St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 715 - September 17 / September 30, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 715
September 17 / September 30, 2012
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
/ Sunday after the Exaltation of the Precious Cross

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.

Colossians 2:11-12

In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God who raised Him from the dead.

Recent Services
September 21
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
September 22
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Father Matthew of St. Mary Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in Morgantown, W.Va. came to serve.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
September 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
September 24
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
September 25
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the All-holy Theotokos, in Honor of Her Miraculous
Icon, “She Who Healtheth.”.
Three people came for the Akathist to theAll-holy Theotokos in Honor of Her Wonder-working Icon, Unexpected Joy.
September 26
Matins was read.
Two people participated in the reading Vespers and Matins.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 3:30 PM.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled During the Week on Request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 4 - Apodasis of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross
October 6 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 28 - St. George Anniversary Divine Liturgy and Dinner

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Mark your calendars to attend the parish Anniversary celebration on October 28.

Three people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Use each day to prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Use each day to repent of sins and begin anew in Christ.

Use each day to pray fervently to God.

Use each day to lay up treasures in heaven.

Use each day to pray for someone in need.

Use each day to be kind to each person met in daily life.

Use each day to listen carefully to God.

Use each day to think carefully about the Holy Gospel.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

Fruit, fruit, and only fruit does the Lord seek from every living tree which is called a man. Good fruit is a God-loving heart, and evil fruit is a self-loving heart. Everything else that man possesses and enjoys---position, authority, honor, health, money and knowledge---are but the leaves on the tree.

(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002, p. 24 )

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

To Consider

The fast days on the Church calendar throughout the year.
The feasts commemorated on the Church calendar each day.
The benefit of our honoring the Church calendar in our daily lives.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 22 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
September 24 - Went to visit a homebound parishioner for Confession and Communion.

From: Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach

3:3-4 - He who honors his father atones for his sins; and he who honors his mother is like one who stores up treasure. (SAAS)

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshipped Him, saying. “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master‘s table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

Mark 8:34-9:1

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples, also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospels, will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father, with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of the incomparable value of the soul in the Gospel of St. Mark when he said; “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mk. 8:36)

Care of the soul deserves primary attention. Believers need to take care about the content of the heart and mind to avoid putting the soul in peril. Believers need to take care about daily thoughts and actions to avoid doing harm to the soul.

Believers need to be fervent in prayer and in constant repentance. Sin needs to be put behind and the Kingdom of God deserves continued focus. God is the desired goal, foundation and nourishment for daily life.

The mother in the current Gospel of St. Matthew is an inspiring example for believers to follow. The mother’s strong faith was recognized by the Lord Jesus Christ. The demon-possessed daughter was healed due to her mother’s faith.

The mother was persistent in appealing to Jesus to heal her daughter. The woman’s persistence brought the wonderful result. Believers do well to be persistent like the mother, not yielding to frustration or becoming tired in effort.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Gal. 6:9). Prayer is always beneficial. Continuous prayer keeps the person untied with Christ.

Evagrios the Solitary said: “Persevere with patience in your prayer, and repulse the cares and doubts that arise within you.” 1 Unity with the Lord Jesus Christ is possible through consistent and concentrated prayer.

Believers seeking to care for their soul will heed the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in the present Gospel of St. Mark. Followers of Christ are expected to deny themselves and immerse themselves in the life in Christ.

Followers of Christ are expected to take up their personal crosses and follow Christ. Problems in life are to be confronted through the life in Christ and according to the teachings of Christ.

Facing crosses in personal life can be the means to achieve joy in Christ. Individuals experiencing hardships turning to Christ in fervency of prayer and by following the teachings of Christ will come to know the joys in Christ.

When hardships arise in life it is time to turn to Christ for the solution. The Lord Jesus Christ said: Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Mt. 11:12)

Christ is the best nourishment for the soul. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (Mt. 6:35)

The journey to the Kingdom of God requires discipline to reject and avoid sin. The journey to the Kingdom of God requires unity with Christ. Repentance and renewal in Christ bring joy to the believer.

Believers do well to consciously remember the Cross of Christ and the Resurrection. Believers do well to face personal crosses responsibly. Christ is to be honored and sought in all efforts. Christ is to be the guide and the goal.

The mother with the demon-possessed daughter in the present Gospel of St. Matthew is a lasting example of the value of turning to the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of soul and body.

Jesus healed the daughter and the family was changed forever. Many families have experienced lasting changes due to a mother being serious in turning to Christ in prayer.

Many individuals have taken both of the present Gospels to heart and have begun new lives in Christ. Renewal in Christ is always possible and is necessary for the continued care of the soul.

Renewal in Christ brings to mind the words of the Holy Apostle Paul: ”We all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18)

1 The Philokalia. Vol. One. Translated by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard and Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, New York, 1979, p. 58.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 17 / September 30, 2012
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday after the Exaltation of the Precious Cross.
Sophia and Her Daughters, Vera, Nada and Lubov.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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