St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 758 - July 15 / July 28, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 758
July 15 / July 28, 2013
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost / St. Vladimir

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: 23

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

Recent Services
July 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people attended. Three communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
July 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
July 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for the Akathist to Mother of God.
July 24
Matins and First Hour were read. Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Prayer was given at rally for Hatfield Ferry Power Plant workers losing their jobs.
July 25
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Eight people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity at the Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday,

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Holy Prophet Elijah. 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 4 - St. Mary Magdalene
August 7 - Dormition of St. Anne
August 8 - Venerable Parasceva of Trnovo, Martyr. St. Sava III
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. Procession of Holy Cross.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 24 - KSS Federation Slava, Shadeland
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God

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

Double congratulations to Robert and Ann Marie Belich.

Stan Brozik represented the St. George Church recently at a meeting with officials involved in building the new Masontown bridge.

Plan to attend Diocese Day at Shadeland on August 11.

Plan to attend the parish Healthcare Seminar on August 9.

Thank you for being faithful to St. George Church.

Make sure your home has an Orthodox Study Bible.

Make sure your home has an icon of your Slava.

Honor your Slava / Patronal Saint day each year. Ask for more information if you need it.

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.

If you want your home blessed, call the priest.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church, ask the priest

Plan to attend Adult Class this week. Four people attended last week.

Make a commitment to attend a weekday service at least once per week.

Live according to the Church calendar each day.

Honor the feasts and fasts of the Church.

Pray with fervor each day.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 11:1)

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

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

To Consider

The Epistles of the Holy Apostle Paul.
The example of the Holy Apostle Paul
The far-reaching efforts of the Holy Apostle Paul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 20 - Attended wedding celebration of Branislav and Dragan Golic at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Hermitage, Pennsylvania
July 24 - Attended rally of Hatfield Ferry Power plant workers facing loss of jobs.
July 25 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Akathist and class. Eight people attended.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

According to our calling we should be “men of prayer” because we are priests. If we want to briefly define what a priest is, we could say: The priest is a living prayer. And every Christian should be a living prayer. One saint said, “Not only should we pray, but we ourselves need to become prayer.”

( "Prayer Central to Christan Life." The Path of Orthodoxy. March, 1999, p3. )

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 8:29-9:1

And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought Him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told everything, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts. And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.

Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come toTthee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

The present Gospel of St. Matthew reveals the power of the Lord Jesus Christ over demons. Believers always can turn to the Lord Jesus Christ with confidence to confront and conquer personals demons destructive to the soul.

Many believers face demons that lead to drug and alcohol abuse. Many believers face demons that cause loss of self-control and impulsive or aggressive behavior. Many believers face demons leading to erratic behavior.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the path to personal peace. The Lord Jesus Christ is the path to conquering demons including those dragging individuals into depression.

The Jesus Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner” is the ladder to lead believers from the depths of despair. The Jesus Prayer is the rescue line of safety for believers drowning in the sea of temptations.

The Lord Jesus Christ talks about eternal life in the current Gospel of St. John. Eternal life is the foremost desire of serious believers. Eternal life is the intended goal when believers exit the baptismal font.

The path from the baptismal font to the Kingdom of God is fraught with obstacles and temptations. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Mt. 7:14)

Constant prayer is the way to fortify the self against demons attacking the soul. Prayer is the way to fortify the self against attacks on the mind. Prayer is the instrument to combat temptations leading to personal destruction.

The Jesus Prayer carries the power of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Used properly, the Jesus Prayer enables believers to cut through difficult pathways. The Jesus Prayer opens doorways leading to the Kingdom of God.

The Jesus Prayer is empowering and gives rise to hope in the most difficult of circumstances. The Jesus Prayer increases in personal value the more it is sincerely used.

The Jesus Prayer is intended for use twenty four hours per day, seven days a week. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians to pray without ceasing. (I Thess. 5:17) The Holy Apostle established continuous prayer as a goal and possibility.

Believers determine at every moment of their lives whether they are serious about Christ. Believers make decisions continuously which affect their personal relationship with Christ.

The Jesus Prayer draws believers closer to Christ and results in unity with Christ. Joy and unity with Christ are synonymous. Peace and unity with Christ are synonymous.

Believers have great control over their minds and bodies. When the control over the mind and body is exercised in prayer and directed toward the Kingdom of God, attacks of evil may occur, but perseverance in Christ leads to triumph.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Mt. 24:12-13) Christians are expected to endure in faithfulness to Christ.

Centuries ago Blessed Theophylact spoke reassuringly and with certainty that those who endure until the end will partake of eternal life. 1

1 The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. Translated by Fr. Christopher Stade. Chrysostom Press, House Springs, Missouri.2008, p. 87.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 15 / July 28, 2013
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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