St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 505 - September 8 / September 21, 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
September 8 / September 21, 2008
Nativity of the Theotokos
No. 505

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

I John 5:4-5

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Recent Services
September 12
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 13
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Third and Sixth Hour were read before the Divine Liturgy.
September 14
Father Dimitre served Pro-Liturgy. Five people attended.
September 15
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to St. Seraphim of Sarov and St. Simon the Zealot.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 16
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
September 17
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 18
Midnight Office was read.
September 19
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 20
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
5:30 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.

Tuesday
6:30 PM Followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 21 - Feast of Nativity of Theotokos
September 25 - Apodosis of Feast of Nativity of Theotokos
September 27 - Elevation of Precious and Life-giving Cross
October 4 - Apodosis of Feast of Elevation of Precious and Life-giving Cross.
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke St. Peter of Cetinje

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to family of +Steve Karanovich, brother of Mary Trbovich, departed this life this past week.

Dr. Andrei Popa from Bakersfield, California visited his week. Dr. Popa is an award-winning petroleum engineer. He and his wife Kerry, also a petroleum engineer, were married in the St. George Church and they remain in contact during the year.

Two people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday

Come to Adult Class and be an active participant.

A number of people are attentive to the Adult Class via the Internet.

Happy Parish Slava to St. Mary Church in Clairton, Pennsylvania.

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..

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.

Remind your friends and neighbors to listen to the parish radio program.

When the Steelers game begins at 1:00 PM, the radio broadcast at 6:15 PM.

Each parishioner is a missionary for the St. George Church.

Encourage your friends and neighbors to attend St. George Church.

Troparion for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Thy Nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole universe! The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, hath shone from thee, O Mother of God! By annulling the curse, He hath bestowed a blessing. By destroying death, He hath granted us eternal life.

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

To Consider

The Nativity of the Theotokos.
The change in the world due to the birth of the Theotokos.
The present day celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September12 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
Sepember 13 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Attended choir dinner and concert at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
September 14 - Served Divine Liturgy at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa and attended choir dinner.
September 17 - Visited homebound parishioner.
September 18 - Went to Diocesan Center and Monastery Marcha.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
21:21

To a sensible man education is like a golden ornament, and like a bracelet on the right arm.


The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
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 out 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 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.

Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now as they went on their way, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha received Him inter her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled over many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her." As He said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him: "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts that You sucked!" But He said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it."

The Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross
John 3:13-17

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 'that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. This is a joyous day in the Church. The birth of Mary was the beginning of an unimaginable and unduplicated earthly life.

Mary's parents, Joachim and Anna, have a special place in history. They became grandparents like no other grandparents before or since. Their daughter, Mary, receives special attention throughout history.

Mary gave birth to the Lord Jesus Christ. Her own birth was an important step leading to the eventual taking on of flesh by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Centuries and centuries of anticipation came closer to realization when Mary was born. Words of the Holy Prophets speaking of Christ's birth would come to realization when Mary eventually gave birth to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joy of Mary's birth and joy of Jesus' birth is a joy affecting succeeding centuries. Joy associated with acts of God touches welcoming hearts, minds and souls. Individuals taking Christ seriously experience that joy.

The fruit of the Spirit becomes real in the lives of serious believers. The fruit of the Spirit includes "love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Gal. 5:22-23)

To experience Divine joy, we must give our attention to Christ as did Martha's sister Mary who sat at Jesus' feet and listened to Him. We must cherish every word of Christ and engrave them in our hearts, minds and souls.

Jesus came to save the world. Jesus' love demonstrated on the Cross summons our love for Him. Jesus' love on the Cross exceeds any appreciation we can ever express to Him.

The best we can do for Christ is to do our very best in living according to His teachings and His example. The best we can do for Christ is to be continuously grateful, making every effort to live in Christ fully.

We can come to Holy Confession on a regular basis. We can prepare and partake of His Precious Body and Blood regularly. We can attend the Divine services as often as possible and pray every day with sincerity.

We can read the Holy Scriptures and make an effort everyday to forgive others. We can be charitable with our gifts and talents and use them for the glory of God. We can keep in mind all good comes from God.

Saints live with faithfulness to Christ. Each day the Church remembers saints and martyrs living in total love for Christ. Love for Christ increases as a person draws closer to Christ.

Love for Christ increases in the person taking time to listen carefully to Christ as did Martha's sister Mary. Love for Christ increases for the believer taking time to think carefully about the Cross and Resurrection.

Jesus healed more people than will ever be known. Jesus continues to heal hearts, minds and souls every day. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ brings joy to individuals healed and to their families and friends.

Today is the day to experience the love and joy of Christ. Today is the day to rejoice in the birth of the Mother of God. Today is the day to give thanks unto God and always give Him first place in our hearts, minds and souls.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 8 / September 21, 2008
The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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