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
The family celebrates the SLAVA, as do many cities, civil and military institutions.
This is a fact in observance of the day when the first ancestors became baptized in the
Orthodox faith. They took the Saint of the day as their family patron. Male members of
the family will carry same patron Saint as they establish their own families.
November 21 / December 4, 2011
Entry of Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple
1986 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 unity with Christ experienced when partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
*The transformation taking place when partaking of Holy Communion.
*The joy and confession of Christ in the partaking of Holy Communion.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 25 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg,
November 26 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
November 29 - Went to Waynesburg University to hear Father Thomas Hopko speak.
November 30 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg.
December 2 - Attended Administrative Board meeting in Mars, Pa.
December 3 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
The Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28
Now it happened as they went to that He entered a certain village; and a certain
woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary,
who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with
much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my
sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus
answered and said to her,”Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about
many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part,
which will not be taken away from her.” And it happened as He spoke these things,
that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed
is the womb that bore You, and the breasts that nursed You.” And He said,
“More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Today is the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple. This feast
brings to mind parental responsibility and the bringing of children to church.
Parents actually set an important example by accompanying their sons and daughters to church.
Coming to church is a free and voluntary choice. Making the decision to come to
church regularly and consistently without exception demonstrates a clear commitment
to the value of the church in personal life.
Coming to church and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood with regularity and
consistency reveals understanding of and interest in being consistently united with
the Lord Jesus Christ.
Individuals have many different ways to spend their time, Choices made in the use
of time reveals personal values and interests. In the current Gospel Martha was concerned
with many things. Mary was concerned with paying attention to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus told Martha that Mary was concerned with the one thing needed.
On Sunday mornings, on the weekdays when Great Feasts occur, during Holy Week
and other times of the year when the Church intensifies worship, individuals
determine whether to be a part of the liturgical life of the Church. Mary,
the Theotokos was brought to the temple as a young child. She grew to become
the birthgiver of the greatest Son ever born.
Parents have great influence on their sons and daughters. Sons and daughters
learn from their parents. Parents are always teaching their sons and daughters.
If the lessons taught by parents in the way they live are good, the sons and
Parents do well to think about the parents of Mary taking her to the temple.
Parents do well to make a practice of being in church with their sons and daughters
all of their lives.
It is very joyful to see multiple generations of families in church together
on a regular basis. Seeing multiple generations of the same family together in
church on regular basis is not a common sight but it is a good and joyful sight.
The Mother of God is known for her purity. She is known for her unique and
unequalled relationships with the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person has the opportunity
to be united with Christ. Each person has the opportunity to be transformed and
renewed in Christ.
Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to be united with Christ. Each Divine
Liturgy is an opportunity to be transformed and renewed in Christ. Seeking the
Kingdom of God is a choice to be made by each individual. The Lord Jesus Christ
is ever present for each person. He does not force Himself on each person.
He loves each person. He shares Himself with each person willing to be united with Him.
The dedicated life of the Mother of God is a most worthy example for believers
to consider and attempt to emulate. Living in purity and unity with Christ is the
worthiest of goals. Choosing goals other than living in Christ and pursing other
than the Kingdom of God do not provide the healthiest and greatest fulfillment of life.
The joy that comes in Christ is unequalled joy. The peace that comes in Christ
is incomparable peace. The love manifested by Christ is immeasurable love.
The forgiveness found in Christ has no equal.
Individuals can busy themselves with many things in life. Many things in life that
seem entertaining have frivolous value. In the current Gospel, Martha’s sister Mary
stayed focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.
During this time of the Nativity Fast, it is important we learn the timeless
lesson of the current Gospel and focus on the Lord Jesus Christ with unwavering
attention throughout our lives.
If we pray to the Most Holy Mother of God with sincerity, if we study her life
and incorporate elements of her life into ours, we will draw closer to Christ.
While we have life, we have the opportunity to be united with Christ, to live in Christ,
to be renewed and transformed by Christ.
Now is the time to review our personal values and goals. Now is the time to review
our personal practices of faith. Now is the time to assess our interest and commitment
to the life in Christ.
Mary the Theotokos was completely and unequivocally dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ.
She was completely united with Christ. The joy that comes with unity in Christ exceeds
human comprehension and summons those seeking the most advanced state of human life.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 21 / December 4, 2011
Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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