St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 348 - August 22 / September 4, 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 22 / September 4, 2005
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 348

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

Mark 11:22

And Jesus answering saith unto them, "Have faith in God."

Services This Past Week

August 28
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour were read.
Forty-four people came for Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Kolac and Koljivo. Twelve communicants.
August 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 30
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.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 31
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.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 1
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. The Akathist to the Mother of God and the Akathist to the
Dormition of the Mother of God were served in the evening. Five people came.
September 2
Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Three people were present for Matins and First Hour.
One person was present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 3
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.

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

Important Dates

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!

Parish Life

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 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.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers have home games, the parish radio broadcast will be at 6:20 PM.

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 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

Matthew 18:23-35

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 trespasses.

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 forgiving.

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..." 1

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 Orthodox Church.

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 Orthodox Church.

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." (Mt. 16:24)

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." (Lk 7:47).

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, p. 380.


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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