Blessing of Badjak at 7:30 PM followed by Vigil.
January 7 - Feast of Nativity of Christ, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 13 - Leavetaking of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Basil the Great. New Year's Day
January 18 - Holy Cross Day
January 19 - Holy Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ
January 20 - Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
January 27 - St. Sava
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple
If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!
- · The Annual Parish Assembly is rescheduled to on January 13.
- · Mildred Bezjak is collecting contributions for flowers
for the church for Christmas.
- · Mildred Bezjak is coordinating a gift project for individuals who are homebound.
Please see Mildred if you want to participate. Gift cost is $10.00.
- · Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast in January.
- · 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..
- · Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija
- · No adult class this week.
- · It was good to have Protojerej Dkojan Majstorovic, Protonica Mirjana, Savo and
Marta and visiting priest from Banja Luka, Reverend Father Vladislav, here this past week.
- · What happens to a local community when
all parishioners are fervent in following Christ?
- · What happens to crime, moral standards and ethical practices in a community
when all Orthodox Christians live the life of Christ everyday of the year?
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· Spiritual preparation for the Feast of the Nativity.
· The transforming effects of the Nativity Fast
· The impact of the Nativity Fast upon local communities.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
December 24 - Attended Funeral of +Protonamesnik Mile Stupar, Monroeville.
December 26-29 - Participated in Diocesan Nativity Retreat at Shadeland.
From the Desert Fathers
He said of Abba Pambo that Abba Anthony used to say of him,
'Through fearing God, he caused the spirit of God to dwell in him.'
The Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers
Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his
servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.'
But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a
piece of ground; and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' And another said,
'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.'
Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore, I cannot come.' So that servant
came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry,
said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in
here the poor and the maimed and the lame and he blind.' And the servant said, 'Master,
it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the maser said to the servant,
'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'"
"Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed
them, and you build their tombs. Therefore the wisdom of God also said, 'I will send them
prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute. That the blood of all the
prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and temple.
Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have
taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering
in you hindered." And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to
assail Him vehemenently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, lying in wait for Him,
and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him. In the
meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they
trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, "Beware of the leaven
of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."
A week remains of the Nativity Fast. A week remains until the Feast of the Nativity of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each day of life is a gift from God to be used wisely.
The Nativity Fast is a time of preparation for the feast of great joy. The birth of the
Lord Jesus Christ was long awaited. The Nativity Fast is a time to contemplate Jesus Christ
taking on human flesh.
The Nativity Fast is a time to reflect on the humility of Christ. The mind cannot fully
comprehend the degree of humility involved in the Son of God taking on earthly life as a
The mind cannot fully comprehend the far reaching change Christ's birth has had upon the
world. Theologians have written more volumes than a person will ever know about the birth of
Sermons about the birth of Christ have been preached in all places where Christians have
gathered. Each generation must come to terms with the birth of Christ. Each day is a day
closer to the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Nativity Fast provides a focus for individuals. The Nativity Fast is time dedicated
to the contemplation of God and soulful preparation for the forthcoming feast.
Time requires structure for it to be used wisely. Time is not to be wasted. God gives
each portion of time. Each portion of time is a gift of life. Believers are invited to use
time in God-pleasing ways.
Each person is invited daily to the "Great Banquet" of God. Each day is an opportunity
to draw near to God in prayer and thanksgiving. Excuses come readily. The serious believer
sees the value of constantly saying "yes" to God.
Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood unites the person with Christ. Viewing God at
work in daily life gives perspective, confidence and hope. The joy of the Lord is ever-present
for believers conscious about Christ throughout the day.
The Nativity Fast summons the minds and hearts of believers. The vision for life is to be
lifted from diverse ways leading to death. Eternal life, salvation of the soul is to capture
the hearts, minds and efforts of believers.
Looking to God and the ways of God requires firm commitment. Believers must combat
distractions and temptations. Nourishment from Christ is always available.
The Nativity Fast provides believers with reason to say "no" to ways leading away from
the kingdom of God. The Nativity Fast serves as a sword to cut through ways of the world
leading to destruction.
When the total focus of life is on God and the ways pleasing to God, daily battles must
be waged. The Cross always has a place in daily life. Fervent Christians can expect hard
roads to travel.
Fervent Christians can expect hardship. Christians throughout the centuries have faced
spiritual struggles. Christ provides the presence necessary to see through dark moments of life.
The Nativity Fast joins believers around the world in a common effort. The common effort
is for a better life, a better world. The common effort is directed toward the Kingdom of God.
The Second Coming of Christ is a certainty. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ exposes
believers to the reality of Christ's birth. The Nativity Fast enables believers to reason
about the birth of Christ and His glorious Second Coming.
Individuals benefit when thoughts about the birth of Christ and the Second Coming of
Christ occupy their minds and have a firm place in their hearts. Christ makes a difference
in the lives of individuals taking the Nativity Fast seriously.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 17 / December 30, 2007
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.
Prophet Daniel and the Three Youths.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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