St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 346 - August 8 / August 21, 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 8 / August 21, 2005
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 346

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

Matthew 14:31

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him, and said to him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt.

Services This Past Week

August 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
August 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
August 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour and Divine Liturgy.
Saturday
Vespers at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 26 - Apodasis of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, Kolo Slava, Covered dish dinner.
September 5 - Apodosis of the Dormition
September 10 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center
September ll - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 16 - St. Ioannicius, Archbishop of Serbia
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

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

Parish Life

Plan to attend the Kolo Slava celebration next Sunday.

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 until the Feast on August 28.

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

No Adult Classes this week.

Listen to the weekly parish radio broadcast on the radio and on the parish website.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus

The aim is to safeguard the distinctness of the three hypostases within the single nature and quality of the Godhead. The Son is not Father; there is one Father, yet he is whatever the Father is. The Spirit is not Son because he is from God; there is one Only-begotten. Yet whatever the Son is, he is. The three are a single whole in their Godhead and the single whole is three in personalities.

(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. 123 )

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

To Consider

Jesus Christ on Mt. Tabor.
The experience of Peter, James and John at the Transfiguration.
The effect of the Transfiguration on subsequent centuries.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 8 - Attended the Divine Liturgy for the repose of Very Reverend Vladimir Soroka held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Mckees Rocks.
August 14 - Served at Nativity of Theotokos Orthodox Church, Masontown.
August 17 - Went to Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio.
August 18 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown for Confession and Communion.
August 18-19 - Went to Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Campbellville, Ontario.
August 20 - Visited Serbian Orthodox Christian in Brownsville Hospital.
August 20 - Visited parishioner at home in Masontown.

From the Desert Fathers

They said of Abba Or that he never lied, never swore, nor hurt anyone, nor spoke without necessity.

The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost, 2005

Matthew 14:22-34

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, "be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, 'Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he was that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, "Truly, You are the Son of God."

Today the Holy Orthodox Church continues to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. At the same time we are in the midst of the Dormition Fast.

We are called upon to behold Christ's Transfiguration upon Mt.Tabor. We are called up to fast and to think about the Dormition of the Mother of God. We are preparing for the Feast of the Dormition and at the same time celebrating the Transfiguration of Christ.

The purity and obedience of the Mother of God are worthy of continued consideration. The Transfiguration of Christ is worthy of our full attention.

At the time of the Transfiguration Peter told Jesus "Lord, it is good for us to be here." (Matthew 17:4) In this morning's Gospel Peter reveals his fear when walking upon the water.

It is good for us to be in this Holy Serbian Orthodox Church. It is good for us to hear about the Holy Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. It is good for us to witness and venerate the holy icon of the Transfiguration.

The message of the Holy Gospel intends change among the listeners. The Holy Gospel intends a better and more perfect union with Jesus Christ.

Blessed Theophylact in his commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew said Jesus took Peter, James and John up onto a high mountain to show that unless a man is raised up high, he does not become worthy of such divine visions. 1

How many of us seek the divine visions of Christ? How many of us seek the full and total union with Christ? How many of us seek Christ in all that we think and do?

We enter the baptismal fount generally as infants. Throughout life, we are called to renew our baptismal commitment. Throughout life, we are called to repent of sins and return to the path of faithfulness established at Holy Baptism.

The road from the baptismal fount to the Kingdom of God is generally a long road. Average life expectancy according to the Psalmist is 70-80 years (Ps.90). Many live longer

It is important how we begin, live and end our lives. In the Divine Liturgy we pray for "A Christian ending to our life: painless, blameless, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ." 2

In today's Gospel, Peter stepped out on the water in faith. Peter became afraid and began to sink. During our lives, we may experience fear. We may experience doubts. We may feel we are sinking in water that will go over our heads.

Today's Gospel is evidence of the saving power of Jesus Christ. Today's Gospel is a message of hope for followers of Christ.

Whenever we face problems in life, we can turn to Jesus Christ in faith. Whenever we need help in life, we can turn to Jesus Christ in faith.

Jesus Christ saved Peter from drowning. Jesus Christ can save us from drowning. If we are faithful to Christ, we can come to know Christ as did His faithful disciples.

The joy of the Transfigured Christ awaits those willing to climb the mountains of life with Christ. The joy of the Transfigured Christ awaits those willing to live in ways pleasing to God as did the Ever-Virgin Mary.

It is important that we are honest with ourselves. It is important that we carefully examine and re-examine our lives in the light of Christ.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ deserves the greatest care and constant attention. The Son of God deserves more than we can give Him. The Son of God did and does more for us than we will ever realize.

We do well when we pray to and worship Christ, We do well when we repent and are rededicated to Christ each day.

The Psalmist says: "The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him and his righteousness unto children's children." (Ps.103:17)

Daily devotion to God is necessary. Faithfulness breeds faithfulness. Through the prayers of the Most Pure Mother of God and all the saints, may we be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ each day.
1The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of The Holy Gospel of St. Matthew. Chrysostom Press, House Springs, Missouri, 2000, p. 145.

2The Divine Liturgy According to St.John Chrysostom St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, 1977, pp. 58-59


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 8 / August 21, 2005
St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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