan Bukarica

Altar Boys: Marko Macura, Mirko Macura, Stevo Medan, Maxim Vrcelj, Nikola Pesic, Stefan Kostic, Jovan Bukarica, Milan Grbovic.


LUNCH AT 12 NOON
Sponsors: Dragoslav & Jelena Grbvoc
In Loving Memory of +Milan Grbovic, +Dragica Grbovic, +Dragoslav Grbovic, +Milka Grbovic, +Vladimir Pjesivac, +Radmila Pjesivac

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Aug. 28, Grbovac

Sep. 11, Grabovac

Sep. 25 Tesla Club/Family Vuksic

Oct. 2 KOLO Slava

Oct. 30, Davidovich

Dec. 4, Four KOLO Humanitarian Fundraising

If anyone would like to sponsor lunch for any Sunday, please call Fr. Slobodan at 408-867-4876 to put you on the list and for the Church announcement. Sponsorship can be done by one or two families donating $300, to partially cover the cost of food and preparation.


SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Church School – Summer Vacation – Resumes on Sep. 11th 

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Sept. 2-4 Diocesan Days St. Sava Camp Jackson, CA 
  • Sept. 18 St. George Oakland Church Anniversary 
  • Sept. 24 First Serbian Food Festival on our property 
  • Oct. 9 St. John San Francisco Church Slava 
  • Nov. 20 Our Church Slava 
  • Dec. 4 Four Kolo Sisters Humanitarian Fund Raiser (Our Kolo is hosting)

FROM PROLOG OF OHRID

THE DORMITION OF THE MOST-HOLY BIRTH-GIVER OF GOD

The Lord Who, on Mt. Sinai, commanded by His Fifth Commandment: "Honor your father and your mother" (Exodus 20:12), showed by His own example how one should respect one's parent. Hanging on the Cross in agony, He remembered His mother and indicating to the Apostle John, said to her: "Woman behold your son" (St. John 19:26). After that, He said to John: "Behold your mother" (St. John 19:27). And so providing for His mother, He breathed His last. John had a home on Zion in Jerusalem in which the Theotokos settled and remained there to live out the end of her days on earth. By her prayers, gentle counsels, meekness and patience, she greatly assisted the apostles of her Son. Primarily, she spent her entire time in Jerusalem often visiting those places which reminded her of the great events and of the great works of her Son. She especially visited Golgotha,Bethlehem and the Mount of Olives. Of her distant journeys, her visit to St. Ignatius the Theophorus [God-bearer] in Antioch is mentioned, as well as her visit to Lazarus (whom our Lord resurrected on the fourth day), the Bishop of Cyprus, her visit to the Holy Mountain [Athos] which she blessed and her stay in Ephesus with St. John the Evangelist [The Theologian] during the time of the great persecution of Christians in Jerusalem. In her old age, she often prayed to the Lord and her God on the Mount of Olives, the site of His Ascension, that He take her from this world as soon as possible. On one occasion, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her and revealed to her that within three days she will find repose. The angel gave her a palm-branch to be carried at the time of her funeral procession. She returned to her home with great joy, desiring in her heart once more to see in this life, all of the apostles of Christ. The Lord fulfilled her wish and all of the apostles, borne by angels in the clouds, gathered at the same time at the home of John on Zion. With great rejoicing, she saw the holy apostles, encouraged them, counseled them and comforted them. Following that, she peacefully gave up her soul to God without any pain or physical illness. The apostles took the coffin with her body from which an aromatic fragrance emitted and, in the company of many Christians, bore it to the Garden of Gethsemane to the sepulchre of [her parents], Saints Joachim and Anna. By God'sProvidence, they were concealed from the evil Jews by a cloud. Anthony, a Jewish priest, grabbed the coffin with his hands with the intention of overturning it but, at that moment, an angel of God severed both his hands. He then cried out to the apostles for help and was healed since declaring his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Thomas was absent, again according to God's Providence, in order that a new and all-glorious mystery of the Holy Theotokos would again be revealed. On the third day, Thomas arrived and desired to venerate [kiss] the body of the Holy All-pure one. But when the apostles opened the sepulchre, they found only the winding sheet and the body was not in the tomb. That evening, the Theotokos appeared to the apostles surrounded by a myriad of angels and said to them: "Rejoice, I will be with you always". It is not exactly known how old the Theotokos was at the time of her Falling Asleep but the overwhelming opinion is that she was over sixty years of age.

УСПЕНИЈЕ ПРЕСВЕТЕ БОГОРОДИЦЕ

Господ који је на Синају заповедио петом заповешћу: поштуј оца свога и матер своју, показао је примером Својим, како треба поштовати родитељку своју. Висећи на крсту у мукама Он се сети Матере Своје и показујући на апостола Јована рече јој: жено, ето ти сина! Потом рече Јовану: ето ти матере! И тако збринувши Своју Мајку Он издахну. Јован имаше дом на Сиону у Јерусалиму, у који се настани и Богородица и оста да живи до краја својих дана на земљи. Својим молитвама, благим саветима, кротошћу и трпељивошћу она много помагаше апостолима Сина свога. У главноме све време до смрти провела је она у Јерусалиму обилазећи често она места, која су је подсећала на велике догађаје и на велика дела Сина свога. Нарочито је често походила Голготу, Витлејем и гору Јелеонску. Од њених дужих путовања помиње се њена посета св. Игњатију Богоносцу у Антиохији, посета св. Лазару четвородневном, епископу Кипарском, посета Св. Гори коју је она благословила, и бављење у Ефесу са св. Јованом за време великог гоњења хришћана у Јерусалиму. У својој старости она се често молила Господу и Богу своме на Јелеонској гори, на месту Вазнесења Његова, да је што пре узме из овога света. Једном приликом јави јој се архангел Гаврил, и објави јој, да ће кроз три дана бити упокојена. И даде јој ангел Божји једну грану палмову, која ће се носити при њеном спроводу. С великом радошћу она се врати дома пожелевши у срцу, да још једанпут у овом животу види све апостоле Христове. Господ јој испуни ову жељу, и сви апостоли, ношени ангелима и облацима, наједанпут се сабраше у дом Јованов на Сиону. Са великом радошћу виде она свете апостоле, охрабри их, посаветова и утеши; по том мирно предаде дух свој Богу без икакве муке и болести телесне. Апостоли узеше ковчег с телом њеним, од кога излазаше ароматни мирис, и у пратњи мноштва хришћана пренеше у врт Гетсимански у гробницу св. Јоакима и Ане. Од злобних Јевреја заклањаше их облак по промислу Божјем. Неки свештеник јеврејски, Атоније, дохвати рукама ковчег у намери да га претури, али у том часу ангел Божји одсече му обе руке. Тада он завапи апостолима запомоћ, и би исцељен пошто изјави своју веру у Господа Исуса Христа. Апостол Тома беше изостао, опет по Божјем Промислу, да би се тако опет открила једна нова и преславна тајна о Светој Богородици. Трећег дана стиже и он, и пожели да целива тело Свете Пречисте. Но када апостоли отворише гроб, нађоше само плаштаницу, а тела не беше у гробу. Тога вечера она се јави апостолима, – мноштвом ангела окружена, и рече им: „радујте се, ја ћу бити с вама навек." Не зна се тачно, колико стара беше Богородица у време успенија свога, али преовлађује мишљење, да је била прешла 60 година свога земног века.


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