St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 345 - August 1 / August 14, 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
August 1 / August 14, 2005
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 345

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

Galatians 5:6

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Services This Past Week

August 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to St. George and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
August 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour.
August 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
5:30 AM & 6:30 AM - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM., Feast of Transfiguration.
4:30 PM - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Healthcare Day, Fasting Covered Dish dinner-
Today - 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.
September 10 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slav, Diocesan Center
September ll - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all supporting the Healthcare Day today.

Thank you to our Parish Nurse Practioner Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, to our Heatlthcare providing parishioners: Paulette Radock, Pearl Zivkovich, Linda Porter, Dr. Predrag Gligorovic, Dr. Louis Yanchich, Norma Hickman, Christina Sivak, Jennifer Kornick and Eric Rose.

The extensive volunteer work of Dorothy Bozick, Kathryn Sage and Dolores Zivkovich to Brownsville Hospital is noted.

Mildred Zorman is retired from a healthcare facility.

Sonia Janson provided healthcare at home for family members for several years.

Dr. John and Luann Yancich have gone to work in healthcare in Texas.

The daughters of +Paul and Irene Yanchich work in healthcare in Pennsylvania.

Friends of the parish "Deacon" Tony Miralles, Tom Kornick and Brother Tom Somerfield work in healthcare.

Our good neighbors Father Rumen Stoychev is a trained emergency medical technician and Matushka Stoychev is a nursing student.

Drs. Maria Cutlip and Mirjana McGrosky come to the St. George Church from time to time and are medical doctors.

Milan Puskar, Chairman of the Board of Mylan Laboratories has had a major role in the provision of healthcare.

Mildred Bezjak is a pharmacist.

John Quick works for Mylan Laboratories.

Diane Rebich Snider's extensive work as a helicopter nurse for Ruby Memorial Hospital is acknowledged.

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.

Observe the Dormition Fast beginning August 14 until the Feast on August 28.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus

No one has yet discovered or ever shall discover what God is in his nature and essence. As for a discovery some time in the future, let those who have a mind to it research and speculate. The discovery will take place, so my reason tells me, when this God-like divine thing, I mean our mind and reason, mingles with its kin, when the copy returns to the pattern it now longs after. This seems to me to be the meaning of the great dictum that we shall, in time to come, "know even as we are known." (I Cor. 3:12) But for the present what reaches us is a scant emanation, as it were a small beam from a great light (Wisdom 7:26) which means that anyone who "knew" God or whose "knowledge" of him has been attested in the Bible, had a manifestly more brilliant knowledge than others not equally illuminated. This superiority was reckoned knowledge in the full sense, not because it really was so, but by the contrast of relative strengths.

(St.Gregory of Nazianzus. On God and Christ.. Translated by Frederick Williams and Lionel Wickham. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 2002, pp. 49-50 )

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

To Consider

The Lord Jesus Christ.
The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ continuing to heal through the centuries.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 10 - Went to Shadyside Hospital while parishioner had surgery.
August ll - Went to viewing for +Helen Kostich Rice at funeral home. Visited Orthodox Christian in Elco.
August 12 - Went to Diocesan Center, went to Shadyside Hospital.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Or said, 'The crown of the monk is humility.'

The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, 2005

Matt 14:14-22

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35

When the chief priest therefore and officers saw him they cried out, saying, Crucifiy him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then Pilate saith unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have the power to crucify thee, and to have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in Hebrew Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where he was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then he saith to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might be believe.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and the Feast of the Procession of the Life-Giving Cross. Today also is the Beginning of the Dormition Fast.

There are many complexities and technical aspects of Holy Orthodoxy. Orthodox believers are called upon to use their minds in learning more about Holy Orthodoxy.

Though we are called upon to live life simply and be pure in faith, we benefit when we think carefully and thoroughly about the life in Christ and ways to celebrate in Christ.

Too often Orthodox believers do not familiarize themselves with the prayers of the Church. Too often Orthodox believers limit their Church attendance to the Sunday Divine Liturgy and deny themselves the fullness of the Orthodox life throughout the week and year.

Today we are asked by the Church to begin the Dormition Fast in anticipation and preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God celebrated on August 15/28.

Fasting is an opportunity to concentrate on God. Fasting is an opportunity to concentrate on our own sinfulness. In this instance, the Dormition Fast is an opportunity to think about the purity, obedience and holiness of the Mother of God.

The Mother of God was chosen from among all women in all centuries to give birth to the Christ-Child. The Mother of God was chosen among all humans of all centuries to have the most unique and personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Every person has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Some people cherish the relationship and do all possible to grow in Christ. Others are less attentive and less concerned about the relationship with Christ. Some people are hostile towards Christ.

Today we are reminded of Jesus' death upon the Cross. Today we are reminded of Jesus suffering for our sake. Today we are reminded the Mother of God witnessed her Son upon the Cross. (Jn.19:1-42)

Parishes grow when parishioners choose to follow Christ. Families and individuals grow when Christ is at the heart of the home. Love flourishes when Christ is the foundation of life.

When we fast, forgiveness often comes to mind. When we fast, increased prayer often comes to mind. When we fast, charitable giving and good works often come to mind.

Summer is drawing quickly to an end. The arrival of the Dormition Fast signals the coming of the end of summer. Minds turned toward the new Church Year and recommitment to Christian Education.

Learning is a life-long process for serious Orthodox Christians. We are never too old to learn to pray better. We are never too old to repent of our sins. We are never too old to thank Jesus Christ for all we receive.

Orthodox Christians benefit from examining their attitudes toward God. Orthodox Christians benefit from self examination of their practices of prayer and church attendance.

Serbian Orthodox Christians do well to remind themselves of their suffering brothers and sisters in Kosovo and Metohija. Serbian Orthodox Christians do well to remind themselves of the rich heritage of monasteries and churches advancing the Gospel of Christ through the centuries.

Now is a time of self-assessment. Now is a time to determine personal sinfulness and to repent. Now is the time to ask the Mother of God to intercede with her Son for the forgiveness of sins and for mercy.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion lift the believer to new heights. Holy Confession and Holy Communion unite believers with Christ.

Each day Orthodox believers attending the Midnight Office repeat the Prayer of St. Macarius the Great:" O God, cleanse me a sinner, for I have never done anything good in Thy sight; but deliver me from the evil one, and let Thy will be done in me..." 1

How many of us are prepared to admit sincerely that we have never done anything good in the sight of God? How many of us are sincerely prepared to have God's will be done in us?

Each time we recite the Lord's Prayer, we pray "Thy will be done." How often does our own will get in the way of doing the will of God? How often do we avoid the discipline necessary to do the will of God?

Imagine the benefits to this parish if every single parishioner chose to follow the Dormition Fast throughout the full period of the fast. Imagine the benefits to this parish if each parishioner came to church two or three additional times per week. Imagine the benefits to this parish if each parishioner took an additional fifteen minutes per day at prayer at home. Imagine the benefits to this parish is five more people attended Adult Class per week.

In the Epistle of James we read: "The effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James. 5:16) Each person in each parish can make a major difference in the life of the parish for the better. Prayer, fasting and alms-giving are among the necessary steps required.
1The UnabbreviateD Horologion or The Book of the Hour. Holy Trinity Monstery, Jordanville, New York, 1997, p. 3.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 1 / August 14, 2005
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Procession of the Precious Wood of the Life-giving Cross

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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