This is the reason this song is sung at weddings since marriage has the purpose of
procreating and multiplying human kind, the Church finds it fitting and proper to sing
this song-prayer “ISAIJE LIKUJ”…! Isaiah dance for joy….! to remind the newly-weds of
the purity and the holiness of matrimony, and the providence of God for children to be born.
And, furthermore, that the bridal pair would be aware of the fear of God, to seek the higher
spiritual and moral meaning of their marriage, and to hold it above a marriage of the body
and the flesh.
Omaha, Nebraska, p. 151.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The life of the Holy Prophet Elijah.
The miracles attributed to the Holy Prophet Elijah.
Learning from the Holy Prophet Elijah.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 22 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 26 - Scheduled for service in Fairmont, W.Va.
From the Wisdom of Solomon 6:12
Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them,
and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying,
‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away,
that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.’ But Jesus said to them,
‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’ And they said to Him,
‘We have here only five loaves and two fish.’ He said, ‘Bring them here to Me.’
Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves
and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves
to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled,
and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had
eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made
His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the
Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, 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, and 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. And 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 makes a complete and decided difference in the lives of individuals
turning to Him in faith. The Lord Jesus Christ feeds and nourishes the souls of believers as
He fed the multitudes in the current Gospel of St. Matthew.
The Lord Jesus Christ offers eternal life as cited in the current Gospel of St. John.
Individuals regularly experience spiritual hunger. Individuals turning to Christ and
remaining united with Christ have that spiritual hunger satisfied.
Too often believers get side-tracked after they have exited the baptismal fount.
Too often believers depart from the path of Christ. Too often believers seek nourishment
for the soul from sources other than Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day.”
At each Divine Liturgy the opportunity exists to receive Holy Communion.
At each Divine Liturgy the holy Chalice is brought forth and the priest or deacon
extends the invitation: “In the fear of God and in faith, draw near.” Believers prepared
may partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Believers have the opportunity
to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ throughout the year.
Believers benefit from preparing and coming to Confession and Holy Communion regularly.
Believers are expected to live in Christ throughout the year. Unity with Christ is best
experienced in Holy Communion. Unity with Christ increases through prayer and fasting.
Unity with Christ increases by listening to the Gospel.
The present Gospel of St. Matthew speaks of the far reaching powers of the Lord
Jesus Christ to feed the hungry. The present Gospel of St. John speaks about the
unity of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Believers take on the Christian identity at baptism and are completely committed to Christ.
Believers are expected to remain completely committed to Christ throughout life.
The only way to remain true to the Christian identity is to cling to Christ throughout
each day. Christ needs to always be on the mind and in the heart. Christ always needs to be
the source of nourishment, the foundation and goal of life.
In the Divine Liturgy, just before the Creed is recited, the clergy bow before the
Holy Table and say: “I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength, The Lord is my firm foundation,
my refuge and my deliverer.” 1 This is a prayer for everyone.
Constantly keeping Christ in the mind and heart is beneficial. Saying the Jesus Prayer
is one way to keep Christ in the forefront of life. Regularly reading the Holy Gospel and
saying the Akathist to Jesus Christ brings unity with Christ.
Believers are faced with choices every moment of every day. Every decision either unites
a believer with Christ or distances the believer from Christ. Believers need to strive for
steady consciousness of Christ’
Life improves to the degree it rests in Christ. Jesus said:
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Believers have only one life to live. Wise individuals live in Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Whoever confesses Me before men,
him I will also confess before My Father in heaven.”
The time of life is not to be wasted. The time of life is to be invested in the life in Christ.
The Divine Liturgy According to St.John Chrysostom.
Editor Rev. Fr. Svetozar Veselinovich, Protonamesnik. Masontown, Pa, 1994, p. 90-92)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 16 / July 29, 2012
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Father of the First Six Councils.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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