St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 709 - August 6 / August 19, 2012


The Orthodox Faith


Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320


No. 709
August 6 / August 19, 2012
Feast of Transfiguration


Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN


Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

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


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


Ephesians 4:5

One Lord, one faith, one baptism

Recent Services
August 10
Vespers was read.
August 11
Matins and First Hour were read at St.George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Eighteen people attended.
Two people attended Great Vespers at St. George Church.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
August 13
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
August 14
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Cross.
August 15
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
August 16
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St.George Church.
Seven people were present at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
for the Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God.
August 17
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Tuesday
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Akathist and Prayers for Special Needs Held on Request During the Week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 19, Today - Feast of Transfiguration
August 25 - Eastern Region KSS. Kolo Slava. Shadeland.
August 26 - Important Parish Executive Board Meeting
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God
September 5 - Apodasis of Dormition
September 7 - Vigil at St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 8 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 9 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year

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

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

Parish Life

Congratulations to Martin Knezovich recently promoted to Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania State Police.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Sophia Bila recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Dr. Mark Cyanovich recently departed this life.

St. George Church lost a friend when +Mary Torbich departed this life.

Note the Kolo Slava celebration will be September 2. Plan to attend. Support the Kolo!

Five people came to Adult Class this past week at St. George Church. Plan to come.

Five people came to Adult Class at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast of the Dormition on August 28th.

Father Dragoljub Malich is planning a group to the Holy Land in October. See bulletin board for details if you want to go on the trip.

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.

The Serb National Federation is conducting a membership drive, Consider joining.

If you have a question about the Church teachings or practices, ask the priest.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Rastko Trbuhovich

For the Orthodox, since the time of the apostles, going to church has never been just “going to church”. It is not “prayers I could do at home.” The gathering of the church is the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the coming together of the entire Body of Christ, the Lord’s family, to celebrate His presence in the Gospel and in the Holy Communion. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matt. 18:20) Who would not want to be there where the Lord is?

( The Voice of St. Stephen. St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York, Vol. 21, No.6. November-December 1997, p. 2. )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

The continuing joy of the Feast of the Transfiguration
The transcendence of time on Mt. Tabor.
Jesus, Moses and Elijah on the mountain together.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 7 - Attended Flower Show in Masontown.
August 11 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 11 - Attended funeral service for +Deborah Ann Gencel.
August 12 - Went to Shadeland for Diocese Day.
August 13 - Went to VA Hospital in Pittsburgh.
August 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va for Akathist and Adult Class.
August 17 - Went to St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa for funeral of +Mary Torbich.

Wisdom of Solomon 11:23

But thou art merciful to all, for thou canst do all things, and thou dost overlook men’s sins that they may repent.


The Feast of Transfiguration

Matthew 17:1-9

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

The Feast of Transfiguration is exceedingly joyous. Christ being transfigured on the mountain is an image always to contemplate. The serious believer will constantly be affected by the radiance of Christ.

The serious believer will always consider the place of Moses and Elijah together with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Apostles Peter, James and John were singularly blessed to witness the transfiguration. History changed forever that day.

Consider the origin of the voice coming out of the cloud praising the Lord Jesus Christ and identifying Christ as His beloved Son. Believers are called to look beyond themselves and join with Peter, James and John in this experience.

Believers are challenged to consider their personal lives and determine if their personal lives reflect the glory of God demonstrated on this Feast of the Transfiguration.

Does the believer’s understanding of God reach to heights and glory of Christ being joined by Moses and Elijah? Does the believer’s understanding of God behold with great awe the origin of the voice coming out of the cloud?

Each year as believers experience the Feast of Transfiguration, great personal change is expected. Celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration is expected to draw the vision of believers to new heights and new understanding.

Growth in Christ is a constant expectation. Experiencing completeness and joy in Christ is always the desired goal. Believers are summoned to shed the ways of sin and seek the purity and radiance of life exemplified on Mt. Tabor.

Moses and Elijah are towering figures of God. Their lives hold lasting lessons of God for all. Believers’ minds do well to shed narrowness in vision and embrace the immeasurable greatness of God.

Nourishment of the soul is readily found in turning to the Transfigured Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Mt. 4:4)

Today enter into the joy of the Lord. Today ascend to the heights of Mt. Tabor. Today lift the heart and mind to behold the glory and majesty of God.

Today cast away any thought of sin. Today cast away and thoughts of drudgery. Today shed any depression and despair. Today savor the glory and majesty of the Transfigured Christ.

Today find fulfillment in Christ. Today find completeness in Christ. Today find complete rest and joy in Christ. Look no further to other sources for fulfillment. Look to the Transfigured Christ.

The Holy Apostle Peter said: “Lord, it is good for us to be here.”(Mt.17:4) Let the words of the Holy Apostle Peter be our words today in God’s Holy Church. Let the words of the Holy Apostle Peter be our words for each day of life.

Let our eyes behold the Lord God in glory and majesty each day of life. Let us lift our eyes to the heights. Let us lift our vision to the glory of God. Let us see and hear God at work each day of our lives.

Let our lives be greatly affected by the Transfigured Christ. Let our lives shine forth the Transfigured Christ in our hearts and minds. Let our souls always be nourished and resting in Christ.

The Feast of Transfiguration shines the light of Christ through the centuries. The light of Christ penetrates darkness in life and is cause for constant hope. Draw near to the Transfigured Christ. Climb the mountain to be with Him at all times.

Thank God always for the nourishment of daily life. Thank God always for the joy that supersedes despair. Thank God for the light that penetrates the darkness. Thank God for the reassuring voice coming from the cloud.

Hearts filled with the Transfigured Christ brighten each room. Hearts filled with the Transfigured Christ brighten the work place and the community. Hearts filled with the Transfigured Christ draw others to Christ.

The Feast of the Transfiguration is a defining feast in the liturgical year. Lives throughout the world are greatly affected by the celebration of this major feast.

Personal calendars should always be marked for the keeping of this feast. Personal lives should always be devoted to thinking carefully about Christ on Mt. Tabor.

Joy in Christ is found on the Feast of the Transfiguration. The divine nature of Christ is revealed in this feast. Believers seeking unity with Christ find great inspiration in this holy feast.

May the Transfigured Christ shine brightly in the hearts of each believer celebrating this feast today.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 6 / August 19, 2012
Feast of Transfiguration.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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