Resurrection! This wonderful word can be fulfilled in you and me if we believe in Christ.
When we stretch out our hand to our neighbor; when we are able to love instead of hate;
when we are able to forgive instead of take vengeance. That’s a form of Resurrection.
St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church Pascha Bulletin 2011, Aliquippa, Pa.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Dormition of the Mother of God.
The Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
The constant prayers to the Mother of God
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 20 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
August 24-25 - Went to Chicago, Illinois to attend meeting regarding Standing Committees.
August 26 - Shadeland Committee meeting scheduled at Shadeland.
August 27 - KSS Federation Slava scheduled at Shadeland.
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts
with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him
who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded
that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I
will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him,
and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a hundred denari; and he laid his hands on him and took him by the throat,
saying, “Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him,
saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and
threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what
had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been
done. Then his maser, after he called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave
you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on you
fellow servant just as I had pity on you? And his master was angry, and delivered him
to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father
also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother
The Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos
Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28
Now it happened as they went to that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman
named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also
sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving,
and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to
serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her,
”Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed,
and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
And it happened as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised
her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts that
nursed You.” And He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God
and keep it!”
Today we gather to celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
Preparation for the feast has included a period of prayer and fasting. Throughout
the period of preparation, believers were expected to increase their thinking about
the Mother of God.
The Mother of God was chosen from among all women of all centuries to give birth
to the Lord Jesus Christ when He deigned to take on human flesh. The Lord Jesus Christ’s
divinity was in no way compromised when He took on human flesh.
The Mother of God shares a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ that singular
in history. She is a model of purity and virginity to be carefully considered by all
In these times when sin seems very prevalent, the relationship of the Mary and the
Lord Jesus Christ is a model and an inspiration. Believers seeking to repent of sin and
to repudiate sin in their lives do well to draw close to Christ seeking the same unity
experienced by Mary and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Through drawing closer to Christ and welcoming Christ into our midst, believers
are strengthened and cleansed. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ received at
Holy Communion renews the believer and brings Christ alive in the believer.
Holy Confession is an understood part of the Dormtion Fast for believers seeking
to be united with Christ. The Mother of God is a formidable and incomparable intercessor
before the Lord Jesus Christ.
We know from the Gospel of St. John when we read of the wedding at Cana that the
Mother of God can make a difference that leads to miracles.
Today is a day of great joy. Believers are mindful of the full life of the Mother
of God from her early birth until her departure from this earth. She lived an earthly
life that enabled her be present at the earthly birth of the Lord Jesus Christ and at
His earthly death.
Miracles continue to get attributed to the Mother of God. Believers continue to
pray to her daily with great anticipation and firmness of belief.
It is fitting that many parish organizations are dedicated to the Mother of God.
It is fitting that many parents names their daughters after the Mother of God.
Churches and monasteries throughout the world are named in honor of the Mother of God.
Weeping icons of the Mother of God are constantly identified with miracles
in the lives of believers drawing near in firmness of faith and anticipation.
The Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God constantly refers to the theme:
“Rejoice O Joyful One, Who in Thy Dormtion hast not forsaken us.” 1
The Mother of God continually remains available to believers seeking her
intercession before the Lord Jesus Christ.
Icons of the Mother of God inspire believers as they draw forth to venerate them.
Hearts and minds turned to the Mother of God summon purity to the soul.
Daily life is full of struggles and temptations. The life of the Mother
of God is lasting proof that purity is possible with Christ.
Hearts and minds are better when Christ fills them. The soul is better when the
believer repents with due seriousness and devotion to Christ. Holy Confession and
Communion keep the believer united with Christ. The Divine services of the Church
strengthen believers and always have reference to the Mother of God.
Hope is necessary in difficult times of life. The Mother of God saw her Son hang
upon the Cross. His Resurrection removed the darkness of the Crucifixion and brought
the firmness of His light to shine the way to the Kingdom.
1 Book of Akathists
Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York, 1994.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 15 / August 28, 2011
Dormition of the Mother of God.
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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