St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 349 - August 29 / September 11, 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 29 / September 11, 2005
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost / Beheading of St. John
No. 349

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

I Timothy 4:6

If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.

Services This Past Week

September 3
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist ot Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to St. George.
September 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
September 10
The Vesper Service was read.

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
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 and 6:30 AM.
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 9 - St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God

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

Parish Life

A special collection will be taken today for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The funds collected through all Serbian Orthodox Churches will be distributed through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

Thank God Mileva Medin was able to the leave the storm hit safely and return to this area.

Sympathy extended to the family of Prota Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch. Father Adam's father, Adam Yonitch, a World War II POW, departed this life and was buried on September 10.

Three people attended Adult Class this past Thursday. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

More parishioners are very much needed who are willing to attend daily services in the morning and/or afternoon on a regular basis. If you cannot come each day, please consider coming as often as you can, even if it is one day per week. Always call to verify the scheduled time.

Thank you to the parishioners preparing baked goods and helping with coffee hour weekly.

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.

Remember those grieving for loved ones departed this life.

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

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.

Shawn Miciotto and Melissa McClain plan to marry in the St. George Church on September 24, 2005.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nazianzus

You see how light shines on us bit by bit, you see in the doctrine of God an order, which we had better observe, neither revealing it suddenly nor concealing it to the last. To reveal it suddenly would be clumsy, would shock outsiders. Ultimately to conceal it would be a denial of God, would make outsiders of our own people. Let me add to these remarks a thought which well may have occurred to others already, but which I suspect of being a product of my own mind. The Savior had certain truths which he said could not at that time be borne by the disciples, filled though they had been with a host of teachings. These truths, for reasons I well may have mentioned, were therefore concealed. He also said that we should be taught "all things" by the Holy Spirit, when he made his dwelling in us. One of these truths I take to be the Godhead of the Spirit, which becomes clear at a later stage, when the knowledge is timely and capable of being taken in, when after our Savior's return to heaven, it is, because of that miracle, no longer an object of disbelief. What greater truth could the Son promise or the Spirit teach than this one? If any promise or teaching ought to be deemed great, this ought.

(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. 138 )

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

To Consider

The beheading of St. John the Baptist.
The standing of St. John the Baptist among all those born of woman.
The particular place St. John the Baptist had in the earthly life of Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 5 - Visited parishioner in Jefferson Hospital.
September 9 - Went to viewing for +Adam Yonitch in Delmont. Went to Vespers at Diocesan Center,
September 10 - Went to Diocesan Center for Chapel Slava.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Sisoes) also said, 'Shame and lack of fear often lead to sin.'

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost 2005

Matthew 19:16-26

Now behold, one came and said to Him, 'Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?' So He said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.' He said to Him 'Which ones?' Jesus said, 'You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' The young man said to Him, 'All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?' Jesus said to him, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, 'Who then can be saved?' But Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'

Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Mark 6:14-30

King Herod heard of it; for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him." But others said, "It is Elijah." And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old." But when Herod heard of it he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised." For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her. For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee. For when Herodias' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it." And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom." And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer." And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter." And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave him orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb. The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. Today the Holy Orthodox Church remembers with great reverence the Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Today is a fast day in the Holy Orthodox Church.

The terrorist attack on America in 2001 occurred on the day the Church remembered the Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

The terrorist subway attack in London earlier this year took place on the day the Church commemorated the Birth of St. John the Baptist. Violence is prominent in contemporary times. Violence has been prominent in centuries past.

Certainly the beheading of St. John was a most violent act. Believers seeking to deal with violence in the present and past centuries turn to the peace of God which passes all understanding. (Phil.4:7)

The Holy Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans said: "The kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rom. 14:17)

In contemporary society, we find peace in Christ. In contemporary society we can deal with the violence occurring and threatening by the strengthening coming from Christ.

St. Paul in his epistle to the Philippians, speaking of Christ, said: "I can do all things in him who strengthens me." (Phil.4:13)

None of us knows whether we will become victims of violence of a terrorist nature or domestic nature. Many victims of violence have been unsuspecting and innocent victims.

The thousands perishing in the 2001 attack on America were surprised as was this nation.

We do well to heed the words of St. John the Baptist who said: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Mt.3:2). While there is time, we do well to repent. While we have faculty of mind, we do well to repent.

Turning to Christ and remaining focused on Christ is the joy of Christians. Living in Christ, seeking nourishment from Christ is the joy of Christians. Experiencing the forgiveness of Christ and drawing strength from the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is the joy and fulfillment of Christians.

Christians find the definition of their lives in Christ. Christians find the fulfillment of their lives in Christ. Christians determine the direction of their lives in Christ.

John the Baptist's standing in history was established by Jesus when Jesus said: "Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." (Mt.11:11)

Each day is the day to take up the cross and follow Christ (Mt.16:24) Each day is the day to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt.6:33). Each day is the day to remember the sacrifices of the martyrs for Christ through the centuries.

Today we gather to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Today we gather to hear the Holy Today we draw near in fear and faith to receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Thanks be to God for the blessings bestowed upon us. Thanks be to God for the peace we are able to experience. Thanks be to God for the forgiveness of sins.

Today is a day to reflect on the goodness of God. Today is a day to reflect on the glory of God. Today is a day to reflect on the mercy of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 29 / September 11, 2005
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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