St Archangel Michael Blog

Saratoga, CA

Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, September 25

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

"Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

"But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.  The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.  So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.'  So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

"But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, 'How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?' The man was speechless.

"Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

"For many are invited, but few are chosen."

​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 VUKSICH
In Loving Memory of +Anka Vuksich (40-day Parastos)

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Oct 2 KOLO Slava

Oct 16 Novakovic, Smrzlic

Oct 23, Cukic

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

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)
7:30-9:00 PM Choir Practice every Wednesday

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Sept. 24 First Serbian Food Festival on our property 
  • Oct 1, Holy Trinity Moraga Food Festival
  • Oct 2, KOLO Sisters Slava
  • Oct. 9 St. John San Francisco Church Slava (No Liturgy in our Church)
  • Nov. 20 Our Church Slava 
  • Dec. 4 Four Kolo Sisters Humanitarian Fund Raiser (Our Kolo is hosting)

FROM PROLOG OF OHRID

1. THE HIEROMARTYR (PRIESTLY-MARTYR) AUTONOMUS

During Diocletian's persecution, Autonomus left Italy for Asian Bithynia, for a place called Soreoi. There, he converted many to Christianity, and built a church for them dedicated to the holy Archangel Michael. Autonomus lived in the home of a devout Christian, Cornelius, whom he first ordained as a presbyter, and then consecrated to the episcopacy. Not far from Soreoi there was a place called Limnae, inhabited entirely by pagans. St. Autonomus went to this place and soon enlightened many with the Gospel of Christ. This embittered the pagans, and one day they rushed into the Church of the Holy Archangel Michael in Soreoi during the divine service and slew Autonomus in the sanctuary, and killed many other Christians in the church. During the reign of the Emperor Constantine, Severian, a royal nobleman, built a church over the tomb of St. Autonomus. Two hundred years after his death, St. Autonomus appeared to a soldier named John. John exhumed the relics of the saint and found them to be completely incorrupt, and many who were sick received healing from Autonomus's relics. Thus, God glorifies the one who glorified Him while living in the flesh.


2. THE HIEROMARTYR (PRIESTLY-MARTYR) CORONATUS, BISHOP OF ICONIUM

Coronatus was born in Nicomedia, in the village of Salate. He was already quite old when the persecution under Decius and Valerian began. Perinius, a torturer of Christians, came toNicomedia and began a search for Christians. Many Christians left the city and hid, but their aged bishop did not want to leave. Instead, he presented himself to Perinius and declared himself to be a Christian. The torturer bound him completely, and ordered that he be dragged through the town until much blood flowed. Then, under the sword, Coronatus gave his holy soul to God.

3. THE HOLY MARTYR JULIAN WITH FORTY COMPANIONS

They all suffered in about the year 300. First they were tortured, and then beheaded. Before his death, Julian prayed to God in this manner: "To those who take of my dust, grant to them, O Lord, forgiveness of sins and the subduing of their passions; let no ravaging birds, or grasshoppers, or caterpillars, or any other death-carrying destruction attack their fields. And receive my spirit in peace."

4. THE VENERABLE DANIEL OF THASOS

Daniel was an ascetic, the founder of a great monastery and a contemporary of St. Ioannicius the Great. Daniel was present when Ioannicius visited the island of Thasos. The people there implored the celebrated Ioannicius to free them from snakes. The saint prayed to God and the snakes, in large number, rushed into the sea and drowned.


5. THE HOLY MARTYRS MACEDONIUS, TATIANUS AND THEODULUS

They all suffered for Christ the Lord at Myropolis in Phrygia, during the reign of Julian the Apostate. They were harshly tortured for destroying the statue of an idol, and were burned on an iron grid until they gave up their souls to God. While burning over the fire, these brave men cried out mockingly to their torturer, saying: "Wouldn't you like to try our meat to see if it is well cooked?" And also, like the glorious Archdeacon Lawrence, they said: "Turn us over onto the other side, for this side is done!" Witnessing the holy martyrs on the fire, the torturer was more perplexed and frightened than they were.

1. Свешт. муч. Автоном. Удаљио се у време гоњења Диоклецијанова из Италије у Витинију Азијску, у место звано Сореос, и ту многе превео у хришћанство, и саградио им цркву св. Архангела Михаила. Обитавао у кући некога доброг хришћанина Корнелија, кога Автоном посвети најпре за презвитера а по том и за епископа. Недалеко од града Сореоса беше место Лимна, насељено само незнабошцима. Св. Автоном оде у то место и убрзо просвети многе Јеванђељем Христовим. То озлоби незнабошце, те они једнога дана јурнуше у цркву св. Архангела Михаила у Сореосу, и на служби Божјој убише Автонома у олтару, и убише многе друге хришћане у храму. У време цара Константина на гробу св. Автонома подиже храм неки царски велмож Севиријан. На 200 година после своје смрти јавио се св. Автоном једном војнику, по имену Јовану. Тај Јован откопа мошти светитељеве, и нађе их сасвим нетљене. И многи болесници добише здравље од моштију светитељевих. Тако Бог прослави онога који Њега прослављаше док живљаше у телу.

2. Свешт. муч. Корнут еп. Иконијски. Родом од Никомидије из села Салате. Беше већ сасвим стар када наста гоњење у време Декија и Валеријана. Неки мучитељ хришћана Переније дође у Никомидију, и поче трагати за хришћанима. Хришћани изађоше из града, и скрише се, а престарели епископ њихов не хте изаћи, но сам лично предста Перенију и објави себе хришћанином. Мучитељ га свега увеза и нареди те га вукоше по граду, докле многа крв из њега не истече и док под мачем не предаде свету душу своју Богу.

3. Св. муч. Јулијан са 40 другова. Пострадаше сви око 300. год. Најпре бише мучени, па онда посечени. Пред смрт своју мољаше се Богу св. Јулијан овако: „онима који узму од праха мога, подај им, Господе, опроштај греха и утолење страсти; нека на њихова поља не нападају штетне птице, ни скакавци, ни гусенице, нити друга каква пагубна смртоносина; а дух мој прими с миром."

4. Преп. Данил са Тасоса. Подвижник и оснивач великог манастира. Савременик св. Јоаникија Великог. Био присутан када је Јоаникије посетио острво Тасос. Народ умоли прослављеног Јоаникија, да их ослободи змија. Светитељ се помоли Богу, и змије у огромном броју јурну у море и подаве се.

5. Св. муч. Македоније, Татијан и Теодул. Пострадали за Христа Господа у време Јулијана богоодступнога, а у месту Мероси Фригијској. За разорење кипа неког идола били љуто мучени, и на гвозденој леси печени све док душе своје Богу не предадоше. За време горења на огњу ови храбри мужеви довикиваху мучитељу ругајући се: „нећеш ли пробати од нашега меса, да ли је добро печено?" И још су говорили, као и славни архиђакон Лаврентије: „окрени нас на другу страну, јер ова једна је печена!" Гледајући и слушајући св. мученике на огњу мучитељ је био више збуњен и устрашен него ли они.


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