Two 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 - 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Afternoons - 4:30 PM on Monday, Wednesday. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions
Today - One Hundredth Anniversary celebration of
St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville.
September 5 - Apodosis of the Dormition
September 9-10 - 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
If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!
A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus
- · Thank you to all helping to celebrate the Kolo Slava.
- · Congratulations to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville
on the occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary.
- · Five people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss parish pastoral
care. Class again this Thursday 7:00 PM.
- · Shawn Miciotto and Melissa McClain plan to marry in the St. George Church
on September 24, 2005.
- · Plan to attend the Diocesan Chapel Slava for the 6:00 PM Vigil Friday evening
and 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy next Saturday.
- · 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
- · 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
- · When the Pittsburgh Steelers have home games,
the parish radio broadcast will be at 6:20 PM.
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
· The forgiveness of sins in Holy Confession.
· The forgiveness of others as expected by the Lord's Prayer.
· The joy of being forgiven by God.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 28 - Visited parishioner in Jefferson Hospital.
August 30 - Visited parishioner from Holy Trinity Mission at Fairmont General Hospital.
Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont.
September 1 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
September 2 - Visited Orthodox Christian in Tara Hospital, Brownsville.
From the Desert Fathers
It was said of Abba Chomas that at the point of death he said to his sons,
'Do not dwell with heretics, and dod not have anything to do with rulers,
then your hands will not be opened to gather together, but open to give.'
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, 2005
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with
his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him
ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold,
with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore
fell down before him, saying, "Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' Then the
master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But
that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and
he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!" So his fellow
servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay
you all.' And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told
their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him,
'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also
have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' And his master was
angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My
heavenly Father also will do if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his
Today we come to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ on forgiveness. Forgiveness by God
is related to our forgiveness of others. We cannot separate our lives from the lives of the
people we meet.
We work out our salvation in the way we relate to others. We work out our salvation in
the attitudes that we maintain and the goals we establish. If our goal is the Kingdom of God,
we need to be mindful of the teachings of Christ.
When we recite the Lord's Prayer we ask God to forgive us as we forgive others. We need
to pay careful attention to these words. If we want the forgiveness of God, we need to be
St. Gregory of Nyssa in his commentary on the Lord's Prayer said about God: "Because He is
forbearing and kind, we should also be forbearing and kind, and so with all the other things.
For He is benign and gentle, He communicates good things and dispenses mercy to everyone..."
We must use our mind deliberately in the way we relate to others. We do well to
immerse ourselves in the Holy Scriptures and learn the teachings of the Church.
It is not for us to establish our own standards independent of Christ and the Church.
Our standards are to be the standards of Christ. Our actions are to be those of the Holy
When we take on the Orthodox Christian identity, we take on the responsibility to live
as Orthodox Christians. When we take on the identity as Serbian Orthodox Christians, we take
on the responsibility to live consistent with the practices and teachings of the Serbian
We exercise our freedom in the choices we make. Each person chooses at each moment in
time to follow Christ freely. Following Christ in the Orthodox Church is an act of freedom.
It is not an act of coercion.
Each person is free to separate from the Church. Each person is free to deny Christ.
In so doing, each person accepts the consequences of these actions. Similarly, when a
believer chooses Christ and continues to renew this choice, he or she experiences the
joy of the decisions made.
The promises of Christ include the promise of the Cross. Our Lord Jesus Christ said,
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me."
The view of the Kingdom of God is framed by the Cross. The path to the Kingdom of God
is defined by the Cross. The experience of the Cross in our lives defines our integrity.
The experience of the Cross in our lives reveals the depth of our love for God.
When fundamental decisions are necessary in our lives, our faithfulness or lack of it
is exposed. When the going gets difficult, it becomes apparent whether we trust in Christ.
When the going gets difficult, it becomes apparent whether
we place our confidence in the Crucified and Risen Lord.
Today's Gospel lesson reveals how a forgiven man was not forgiving. How many of
us have been greatly forgiven by God but are not forgiving in our relationships?
Describing the woman who anointed His feet, Jesus said: "Her sins, which are many,
are forgiven; for she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little."
Forgiveness has many different dimensions. Forgiveness requires substantial consideration.
Patience is necessary. Careful thought is necessary.
St. John Chrysostom explaining the meaning of the present Gospel message stated:
"Two things doth He here require, both to condemn ourselves for our sins, and to forgive
others; and the former for the sake of the latter, that this may become more easy
(for he who considers his own sins is more indulgent to his fellow-servant);
and not merely to forgive with the lips, but from the heart." 2
We live in the twenty first century. We derive benefit from the teachings and lessons of
centuries past. Teachings of the Church endure. We have a responsibility to familiarize
ourselves with them.
Learning does not end at Holy Baptism. Learning does not end when we finish high school.
Learning does end with a single or casual reading of the Holy Bible.
Christian learning is necessary throughout life. The Church brings us the Holy Scriptures
in Divine services year after year that we may learn and benefit.
1St. Gregory of Nyssa. The Lord's Prayer...The Beatitudes.
Translated and Annotated by Hilda C. Graff. Newman Press, New York, 1954, pp. 71-72,
2Saint John Chrysostom. Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew.
A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Churc
Edited by Philip Schaff. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1998,
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 22 / September 4, 2005
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Martyr Agonicus of Nicomedia and his companions.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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