St. Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom did much work on the liturgy, precisely in the
area of its formation, giving it its contemporary form. First the former and then the latter
abbreviated the previous rite of liturgy. They shortened that which, according to their
understanding, could be shortened. Most likely they considered those parts to be non-essential.
But, that which Christ had established, they could not and dared not shorten
(Protopresbyter Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich.
The Eucharist as Sacrifice.
Johnstown, Pa. 1993, p. 155
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul.
· The Apostles Fast in preparation for the feast.
· The Divine Liturgy of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 2 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
July 5 - Visited Holy Trinity Mission parishioner in Ruby Memorial Hospital.
July 6 - Served Divine Liturgy at YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia.
July 7 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pennsylvania.
July 8 - Visited Serbian Orthodox Christian at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Poemen) also said, 'Wickedness does not do away with wickedness; but if someone
does you wrong, do good to him, so that by your action you destroy his wickedness."
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2006
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying,
"Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him,
"I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that
You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one,
'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,'
and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed,
'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast
out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said
to the centurion, 'Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you."
And his servant was healed that same hour.
Today is a lesson in the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Believers come to know of the healing power of Christ by coming to Christ in faith.
The more a believer comes to Christ in faith, the more the believer becomes convinced
of the healing power of Christ. The more the believer comes to Christ in faith,
the more the believer is absolutely confident in the healing power of Jesus Christ.
Healings can take place in different forms. Physical healings may occur.
Psychological healings may occur. The healing of soul and body may take place.
The healing power of Jesus Christ is descibed in the Holy Scriptures. Believers in
parish churches and monasteries will attest to the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The centurion in the present Gospel came to Jesus Christ in faith. The Lord Jesus Christ
acknowledged the faith of the centurion and healed his servant. It is important to look to
Jesus Christ in prayer to seek understanding and direction regarding illnesses that afflict
the body and mind and soul.
Churches and monasteries must be rich in divine services and in the preaching of the
Holy Gospel to benefit believers coming in faith. Believers coming in faith to churches
and monasteries should be able to come in confidence.
The more parishioners live the life of Christ, the more the parish is enriched.
The more parishioners honor the fasts and pray with regularity and faithfully adhere
to the teachings of Christ, the more the parish has an atmosphere of peace and healing.
There is no substitute for regular reading of the Holy Gospel.
There is no adequate substitute for extensive daily prayer.
There is no adequate substitute for attempting to follow the teachings of Christ each day.
Parish churches and monasteries exist for the glory of God. Parish churches and
monasteries exist to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to celebrate the Holy Mysteries,
to the bring the message of the healing power of Christ to all willing to listen.
The joy of Christ is evident in those who believe in Christ with all their hearts,
all their minds, and all their souls. The joy of Christ is evident in those who attempt
to follow Christ completely each day.
The joy of Christ is evident in the lives of believers who fill their hearts with the
love of Christ and the love for Christ. The joy of Christ is evident in the lives of
believers appreciative of the sacrifice of Christ and grateful for Christ's love.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye,
but do not consider the plank in your own eye?" (Mt. 7:3)
If we are to seek healing of our bodies, our minds, our souls, it is necessary for us
to come to terms with our personal condition. It is necessary to do an analysis of our
The love of Christ for each person in each century was evident when Christ ascended
the Cross and remained until His death. We can come to understand our place in life when
we focus on the Cross and the Resurrection.
The Holy Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians: "I determined not to know anything
among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (I Cor. 2:2).
Each of us must examine our lives in Christ.
Each of us must examine our lives in Christ and determine the ways we are faithful
to Christ and the ways we are not faithful. It is time to cast off the ways of
unfaithfulness to Christ.
It is time to be more faithful to Christ, ideally, to be completely faithful to Christ.
It is time to take a lesson from the centurion and pray that Jesus Christ will recognize
in us the great faith he recognized in the centurion.
We may never achieve the faith of the centurion in the Gospel.
We should apply all of our personal resources toward improving the faith we have.
The words of the Holy Gospel are power laden words. The words of the Holy Gospel are
words of healing. We can shed the heaviness of sin by repenting and turning to Christ.
We can shed the lethargy created by sin and move with certainty when we are immersed
in the life in Christ.
Just as the loving father helped the returning prodigal son
(Lk. 15:20 ff), the Lord God will help if we turn to Him in faith.
No better life exists than the life in Christ. No greater richness exists than the
richness of experiencing Christ each day.
Illness, tragedy, accidents and misfortune can bring a person to Christ.
Individuals turning to Christ in faith will not be disappointed.
Individuals turning to Christ in faith will experience the joy of the Kingdom.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 26 / July 9, 2006
Fouth Sunday after Great Lent
St. David of Thessalonica.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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