Slava is an ethnic distinction for a Serb. For example, if two Serbs would meet as strangers,
the first question of distinction and mutual bond would be, "Koju slavu slavis?" The Slava
had played a vital importance in the history of the existence of the Serbian people.
Being situated in the geographic region between East and West, between cultures alien to them,
being subjugated for centuries to slavery, the Slava for Serbs became a holiday identified
with their name and existence.
(Spiritual Reminder, p.147
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The Great Martyr George
· The many churches named after the Great Martyr George.
· The many individuals named after St. George.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
May 1 - Took friend of parish to Uniontown.
May 2 - Meeting regarding parish seminar in August.
May 4 - Visited with parish family.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Nilus) also said, 'Prayer is the seed of gentleness and the absence of anger.'
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
So he came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob
gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His
journey sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw
water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city
to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him. "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a
drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered
and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,
you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.' The woman said to Him,
'Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living
water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself,
as well as his sons and his livestock?' Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of
this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never
thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing
up into everlasting life. The woman said to Him, "Sir give me this water, that I may not thirst,
nor come here to draw." Jesus said to her, "Go, call you husband, and come here." The woman
answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, 'You have well said, 'I have no
husband, for you have had five husbands and the one whom you now have is not your husband;
in that you spoke truly." The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.
Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where
one ought to worship. Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will
neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not
know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now
is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is
seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit
and truth. The woman said to Him, "I know the Messiah is coming(who is called Christ).
When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."
And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no
one said, "What do You seek?" or "Why are You talking with her?" The woman then left her
waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, "Come, see a Man who told me all
things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" Then they went out of the city and came
to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them,
"I have food to eat of which you do not know." Therefore the disciples said to one another ,
"Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of
Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, 'There are still four months and
then come the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for
they are already white for harvest. And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for
eternal life, that both may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true, 'One sows and
another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored: others have labored,
and you have entered into their labors .And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in
Him because of the word of the woman who testified ,"He told me all that I ever did."
So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay away with them; and He stayed
there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman,
"Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know
that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."
St. George the Great-Martyr
These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know that
it hated Me before it hated you.. If you were of the world, the world would love its own.
Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world
hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, "A servant is not greater than his master.
If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep
yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not
know Him who sent Me. IF I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now
they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father .But this happened that the world might
be fulfilled which is written in their law,' They hated Me without a cause.' But when the
Helper comes whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from
the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with
Me from the beginning. These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to
stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills
you will think that he offers God service.
The patronal feast of St. George, the parish Slava comes at the time the Holy Holy
Orthodox Church is celebrating the Feast of the Resurrection. The Church is in the time
of Mid-Pentecost. The joy of the Resurrection is present. Thoughts of the Descent of
the Holy Spirit are evident. The Feast of Ascension will soon be here.
Great joy is evident in the Church. Great celebration takes form. The St. George Church
is blessed by God each day of the year. The St. George Church is blessed by hard working and
dedicated parishioners. The St. George Church is blessed with a beautiful church and grounds.
The St. George Church is blessed with a history reaching back more than half a century.
The St. George Church is blessed with parishioners willing to contribute, to learn and to
pray on a regular basis.
The St. George Church is blessed with a dedicated Executive Board, Audit Board, Kolo and
Choir. Faithful members come to Holy Confession and Communion and seek renewal in Christ.
New believers come to the St. George Church and join with dedicated parishioners here
from the earliest days of the parish's formation.
The Holy Gospel is proclaimed in the St. George Church on a daily basis. Prayers are
offered for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the living and the departed on a
Individuals wanting to learn about more about Christ and His Holy Church have many
opportunities here. Outreach efforts steadily bring the message of the Gospel to believers
unable to attend church daily.
The St. George Choir can be heard singing the responses of the Divine Liturgy at any
time of the day or night at any location in the world with internet capability.
The St. George Church is blessed with friends near and far who contribute in several
different ways to the parish.
The St. George Church is blessed to be part of the Eastern American Diocese with a
Bishop with daily interest in the parish. The St. George Church is blessed to be a part
of the Serbian Orthodox Church secured by Apostolic Succession and enriched by saints
and martyrs through the centuries.
Today we pray for the living and the departed. Today we look back to measure progress
made and give thanks to God for many blessings received. Today we remember beloved hierarchs,
clergy and faithful departed this life and we pray for their memories to be eternal.
Today we ask God for strength in faith, for resolve to move ahead with certainly in
the life in Christ and the way of Christ. We pray for the Holy Spirit to keep our faith
alive and fervent. May St. George the Great Martyr pray for us.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 23 / May 6, 2007
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
St. George the Great Martyr
Fr. Rodney Torbic
Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church,
Carmichaels - Home Page