St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 307 - November 8/November 21, 2004


The Orthodox Faith


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 8/November 21, 2004
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 307

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown at 6:20 this evening.

Galatians 3:23

But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

Services This Past Week

November 14 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour and Akathist for Communion. Forty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
November 15 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 16 - Three people came for Hours and Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Matins.
November 17 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 18 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
November 19 - Three people came for Midnight Office and Matins. Two people came for Nith Hour and Vespers.
November 20 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Three people were present at Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to verify the schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Matins, Divine Liturgy.
Monday - Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 10:00 AM.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday at 5:30 AM;
Midnight Office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; Saturday - Matins at 6:30 AM.
Friday - Divine Liturgy at 6:30 AM.
Afternoons - Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 PM; Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Thanksgiving Service - Wednesday at 4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, November 21 - St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
December 4 - Entry of Theotokos into the Temple, Parish Retreat.
December 5 - Parish Annual Assembly
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called.
December 19 - St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Children's Day
December 26 - Mother's Day

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

Mt. 16:26 - For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole 
world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for the soul?

Parish Life

Thank you to all supporting the Choir Slava.
It was nice for Janice Smargie to come from Monroeville for the Choir Slava.
Marion Luteran was among the choir members enjoying the Slava last week.
Happy Slava today to the Milosevich Family, Diane Trbovich and the Gligorovic's.
Six people came to Adult Class this past Thursday, the seventeenth class on the Divine Liturgy. No class this week.
It has been nice to have young children attending the Divine Liturgy in recent weeks.
Thank you to all helping to bake on Saturday.
November 20 was the anniversary of the Farmington Mine disaster. December 6 will be the anniversary of the Robena and Monongah Mine disasters. Remember the men and families.
Let us pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Let us remember those serving in the military and their families.
Let us remember those in jails and prisons, the homebound, the hospitalized, the sick in nursing homes and rehab centers. Let us remember the people working these facilities.
If each person in the parish came to church one additional time per month, the parish would benefit.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

It is not slavery that injures us, beloved; the real slavery is slavery to sin. If you are not held in bondage to sin, rejoice and have no fear; no one can harm you, since you are made of such stuff that no one can enslave. But if you are a slave of sin, I tell you that even if you are free ten thousand times over, it is of no advantage to you. Can you tell me what advantage a man has who, although not in bondage to another man, is in constant subjection to his own passions? At least men are merciful from time to time, but the passions - they won't be satisfied until they have destroyed you!
(St. John Chrysostom. On Marriage and Family Life. Translated by Catherine P. Roth and David Anderson. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1986, p. 38. )

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

To Consider

The time we give each day to the care of our soul.
The time we take each day to nourish our soul.
The time we take each day to repent of our sins.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 13 - Attended Ninety-Ninth Anniversary Dinner at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville. Served at Vespers.
November 14 - Served pomen at funeral home in Republic for Dora Kott.
November 15 - Served Funeral Service and burial for Dora Kott at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and Cemetery, New Salem, Pa.
November 18 - Went to Diocesan Center. Visited Orthodox Christian in Uniontown Hospital.

From the Desert fathers

He (Evagrius) also said, "It is a great thing to pray without distraction but to chant psalms without distraction is even greater."

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, 2004

Luke 10:25-37
The Good Samaritan

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise.".

St. Archangel Michael

He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me. Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written heaven." In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for it seem good in Your site."

Today's Gospel for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost discusses what is necessary to inherit eternal life. Today's Gospel for St. Archangel Michael stresses the importance of names being written in heaven.

As Orthodox Christians, do we seriously consider the condition of our souls? Do we think daily about our relationship with God? Do we measure our actions against the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Holy Gospel?

How seriously do we take the words of the Holy Apostle Paul as they come to us almost every Sunday in the reading of the Epistle. Actually, the words of the Holy Apostle Paul and the teachings of Christ come to us in the form of Epistle and Gospel readings almost daily throughout the year.

The pressures of daily life can obscure consideration of the soul. The pressures of daily life can cause us to push to the back of our lives the essentials of life, the most important aspects of life.

Our time on earth in our current bodily form is limited. The value of our soul exceeds the value of the world. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for the soul?" (Mt. 16:26)

This is the Holy Orthodox Church. The matters of eternal life, the matters of heaven are intrinsic to the purpose of the Holy Orthodox Church. The matters of the soul are of primary importance.

In the present Gospel for the Holy Archangel Michael, our Lord Jesus Christ told His seventy disciples that citizenship in the Kingdom was superior to their authority over demonic powers. 1

We must tend to our souls. We must focus attention on our souls. We must take care about our souls. The way we live should reflect due consideration of our souls.

The lawyer told Jesus that for eternal life, it is written in the law: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." (Lk.10:25-27)

Each person answers for himself and before God whether or not he or she meets the conditions of the law...whether he or she loves God with completeness of heart, completeness of strength, completeness of mind...whether he or she loves neighbor as the self.

Each person answers for himself and before God whether this completeness of love for God occurs each day and for each moment of each day.

Discouragement and despair have no place in the life of the believer. With Christ there is always reason for hope. With Christ there is always reason for joy.

In the darkest moments of life, the brightness of the Resurrection of Christ lightens the path of life...lightens the path to the Kingdom of God.

In the darkest moments of life, hope rises from the empty tomb. Hope is embodied in the Risen Christ.

In the darkest moments of life, Christ summons each person seeking hope, each person seeking help, each person seeking direction.

In the darkest moments of life, Jesus Christ says, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Mt.ll:28)

Christ says to those who are weary, to those in despair, to those who are broken hearted, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Mt.11:29)

We find rest for our souls when we heed the messages in the Holy Gospel. We find rest for our souls when we give Christ our complete hearts, complete minds, complete strength, complete souls. We find rest for our souls when we love our neighbor as ourselves.

We find rest for our souls when eternal life, when the Kingdom of God, when the salvation of our souls are the measuring points, the priorities of our lives.


1Orthodox Study Bible Thomas Nelson Publishing, Company, Nashville, Tennessee, 1993, p.166.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 8/November 21, 2004
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Archangel Michael and All the Bodiless Powers.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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