St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 717 - October 1 / October 14, 2012


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 717
October 1 / October 14, 2012
Protection of the Theotokos


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.


Hebrews 11:3

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Recent Services
October 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
October 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 6
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Twelve people attended the Divine Liturgy.
An Akathist for the Departed and Pomen for All Parishioners buried under the auspices of the St. George Church were held at St. George Church.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
October 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
October 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. John the Apostle, Evangelist and Theologian.
October 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 11
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

Tuesday
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

Today, 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
October 31 - St. Luke. St. Peter of Cetinje
November 3 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr and Myrrh-gusher

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 former St.George parish priest, Very Rev. Lt. Col.Adam Yonitch having been awarded the Pectoral Cross by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Frank Menhart was recently recognized for his athletic accomplishments.

Milana “Mim” Bizic has created a computer application to help children develop their intellectual skills. Benefits from the application will go to help the needy in Kosovo.

Mike Rogish Jr, his wife Sue, Diane Rogish Tanner and Steve Rogish (Mike’s son) recently visited the St. George Church. They came from Michigan, Virginia and North. Carolina.

Three people came to Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this coming Tuesday. Come and be serious in learning more about God. and God’s Holy Church.

The Mountain of Silence and Inner River by Dr. Kyriacos C. Markides are two books recently read by a parishioner and are new additions to the parish library.

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.

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

The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.

Please send in your reservations promptly for the parish Anniversary dinner.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

At one time the fables of the heretics plagued the Church of God, and now the Church is plagued by the fables of the apostates from God. By perseverance in the Faith, by diligence in prayer, by confession of the Faith, and even by martyrdom for the Faith, the Church has remained undefeated. Only by these methods will these new plagues be defeated.

(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002, p. 26 )

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.
The countless numbers of faithful praying to the Mother of God for her intercession with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The countless healings attributed to prayers to the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 5 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes.
October 6 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
October 9 - Went to Fairmont General Hospital to be with parishioner while family member had surgery.

From: Wisdom of Sirach 5:8

Do not set your heart on dishonest wealth, for it will profit you nothing in the day of distress. (SAAS)


The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same? And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God is celebrated throughout the world today. Serious minds turn to the Mother of God in thought, prayer and with reverence. The Mother of God is greatly honored in God’s Holy Church

Serious believers are grateful for the attentiveness of the Mother of God. Believers regularly turn to the Mother of God in prayer as part of the Divine services of the Church. Believers are convinced of her attentiveness to prayer.

The Church has recorded miracles involving the Mother of God through the centuries. The miracle at the wedding of Cana recorded in the Gospel of St. John involved the Mother of God interceding with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Jn. 2:`1-11)

Believers cherish the purity exemplified in the Mother of God. Her words of obedience are recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke: ” Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word. (Lk. 1:38)

Believers do well to follow the example of Mary and say with consistency to the Lord: “Let it be according to Your word.” Believers do well to follow the example of Mary as expressed in song when she is described as “most pure.”

Christians benefit from studying the relationship between the Mother of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Inexhaustible lessons exist in learning how to personally approximate the unity existing between the Theotokos and Christ.

Believers seeking to grow in Christ devote time in prayer to the Mother of God. Believers seeking to repent of sins seek the assistance and intercession of the Mother of God. Believers turn to the Mother of God seeking solutions to problems.

Prayers to the Mother of God are rich in content and extensive in addressing a range of personal needs and circumstances. The Church’s prayers to the Mother of God enable believers to clearly express interests of the heart, mind and soul.

Miraculous icons of the Mother of God have appeared in diverse and distant locations. Miraculous icons of the Mother of God are sources of wonder, healing and protection.

On this Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, believers gather in churches and monasteries. Some monasteries and churches have taken this feast as the Patronal Feast and celebrate with added dimensions of joy.

The Mother of God is a source of joy as she was chosen among all women of all centuries to give birth to the Christ Child. She holds a unique place in salvation history that no other woman holds.

Belief in the Virgin birth of Christ is professed at baptism and each Divine Liturgy. The Virgin birth is recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke. (Lk. 1:1-2:20) The Virgin birth was forecast centuries earlier in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. (Is. 7:14)

Centuries have passed since the birth of the Mother of God. Centuries have passed since her physical departure from this life. She continues to have an immeasurable presence in the lives of believers.

The Mother of God has transcended the time since her earthly physical life came to an end. Believers still communicate with her through prayer. Reports of her presence are recorded in the writings of the Church.

The Mother of God holds a particularly special understanding with respect to the Holy Mountain of Athos. Females are not permitted to visit the monasteries on Mt. Athos. The Mother of God is viewed as the guardian of Mt. Athos. 1

Believers’ minds are challenged to consider the far-reaching nature of the influence, presence and miracles of the Mother of God. Believers’ minds do well to consider the lessons to be learned from the Mother of God.

Seeking to understand more about the Mother of God is part of the process of learning more about Christ and growing in Christ. No one has had a closer relationship with Christ than the Mother of God.

The Mother of God was chosen from all women of all centuries to give birth to the Christ Child. She was present at the Cross when Christ was being crucified. She was entrusted by Christ to the care of St. John the Apostle. (Jn. 19:26-27)

The current Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God is traced to October 1, 911 when the Mother of God appeared in the Blachernae Church of the Mother of God in Constantinople. Her protection is viewed as unceasing. 2

God’s Holy Church celebrates the life and miracles of the Mother of God throughout the year. Special observances occur in the Church on particular dates but the Mother of God is always a part of the liturgical life of the Church.

Believers find joy, comfort and hope when turning to the Mother of God in prayer and worship. She is ever accessible and readily welcomes believers seeking her intercession before the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Treasures of Mt. Athos Athanasios K. Karakatsani, Managing Editor. Thessaloniki, Greece, 1997, p. x.

2 St. Nikolai Velimirovic. The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Western Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 370


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 1 / October 14, 2012
The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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