St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 347 - August 15 / August 28, 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 15 / August 28, 2005
Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God
No. 347

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

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law.

Services This Past Week

August 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Forty people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
August 22-26
One person came daily to read the Hours and to read Akathists
August 27
Three people were present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Eight people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Eight people were present for Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Dormition of the Mother of God, Kolo Slava, Covered dish dinner.
September 5 - Apodosis of the Dormition
September 2-4 - Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville
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
October 8 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - Dormition of St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 17 - Sts. Stephen and Yelena (Stiljanovic), Martyrs
October 19 - St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Stephne the Blind, Serbian Despot.
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje
November 5 - St. James the Apostle, Memorial Saturday

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

Parish Life

Happy Slava to the St. George Kolo.

Congratulations to Kolo Slava Kuma Frances Dragich.

Thank you to Kolo Officers Sonia Janson, Melva Hunchuck, Mary Trbovich, Kathryn Sage and all members of the Kolo for working for the benefit of the St. George Church throughout the year.

Happy Slava to the Federation of Kolos, Eastern Region.

Thank you to all supporting today's Kolo celebration.

Let us always remember the lasting contributions of the departed Kolo members.

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.

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

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

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

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus

We have one God because there is a single Godhead. Though there are three objects of belief, they derive from the single whole and have reference to it. They do not have degrees of being God or degrees of priority over against one another. They are not sundered in will or divided in power. You cannot find there any of the properties inherent in things divisible. To express it succinctly, the Godhead exists undivided in beings divided. It is as if there were a single intermingling of light which existed in three mutually connected Suns. When we look at the Godhead, the primal cause, the sole sovereignty, we have a mental picture of the single whole, certainly. But when we look at the three in whom the Godhead exists, and at those who derive their timeless and equally glorious being from the primal cause, we have three objects of worship.

(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. 127-128 )

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

To Consider

The work of the St.George Kolo.
The dedicated officers and members of the St.George Kolo.
The cumulative results of the efforts of the St. George Kolo

From the Desert Fathers

It was said of Abba Or and Abba Theodore, that they laid good foundations, and at all times gave thanks to God.

The Dormition of the Mother of God 2005

Lk.10:38-42, 11:27-30

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus feet, and heard his word. And Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, an said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
And it came to pass as He spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But HE said, Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

We come today to the commemoration of the death and translation into heaven of the Mother of God. We come today in recognition of the end of the earthly life of the Mother of God.

We come today with full knowledge the Mother of God continues to influence the course of history. We come today knowing full well miracles continue to be attributed to the Mother of God.

We come today knowing full well believers pray to the Mother of God that she may intercede with her Son. We come today bearing in mind the first miracle of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded in the Gospel of St. John occurred as a result of the intercession of His Mother. (Jn.2:1-11)

Jesus changed the water into wine at the wedding of Cana. Believers continue to turn to His Mother in prayer seeking miracles. Believers turn to the Mother of God in prayer for the benefit of themselves. Believers turn to the Mother of God in prayer for the benefit of loved ones.

Circles of Serbian Sisters turn to the Mother of God as protectress and benefactor. Circles of Serbian Sisters adopt the Feasts of the Mother of God as their Slavas and Orthodox Churches are named in honor of the Mother of God.

Today the Dormition of the Mother of God is the focus of attention and liturgical remembrance. In September the Nativity of the Mother of God is liturgically celebrated. In October the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God draws many Orthodox believers to the Divine Liturgy.

In December, Orthodox believers celebrate the Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple. The purity and obedience of the Mother of God are examples for all generations. The love of the Mother of God for her Son and the love of the Son of God for His Mother are inexhaustible lessons for generations and generations.

Today Orthodox Christians gather in churches and monasteries, in cathedrals and chapels, to celebrate the Holy Divine Liturgy. Today the tropar to the Dormition of the Mother of God is sung. Today the historic place of the Mother of God in history is recounted.

Today the memories of believers turn to miracles associated with the Mother of God during the centuries. Today the thoughts of the Mother of God being translated to heaven dwell in the minds of believers.

Today the mystery of death and the way the Mother of God continues to touch the lives of the living are in the thoughts of believers. The Mother of God reaches through the centuries touching the lives of each generation.

Icons reflect the love of the Mother of God for her Son. Icons reflect the love of the Mother of God for each generation of believers.

Jesus looked down from the Cross and showed His love for His Mother. (Jn.19:26) Believers of each generation know the love of Jesus. Believers of each generation know the love of Christ's Mother.

Today's Gospel put emphasis on listening to Christ. Today's Gospel puts emphasis on giving complete attention to Christ. Today's Gospel puts emphasis on the one thing needful.

The Mother of God is known for having been chosen from all women of all generations to give birth to the Christ Child. The Mother of God is known for having the most complete and unique relationship with Jesus Christ, unparalleled and unequaled.

Today we learn more about the Mother of God during the Divine services of the Church. Today we share our love for the Mother of God during the Divine services of the Church.

We have reasons to be thankful to the Mother of God for her intercessions through the centuries. We have reasons to be thankful to the Mother of God for miracles attributed to her through the centuries.

We can expand our knowledge of the Mother of God by studying the services of the Church dedicated to her honor. We can expand our knowledge of the Mother of God by studying the icons written in honor of the Mother of God.

We can enrich our prayer life by utilizing prayers directed toward and written in honor of the Mother of God.

Today is a day of great joy in the Holy Orthodox Church. Today is a day of great love in the Holy Orthodox Church. Today we rejoice in the love of God for His Mother. We rejoice in the love of the Mother of God for Her Son. Today we rejoice in the love of God for each person of each century.

We join with Orthodox believers in each century in praying, "Rejoice, O Joyful One, Who in Thy Dormiton hast not forsaken us!" 1
1Book of Akathists. Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York, 1994, p. 137.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 15 / August 28, 2005
Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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