St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 469 - December 31, 2007 / January 13, 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 31, 2007 / January 13, 2008
Leave-taking of Nativity
No. 469

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

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Recent Services
January 6
Middnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Twelve communicants.
Approximately seventy people came for Blessing and Burning of the Badnjak. Approximately sixty five people were present for the Christmas Vigil service.
January 7
Feast of Nativity, Forty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.
January 8
One person came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 9
Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Pomen for Rose Miscovich at funeral home in Masontown
January 10
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Pomen for Rose Miscovich at funeral home.
Funeral service for Rose Miscovich and burial at St. George Church.
January 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings
5:30 AM Today, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Afternoons
4:00 PM Monday, Friday, Saturday. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Monday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM

Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 13 - Leavetaking of Nativity, Today Annual Meeting following Divine Liturgy.
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 St. John the Baptist, Blessing of Monongahela River
January 27 - St. Sava Day, St. Sava Program

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Rose and +Michael Miscovich, mother and son having departed this life this past week. May God comfort the family.

Congratulations to Andrea Janson on taking first place for the second consecutive year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in riding competition.

Please stay for the Annual Assembly today immediately after this Divine Liturgy.

Thank you to everyone coming to church for the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN's Nativity message on the parish 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.

Remember the men and women serving in the military.

A warm welcome to visitors coming to the St. George Church.

From St. Athanasius

If then, it is by the sign of the cross and by faith in Christ that death is trampled underfoot, it is clear that it is Christ Himself and none other Who is the Archvictor over death and has robbed it of its power. Death used to be strong and terrible, but now, since the advent of the Saviour and the death and resurrection of His body, it is despised; and obviously it is by the very Christ Who mounted on the cross that it has been destroyed and vanquished finally. When the sun rises after the night and the whole world is lit up by it, nobody doubts that it is the sun which has thus shed its light everywhere and drive away the dark

(On the Incarnation. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1953, pp. 59. )

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

To Consider

Jesus taking on human flesh.
A new world due to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Changed hearts due to the birth of Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 6 - Visited parishioners
January 8 - Visited parishioners.
January 9 - Went to Diocesan Center and Monastery Marcha
January 9 - Pomen at funeral home.
January 10 - Funeral.
January 11 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 12 - Worked on financial report with financial officers.
January 13 - Visited parishioners.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Sisoes) also said, 'When there is someone who takes care of you, you are not to give him orders.'


Sunday after Nativity

Matthew 2:13-23

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, 'Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him ."When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son." Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet saying: 'A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of he Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, "Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child's life are dead." Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene."

Today the Holy Orthodox Church brings the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ to a conclusion. The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ reshaped the world. The world has never been the same and will not be.

The birth of Christ changed the way people live and believe. The birth of Christ brought new hope and new life. The birth of Christ provided for the remission of sins. The birth of Christ pointed towards the Kingdom of God.

Joy entered the world. Joy remains in the world. The joy of Christ cannot be conquered. The joy of Christ cannot be eradicated. The joy of Christ can be present even in moments of great adversity.

Faith in Christ gives peace in the midst of adversity. Faith in Christ enables believers to see the larger picture and the important goals. Faith in Christ looks to eternal life and not compromise with the ways of the world.

The present Gospel message speaks about the killing of innocent children. Everyday, the news brings more details about crimes against children. Everyday, the news brings details about children suffering at the hands of cruel adults.

People of faith must ask what can be done to stem the tide of declining morals? People of faith must ask what can be done for a more just and loving society to prevail?

Orthodox believers are taught to fast, to pray, to repent and to confess. Orthodox believers are taught to immerse themselves in reading the Holy Scriptures and in reading and learning from the Holy Fathers and Mothers of the Church.

The lives of the saints provide examples for individuals to follow. To live in Christ requires a conscious effort. To live in Christ requires appreciation for all that Christ has done and continues to do for us.

To live in Christ requires Christian witness in daily life. To live in Christ requires continuous prayer. Focusing on Christ is necessary for believers throughout the day and night.

Temptations arise. Distractions arise. Laziness and dullness of mind and wandering of thoughts can lead a person away from Christ and toward destruction.

The annual celebration of Christ's nativity is strong reminder. Firmness of faith and firmness of mind are necessary to avoid destruction and to follow Christ at all costs.

The present Gospel is a reminder of the force of evil in society and the extensive harm that can come to innocent people. Christians need to be the barrier between good and evil. Christians need to stem the tide of evil in society.

Strong Christians make a difference in the home, in the workplace and in the community. Strong Christians can make a difference not by forcing others to do things against their will.

Christians strong in faith can show by example the way of Christ is the best way. Christians strong in faith can show by example the presence of peace and love in the midst of adversity.

When Christians experience the true joy of Christ, this joy can have a positive effect on others. True believers in Christ impact others around them. One need only be in the presence of a holy person and the sense of Christ is keenly felt.

Believers must be willing to give up the ways of the world. Believers must be willing to give up all that is contrary to Christ in order to find the joy and peace that passes all understanding. (Phil. 4:7).

The newborn Christ Child can have a permanent place in the heart of believers. Believers are capable of constant recall of the joy of the Feast of the Nativity. This joy can last throughout life for those who nourish their faith through the Holy Mysteries of the Church.

Jesus said: "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." (Jn. f15:4)

The birth of Christ is time for great joy. Let this joy be in each heart, each home, each workplace and community. Be a keeper of Christ's joy. Be a sharer in and of Christ's joy.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 31, 2007 / January 13, 2008
Sunday after Nativity.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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