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Weekly Bulletin for Sunday, December 11th

Tone 8

Divine  Liturgy at 10:00 AM
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
Epistle: Gal 4:1-6

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"

He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'[a]; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b]"

"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

​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 Noon with sponsors:
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Honoring Krsna Slava St. Nikola and for Divna's birthday

Lunch sponsors for the following Sundays:

Dec. 18 Simic/Bulajich

Dec 25, Family Ducich
Jan. 8 Krtolica
Jan. 15 Patricia Powell
Jan. 22
Jan. 29 St. Sava School Program
Feb. 5 Davidovich

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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  • Dec. 11          Annual Meeting of Parishioners
  • Jan. 6             Christmas Eve celebration
  • Jan. 28           St. Sava Dinner and Dance
  • Jan. 29           St. Sava Sunday School Program
  • Feb. 25           Sarma Fest (More details to come!)



As at one time Hannah, the mother of Samuel, prayed to God to give her a son, so did Anna, the mother of Stephen. Praying thus in the Church of Blachernae before the icon of the Most-holy Theotokos, a light sleep overcame her, and she saw the Most-holy Virgin as radiant as the sun, and heard a voice from the icon: ``Woman, depart in peace. In accordance with your prayer, you have a son in your womb.'' Anna indeed conceived and gave birth to a son, the holy Stephen. At sixteen, Stephen received the monastic tonsure on Mount Auxentius nearConstantinople, from the elder John who also taught him divine wisdom and asceticism. When John entered into rest in the Lord, Stephen remained on the mountain in a life of strict asceticism, taking upon himself labor upon labor. His holiness attracted many disciples to him. When Emperor Constantine Copronymus was persecuting icons more ferociously than his foul father, Leo the Isaurian, Stephen showed himself a zealous defender of the veneration of holy icons. The demented emperor accepted various obscene slanders against Stephen and personally plotted intrigues to break Stephen and get him out of the way. Stephen was banished to the island ofProconnesus, then taken to Constantinople, chained and cast into prison, where he was met by 342 monks, brought from all over and imprisoned for their veneration of the icons. There, in prison, they carried out the whole church typicon as in a monastery. Then the wicked emperor condemned Stephen to death. The saint foresaw his death forty days in advance, and asked forgiveness of the brethren. The emperor's servants dragged him from prison and, beating and pulling him, dragged him through the streets of Constantinople calling upon all those loyal to the emperor to stone this ``enemy of the emperor.'' One of the heretics struck the saint on the head with a piece of wood, and the saint gave up his soul. As St. Stephen the Protomartyr suffered at the hands of the Jews, so this Stephen suffered at the hands of the iconoclastic heretics. This glorious soldier of Christ suffered in the year 767 at the age of fifty-three, and was crowned with unfading glory.


Као негда Ана мајка Самуилова тако и Ана мајка Стефанова мољаше се Богу, да јој Бог да једнога сина. Молећи се тако једном у цркви Влахерни, пред иконом Пресвете Богородице, ухвати је лак сан, у коме она виде Пресвету Дјеву, као сунце сјајно, и чу глас од ње: „иди, жено, с миром, према молитви твојој имаш сина у утроби твојој." И заиста, заче Ана и роди сина, овога светога Стефана. У 16. години прими Стефан чин иночки на гори Аксентијевој, према Цариграду, од старца Јована, од кога се научи мудрости божанској и подвижништву. А када се старац Јован упокоји у Господу, Стефан оста на тој гори строго подвизавајући се и прилажући труд ка труду. Његова светост привуче му многе ученике. Када цар Константин Копроним прогоњаше иконе, још жешће од свога сквернога оца Лава Исаврјанина, Стефан се показа као ревносни заштитник поштовања светих икона. Безумни цар примаше разне гнусне клевете против Стефана, а и сам удешаваше разне сплетке, само да би Стефана сломио и с пута уклонио. Стефан би прогнан на острво Проконис, по том доведен у Цариград, окован и бачен у тамницу, где га сретоше 342 монаха сужња, из разних страна доведених и у тамницу због иконопоштовања вргнутих. У тамници они свршаваху све црквено правило као у манастиру. Опаки цар осуди Стефана на смрт. Светитељ предвиде своју смрт на 40 дана и опрости се с братијом. Слуге цареве извукоше га из тамнице и бијући га и трзајући вукоше га по улицама Цариградским, призивајући све оне, који су уз цара, да ударају камењем „противника царева". Неко од јеретика удари дрветом светитеља по глави, и светитељ издахну. Као што св. Стефан првомученик пострада од Јевреја, тако и овај Стефан пострада од иконоборних јеретика. Пострада овај славни Христов војник 767. године у 53. години свога земнога живота, и би увенчан славом неувелом.

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