St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 468 - December 24, 2007 / January 6, 2008


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
December 24, 2007 / January 6, 2008
Eve of Nativity, Sunday of Holy Fathers
No. 468

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

James 2:18

But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."

Recent Services
December 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
December 31
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 1
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Akathist to Jesus Christ read in home parishioner.
January 2
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 3
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 4
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
5:30 Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy
7:30 PM, This evening, Blessing and burning of Badjnak with Vigil to follow.

Monday, January 7
Christmas Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, January 8
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Wednesday, January 9
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Thursday, January 10
5:30 AM and 4:00 PM.

Friday, January 11
5:30 AM and 4:00 PM.

Saturday, January 12
5:30 AM and 4:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 7 - Feast of Nativity of Christ, Divine Liturgy, 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

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

Parish Life

Word came this week that Father Nazarius (Father Nikodim Pribojan) fell asleep in the Lord. May God give comfort to his family and friends. Father Nazarius served this parish in 1976.

Thank you to all donating for flowers for the church. Thank you to all participating in the gift project.

Christmas greetings were received recently from Dustin Menhart. Dustin is serving in the United States military as is his brother Rich. Both men always take time from their duties to remember the St. George Church. May God keep Rich and Dustin safe and well.

The Christmas Divine Liturgy will be rebroadcast on Christmas night at 6:30 PM on the Uniontown station, WMBS, 590 AM dial.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN's Nativity message on the parish radio program today or during the week on the website.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations this feast day.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

From St. Athanasius

It was His part and His alone, Whose ordering of the universe reveals the Father, to renew the same teaching. But how as He to do it? By the same means as before, perhaps you will say, that is, through the works of creation. But this was prove insufficient. Men had neglected to consider the heavens before, and now they were looking in the opposite direction. Wherefore, in all naturalness and fitness, desiring to do good to men, as Man He comes, taking to Himself a body like the rest; and through His actions done in that body, as it were on their own level, He teaches those who would not learn by other means to know Himself, the Word of God, and through Him the Father.

(On the Incarnation. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1953, pp. 42-43. )

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lives changed by the birth of Christ.
Lives improved by the birth of Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 30 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
January 1 - Visited parishioner at home.
January 4 - Went to Diocesan Center.
January 5 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
January 5 - Visited Orthodox Christian in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Tithoes used to say, 'Pilgrimage means that a man should control his own tongue.


Sunday of the Holy Fathers 2008

Sunday before the Nativity

Matthews 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abija begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jeshoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

The Feast of the Nativity is at hand. Orthodox Christians are asked to consider the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Gospel provides specific names.

The Church provides a definitive structure for the celebration of the Feast. The Church prepares believers for the celebration. A period of extended fasting precedes the Feast of the Nativity.

Services of the Forefeast provide an introduction for the celebration of Christ's birth. Time cannot contain the celebration of Christ's birth. Centuries pass. The love of Christ prevails and inspires.

The world is different because of Christ. Individuals desiring to be different turn to Christ. Love for Christ is always sound. Christ's love for all is beyond measure.

The genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ requires believers to think back over the passage of time. The world was prepared in various ways for the birth of Christ.

Each person benefits by preparing for the celebration of Christ's birth. The celebration is rooted in and exists because the Divine took on human flesh. The present Gospel states Jesus will save His people from their sins.

The birth of Christ is cause for great joy. Hope rises when the Feast of the Nativity arrives. Darkness is overshadowed by light. The Divine taking on human flesh changes everything.

The mind must work to consider the birth of Christ. The full body of the person is needed to concentrate on Christ's birth. The celebration of Christ's birth is initiated by the Church.

The Church provides instruction. Believers are enriched by the celebration. The night is pushed back to make way for the new day. Time is viewed differently as Christ's birth is celebrated.

Children have an important part in parish celebrations. Adults are drawn closer together. Several services celebrated over a period of days are necessary to give the Feast the necessary attention.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion are important in the preparation for the Feast of the Nativity. The hearts of believers unite with Christ in Holy Confession and Communion.

Sins are forgiven. A new beginning is made with each Confession and each partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

When Christian communities celebrate Christ's birth, the collective action transforms large numbers of people. Believers are energized by the celebration of Christ's birth.

The Holy Apostles come to mind when thoughts turn to Christ's birth. The Holy Prophets come to mind when thoughts turn to Christ's birth. Mary the Mother of God has a permanent place in any consideration of Christ's birth.

Hearts and minds have ample facts to consider about the birth of Christ. Hearts and minds have much to weigh. The celebration of Christ's birth connects the present with centuries past.

Thoughts turn to centuries past. The current church services were formed by believers in a different time. The richness of current services nourish attentive believers.

Christ's birth bridges the passage of time. Each year the celebration of Christ's birth is very current. Choirs sing "God is with us!" God being with us pales the value of all else. Time must be made for God.

Structured time focuses the minds and hearts of believers. Believers experience greater benefit when heeding the teachings of the Church.

The present Feast of the Nativity of Christ has imminent value. Believers do well to set aside all cumbersome thoughts and activities.

Jesus once told Martha: "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Lk. 10:41-42).

Do not let worldly activities prevent time from being devoted to God. Do not let world activities cause downfall and sin. Prepare for Christ's birth with soundness of mind and soundness of faith.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 24, 2007 / January 6, 2008
Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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