St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 646 - May 23 / June 5, 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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 646
May 23 / June 5, 2011
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of 1st Ecumenical Council

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

2 Peter 1:5-8

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Services
May 27
Two people came for Vespers.
May 28
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Fourteen people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. where the Third and Sixth Hours were chanted and Divine Liturgy was served. One communicant.Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic sang the responses and addressed the faithful.
One person came to St. George Church for Great Vespers with Litya.
May 29
Matins and Frist Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic served and gave the sermon. Thirty-one people attended. Three communicants.
May 30
Vespers was read
May 31
Matins and First Hour was read. Akathist to St. Panteleimon was read.
June 1
Matins was read.
Ninth Hour and V espers were read. Two people came.
June 2
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours were followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven people attended. One communicant.
June 3
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Jesus Christ at 2:00 PM at the Cross in the Cemetery.

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Tuesday evening
6:30 PM Akathist to St. John the Baptist. Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

9:00 AM Akathist for Departed, Pomen for All Departed from St. George Church. Blessing of Graves.

Akathists and prayers for special needs scheduled during the week as requested.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 5 - St. George Church Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

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

Warmest welcome to visitors to the parish today.

Thank you to all attending and helping wit h the Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

Thank you to Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, Protinica Mira, Savo and Marta for coming this past weekend to St. George Church. Protopresbyter Djokan now serves as Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York City and is President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of North America.

Names of departed military veterans connected with St. George Church were read in the Litany for the Departed in the Divine Liturgy last Sunday. Fifty-one veterans are known to be buried in the St. George Cemetery. At least five veterans are buried elsewhere.

Thank you to parishioners attending the ceremony at Fredericktown Legion when Lt. Colonel Richard Menhart pinned the rank insignia on the newly promoted Major Dustin Menhart.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of the newly departed +Sara Matovich.

Congratulations to new high school graduates Savo Majstorovic, Nellie Stoychev and Crystal Griffith.

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.

Plan to attend Adult Class on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM after the Akathist. Learn about the Holy Gospel from Blessed Theophlact and St. John Chrysostom.

Seminary graduate Mark Zivkovich visited the parish last Saturday.

A Thought from St. Athanasius the Great

But for the searching and right understanding of the Scriptures there is a need of a good life and a pure soul, and for Christian virtue to guide the mind to g rasp, so far as human nature can, the truth concerning God the Word. One cannot possibly understand the teaching of the saints unless one has a pure mind and is trying to imitate their life.

( On the Incarnation St. Vladimir Seminary, Crestwood, New York, p. 96. )

To Consider

The Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 26 - Went to Morgantown, West Virginig. Visited patient at Mon General Hospital. Also went for printing purposes.
May 27 - Visited parish family in Uniontown.
May 28 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 29 - Went to Fredericktown Legion for ceremony honoring promotion of Major Dustin Menhart with Lt. Col. Richard Menhart participating.
June 1 - Went to Southwest Regional Hospital in Waynesburg to visit patient.
June 1 - Went to funeral home in Fredericktown for viewing for +Sara Matovich.
June 2 - Funeral service and burial for +Sara Matovich.

Psalm 121/122:1

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

We gather on this Sunday commemorating the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. The Holy Fathers in the Ecumenical Councils gathered together for the work of God’s Holy Church. The Holy Fathers had a lasting effect. Standards have been set and a process is in place, Basic truths have been put forth. Direction has been established.

Christ and His Holy Church are at the center of the present Gospel. Christ took on human flesh, dwelt on earth, was crucified, buried and rose from the grave. Christ’s ascension and His expected return come to mind. The descent of the Holy Spirit identified with the forthcoming Feast of Pentecost has a place in believers’ thoughts today.

Each day is important in the lives of believers. The only day certain is the present day, the present moment. No one knows the amount of time remaining until the return of Christ. No one knows what future moments of time hold. Each moment of time is to be cherished as a gift from God. Each moment of time is worthy of an expression of appreciation to God.

The Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council had the best interests of the Church at heart. Each current member of the Church is expected to have the best interests of the Church at heart.

Serious self-examination is necessary to ensure personal motives coincide with the teachings and standards of the Church. Serious self-examination is necessary to root out personal sin through repentance and drawing closer to God.

The current Gospel focuses on the completion of Christ’s work. The current Gospel gives a perspective on the relationship of the Lord Jesus Christ with God the Father and with those entrusted to Christ during His earthly presence.

Centuries have past since the words of Jesus were uttered that form the present Gospel. Believers today find nourishment in these words. Believers today find unity with Christ in the reading and listening to these words. The words of the Holy Gospel are different from all other words. The words of the Holy Gospel take their weight, their credibility, and their value from God.

Love for Christ is demonstrated in the willingness to repent. Love for Christ is demonstrated in living in ways pleasing to Christ. Love for Christ is demonstrated in relationships with family members, friends, co-workers and even perceived adversaries.

Love for Christ dominates the hearts of serious believers. When impediments to the love for Christ arise, the impediments must be expelled with certainty. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “If your right hand causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast if from you: for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” (Mt. 5:30)

Love for Christ is paramount and love for neighbor is paramount. The whole Christian life is about realizing this love. Christ shows the way. He showed the way when He ascended the Cross. He showed the way in the current Gospel in expressing His interest in His followers being unified. (Jn. 17:11)

Earthly life is time limited. To experience eternal life, knowing Christ is required. Receiving His Precious Body and Blood brings unity with Christ. Open hearts welcome Christ. Pure and clean hearts provide an atmosphere welcoming Christ.

Christ speaks in this Gospel about experiencing His joy. This joy is an unequalled joy. This joy is an immeasurable and insurmountable joy. Individuals finding joy in Christ cherish the experience and seek with fervor to do all that is required to sustain the joy.

At this time when the celebration of Pascha has concluded and the celebration of Ascension is taking place,, it is time to think seriously and carefully about our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus asked His disciples at one point: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mk. 8:27-29). We answer the question of who Christ is by the way we live our daily lives.

We show our love for Christ by the way we go about our lives each day. We show our love for Christ in our relationships with family, friends and others we meet in daily life. If Christ is paramount in our lives, Christ will shine forth in our relationships with others. In the Great Vespers for today we learn what the Holy Fathers believed. In Great Vespers of The Pentecostarian we read the Council in Nicea proclaimed: “Thou, O Lord, art truly the Son of God, one with the Father and Spirit in rank.” 1

1 The Pentecostarion. Holy Transfiguration Monasery, Boston, Masssachusetts, 1990, p. 348.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 23 / June 5, 2011
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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