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
Here we should mention that fasting in the Orthodox Church has two aspects:
physical and spiritual. The first one implies abstinence from rich food, such as
dairy products, eggs and all kinds of meat. Spiritual fasting consists in
abstinence from evil thought, desires, and deeds. The main purpose of fasting
is to gain mastery over oneself from dependence on the things of this world in
order to concentrate on the things of the Kingdom of God. It is to give power
to the soul so that it would not yield to temptation and sin.
November 14 / November 27, 2011
Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
1988 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church
in the United States of America and Canada.)
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The importance of the Nativity Fast
The value to each person of the Nativity Fast
Experiencing the love of God during the Nativity Fast
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 19 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg.
November 21 - Attended pomen for +Priscilla Torbic
November 22 - Attended funeral of +Priscilla Torbic
For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
And there came a man named Jairus, and he was ruler of the synagogue. And he fell
down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter
about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged
Him. Now a woman, having an flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her
livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched
the border of His garment. And immediately, her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said,
"Who touched Me?' When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the
multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" But Jesus said,
"Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman
saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she
declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him
and she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer;
your faith has made you well. Go in peace." While He was still speaking, someone
came from the Ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead.
Do not trouble the Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying,
"Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." When He came into the
house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father
and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep;
she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl,
arise." Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that
she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them
to tell no one what had happened.
The Cross and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ are central in the Christian life.
In the current Gospel, the woman with the issue of blood suffered for twelve years with
Twelve years of suffering did not destroy the woman’s hope. Twelve years of suffering
did not drive the woman to give up on life. The woman with the issue of blood searched
relentlessly for a cure. She found the healing in Jesus Christ.
Many people suffer from different afflictions. Many people suffer from emotional
problems and stress. Turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in firmness of faith makes a
difference in each life.
The Holy Divine Liturgy makes a difference in the lives of individuals drawing
near in faith. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ heal suffering hearts, minds
and souls. The Precious Body and Blood transform the faithful.
The woman with the issue of blood was healed immediately when she touched Jesus.
Individuals repenting of their sins and reaching out in faith to Christ begin the
healing process immediately.
Sinfulness is a disease of the soul. Christ is the certain healer. Sinfulness
results in death. Christ provides life for believers choosing to repent. The Lord
Jesus Christ said: “Repent and believe in the gospel.”
The Nativity Fast provides structure for intensified interest in the Lord Jesus
Christ. The Nativity Fast summons believers to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and
to contemplate the meaning of Jesus taking on human flesh.
Believers know that Christ entered the earthly world as a new born babe.
Believers know that Christ suffered death on the Cross and rose from the grave
in defeat of death. The Risen Christ provides enduring hope for believers in
Jairus’ young daughter died even as Jairus was turning to Christ for help.
Jairus’ appeal to Christ was not in vain. Jesus was able to reverse the tragic
circumstance for Jairus. Jesus can heal broken hearts and broken lives.
The road from the baptismal fount to departure from this life can include
many difficult and trying circumstances. Hope and faith in God are tested as a
person goes through life. Jesus said: “He who endures to the end will be saved.”
Jairus and his daughter experienced the end of life together as they knew it.
Jesus gave them new life in a wonderful way that would exceed their imagination.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”
(II Cor. 5:17)
The present Gospel is a source of joy. Joy is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Joy can be found in suffering. Joy can be found in death. Christ transforms
experiences for the faithful. Christ provides hope for the faithful.
The woman with the issue of blood was not disappointed when she turned to Christ.
The woman was healed and would live in a new and different way. Jairus was not
disappointed when he turned to Christ in faith. Jairus and his daughter would
have a new appreciation and understanding of life. Jairus and his daughter would
have reason to be forever grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Turning to Christ and remaining firm in faith is possible for each person.
Coming to church regularly and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ
keeps the believer united with Christ.
Now is the time to repent of sins. Now is the time to be renewed in Christ.
The Nativity Fast summons believers to focus on their relationship with Christ.
The Nativity Fast summons believers to contemplate seriously about Christ.
Christ is the joy of life. Christ is the fulfillment of life. Christ is the
way of life. Choosing Christ and the way of Christ is a free and voluntary decision.
No one is coerced to live in Christ. Jairus chose to turn to Christ. The woman
with the issue of blood reached out to touch Christ. Christ is ever-present.
Each moment we decide whether to rest our hearts in Christ.
During this Nativity Fast let us be firmly united with Christ.
Let us be grateful for all that Christ does and has done for us.
Let us live in ways that show appreciation for Christ with firm
conviction that He is our life.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 14 / November 27, 2011
Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Apostle Philip.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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