St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 338 - June 13 / June 26, 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
June 13 / June 26, 2005
Sunday of All Saints
No. 338

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

Galatians 1:23

But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

Services This Past Week

June 18 - Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 19 - One person came for Midnight Hour, Akathist to Holy Trinity, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
June 20 - One person came for Matins. Two people came for Divine Liturgy at St. George Church.
Twenty-two people came for the Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN came as did Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic.
June 22 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Holy Trinity and Akathist to Jesus Christ. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 23 - Two people came for Midnight Office and Akathist to the Holy Trinity. Three people were present for Matins and First Hour. Two people were present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George in the evening.
June 24 - One person was present for Midnight Office and Akathist to Holy Trinity. Two people were present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. A pomen was held at the funeral home in Fairchance for Eli Standish.
June 25 - Two people came for Midnight Office. Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Matins and First Hour. A funeral service was held at St. George Church for Eli Standish with burial in St. George Cemetery. The Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Mornings services: 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM daily - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Tuesday 6:30 AM - Divine Liturgy.
Afternoon services 4:30 PM - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Saturday 10:00 AM - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W. V.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 27 - Apostles Fast begins
June 28 - St. Lazarus, Great Martyr and All Serbian Martyrs, Vidovdan
July 3 - Parish Vidovdan Program, Covered Dish Dinner
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 6-7 - Diocese Days at Shadeland

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

May God give strength and comfort to the family of +Eli Standish departed this life this week.
Thank you to the large number of St. George parishioners going to Holy Trinity Mission om Monday for the Slava celebration.
Three people came to Adult Class this past Thursday for a discussion "On the Holy Spirit". Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Honor the Apostles Fast beginning tomorrow and continuing until Sts. Peter and Paul - July 12.
Plan to attend Divine Liturgy Tuesday morning at 6:30 AM for Vidovdan. Come to the Vidovdan Program next Sunday after Divine Liturgy.
Remember to listen to the radio program on Sundays at 12:15 PM and throughout the week on the parish website.
Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes and rehab centers and the homebound.
Remember the men and women in the military and their families.
Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.
Come to church services one additional weekday per month.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

You see, then, that the grace of the one Spirit is common to every writer and all the books of Scripture, and differs in its expression only as need requires and the Spirit wills. Obviously, therefore, the only thing that matters is for each writer to hold fast unyieldingly the grace he personally has received and so fulfill perfectly his mission. And, among all the books, the Psalter has certainly a very special grace, a choiceness of quality well worthy to be pondered; for; besides the characteristics which it shares with others, it has this peculiar marvel of its own, that within it are represented and portrayed in all their great variety the movements of the human soul. It is like a picture, in which you see yourself portrayed and, seeing, may understand and consequently form yourself upon the pattern given. Elsewhere in the Bible you read only that the Law commands this or that to be done, you listen to the Prophets to learn about the Saviour's coming or you turn to the historical books to learn the doings of the kings and the holy men; but in the Psalter, besides all these things, you learn about yourself.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p. 103. )

Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology

To Consider

The saints remembered by the Church each day.
The way our lives can be bettered by learning more about the saints.
Prayer and the saints.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 19- Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit parishioner.
June 20- Attended the Slava of Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 21- Went to Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio. Went to Diocese in Mars, Pennsylvania.
June 22- Met with couple for regarding marital plans.
June 23- Went to Pittsburgh to meet with visiting Serbian Orthodox priests from Chicago.
June 24- Served pomen in Fairchance.
June 25- Served funeral service in St. George Church.

From the Desert Fathers

The abbot Mathois said, "The nearer a man approaches to God, the greater sinner he sees himself to be. For the prophet Isaiah saw God, and said that he was unclean and undone."

Sunday of All Saints - 2005

Mt.10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Today's Gospel speaks of the total commitment required for followers of Jesus Christ. Today's Gospel speaks about Jesus Christ being first in the lives of His followers.

Parents and children, family members and friends are in proper perspective when viewed through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Love for parents and children, family members and friends is manifested best when it is the love of Jesus Christ nourished in the hearts of believers.

Today's Gospel reveals the expectation that believers will confess Jesus Christ. The confession comes in many different forms. It comes at Holy Baptism and at the Divine Liturgy when the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is recited.

Confessors for Christ are known by the way they live. Individuals seriously living in Christ manifest Christ in they way they talk, the way they walk, the way they dress, the way they work, and the way the interact with others.

Confessors of Christ are known by the way they resolve conflicts and confrontations. Confessors of Christ are known by the way they treat the poor, the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the stranger, the hungry and the needy.

Confessors of Christ are known by the way they treat children and the elderly and by the way they treat enemies.

Jesus Christ's Cross is central to the Orthodox Christian life. Each believer must come to terms with Jesus Christ's Cross and with the individual crosses that arise in life.

Being a serious follower of Christ requires facing the crosses in life in ways pleasing to God.

For believers desiring to live in ways pleasing to God, knowledge of the ways and teachings of God are necessary. The Holy Scriptures provide a historical record of God working through the centuries. The Holy Scriptures detail the life of Christ, the teachings of Christ, and the miracles of Christ.

The Divine services of the Church enrich the minds, hearts and souls of believers taking time to faithfully attend and participate. Fasting and regular daily prayers enable believers to be connected with the Holy Orthodox Church and strengthen the faith of the believer.

Today is known as the Sunday of All Saints. Serious believers reflect on the liturgical meaning of today's celebration and acquaint themselves with the lives of the saints commemorated throughout the Orthodox Year.

Each day the Holy Orthodox Church remembers saints in the liturgical life of the Church. Serbian Orthodox faithful do well to familiarize themselves with the lives of Serbian saints.

Serbian Orthodox Christians are expected to honor their patron saint. Serbian Orthodox Christians are expected to observe their Krsna Slava in ways reflecting appreciation and recognition of the joy of being an Orthodox Christian.

St. Bishop NIKOLAI (Velimirovic) speaking about the present Gospel said: "Men with old sinful souls, who are slaves to this world and their bodily desires, can understand no sort of suffering except for some earthly gain: health, riches, honour or glory. However, the Cross of Christ means pain and suffering, that are borne for the soul's health and enrichment, and for the honour and glory of Christ, the King of the new Kingdom and the only love of those who confess Him." 1

Today's Gospel enters the minds, hearts and lives of Orthodox believers throughout the world. Today's Gospel requires careful consideration and attention. Orthodox believers are accountable for incorporating the message of the Gospel into their lives.

Orthodox believers are expected to be better as a result of each hearing and reading of the Gospel. Outward change may not be immediately evident. Inward change certainly is expected.

Today's Gospel implies and in certain ways is explicit in saying Orthodox Christians are required to work and sacrifice in living the Orthodox Christian life.

Serbian Orthodox Christians are mindful of the suffering and martyrdom that has taken place through the centuries. Serbian confessors of Christ in Kosovo have suffered great hardship for being steadfast in faith.

The joy of experiencing Christ, the joy of being united with Christ, the joy of partaking of Christ's Precious Body and Blood enables hardship and difficulties to be endured and overcome.

The Holy Apostle Paul put the present Gospel in perspective with the words: "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them as dung, that I may win Christ." (Phil. 3:8)

Let us pray that the love of Jesus Christ is fervent in our hearts and minds. Let us pray for the strength, dedication and commitment to remain firm and faithful in Christ.
1Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic'. Homilies. Vol. 2. Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England, 1998, p.7.
2Ibid., p. 126.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 13 / June 26, 2005
Sunday of All Saints

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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