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
We want to mention our parents and loved ones that have fallen asleep in the Lord.
They have left us a Treasure of Faith. May their Memories be Eternal! To our children,
may they always strive for knowledge about our Holy Orthodox Church and that it will
always remain in their heart. To our St. George Serbian Orthodox Community and friends,
our Kumstvo is another Treasurer passed on to us from you. We will always love you and
we will always need you.
October 10 / October 23, 2011
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Thirtieth Anniversary booklet, October 28, 1984
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
- The responsibilities of being a Christian.
- The joys of being a Christian.
- The daily challenges of being a Christian.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 15 - Attended Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir concert in Pittsburgh.
October 17 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
October 19 - Went to French Creek, W.Va. Blessed one house.
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant,
and praise is beautiful.
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love
those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even
sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back,
what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your
enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great,
and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come.
Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over
all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is
eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You
before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of
the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they
have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them
the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that
I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not
pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine
are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world,
but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those
whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world,
I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost
except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You,
and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
We have to ask ourselves what is necessary to improve life in the world in which we live?
We improve the world in which we live when we repent of sins and cling to God and the ways of
God. We control only ourselves and controlling the self is a sufficient challenge for anyone.
God gives us life. God gives us breath. God makes the organs of our body to function.
God is deserving of continuous appreciation and thanksgiving. The current Gospel of St. Luke
makes it very clear that God’s kindness is far reaching. The Gospel of St. Luke states:
“For He is kind to the unthankful and the evil.”
We have time-limited earthly lives. We have the time of life only once. It behooves
each person to make the best use of each moment of earthly life. If we have not seriously
and continuously repented, the time to do so is now and continuously. If we have not
seriously united ourselves with God and invested in the Kingdom of God, the time to do
so is now and each remaining day of earthly life. We do not know when the Lord Jesus Christ
will return and judge the living and the dead. We do know that each day is a day closer
to His return and the Final Judgment. We do not know when our final moment of life will be.
We do know that each moment of time is a movement toward the end of our earthly life as
we know it.
While there is time, while we have faculty of mind, let us turn to Christ with fullness
of strength and love and repent continuously. While there is time let us continuously express
our appreciation to the Lord God for unending blessings received. The Lord Jesus Christ
spoke about eternal life. His words are preserved in the Gospel of St. John.
Each believer at Holy Baptism sets out on a journey toward eternal life. Faithfulness to
Christ from the Baptismal fount to departure from the life is the expectation.
When sins take us from Christ and departure from the path to the Kingdom of God does
occur, repentance is in order. Repentance is not be postponed. Procrastination has no place
in matters of the soul. Care of the soul is of paramount importance. Repentance, Holy
Confession and Holy Communion make unity with Christ possible. Unity with Christ brings
strength to fight sin and temptations. Unity with Christ brings joy that surpasses all joy.
In the Akathist to Our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray: “Jesus, Shelter of Joy, cover me,
the unworthy!” 1 Taking time to contemplate about God, to worship God and draw
near to God always has a part in the Christian life. With each passing day of life,
the importance increases of drawing near to God and living in ways pleasing to God.
The Gospel of St. John prescribed for reading today came as Jesus’ earthly life was
drawing to a close. Jesus would face Crucifixion and Death on the Cross. Jesus’ Death
on the Cross was not the end. Jesus’ Death on the Cross was the beginning of a totally
new understanding and era of living. Jesus rose from the Tomb. Jesus defeated death.
The joy of the Resurrection continues to this day. The joy of the Resurrection rises
to the forefront in the most needed of places and the most needed of hearts.
The celebration of Pascha at Dachau on May 6, 1945 is one of those memorable
recorded occasions. 2
Every person with a heavy heart for whatever reason can turn to Christ and experience
the joy of the Resurrection. Every person seeking direction, wisdom orunderstanding of
life benefits from turning to Christ. Every person has worth in Christ.
1 Book of Akathists
Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York, 1994. p. 37
2 AGAIN Magazine
Vol 26 No 1, Spring 2004 (Posted on Internet site)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 10 / October 23, 2011
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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