The Holy Spirit is one, and we speak of Him as unique, since through the one Son He is joined
to the Father. He completed the all-praised and blessed Trinity. He is not ranked with the
plurality of creation, but is described in the singular; this is sufficient evidence of His
intimacy with the Father and the Son. He is not one of many but one only: just as there is
one Father and one Son, there is one Holy Spirit. Reason demands that the singular is
separated from the plural or compound; therefore He does not share created nature. He is
united to the Father and the Son as unit dwells with unit.
(On the Holy Spirit.
St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, pp. 72-73
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The continued contributions of St. Basil the Great.
· St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom.
· The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
January 8 - Went to Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh to see a patient having surgery.
January 9 - Went to Presbyterian Care Home in Washington to a resident.
January 10 - Went to Clarksburg, West Virginia Rehab Center to see a resident.
January 11 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
January 13 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia to serve Divine Liturgy.
From the Desert Fathers
She (Syncleta) also said, "My children, we all want to be saved,
but because of our habit of negligence, we swerve away from salvation."
Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Circumcision of Our Lord
St. Basil the Great
Luke 2:20-21, 40-52
Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had
heard and seen, as it was told them. And when eight days were completed for the circumcision
of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived
in the womb. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace
of God was upon Him, His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.
And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the
feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in
Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the
company, they went a day's journey and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that
after three days they found Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, both
listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him, they were amazed; and
His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You done this to us? Look. Your father and I have
sought You anxiously." And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I
must be about My Father's business?" But they did not understand the statement which He
spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them,
but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature,
and in favor with God and men
And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a
great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and from the seacoast of Tyre and
Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were
tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to
touch Him for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then He lifted up His eyes
toward His disciples, and said, "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now,
for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and
revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that
day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven. For in like manner
their fathers did to the prophets.
A new year has arrived. Each believer will determine whether he or she will end the year
closer to God than at present. Each believer will determine whether the Year 2007 will be
dedicated to God.
Each person has the same amount of time during the coming year. Only those departing this
life before the end of the year will have less. Each person has twenty four hours per day.
God gives us time. God gives us life. We determine how much of the time given by God
is devoted to pleasing God. The decisions believers make either are pleasing to God or are
contrary to the ways of God.
In the present Gospel, when Jesus was twelve years of age, Jesus spent considerable time
in the temple. How much time will the average believer spend in church during the Year 2007?
In comparison how much time will the average believer spend watching television during the
How much time will the average believer spend reading the newspaper during the Year 2007?
In comparison, how much time will the average believer spend reading the Bible during the
During each twenty four day in 2007, it would be interesting to do a time study of
believers to determine the amount of time in daily prayer compared with the amount of
time in other activities.
If God gives us twenty four hours, how much of the twenty four hours is devoted to God?
How much of each day is devoted to the work of the Church?
How much of each day is devoted to prayer and/or worship?
The Holy Orthodox Church asks each believer to fast approximately half the year.
How many days out of the next 365 days will the average believer fast? Being an Orthodox
Christian requires discipline. Being an Orthodox Christian involves working to adhere to
the teachings of the Church.
We learn about God when we invest time in learning about God. We experience God when we
consciously draw near to God and look for God in our lives.
We deny ourselves the fullness of life, we deny ourselves the richness of life when God
is not an integral part of each day of our lives. Being in church all day everyday is not
something believers are expected to do. Being conscious of the presence of God throughout
the day is something believers can strive to do. Being conscious of Church throughout each
day is something the believer can strive to do.
For those believers desiring it, God will help them make good use of the time throughout
2007. Each believer must do all he or she can to draw near to God and live in ways pleasing
to God throughout the year.
By turning to God in prayer with consciousness of heart and mind, the believer can
experience God-filled time throughout the coming year. The Beatitudes come alive in God-filled
When time is viewed as God would have time viewed, each day takes on new meaning.
Each moment takes on new meaning. One day devoted to God can transform a life.
One day devoted to God can transform a family.
Each day is important in reinforcing the commitment to God. Each day is important for the
experience with God. Orthodox believers have extensive opportunities to learn about God.
Effort is necessary to realize those opportunities.
When time is wasted, it is not regained. Time wasted is lost time. Time with family and
friend is necessary. Time with God is necessary.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 1 / January 14, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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