St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 572 - December 21, 2009 / January 3, 2010


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 21, 2009 / January 3, 2010
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 572

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

Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Services Recently
December 24
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 25
Midnight Office, Matins and Ninth Hour were read.
December 27
Thirty-four people attended Divine Liturgy. Four communicants. Very Reverend Lt. Colonel (ret) Adam Yonitch served.

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. Parastos.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday. Wednesday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday January 6
Eve of Nativity of Christ - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
Blessing of Badjak at 7:30 PM followed by Christmas Vigil.

Thursday January 7
Christmas Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Friday January 8
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church Fairmont, W.Va. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Saturday January 9
Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, January 3 - Father's Day
January 6 - Christmas Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of the Lord 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.
January 18 - Eve of Theophany
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 27 - St. Sava

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

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Attend the Feast of the Nativity Services this week.

The Christmas Divine Liturgy will be broadcast on the Uniontown radio station WMBS 590 AM in the evening of Christmas, Jan. 7.

Prepare your soul for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

Think carefully about the meaning of the Feast of the Nativity.

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.

Bring a friend or neighbor to church on Christmas

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Before Christ's advent man was conscious that he is God's creation, but no one could show him the way, to teach him how he will work, to build up his divine image according to the Holy Gospel. The aim of the Savior's advent is to rebuild in man a building to God, that man may once again become that which he was when he was created. The Savior did this by His sacrifice on the Cross, saving us objectively, and it is up to us to work on our own personal salvation. He did not merely make sacrifice and then leave us, He also gave us all the divine means by the Holy Spirit through which we will be perfected.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 60. )

To Consider

The Lord Jesus Christ Taking on human flesh.
The Lord Jesus Christ entering bodily into time.
The Lord Jesus Christ's Ascension.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 18 - Attended burial service for +Annice Dephillips.
December 24 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 26-January 2 - Went to Shadeland Camp, Springboro for Winter Youth Retreat and Clergy Gathering.

Psalm 90/91:1

He who abides in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.


Sunday of the Holy Fathers
Sunday before the Nativity

Matthew 1:1-25.

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abija begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jeshoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

With the approach of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, believers focus their minds on the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ deigning to take on human flesh challenges the mind.

Believers are required to think carefully of the action of the Holy Spirit in the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers are required to think carefully about the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The just Joseph is prominently mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Believers are called to think carefully about the genealogy read each year before the actual celebration of the feast.

The passage of centuries is defined by specific names historically recorded. The specific names identified in the Gospel give perspective to the centuries. Believers have the opportunity to look back through the Old Testament with care.

The Lord Jesus Christ did not simply appear as an infant without signs pointing to His birth. Events took place in earlier centuries that shaped and prepared the way for the coming of the Lord.

Believers have reason to think carefully about the birth of Jesus. Believers need to consider the Second Coming of Christ and their readiness.

Preparing well for the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity means attention to the soul and nourishing the soul. Opening the heart, home and mind to Christ requires barriers against sin.

Sin will enter the heart, home and mind when believers are lax in Christian discipline. Sin will enter the heart, home and mind when believers give minimal attention to Christ.

Contemporary society is full of traps and dangers many of which are disguised as being good in purpose. Parents must take great care to protect their children from corruption.

Husbands and wives need to be attentive to each other in order to create and maintain stable marriages. Families do well to periodically assess their focus and goals to ensure they are compatible with the ways of Christ.

The genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ links the birth of Christ with centuries past. The genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ provides a basis for historical research.

Understanding the birth of Christ is a continuous process that will take place until His glorious Second Coming. Continued efforts to better understand the birth of Christ shapes the lives of believers.

The Lord Jesus Christ changes the lives of believers seriously interested in Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ nourishes the hearts, minds and souls of believers truly interested in nourishment that is thoroughly satisfying.

Too often too little attention is given to the hearts, minds and souls of believers. Being with believers seriously interested in Christ changes a person's life and brings joy to the heart.

Celebrating the birth of Christ is a joyful endeavor. Hearts full of joy affect others. Joyful believers radiate their love of Christ. Individuals experiencing contact with joyful believers react.

Serious Christians affect the lives of individuals they meet in daily life. The genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ communicates forcefulness. Serious believers are attentive to the genealogy of Christ and change.

Christians are expected to grow and be better with the passage of time. Each Gospel reading paves the way for Christian improvement. Today is the day for the improvement to begin.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 21, 2009 / January 3, 2010
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Virgin-martyr Juliana.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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