St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 354 - October 3 / October 16, 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
October 3 / October 16, 2005
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 354

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

Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire."

Services This Past Week
October 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mothter of God. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Four people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God. Four people were present for Matins. Four people were present for First Hour Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to Mother of God. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. One person was present for the Akathist to the Mother of God. Three people were present for Akathist to Communion.
October 14
One person was present for the First, Third and Sixth Hours and Canon to the Mother of God. Four people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 15
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, at 4:30 PM.
Wednesday & Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

Important Dates

October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 24-25 - Diocesan Clergy Seminar-St.Nicholas Church-Steelton
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia-St.Petka
October 30 - Parish Anniversary Banquet
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica

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

Parish Life

Thank you to Mildred Belch and Dianna Brozik for going to Monastery Marcha to help.

Thank you to the Kolo and helpers for continuing to bake.

Thank you to the five adults who came to class on Thursday evening to discuss Baptism Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the evening service.

Thank you to the four parishioners coming for Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.

Proto Stavrofor Vasilije Sokolovic is being honored in Cleveland today on the Thirty-Fifty Anniversary of his ordination. God grant him many years!

Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago is celebrating the One Hundredth Anniversary this weekend. Thank God for the Holy Resurrection Cathedral!

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.

A Thought from St. Irenaeus of Lyons

And because they were greatly afflicted and oppressed in a cruel slavery, and they groaned and cried to God, the God of the patriarchs, of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, He led them out of Egypt by the hand of Moses and Aaron, striking the Egyptians with ten plagues, sending, in the last plague, a slaughtering angel, slaying their first-born, from man even unto beast. He saved the sons of Israel from this, revealing in a mystery the Passion of Christ, by the slaughtering of a spotless lamb and by its blood given to be smeared on the houses of the Hebrews as a guard of invulnerability: the name of this mystery is the Pasch, source of liberation.

(St. Irenaeus of Lyons. On the Apostolic Preaching.. Translation and Introduction by John Behr. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1997, p 56. )

To Consider

The effect of the strong faith of a single person.
The cumulative effect of faith when a parish community lives the Orthodox Christian life with great seriousness.
Faith, hope and love at work in the lives of believers

From the Desert Fathers

A certain monk Serapion owned a Gospel: and he sold it and gave to the hungry, following the memorable saying: for, said he, "I sold that same word that ever used to say to me 'Sell that thou hast and give to the poor.'"

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - 2005

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

The Lord Jesus Christ told the woman in today's Gospel: "O woman, great is your faith!" Would the Lord Jesus Christ make the same statement about the faith of each of us?

The woman in the present Gospel was persistent with the Lord Jesus Christ. She was determined to have her demon-possessed daughter healed by Jesus. The woman was convinced Jesus could help her.

The Gospel account of this woman of faith is reason for us to examine our own faith carefully. The Gospel account of the woman of faith is reason to think about how faith in God develops and is maintained throughout life.

As Orthodox Christians, we normally are baptized as infants. Faith in Jesus Christ as King and as God is professed at Holy Baptism. We commit ourselves fully to Christ at baptism.

As we go through life, the level of faith commitment made at baptism does not remain strong for all Orthodox Christians. Some Orthodox Christians fall away from the Church completely. Some remain attached to the Church but at a distance and in a relatively inactive status.

A certain percentage of believers come to Church regularly. Not everyone coming to Church regularly maintains a level of faith comparable to the woman in the present Gospel.

The Holy Orthodox Church brings the present Gospel lesson before Orthodox believers around the world today. The Holy Orthodox Church considers the present Gospel lesson worthy of the attention of Orthodox believers world-wide every year.

Priests throughout the world are expected to preach about this Gospel lesson today. The Holy Apostle Paul spoke with eloquence to the Corinthians about faith, hope and love. His words are recorded in the First Epistle to the Corinthians and have been preserved for centuries.

St. Paul spoke of hope and love at the same time he spoke of faith. Of the three, St. Paul considered love the greatest. Faith strong enough to move mountains meant nothing to the Holy Apostle Paul unless love was integral to the faith. (I Cor.13:1-13).

The Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross out of love. Orthodox believers have stood firm through the centures in the face of adversary out of love and faith in Christ.

The present Gospel deserves the benefit of our best thinking. Prayer can teach us about faith. Turning to God in prayer reveals the steps we are take to strengthen our faith.

Turning to God in prayer can lead us to the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Turning to God in prayer can reveal teachings of Christ on faith. Turning to God in prayer can direct our attention to the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We do well when our minds are immersed in thought about Christ. We do well when our minds and hearts turn to Christ. We do well when we live in ways pleasing to Christ.

Accounts of faith are revealed to believers taking time to search the Holy Scriptures. In Hebrews 11, believers are exposed to a summary about faith stretching through the centuries.

The faith of Abel, the faith of Noah, the faith of Abraham, the faith of Jacob, the faith of Moses, Gideon, Samson, Jepthah and Samuel illustrates the power of faith at work for good through the centuries. (Heb.11:1-39)

The woman in the present Gospel was seeking healing for her daughter. The healing by Jesus certainly lifted the worry from the mother. The mother was a beneficiary of the healing power of Jesus Christ.

Each believer must come to terms with faith. Each believer has the opportunity to learn more about faith from the Holy Sciptures and the writings and lives of the saints.

Crises arise in life. Family members get sick. Friends get sick. Job losses occur. Conflicts arise. Jesus Christ brings healing to people of faith. This is the lesson of the present Gospel. The healing power of Christ is a lesson enduring centuries.

Devoting our attention to this mother who loved her daughter to the degree she would not relent when appealing to Christ, we can learn about faith. Serious devotion to Jesus Christ is evident in the present Gospel.

Hope is present in today's Gospel. The mother maintained a hope that Jesus could and would heal her daughter. Love is evident in today's Gospel. The mother's love was to such a degree she remained steadfast.

Faith, hope and love are called the "supreme trinity" among the virtues by St. John Climacus.1 It is for each believer to turn Christ as did the mother in today's Gospel.
1Saint John Climacus. The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, Massachusetts, 2001, p. 225


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 3 / October 16, 2005
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Dionysius the Areopagite.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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