St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 254 - November 3/November 16, 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

November 3/November 16, 2003
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 254



Ephesians 4:13

Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Services This Past Week

November 9 - Thirty-people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 10 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November ll - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 12 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 13 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Six people came for Vespers.
November 14 - Four people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 15 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour at St. George Church. Nine people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy today and each Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning services - Monday, Tueday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday - 6:30 AM. Friday - 9:00 AM
Afternoon services - Monday - 4:30 PM. Tuesday and Thursday - 7:00 PM. Wednesday and Saturday-3:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 21 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarious of Egina
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - St. Philip the Apostle
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
November 29 - St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist.
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple - Parish Retreat
December - Date to be established - Parish Annual Meeting.

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

Parish Life

Seven people came for Adult Class on Thursday when we considered Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Come this week to discuss St. Archangel Michael. Read your Bibles - Daniel Chapters 10 and 12, Jude 9 and Revelations 12:7-12
Adult Class follows the Thursday evening service.
Ann Krewasky is a witness for the Church every Sunday.
Thank you to Kolo members for representing the parish at the KSS Federation.
Dustin Menhart's address is posted on the bulletin board.
Remember Dustin and Rich Menhart and Jason Rogish on active military duty.
Remember the 78 men who died in the Farmington Mine Disaster on November 20, 1968.
Remember our doctors today - Dr. Predrag Gligorovic and Dr. Louis Yancich on this Sunday when the Church remembers the Holy Unmercenary Physicians.

A Thought From Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich *

The Lord Jesus Christ is the essence of the Eucharist. Because of the exceptional role which the Eucharist has in the salvation of man, it is necessary to penetrate its sacramentality (mystery) and its character as a means of salvation. Especially in today's materialistic and secularized time, it is necessary to devote serious attention to this question and give it its proper place as much as possible through illumination and insight into its sacramental essence.
*(The Eucharist As Sacrifice Published by Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, 1993 )

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

To Consider

The collective contributions of the St. George Choir.
The sacrifices and contributions of individual choir members.
The consistency of the St. George Choir.
The importance of the St. George Choir.
The far reaching effects of the St. George Choir.
The Christian witness of choir members.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Nov.9 - Attended dinner at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Masontown.
Nov.10 - Travelled to St.Nicholas Church, Monroeville to meet with Father Dragoljub Malich.
Nov.11 - Visited resident at SCI-Greene.
Nov.15 - Served Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

From the Desert fathers

The abbot Agatho said, "If an angry man were to raise the dead, because of his anger, he would not please God."


The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'

The present Gospel message demonstrates the value of learning more about Moses and the prophets. The present Gospel message is reason to pause and consider our personal knowledge of the Old Testament.

We examine the words of Abraham spoken to the rich man, "If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead."

Jesus Christ rose from the dead. We celebrate Jesus' Resurrection throughout the year. A and extensive history preceeded Jesus Christ taking on human flesh and dwelling on earth. An extensive history preceeded His Resurrection. One need only consider the portion of St. John's Gospel read on Pascha to appreciate the perspective of time and Jesus Christ. We often read on the eves of great feasts from the Old Testament prophets. On Holy Saturday morning, fifteen Old Testament readings prepare the believer for the celebration of Jesus Christ's Resurrection.

Every year during Great Lent, the daily readings of the Church are taken from the Old Testament. Georges A. Barrois published a book entitled The Face of Christ in the Old Testament.

Individuals taking the time to carefully read the Old Testament will find powerful messages from Moses and the Holy Prophets. Individuals will learn important lessons of life from David and Elijah, from Isaiah and Jeremiah and from Micah and Daniel.

The present Gospel message is a strong reminder that we did not get to the present day without past history. The present Gospel message is a definitive reminder that the present day is affected and shaped by what has gone before.

Abraham told the rich man that his brothers have had ample warnings, ample instructions from Moses and the prophets. They need to heed the messages.

The rich man did not attend to the poor Lazarus at his gate. God was attentive to the poor Lazarus. God cared for Lazarus. God saw the suffering of Lazarus. In the end, Lazarus' suffering on earth was brief compared to the eternal care he received in the bosom of Abraham.

The rich man's wealth and sumptous life was brief on earth. His suffering after death would not be as brief.

At Holy Baptism, the Nicene-Creed is recited. At Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy thereafter, the believer is reminded that Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Wise people make use of each day in preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Like the five wise virgins in the Gospel of St.Matthew (25:1-13), serious believers are mindful of the way of the Lord each day.

The rich man lived his earthly life without caring for his poor neighbor at the gate. Our Lord Jesus Christ made it clear, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Mt.25:40)

Believers investing time in reading the Old Testament will increase their understanding of Jesus Christ. The Church, by incorporating Old Testament texts in the daily liturgical services, emphasizes the importance of the Old Testament for present day believers.

We know that Jesus makes all things new. The Holy Apostle Paul wrote: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (II Cor.5:17)

We come to appreciate the newness brought by Christ by examining the Old Testament. The Holy Orthodox Church wants knowledgeable Christians. The Holy Orthodox Church teaches daily through the rich content of the liturgical services.

The lesson of Lazarus and the rich man is instructional. The value of the lesson is renewed each year, year after year.

Believers are expected to grow in Christ throughout life. Basic lessons of the Church need repeated because individuals stray from the Truth. Individuals weaken in times of temptation. Individuals depart from the path taken at Baptism.

The Old Testament gives vivid lessons regarding those who did not heed the way of God. The life and teachings of Jesus Christ bring us back to the path to the heavenly Kingdom.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 3/November 16, 2003
Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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