St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 558 - September 14 / September 27, 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
September 14 / September 27, 2009
Feast of the Elevation of the Cross
No. 558

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

Luke 17:6

So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

Services Recently
September 19
Midnight Office was read. Vespers was read.
September 20
Very Reverend Lt. Colonel Adam Yonitch served the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-six people attended. Four communicants.
September 23
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
September 25
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person was present when a Molieben to Jesus Christ was served.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

Tuesday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, September 27 - Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross. Today is a Church fasting day.
September 27 - Parish Executive Board Meeting
October 10 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia-St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Translation of the Relics of the Greatmartyr George.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani

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

Remember the Serbian People Who Are Suffering and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Eli Zorich departed this life on September 24, 2009.

Thank you to Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson and Milos Krewasky for attending the Slava and Anniversary celebration at St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church in Clairton.

Thank you to Tom Hunter for taping the historical day at St. Mary Church, Clairton, Pa.

Adult Class is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney

Dr. Andrei Popa makes it a point to visit the St.George Church when he is in the area.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Every book of the Holy Bible exhibits fragments or aspects which belong to the whole. The Holy Bible can be compared to a mosaic where every color and chip have their place; identicalness is absent.

(Introduction to the New Testament )

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

To Consider

The power of the Cross of Christ.
The transforming power of the Cross of Christ.
The necessity of considering the Cross of Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 19 - Went to St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church in Clairton for Anniversary and Slava.
September 20 - Travelled to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Lorain, Ohio for the Divine Liturgy. Traveled to Nativity of the Mother of God, Serbian Orthodox Monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana for the Slava celebration.
September 21 - Traveled to New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, Illinois.
September 22 - Visited New Gracanica Monastery and began return trip home.
September 24 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Johnstown for Vespers and Adult Class.

Psalm 26:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; OF whom shall I be afraid?


Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

The Feast of the Elevation of the Cross requires believers to think carefully about the Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ was gruesome. To watch a crucifixion would be revolting to the conscience.

The Lord Jesus Christ's beloved disciple and His mother were among the witnesses to His Crucifixion (Jn. 19:26) The presence of the beloved disciple and Jesus' mother demonstrated their love and support for Him.

When life-defining and death threatening situations occur, the presence of a person's mother and friends can be very important. Love comes to the fore in situations of ultimate stress. Honesty comes to the fore in situations of stress.

The authenticity of Christ is revealed in the extreme circumstances of the Cross. The Gospel of St. Matthew records the observation of the centurion and those with him witnessing the Crucifixion. (Mt. 27:54)

The Gospel of St. Matthew states: "When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, 'Truly, this was the Son of God.'" (Mt. 27:54)

Believers experience Christ in extreme moments of their lives. The faith of believers is tested in extreme situations of life. Serious believers resolute in their faith experience the love and presence of Christ in times of extreme stress.

Christ enables serious believers to handle stress. Christ enables serious believers to face stressful circumstances with confidence. When a believer is firmly rooted in and united with Christ, external threats are minimized and put into perspective. The relationship with Christ is paramount for the serious believer.

The Cross revealed Christ's divinity. The Cross revealed death could not defeat Christ. The Cross led to an Empty Tomb that changed the world forever.

The Feast of the Elevation of the Cross requires believers to think anew about the Crucifixion each year. The Feast of the Elevation of the Cross requires believers to think carefully about the significance of the Cross.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (I Cor. 2:2) Each believer does well to assess whether Jesus Christ is first and foremost in the heart, mind and soul.

Each believer does well to consider if Christ crucified is viewed carefully and seriously. Believers have to contend with sin and temptations to sin on a daily basis. Believers have to contend with and make the best of life on a daily basis.

Strength, nourishment and meaning are experienced in the Lord Jesus Christ. Joy, peace and courage come from the Lord Jesus Christ. Serious believers will focus on Christ and measure all thoughts and actions according to Christ.

The ways of the world may run contrary to the ways and teachings of Christ. The ways of the world may threaten to undermine Christian values and teachings. Believers need to be alert and vigilant. All that appears good in the world is not.

Familiarity with the Holy Scriptures, the lives of the saints and the teachings of the Holy Fathers and Mothers will strengthen a believer in the daily battle against sin. The believer's Christian ways are going to be challenged.

Believers cannot expect to go through life without having their faith tested and their belief in Christ challenged. A believer's faith is refined and strengthened when tested under fire. Christ does not fail those who trust in Him.

When a believer is tested and faithful to Christ, Christ's presence is felt and the believer is empowered by Christ. The world has many uncertainties. The Lord "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8)

The Holy Scriptures preserved and taught in God's Holy Church serve as constant sources of nourishment for the seeking believer. Believers seeking to grow in Christ will make the effort necessary.

Individuals content with a stagnant Christian life deny themselves the far-reaching experiences open to the serious minded. St. Gregory of Nyssa wrote: "As God continues to reveal Himself, man continues to wonder; and he never exhausts his desire to see more, since what he is waiting for is always more magnificent, more divine, than all that he has already seen."

The hunger of the soul needs nourished. The hunger of the soul needs tended. Serious believers seek nourishment from God. Serious believers make an effort to guard against polluting the mind, heart and soul.

Many different kinds of pollution exist in the world. Believers are subjected to the effects of various pollutions throughout life. Firmness in Christ and the way of Christ is necessary to discern the foulness of pollution and to reject it.

Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ leads to ultimate unity with Christ. Repentance and sincere confession leads to ultimate unity with Christ.

The way of the narrow gate is always the soundest path to follow. (Mt. 7:13-14). Other pathways may offer appeal but can lead to destruction. The integrity of the soul is not to be tarnished or compromised.

Serious believers will do all that is possible to protect the purity of the soul. When sin occurs, serious believers seek to re-establish the purity of the soul through repentance, confession and Communion.

The Cross led to immeasurable joy. (Heb. 12:2) The joy of the Resurrection multiplies and resounds through the centuries. The joy of the Resurrection is unending and uncontainable joy.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 14 / September 27, 2009
Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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