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
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, has shown to the world the light of wisdom!
For by it, those who worshipped the stars were taught by a star to adore Thee,
the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Orient from on high. O Lord,
Glory to Thee.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
December 26, 2011 / January 8, 2012
Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos
The initial change created by Christ’s birth.
The continued renewal due to Christ’s birth.
The peace created by Christ’s birth.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
January 1 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 5 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
Sunday after Nativity
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream,
saying, ‘Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until
I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him .”When he arose,
he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there
until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord
through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” Then Herod, when he saw
that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and he sent forth and put
to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from
two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise
men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet saying: ‘A voice was
heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.” Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of he Lord
appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His
mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are
dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of
Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father
Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside
into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth that it
might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
The joy of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ continues to dominate the hearts and
minds of believers. Life with the Lord Jesus Christ is a new and different life unlike
Believers taking their baptism into Christ seriously strive to honor Christ every
moment of their lives. The birth of Christ changed the world. The birth of Christ is
an inexhaustible lesson teaching and inspiring generation after generation.
Lives are enriched each year with the arrival of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
Homes and hearts take on a greater sense of peace. Serious minds turn to Christ and give
thanks for His immeasurable love.
The current Gospel speaks about the threat to Christ at the time of His birth.
Christ was greater than the threat that existed at His birth. He is greater than any
threats that exist today.
When followers of Christ are punished for their faith in Christ and when followers
of Christ are martyred, the faithfulness of believers under pressure is revealed and
serves to inspire others.
We read these lasting words for believers in I John 4:4: “He who is in you is
greater than he who is in the world.” Christ puts believers at peace in times of danger.
Christ puts danger into perspective.
Danger did not triumph when Christ was an infant. Danger did not triumph when
Christ voluntarily was arrested and went to the Cross. Danger to Christ has not
triumphed during the past twenty centuries.
Followers of Christ know “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
The celebration of the birth of Christ each year gives rise to a renewed perspective
on life. Hope triumphs. Love triumphs. Peace triumphs. Christ triumphs.
Serious believers see and experience the presence of God in each moment of life.
Serious believers yearn with fervent hearts to always be with the Lord. Seriously
believers having tasted the life in Christ want no other lesser life.
The Holy Apostle Peter said to Jesus: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the
words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that You are the
Holy One of God.”
The Lord Jesus Christ never fails serious believers. Love for Christ never fails.
The love of Christ never fails. The Holy Apostle Paul said love never fails.
(I Corinthians 13:1-13).
The Holy Apostle John spoke also about the power and value of love. The Holy Apostle
John said: “If we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.”
(I Jn. 4:12).
The Feast of the Nativity of Christ teaches us about Christ’s love. We learn that
Jesus humbled Himself to take on human flesh for our salvation.
Let us rejoice in knowing we need not always abide in sin. Let us rejoice in new
life in Christ.
The mystery of Christ’s birth lifts the hearts and minds of serious believers to
new levels. The peace emanating from Christ’s birth reaches to the depths of the soul.
Choosing to follow Christ and honor the Feast of His Nativity transforms the life of
the believer. Christ changes the hearts, the minds and the souls of serious believers.
Christ changes the lives of serious believers.
With the coming of each moment of time, believers have the opportunity to grow
in Christ and be transformed by Christ. With each moment of time, believers
have the opportunity to fully experience Christ.
The Feast of Christ’s Nativity sets in motion change in the hearts and minds of
those taking time to honor Christ in their lives. The Feast of Christ’s Nativity gives
focus to the Virgin Birth and purpose of Christ taking on human flesh.
Believers need not live in sin. Believers need not despair. The Feast of the
Nativity brings a new perspective of life. The Feast of the Nativity brings joy.
The Feast of the Nativity establishes peace for believers cherishing peace.
When the Divine Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh as a newborn infant
He set an example for all to consider. His love is immeasurable. His humility
is immeasurable. His kindness is immeasurable.Each Feast of the Nativity of
Christ is a new beginning.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 26, 2011 / January 8, 2012
Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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