St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 448 - August 6 / August 19, 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
August 6 / August 19, 2007
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 448

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

Matthew 17:2

And He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

Recent Services
August 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
August 13
Midnight Office was read. Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
Four people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Father Dimitrov served Vespers.
August 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
August 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Theotokos.
Five people were present during the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
Father Dimitre Dimitrov was present for the both Akathists.
August 17
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour, Akathist to the Cross and Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Parastos held at St. George Church.
One person came to St. George Church for Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
Daily Monday through Saturday 5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

Afternoons
Wednesday, Saturday 4:00 PM, Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
6:30 PM services.
Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Feast of Holy Transfiguration.
August 26 - Leavetaking of Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of Mother of God, Kolo Slava
September 8 - Diocese Chapel Slava, Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Church New Year
September 21 - Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all participating and helping with Healthcare Day and the Healthcare Seminar. Both were very good for the parish. The parish was blessed to have His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN here for the Seminar.

The Kolo Slava is on August 28. Please let Sonia Janson know if you plan to stay for the luncheon after the Divine Liturgy.

Thank you to Rick Adabato and Fayette EMS for having the ambulance here each year.

Thank you to Eric Rose for bringing the Crucible fire truck here. Eric has studied firefighting at the college level to be a professional in the field.

Remember the miners, law enforcement personnel, corrections and parole officers as well as others in dangerous occupations.

Recent news reports vividly remind of the dangers of mining.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, the homebound. Remember the caretakers and the staffs.

Remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Pete and Dorothy Smargie keep their minds on the St. George Church.

Ann Krewasky keeps the St. George Church in her mind.

Tom and Jennifer Stefanie Kornick make the big move to Florida this week. Tom has been faithful at each Healthcare Day and will be missed by ambulance patients in this area. Jennifer begins her new job as a speech therrapist following graduation at Duquesne University

Gojko and Anka Arbutina are making progress on the new house in the heart of W.Va.

St. George Kolo and Choir continue to receive compliments.

Father Mladen Blagojevic from Holy Ascension Church in Youngwood made his first visit to the parish when he attended the Healthcare Seminar.

Lenore Rodavich was back in church yesterday.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the feast on August 28.

Rose Miscovich keeps the St. George Church fresh in her mind.

Six individuals attended Adult Class on Thursday in addition to Father Dimitre. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

From Proverbs

The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit. The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. The first one to plead his cause seems right until his neighbor comes and examines him. Casting lots causes contentions to cease and keeps the mighty apart.

(Prov. 18:14-18 )

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Transfiguration.
The presence of Moses and Elijah with Jesus.
Peter, James and John on Mt. Tabor.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 12-13 - Participated in Healthcare Day and Healthcare Seminar.
August 17 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
August 17 - Visited homebound parishioner.
August 18 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Visited parish family.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Pambo) also said, "The voice cries out to a man to his last breath, 'Be converted today.'"


Feast of Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-9

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid." When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them saying, "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead."

The Feast of the Transfiguration is distinct. The Lord Jesus Christ "shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light. (Mt.17:2)" The change in Jesus' appearance and the presence of Moses and Elijah on the mountain challenges the thinking of serious believers.

The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to take time each year to celebrate the feast and to think carefully about the Lord Jesus Christ on Mt. Tabor. Feasts are intended to give glory to God. Feasts are intended to change the lives of believers for the better. Feasts are intended to attract and change the beliefs of non-believers.

The Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated from August 19 through August 26, a period of one full week. The day before the Feast, the Church prepares for the celebration. The day before is considered the Forefeast. 1

Believers benefit from being intricately familiar with the liturgical calendar. Believers should use the Church calendar as a basic structure for daily life. Honoring the feasts and fasts of the Church and the daily remembrance of saints improves the lives of believers.

The Feast of the Transfiguration summons believers to think about Jesus' divinity and about the Holy Trinity. The Feast of the Transfiguration summons believers to think about the transcendence of time. Moses and Elijah from earlier centuries appear with Jesus on Mt. Tabor.

The Transfigured Jesus can change the lives of contemporary believers. The Jesus Prayer enables believers to draw close to the Transfigured Christ and to experience Christ. 2

The Jesus Prayer enables believers to focus on Christ and bring their lives into conformity with His teachings and way. The Jesus Prayer can help believers become transformed.

Discipline is necessary to focus on the Transfigured Christ. Discipline is necessary to maintain the Jesus Prayer throughout the day and through successive days.

Peter said it was good for him and James and John to be present on Mt. Tabor. It is good for each generation to learn of the Transfiguration. It is good for each generation to treat the Transfiguration with seriousness.

Christians are expected to love Christ. Christians are expected to be faithful to Christ. Christians are expected to worship Christ and partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

Effort is required of Christians. Christians must exercise choices to draw near to Christ and to be joined with Christ. Peter, James and John had to climb the mountain.

The light of Christ supersedes the darkness of evil. The light of Christ shines from Mt. Tabor brightening the path for believers to follow. The path to the Kingdom is illuminated by the light of Christ.

Individuals choosing to dwell in darkness will not ascend the mountain of God. Persons content with lives lukewarm in faith will not experience the joy of Peter, James and John.

Moses and Elijah are dominant figures of the Old Testament. Their relationship with God inspires and instructs every attentive believer. Strength of faith is necessary throughout life. Strength of faith is revealed in Moses and Elijah.

Elijah established a standard of prayer enduring through the ages. The Epistle of St. James says: "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16)

Belief in the power of prayer is acquired through continual practice. God does not disappoint believers appealing to Him. Jesus said: "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Mt.7:11)

Baptism is a one time experience. Chrismation is a one time experience. Holy Confession and Holy Communion can occur frequently throughout life. Prayer is a daily necessity for the serious Christian. Serious prayer is a constant necessity for the believers wanting to be totally united with Christ and experience Christ to the fullest extent possible.

Each person makes choices throughout life regarding the Lord Jesus Christ. Persons most serious about loving Christ and experiencing Christ will be faithful in prayer as the Holy Prophet Elijah

St. James said: "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced fruit." (James 5:17-18).

1The 2007 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada, Editors: Proto presbyter Djuro Krosnjar, Presbyter Darko Spasojevic, Father Deacon Damjan Bozic, Chilcago, Illinois, p. 25.

2Father Thomas Hopko. The Orthodox Faith: Spirituality. The Orthodox Church in America, 1976, pp. 133-134.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Feast of the Holy Transfiguration,
August 6 / August 19, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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