St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 755 - June 24 / July 7, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 755
June 24 / July 7, 2013
Nativity of St .John the Baptist

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 11:3

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Recent Services
June 29
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
June 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
July 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
July 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
A poment was served.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
July 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
July 4
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
July 11 - New Martyrs of Dabar. Bosnia and Mileseva.
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 13 - Synaxis of the Holy Apostles
July 25 - Icon of Theotokos. Three Handed.
July 26 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel
July 27 - Celebration of Monastery Marcha Slava. All invited to attend.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar - Putting Cancer in Perspective.
August 11 - Diocese Day, Parish Churches closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast

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

Congratulations to Johns Hopkins University doctoral candidate Scott Newton for being awarded a special mentorship position. Mr. Newton has supported Healthcare Day here.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrei Popa for being chosen by the Society of Petroleum Engineers to be the 2013 recipient of the SPE Management and Information Award.

Congratulations to Rachael Skolnekovich, recent graduate of Quaker Valley High School. Rachel plans to enter Virginia Tech in September.

You may find the Orthodox Ancient Faith radio website interesting:

Mim Bizic always keeps her informative website updated:

Father Milovan Katanic has an interesting blog to check out:

Do you have an Orthodox Study Bible in your home? Read it regularly.

Do you have an icon of your Slava/Patronal Feast/Patronal Saint in your home?

Share the parish weekly bulletin with others that are interested in Christ.

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 their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staff.

Plan to attend Adult Class on Tuesday evening. Two people attended class this past week.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 8:14-16)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

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

To Consider

The importance of St. John the Baptist.
God’s honor bestowed upon St. John the Baptist.
The internal blessings and peace St. John must have felt in his life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 29 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing purposes.
June 30 - Participated in parish Vidovdan dinner and program.

A Thought About St. Basil of Ostrog

In Montenegro St. Basil is venerated more than any other Christian saint, and Ostrog is considered the most sacred shrine. He was an inspiration to the people of Montenegro in all their trials. They turned to him whether in time of sorrow or happiness, and on every occasion of Spiritual and national crisis. Before beginning a task, the Montenegrin says, “God and St. Basil, help me.” In the morning, a Montenegrin could often be seen turning toward Ostrog, crossing himself and saying a prayer before setting out on a trip or beginning some work. When a man takes an oath in the name of St. Basil, it is the greatest guarantee for the Montenegrin that someone is speaking the truth.

(Dr. Blagota Gardashevich. “The Cult of St.Basil of Ostrog” The Serbian Orthodox Church:Its Past and Present. Translated by Deacon Rastko and Mrs. Victoria Trbuhovich. Published by”Pravoslavije” Institution of the Serbian Patriarchate, Belgrade, 1973, p. 30. )

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him. And going on from thence, He saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Luke 1:5-25, 57-68,76, 80

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

St. John the Baptist is remembered with great love and reverence centuries after his birth. The account of his birth is recorded in the Gospel of St .Luke with great detail even to the point of how his name was given. St. John the Baptist enjoyed a special relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ that is traced even prior to their births. John’s mother Elizabeth said the babe leaped in her womb with joy when the mother of the Lord spoke. (Lk. 1:40-44)

Joy is associated with the Lord Jesus Christ. The joy in Christ is a lasting and permanent joy. Joy in Christ is stronger than any external dangers or threats to the body due to fervency of belief in Christ. Christian martyrs stand for Christ in the face of adversity. The history of the Church is replete with accounts of martyrs facing death resolutely. Martyrs for Christ remain firm in faith rather than compromise their commitment to Christ.

St. John the Baptist stands out through the centuries. No question exists that St. John held Christ in the highest of honor. St. John did not feel worthy to baptize Christ. (Mt. 3:14.) John held Jesus in such esteem and of greater might that John did not feel worthy to bear Jesus’ shoes. (Mt. 3:11) Believers benefit from continually asking themselves their personal view of Jesus and does it compare with St. John’s.

Believers benefit from asking themselves if their personal lives reflect the greatest honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers benefit from asking themselves who are held to be role models for themselves and their sons and daughters?

St. John the Baptist stands out through the centuries due to his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The relationship was honored without question or innuendo. Christians take on their identity at baptism. The choices Christians make determine and reflect if Christ is honored in body, mind and soul. Daily life is full of perils to the soul. Resoluteness in Christ enables those perils to be overcome.

God’s Holy Church offers the nourishment to face the perils to the soul. God’s Holy Church is replete with examples of saints and martyrs emboldened by their lives in Christ to face any adversity. St. John the Baptist died a horrific death. His example and stature in the Christian world is without blemish. His place in history is firm and immovable. St. John the Baptist enjoyed the greatest of honor by Christ.

St. John the Baptist knew his place in relationship with Christ. St. John did not get filled with destructive pride to the peril of his own soul. St. John proclaimed Christ and was obedient to Christ.

Believers do well today to examine the fervency of their faith. Believers do well to ask if their adult lives reflect the total commitment to Christ that was established at holy Baptism. Believers do well to look to St. John the Baptist as teacher and example.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 24 / July 7, 2013
The Second Sunday after Pentecost.
Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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