Matins and First Hour were read.
Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions
- Matins and First Hour.
- Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
- 5:30 AM on Monday
- 4:00 PM on Monday
December 23 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 26-29 - Diocesan Winter Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Serbian Mothers’ Day, Parish Annual Assembly.
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
A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)
- Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +George Cyanovich, Jr.
recently departed this life
- Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Margaret Myers
- Very warm welcome to Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey baptized on
- Congratulations to Dr. Risto Popstojanov for receiving a Master’s degree
- Mickey Bezjak is collecting for flowers for decorating the church for
the Feast of the Nativity. Please see Mickey if you want to contribute.
- Judge Gustave and Emma Diamond visited the St. George Church last Sunday.
- Judge Farley Toothman’s interest in the St. George Church is appreciated.
- Arthur “Butch” Chambers has an abiding interest in the St. George Church.
- Mike Rosso comes to the St. George Cemetery to decorate the graves of
members of the Blazovich family.
- Thank you to all helping the Kolo to bake this week.
- 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 the families.
- Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers,
the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.
- The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.
- If you have a question about the teachings or services of the Church,
ask the priest.
- Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on
December 25 / January 7.
That which is of the Living God in the graves, will be resurrected into life.
No one can resurrect the dead except the Lord, and no one can rise from the
dead except the Lord. For He is in His holy people. Truly, He is in His living people,
both in the grave and out of the grave.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
(Prayers by the Lake
Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott,
Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, 2010. p. 183
The feasts of God’s Holy Church.
The changes in our lives due to the feasts of the Church.
Taking time throughout the year to properly honor and celebrate the feasts.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
December 14 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes and to
Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va to prepare for scheduled services.
December 15 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy and Baptism.
December 18 - Went to Magee Hospital while parishioner had surgery.
December 18 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers.
December 20 - Went to viewing in Aliquippa for +George Cyanovich Jr.
Wisdom of Sirach 13:15 (SAAS)
All flesh gathers together by species, and every man clings to one like himself.
The Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers,
who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said: “Jesus, Master,
have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves
to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud
voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.
And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed?
But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to
God except this foreigner? “ And He said to him, “Arise, go your way.
Your faith has made you well.”
Believers pray for God’s mercy throughout the year. God hears prayers and
healings occur. Thanking God for healings and for mercy has a place in each
believer’s life through the year.
In the current Gospel, only one of the ten lepers took time to give thanks
for having been healed. Each believer in contemporary life determines if he or
she will be counted among the grateful to God.
Each believer has a responsibility to thank God. Each believer benefits
from God’s mercy, healing and forgiveness. Not all believers are conscious
of the full extent of God’s love, forgiveness and mercy.
Believers are in need of God’s healing and mercy throughout life.
The soul, the heart and the mind need continued healing. Each person
needs God’s mercy for the cleansing of sins that occur throughout life.
Remaining on the narrow path to the Kingdom of God is difficult.
Frustrations, unintended detours from the narrow path and acts of sin take
place in believers’ lives. God’s mercy and love bring healing and wholeness.
The current Gospel is an expression of God’s love. The present Gospel
is a gentle reminder for believers to take time to acknowledge the healing
power of God and to give due thanks.
The depth of God’s love and healing power exceeds the imagination of believers.
The immeasurable extent of Jesus’ humility was demonstrated when He took on human
flesh, accepted arrest, ascended the Cross and died.
The human mind is not capable of fully comprehending the greatness of God.
The human mind is not capable of fully understanding the humility and love of
the Lord Jesus Christ.
The human mind is fully capable of giving thanks to God. The human person
is fully capable of giving thanks for the continuous mercy flowing from God.
The human person does well to continuously give thanks to God.
The words “Lord have mercy” quickly come to our lips and arise in our minds
in time of need. The words “Thanks be to God” and “Glory be to God” need to
permanently emanate from our hearts, minds and souls.
Healings and mercy from God give freedom and new life to believers.
The ten lepers were granted new life. The leper taking time to thank God
enjoyed a greater sense of freedom.
The leper giving thanks to God had his faith acknowledged by the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ gave credence to the leper’s faith.
This was a lasting lesson that has instructed succeeding generations of believers.
Many people in each generation hear of the mercy and love of God.
Everyone benefits from the mercy, love and healing power of God.
Too often God is not credited and shown appreciation.
In these difficult days when violence is manifested all too often,
the search for answers for a more stable and peaceful life in the
community is necessary. The present Gospel provides a starting point.
God needs to be remembered more often.
God cannot be taken for granted. God needs to be a conscious part of daily life.
Daily life needs to be shaped and lived in ways pleasing to God. Believers are
indebted to God for daily expressions of love, mercy and kindness.
Believers are indebted to God for giving each believer additional opportunities
to begin anew in Christ. Every time a believers falls away from the path to the
Kingdom of God, the believer is welcomed with great joy when repentance takes place.
Newness in Christ occurs through Holy Confession. As the lepers were cleansed
in the current Gospel, cleansing takes place when repentance occurs and sins are
forgiven. Holy Communion brings unity with Christ.
Believers do well to turn to Christ with regularity and in repentance.
Believers do well to seek the healing that comes from the forgiveness of sins.
God’s mercy, love and forgiveness enable healing throughout life.
The Holy Gospel provides the healing and nourishing words of Christ.
The Holy Gospel is filled with the power of God. Lives change when the
Holy Gospel is taken to heart.
The present Gospel message is a message of renewal. The power of the
present Gospel message changes lives in each generation. The power of the
present Gospel penetrates the centuries.
Too often individuals in the present society do not heed the Holy Gospel.
Too often individuals in the present society live in ways that not only hurt
themselves but live in ways that hurt others including innocent adults and children.
Now is the time for each believer to determine the way the remaining days
of life will be lived. Now is the time for each believer to determine if he
or she will live in accord with the teachings of Christ in the Holy Gospel
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 10 / December 23, 2012
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Sts. Menas and Comp. Martyrs. St. Jovan of Serbia. Children’s Day
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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