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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, November 20th

22nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
 22. НЕДЕЉА ПО ДУХОВИМА
Tone 5

Divine  Liturgy at 9:45 AM
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Epistle: Gal 6:11-18

The Rich Man and Lazarus

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'

But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'

He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'

'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'

"He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'

​Epistle Reader: Jovan Bukarica

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


SLAVA BANQUET 12:30
Sponsors: CHRISS AND PEGGY MILOSOVICH
BART AND VERA FISHER
ELI AND MARY BOGDANOVICH
KOSTA AND DRAGICA KOSTIC

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Nov 27, Family Adzic

Dec 4, Four KOLO Humanitarian Fundraising, sponsored by Milorad Dragovic family

Dec 25, Family Ducich

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.

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SUNDAY SCHEDULE

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Dec. 4 Four Kolo Sisters Humanitarian Fund Raiser (Our Kolo is hosting)
  • Dec 11 Annual Meeting of Parishioners
  • Jan 6 Christmas Eve celebration


FROM PROLOG OF OHRID

THE HOLY ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND ALL THE BODILESS POWERS OF HEAVEN

The angels of God were celebrated by men from earliest times but this celebration was often turned into the divinization of angels (II Kings 23:5). The heretics wove all sorts of fables concerning the angels. Some of them looked upon angels as gods; others, although they did not consider them gods, called them the creators of the whole visible world. The local Council of Laodicea (four or five years before the First Ecumenical Council) rejected the worship of angels as gods and established the proper veneration of angels in its Thirty-fifth Canon. In the fourth century, during the time of Sylvester, Pope of Rome, and Alexander, Patriarch of Alexandria, the present Feast of Archangel Michael and all the other heavenly powers was instituted for celebration in the month of November. Why precisely in November? Because November is the ninth month after March, and March is considered to be the month in which the world was created. Also, as the ninth month after March, November was chosen for the nine orders of angels who were created first. St. Dionysius the Areopagite, a disciple of the Apostle Paul (who was taken up into the third heaven), described these nine orders of angels in his book, On the Celestial Hierarchies, as follows: six-winged Seraphim, many-eyed Cherubim, God-bearing Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. The leader of all the angelic hosts is the Archangel Michael. When Satan, Lucifer, fell away from God and drew a part of the angels with him to destruction, then Michael stood up and cried out before the faithful angels: ``Let us attend! Let us stand aright! Let us stand with fear!'' and all of the faithful angelic heavenly hosts cried out: ``Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God of Sabaoth! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory!'' Concerning the Archangel Michael, see Joshua 5:13-15 and Jude 1:9. Among the angels there reign perfect oneness of mind, oneness of soul, and love. The lower orders also show complete obedience to the higher orders, and all of them together to the holy will of God. Every nation has its guardian angel, as does every Christian. We must always remember that whatever we do, in open or in secret, we do in the presence of our guardian angel. On the day of the Dread Judgment, the multitude of the hosts of the holy angels of heaven will gather around the throne of Christ, and the deeds, words, and thoughts of every man will be revealed before all. May God have mercy on us and save us by the prayers of the Archangel Michael and all the bodiless heavenly powers. Amen.

СВ. АРХИСТРАТИГ МИХАИЛ И ОСТАЛЕ СИЛЕ НЕБЕСНЕ БЕЗТЕЛЕСНЕ

Ангели Божји били су празновани од људи још из дубоке старине. Но то празновање често се изметало у обожавање ангела (IV Цар. 23, 5). Јеретици су свашта баснословили о ангелима. Неки су од тих гледали у ангелима богове; други и ако их не сматраху боговима називаху створитељима васцелог видљивог света. Лаодикајски помесни сабор, који беше на 4 или 5 година пре I Васељенског Сабора, својим 35. правилом одбаци поклоњење ангелима као боговима и установи правилно поштовање ангела. У време пак Силвестра папе римског и Александра патријарха александријског (из IV в.) би установљен овај празник Архистратига Михаила и прочих Сила небесних у месецу Новембру. Зашто баш у Новембру? Зато што Новембар представља девети месец после месеца Марта. У месецу Марту сматра се да је било створење света. А девети месец после Марта узет је због 9 чинова ангелских, који су најпре створени. Св. Дионисије Ареопагит, ученик апостола Павла, онога апостола, који се уздигао до у треће небо, описао је ових 9 чинова у књизи „О небесној Јерархији". Ти чинови су следећи: шестокрили Серафими, многоочити Херувими и богоносни Престоли, Господства, Силе и Власти, Начала, Архангели и Ангели. Војвода целе војске ангелске јесте архистратиг Михаил. Када је сатана, Луцифер, отпао од Бога, и повукао собом у пропаст један део ангела, тада је Михаил устао и узвикнуо пред неотпалим ангелима: вонмемъ! станемъ добрэ, станемъ со страхомъ! И све небесне војске верних ангела громовито су запојале: свјат, свјат, свјат Господ Саваотъ исполнъ небо и земля славы твојеја! (Види о архангелу Михаилу Ис. Навина 5, 13-15; св. Јуде 9.) Међу ангелима влада савршено једномислије, једнодушност и љубав, а уз то још и потпуна послушност нижих чинова вишим чиновима, и свих укупно светој вољи Божјој. Сваки народ има свога ангела хранитеља, а осим тога и сваки хришћанин има свога ангела хранитеља. Треба се увек сећати да ма шта ми чинили, јавно или тајно, чинимо у присуству свога ангела хранитеља. А на дан Страшнога Суда сабраће се све огромно мноштво ангела небесних светих око престола Христова, и пред свима њима објавиће се дела, речи и помисли свакога човека. Нека би нас Бог помиловао и спасао молитвама св. архистратига Михаила и прочих небесних сила безтелесних. Амин.


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