St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 313 - December 20, 2004/January 2, 2005


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
December 20, 2004/January 2, 2005
Sunday of Holy Fathers / St. Daniel II, Archbishop of Serbia
No. 313

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

Hebrews 11:39-40

And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Services This Past Week

December 26 - One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Holy Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
December 27 - One person came for Divine Liturgy. Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 28 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 29 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 30 - One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour. Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Divine Liturgy. Two people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to the Cross.
December 31 - Two people came for the Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist for Holy Communion, Matins, First Hour and Divine Liturgy, Parastos for Mildred Brozik.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 5:30 AM; Matins at 6:30AM
Afternoons - Monday, Tuesday at 4:30 PM.
January 6, Thursday - Divine Liturgy at 7:00 AM.
Eve of Nativity - Blessing of Badnjak at 7:30 PM with Vigil to follow.
January 7, Feast of Nativity-Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
January 8, Second Day of Nativity, Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 9, Third Day of Nativity, St. Stephen, Protomartyr and Archdeacon - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of Our Lord , St. Basil the Great, Julian New Year

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

God having provided something better for us, 
that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Parish Life

It was nice to have Mike and Josephine Vuich attend Vespers this past Monday evening.
The Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Nativity will be rebroadcast on the radio later the same day at 5:15 PM on Radio Station WMBS, Uniontown, 590 AM dial.
Thank you to all contributing for flowers for the church for Christmas.
Tom Hunter maintains the parish website and records the weekly radio program enabling the St. George Church to reach individuals who normally would not be reached.
Joseph, Melva and Mitzie Hunchuck mail more than sixty bulletins per week to individuals interested in receiving them.
Remember homebound individuals, those in hospitals, care homes, rehab centers, jails and prisons. Remember the care givers and staff members.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.
Remember the individuals suffering from violent weather in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Help the parish by coming to church services one additional weekday per month.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

There is nothing more pleasurable than virtue, nothing sweeter than orderliness, nothing more honorable than dignity. Those who celebrate weddings such as this will find true pleasure, but pay attention now to what is required for such a marriage. First, look for a husband who will really be a husband and a protector; remember that you are placing a head on a body. When your daughter is to be married, don't look how much money a man has. Don't worry about his nationality or his family's social position. All these things are superfluous. Look instead for piety, gentleness, wisdom and the fear of the Lord, if you want your daughter to be happy.

Remember St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

The coming Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
The way the Church wants believers to prepare for the feast.
The way the world changed with the birth of Christ.

Activities of Parish Priest

December 28 - Visited Orthodox Christian at Brownsville Hospital. Visited parishioners.
December 30 - Visited Orthodox Christian at Brownsville Hospital.
December 30 - Visited parishioner in Morgantown, W. Virginia.
December 30 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
December 31 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Nilus) also said, 'Prayer is the seed of gentleness and the absence of anger.'

Sunday of the Holy Fathers - 2004
Sunday before the Nativity

Matthews 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abija begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jeshoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Today we learn from the Holy Gospel of the impending birth of the Christ Child. We learn of the Holy Spirit in this birth. We learn of Mary being chosen from among all women of the world. Mary was chosen from all women of all centuries to bear the Son foretold as named Immanuel.

The birth of Christ was long awaited. The birth of Christ was long ago. We have twenty centuries of history. We have twenty centuries of believers bearing testimony to Christ. We have twenty centuries of martyrs for Christ.

We have a responsibility to think carefully about the birth of Christ. We have a responsibility to think about the meaning of the birth of Christ. We have a responsibility to weigh our lives as believers in reference to the birth of Christ.

We take on the identity of "Orthodox Christian" at Holy Baptism and Chrismation. We renounce Satan. We profess Christ as King and as God. We are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our complete bodies are dedicated to Christ. Our complete and total person is dedicated to Christ.

Today we are called upon to think of prominent figures mentioned in the Old Testament. We are called upon to think of the prominent figures recorded in history whose identity is associated with the birth of Christ.

We have the ability to examine the historical records. We have the ability to contemplate and examine the thinking of the best Biblical scholars and theologians.

We have the ability to think critically of the occurrences and the testimonies of twenty centuries. We have the ability to learn from the Holy Orthodox Church. We have the ability to think carefully of the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church. We have the ability to think carefully of the practices of the Holy Orthodox Church formed and shaped through century and after century.

We learn from the men and women who were martyred for Christ. We learn from the men, women and children in the current century still being martyred for Christ. We are mindful of our Serbian brothers and sisters in Kosovo and Metohija witnessing for Christ in the midst of great adversity.

We have minds that God has given us. We have the responsibility to use our minds to learn more about Christ... to learn more about Christ Who voluntarily went to the Cross for us.

We have minds to fashion and form our own lives to be more consistent with the way of Christ. The Nativity of Christ brought new order to the world. The Nativity of Christ set a new direction for the world. The Nativity of Christ set a new standard for the world.

The thought of Christ taking on human flesh may be overwhelming to the finite mind. The thought of Christ taking on human flesh exceeds our ability to fully comprehend.

We do have the ability to come to Christ in prayer. We do have the ability to come to Christ in thought. We do have the ability to come to Christ seeking understanding. We do have the ability to come to Christ seeking forgiveness.

Each day given by God is an opportunity for new birth in Christ. Each day given by God is an opportunity for new life in Christ. Each day given by God is a day to repent and to seek forgiveness.

With the feast of the Nativity of Christ immediately before us, let us love one another. Let us forgive one another. Let us help one another and pray for one another. Let the birth of Christ serve as a rebirth for our life in Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 20, 2004/January 2, 2005
Sunday of the Holy Fathers. St. Ignatius the God-bearer. St. John of Kronstadt. St. Daniel II, Archbishop of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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