Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled During the Week on Request.
O triune Lord, cleanse the vision of my soul, and bow down Your face over her,
so that my soul may glisten with the glory of her Lord, so that the wondrous history
of heaven and earth may be unsealed in her, so that she may be filled with glittering
like my lake, when the sun hovers above it at noon.
(Prayers by the Lake.
Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott.
The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitante of New Gracanica, Grayslake, Illinois, 1999, p. 21
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The far-reaching nature of the consecration of a parish church.
The good a parish church does for the surrounding community.
The necessity of the parish church being true to the consecration.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 19 - Went to Morgantown, W. Va. for printing purposes.
October 19 - Served pomen in funeral home for +Edward G.Nicklos.
October 20 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 20 - Funeral and burial service for +Edward G.Nicklos.
October 21 - Went to French Creek, W. Va.
October 22 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa. for a meeting.
October 23 - Went to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church
in Steubenville, Ohio for an Akathist to the
Mother of God before the Myrrh-flowing icon from Hawaii.
Wisdom of Sirach 7:1
Do no evil and evil will never befall you.
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside;
and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock;
and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.
But others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold."
When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does this parable mean?" And He said,
"To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God,
but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see,
and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this:
The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear;
then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts,
lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who,
when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root,
who believe for awhile and in time of temptation fall away.
Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard,
go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life,
and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who,
having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."
The present Gospel speaks about hearing the word of God, keeping it and bearing
fruit with patience. The Gospel alerts the individual about presence of the devil
wresting the word of God from the hearts of a certain number of people.
Serious believers will take care not to be among the group hearing the word of
God but falling prey to temptations and losing the joy of the word. Vigilance will
exist not to sacrifice the word of God due to cares, riches and pleasures.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “In your patience possess ye your souls.”
Patience is interconnected with hope and faith. Patience, faith and hope enable a
believer to cherish the word of God and look to the word of God for nourishment.
Serious believers find satisfying nourishment for the soul in the word of God.
Believers loving the word of God experience God through reading and being attentive.
Lovers of the word of God know the effort is well invested.
Shortcuts do not exist to bring forth good fruit. Even a deathbed conversion
and sincere act of repentance requires conscious action of the brain and
transformation of the heart.
In lives of many years in length, much discipline is necessary to follow Christ.
Daily prayer, fasting according to the practices of the Church and regular church
attendance strengthen believers clinging firmly to the word of God.
Every believer sins during the course of daily life. On-going repentance is
necessary to bring the self into unity with Christ. Christ awaits and welcomes
individuals repenting of their sins and choosing to turn to Him in faith.
The present Gospel makes clear the perils existing in the world. The devil,
cares, temptations, riches and pleasures are formidable foes for serious believers
to contend with. Being attentive to the word of God sharpens the focus for believers.
Dangers, cares, temptations, riches and soul destroying pleasures are faced
and avoided by believers seeking the Kingdom of God. Hearing the word of God
and keeping it provides the necessary armament to get through daily life.
On certain feasts of the Mother of God, believers hear the words from the
Gospel of St. Luke: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”
Life changes dramatically when believers welcome and heed the word of God.
The changes may not immediately become apparent. Cherishing the word of God in
the heart eventually changes the total person.
Reciting the Jesus Prayer is a way to keep the heart open to the word of God.
Saying the Jesus Prayer is a way to ward off threats to the soul. Increased reading,
hearing and considering the word of God provides direction, strength and joy.
Depression is overcome and conquered through serious heeding of the word of God.
Hope is established and renewed through reading the word of God. Anger is brought
under control through devoted reading of the word of God.
The word of God deserves focused interest every day of life. Reading the word
of God is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Time taken to read and focus on
the word of God is among the soundest investments in human life.
The present Gospel makes it clear that the word of God is heard by a variety of
listeners. The word of God matures to different degrees and extent in the lives of
individuals hearing it. The decisions a person makes affects the degree of maturity.
Individuals seeking to live fully in Christ and choosing to remain inseparable
with Christ will heed every word. Joy comes through heeding the word of God.
Growth comes through heeding the word of God.
Fruit results from being attentive to the word of God. The Holy Apostle Paul
told the Galatians: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
When a person is immersed in the word of God, the word of God gives structure
and purpose to the person’s life. The word of God comes to mind when direction is
needed and when difficult decisions must be made.
A person immersed in the word of God will not stray far from the counsel that
comes from the word of God. The word of God shapes the actions and thoughts of
individuals with lives inseparable from Christ.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me;
and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
gave Himself for me.”
Cherishing the word of God and leading a life immersed in the word of God is an
experiencing of Christ opening new dimensions of life.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 15 / October 28, 2012
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Lucian, Hieromartyr. Venerable Euthymius.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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