St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 416 - December 18 / December 31, 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 18 / December 31, 2006
Sunday of Holy Fathers
No. 416

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

Hebrews 12:2

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Services This Past Week
December 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
December 25
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
December 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 27
Midnight Office was read.
December 30
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM,

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 4:00 PM

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Blessing of Badnjak at 7:30 PM, Vigil to follow.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 31 - St. Sebastian-Father's Day
January 2-5 - Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
January 6 - Eve of the Nativity of Christ
January 7 - Feast of Nativity of Christ
January 8- - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen
January 13 - Leave-taking of Nativity.
January 14 - Circumcision of the our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Basil the Great. (New Year)
January 18 - Feast of the Holy Cross
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 27 - St. Sava, Archbishop of Serbia
January 29 - Veneration of the Precious Chains of Apostle Peter
January 31 - Sts. Athanasius the Great and Cyril of Alexandria, St. Maxim, Archbishop of Serbia
February 12 - Synaxis of Holy Three Hierarchs
February 26 - Venerable Simeon the Myrrhgusher Nemanja.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

The Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity will be rebroadcast at 5:00 PM on WMBS., Uniontown. The 12:15 broadcast will also be on WMBS.

We continue to pray for those serving in the military and their families.

Pray for miners, living and departed and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, those in prison, the homebound, those in hospitals and rehab centers. Remember the people caring for them. Remember crime victims.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Remember those grieving for family members and friends.

It was good to have Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, Protonica Mirjana, Savo and Marta in the area this week. Savo did very well reading the Episle last Sunday.

From Holy Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians

But I do not want you to be ignorant brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (I Thess.4:13-18).

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

The purpose of the Nativity Fast.
The best way to prepare for the Feast of the Nativity.
Focusing on Christ's birth each day of the Nativity Fast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 24 - Visited Father Rumen and Matushka Irene Stoychev at St. John Orthodox Church, Monessen. Attended service at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, Masontown, home of Father Dimitre and Matushka Stanka.
January 27-30 - Participated in First Diocesan Winter Retreat for Youths at Shadeland Camp.

From the Desert Fathers

The abbot Pambo asked the abbot Antony, saying, "What shall I do?" And the old man made answer, "Be not confident of thine own righteousness; grieve not over a thing that is past; and be continent of thy tongue and of thy belly."

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers 2006

Matthew 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 Abija 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 Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ is at hand. Believers assess their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers have the opportunity to renew their relationship with Christ.

The Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated in the present. Believers feel the unity with Christ. Believers experience the birth of Christ in the Divine services.

Believers experience the Nativity of Christ by His birth in their hearts and homes. Believers experience unity with Christ through forgiveness of sins and partaking of His Precious Body and Blood.

The genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ enables believers to think back through the centuries. The genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ helps believers put the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ into perspective.

Each heart is important to the Lord Jesus Christ. Each mind is important to the Lord Jesus Christ. The newborn Christ Child is the source of hope for believers. The newborn Christ child is human and divine.

Christ's virgin birth challenges the mind. Christ's virgin birth has withstood centuries of examination. The joy of Christ's birth cannot be suppressed. Each believer knows the joy of Christ. Each believer's heart experiences renewal in Christ.

"With God all things are possible." (Mt. 19:26) Believers experience the far reaching nature of faith. Believers experience dimensions hitherto unexpected.

The genealogy of Christ provides specific names. The genealogy of Christ establishes a time line. The genealogy of Christ is a basis for research about Christ.

Good minds focusing on Christ fill with thoughts about Christ. Corrupted minds are cleansed by Christ. Corrupted hearts are cleansed by Christ.

New lives are built in Christ. Families are renewed in Christ. Men, women and children in hospital beds turn to Christ and find hope. Soldiers in battle find hope in Christ.

Parents find hope for wayward children in Christ. Men and women traumatized find comfort in Christ. Christ is within reach of the men and women in jail and prison cells. Christ is within reach of men, women and children in hospital intensive care units.

Christ is within reach of each man, woman and children seeking a better and more lasting life.

Peace is best found in Christ. Hope is best found in Christ. Direction and purpose are found in Christ. Answers to life's questions are found in Christ.

The genealogy of Christ concentrates the thoughts of believers on specific individuals. The genealogy of Christ causes the believer to consider individuals associated with the history of the Christ Child.

Christ's birth took place in time. Christ's birth is identified with a specific time. The whole Orthodox world is exposed to the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Church wants believers to know as much as possible about the Lord Jesus Christ. Informed believers share more accurate knowledge about Christ.

Christ taught many people. Christ continues to teach individuals willing to learn. Each time the Holy Gospel is read, the opportunity to learn exists.

Now is the time to experience the Lord Jesus Christ. Now is the time to repent and draw near to Christ. Now is the time to learn about the Lord Jesus Christ. Now is the time to partake of Holy Confession and His Precious Body and Blood.

The Nativity of Christ brings together the past, the present and the future.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 18 / December 31, 2006
Holy Martyr Sebastian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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