Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled During the Week on Request.
There are some irrational people who do not dare to receive Holy Communion when they are sick.
They are afraid they will die if they receive Communion. My God, even if they do die, they will
die communicated, united to Christ, to eternal life, and will therefore enter through death into
eternal life and “will live forever,” in accordance with the Lord’s own promise
However, it is not true that every sick person must die if they receive Communion.
This notion does not come from God, but from the evil spirit. It is well known that
many sick people have regained their health by receiving Communion.
The Struggle for Faith
Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Very Rev.Dr. Stevan Scott.
The Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the United States and Canada,
Grayslake, Illinois, 1989, pp. 27-28.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.
The purity of life lived by the Mother of God.
The unique relationship the Mother of God had with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
September 6 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont for Akathist
and Adult Class.
September 7 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 7/8 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania for Vigil
and Divine Liturgy for St. Nikodim Chaple Slava.
September 11 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton for Divine Liturgy.
From: Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach
1:1 - All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with him forever.
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher,
which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the
Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all
the Law and the Prophets. ”While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
saying, What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him,
“The Son of David.” He said to them, “How does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’
saying: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies
Your footstool.” “If David then calls Him ‘Lord’ how is He his Son?” And no one was
able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
The Lord Jesus Christ expects a complete commitment from believers.
When individuals choose to enter the baptismal fount,
the decision is to be made free and clear and without any reservations.
Coercion has no part in a person becoming or remaining a Christian.
Coming to Christ is to a choice to be freely made.
The total person “puts on Christ” at baptism.
The newly baptized is expected to want to wholeheartedly follow Christ.
The journey from the baptismal fount to the end of earthly life
carries with it the responsibility and the joy of being a Christian.
The Cross of Christ and the joy of Christ are inseparable.
Pascha comes only after Holy Friday. Christ’s Resurrection comes only after Christ’s
crucifixion. Believers following Christ are expected to deny themselves and pick up their
cross to follow Him.
The joy in Christ will follow.
Joy is found in carrying the cross. Joy comes in experiencing the unity with Christ
and finding completeness in purpose in Christ. Joy comes in feeling the love of Christ.
When a believer gives the full self to Christ, Christ’s love far exceeds that
given by the believer. Christ is always giving more than that which is given to Him.
We know from the Holy Gospel of St. John that “God so loved the world,
that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have eternal life.”
The present Gospel not only speaks about love for God, but also about love for neighbor.
Love for neighbor comes with being a Christian. Love for neighbor is fully expected of believers.
The Lord Jesus Christ taught about demonstrated love for neighbor in the account of
the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan helped the injured robbery victim along the roadside
when others passed by and remained uninvolved.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: “Each one must do as he has made up his mind,
not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
(2 Cor. 9:7).
Believers give the best to God when they cheerfully give of themselves.
The person gives themselves best to God when they give themselves in prayer.
Prayer is not only an action of the mind, but also action of the body.
Prayer involves discipline of the body and utilizing the body in attentiveness to God.
Prayer involves the commitment of the body and the mind to God in due care
and consideration of the soul. Prayer is an expression of serious interest in
the soul and a desire for the soul to be in a condition pleasing to God.
The present Gospel challenges the believer to adhere to the baptismal commitment
made to Christ and to live in complete unity with Christ. The believer is expected to
live his or her life fully immersed in the life in Christ.
The air we breathe is to be welcomed into the body as the welcoming of Christ
into the body. The warmth of the sun is to be received as the warmth of the love
of Christ welcomed into our lives.
God gives freely to each of us. We are to give freely in the spirit of love to others.
Jesus said: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be
sons of your Father who is in heaven.”
Peace comes into our lives when we give ourselves fully to Christ.
Peace comes into our lives when we love our neighbors as ourselves.
Peace comes in the fulfilling of the commandments set forth in the Holy Gospel.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: “Therefore take the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Each person determines who and what is valuable in his or her life.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Christ’s expects believer’s to lay up for themselves treasurers in heaven.
The decisions we make each day and the goals we pursue determine and reveal the
treasures we seek. Seeking to be united with God and living in ways pleasing to God
throughout the day far exceeds any earthly goals.
The current Gospel makes it clear that seeking and loving God entails being fully
attentive to the plight and conditions of our neighbors. The current Gospel makes it
clear we cannot separate our love for God from our love for neighbors.
The present Gospel challenges each believer to fulfill the commandment to love
God with all the heart, mind and soul and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
The Lord Jesus Christ said, “With God, all things are possible.”
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 3 / September 16, 2012
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Anthimus. St. Joanikije, First Serbian Patriarch.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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