Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be
done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor
in himself. Not only that, one must also work on one's own growth. From the beginning
and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator with God. The Divine synergism
will not cease even in the next life. An example of such Theandric cooperation is
given in the Lord Jesus Christ. Synergism is given in the Church and through the Church
(Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America Dr. MITROPHAN
The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· Love of neighbor.
· Forgiveness of others.
· Treating the body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
May 22 - Met officials from Hatfield Ferry Power Plant.
May 29 - Attended Annual Pilgrimage at St. Tikhon's Monastery and Seminary.
May 31 - Attended Vespers at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College.
June 1 - Attended Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College.
From the Desert Fathers
The same abba (Xanthias) said,
'A dog is better than I am, for he has love and he does not judge.'
Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council 2006
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come.
Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over
all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is
eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You
before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of
the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they
have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them
the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that
I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not
pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine
are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world,
but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those
whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world,
I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost
except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You,
and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
The Church is in the period of the Afterfeast of the Holy Ascension of the Lord
Jesus Christ. The Church is emphasizing the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ continues to be celebrated and the forthcoming
Feast of Pentecost certainly is on the minds of Orthodox Christians.
The Feasts of the Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost follow each other in relatively
close proximity. Theses feasts challenge the hearts, minds and souls of believers.
Believers experience the joy of the Resurrection. Believers experience the joy of
the Ascension. Believers experience the joy associated with Pentecost.
The joy of being Christian is an abiding joy resting in the knowledge "That all
things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according
to His purpose." (Rom.8:28)
We have a responsibility to look at our experiences in ways they can benefit us in
our "calling" from God.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians to be filled with the Spirit: "giving
thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
When we are seeking guidance, when we are making plans about our lives, when we are
making decisions, let us turn to God in prayer. Let us turn to the Holy Church in worship.
In the present Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ was completing His earthly work.
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of eternal life.
Jesus spoke of knowing the True God, of knowing Jesus Christ Who was sent.
Believers must struggle in their hearts and minds to understand the words of the
Lord Jesus Christ. Believes must struggle to make the words of the Lord Jesus Christ
an integral part of daily life.
In family life, in the home, in the neighborhood, in the community, believers
have experiences requiring Christian responses and understanding.
Orthodox Christianity is not limited to the Sunday Divine Liturgy.
Orthodox Christianity is not limited to a certain portion of a certain day.
Believers are called to understand the life in Christ and live the life in Christ
from the time of Baptism to the time of departure from this life.
Believers may get tired. Believers may get lost. Believers may get frustrated.
Return to Christ is necessary and possible.
Christ ascended as we confess each time we say the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.
Christ also will come again. We will be judged by Christ at His Second Coming.
Wise men and women prepare each day for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Wise men and women invest each day in the Kingdom of God.
Wise men and women realize they come from God and that all good comes from God.
In the Epistle of St. James we read: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from and
comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
When Jesus was ending His time on earth, His words were directed to God the Father.
Each day we draw closer to the end of our earthly lives. Each day we draw closer to the
Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do we keep God ever-present in our minds? Do we keep the Lord Jesus Christ at the
forefront of our thoughts and minds as we go about our daily lives?
What percent of each day is consciously spent preparing for the Second Coming of the
Lord Jesus Christ? What percent of each day is spent praising and blessing God ?
What percent of our lives is actually spent in church worship?
When Jesus ascended, His disciples worshipped Him. The disciples were joyful and
continually in the temple praising and blessing God.
Christ has ascended. Do our lives reflect the joy of the Holy Apostles?
Do our lives reflect the faith and hope and actions of the Holy Apostles?
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 22 / June 4, 2006
Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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