St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 361 - November 21 / December 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
November 21 / December 4, 2005
Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple
No. 361

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

Luke 8:48

And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace."

Services This Past Week
November 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
November 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 29
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
November 30
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was served at Monastery Marcha.
December 1
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to the Mother of God, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ.
December 2
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour were read.
December 3
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W. VA.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance
December 11 - Annual Parish Assembly
December 13 - St.Andrew
December 15 - St. Urosh and Venerable Joannicius of Devic
December 18 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 25 - Serbian Mother’s Day
December 26 - Sts. Gabriel and Nicodimus of Serbia
December 30 - Venerable Abbot Paisije and Deacon Avaccum
December 31 - St. Sebastian, Martyr.

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

Parish Life

Mildred Belch’s absence from daily services is keenly missed.

The Kolo has been hard at work in making rolls.

Plan to attend the Annual Assembly next Sunday after Divine Liturgy.

Today is a major feast day.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Divine Liturgy on January 7.

Four people came for Adult Class on Thursday to discuss Holy Communion. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM for a continuation of the discussion.

The Robena Mine Memorial will be this Tuesday at 11:00 AM. Remember the miners from Robena who lost their lives on December 6, 1962 and also on the same day remember the miners who lost their lives in Monongah, West Virginia on December 6, 1907. Remember their families.

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.

A Thought from St. Bishop NIKOLAI

On the basis of his own experience and the example set before his eyes, the Serbian household master in the mountainous countryside created something extraordinary with the help of God. He turned his home into a house of prayer, a church, a monastery, a Holy Mountain, Jerusalem. He placed the cross of Christ on his home and sanctified everything with the cross and dedicated it to the most glorious and incomprehensible Holy Trinity. He took one of the glorified servants of God, a saint, as his patron and intercessor and held services in his honor on the feast day(krsna slava). He introduced an abbreviated monastic typicon into his home; a typicon of prayer and fasting. The Serbian home became a true monastery, with the one addition of a sanctified matrimonial bond for the sake of multiplying the people of God and an abbreviate rule of prayer out of necessity. But hard work made up for this. Faith, honesty, obedience, and suffering, this in brief was the typicon of every Serbian home.

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, pp. 49-50)

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

To Consider

· The purity of the Mother of God.
· The obedience of the Mother of God.
· The holiness of the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

· November 29 - Went to Uniontown Hospital due to parishioner’s surgery. Visited an additional parishioner at the hospital. Visited parishioner in Hopwood.
· November 30 - Went to Monastery Marcha.
· December l - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
· December 2 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital. Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia. Visited parishioners in Morgantown, West. Virginia.
· December 3 - Served Divine Liturgy in Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, Visited parishioner in Morgantown.

From the Desert Fathers

An old man said, "See that thou despise not the brother that stands by thee: for thou knowest not whether the spirit of God be in thee or in him."


The Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple

Lk.10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus feet, and heard his word. And Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, an said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. And it came to pass as He spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 2005

Luke 8:41-56

And there came a man named Jairus, and he was ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having an flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately, her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?' When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." While He was still speaking, someone came from the Ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise." Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Today we come to the Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple. The focus is on the complete dedication of the Mother of God. The focus is on the consecration of her life as a Godly life... a life lived for God and in obedience to God.

The purity of the Mother of God is prominent. The example of the Mother of God shines forth generation after generation. The singularity of Mary being chosen from among all women of all generations to give birth to the Savior has no equal.

The Nativity Fast is in effect at this time for Orthodox Christians. Today and each day during this period Orthodox believers are expected to focus on renewal in Christ. Orthodox Christians are expected to prayerfully and with fasting to prepare for the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord.

Today is Sunday and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated as it is celebrated every Sunday of the year. Today’s Gospel for the Twenty Fourth Sunday has a resurrectional theme as it speaks of the raising of Jairus’ daughter.

Believers have much to think about in the two Gospel messages for today. Believers can learn from the Mother of God in fashioning their own lives.

Believers experiencing difficult times can look to the experience of Jairus and the joy that was brought to his life by the Lord Jesus Christ.

The woman of faith with the issue of blood for twelve years was healed by Jesus. The healed woman is an example of patience. The healed woman is an example of the importance of sustained faith. The healed woman is an example of enduring hope.

Today believers are steeped in the twenty first century. Today believers are exposed to technology that is mind boggling. Believers are informed of technological advances that exceed the wildest imaginations.

Somehow in the midst of the present century, the message of Mary the Mother of God, the raising of Jairus’ daughter and the healing of the woman with the issue of blood move to the fore and hold the attention of serious believers throughout the world.

Somehow the message of the Mother of God entering the Temple, the healing of the woman with the issue of blood and the raising of Jairus’ daughter summon the deepest of human thoughts.

Now is the time to consider the values we hold as important. Now is the time to contemplate the commitment made at the Baptismal fount. Now is the time to assess the direction our lives are taking.

Now is the time to seriously assess if our lives conform to Jesus’ words: "Seek first the Kingdom of God..." (Mt. 6:33). Does all that we do, does all that we think, does all that we value and treasure and work toward point us toward the Kingdom of God?

Everything that impedes our progress toward the Kingdom of God should be set aside at this time of the Nativity Fast. Now is the time to redirect our lives toward God’s Kingdom. Now is the time to seek the salvation of our souls.

Mary, the Mother of God lifts serious believers thoughts to a higher level. The healing of the woman with the issue of blood and the raising of Jairus’ daughter directs serious believers thoughts to the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us not waste the precious moments of life given to us by God. Let us invest our lives in the Kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 21 / December 4, 2005
Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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