St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 417 - December 25, 2006 / January 7, 2007


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 25, 2006 / January 7, 2007
Feast of the Nativity of Christ
No. 417

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

Services This Past Week
December 31
Thirty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
January 1
One person was present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 2
Two people came from Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 5
Two people came for Royals Hours (1st, 3rd, 6th) and Akathist to St. Panteleimon. Three people came for Akathist for Communion and Vespers. One person came for Small Compline.
January 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
At least seventy people came for the Badnjak Blessing and Vigil.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

January 8-Divine Liturgy-8;30 AM.
January 9-Divine Liturgy-8:30 AM.
January 13-Divine Liturgy-YWCA-Fairmont, W.Va. 10:00 AM.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.
Monday Evening at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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 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.

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

May all parishioners and friends of the parish have a joyous Feast of the Nativity.

Aaron Carson has completed the firsr semester of his graduate studies at Duquesne.

Jennifer Kornick is in the final year of her program at Duquesne University.

It was good to see Dustin Menhart in church last Sunday. Dustin is serving the United States Army and doing very well as is his brother Richard. May God protect them.

May 2007 be a safer year for coal miners than 2006.

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.

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.

Remember those grieving for family members and friends.

Tom Hunter has been working hard in preparing the radio program.

Hear His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN'S message on this week's radio broadcast.

Dennis and Norma Hickman are willing workers for the church.

St.George Church lost a friend this week when "Newt" Yoders departed this life.

Congratulations to Andrea Janson, first place winner in the horse riding at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

A Thought from Protostavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich

When we fall sick we follow the physician's advice to rest as much as we can in order to help our body overcome illness. By comparison, how much more meaning and significance do God's words carry? He knows infinitely more than we do about what it is we need and what is good for us. He is born and clothed in the body as one of us to show us the greatest example of life, love and peace.

( Words of Shepherd Compiled and edited by Nicolae Roddy. )

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

To Consider

The Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The way the world has changed as a result of Christ's birth.
The glorious Second Coming of Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 2 - Stopped to see four residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home.
January 4 - Visited homebound parishioner.
January 5 - Visited homebound parishioner.
January 6 - Visited parishioner.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother questioned Abba Poemen, 'What ought I to do about all the turmoils that trouble me?' The old man said to him, 'In all our afflictions let us weep in the presence of the goodness of God, until he shows mercy on us.'


Reflections on the Gospel of the Feast of the Nativity
of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ

Matthew 2:1-12

Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every year. A period of fasting and preparation precedes the celebration.

The Divine Liturgy of the feast is the apex of the celebration. Believers have the opportunity to hear the Holy Gospel and receive the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Christ is born! Indeed He is born!" ..."Christ is born! Glorify Him!" are common Orthodox greetings at the arrival of the feast. The hearts of Orthodox faithful fill with joy in the Divine Liturgy.

The Holy Gospel of St. Matthew mentions the specific place where the Christ Child was born...Bethlehem of Judea. The time of the birth is established when Herod is identified as having been king.

Jesus Christ came into the world in human flesh at a particular time in history. He did not come in human flesh earlier. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians: "When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law."(Gal. 4:4)

The Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians (4:4-7) is read during the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity.

The celebration of the Feast of the Nativity opens the minds of believers to the Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. Serious believers will think carefully about this unparalleled birth.

Serious believers will think about the culture into which Jesus came. Serious believers think about the circumstances into which Jesus came. Serious believers will think about the centuries leading to the birth of the Christ Child.

Centuries have passed since Jesus took on human flesh. Much commercialism has grown up in the world associated with the celebration of the birth of Christ in contemporary times.

Believers benefit by focusing on the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ as described in the Holy Gospel and elaborated in the teachings of the Church.

Believers invest their time wisely studying the writings of the Holy Fathers of the Church regarding the Gospel account of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 25, 2006 / January 7, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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