St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 658 - August 15 / August 28, 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. 658
August 15 / August 28, 2011
Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

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

Galatians 3:22

But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Recent Services
August 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
August 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
August 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Theotokos, Akathist to the Mother of God, “She Who Healeth” and “Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 24
Matins and First Hour were read
August 26
Canon for Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First Hour, Third and Sixth Hour bollowed by Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo.

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Classs at 7:00 PM

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, St. George Kolo Slava Dinner and program. Please stay after Divine Liturgy today.
September 3 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 13 - Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 18 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
September 19 - Miracle of Holy Archangel Michael
September 27 - The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their Mother Sophia.

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

Happy Slava to St. George Kolo. The Kolo members set a strong example of commitment to the St. George Church throughout the year.

Thank you to all attending and helping with the Kolo celebration.

One person came for Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this week on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Justin Tyler Samms departed this life in a tragic accident.

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 the Diocese Chapel Slava on Setptember 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

Celebrate your Slava each year.

Bring a friend or relative to church the next time you come.

Pray at a regular time and place each day.

Pray throughout the day.

Read your Bible regularly.

Listen to the parish radio broadcast on the Uniontown station each week or on the parish website.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov

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

To Consider

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.

Psalm 136/137:1

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 18:23-35

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 his trespasses.”

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 believers.

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. (Jn. 2:1-11)

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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