Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled During the Week on Request.
Just as one house resembles another, so the outward appearance of one man
resembles that of another. To the house is given honor according to the one who
dwells in the house; so it is with man, according to the spirit that dwells in him.
(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One.
Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America,
2002, p. 30
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The importance of the Church’s calendar in the life of believers each day.
The importance of adhering to the fasts throughout the year.
The lessons learned from the fasts and feasts throughout the year.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 4 - Attended Carmichaels Ministerium meeting.
October 11 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Adult Class.
Six people came for the Akathist and class.
October 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
October 17 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
Wisdom of Sirach 6:5
Pleasant speech will multiply his friends,
and a gracious tongue will multiply many kind greetings.
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His
disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city.
behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow.
And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion
on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin and those
who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." So he who was
dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all,
and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us; and "God has
visited His people."
The Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
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 demonstrated His power over death when He restored life
to the dead son of the widow of Nain. The Lord Jesus Christ brought immeasurable
joy to the widowed mother. The widow’s only son had once been dead and was now
The Lord Jesus Christ brings joy to parents when prayers are answered for
their sons and daughters to repent of lives deeply immersed in sin. Many devout
parents pray fervently to God to save their sons and daughters from waywardness.
Drug and alcohol abuse take a heavy toll in contemporary society.
Parents have many sleepless and anxious nights when they know their sons and
daughters are engaged in drug and alcohol abuse. Fears for the worst can abound.
Fervent prayer is beneficial. The Lord Jesus Christ does not disappoint the
faithful. The Epistle of James makes it clear: “He who turns a sinner from the
error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
Prayers to the Lord Jesus Christ make a difference. Just as Christ raised
the son of the widow of Nain, Christ can return sinners from paths to personal
destruction. The path to destruction can be reversed by fervent prayer.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “With God all things are possible.”
Drug and alcohol abuse are not the only sins leading to destruction of the soul.
Avarice, gambling, adultery, and physical abuse of others need addressed.
Individuals feeling helpless in their sins can begin the process of
change through repentance and confession. The road to salvation begins with
acknowledgement of sin and the desire to be united with Christ.
The road to salvation begins with an interest in internal peace and cleansing
of the soul. The road to salvation begins with recognition that life in Christ
offers more than the life in sin.
Addressing the hunger of the soul by turning to Christ is the path to certainly
of life and peace in life. God’s Holy Church offers refuge, comfort and protection.
The Lord Jesus Christ welcomes sinners seeking to repent into His Holy Church.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gently and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
The Lord Jesus Christ offers eternal life for those turning to Him.
The road to the Kingdom of God has an uncertain length for each person.
Individuals do not know the day they will depart this life. Each day of life may
be the last. It is important to use each day wisely for the salvation of the soul.
Individuals do not know the day, time or hour when Christ will come
to judge the living and the dead. Vigilance and preparation are necessary.
Many temptations and attacks relentlessly confront the soul in present day life.
Believers need to be well united with Christ and vigorous in repelling sin.
Believers need to be strengthened by the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
Constant repentance and prayer lead to the Kingdom of God.
The widow of Nain and her son benefitted immeasurably when Jesus Christ
entered their lives. Every person benefits immeasurably when Jesus Christ is
welcomed and joyfully enters their lives.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I do not pray for the world but for those whom
You have given Me, for they are Yours”
Jesus set a lasting example in the value of prayer
when His words about prayer became recorded in the Gospel.
Individuals need never be too busy to pray. Individuals need never relinquish
hope. Prayer offers hope. Christ offers hope. The restoration to life of the dead
son of the widow of Nain is proof positive that hope in Christ can lead to dramatic
changes and new life in Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 8 / October 21, 2012
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Council.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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