St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 365 - December 19, 2005 / January 1, 2006

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
December 19, 2005 / January 1, 2006
Sunday of Holy Fathers / Sunday before Nativity
No. 365

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

Ephesian 4:4-6

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all.

Services This Past Week
December 25
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour.
Divine Liturgy, Sixteen people attended. One communicant.
December 26
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Matins, First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 27
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Typica., Ninth Hour and Vespers
December 28
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Typica, Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 29
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Typica. Akathist to Holy Trinity, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to St. George.
Two people came in the evening for the Akathists.
December 30
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 31
Matins and First St.George Church. Four people came
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Three people came to St. George Church for Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 5:30 and 6:30 AM.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 4:00 PM.
Friday Morning
Divine Liturgy at 7:30 AM.
Friday, Christmas Eve
Blessing of Badnjak at 7:30 PM, Vigil to follow.
Feast of Nativity Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 6 - Christmas Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
January 8 - Second Day of Feast of Nativity, Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - Third Day of Feast of Nativity, St. Stephen, Archdeacon and Protomartyr.
January 1 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of our Lord. St. Basil the Great. Julian New Year
January 18 - Eve of Theophany

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN's mother, +Vida Kodic fell asleep in the Lord early this past week. May she rest with the righteous and her memory be eternal.

May Mary Trbovich have a quick recovery.

Dr. Ivko Dimitric sends greetings from Belgrade.

God-willing, Joel and Luke Torbic will be baptized here next Sunday following the Divine Liturgy. Parishioners are certainly welcome to attend. Please inform Father Rodney if you plan to do so.

Three people attended the Adult Class this past Thursday. Orthodox Christian Marriage was discussed. Next class will be January 12.

Plans are to rebroadcast the Feast of Nativity Divine Liturgy on the Uniontown radio station probably on January 8 or 9. The exact time will be in next Sunday's bulletin. The regular Sunday program will air also on January 8 and will include the Christmas message of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and 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.

Pray for the staff of Tara Hospital that this medical facility remain open as a stable environment to serve the needs of the community and that employees having worked there retain their jobs

A Thought From St. Bishop NIKOLAI

For the Serbs, Christ was the very meaning of life and struggle, of suffering and dying, and freedom and restoration and work. He was the meaning of the Church, the meaning of the state, and the meaning of the family, the meaning of man.
No people ever adorned the feast days of Christ with special touching customs as carefully and delicately as the Serbian people. Consider how they celebrate Christmas and Epiphany, Great Friday and Easter, Ascension and Pentecost, Transfiguration and Holy Cross Day. Everything is adorned with beautiful customs like a lovely and finely woven carpet

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. 60)

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

To Consider

The approaching Feast of the Nativity.of Christ.
The remaining days of the Nativity Fast.
Being prepared in heart, mind and soul for the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 24 - Visited St. John the Divine Orthodox Church, Monesson, Pennsylvania.
December 27 - Pomen in funeral home for Theodore Rantovich.
December 28 - Funeral service for Theodore Rantovich.
December 30 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown rehab center.
December 31 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
December 31 - Visited parishioner at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

From the Desert Fathers

The abbot Nilus said, "Invulnerable from the arrows of the enemy is he who loves quiet: but he who mixeth with the crowd hath open wounds.

Sunday of the Holy Fathers-2005
Sunday before the Nativity

Matthews 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jeshoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

The present Gospel gives a detailed geneology leading to the birth of Christ. Each name is important and has been preserved through the centuries.

If we study the Holy Scriptures with care, we will find large lists of names. Names have importance. The identify specific individuals. Names establish an identity and the identity is connected with a certain time and place.

Today the Feast of the Nativity of Christ draws near. The genealogy presented in the Gospel requires the attentive listener to think back through the centuries leading to the birth of Christ.

A certain order is communicated. The believer interested in Christ will delve into the lives of the individuals mention. The serious believer will think carefully as the Old Testament is read and individuals are identified.

We have the benefit of hindsight in knowing the Christ took on human flesh as an infant child. Individuals living before the birth of Christ had to anticipate His coming.

In the Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity the Old Testament readings give the believer rich content to consider. 1 Orthodox believers benefit by attending the full schedule of services for a feast.

Each believer makes fundamental decisions about Christ. Each believer determines whether he or she will continue to learn more about Christ. Each believer determines whether he or she wants to grow in Christ throughout his or her's earthly existence.

Certain individuals reach a level of learning and become comfortable. Believers can reach a certain level of faith and become stagnant. A believer can even regress if he or she is not careful.

The joy of growth in Christ is reason to seek further growth in Christ. The joy of leaning more about Christ and being united with Christ in Holy Communion are sufficent to draw closer to Christ and seek to partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

The joy of forgiveness through repentance and Holy Confession are sufficent to draw closer to Christ.

Obstacles may appear in our lives. Perceived setbacks may appear in our lives. Christ defeated death. No earthly obstacle is immune from the power of Christ.

With the Nativity Fast drawing to a close, giving thanks to God is essential. With the Nativity Fast drawing to a close, treating each remaining day with seriousness is absolutely important.

The Lord Jesus Christ continues to be studied with great care. Each individual has access to the Holy Bible. Each individual believer can go to the nearest library and find useful books that a helpful in learning more about Christ.

We benefit when we thinking carefully about Christ's Virgin birth. We benefit when we think carefully about the prophetic words in Holy Scripture. We benefit when we cherish and continually examine the words of Christ.

The Church has preserved the present genealogy through the centuries. The Church had determined the genealogy and the account of Christ's birth were worthy of being kept in current form.

As individuals we will never know all there is to know about Christ. We have reason to rejoice in knowing what we do about Christ. We have reason to rejoice in having the opportunity to continue to learn about Christ.

We have reason to thank God for the ability to repent and be renewed in Christ. We have reason to thank God for the continued opportunity to learn more about Christ.

Each day is a day to learn about Christ. May our prayers be heard and may we be serious about growing in Christ.
1The Festal Menaion. Translated from the Greek by Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware. St.Tikhon's Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, 1996, pp.254-259.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 19, 2005 / January 1, 2006

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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