St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 246 - September 8/September 21, 2003




Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

September 8/September 21, 2003
Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
No. 246



II Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Services This Past Week

September 14 - Thirty eight people came to Divine Liturgy. Parastos for Betty Mogush held.
September 15 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 16 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 17 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 18 - Four people came for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
September 19 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to St. Archangel Michael and the Ninth Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Verify Schedule

The Divine Liturgy is held each Sunday at 10:00 AM except Pascha went it is held earlier.
Morning services-Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30 AM., Friday 6:00 AM
Saturday - Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM. - Feast of Elevation of Precious and Lifegiving Cross.
Afternoon/Evening Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 3:00 PM., Thursday 7:00 PM
Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont - 10:00 AM Thursday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos - Slava of St. Mary Church, Clairton. Slava of Stavropigial Serbian Orthodox Monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana.
September 27 - Exaltation of the Life-Giving Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 15-18 - Sabor, California.
Ocotber 19 - St.Thomas the Apostle
October 26 - Parish Annual Banquet
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia - St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, the Apostle and Evangelist, St. Petar of Cetinje
November 1 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - St. James the Apostle, First Bishop of Jerusalem
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrhflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

Signs are evident that the Kolo is getting ready to bake. When the work starts, helpers are always needed.
Four people came to Adult Class on Thursday to discuss the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. This week's class will focus on the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross. Class is after the Thursday evening service.
Remember our homebound parishioners, those in care homes and hospitals and friends of the parish in prison as well as those serving in the military.
Pray for those suffering from illness, stress or trauma.
Pray for those in dangerous occupations.
Take time to look at the various photo albums on display.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

The disclosure of the divine life of the Holy Trinity is accomplished in the Church through the Holy Mysteries. But it goes through the Son, the Head of the Church, in the divine energies, the grace-filled powers which are given by the Holy Spirit. Through the Head the body receives the power of life and it comes down from it into the joints and innards, the entire body, giving it strength, so that it can grow according to the will of God.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p.21 )

To Consider

The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.
The continued celebration of the Feast through the centuries.
The meaning of the feast for contemporary Christians.
The impact of the Mother of God on subsequent generations.
The faithful believers coming to the Holy Mysteries on this Feast.
The joy emanating from the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 14 - Attended dinner at Nativity of Saint Mary Orthodox Church-Masontown.
September 16 - Visited parishioner at home preparing for operation.
September 17 - Attended Christian Associates Jail Chaplaincy meeting in Pittsburgh.
September 17 - Visited parishioner in Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh.
September 17 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
September 18 - Attended Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood Executive Board Meeting, Akron, Ohio.
September 19 - Visited parishioner in Greene County Memorial Hospital. Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

From the Desert fathers

He (Nilus) also said, "Whatever you have endured out of love of wisdom will bear fruit for you at the time of prayer.


The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God

Luke 10:38-42, ll:27-28

Now it happens that as they went He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him inter her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, 'Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled abut many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken from her."

And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!" But He said, "More than than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, 'He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits of their seasons.' Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.'

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.'" But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding." So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, " Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.

Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

John 3:13-17

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth come to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church brings before us for consideration three Gospel messages. Today is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today is the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Today is the Sunday before the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross.

Everyday of the year the Holy Orthodox Church brings before us the Holy Scriptures for our learning and as part of our worship of God. The Holy Scriptures are an integral part of the liturgical life of the Holy Orthodox Church. It is important that Orthodox Christians familiarize themselves with the Holy Scriptures. It is important to maintain a full understanding of the part the Scriptures have in the Church.

Our identity as Orthodox Christians is completely linked with the Holy Scriptures. We come to know our purpose and standing in life and our intended direction as we learn from the Holy Scriptures.

Reading the Holy Scriptures should be an act of joyful anticipation. Reading the Holy Scriptures with faithfulness requires a commitment and regularity and the investment of energy. The results are beneficial.

From reading the Holy Scriptures, we learn more about God. We learn about Jesus' birth, baptism, transfiguration, miracles, teachings, arrest, trial, death, resurrection, ascension and Second Coming. We learn about the Holy Spirit. We learn more about the Mother of God. We learn more about the Holy Orthodox Church. We learn about the Holy Disciples. We learn about the creation of the world. We learn about sin. We learn about morality. We learn about wisdom. We learn about prayer. Learning is endless in reading the Holy Scriptures.

When we consider the Gospel message for the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God, we hear these words from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" (Lk.11:28)

Written documentation of Mary's birth goes back to 130-140 in the Protoevevangelium Jacobi. While we do not find specific details about Mary's birth in the Holy Scriptures, we do find documentation in the writings of the Holy Orthodox Church. We do learn about Mary's life with Christ in the Holy Scriptures.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a major feast of the Holy Orthodox Church and is celebrated every year on September 8/21. The Holy Orthodox Church focuses attention on the birth of the Mother of God because Mary was chosen among all women of all centuries to give birth to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Mary stands alone among all women of all centuries in having been honored by God to be the Birthgiver of God, the Theotokos. The Holy Orthodox Church asks us to repeatedly think about the birth of Mary. The Holy Orthodox Church asks us repeatedly to think about the Divine taking on human flesh and dwelling among humans (John l:14)

Mary not only had the perspective of giving birth to the Christ-Child. She had the perspective of standing at the Cross and witnessing His crucifixion. (Jn.19:25-27) Today our minds turn toward the forthcoming Feast of the Elevation of the Cross. Let us continue to remind ourselves of the pain Mary felt of watching Christ upon the Cross. Let us continue to remind ourselves of the immeasurable humility of Christ descending to earth. The Divine took on human flesh and later went to the Cross for our salvation.

Our lives need to reflect the purity and obedience of Mary. Our lives need to reflect the Christian identity we were blessed to receive at Holy Baptism. Our lives need to witness to the Cross we passed under at Baptism and with which we sign ourselves each time we pray and enter God's Holy Church.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church asks us to consider three different Gospel messages. All three of these messages are instructive. All three of these messages have importance for our lives as they have had for the lives of believers for centuries.

Let us heed the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, examining them carefully and incorporating them into our daily lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 8/September 21, 2003
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Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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