St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 521 - December 29, 2008 / January 11, 2009

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 29, 2008 / January 11, 2009
Sunday after the Nativity
No. 521

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

Mir Bozji Hristos se Rodi - Divine Peace Christ is Born!

Romans 11:20

And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Recent Services
January 3
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Four people attended Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.
January 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read immediately before Divine Liturgy.
Forty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
January 5
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
January 6
Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. Three people attended. One communicant.
More than eighty people were present in the evening for the Blessing of Badjnak.
Seventy-five people attended the Vigil.
January 7
Fifty-Five people attend the Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.
January 8
Matins was read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
January 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
Blessing of one Kolach and Koljivo.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours immediately before Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 13 - Leave-taking of Nativity.
January 18 - Eve of Theophany, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the River
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist.
January 25 - Parish Annual Meeting
January 27 - St. Sava
February 1 - St. Sava Dinner and Program

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Thank you to all helping with and coming for the Nativity services.

Dennis Hickman builds a good fire each year for the Badnjak while wife Norma and daughter Christina wraps cut oak stems.

Jack Rose with wife Cynthia brings the Badnjak each year.

Eric Rose left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base on Christmas Eve. Eric is the latest former Altar server from St. George Church to enter the military. He joins former Altar servers Rich and Dustin Menhart in the active military. Mike DePhilips is also among the military men connected with the parish.

The Orthodox Chaplain at the Lackland base is from this area, Father Mark Sahady.

Dr. Robert Vranes, a good friend of our St. George Church, is in San Antonio, Texas at St. Anthony's Orthodox Church. Dr. Vranes is a welcoming presence for Eric.

Plan to attend the Blessing of the River next Sunday after the Divine Liturgy.

Floridians Renea Janson and Tom and Stefanie(Jennifer) Kornick came the furthest distance when attending the Nativity services this week.

Protinica Romana Prodanovich and daughter Vesna Meinert, here each year with Tess and Greg for Christmas Eve are direct connections with the service of Proto Slobodan Prodanovich in this parish.

Thank God for all who braved bad weather to come for Burning of Badnjak and Vigil.

Karen Brozik is here each Christmas Eve to help.

Many children here for Christmas Eve and received Communion on Christmas Day.

Tom Hunter worked hard preparing the Christmas Divine Liturgy for the radio broadcast.

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 St. Athanasius

What then was God to do? What else could He possibly do, being God, but renew His Image in mankind, so that through it men might once more come to know Him? And how could this be done save by the coming of the very Image Himself, our Saviour Jesus Christ? God.

(On the Incarnation. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York. P 41) )

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

To Consider

Jesus taking on human flesh.
The Virgin Birth.
The joy of Christ's birth.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 3 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
January 6 - Visited with parish family.
January 8 - Was at Uniontown Hospital while parishioner had surgery.
January 9 - Visited with parishioners celebrating Slava.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

The works of the Lord are all good, and He will supply every need in its hour.

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."

The Gospel shows that Herod wanted to destroy the Child Jesus. What kind of person would seek to kill a newborn child? What goes on in the minds and hearts of individuals seeking to harm a child?

Herod wanted to kill Jesus. In contemporary society children suffer daily at the hands of adults. Certain individuals in power seek to destroy Christianity.

Centuries have passed since the birth of Christ. Some things remain the same. Rarely if ever does a day pass without some news report of a young child being abused, abducted or molested, even killed.

Herod had all the male children two years of age or younger killed. Today we hear of rampant child pornography. Child pornography kills the mind and spirit, corrupts the lives of young children and alters their growth forever.

Herod's successors live today and are called by different names. The power of Christ is necessary to neutralize and circumvent attacks on young children and to prevent further destruction of young lives.

The practice of abortion is further evidence of attacks upon the young. Christians have a responsibility to protect children born and unborn, and to do all that is possible to ensure their safety.

Christians have a responsibility in the way they live to set examples and witness for Christ in ways that will strengthen society. Christians have a responsibility to denounce and stand against attacks on children.

Jesus provides the strength for believers to raise their own children in ways that are wholesome. Family life centered in Christ is the best defense against the Herods of this world.

Family life centered in Christ is the best way to strengthen a child against deception and deceivers seek to corrupt the minds and hearts of the innocent young.

Family life centered in Christ is the best fortress against the wiles of the devil. Parents need security in the raising of children. Parents need wisdom in the raising of children.

The Gospel provides the lasting lessons for the raising of children. Regular church attendance by the family provides the lasting lessons and best defense for the protection of children.

Fears for the safety of children can be reduced for the mother and father by the parents being immersed in the life in Christ. Family life rooted in the Gospel and centered in Christ is the most strengthened and assuring way of life.

At times Christian families will fall victim to outside attacks. Innocent children will be corrupted or harmed by predators. The Lord Christ provides the best healing power when violent misfortune occurs.

When children are harmed, it is heart wrenching. When children are abused or molested, hearts and minds suffer greatly. Only evil or misdirected individuals would hurt a child.

Christians need to follow a different course of life. Christians need to follow the path of Christ. The lives of the saints and martyrs have cleared the wisest path ways to follow. The path of Christ leads to peace and everlasting life.

Every believer does well to change the course of society by living and working to reduce the current level of violence against children. The message of unacceptability of violence against children must be certain.

The present Gospel shows that Jesus was spared death by Herod. Countless other children lost their lives. We must remember and mourn for the innocent lives lost. We must learn from Christ everyday of our lives.

Reducing violence against children requires a concerted effort among all Christians. Reducing violence against children requires a culture of Christianity that shows a better way of living and an intolerance of harm to children.

Christians cannot be silent or weak in the midst of adversity. Christians must be strong in faith and in presence in standing against those individuals who would harm innocent children.

Adult Christians must provide the voice for children unable to defend themselves against adult predators. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he was drowned in the depth of the sea." (Mt. 18:2)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 29, 2008 / January 11, 2009
14,000 Holy Infants of Bethlehem Executed by Herod.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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