Secondly, besides blessing and praising God for the world, man is also able to reshape
and alter the world. Man puts the seal of his understanding and his intelligent work
onto creation. The world is not only seen as a gift from God, but also as a task for man.
It is mans calling to cooperate with God in His creation. As St. Paul explained, man is
called to be God's fellow worker (1 Cor 3:9). The fact that man is
made in God's image means that man is a creator after the image of God the Creator.
Man fulfills this creative role through the clarity of his spiritual vision; his vocation
is not to dominate and exploit nature, but to transfigure and hallow it. Thus, man is
priest of the creation through his power to give thanks to God and to offer the creation
back to God. Man is also king of the creation through his power to mold and fashion the world
(Image in Everything
Paper prepared for St.Tikhon's Seminary.
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The saints of the Church.
· The many different ways saints have lived their lives.
· The common theme in the lives of all the saints.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 11 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to be with parishioner's family.
June 12 - Went to Slava celebration in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 13 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to visit two patients.
June 14 - Visited the homes of two parish families.
June 16 - Went to Monastery Marcha. Served Vespers.
June 17 - Attended parish family celebration in Carmichaels.
From the Desert Fathers
One day someone asked Abba Silvanus, 'How have you lived, father,
in order to become so wise?' He replied, 'I have never let a thought
that would bring the anger of God upon me enter my heart.'
Sunday of All Saints - 2006
Mt. 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30
Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is
in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is
in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves
son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and
follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have
left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly
I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory,
you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or
children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of All Saints today.
The list of saints continues to accrue through the centuries.
No two individuals recognized as saints are identical.
Each person recognized as a saint in the Holy Orthodox Church was created in the image
and likeness of God. (Gen. 1:26-27). Each person recognized as a saint in
the Orthodox Church demonstrated a belief in and commitment to God that set him or her apart.
Some saints are part of a particular group such the Holy Apostles.
Others are distinguished as individuals such as St. Bishop NIKOLAI (Velimirovic) and
St. Parasceva (Petka) 1
The Holy Three Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and St. John
Chrysostom, are viewed together and yet separately, which in many ways is similar to
the Holy Apostles. 2
Believers benefit from knowing the wide range of Orthodox Christian expressions in
the lives of the saints. The wide range of Orthodox Christian expression in the saints
demonstrates that believers can follow their Orthodox Christian interests provided they
live well within the overall acceptable boundaries of the Church.
Not everyone has a deep interest in Orthodox iconography and therefore will not invest
major portions of his or her time in iconography. Not everyone has a deep interest in
Orthodox theology at high levels and will not invest major portions of his or herself
extensively in reading and researching theological texts.
At least one saint was a cook in an Amorean monastery. St. Euphronius was described
by St. Bishop NiKolai as "a simple man, but a man of God." 3
All saints are recognized for having lived within certain boundaries required
for recognition of sainthood.
We look to the saints as intercessors before God. We look to the saints to learn from
their lives. We look to the saints for inspiration as we go about our daily lives.
We look to the saints to learn from their writings. We look to the saints to learn from
their homilies. We look to the saints to learn from their witness in times of adversity and
critical points in history.
We look to the saints past and present. The lives of the saints through the centuries
give a glimpse of the Church through the centuries. The saints of modern times are clear
reminders that individuals in the present can be saintly if fully devoted to God.
The saints are protectors of the present. The saints have been protectors in the past.
The saints offer hope in times of desperation. The saints offer comfort in times of despair.
The saints offer examples when a believer reaches the end of his or her patience.
The saints offer instruction that is timeless.
Certain living believers have benefitted from personal contact with modern saints.
Certain living believers are related to modern saints.
The troparia of the saints summarize their contributions. The services of the saints
tell of their lives. The lives of the saints offer instruction.
The liturgical calendar of the Church is a history lesson for Orthodox Christians. The
liturgical calendar of the Church is a way of uniting the present with saints past and present.
Individuals reading the lives of the saints come to know that regardless of how sinful
a person may have been, there is hope for a new life in Christ. There is always hope not
only for a new life in Christ but for a life that is exemplary.
Saint Apostle Paul went from persecutor of Christians to a foremost example of Christian
witness. The Good Thief on the Cross, St. Mary of Egypt, and St. Moses the Ethiopian are
examples worth considering when new life in Christ is considered.
It is only too late to repent when one's mind ceases functioning. It is only too late
to repent and turn to Christ when one ceases to breathe. It is only too late to repent and
turn to Christ when one has lost the will to do so.
Now is the time to turn to Christ. We have only the present as a certainty.
We have no guarantee of life beyond the moment in which we are living.
Let us devote every living moment of our lives to Christ.
Let us live every moment of our lives in Christ.
1St. NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC. The Prologue of Ohrid.
Vol. Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Western American Diocese of the
Serbian Orthodox Church, Alhambra, California., 2002, p. 424.)
2St. NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC. The Prologue of Ohrid.
Vol. One. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Western American Diocese of the
Serbian Orthodox Church, Alhambra, California., 2002, pp. 108, 668-669,)
3St.NIKOLAI, Vol. Two, p. 293.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 5 / June 18, 2006
Sunday of All Saints.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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