Do not permit your soldier, my Lord, to fight for a lifetime and then conclude his
soldiering with defeat. Let the victor be born in me, who will not doubt even for a
second that he is born for victory.
Prayers by the Lake.
Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwest America, 2010., p. 134
The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The continuing presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
May 18 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 19 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 20 - Attended Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood.
May 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 24 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit patient.
He who walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is perverse in his ways will fall into a pit.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: ďFather, the hour has come.
Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over
all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is
eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You
before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of
the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, they have kept Your word. Now they have
known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the
words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I
came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not
pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. All Mine are
Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world,
but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those
whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world,
I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost
except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You,
and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world in the flesh as an infant child.
He grew to adulthood. When His earthly work in the flesh was completed,
He ascended into heaven.
During the time of His earthly life in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ changed the
world forever. By His words, by His miracles, and by His kindness
He captured the lasting attention of generations and generations.
The Lord Jesus Christ has been the on-going interest of scholars.
Men women, and children have been martyred as His followers.
Adults baptize their children because of their love of Him.
Adults have dedicated their lives to preaching the Gospel and serving
in furtherance of the commission He gave to His disciples.
Christís Church came into existence and has spread throughout the world.
Believers turn to Christ for nourishment of their souls.
Believers find in Christ the only true satisfaction.
Depressed and despairing individuals find hope in Christ.
Weak individuals find strength in Christ.
The Death and Resurrection of Christ provide a framework for finding meaning in life.
The time between the Ascension of Christ and Christís anticipated Second Coming is a
period of urgency for believers to be faithful
The glorious Second Coming of Christ draws closer with the passing of each moment of time.
The joy of Christís Resurrection continues in the hearts and minds of believers united with
Him in prayer and Communion.
The joy of being in the Divine services where Christ is celebrated is a continuation
of the disciplesí joy at the time of His Ascension.
Prior to His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus spoke of completing His work.
Believers do well to consider the work Jesus did in His earthly life.
Believers do well to consider their own personal earthly work and determine if it
corresponds with the way of Christ.
Believers in the work place need to adhere to ethics consistent with their Christian identity.
Believers in the political realm need to adhere to ethics consistent with their Christian identity.
Fathers and mothers need to seriously consider their work as parents and fulfill that work
consistent with their Christian identities. Becoming a Christian brings the responsibility to
live as a Christian all day, every day.
The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about eternal life in the current Gospel. The goals and
actions a person adopts and pursues will determine if a person experiences eternal life.
The Lord Jesus Christ said the primary goal for each person to seek is the Kingdom of God.
Too often in contemporary society, monetary goals are exclusively at the forefront of many
Too often in contemporary society, the ethical behavior associated with Christian life
is pushed aside. Too often in contemporary society, hedonistic behavior remains primary
and is celebrated.
Each day the news reports bizarre behavior and bizarre relationships among people in
highly prominent public positions. The Lord Jesus Christ teaches the way people are to
behave and to do their work.
The Lord Jesus Christ teaches the basis for relationships with each other.
The Lord Jesus Christ set the supreme example and standard for behavior.
The Lord Christ will return to judge the living and the dead.
Just as Christís earthly life came to an end, each personís earthly life comes to an end.
The way a person lives sets a lasting record for use by Christ to make His final judgment.
Each year prior to the beginning of Great Lent, believers hear
the reading of the Gospel of St. Matthew of the Last Judgment.
Some believers will be invited by Christ to inherit the kingdom prepared.
Individuals eschewing the standards, teachings and ethical behavior set forth by Christ
can expect everlasting punishment. The righteous will have eternal life.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 14 / May 27, 2012
Sunday of Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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