“And, yes, the service is long. We have to tolerate some restlessness from the children.
(Sometime adults use the children as an excuse because the service is too long for the adults!)
Don't confuse church with theater. In theaters you must be in your seat before the performance
begins and keep absolutely quiet until the end. These are not the rules for church. The sounds
the children make are their way of praising God and have as much a place in church as the most
(A 1989 article in
The Voice of St. Stephen
Lackawanna, New York.
The saints of the Church.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Church’s process of recognizing saints.
The beneficial prayers of saints.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 1 - Made two trips to the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 2 - Attended Slava dinner of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh.
June 3 - Went to St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio.
June 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for the Mission parish Slava celebration.
June 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
The Sunday of All Saints
Mt. 10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30
Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who
is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father
who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does
not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and
said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the
Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit
on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left
houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands,
for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (NKJV).
The Lord Jesus Christ wants complete love from His followers. He also wants love
shared with others. Jesus once said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Jesus made it clear that love is to be shared with others when He said:
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Individuals choosing to follow Christ assume the responsibility to love Christ
and to love their neighbors.
Prayer helps believers to discern the way to love God completely and to love their neighbors.
God’s commandments are set forth with the expectation that they are to be met.
The Lord Jesus Christ expects each Christian to take up his cross and follow Him.
Christ expects His followers to confess Him in all circumstances.
Following Christ is not for the weak of heart. Following Christ can put a person in peril.
The Serbian Deacon Habakukk lost his life remaining steadfast in Christ. 1
Firm believers in Christ make non-believers uncomfortable when non-believers have an
interest in carrying out unethical activities. Individuals desiring to pursue unethical
transactions expect resistance and disapproval from believers.
Believers in Christ are expected to be ethical in all situations and at all times.
The expectation of Christian behavior is not limited to the confines of the church building.
Christian behavior is expected in the home and the community.
The way a person works and interacts with others will reveal and be proof of a person’s
commitment to following Christ. Christian love has a place in all relationships.
(I John 4:20-21)
Christian behavior is not to be minimized or compromised. Believers should not yield to
non-Christians seeking to dilute ethical norms and behaviors in the workplace or community.
The Holy Apostle Paul set forth this statement as a basis for personal judgments:
“Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.”
The current climate in the contemporary society reflects a challenge to Christian teachings
and the Christian way of life. Violence, substance abuse, and acceptance of behavior contrary
to the teachings of the Church seem to abound.
Christians are expected to be a stable presence in the community. The Church provides a
light in the darkness for communities. The Church provides a place of refuge and source of
instruction for parents raising children in this world.
Parents have a large task in protecting and educating their sons and daughters for the
present and the future. Christian education is fundamental preparation. Coming to church
regularly is fundamental preparation.
Parents finding value, strength and direction in the Gospel of Christ will demonstrate
this value to their sons and daughters. Parents nourished by the Gospel become better
equipped to deal with the challenges of child-rearing.
Christian children get exposed to non-Christian and anti-Christian values in school
and in the neighborhood. Christian parents have the responsibility of setting good examples
for their sons and daughters and teaching the value of the Gospel.
Parents have their work cut out for them in helping their sons and daughters deal with
others having different beliefs and morals. Parental love and instruction go a long way in
keeping children firm in their Christian beliefs.
Children need adults as good role models exhibiting the love of Christ as set forth in
the Holy Gospel. Grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and kumovi have opportunities to
contribute to the Christian growth of children in their lives.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them;
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Too often the news reports describe abuse and neglect of children. Too often children are harmed.
Christians applying the love of Christ in their lives will learn of the healing nature of
Christ’s love. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “Love never fails.”
Christ’s love can heal the hurt children may personally experience.
Christ’s love can heal damaged relationships in the home.
Christ’s love shared can become a basis for other people becoming interested in Christ.
The current Gospel expresses the value of confessing Christ to others.
The best way to confess Christ is through daily living of the Christian life.
The actions of professed Christians need to correspond with the Gospel.
Studying the Gospel and attending church regularly can bring change.
The heart and the mind make the deciding difference as to whether the Gospel
becomes a permanent part of the person’s daily life.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: ”By their fruits you will know them.”
1 St.Nikolai Velimirovic.
The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol .Two
Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America,
Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 672
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 28 / June 10, 2012
The Sunday of All Saints.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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