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
Your joys have been my joys and yours sorrows my sorrows. My door and heart are
open to you. That none may be lost, I seek out those who lack the opportunity or the
will to receive the Medicine of Immortality. If I am able to continue to do so,
I both need and request your holy prayers---for we are members of one another.
October 17 / October 30, 2011
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
From the Fortieth Anniversary Booklet, October 30, 1994.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The importance of St. Sava School of Theology.
The contributions of St. Sava School of Theology.
The need for the continued support of St. Sava School of Theology.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 18 - Visited parishioner at home.
October 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
October 22 - Attended Memorial Service for +Twylia Chambers.
October 22 - Went to French Creek, W.Va.to home of parishioner.
October 23 - Went to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Canton, Ohio
for celebration of Fortieth Anniversary of Ordination
for Protopresbyter Stavrofor Dragan Filipovic.
October 27 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His
disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city.
behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow.
And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion
on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those
who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." So he who was
dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all,
and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us; and "God has
visited His people."
The parish church is the best place for individuals to learn about the Lord Jesus Christ.
The parish church provides individuals the opportunity to come to worship and learn from the
time of infancy until departure from this life.
The parish church provides a point of constancy. Individuals become familiar with each
other in the mutual sharing of love and worship of God. Receiving the Precious Body and
Blood of Christ provides the ultimate unity of the community.
The proclamation of the Gospel in the parish church strengthens and enriches believers.
The Gospel is informative, instructional and unifying. Believers become inspired and
personally reflective when hearing the Holy Gospel.
The current Gospel describes the death of the only son of the widow of Nain.
The death of a son awakens the deepest feelings of the mother. The death of a son
is felt most keenly by the mother. The mother is totally affected.
Today’s Gospel begins with the sadness of the son’s death and concludes with the joy
of the son being alive once again. The Lord Jesus Christ was the difference between the
son being dead and the son being alive.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the difference in the lives of believers. Individuals
baptized into Christ have “put on Christ.” Individuals baptized into Christ have
renounced Satan and all of his works and all of his powers.
The commitment to Christ as King and as God is proclaimed at Holy Baptism.
Newly baptized Christians are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Baptism
and Chrismation affect the whole person.
The person once baptized and Chrismated has a change of identity that becomes
a point of reference throughout life. Life before and after Baptism and Chrismation
is dramatically different.
Parish communities rejoice at times of baptism as the community increases in size
with each baptism. New life in Christ is always a time for rejoicing. Repentance and
renewal in Christ are also times for parish communities to rejoice.
The return of prodigal sons and daughters are moments worthy of celebration.
Every person is important in a parish. Every person is important in Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated the importance of the son of the widow of Nain.
The son of the widow was important to his mother. The son of the widow of Nain
has been important to each generation. Countless individuals have come to Christ
because this young man’s life was restored.
Every year men, women and children hear the current Gospel message in their
parish churches. Mothers and fathers with sons and daughters lost to sin increase
in hope when hearing this Gospel.
Christ can make a difference in the lives of sons and daughters. Christ can make
a difference in family members and friends. Most importantly, Christ can make a
difference in each person turning to Him in repentance and faith.
Prayer makes a difference. Repentance and seeking the mercy of Christ makes a
fundamental difference. Faithfulness to Christ leads to the Kingdom. The journey
can be long and difficult. Believers must be prepared for trials and temptations.
The joys of the life in Christ far exceed the difficulties. Even the difficulties
encountered can be sources of joy when they are experience in giving glory to God.
We learn from the saints and martyrs rejoicing in times of tribulation.
Parish churches are strengthened as believers increase in faith and commitment to
the parish church. Parish churches become stronger as parishioners invest more in the
life of Christ.
Parishioners faithful to Christ are transformed by Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul
is an example of Christ making a dramatic change in an individual life. The Holy
Apostle Paul went from being a persecutor of Christ to become a leading apostle.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: ”I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer
I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
The son of the widow of Nain was no longer dead. He had his life restored by Christ.
Each of us to the extent we are dead in sin can have our lives restored to health and
wholeness in Christ.
Repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion lift believers from the depths of sin
to the heights of Christ. Let us heed the words the Book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah and
“go up to the mountain of the Lord”.
Rather engaging in sin that entombs us, let us seek the life in Christ that frees
us and provides vibrancy and joy.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 17 / October 30, 2011
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Hosea. Holy Monk-martyr Andrew of Crete.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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