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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, November 13th

Luke 8:5-15

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.

When he said this, he called out, "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,

"'though seeing, they may not see;    
though hearing, they may not understand.'[a]

"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.  But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

​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: Family of MILAN KUPRESANIN
in loving memory of +Milan Potrebic - Pomen
ZLATANA & MORIS GADZO
in loving memory of +Radmila Stojadinovic - Mother of Zlatana

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Nov 20, Church Slava

Nov 27, Family Adzic

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

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

10:00 -10:45 Religious Instruction (Veronauka)
11:00 - 12:00 Serbian language classes
12:20 - 1:00 Folklore rehearsal - younger group
1:00 - 2:00 Church Children Choir
1:30 - 3:30 Folklore rehearsal - older group (when in Saratoga)

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Nov 12, Teen party
  • Nov. 20 Our Church Slava with His Grace Bishop Maxim & Visiting Clergy (with Slava sponsors: Peggy and Chris Milosovich, Vera and Bart Fisher, Eli and Mary Bogdanovich, Dragica and Kosta Kostic).
  • 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 Apostles Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles and Aristobulus

They were all of the Seventy. Stachys was an assistant to St. Andrew the First-called. St. Andrew appointed him Bishop of Byzantium. He established the church in Argyropolis and governed his flock faithfully and zealously. After sixteen years as bishop, he entered peacefully into rest in the Lord. Amplias and Urban worked likewise with St. Andrew, and were ordained bishops by him-Amplias in Lydda of Odyssopolis inJudea, and Urban in Macedonia. Both died as martyrs for Christ the Lord. Narcissus was appointed Bishop of Athens by the Apostle Philip. St. Apelles was Bishop of Heraclea in Trachis. Aristobulus, brother of the Apostle Barnabas, preached the Christian Faith in Britain and reposed peacefully there.

The Holy Martyr Epimachus

He was born in Egypt and labored there in asceticism, ending his earthly life as a martyr. Imitating St. Johnthe Baptist, he withdrew to the wilderness while still a youth. Because of his great love for God, the Spirit of God led him to every truth and, with no other teacher, taught him how to live a life of asceticism. Then, Epimachus learned that the unbelievers were torturing and killing Christians in Alexandria for the sake of Christ. All aflame with zeal for the Faith, he went to the city and smashed the idols. When the pagans tortured him for this, he cried out: ``Smite me, spit on me, put a crown of thorns on my head, put a reed in my hand, give me gall to drink, crucify me on a cross, and pierce me with a spear! This is what my Lord endured, and I too want to endure it.'' In the crowd of people who witnessed the torturing of St. Epimachus, there was a woman who was blind in one eye. She wept bitterly, watching the heartless torture of this God-pleaser. When the tormentors scraped the body of the holy martyr of Christ, blood spurted from him, and one drop of blood touched the blind eye of that woman. Suddenly, her blind eye regained vision, and was as whole as the other. Then she cried out: ``Great is the God in whom this sufferer believes!'' After this they beheaded St. Epimachus and his soul took up habitation in eternal joy, in about the year 250.

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1. Св. апостоли: Стахије, Амплије, Урван, Наркис, Апелије и Аристовул

Од Седамдесеторице. Св. Стахије би помоћник св. Андреју Првозваном. Св. Андреј га постави за епископа у Византији. Созда цркву у Аргиропољу, и управљаше паством својом верно и ревносно. После 16 година епископовања упокоји се мирно у Господу. Амплије и Урван такође сарађиваху св. Андреју, и од овога бише постављени за епископе, и то Амплије у Лиди, или Диоспољу Јудејском а Урван у Македонији. Обојица мученички скончаше за Христа Господа. Наркис би постављен од апостола Филипа за епископа у Атини. Апелије свети би епископ у Ираклији Тракијској. Аристовул, брат апостола Варнаве, проповедао веру Христову у Британији, и тамо мирно скончао.

2. Св. муч. Епимах

Родом из Мисира, у Мисиру се подвизавао, у Мисиру и мученички скончао земни живот. Подражавајући св. Јовану Крститељу удаљи се још као младић у пустињу. Због велике љубави његове према Богу Дух Божји га настави на сваку истину, и без другог учитеља научи га, како се треба подвизавати. Но сазна Епимах, како неверници муче и убијају хришћане у Александрији Христа ради. Па сав распаљен ревношћу према вери оде у град и скруши идоле. Када га незнабошци почеше за то мучити, он узвикну: „удрите ме, пљујте ме, ставите ми трнов венац на главу, дајте ми трску у руке, напојте ме жучем, на крст ме распните и копљем прободите, – то претрпи Господ мој, то и ја хоћу да претрпим." У гомили народа, која посматраше мучење Епимаха светога беше и нека жена са једним оком слепим. Она плакаше горко од жалости гледајући бездушно мучење угодника Божјег. И када мучитељи стругаху тело св. Мученика Христовог, прсну крв од њега, и једна кап крви паде на слепо око оне жене. Наједанпут жена прогледа, и постаде јој слепо око здраво као и друго. Тада жена узвикну: „велики је Бог, кога верује овај страдалник!" По том одсекоше главу св. Епимаху и душа му се пресели у вечиту радост, около 250. год.


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