St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 519 - December 15 / December 28, 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 15 / December 28, 2008
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 519

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

James 1:2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Recent Services
December 20
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 21
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Sixth Hour was read before Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
Jade Pirt was received into the Serbian Orthodox Church.
December 22
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
December 23
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 24
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 25
Midnigth Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
December 26
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 27
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Divine Liturgy We are pleased and honored to have Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York City and President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood in North and South America here to serve today.

Friday
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers

Saturday
5:30 Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
10:00 Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.
4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 30 - Holy Martyrs Deacon Avakum and Hegumen Paisius
December 31 - Holy Martyr Sebastian,
January 4 - Fathers Day, Parish Annual Meeting.
January 6 - Nativity Eve, Burning of Badnjak-Vigil
January 6 - Nativity Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - Third Day of Christmas, St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon.
January 13 - Leave-taking of Nativity.

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during the Nativity Fast.

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.

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

Tell your relatives and friends to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS or on the Internet.

The Christmas day Divine Liturgy will be rebroadcast on WMBS on Christmas evening.

Read your Bible each day.

Warmest welcome to Prota Djokan, Protinica Mirjana, Savo and Marta Majstorovic.

Congratulations to Jade Pirt together with family and kumovi.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on December 25/January 7.

Father Zoran, Popadija Vesna, David and Sara Radovic visited the parish this week.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

What is the obligation of our body related to our members? It is to serve the body of Christ---the Church, since they are His members. Just as harmony exists in our body and each organ fulfills its function, likewise, our body should fulfill the role, which is given to it in the Church. The entire life in the Church is Trinitarian: from the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. This is how our life should develop.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 63. )

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

To Consider

The honor of becoming an Orthodox Christian.
The responsibility of becoming an Orthodox Christian.
The joy of becoming an Orthodox Christian.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 20 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
December 22, 2008 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton, Pa. and returned.
December 23 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania.
December 24 - Served funeral service for +Peter Momcilovich at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
37-27

My son, test your soul while you live; see what is bad for it and do not give that. For not everything is good for every one, and not every person enjoys everything.


The Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Luke 14:16-24

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 the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master 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.'"

The great banquet of the Lord Jesus Christ is held each time the Divine Liturgy is celebrated. Believers have the opportunity to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The invitation to come to the great banquet of Christ is accepted only by a limited number of believers. Other interests keep individuals from partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Other interests keep many individuals away from the Divine Liturgy. The faithful attending the Divine Liturgy and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ experience unity and are renewed in Christ.

Daily life offers many responsibilities, distractions and temptations. Discipline is necessary to remain focused on Christ. Discipline is necessary to keep returning to Christ in acts of repentance and to nourish the soul.

Hunger for Christ is satisfied through the nourishment of the Gospel and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The hunger of the soul is satisfied through the Gospel and Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The Divine services of the Church give order and structure to life. The Divine services of the Church enable the believer to develop a view of life pleasing to God.

Accepting the opportunities to attend the Divine services whenever they are held confirms a person's belief in God and gives expression to that belief. Faith in God requires action. Attending the Divine services is an act of faith.

Other interests and responsibilities are put in the proper perspective when Christ is held first and foremost and when Christ's invitations are accepted.

The Lord Jesus Christ said to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33). The Kingdom of God is found in His Holy Church. The Kingdom of God is experienced in the Holy Mysteries of the Church.

God's love is experienced in the Holy Gospel. God's love is best shared by love of neighbor. God wisdom is experienced in adherence to His commandments. Prayer brings a person into communion with God.

When the Lord God's invitations are accepted, the eyes and ears of the believer are attuned to the ways of God in daily life.

The mind functions better when the believer is nourished by the Lord God.. The heart and soul are more at peace when the believer is nourished by the Lord God.

The believer consistently seeking nourishment from the Lord God experiences the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

The invitation from God to draw near is continuous. The invitation from God is never withdrawn. A person may attempt to withdraw from God by declining each invitation to draw near.

Believers do well during this time of the Nativity Fast by performing a careful self-examination. Each believer benefits from measuring his or her life against the teachings and invitations of God.

Each believer benefits from examining his or her responses to God's continuous invitation to draw near. Believers who continue to improve in saying "yes" to God will take on characteristics of a God-pleasing life.

A person cannot experience peace and joy without living in ways pleasing to God. A person cannot have a mind at peace, a heart at peace, a soul untarnished unless the person lives in ways pleasing to God.

Accepting God's continuous invitation to the great banquet of Christ is the most profound decision a person can make. Rejecting sin and sinful ways while embracing the life in Christ is the expected way for believers.

The way of the Cross is the way of the great banquet. The way of the Cross is the way of salvation of the soul. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ are inseparable from the Cross.

The experience of the great banquet is inseparable from the Cross of Christ and the Resurrection of Christ. Christian renewal comes in the Cross and Resurrection.

Believers meet and experience the Crucified and Resurrected Christ in the great banquet. Believers receive many invitations throughout life. Discernment is necessary as to which invitations are from God and which are not.

The invitations we accept have eternal consequences. Wise individuals make every effort to be accepting of the invitations of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 15 / December 28, 2008
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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