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
· 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
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
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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