St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 286 - June 4/June 27, 2004




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

June 4/June 27, 2004
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 286


Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed: "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!"

Services This Past Week

June 19 - Three people came for Akathist for Communion and Vespers.
June 20 - Forty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
June 21 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 22 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour at St. George Church. Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont where the Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy were held. Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 23 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 24 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. George and Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
June 25 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Morning Services - Monday, Divine Liturgy at 6:30 AM. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Matins and First Hour at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
June 28 - Funeral for Mary Saunders, St. George Church at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Vidovdan Observance, Program and Covered Dish Dinner
Pomen today for Mary Saunders-Funeral Home, New Salem at 3:30 PM.
June 28 - Great Martyr Tsar Lazarus of Serbian and Serbian New Martyrs. St. Spyridon, Patriarch of Serbia. St. Ephraim, Patriarch of Serbia.
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 28 - Holy Equal to the Apostls Great Prince Vladimir

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending and supporting today's observance of Vidovdan.
Diocesan Days will be held at Shadeland on August 7-8. Plan to make the trip for this first-time two day pilgrimage intended to enrich all coming. Parish churches will be closed on the 8th. Sign up today on the bulletin board.
Make the trip to Monastery Marcha on July 30th and 31st for the Slava celebration.
Five people came to class this past Thursday. Prison ministry was the theme. Class again this coming week following the evening service.
Observe the Apostles Fast in effect at present and continuing daily until July 12.
All Serbian Orthodox Christians able to attend should be at the Divine Liturgy on June 28 in honor of those who died at Kosovo and those who continue to suffer there.
May God give comfort to the family of +Mary Saunders departed this life this past week.
State Police Helicopter Corporal Reich was a constant and courteous presence at the St. George Church throughout the day on June 23 when protesters ascended the stacks at Hatfield Ferry Power Plant and local residents came to the church parking lot to observe the protest. Off duty State Police official Jim Crawford joined with Corporal Reich in expressing appreciation to the St. George Church for use of the grounds during the protest.
Thank you to Mildred Belch for maintaining a presence during the Hatfield Ferry protest on June 23.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

The Spirit does not take up His abode in someone's life through a physical approach; how could a corporeal being approach the Bodiless One? Instead, the Spirit comes to us when we withdraw ourselves from evil passions, which have crept into the soul through its friendship with the flesh, alienating us from a close relationship with God. Only when a man has been cleansed from the shame of this evil, and has returned to his natural beauty, and the original form of the Royal Image has been restored in him is it possible for him to approach the Paraclete. Then, like the sun, He will show you in Himself the image of the invisible, and with purified eyes you will see in this blessed image the unspeakable beauty of its prototype.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1980. p.44 )

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

To Consider

The continuing lessons of Kosovo.
The examples of faith in Kosovo past and present.
The purification of souls in the daily trials of life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Maintained a presence at the church throughout the day of June 23 during the power plant protest.
Visited parishioner at Uniontown Hospital for Confession and Communion on June 23.
Went to Diocesan Center in Mars on June 24.
Scheduled to go to St. Nicholas Church in Steelton on June 25 and St. John the Baptist Church in Paterson, New Jerson on June 26.

From the Desert fathers

A certain brother asked the abbot Pimenion saying, "What is faith?' And the old man said, "to live ever in loving kindness and in humbleness, and to do good to one's neighbor."

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2004

Matthew 8:5-13

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, 'Go you way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour.

Each year as Vidovdan approaches, the minds of serious Serbian Orthodox Christians focus more intently on Kosovo. Kosovo is always toward the forefront of thinking for Serbian Orthodox Christians.

Kosovo defines the mentality of Orthodox believers. Kosovo defines the steadfast faith of Orthodox Christians. Kosovo is ever contemporary. Kosovo does not diminish and only increases in importance and relevance with the passage of time.

Blood and sacrifice are associated with Kosovo. Martydom is inherent to Kosovo. Christianity and the forces of evil confront each other in Kosovo. Believers look back to 1389 as a marking point. Believers look to the present and all times in between for examples of resolute Christian faith.

Serbian Orthodox monasteries and churches and Serbian Orthodox homes witness in Kosovo to the Triune God. Serbian Orthodox monasteries and churches and Serbian Orthodox homes witness to the martyrs in 1389 and to the martyrs through the centuries.

The Blood of Christ shed on the holiest of Fridays continues to nourish believers in the Holy Liturgy served in Kosovo today. The Body of Christ hanging upon the Cross on the holiest of Fridays continues to nourish the Orthodox faithful in Kosovo throught the centuries

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus told the centurion desiring his servant to be healed: "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!" (Mt.8:10)

The faith of the centurion lived on in the lives of St. Lazarus and the Serbian martyrs with him in Kosovo in 1389. The faith of the centurion lives on in the lives of Serbian Orthodox believers in Kosovo today.

In the face of overwhelming opposition, now and previously in Kosovo, the commitment to Christ is revealed as unequivocal and steadfast. In the face of peril, in the face of death, the commitment to Christ is unyielding in serious Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo.

Every decision of Orthodox believers can be weighed against the utlimate decisions made in Kosovo. Does one stand for Christ against the enemy or does one flee? Does one trust God completely? Does one have the faith of Abraham? (Gen.22:2-12)

Christ is always sufficient against outward threats. Christ is always sufficient in times of inward temptations. Christ is always sufficient in the face of peril.

The lessons of Kosovo are lasting. The lessons of Kosovo are instructional. The lessons of Kosovo renew the faith of believers.

The priests, monastics and Orthodox believers in Kosovo today witness to the present and succeeding generations. The priests, monastics and Orthodox believers in Kosovo today define Christianity in the midst of duress.

The three youths in the fiery furnace come to mind when Kosovo is considered (Dan.3:26). The souls of the martyrs of Kosovo glisten amidst the violence taking place.

Serbian Orthodox Churches around the world remember Kosovo on Vidovdan. Serbian Orthodox believers are inspired and nourished by the witnesses from Kosovo.

Orthodox believers look to Kosovo as part of their history. Orthodox believers look to Kosovo as a molder of their character. Orthodox believers look to Kosovo as distinguishing their identity.

Jesus did not disappoint the centurion seeking to have his servant healed. Jesus does not disappoint the believers past and present in Kosovo. Believers in Christ are never disappointed.

Centuries and centuries ago God said: "Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations." (Deut.7:9)

The test of the faithfulness of God comes as one is faithful to God. The stress of life in Kosovo today reveals the faithfulness of believers. The battlefield experience in 1389 revealed the faith of Tsar Lazar and believers with him.

Christ on the Cross is the defining example of love. Christ on the Cross is the defining example of humility. Christ on the Cross is the defining example of victory.

The tomb could not contain Christ. Errors and falsehoods and lies cannot shield the truth from being revealed in Kosovo.

Vidovdan causes believers everywhere to pause and pay tribute to martyrs for Christ. Vidovdan causes believers everywhere to seach the innermost aspects of themselves. Vidovdan causes believers to be definitive in love for Christ.

There is no "in between" regarding Kosovo. One is a follower of Christ or one is an opponent of Christ. Everything a person does, every thought a person has, every action of a person either leads a person to Christ or away from Christ. Kosovo teaches us to be faithful to Christ. There is no other way for the serious believer.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 4/June 27, 2004
St.Elisha the Prophet. St.Methodius of Constantinople.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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