St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 360 - November 14 / November 27, 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
November 14 / November 27, 2005
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 360

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

Ephesians 1:15-17

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I did not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him....

Services This Past Week
November 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 22
Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon for Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 23
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.
November 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God,
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
November 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 26
Three people came for Akathist to Communion, First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Matins.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 and 6:30 AM
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdy, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 27 - St. Philip
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
November 29 - St. Matthew
December 4 - Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

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

Parish Life

The Parish Annual Meeting is currently scheduled for December ll. Plan to attend.

Adult Class will be held on Thursday at 7:00 PM. The Mystery of Holy Communion will be discussed.

Honor the Fast until the Feast of the Nativity in January.

The Divine Liturgy is scheduled for Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont on Saturday at 10:00.

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.

Take time to pray as much as you can each day.

The Robena Mine Memorial Program will be on December 6.

A Thought from St. Bishop NIKOLAI

A perfect master should be like a perfect servant---this is Saint Sava's example and testament to the Serbian people. There is no mention of any lordiness in connection with him. In both word and deed, from the beginning to the end, he was a servant with the spirit of a household master. He knew the lifespan of a man is brief and that it is given not for the sake of lording it over others but for the sake of serving. The innumerable folk tales and legends about Saint Sava and how he managed to help everyone everywhere are not untrue. They portray the genuine character of this spiritual father of the Serbian people, as the greatest servant-master in Serbian history.

A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality. (Translated by Father Theodore Micka and Father Stevan Scott. The Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the United States and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois, 1988, p. 22)

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

To Consider

Our fidelity to the Nativity Fast.
Our benefits from the Nativity Fast.
The opportunity of the Nativity Fast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 23-Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
November 23-Visited parishioner in Cherry Tree Rehab Center.

From the Desert Fathers

An old man said, 'The cell of the monk is the furnace in Babylon, where the three young men found the Son of God: and it is also the pillar of cloud from which God spoke through Moses.


The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost 2005

Luke 8:26-39

Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Today is the last day before the beginning of the Nativity Fast. It is a time to think about the new beginning we are to make in Jesus Christ. Today is Sunday, a day dedicated to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Today is a day of great joy. We celebrate Jesus Christ's Resurrection. We celebrate the renewal of life in Jesus Christ. We celebrate the Divine Liturgy and have the opportunity to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The joy of the life in Jesus Christ is triumphant joy. It is the triumphant joy of the Resurrection. It is the triumphant joy of the defeat of death and the victory of life in Christ.

Through the Cross of Christ we become new creations. (Gal.6:15). In Christ, all things become new. (Rev.21:5).

We are to walk in ways pleasing to God. We are to live in ways pleasing to God. We are to think and work in ways pleasing to God. When demons afflict us and confront us, we are to turn to God in prayer and fasting. We are to turn to God in confidence and in humility.

Today's Gospel teaches that Jesus Christ brings peace where demons once resided. Today's teaches that Jesus Christ can radically transform a situation from disconcerting to peaceful.

By following Christ, our lives can be radically transformed. A thief on the cross next to Jesus Christ, turned at the last moment of his life and was accepted into Paradise. (Lk.23:39-42).

We cannot wait to the last moment of our lives to be transformed by Jesus Christ. We do not know when that last moment will be. We do not know if we will have faculty of mind to turn to Christ in repentance. We must make good use of the time now. We must use of minds and strength while we have mind and strength to repent.

The demons confronting us are to be battled with prayer and fasting. The demons that enter our lives are to be repelled by turning to Christ for help and strength.

We read in the Holy Scriptures: "The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil.4:7)

Today is a day to take stock of ourselves. It is a day of self-examination in view of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The fast periods of the Church are treasurable opportunities for new life in Christ.

Individuals choosing to invest in the fasts of the Church realize immeasurable benefits.

The man in the present Gospel from whom the demons were expelled went throughout the city proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him. Jesus Christ has done great things for you and for me.

If we take time to think carefully, we will realize the great things Jesus Christ has done for each of us. The great things Jesus Christ has done for us exceeds our ability to fully comprehend.

Today is a day to reorient our lives. Today is a day to recommit to the path to the Kingdom of God. Today is a day to repent for sins committed.

When we turn to God for nourishment, we find the Holy Gospel is good for the soul. We find the living water that wells up to eternal life (Jn.4:7-15) We find the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

In the Gospel of St.John we read the words of Jesus: "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst." (Jn.6:35)

Today is the day to turn to Jesus Christ. In the ensuing days leading to the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, each day is a gift from God to be used for the glory of God.

Let us heed the words of the Psalmist and number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Ps.90:12). Let us make the best use of each day, investing each day in the Kingdom of God.

The Holy Orthodox Church brings the present Gospel to us each year to instruct us. The intention of the Holy Gospel is that our lives be changed for the better. If we savor the words of the Gospel, heed them and incorporate them into our lives, we will be better.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 14 / November 27, 2005
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Philip, St. Gregory Palamas

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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