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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, January 29th

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today." So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 

All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a sinner."

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."

Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."

Luke 19:1-10

​Epistle Reader: Jovan Bukarica

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

LUNCH at 12:00 pm
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In honor of St. Sava Celebration (Kumovi Proslave)

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Feb. 19

Feb. 26

March 5 Family Kosich

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Jan. 28 St. Sava Ball

Jan. 29 St. Sava Sunday School Program

Feb. 25 Sarma Fest (More details to come!)

March 4 Crab Dinner

March 11 Lenten Retreat

March 19 Quarterly Membership Meeting



Saint Peter is commemorated on this day because of the chains by which he was shackled by the lawless Herod and which during the appearance of an angel in prison fell from him, "Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, `Get up quickly.' The chains fell from his wrists"(Acts of the Apostles 12:7). The chains were preserved by Christians as much for the memory of this great apostle as well as for their healing power, for many of the sick were healed by touching them as well as with the towel of the Apostle Paul, "then when the face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them" (Acts of the Apostles 19:12). St. Juvenal, the Patriarch of Jerusalem gave these chains as a gift to the Empress Eudocia, the exiled wife of the Emperor Theodosius the Younger. She divided them into two and sent one half to the Church of the Holy Apostle in Constantinople and the other half to her daughter Empress Eudoxia in Rome, the wife of Valentian. Eudoxia built the Church of St. Peter and deposited these chains in it, together with those chains with which Peter was shackled before his death under Emperor Nero.


The three brothers, triplets, Speusippus, Eleusippus, Meleusippus all suffered for Christ in France during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161 A.D. -180 A.D.). At first, only Leonilla was a Christian while her grandsons were heathens. After prolonged counseling on the part of their pious grandmother and of the local priest, these three brothers received baptism. Having been baptized and with youthful zeal, they began to live a devoted life for their Faith and with this passion destroyed all the idols in the whole vicinity. Accused and brought before the tribunal, they acknowledged their act and openly confessed their faith in Christ. The judge had them thrown into prison and summoned Leonilla, the grandmother, and directed that she, too, go to the prison and counsel her grandsons to deny Christ and to worship the idols. Without a word, Leonilla went to the prison, but instead of counseling her grandsons to deny the True Faith, she began to encourage them not to waver but to endure all torments to the end and to die for Christ. When the judge, again, questioned them and realized their even stronger steadfastness in the Faith, he condemned them to death. At first, all three of them were hanged on a tree where they hung "as strings on a gulsa" after which, they were flogged and finally burned in fire. A certain woman, Jovilla, enthusiastic at the courage of these martyrs cried out: "I am a Christian also!" They immediately apprehended her who, together with the elderly Leonilla, was beheaded.


Спомиње се овога дана због верига, у које би окован од безаконог Ирода, и које при појави ангела у тамници спадоше с њега (Дап 12, 7). Те вериге чуваху хришћани колико због успомене на великог апостола, толико и због њихове целебне моћи, јер се многи болесници излечише додиром о њих (као и о убрус апостола Павла, (Дап 19, 12). Патријарх јерусалимски свети Јувенал даде те вериге на дар царици Евдоксији, прогнаној жени цара Теодосија Млађег, а ова их преполови, па једну половину посла цркви Светих апостола у Цариград, а друго својој кћери царици Евдоксији, жени Валентијановој у Рим. Ова Евдоксија сазида цркву Светог Петра, и положи у њу ове вериге заједно са оним, у које беше Петар пред своју смрт окован од цара Нерона (в. 29. јун)


Пострадали за Христа у време цара Марка Аврелија (161-180) у Француској. Три брата, три близанца. Најпре само Леонила беше хришћанка, док унуци њени беху незнабошци. После дугих савета од стране благочестиве Леониле и меснога свештеника ова три брата се крсте. Крстивши се, они почну свим младићким жаром ревновати за своју веру, и у тој ревности пођу и полупају све идоле по целој околини. Оптужени и изведени на суд, они признаду своје дело и јавно исповеде веру своју у Христа. Судија их баци у тамницу, па позове бабу Леонилу и упути је, да и она пође у тамницу и посаветује своје унуке, да се одрекну Христа и поклоне идолима. Леонила ћутке пође у тамницу, но место да саветује унуке да се одрекну праве вере, она их почне храбрити, да се не поколебају, но да истрају до краја у свима мукама и умру за Христа. Када их судија поново испита и виде њихову још појачану непоколебљивост у вери, осуди их на смрт. Сва тројица најпре буду обешени о једно дрво где вишаху „као струне на гуслама", по том шибани, и најзад огњем сажежени. Нека жена, Јовила, одушевљена храброшћу ових мученика, повика: „И ја сам хришћанка!" Одмах, њу ухвате, и заједно са старицом Леонилом мачем посеку.

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