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
On this joyful celebration; indeed, I am pleased to commend your faithfulness,
harmony, love for God, and all Christian virtues you possess. This makes the Holy
Church stronger day by day. So that Your children and generations to come for decades
and centuries in this venerable temple can keep and grow in the Holy Orthodoxy united
to God. May the Heavenly Father bless every endeavor of our Church, and all of You,
my dear Parishioners.
September 12 / September 25, 2011
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Tenth Anniversary of the Consecration of St. George Church, October 25, 1964
The Cross of Christ
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Cross in our daily lives.
The power of the Cross of Christ
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
September 16 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
September 17 - Went to Diocesan Center then to St. George Church in Niagara Falls,
Canada. Returned on September 18, 2011.
September 20 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher,
which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the
Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all
the Law and the Prophets. ”While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him,
“The Son of David.” He said to them, “How does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’
saying: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies
Your footstool.” “If David then calls Him ‘Lord’ how is He his Son?” And no one was
able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
The Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man
who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the
Son of Man be lifted up, ‘that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal
life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the
world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Care of the soul requires serious attention. The way a person, thinks, believes and
acts affects where the person will spend eternity. What a person believes and does reflects
the condition of the soul and influences the soul. In the current reading of the Gospel of
St. Matthew, the Lord Jesus Christ said a person is to love God will all of the heart,
soul and mind.
Jesus’ words are challenging. Loving God completely every day of life is as
challenging as St. Paul’ statement to the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing.
(I Thess. 5:17).
The Lord Jesus Christ and St. Paul set the highest of standards. Maximum effort
and concentration is required.
Contemporary Christians benefit from determining personally the degree they meet the
standards set by the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostle Paul. Christians benefit
from conducting on-going personal self-evaluations. Repentance and Holy Confession always
provide opportunities for new beginnings.
The Christian life is to be taken seriously. The Christian identity is linked
inextricably with Jesus upon the Cross. The Christian identity is inseparable from the
blood of the Holy Martyrs through the centuries. Persecution of Christians continues
in many places to this day. Each believer is to be faithful to Christ under all
circumstances. At Holy Baptism and at Chrismation, the total person is dedicated to God.
A person’s commitment to Christ is revealed in personal relationships. The way a
person acts with family members, friends, co-workers and individuals in the community
will reveal if Christ dominates the heart, the mind and the soul.
The Lord Jesus Christ said::”You will know them by their fruits.”
The mind, the soul and the heart come from God. God deserves constant consideration
regarding the heart, soul and mind. Much competition exists in the world to win over
the hearts and minds of individuals.
Profiteers seek to win over the minds and hearts of potential consumers. Politicians
and individuals with world views that have nothing to do with God seek to capture followers
and bring them into their fold. Many imposters will masquerade as preachers of the Gospel
while having ulterior motives and a primary desire to acquire great material wealth.
Each day believers’ do well to commit to completely loving God and neighbor.
At the end of each day, believers benefit from evaluating their efforts and seeking
forgiveness for any shortcomings.
Love of God strengthens the relationship with God and fosters personal growth.
When a person loves God, the love is shared with family, friends, neighbors and
co-workers. Love for God is shared with strangers. The First Epistle of St. John states:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born
of God and knows God.”
(I Jn. 4:7)
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which
leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
The time of personal life is precious never to return or be lived a second time.
Wise individuals make the best use of each moment of time and love God with all the heart,
soul and mind. Individuals heeding the words of Christ love their neighbors as they love
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 12 / September 25, 2011
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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