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Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions
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 pray...you are too busy!
A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus
- · 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.
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
· 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
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
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
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
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
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..."
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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