St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 343 - July 18 / July 31, 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
July 18 / July 31, 2005
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 343

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

Philipians 1:25

And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your forebearance and joy of faith.

Services This Past Week

July 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-four came for Divine Liturgy.
July 25
Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God.
Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
July 30
Two people came for Midnight Office and Canon to Jesus Christ.
Three people were present for Matins and First Hour.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM and 6:30
Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:30 PM

No services next Saturday afternoon or next Sunday because of Diocese Days!

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 2 - St. Elijah
August 6-7 - Diocese Days at Shadeland. Plan to attend. St. George Church closed on August 7.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, St. Clement of Ochrid
August 14 - Parish Healthcare Day, Fasting Covered Dish dinner. Dormition Fast begins and continues until August 28.
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration
August 26 - Apodasis of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Kolo Slava, Covered dish dinner.

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

Parish Life

Remember the St. George Church will be closed next Sunday.

Plan to go to Shadeland next weekend. It will be beneficial.

Sonia Janson and Diana Brozich are schedule to work at Shadeland this week.

Take note of Healthcare Day coming in two weeks.

Four people came to Adult Class on Thursday. "Liturgical Life at St.George Church" was the theme. No class this week.

Listen to the parish radio program on Sundays on station WMBS.

During the week listen to the parish radio program on the parish website including six months of archived radio programs.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Come to church one additional weekday a month.

Remember those grieving for loved ones departed this life.

Happy Slava to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa and to all families celebrating St. Elijah Day.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus

For our part, not only does God's peace pass all thought and understanding with all the things stored up in promise for the righteous---things unseen by the eye, unheard by the ear, unthought, or at least but glimpsed by the mind---but so does exact knowledge of the creation as well. You can be sure that we possess but the bare outline of the creation when you hear the words: "I shall see the heavens, the works of thy finger, the Moon and the Stars" and the fixed order they contain. He does not see them now, but there is a time when he shall see them. Yes, farm more than these things does their transcendent cause, the incomprehensible and boundless nature pass understanding.

(St.Gregory of Nazianzus. On God and Christ.. Translated by Frederick Williams and Lionel Wickham. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 2002, p. 40 )

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

To Consider

Experiencing the forgiveness of sins.
Trusting God.
Coming to God in faith.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 27 - Visted parishioners.
July 28 - Went to Diocesan Center.
July 29 - Visited parishioner.
July 30 - Visited parishioner at Mon General Hospital, Morgantown. Visited parishioner.
Attended Baptism of Julija Pajic, St. George Church, Midland. Attended Vespers and Slava Dinner, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.

From the Desert Fathers

One of the fathers asked Abba John the Dwarf,' What is a monk?' He said, 'He is toil.' The monk toils at all that he does. That is what a monk is.'

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost - 2005

Matthew 9:1-8 John 17:1-13

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts/ For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? "But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"---then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

This morning's Gospel from St. Matthew speaks about the forgiveness of sins. Orthodox Christians believe in the forgiveness of sins. Orthodox believers come to Holy Confession seeking forgiveness from God.

Jesus Christ forgives sins. Jesus forgave the sins of the paralytic. Jesus Christ did not condemn the woman accused of adultery. He told her to go and sin no more. (John 8:3-11).

The Holy Prophet Daniel states: "To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses though we have rebelled against Him." (Dan. 9:9) Thank God for the forgiveness and mercy of God.

Where would sinners be without Holy Confession? Where would sinners be without the forgiveness of God? What would the future hold?

Despair and bleakness would govern the mind without the hope of forgiveness from God. Individuals are always sinning. It is only through the hope of repentance and the knowledge of a forgiving God that the sinner can begin anew.

Jesus told Simon the Pharisee the woman who kissed His feet and anointed His feet had many sins, but they were forgiven. Jesus said: "Her sins which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little." (Lk. 7:36-50)

Orthodox believers truly sorry for their sins come to Holy Confession. Orthodox believers repentant of their sins prostrate themselves before God and seek the forgiveness of sins.

The feeling of God's forgiveness is a wonderful feeling. The feeling of having sins lifted from the heart and mind and shoulders is a wonderful feeling.

Trust in God is necessary when seeking the forgiveness of sins. Trusting in the power of God to forgive sins is necessary when coming to Holy Confession.

God knows the heart of the believer. God knows the mind of the believer. God knows when the believer is truly sorry for sins committed.

St. John Climacus said: "Some, for the sake of forgiveness, give themselves up to labours and struggles, but a man who is forgetful of wrongs excels them. If you forgive quickly, then you will be generously forgiven." 1

Forgiveness in relations with others is a matter to be taken seriously. When the Lord's Prayer is recited, God is asked to forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

St. Gregory of Nyssa, when explaining the Lord's Prayer, said: "If we approach the Benefactor, we should ourselves be benefactors; if we go to Him who is good and just, we should ourselves be the same." 2

We cannot separate our actions from the actions we desire from God. Pride, vanity and other impediments to repentance deter a believer from advancing in Christian growth.

Believers need to determine the state of Christian development desired. St. John Climacus sets forth thirty steps worthy of consideration in his book The Ladder of Divine Ascent. 3

During Great Lent when repentance and return to God is stressed, St. John Climacus is considered on the Fourth Sunday. Repentance and return to God is not limited to Great Lent.

Throughout the year, believers desiring to adhere to the ways of God and seeking God's Kingdom, are encouraged to repent and return to God. The present Gospel of St. Matthew is evidence of the Church's interest in lifting the burdens of sin from the shoulders of believers.

In this morning's Gospel of St. John, our Lord Jesus Christ speaks about eternal life. Eternal life is the goal of each believer. The goal of eternal life is established at Holy Baptism.

Commitment to the goal of eternal life is renewed each time the believer comes to Holy Confession and partakes of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Now is the time to repent, to seek forgiveness and return to the loving and forgiving God.
1St. John Climacus. The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, Massachusetts, 2001, pp. 88-89.

2Saint Gregory of Nyssa. The Lord's Prayer...The Beatitudes. Translated by Hilda C.Graef. Newman Press, New York, 1954, p. 71.

3Saint John Climacus, pp. xiii-xv.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 18 / July 31, 2005
Sts. Emilian and Hyacinth, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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