My brethren, matrimony is a great and miraculous mystery, one of the greatest mysteries
of God's plan. A pure and honorable marriage is overly replete with sublimeless. A pure and
honorable marriage, in the fear of God, is a vessel of the Grace of the Holy Spirit.
Whoever disdains marriage disdains the Spirit of God. Whoever defiles marriage with impurity,
blasphemes against the Spirit of God. Whoever abstains from marriage for the sake of the
kingdom of God must, in a different manner, prepare himself as a vessel of the Holy Spirit
and, in the spiritual realm, make himself fruitful in order not to be cut down as the barren
The Prologue of Ohrid Vol. 1.
Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002.
The benefits of the Apostles Fast.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The approach of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Living the way of the Church each day.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Holy Trinity Serbian Mission Slava.
June 8 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
June 8 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
The Second Sunday After Pentecost
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter,
and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there,
He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother,
in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,
and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching
the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds
of disease among the people.
Peter, Andrew, James and John were blessed to be “called” directly by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Each person having heard the Gospel is ”called” directly and personally by the Lord Jesus Christ
each moment of each day.
Each person chooses each moment of each day whether to say “yes” to Christ and
the way of Christ or will say” no” and depart from Christ and the way pleasing to Christ.
When a person says “yes” to Christ and follows Christ, unity with Christ takes place.
At each moment when a person says “no” to Christ’s invitation to follow Him, the person
distances his or herself from Christ.
Unity with Christ comes through drawing near to Him. At the Divine Liturgy,
unity with Christ is best experienced when partaking of Holy Communion.
Holy Communion brings Christ and the believer completely together.
Serious believers make a daily effort to follow Christ. Serious believers recognize
and value the joy of following Christ. The Holy Apostle Peter said to Jesus:
”To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Individuals have many different choices during their earthly lives. Many different ways
of life are open to individuals. Jesus said: “The gate is wide and the way is easy that
leads to destruction and those who enter by it are many.”
The Holy Apostles setting out to follow Christ established a foundation of serious
and irreversible commitment to Christ. The Holy Apostles’ faith, examples and teachings
led to new followers of Christ.
The Church took form, grew and endured through the centuries. New followers of Christ
are needed in each generation. New followers of Christ are expected to follow Christ with
the faith and commitment of the Holy Apostles.
The teachings and knowledge about Christ are to be shared with others. The love of
Christ is to be shared with others. Families are to establish their homes in unity with
God’s Holy Church. Each Christian home is an extension of the Church.
The love, teachings and example Christ shared with the Holy Apostles established a
foundation. The love, teachings and example Christ shared with the Holy Apostles serve
as foundational reasons to follow Christ.
Certain Samaritans were drawn to Jesus because of the Samaritan woman’s experience with
Jesus. Later other Samaritans came to their own conclusions from personal experience that
Jesus was the Savior of the world.
Individuals may learn from other Christians about the joy and nourishment of the life in
Christ. Personal experience of drawing near to Christ validates the joy and nourishment found
Each person having personal knowledge about Christ answers the question Jesus directed to
His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered the question by saying Jesus was the
Christ, the Son of the living God.
At Holy Baptism believers first recite The Creed, The Creed is the basic summary of faith
guiding believers through life. The Creed is recited at each Divine Liturgy.
The beliefs expressed in The Creed are expected to shape a believer’s life and serve as
a measurement for all that is being done during a believer’s life. The Creed speaks about
Christ coming for our salvation. 1
The personal lives of Christians need to reflect direct interest in salvation.
The personal lives of Christians need to focus on looking to Christ for the strength
to stay true to the narrow path.
The personal lives of Christians are strengthened when rooted in prayer.
Prayer keeps believers firmly united with Christ. Some individuals hearing
the word of God become embroiled in earthly cares and fall away from Christ.
Self-examination and personal honesty enables a person to determine if he or she is
faithful to Christ. Self-assessment can lead a believer to repent and draw closer to Christ.
Remaining on the path to the Kingdom means saying “no” to activities and temptations
weakening the life in Christ. Remaining on the path to the Kingdom requires being
sufficiently and regularly being nourished by Christ.
Believers do well to heed the words of St. Nikolai Velimirovich to keep the soul nourished.
St. Nikolai said: “ He who reads the Word of God gives food, power and light to his soul.”
Caring for the soul is the primary responsibility of believers. Becoming a Christian is
a great and lasting responsibility. Remaining a faithful Christian throughout life requires
careful attention to the soul throughout life
Translated by St. Tikhon’s Monastery. St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press, 2000, South Canaan, Pa, p. 180.
St. Nikolai Velimiovic.
The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. 1.
Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, 2002.
(May 30 citation)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 4 / June 17, 2012
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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