St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 492 - June 9 / June 22, 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
June 9 / June 22, 2008
Sunday of All Saints
No. 492

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

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

Recent Services
June 15
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy followed by Kneeling Prayers of Vespers. Three communicants.
June 16
One person came for Midnight Office.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Thirty people were present for the Vespers and Slava celebration at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
June 17
One person came for Midnight Office.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
June 18
One person came for Midnight Office.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Akathist to the Mother of God, Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow, and Akathist to the Mother of God, Healer of Cancer.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 19
One person came for Midnight Office.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 20
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
June 21
Midnight Office was read.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
5:30 AM - Midnight Office.
6:30 AM Matins and First Hour - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM - Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Monday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Saturday
10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 22 - Sunday of All Saints
June 23 - Apostles Fast begins.
June 28 - Vidovdan
June 29 - Parish Vidovdan Program following Divine Liturgy.

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija


Parish Life

Thank you to parishioners coming to the Slava in Fairmont.

Plan to stay for the Vidovdan program next Sunday after Divine Liturgy.

Honor the Apostles Fast which begins Monday and continues until July 12.

Shadeland applications are available.

Take time to read your Bible and pray each day.

If you do not have an Orthodox prayer book to use at home, please obtain one.

If you have not been to Holy Confession or Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

If you do not celebrate your Slava, please begin this year.

Make an effort to observe the fast days of the Church.

You help the parish when you are a faithful Orthodox Christian each day.

Monetary donations are being accepted immediately and will continue to be accepted to help the needy in Kosovo. When donating, please designate the contribution for Diocesan Relief Fund. The situation is urgent and of great importance.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

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

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

A Thought from Father Justin Popovich

Delve into the Lives of the Saints; from all of them wells forth the grace-filled, life-creating, and saving power of the Most Holy Theotokos, Who leads them from podvig to podvig, from virtue to virtue, from victory over sin to victory over death, from victory over death to victory over the devil, and leads them up into spiritual joy, beyond which there is no sadness nor sighing nor sorrow, but rather everything is only "joy and peace in the Holy Spirit" (Rom 14:17), joy and peace from the victory obtained over sins, over all passions, over all death, over all evil spirits.

(Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ Translated by Asterios Gerostergios, et al, Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1994, pp. 44-45. )

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

To Consider

The lives of the saints.
The writings of the saints.
The prayers of the saints.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 17 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
June 20 - Went to funeral home in Fairmont, W.Va. to pay respects to family of James Ribel. Went to Holy Trinity Chapel in Fairmont.
June 21 - Visited parishioner.

Wisdom of Sirach
(9:15-16)

Let your conversation be with men of understanding, and let all your discussion be about the law of the Most High. Let righteous men be your dinner companions, and let your glorifying be in the fear of the Lord.


Sunday of All Saints

Mt. 10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

The present Gospel defines criteria for following Christ. Christ is to be the first love. Christ is to be the defining perspective. Christ is to be the primary interest. Christ provides for eternal life.

Baptism is all encompassing. Chrismation entails the complete being. Confession and Communion affect the whole person. The Holy Mysteries of the Church radically change the lives of serious believers.

The life in Christ is a total life. The life in Christ is the most complete life. From the life in Christ, the believer finds purpose and definition of being. Completeness is experienced in Christ.

The cross is essential in the life in Christ. The life in Christ involves the dying of the sinful self and the putting on of Christ. Renewal comes in Christ. Giving up sinful ways requires constant resolve and effort.

Giving up sinful ways involves faith, hope and trust in Christ. Giving up sinful ways involves recognition of personal weakness and acknowledgement of dependency on God.

A person realizing personal sinfulness and desiring to end sinful way can turn to the Lord Jesus Christ with confidence. The joy of being in Christ must weigh more in a person's heart than the path of sin which leads to death.

The soul requires constant care. Eternal life can be lost with a fatal fall from the ways of Christ. Jesus told His disciples: "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." (Mt. 10:16)

Nourishment comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. The soul is nourished by the Holy Scriptures. The soul is nourished by the Divine services of the Church. The soul is nourished by the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The hunger of the soul is only thoroughly satisfied in Christ. Christ is the authentic nourishment for the soul. When individuals seek to nourish the soul from other than Christ, the insufficiency is realized.

The way of Christ is serious journey expected to last from Baptism to departure from this life. The way of Christ is a path of joy realized each moment the believer remains united with Christ.

The joy of the Resurrection is not stifled by external circumstances. The love of Christ is not hindered by external threats to serious believers.

When Christ is dominant in the believer's life, faith in Christ is sufficient for each moment of life. Regardless of life's circumstances, the faithful believer will find sufficient strength in Christ.

It is only when the believer strays from Christ or doubts, does peril set in. When circumstances seem overwhelming, the person who remains firm in faith will find comfort in the Lord's words to the Holy Apostle Paul: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9)

Faith in Christ comes through experience with Christ. A person learns of the value of faith by trusting in Christ. When a person trusts Christ and realizes the trust is very well placed, increased trust and increased faith take place.

Christ needs to become a part of the daily life of the believer. The ways of Christ need to become a daily part of the life. When faith in Christ is part of every action of the believer, life is better.

When death occurs, bleakness can set in. The Resurrection of Christ offers hope even in times of death. When depression sets in, the Resurrection of Christ is the light to follow out of the darkness.

When circumstances of life seem bleak, the light of Christ promises something better. Jesus said: "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (Jn. 8:12)

We are blessed to be in the Church of Christ, to have available the teachings of Christ, to be able to receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

We are blessed to have access to the lives of the saints. We are blessed by the lives of the saints and are nourished by their teachings and examples.

The Holy Orthodox Church goes back to the time of the Holy Apostles. Through canonical laying-on of hands, Apostolic Succession, the Church continues to the present from the time of the Holy Apostles.

Wise believers seek out the Church and remain firm in the Church throughout life. Wise individuals seek constant unity with Christ through prayer, fasting and nourishment from the Holy Scriptures.

Wise individuals repent and confess sins throughout the year and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ to remain united with Christ. The joy of Christ exceeds all other joy and is constant proof of the value of faith in Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 9 / June 22, 2008
Sunday of All Saints

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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