St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 728 - December 17 / December 30, 2012

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 728
December 17 / December 30, 2012
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers

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.

I Corinthians 13:13

And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Recent Services
December 21
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Vespers and Confession.
December 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
December 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
December 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 27
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Akathists and prayers for special needs held on Request during the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 30 - Serbian Mothers’ Day. Holy Prophet Danie. Martyr Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
December 31 - Holy Martry Sebastian
January 6 - Serbian Fathers’ Day. Sunday Morning Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Christmas Eve - Blessing of Badjnak at 7:30 P. Vigil afterwards
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
January 8 - Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - Holy Apostle, Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen
January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord Jesus Christ. St. Basil the Great. New Year.
January 18 - Holy Cross Day

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Please remain for the Annual Assembly today after the Divine Liturgy.

Mickey Bezjak is collecting for flowers for decorating the church for the Feast of the Nativity. Please see Mickey if you want to contribute.

Thank you to Lud Miscovich for bringing the tree for the church hall.

Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, Protinica Mirjana, Savo and Marta from St. Sava Cathedral in New York City were in the area visiting this week.

The Christmas radio broadcast will be on Christmas evening, January 7 at 5:45 PM on WMBS-AM 590 in Uniontown. If you live out of the area, you can hear the broadcast online by going to the radio station’s website.

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.

If you have not been to Holy Confession recently, it is time.

Take time to think seriously about the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

Take time to pray with regularity and concentration each day.

Take time to give thanks to God each day.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

O fiery Spirit, You are never separated from the Virginity of Eternity. Pierce my soul, cleanse her, illuminate her, perfume her with heavenly incense, enter her and make her Your bride, so that the hymn of Divine wisdom may be conceived within her; so that the Eye of eternity may be opened within her.

(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. 42 )

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

To Consider

The approach of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
The earnest spiritual preparation for the Feast.
The care of the soul in preparing for the Feast of the Nativity.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 22 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

Sirach 14:14 (SAAS)

Do not let a day go by without doing something good, and do not let any of your desire for doing good escape you.

Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 11:47-12:1 (NKJV)

“Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute.’ That the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him. In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Sunday of Holy Forefathers

Luke 14:16-24

Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready. But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused. And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused. Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind. And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is no room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ is moving closer with each passing day. The Nativity Fast is the period of preparation for the Feast. The heart, the mind and the soul are to be readied for celebrating the nativity of Christ.

Christ taking on human flesh in humble surroundings is a challenge for the mind and the heart. Today’s society gives greater attention to material possessions than to the soul. More people seek luxury rather than virtue.

Christ chose a simple place to be born. Christ chose simple surroundings. Christ chose a time when modes of travel were much different. Christ chose to be born when mass production and nuclear technology were not common place.

Believers have to sort through the failing relationships and excesses in society to see the greater value of the life in Christ. Believers need to deal with a society that does not hold basic family structures and human life as valuable.

The heart, the mind and the soul are central to the life in Christ. The heart, the mind and the soul govern the direction a believer’s life will take. Believers are invited with regularity to learn and experience more in God’s Holy Church.

Eternal life is of primary interest to serious believers. The Kingdom of God is the chosen goal of devout followers of Christ. Serious believers of the words of Christ seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33)

Not everyone accepts invitations to attend opportunities for prayer in God’s Holy Church. Not everyone attends Divine services with regularity. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is very limited among believers.

Limits of partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ are self-imposed. Limits are self- created by believers’ moderate or minimal religious beliefs. Believers have the opportunity to be continually united with Christ.

The present Gospel of St. Luke gives a glimpse of why believers decline invitations to the banquet at each Divine Liturgy. Care for property, possessions and certain personal interests often keep people from coming to church.

Being united with Christ and growing in Christ requires initiative from believers. Christ constantly extends invitations for believers to draw near. Believers determine whether to accept Christ’s invitation.

Numerous decisions to decline the invitations from Christ affect the final outcome of a person’s life. The outcome of a person’s life is determined by the accumulated decisions made during the course of daily life.

Interest in Christ may increase when an individual faces a crisis, experiences illness or a sudden change of personal circumstances. The Nativity of Christ shows that Christ took the initiative to draw near to humanity to bring lasting change.

Believers decide whether to acknowledge the presence of Christ in the world and whether to ascribe great importance to Christ’s nativity. Little time remains to prayerfully prepare for the Feast of Christ’s birth.

The Church places great importance on the Nativity of Christ. The Church established the Nativity Fast as prayerful preparation. The Nativity Fast precedes the celebration of the feast which continues for several days afterwards.

Believers’ lives are expected to change for the better with the preparation and celebration of this major feast. Stagnancy has no place in the Christian life. Growth in Christ is always expected.

Individuals hungry for Christ make a determined effort to accept invitations from Christ throughout life. The Mother of God readily accepted the honor for which she was chosen. Her life changed forever. The world changed forever.

The birth of Christ changed the world and ushered in a new understanding of life. Christ’s virgin birth challenges the human mind. Christ readily brings newness to lives open to His invitations. Christ joyfully renews hearts, minds and souls.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 17 / December 30, 2012
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.
Serbian Mothers’ Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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