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
What we sometimes forget is that when we are making choices for our children,
we usually only get once change to ďget it right.Ē They grow up, go off on their own,
and there is no returning to childhood. The spiritual experiences we plan and provide
for our children are all they have. Yes, the Church plans them, the priest schedules them,
but if we donít participate, if we donít make that effort to include
our children in these spiritual plans, they are lost for our family.
December 5 / December 18, 2011
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Path of Orthodoxy March, 2006
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The continued remembrance of St. Nicholas.
The miracles attributed to St. Nicholas.
The love of St. Nicholas
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
December 10 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
December 12 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg.
December 13 - Pastoral visits.
December 16 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
December 16 - Pomen at funeral home for +Stella Shlosky
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold,
there was a woman who had spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over
and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him
and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And He laid His hands on her,
and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue
answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd,
"There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them,
and not on the Sabbath day." The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! does not
each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away
to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has
bound-think of it-for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?"
And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the
multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is fast approaching.
The arrival of each new day advances the calendar closer to the Feast.
Godís Holy Church prepares believers for the Nativity Feast. Godís Holy Church is
mindful of the necessities of believers and provides for those necessities in Orthodox
worship and preparation.
The Nativity Fast is a dedicated period of time in advance of the Feast to be used
for spiritual preparation. The body, the mind and the soul have a place in the preparation.
Change is expected in the preparation and celebration of each major feast. Each major
feast is reason for believers to grow in Christ and to take characteristics conforming
more to the teachings and life of Christ.
Each major feast is a reason to particularly be united with Christ in the festal
Divine Liturgy. Godís parish churches and monasteries should be filled with believers
on each major feast regardless of the day of the week.
The content of the Divine services leading to the celebration of the Feast of the
Nativity inform, instruct and inspire believers. Believers do well to be attentive to
the content of the services leading to the celebration of a feast and services for the
day of the feast itself.
The celebration of each major feast makes a change in the world. Believers taking a feast seriously are transformed by the celebration. The transformed believers impact the lives of others as they depart the Divine Liturgy alive with the joy of the feast in their hearts, minds and souls.
The Nativity of Christ changed the world forever. His Virgin Birth has no equal.
The Divine taking on human flesh has no equal. The humility shown by Christ has no equal.
Preparing to celebrate the Feast of Christ and to welcome the newborn Christ into
the heart and home deserves great and immediate attention. Believers do well not to be
overcome by the commercialization and secularization prominent in todayís culture.
The focus on Christ is proper to every day of the year. The amazing and beautiful
occurrence of Christís Nativity deserves extended consideration and celebration.
The love of Christ for each person is a lasting love. The love of Christ for each
person is all encompassing and all enduring. The Nativity Fast is a time to consider
Christís love and Christ humility.
The Nativity Fast is a time to think about the joy Christ brings to the hearts that
welcome Him. The Nativity Fast is a time to share the love of Christ with others in our
We share the joy of Christ by making sure Christ is first in our hearts, our homes
and our lives. We share the love of Christ by making sure love is the foundation and
nature of all that we do in life.
Gentleness and patience are part of the Christian life. The hustle and bustle taking
place in the current culture driven by commercial interests needs to be tempered with
remembrance of Christ and the daily practice of Christian love.
Gentleness and patience are fruit of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit was active in the birth of Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us as we go
forth in daily life.
Honoring the Nativity Fast draws attention to the blessings and goodness of God
manifested in immeasurable ways. The Nativity Fast is a specific period of time in
the Church. The Nativity Fast focuses on the immeasurable goodness of God.
Hunger for God, hunger for internal peace, and hunger for the soul are satisfied
in the life in Christ. The life in Christ is experienced through heeding Christís
teachings, abiding by them and partaking of His Precious Body and Blood.
Repentance and confession have important places in the life in Christ. The Cross
of Christ is ever-present in the Christian life. The Cross of Christ is the pre-eminent
guide for the believer.
Christians prepare for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ at this time knowing
also that there will be the time of the Cross and the time to celebrate the Resurrection.
The life in Christ is a life offering opportunities of immeasurable growth and gladness.
Christians serious about the life in Christ devote each day to living in ways pleasing to
Christ and in being nurtured by Christ.
When Christ enters and is united with the person through prayer, through the Holy Gospel,
through the precious Body and Blood, the believer is renewed and transformed.
The believer experiences new life in Christ.
The life in Christ offers wholeness and health known only in and through Christ.
Even in times of hardship and tragedy, Christ makes a difference and has the power
to establish peace and joy in the heart, mind and soul.
This Nativity Fast is all about Christ and all the truths of Christ. The Nativity
Fast is about all the love of Christ. The birth of Christ is worthy of daily contemplation.
Each day be peaceful and contemplative. Take time each day to pray and to meditate
about the wonderful coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in human flesh. Give thanks and
glory to God. Resolve to live in ways pleasing to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 5 / December 18, 2011
The Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified. St. Nectarius of Bitola.
Serbian Childrenís Day.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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