St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 573 - December 28, 2009 / January 10, 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 28, 2009 / January 10, 2010
Sunday after the Nativity
No. 573

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!

Services Recently
January 2
One person came for Great Vespers with Litya.
January 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants.
January 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
January 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
January 6
One person came for Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.
Approximately seventy people came for Blessing and Burning of the Badnjak.
Fifty-one people remained for the Vigil. Father Dimitre Dimitrov came to concelebrate.
January 7
Twenty eight people came for the Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants.
January 8
Two people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia. One communicant.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

4:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

6:00 PM

Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 13 - Leave-taking of Nativity.
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year.
January 17 - Parish Annual Assembly
January 1 - Eve of Theophany
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 23 - Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, Blessing of River in Fairmont.
January 24 - Blessing of the Monongahela River below Masontown Bridge.
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 31 - St. Sava Day Program with Covered Dish Dinner
Feburary 6 - Memorial Saturday
February 7 - Meatfare Sunday
Feburary 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 14 - Forgiveness Sunday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Thank you to Tom Hunter for recording the Christmas Divine Liturgy.

Thank you to Dennis Hickman for preparing the fire on Christmas Eve.

Thank you to Jack Rose for getting the Badnjak each year.

Thank you to Norma Hickman and Tina Sivak for wrapping the Badnjak clippings.

Thank you to Karen Brozik and all helping prepare refreshments.

Thank you to Sonia Janson for always baking the necessary breads.

Thank you to Melva Hunchuck for always being available to help.

Thank you to the St. George Choir for singing always on major feast days.

Thank you to all individuals braving the weather to come to celebrate Christ's birth.

Congratulations to Melissa Miciotto for qualifying for the state Farm Show baking competition.

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.

On Christmas Eve individuals from Florida, Vermont, West Virginia and Ohio were in attendance. Individuals from Serbia and Ukraine were also in attendance.

Eight people from West Virginia were in attendance of Christmas Day. One person from the Washington D.C. area was in attendance.

It was good to see new people coming to celebrate Christ's birth along with our faithful.

If you listened to the Christmas Divine Liturgy on the radio, please let Father Rodney know.

You can hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN's Christmas message on the parish website.

For the St. George Church to grow, faithful church attendance is necessary.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

All present in the church should prepare for the Canon of the Eucharist with prayerful tremor and ardor; to prayerfully await the central part of the eucharistic mystery and central part of the liturgical life with Christ. For that reason the priest, in the prayer after placing the divine gifts on the Holy Table, prays: "Accept also the prayer of us sinners, and bear it to Thy holy altar; and enable us to offer unto Thee gifts and spiritual sacrifices for our sins and for the errors which Thy people have committed through ignorance." Here the priest addresses Christ who "became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him" (Heb. 5:9).

(The Eucharist as Sacrifice Johnstown, Pa.1993, p. 72. )

To Consider

The changed world due to Christ's birth.
The birth of Christ in each heart.
The changed believer born anew in Christ.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
January 4 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
January 8 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy.

Psalm 40:1

I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry.

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 celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ continues. Today believers are conscious of the Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. The Christ Child was born of Mary by the action of the Holy Spirit. (Lk. 1:34-35)

Today believers think of the Lord Jesus Christ coming as an Infant Child while at the same time remaining perfect God. The world changed with the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. The world will never be the same.

Believers are renewed in Christ with the arrival of each Feast of the Nativity. Believers experience peace and love in the celebration of Christ's Birth. Believers savor the celebration of Christ's birth.

Being renewed in Christ each year shapes the believer and directs the believer toward the Kingdom of God. The soul of the believer is greatly affected by the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

Each celebration of the Feast of the Nativity unites the believer with Christ. Renewal in Christ enables the believer to penetrate the facades and temptations of the world. The true value of the life in Christ rises to the fore.

Being serious about Christ requires a vision that is steadied on Christ. The trappings and sins of the world must be seen for what they are. The serious believer is willing to forego that which is perilous and artificial to cling to the authentic.

Each renewal in Christ is a recommitment to way of the narrow gate. (Mt. 7:13). Great peril exists in the ways of the world. Great joy exists for believers clinging to Christ and casting aside the ways of the world.

The Gospel speaks about Herod putting to death children under two years in an act of anger. (Mt. 2:16) Herod lived centuries ago but his acts of death and destruction are clearly remembered.

The suffering of countless numbers of little children continues to the present day. Reports of abortion, physical and sexual abuse of little children continue to make their way into the news.

Christian believers have a responsibility to live by the standards of Christ. Believers have a responsibility to uphold the standards of Christ in community life. Believers have a responsibility to act strongly against abuse of children.

Believers cherishing the life in Christ turn to Christ to satisfy the hunger of the soul. Believers cherishing the life in Christ focus on Christ in the quest for lasting peace.

The lasting journey to the Kingdom of God is experienced each day by believers united with God in prayer. The Gospel and Precious Body and Blood of Christ enable the believer to remain strong and joyful.

The joy of Christ manifested at the Feast of the Nativity reshapes the heart of each believer. When there is room for Christ in the heart, mind and soul of the believer, Christ is manifested in the actions of the believer.

Believers knowing Christ in their lives want to hold on to Christ and draw closer. Experiencing Christ is a continuous unfolding of life and time of growth. Christ enables believers to far exceed personal expectations.

Christ is manifested in the lives of believers. Believers have a responsibility to be faithful to Christ. The task of faithfulness is not always easy. The world makes it easy for a believer to fall away from Christ.

Concentration and determination are necessary for faithfulness to prevail. Recognizing the grace and mercy of God is necessary for faithfulness to occur. Forgiveness is necessary for faithfulness to prevail.

The joy of the Feast of the Nativity affects the whole person. The rejoicing believer views personal experiences in the context of the Feast of the Nativity. Giving continuous thanks to God provides a beneficial way to view the world.

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is a yearly anchor holding the world together and promoting peace. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ draws individuals to God's Holy Church and nourishes them.

Coming to church during the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity believers personally witness Christ at work in their lives. The eyes of believers in attendance celebrating the Feast of the Nativity reflect the joy in their souls.

The birth of Christ has a renewing power that is capable of transcending centuries.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 28, 2009 / January 10, 2010
Sunday after the Feast of the Nativity.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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