St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 677 - December 26, 2011 / January 8, 2012


The Orthodox Faith


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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 677
December 26, 2011 / January 8, 2012
Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos


Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Mir Bozji Hristos se Rodi - Divine Peace Christ is Born!

Recent Services
January 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read.
Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
January 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person was present for reading of Akathist to Mother of God.
Vespers was read.
January 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read
January 6
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
More than a hundred people came for Blessing of the Badnjak.
Eighty-six people came for the Vigil.
January 7
Third and Sixth Hours were read. One confession.
Forty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Sixteen communicants

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins and First Hour.
Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Saturday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Monday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on Request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Thanksgiving

Important Dates

January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - St. Stephen, Apostle, Archdeacon, Protomartyr
January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year.
January 15 - Parish Annual Meeting
January 18 - Feast of Holy Cross
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 22 - Blessing of the River
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - St. Sava Program and Covered Dish Dinner. Chains of Holy Apostle Peter.

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

All visitors are warmly welcome.

Continue to enjoy the Feast of the Nativity

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Let the love of Christ guide all your decisions and activities.

Celebrate your Slava each year.

Plan to come to the church services throughout the year.

Adult classes will resume soon.

Ask the priest if you have any questions about the Church teachings or practices.

Thank you to Andrea Janson and Tony Meyers for bringing the straw.

Thank you to Lud Miscovich for bringing the trees.

Thank you to Phil Sivak for building the fire and Dennis Hickman for helping prepare it.

Thank you to Norma Hickman and Christian Sivak for wrapping the Badjnaks cuttings.

Thank you to St. George Choir for singing gloriously to God.

Troparion - Feast of the Nativity

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

To Consider

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.

Proverbs 8:33

Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.


Sunday after Nativity

Matthew 2:13-235

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 any other.

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.” (Heb. 13:8)

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.” (Jn. 6:68-69).

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. (Mt. 1:21) 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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