Besides our own Bishop, His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western American Diocese, there will be many other Bishops from United States and from the Homeland and many other distinguished guests.
For this momentous occasion, please reserve your tickets here or on any Sunday prior the event during the lunch time.
St. Archangel Michael Church
18870 Allendale Ave
Saratoga, California 95070
408 867 4876
Divine Liturgy at 10 AM
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42
Epistle: I Corinthians 16:13-24
Epistle Reader: Predrag Jovic
Altar Boys: Marko Macura, Mirko Macura, Jovan Bukarica, Stevo Medan, Maxim Vrcelj, Nikola Pesic, Stefan Kostic, Milan Grbovic.
Lunch at 12 noon with sponsors
In loving memory of +Radovan 'Roy' Adzich (5-years Pomen)
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,topartially cover the cost of food and preparation.
During the summer months, as our Church Board decided couple of years ago, we will not serve Sunday Lunches unless we have sponsors.
Dates to Remember
Sep 4, 5, 6, Diocesan Days in AlhambraCalifornia (Sep 4, No Liturgy in our Church)
Sep 8, Welcoming of our Patriarch Irinei, Bishops, and Honorable President of Republika Srpska Mr. Milorad Dodik in our community
Sep 13, Holy Trinity, Moraga 50th Anniversary (No Liturgy in our Church).
Sep 20, Kolo Slava and First Day of a New School Year (Blessing of children and teachers, enrollment, orientation etc.)
Oct 4, St John San Francisco, Church Slava. (No Liturgy in our Church).
Nov 22, Our Church Slava
Dec 6, Four Kolo Sisters Humanitarian Event (Fund Raising) at St John in San Francisco
Reading - Lives of the Saints
Myron was a priest in the town of Achaia of wealthy and prominent origin and by nature was kind and meek, both a lover of God and of man. During the reign of Emperor Decius and, on the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, pagans charged into the church, dragged Myron out from the service and subjected him to torture. During the time of torture in the fire, an angel appeared to him and encouraged him. After that, they began to cut his skin in strips from his head to his feet. The martyr grabbed one such strip of his skin and, with it, struck the torturer - the judge - on the face. The judge Antipater, as though possessed, took a sword and killed himself. Finally, they took Myron to the city of Cyzicus and there slew him with the sword in the year 250 A.D.
Patroclus was a citizen of the city of Trychasia, present day Troyes in France [Gaul]. He inherited great wealth from his parents and, from this, as a true Christian, performed daily acts of mercy for the less fortunate while he himself lived a life of mortification taking food only once a day, after the setting of the sun. Because of his sanctity of life, the Lord granted Patroclus the power of healing and he was known throughout as a miracle-worker. Emperor Aurelian, arriving in Gaul, ordered that Patroclus be brought before him. St. Patroclus proclaimed his faith in Christ before the emperor and did not conceal anything. "O Emperor, if you desire something of my wealth, I will give it to you, for I see you as poor" said St. Patroclus to the emperor. To that, the emperor replied: "How is it that you call me the emperor, poor who has countless riches? St. Patroclus then said: "You have only transient earthly treasures but you are poor for you are not in possession of yourself nor do you possess the Faith of Christ in your heart." He was condemned to death and handed over to the soldiers to be taken to a bog near a river to be slain there and to leave his body in the mud. But the saint of God prayed to God that his body not remain in the mud and by the power of God he suddenly became invisible to the soldiers and was translated to the other side of the river. After a long search, the soldiers found him and slew him on a dry spot. Two beggars, to whom Patroclus often gave alms, came along this road, recognized the body of their benefactor and buried it with honors.
Dear Reverend Fathers, Council Members, Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
With this letter I want to share with you the most God-pleasing and most important news of the establishment of new feast days in the Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29, 2015, added the names of Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic) of Libertyville, and Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich) of San Francisco and Jackson, clergymen and preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries, to the Dyptich of Saints (Calendar of Saints) of the Orthodox Church. Glory to God!
This is a wonderful blessing for all of us Orthodox Christians in America, and for the whole Orthodox Church throughout the world. When one thinks of the tremendous sacrifices that these two holy apostles made, and the many sorrows that they endured, one is especially gratified that they are now universally recognized as being among the Church’s luminaries. The feast of Holy Hierarch Mardarije will be celebrated on November 29/December 12, while that of the Venerable Sebastian will be celebrated on November 17/30.
The Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America plans to celebrate their public and liturgical glorification at St Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra, California, on September 5, 2015.
The Serbian Patriarch, His Holiness Irinej, is invited to lead the liturgical festivities, accompanied by the ruling hierarchs of the Orthodox Church in the USA, along with many civil dignitaries and special invited guests.
The program for the festivities can be found here: http://www.westsrbdio.org/en/canonization
With this official invitation we ask you for your presence at a most unique event celebrating these new Serbian American Saints, commemorating the lives of Holy Enlighteners and Apostles of the Church in America.
Please put this date in your calendar in order to be with us on this solemn and important day.
Please let us know if there is anything you need to announce this joyous news to your Community.
With love and esteem in Christ,
Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Western American Diocese