Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled During the Week on Request.
A perfect master should be like a perfect servant---this is Saint Sava’s example and testament to
the Serbian people. There is no mention of lordliness in connection with him. In both word and deed,
from the beginning to the end, he was a servant with the spirit of the household master. He knew that
man’s lifespan is brief and that it is given not for the sake of lording it over others but for the
sake of serving.
(A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality.
Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott,
The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, Grayslake, Illinois, 1999, p. 22
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The far-reaching effects of the choir singing at the Divine Liturgy.
The impact of the choir on the lives of individuals attending church services.
The comfort the choir brings to family and friends at funerals and memorial services.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 29 - Went to Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh while parishioner had surgery.
November 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
November 3 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Local pastoral visit.
November 4 - Pomen in Millsboro.
November 5 - Funeral and burial of +Virginia Pataskie.
November 7 - Akathist in Fairmont, W.Va. Seven people came for Adult Class.
November 8 - Local parish home visit.
Wisdom of Sirach 7:7
Do no evil things and evil will never overtake you. (SAAS)
The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost
Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.
And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city
who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house
but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with
a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I beg You, do not torment me!" For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come
out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound
with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into
the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion,"
because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command
them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the
mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He
permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and
the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those
who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the
country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found
the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed
and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them
by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude
of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they
were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man
from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus
sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God
has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city
what great things Jesus had done for him.
Jesus brought peace to the demon-possessed man. The man no longer led a tormented life.
The man was no longer controlled by the demons.
The Lord Jesus Christ prevailed in radically changing the man.
When the man experienced peace, Jesus told the man to “tell what great things God has done for you.”
The healed man was not to keep his healing a secret. He was to publically
proclaim the great change that took place.
Contemporary believers finding peace in God can help others by sharing the message of healing.
Individuals experiencing Divine healing serve as authentic contemporary witnesses for Christ.
Believers expect to hear clergy speak about the healing power of Christ.
Lay individuals having been healed serve as excellent proclaimers of personal
changes in their lives due to living in Christ.
Too often the Church is the last place where individuals turn to seek healing in their personal lives.
Too often individuals turn to places outside the Church for help with problems in their marriage or with
a problematic son or daughter.
Prayer is the place to begin in seeking solutions with personal problems.
The services of the Church are sources of healing and direction when addressing personal problems.
The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated in the present Gospel that He makes a difference in lives
overcome by demons. Individuals turning to God in sustained prayer will experience beneficial results.
Parish priests serve as resources to families and individuals experiencing various problems.
Christian counseling services exist and are governed by ethics and morals fundamental to the Church.
Certain prayers of the Church and Divine services of the Church address particular
behavioral problems including drug and alcohol abuse and emotional conditions.
Helping professionals living the Christian life perform important needed services when personal
crises occur in the lives of believers. Christ is shared in the relationship. Christ is the guide,
foundation and goal of the relationship.
When a family member or friend is overtaken by demons in his or her personal life,
the present Gospel serves as a firm point of reference. Jesus Christ’s power is not
limited in bringing personal problems to a satisfactory resolution.
Individuals with very severe personal problems involving demons have been known to
turn their lives around when the Lord Jesus Christ becomes the solution.
The Holy Gospel offers nourishment and strength to deal with demons.
The Lord Jesus Christ is not deterred in the presence of demons. Affected individuals
need clarity of mind to face demons. Turning to Christ is the path to clarity.
Personal lifestyles have great bearing on efforts to confront demons.
Individuals need to be willing to change if peace in Christ is to be achieved.
The demon-possessed man in the present Gospel met Christ and his life changed completely.
Christ is ever-present. Christ offers the path to peace. Christ offers the hope for personal
tranquility. Living the life in Christ faithfully is necessary for internal composure to be sustained.
The present Gospel shows peace in Christ is possible.
Individuals healed by Christ continue to experience the healing only as they remain resolute
followers of Christ. When an individual departs from the life in Christ, the person is exposed to
further and continued torment.
Individuals finding strength in prayer and the Divine services of the Church to deal with
drug or alcohol problems are exhorted to sustain the effort. Individuals needing to overcome
excessive anxiety do well to delve deeply into Christ.
Turning to Christ in prayer and worship clarifies personal issues and establishes
direction toward the Kingdom of God. Personal torment can involve great emotional pain.
Turning to Christ brings welcome change.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 29 / November 11, 2012
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.
Martyr Anastasia the Roman. St. Abramius.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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