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
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944
Nationality is a given of human life in this world; it is in itself neither a good
or bad thing. As the history of the Orthodox Church has repeatedly shown, nationality
can be sanctified and Christianized and made a worthy servant of the Kingdom of God.
Extreme nationalism, on the other hand, is a rival of Christ’s claim to be the ultimate
Lord and Master of our lives and as such is demonic. Orthodox people must not allow
themselves to be seduced by the siren song of secular nationalism, but must be faithful
enough to Christ to make sure they, and their national identities, serve Him above all else.
August 8 / August 21, 2011
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Path of Orthodoxy
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Moses and Elijah, Peter, James and John on Mt. Tabor with the Transfigured Christ.
The impact of the Transfiguration on the world.
The lives changed by Christ’s Transfiguration.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 3 – Attended Webinar at Mon Valley Hospital on Rural Health Ethics.
August 12 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
August 13 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying,
“Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls
into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they did not
cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long
shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus
rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you
have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’
and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not
go out except by prayer and fasting.” Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus
said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they
will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.
Prayer and fasting enable a believer to draw closer to God and to concentrate on
the personal relationship with God. Prayer is direct communication with God.
Prayer enables a believer to bring the deepest innermost self before God and pour
out concerns and sins.
Prayer is the vehicle for preparing for Holy Confession. Prayer is the foundation
and beginning point for all good work. Fasting heightens personal awareness of God
and renders focus and discipline to the prayerful effort. Fasting is a relinquishing
of certain thoughts, foods and activities for the benefit of the soul. Serious care
of the soul is necessary throughout life.
The present Gospel states Jesus cast the demon from the troubled child and brought
peace to the child’s life. Jesus brings peace to individuals and families welcoming
His presence and turning to Him with prayer and fasting.
Jesus established the lasting lesson of prayer and fasting in the present Gospel
reading. The Church proclaims the current Gospel reading each year for the benefit
of individuals caring to take it to heart. Repetition is valuable. Hearing the present
Gospel each year, the believers may increase their appreciation for the value of prayer
Purity of faith determines the quality and benefits of prayer and fasting.
Benefits increase proportionately to the degree of effort and seriousness applied to
prayer and fasting.
Prayer and fasting are not only for the clergy or clergy families. Every person
can benefit from prayer and fasting. Sooner or later every family has a member in need
of serious prayers due to major health concerns or a personal crisis in marital or
family matters. Prayer and fasting are a way to bring problems before God in search
of desired resolution. Evagarios the solitary said: “Prayer is the remedy for gloom
and despondency.” 1
Prayer and fasting are constructive steps toward the resolution of serious issues.
Prayer and fasting summon the help of God and enable the believer to put problems into
perspective. Problems are best dealt with in manageable size.
Listening to God is a true form of prayer. Silence is necessary if true listening
is to occur. The heart, mind and soul need to be attentive to God. The stomach cannot
be full causing lethargy and inattentiveness. One priest is known to have said:
“You cannot pray on a full stomach.”
Individuals determine the personal goals for themselves. As members of the Body of
Christ, all believers have the established goal of the Kingdom of God.
All efforts of life need to be directed to the Kingdom of God.
The father and the son in the current Gospel certainly had reason to appreciate the
healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every believer has reason to appreciate the
healing power of God. When a person is at a loss for words and direction in life,
turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and placing the self humbly before Him, direction
can be sought and found.
The words of the Holy Gospel give direction for all willing to listen and follow Christ.
The words of the Holy Gospel nourish the soul of the hungry believer. The words of the Holy
Gospel are sufficient to bring peace in times of personal distress.
The Gospel is best heard in Church. The Gospel is best understood in the context of
the Church. The meaning of the Gospel is best understood when a person attends church
with regularity and attentiveness.
The current Gospel is proclaimed wit the authority of the Church and in accord with
the practices of the Church. Order and reason exist in the Church giving structure to
the year and services of the Church.
Believers have reason to place confidence in the order and structure of the Church
services. The Gospel is read at a constant place in the Divine Liturgy and common points
are established proper for the preaching on the Holy Gospel.
Life in the Church requires order on a personal basis and in the larger universal
dimension. Prayer and fasting are part of the order expected and anticipated on the
personal and universal basis. The Lord Jesus Christ extols the benefits of prayer and
fasting in the present Gospel. Jesus’ words are sufficient in authority for believers
to actively welcome the practices of prayer and fasting.
1 The Philokalia Vol. I
Translated by G.E.H. Palmer, Philiip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware and others.
Faber and Faber, London and Boston., 1979. p. 58.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 8 / August 21, 2011
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Emilanus the Confessor.
Ven. Zosim of Tuman
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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