St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 624 - December 20, 2010 / January 2, 2011

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 20, 2010 / January 2, 2011
The Sunday before the Feast of the Nativity
No. 624

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

Galatians 3:11

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident; for, The just shall live by faith.

Recent Services
December 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
December 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
December 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
December 27
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

January 6
7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak followed by Vigil
8:00 AM Nativity Eve Divine Liturgy

January 7
10:00 AM Feast of the Nativity Divine Liturgy.

January 8
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

January 9
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Daniel III of Serbia, Father's Day
January 5 - St. Nahum of Ohrid
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 - St. Stephen, Protomartyr and Archdeacon
January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year.
January 18 - Feast of Holy Cross
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John, Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava, First Serbian Archbishop

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

The Christmas Divine Liturgy will be broadcast on Christmas at 5:30 PM on Uniontown radio station WMBS, 590 on the AM dial.

Bring a friend to church on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Tom Hunter has enabled the church to reach many people by the internet and local radio.

Mildred Mickey Bezjak joined with Don Alston, Tom Hunter and Stan Brozik in the repair and cleaning of the chandelier in the choir loft. The chandelier is as new.

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.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Thank you to Very Reverend Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch for performing the funeral for +Marcella Standish. Sympathy extended to the family, kumovi and friends.

Sympathy extended to the Michael, Georgeann and Patricia Maletta, their mother +Eleanor having departed this life this past week.

Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic visited the parish this past week.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

Sometimes we feel like we are far apart from everyone, even from God. We feel as if no one can help us. This delusion comes from the enemy, for his only desire is our demise. We are never far from God, not because we are near to Him, for we often (when we sin) turn our backs to him, rather because He, God who loves us and is full of mercy, is always near to us, for He so loves us that He gave His only-begotten Son so that we may live. The Son of God is the Word of God, and the Lord can heal us not only by touch, but also by Word, for His Word is His Power, Love and Salvation. The healing power of the Word of God heals us not only of physical ailments, but also from sin and, most importantly, from death

( A recent sermon at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, Florida )

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

To Consider

The coming Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
Our spiritual preparation for the Feast.
The immeasurable joy of the feast.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 23-Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 23-Went to Waynesburg for viewing of +Juanita Thompson.
December 27-January 1. Went to St. Sava Camp, Shadeland for Winter Retreat and Clergy Gathering. Stopped at Diocesan and Holy Trinity Cathedral on return trip.

Psalm 93/94:22

But the Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers

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 Abijah 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 knew her not until she brought forth her firstborn Son; and he called His name JESUS.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent. The peace of God identified with the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ can be felt at this time. Serious believers approach the feast with the greatest of anticipation. The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ changed the world and ushered in a new period that will last until the glorious Second Coming of the Lord.

The birth of Christ demonstrated His humility in taking on human flesh while at the same time remaining divine. The birth of Christ in humble basic conditions was further evidence of His humility. Jesus was not born in elegant surroundings. Jesus was not born at a time when modern conveniences known today existed. Jesus' parents did not have motorized forms of transportation. Jesus' was not warmed by heat from a nuclear power plant.

The current Gospel lists names identified with the ancestry of Joseph. The genealogy spans centuries. Believers need to think carefully about the names mentioned and the actions of God in their individual and collective lives. God is always at work in our lives. God is always present in our lives. The Feast of the Nativity presents each believer with the opportunity to be renewed in Christ.

The ideal way to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity is to prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion. The ideal way to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Christ is to experience the Divine Liturgy of the Feast and receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

When the newborn Christ resides in our hearts, our minds and our souls we are united with Christ and are renewed in Christ. The barriers existing between a person and Christ are barriers created by the person. Christ enters the hearts, the minds and the souls of individuals welcoming Him.

Individuals distancing themselves from Christ and over-emphasizing material and social aspects often confused with the Feast of the Nativity deny themselves full benefit of the life in Christ. Christ taking on human flesh is a miraculous occurrence. The change in lives and in the world due to the birth of Christ is beyond measurement.

The joy experienced due to the birth of Christ is immeasurable. The love of Christ cannot be exhausted. Individuals of every century benefit from the love of Christ. Individuals of every race, nationality and religion benefit from the love of Christ. Everyone is welcome to draw near to Christ.

Christ understands all languages. Christ understands the yearnings of every heart and mind. Welcoming the love and peace of Christ into the heart, the mind and the soul changes everything. Families become new when Christ is at the center. Homes become radically better when Christ is the Head of the house.

Each day leading to the Feast of the Nativity is laden with meaning. Each day is important in preparation for the feast. Keeping Christ at the center of personal preparation is truly beneficial. Many diversions, temptations and distractions exist to stymie a person's focus on Christ. Prayer, fasting and mental discipline keep the focus on Christ.

Each day is filled with twenty four hours of opportunity to love Christ and prepare to celebrate His birth. Thankfulness to Christ needs to be on our lips, in our hearts and on our minds constantly.

Keeping our hearts and minds guarded against sin has a place throughout the day and night. The joy of the feast is triumphant. God's Holy Church provides the structure and location for the proper celebration of the feast. Families need to be in church as much as possible to experience the fullness of Christ as celebrated by His Holy Church.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 20, 2010 / January 2, 2011
Sunday of the Holy Fathers.
St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Daniel II of Serbia.
Father's Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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