The Church as the Body of Christ offers common prayers, prayers and petitions which
are for all members and in which all members of the praying assembly participate.
The Church as the Body of Christ offers the eucharistic offering in which all members
should participate. The eucharistic assembly as the central and most important divine
service is intended for all.
The Eucharist as Sacrifice. Johnstown, Pa. 1953, pp. 117-118
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
The account of Christ’s birth in the Holy Gospel.
The birth of Christ in our hearts.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
December 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 26-December 30 - Participated in Diocesan Winter Retreat at Shadeland.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend.
The Sunday of the Holy Fathers
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.
Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers.
Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram.
Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon.
Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse
begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abija begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat,
Jeshoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz,
and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon,
and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time
they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon,
Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud,
Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim,
and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob.
And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until
the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon
until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows:
After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found
with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting
to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought
about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,
"Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which
is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall
call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying:
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name
Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep,
did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her
till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.
Each day is unfolding and moving toward the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus
Christ. The unfolding of each day is under the control of God. God brings the sun each
morning. God brings the night each evening.
God brings the rain and the snow, the stars and the moon. God causes the grass to
grow and the rivers to flow. Humans exert considerable control over the environment.
God is ultimately in control.
Humans can only do what God will permit. Humans exercise choices affecting the
environment and affecting their souls. The current Gospel states the Lord Jesus Christ
was sent to save God’s people from their sins.
Help is needed for believers to be saved from their sins. Believers need Christ to
forgive their sins. Believers need Christ to cleanse their hearts and minds. Believers
need Christ to help them follow the path of salvation.
The current Gospel message reminds believers of important historical figures
connected with coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The time of life is influenced by
the way individuals live.
When individuals lead Christian lives faithfully, they influence their surroundings.
When individuals are lukewarm in faith or negative about Christ, the culture reflects
the negative beliefs.
Sin triumphs when believers fail to live fully for Christ. Sin triumphs when
individuals yield to temptations or diversions leading away from the path of salvation.
The coming of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ is an opportunity for Christian
renewal. Some individuals will use the Feast of the Nativity of Christ to renew their
Each person is responsible for his or her choices. Each person is responsible for
personal sins committed. The current Gospel speaks about
“God with us.” Each person determines his or her relationship with God.
God’s Holy Church provides the place for believers to come to learn, to worship
and be united with Christ. God’s Holy Church is where sins are forgiven and the Body
and Blood of Christ are received.
The love of God is always manifested. Individuals often are blinded to the love of
God in their personal lives. The celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ is
a way to acknowledge the love of God and share in it.
Life is better when Christians acknowledge the love of God and embrace it.
Life is better when the love of God is shared by Christians. Life is better when
the Holy Gospel lives in the heart, the mind and the home.
The approach of the Nativity of Christ impacts the Christian mind, the heart
and the soul. Christians welcoming the arrival of the Feast look to the meaning of
the feast for their personal lives.
The existing culture in western society is heavily dominated by materialism
associated with Christmas. The Gospel gives a more lasting and meaningful message
regarding the coming of Christ.
Hunger in the soul is satisfied in Christ. Peace of mind is achieved in Christ.
Loving hearts are full of Christ. Clean souls are the result of Christ.
The approach of the Nativity of Christ heightens anticipation. Each moment leading
to the Feast is laden with rich thoughts. Christ’s birth changed the world forever.
The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is cause for great joy. The Feast of the
Nativity of Christ strengthens the confidence of believers. Hope increases with
the arrival of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
Today is the day to seriously consider the message that “God is with us!”
Today is the day to fully and seriously commit to the way of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 19, 2011 / January 1, 2012
Sunday of the Holy Fathers.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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