St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 450 - August 20 / September 2, 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 20 / September 2, 2007
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 450

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

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now lie in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who love me and gave Himself for me.

Recent Services
August 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
August 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
August 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 29
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Pomen held at funeral home in Donora for +David Sivak.
August 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Akathist to Dormition of Mother of God and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Funeral service held in Donora for +David Sivak.
August 31
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Two people came for Akathist to Dormition of Mother of God.
September 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Wedding for Branimir Ljubic and Luann Yancich.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.

Daily
5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

Thursday
6:30 PM Two Akathists followed by adult class.

NEXT SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY WILL START AT 9:30 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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

The St. George Kolo had a beautiful Slava celebration.

Congratulations to Dorothy Bozick and Kathryn Sage, well deserving recipients of Episcopal Grammatas.

Next Sunday Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM.

Five people came for class on Thursday to discuss the Gospel of the Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God. Father Dimitre participated. Class again this Thursday after the Akathists.

Sympathy extended to the family of +David Sivak.

Congratulations to newly married Dr. Branimir and Luann Yancich.

Plan to attend the Diocese Chapel Slava on Friday evening and Saturday.

Remember the miners and others employed in dangerous occupations including law enforcement, correctional officers and parole officers.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, the homebound and the caretakers and staffs.

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

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

From Proverbs

A man's steps are of the Lord. How then can a man understand his own way? It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, and afterward to reconsider his vows. A wise kin sifts out the wicked, and brings the threshing wheel over them. The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all inner depths of the heart.

(Prov. 20:24-27 )

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

To Consider

Marriage in the Orthodox Church.
The commitment of husband and wife to marriage.
The home as a small church

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 26 - Went to Mon Valley Hospital for pastoral visit.
August 29 - Went to Donora for Pomen.
August 30 - Went to Donor for funeral of +David Sivak.
August 31 - Served two graveside pomens at two different cemeteries.
August 31 - Wedding rehearsal and dinner.
September 1 - Wedding

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Pambo said, 'If you have a heart, you can be saved.'


Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent other servants, saying, "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.'" But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding." So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, " Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.

The Lord Jesus Christ holds a banquet every time the Divine Liturgy is The Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ nourishes bodies and souls of the believers partaking of Holy Communion.

Believers are expected to prepare for receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Believers are expected to fast, to examine themselves, and to prepare mentally.

Believers are expected to have come to Holy Confession, to have repented of sins, and to care for the body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor .6:19). Receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is a Holy Mystery worthy of the greatest preparation.

Receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ unites the believer with Christ. The believer is enriched with Christ. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is serious and joyful.

How can a believer not be joyful when receiving Christ's Precious Body and Blood ? How can a believer not be thankful when receiving Christ's Precious Body and Blood ?

Unity with Christ through Holy Communion makes the person new. The Holy Apostle told the Corinthians: " If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor .5:17)

Preparing for Holy Communion is part of the Christian life. Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable the believer to remain true to the Baptismal commitment.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion keep the believer directed to the narrow gate and away from the broad entrance to destruction (Mt. 7:13-14)

The state of the heart and mind are very important when a believer decides to approach for Holy Confession and Communion. Everyone sins. Everyone needs to repent of sins, to seek forgiveness and to be renewed in Christ.

Believers are expected to view Holy Communion with the highest degree of regard and reverence. A believer is not to approach the Holy Chalice causually. Believers at times will ask, "How long must I fast to come to Holy Confession and Communion?" To the question, it is appropriate to ask "What is the condition of the heart" What is the condition of the mind" What is the condition of relationships with others? What is the attitude towards sins committed? What is the attitude toward Christ? What is the desire for the Kingdom of God? What is the desire for eternal life? What love is shown towards God and towards neighbor?

The king in the present Gospel was holding a marriage feast and sent out invitations. Believers confess Jesus as King and as God at Holy Baptism. At each Divine Liturgy the or deacon holding the Holy Chalice, gives the invitation to believers: In the fear of God and in faith draw near?"

Just as the king's invitation is declined by many in the present Gospel message, so many individuals decline opportunities to partake of Christ's Precious Body and Blood.

In these turbulent times, drawing near and remaining united with Christ is important to every person. Unfortunately, individuals drawing near to Christ are few.

Coming to Christ is strictly voluntary. Force is not involved. Accepting Christ's invitation to follow Him is a free and willing choice. Following Christ is an act of love.

Christ's love was demonstrated by His Crucifixion and Resurrection. The way believers live eventually reveals they way Christ is loved. Christ can never be repaid by believers. Christ can be thanked.

When Jesus healed ten lepers, only one returned to say "Thank You." (Lk. 17:11-19). A way to thank God is to live in ways pleasing to God. A way to thank God is to repent of sins, confess and seek unity with Christ through Holy Confession and Communion.

Serious believers do not want to be cast from the feast of Christ. Serious believers do not want to be found lacking as was the person appearing at the wedding without the proper wedding garment.

The love of God and the forgiveness of God is important to the serious believer. Lukewarm believers need to evaluate Christ's words directed to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans. The words are these: "Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." (Rev. 3:16) 1

Invitations by the Lord Jesus Christ, King and God, are to be taken seriously!

1 The Orthodox Study Bible. Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, Nashville, Tennessee, 1993, pp. 592,598-599.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Fourtheenth Sunday after Pentecost.
August 20 / September 2, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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