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
At Baptism, actually, when someone becomes a catechumen (declares his desire to
receive Baptism), the priest asks him, or his kum: Do you renounce Satan? - three times.
Having received a positive answer, he poses another question: Do you unite yourself to
Christ? - again, three times. Only when he answers that he unites himself to Christ does
the person to be baptized confess the symbol of faith and then he bows down before Christ
as King and God. To bow down means he totally submits himself to Christ, that he belongs
to Christ, for only he who is Christ's and is in Christ has eternal life.
September 5 / September 18, 2011
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
From a recent sermon at St. Sava Church, St. Pettersburg, Florida
The parents of St. John the Baptist.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The people blessed to personally know St. John the Baptist.
Individuals celebrating feasts of St. John the Baptist as their Slava.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
September 10-Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 14-Attended meeting in Waynesburg regarding transportation needs of
individuals with mental health problems.
September 14-Attended audio seminar at Mon Generral Hospital on palliative care
decisions. Morgantown, W.Va.
September 15-Visited parishioner in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
Psalm 140 141-8
But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord; In You I take refuge.
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of
heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out
his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not
willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, “Tell those who are
invited, ‘See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed,
and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.’” But they made light of it and
went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest
seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king
heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers,
and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready, but
those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many
as you find, invite to the wedding.” So those servants went out into the highways
and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall
was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man
there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, “Friend, how did
you come in here without a wedding garment?” And he was speechless. Then the king
said to the servants, “ Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into
outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but
few are chosen.
Love for the Lord Jesus Christ is paramount in the relationship with Him.
Love for Christ will be revealed in the way a person lives and relates with others.
When love of Christ is paramount in relationships the bond increases. Joy is experienced.
Individuals sense the difference. Individuals sense the meaning of the common greetings:
”Christ is amongst us!”
Love is combined with forgiveness and gentleness. Love is united with peace and respect.
Love is epitomized with Christ on the Cross and His subsequent Resurrection. Love involves
sacrificing for the other.
Wedding feasts are scheduled with the understanding that the bride and groom are entering
a new relationship in the Church motivated by love for each other and love for Christ.
Love is not static. Individuals are intended to grow in relationships with others and
The current Gospel refers to individuals choosing not to celebrate the wedding with joy.
The king wanted a festal occasion for his son’s wedding. Significant effort was put forth
to invite the guests and to make them feel welcome.
Joy is found in the relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals experiencing
joy in Christ radiate the joy in their lives and share it with others by their speech.
Individuals confessing Christ with their lives and with their speech are positive forces
in the communities where they live. Confessors of Christ counterbalance activities rooted in
evil. Confessors of Christ demonstrate life can be lived in ways that enhance the community
and enhance relationships.
The heart and the minds are always battlegrounds. Prayer is necessary to combat thoughts
and tendencies that would lead to sin. The Holy Gospel provides nourishment to strengthen
believers in their desire for faithfulness to Christ.
The king was persistent and resolute in his efforts. He succeeded in having the wedding
hall filled. Motivations of individuals in attendance at gatherings influence the atmosphere.
When a person is alive in Christ, the person has a direct influence on the individuals present.
When a person is negative about life or is rooted in evil ways, the impact on others becomes
known very readily. Turning to Christ and being united with Christ in prayer is the way to
always draw strength and ward off evil. Christ is ever present to receive prayers and to
answer them. Christ is every present to provide strength. Nourishment is readily available
for individuals seeking to feed the hunger of the soul. When Christ is not the source of
nourishment of the soul, the difference will be quickly perceived.
The Kingdom of God and the salvation of the soul are of primary interest to serious
believers. Many struggles, perhaps for many years, are needed to avoid the perils of sin
and the pitfalls of diverting from the faithful path of Christ.
Joy in the Lord Jesus Christ comes with faithfulness to Christ and the way of Christ.
Clinging to Christ with the fullness of personal strength and dedication enables a believer
to face trials and tribulations. Individuals holding firm to Christ when faith is tested
are not disappointed.
Hunger in the soul causes a person to search for nourishment. Individuals coming to
church find the nourishment readily available. Individuals seeking nourishment for the soul
in locations where Christ is not wanted will not have the hunger satisfied. Many places
make offers of help to individuals with personal problems, anxiety and emotional difficulties.
God’s Holy Church helps individuals to put problems in perspective. God’s Holy Church is the
starting point for dealing with any problems and for developing any personal interests.
With God as the foundation and goal of any undertaking, the individual is on a safe course
God offers a banquet at each Divine Liturgy. Serious individuals accept God’s invitation
to draw near and be nourished. The soul finds peace and contentment when resting in God.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest.”
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 5 / September 18, 2011
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Zaccariah and Righteous Elizabeth.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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