St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 729 - December 24, 2012 / January 6, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 729
December 24, 2012 / January 6, 2013
Sunday of the Holy Fathers

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.

Hebrews 11:39-40

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Recent Services
December 27
Vespers was read.
December 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Nineteen people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
December 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 2
Matins and First Hour was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
January 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today, January 6
Serbian Fathersí Day.
Divine Liturgy.

Tonight, Christmas Eve
Blessing of Badjnak at 7:30 PM. Vigil afterwards.

Tomorrow, Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Tuesday, January 8, Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Wednesday, Holy Apostle, Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

5:30 AM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord Jesus Christ. St. Basil the Great. New Year.
January 18 - Holy Cross Day
January 19 - Theophany

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

Thank you to all parishioners staying for the Annual Assembly. Elected and appointed officers include:
Stan Brozik - President;
Harry Richard Porter - Vice-President;
Sonia Janson - Treasurer;
Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck - Secretary;
Andrea Janson - Financial Secretary.
Audit Board - Aaron Carson, Frank Menhart and Anna Mae Knezovich.
Tutors - Rich and Linda Porter.
Diocesan Assembly Delegate - Sonia Janson.

Thank God for the abundant blessings during the past year.

May the Feast of the Nativity serve as a time of renewal in our hearts and homes.

The Christmas radio broadcast will be on Christmas evening, January 7 at 5:45 PM on Uniontown station WMBS, 590 AM. The broadcast can be heard online by going to the radio stationís website.

You can hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Nativity message on the parish website and during todayís radio broadcast.

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.

Be mindful of the twelve miners that lost their lives on January 2, 2006 in the Sago Mine disaster. Be mindful of their families and friends.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovich)

The only-begotten Son of God, brethren, begotten in eternity of the Father without a mother, was born in time of a mother without a father. That first begetting is an unfathomable mystery of the Holy Trinity in eternity, and the second is the unfathomable mystery of Godí s power and love for mankind in time. The greatest mystery in time corresponds to the greatest mystery in eternity.

(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol.Two Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Edited by Fr. Janko Trbovic, St. Herman of Alaska Monastery and St. Paisius Monastery. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002, p 705. )

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
Lives changed due to the Nativity of Christ.
The continued change of lives taking place due to the Nativity of Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 28 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 3 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

Sirach 15:17

Before a man are life and death, and whichever he chooses will be given to him.

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Matthew 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abija begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jeshoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ is here. The current Gospel causes believers to think back through the centuries to the time of Abraham.

The current Gospel draws attention to prominent Biblical figures through the centuries. These Biblical figures are connected with the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. The birth of the Lord Christ changed the world forever.

The birth of Christ in hearts, minds and souls continues to change lives. The present Gospel speaks about the Lord Jesus Christ saving His people from their sins. The present Gospel associates the birth of Christ with God being with us.

Celebrating the birth of Christ stimulates deep reflection in the minds and hearts of serious believers. Serious believers reflect on the meaning of Christís birth for each person and for the world at large.

The birth of Christ has more meaning than the commercialism displayed in the media. The birth of Christ has greater meaning than being a cause for parties.

The birth of Christ is the Divine taking on human flesh. The Divine and the human come together in a mystical way. The Holy Spirit acts in a way not known to man with the young Virgin Mary chosen from among all women of all centuries.

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ transforms the world each year. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ reaches across the globe and captures the hearts and minds of serious believers.

Men and women on the battlefields pause to consider the birth of Christ. Churches in large cities, small towns and villages summon the faithful to honor the birth of Christ.

Families put aside unrelated interests in order for family members to celebrate the birth of Christ. Jesus taking on human flesh continues to affect lives more than twenty centuries after He entered time in the flesh.

Serious believers grow in Christ with each passing year. Each Feast of the Nativity builds in meaning on previous years. Each Feast of the Nativity confirms the immeasurable value of pausing to celebrate Christís birth.

The love of Christ is exemplified in the humility displayed by His birth in simple surroundings. His birth occurred at a time when life was much less hectic and complex than the present. Technology was far less advanced.

Serious believers seek to increase in knowledge and understanding of the meaning of Christís birth. The present world desperately needs the peace identified with Christís birth.

The present world desperately needs the love associated with Christís birth. The present world needs greater forgiveness and opportunities to begin anew in ways pleasing to Christ.

The violence and distrust in todayís world need eradicated. Human relationships need to be strengthened and steeped in trust and understanding. Wars and hostilities within and among nations need to cease.

Communities need to offer freedom of movement and joy when residents meet each other. The Lord Christ provides the way for change to take place. True Christian leaders need to step forth and establish the way for others to follow.

Courage is necessary to stand against evil. Courage is necessary to stand against the erosion of the common good and the compromise of moral principles. Courage is necessary to follow Christ in peace and love.

Joseph heeded the words of the angel in the current Gospel. Mary heeded the words of the angel when informed she was chosen to give birth. (Lk. 1:38) Contemporary believers do well to be similarly obedient unto the Lord.

The Holy Gospel provides the words, the teachings and the life of Christ. No other writings carry the power, strength and thoroughness of the Holy Gospel.

On this Feast of the Nativity, let us immerse our lives in Christ. Let us be united with Christ more than we have ever been. Let us rejoice greatly that God is with us and be clear we always want to be with God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 24, 2012 / January 6, 2013
Sunday of the Holy Fathers
Serbian Fathersí Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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