St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 660 - August 29 / September 11, 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. 660
August 29 / September 11, 2011
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Beheading of St. John

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

I Corinthians 13:2

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Recent Services
September 2
Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
September 3
Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
September 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people attended Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
September 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
September 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came when the Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
September 7
Matins and First Hour were read,
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
September 8
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

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

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

Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God

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

Remember today those victims of the 9/11/01 attack. Remember those who worked to make the world better that such an attack does not reoccur. Remember those who helped in the healing process.

Pray to God today and everyday for the peace of the whole world.

Let each person do his or her part each day to live as better Christians.

Come to Adult Class on Tuesday and learn more about the Gospel. Three people came to class last Tuesday. Others follow the class lessons via email.

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.

Prepare regularly for Holy Confession and Communion.

If you are not a Kolo member, please join and offer to help.

Listen to the parish radio broadcast on the Uniontown station or the internet.

View videos of the parish on You Tube.

Come to church during the weekdays.

Honor your Slava each year

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Before Christ’s advent man was conscious that he is God’s creation, but no one could show him the way, to teach him how he will work, to build up his divine image according to the Holy Gospel. The aim of the Savior’s advent is to rebuild in man a building to God, that man may once again become that which he was when he was created. The Savior did this by His sacrifice on the Cross, saving us objectively, and it is up to us to work on our own personal salvation. He did not merely make sacrifice and then leave us, He also gave us all the divine means by the Holy Spirit through which we will be perfected.

( Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 60. )

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

To Consider

Ways to individually advance peace in the world.
The value of daily prayers for peace.
Living in ways more pleasing to Christ each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 2/3 - Attended Diocesan Chapel Slava celebration in Mars, Pa.
September 3 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
September 7 - Attended webinar at Mon General Hospital, Morgantown on the theme: “Moral Hazards of Advance Care Planning.”

Psalm 138/139:1

O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me.

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 21:33-42

Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance. So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, ‘He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits of their seasons.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Mark 6:14-30

Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, ”John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.” Others said, “It is Elijah.” And other said, “It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets. ” But when Herod heard, He said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead.” For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not; for Herod feared John, know that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did man things, and heard him gladly. Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee. And when Herodias’ daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” He also swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” So she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist!” Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, ”I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took away the corpse and laid it in a tomb. Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.

The minds of millions of people are drawn to remembering the horrific attack upon America ten years ago. The shocking attack shook the populace. Death and destruction reigned in these modern times at an unthinkable level. Thousands of lives were lost. Thousands were injured. Millions and millions of lives were changed forever.

The attack took place on the day when the Beheading of St. John the Baptist was commemorated. Evil and violence led to the death of the innocent St. John the Baptist centuries and centuries ago. Evil and violence led to death of thousands of innocent people in America on September 11, 2001.

The response to the attack in 2001 turned many minds to God for prayer and consolation. Healing was needed then. Healing continues to be needed. Relationships at all levels need to be civil, respectful and full of love. The Holy Apostle Paul was prone to violence until his life was changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul made the profound statement: ”Love never fails.” (I Cor. 13:9)

Individuals can begin to change society one person at a time by changing the self. Self-control is difficult but with Christ it is possible. The Holy Apostle Paul became a changed man. He went from being a persecutor of Christians to become a leading apostle.

Millions and millions of lives have been influenced by the change in the single life of the Holy Apostle Paul. St John the Baptist was not deserving of a violent death. The innocent men, women and children killed and injured ten years ago on September 11, 2001 did not deserve to be the victims of violence.

Ten years later the violence that occurred stirs deep seated remembrances and the search for answers. Answers to death and life are found in the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The totally innocent Jesus Christ was crucified.

Jesus’ friends and Mother looked on and witnessed His suffering just as many witnessed the suffering and death of innocents ten years ago. The world was very dark that Great and Holy Friday when Jesus died, just as the atmosphere was very dark in America as the smoke rose from the sites of attack ten years ago.

Christ rose from the grave and demonstrated His power over death. He showed He was greater than death. He showed that in Him was life. For those who follow Him, there is life-everlasting. We choose today and every day whether we will yield to the forces of evil or whether we will seek the good.

The Holy Apostle Paul relinquished his old self to follow Christ. St. John the Baptist was beheaded but lives on in the Kingdom of God. Those who died in the attack ten years ago live on in the hearts and minds of millions. We honor their memory of the victims of September 11, 2001 and heal the hurt by following the proven path of Christ as did St. John the Baptist and the Holy Apostle Paul.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 29 / September 11, 2011
Thirteen Sunday after Pentecost.
Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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