Love your enemies
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
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 Bill & Alicia Davidovich
In Loving Memory of +Vera Davidovich (mother and baba), +Velimir Golubovic (djed), Vidosava Golubovic (baba), +Predrag Golubovic (ujak)
Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:
Nov 6, Sredanovich
Nov 13, Kupresanin
Nov 20, Church Slava
Nov 27, Family Adzic
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.
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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. 20 Our Church Slava with His Grace Bishop Maxim & Visiting Clergy
- Dec. 4 Four Kolo Sisters Humanitarian Fund Raiser (Our Kolo is hosting)
- Dec 11 Annual Meeting of Parishioners
- Jan 6 Christmas Eve celebration
CHURCH SLAVA BANQUET SPONSORS
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It has been tradition in our parish that several families sponsor the Slava Banquet. Sponsorship covers the cost of the food and other expenses. Suggested donation has been established from previous years of $500/family. In that case our much needed income will not be burdened by heavy expenses. Please let me know if you would like to be a sponsor! Thank you! May God bless you!
In Christ, Fr. Slobodan.
FROM PROLOG OF OHRID
1. The Holy Prophet Hosea
Hosea was the son of Beeri of the tribe of Issachar. Hosea lived and prophesied more than eight hundred years before the birth of Christ. His divinely inspired words are found in his book, which contains fourteen chapters. He strongly rebuked Israel and Judah for their idolatry and also foretold God's punishment for their sins, the destruction of Samaria and Israel for their apostasy, and God's mercy on the tribe of Judah. He foretold the abolition and the end of the sacrifices of the Old Testament. He foretold the coming of the Lord, and the richness of gifts that He would bring with Him to earth. He lived to a very old age and entered peacefully into rest.
2. The Holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian, the Unmercenaries
There are three pairs of holy physicians by the name of Cosmas and Damian. The first entered into rest peacefully on November 1, the second pair was stoned in Rome on July 1, and the third was from Arabia; and it is these that we speak of under today's date. They were physicians by profession, and when they received the Christian Faith, they healed the sick in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. They became widely known for their miraculous healings. The malicious pagans seized them, and took them before Governor Lysias in the town of Aegea. Since neither of these brothers would renounce Christ at any cost, they were cast into the sea, then into fire, but the omnipotent God saved them from both the water and the fire. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and saved them. The pagan governor ascribed this to their alleged sorcery but they answered: ``We know nothing of sorcery nor do we need sorcery, but we possess the power of Christ-which saves us and all who invoke His Most-holy Name.'' The pagans struck them with stones but the stones bounced off them; they shot them with arrows, but the arrows rebounded as well. Finally, they were beheaded with the sword. Saints Leontius, Anthimus and Eutropius also suffered with them, and received heavenly wreaths of glory. They suffered in the time of Diocletian and Maximian. Many miracles were manifested from their holy relics, even as miracles abounded from them during their life.
3. The Venerable Martyr Andrew
St. Andrew was a Cretan by birth and a Christian priest. In the time of the iconoclastic persecution, he showed himself to be a great defender of the veneration of icons. Andrew went to Constantinople to denounce the wicked Emperor Copronymus. As the emperor stood in the Church of the Holy Martyr Mamas, Andrew entered the church, stood before him, and openly rebuked him before all. ``It would be better for you, O Emperor, to attend to military matters and to govern the people, than to persecute Christ and His servants.'' For this, St. Andrew was beaten severely, tortured and dragged through the streets, where a heretic struck him with an axe and killed him. Thus, Andrew rendered his holy soul to God in the year 767. His relics gave healing to the sick.