St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 730 - December 31, 2012 / January 13, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 730
December 31, 2012 / January 13, 2013
Sunday after Nativity

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 12:1-2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Recent Services
January 4
Royals Hours were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read
January 5
Midnight Office was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Confession and Great Vespers
January 6
Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. One person came for Confession. Ten communicants.
Seven people came for Vespers.
More than seventy people came for blessing of the Badnjak.
More than fifty people came for the Vigil
January 7
Akathist to the Holy Communion was read.
Forty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Thirteen communicants.
January 8
Matins was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 9
Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 10
Canon for Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today, Sunday before Theophany
Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Friday. Saturday afternoon time to be announcerd.

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM. Great Blessing of Water

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
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 everyone coming for the services for Christmas. New individuals came for Christmas Eve and Christmas Divine Liturgy. Many young children were here for Christmas Eve.

Several families drove more than an hour to two hours and one family drove three hours and stayed at a motel to attend the services for Christmas.

The Holy Trinity Mission Parish in Fairmont was very well represented here during the Christmas services.

The Monongahela River Blessing under the Masontown Bridge will take place on Sunday, January 20 after Divine Liturgy. Plan to stay.

The St. Sava Program and Covered Dish Dinner are scheduled for January 27 after Divine Liturgy with Blessing of the Kolach and Koljivo. Plan to attend.

The parish was blessed by individuals living distant from St. George Church but remembering the parish at Christmas.

The St. George Choir did wonderfully in singing for the Christmas services.

Tom Hunter worked rapidly to enable the Christmas broadcasts to be heard.

Individuals in attendance during Christmas services other than from Pennsylvania included individuals from Maryland, Florida, and West Virginia.

The next scheduled Adult Class is for January 23.

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.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovich)

O my illustrious Kind and my God, to You alone I bow down and pray. Flood into me, as a raging stream into thirsty sand. Just flood into me with Yourself, life-giving Water; then grass will easily grow in the sand and white lambs will graze in the grass. Just flood into my parched soul, my Life and my Salvation.

(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. 35 )

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

To Consider

The newness in Christ experienced in celebrating the Feast of the Nativity.
Christ’s impact on the souls of individuals serious in faith.
Growth in Christ experienced by believers faithful to Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 4 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 8 - Went to Diocesan Center.
January 9 - Went to Perryiopolis to visit parishioner.

Sirach 16:12

As great as His mercy, so also great is His rebuke, and He will judge a man according to his works. (SAAS)

The Sunday after Nativity

Matthew 2:13-23

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him . ”When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet saying: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

The present Gospel showed Herod to be an enemy of the Christ-Child. Many young children died as a result of Herod’s anger. Joseph and Mary were cautious in their travel with the Christ-Child due to Herod and Herod’s son Archelaus.

In today’s world, the headlines seem unending in reporting abuse and violent deaths to young children. The current Gospel connects with today’s world. Violence towards children seems to be increasing daily.

What kind of man would search out the young Christ-Child to destroy Him? What kind of man would kill all young male children out of anger? Why does such evil and anger reign in the hearts of certain men?

Peace is identified with the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals living in Christ find and experience peace. Serious Christian believers find depth of peace in their hearts, minds and souls. (Phil. 4:7) Serious believers face the forces of evil directly.

Serious believers live as constant witnesses for Christ. Individuals full of evil thoughts and perpetrators of evil face the final judgment. Individuals acting out of evil motivations face eternal punishment. (Mt. 25:46)

The Gospel of St. Matthew makes it very clear that young children are precious to the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mt. 18:5-6). The present Gospel is motivation to consider the great degree of violence against children and the Christian response.

Violence against unborn children has legal standing in this nation. This legal standing of violence against unborn children is an expression of the prevailing morality turned into public law.

Expressions of violence in speech, song and in video as well as in recreational activities have found a way into the public sector. Illegal extremes of violence against children regularly become known.

Putting the violence against children into perspective is a very difficult task. Understanding the minds of Herod and Archelaus and their modern counterparts challenges the minds of the most skilled, experienced and knowledgeable.

The Christ-Child was not physically harmed because His time had not yet come. Christ would face the violence of the Cross when He was of adult age. The infants in the current Gospel did not escape the forces of evil.

Being rooted in Christ best prepares individuals to address the evils that exist. Being rooted in Christ strengthens individuals to have visions of hope. Being rooted in Christ is the bulwark against despair.

Evil triumphs when hope is lost. Evil triumphs when the future appears bleak. Evil triumphs when it seems evil will be victorious. Evil triumphs when it seems pervasive and all encompassing.

The first Great and Holy Friday was a time of darkness when Christ hung upon the Cross. Herod and Archelaus did not succeed in destroying Christ. Later day enemies of Christ thought they would succeed when He was crucified.

Christ’s death on the Cross was not the end. In many ways, Christ’s death on the Cross was a very clear beginning. Christ’s death on the Cross was a very clear turning point because the Resurrection revealed Christ’s power over death.

Christ is the source of hope in times of violence and death. Christ is the source of direction and strength in times of violence and death. Violent deaths of young children and unborn children may not be comprehensible.

Violent deaths of children and of the unborn hurt beyond imagination. Christ can help with that hurt. Life is never the same after a loved one is the victim of violence. Life is never the same in a family after there has been an abortion.

When the hurt and darkness reaches to the depths of the heart and the far reaches of the mind and soul, only Christ offers the sufficient light and healing power to make a difference. Christ suffered death and overcame it.

Christ took on human flesh and voluntarily exposed Himself to the suffering on the Cross. Christ endured the pain of the Cross. Christ made it absolutely clear that the harming of children is not acceptable and brings consequences.

Tears flow when believers learn of violence against children. Tears flow over the amount of abortions that are taking place and have taken place. The deep hurt and great need for societal change exists in the hearts and minds of Christians.

The Psalmist said: “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.” (Ps. 62:5-7).

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 31, 2012 / January 13, 2013
Sunday after the Nativity.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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