St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 768 - September 23 / October 6, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 768
September 23 / October 6, 2013
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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.

HABAKKUK 2:4 - Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.

Recent Services
September 26
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
September 27
Matins was read.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
September 28
Third and Sixth Hours were read and Divine Liturgy was celebrated at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Nine people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

First, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

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

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 4:00 PM.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of the Elevation of the Cross.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God.
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia, St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke. St. Peter of Cetinje.
November 2 - Memorial Saturday
November 3 - 59th Parish Anniversary Divine Liturgy and Dinner.
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 10 - St. Arsenije of Srem
November 12 - St. King Milutin, Teokist and Mother Jelena, Conf. Varnava of Hvosna
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damien, Unmercenaries.
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 22 - St. Nectarios –Divine Liturgy-8:00 AM.
November 2 - St. Stefan of Decani

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 Amy Cyr and her newly baptized son Ryan, to all family members and Kumovi Aaron Carson and Millicent Mitizie Hunchuck.

Susan Donovan was here from Arizona recently and came to church with her brother Louis. It was good to see them and hear about their mother, Mildred “Mickey” Zorman.

Stan Brozik attended an early morning meeting with Braymen Construction on September 28. He was accompanied by Milosh Serb Krewasky.

Classes are held Sundays for children and youth. Bring your children and grandchildren.

Choir Director Sonia Janson and the St. George Choir can be heard singing each week on the parish radio program and on the parish website throughout the week.

Frank Snyder is diligent and articulate in speaking up for and defending workers’ rights.

Remember the workers at Hatfield Ferry Power Plant facing the loss of their jobs soon.

Remember the workers in the mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, 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 institution staffs. .

If you need prayers for particular needs or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (II Cor. 6: 16)

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

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

To Consider

Love as God as God would have love practiced in daily life.
Forgive as God would have forgiveness practiced in daily life.
Pray as God would have prayer practiced in daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 27 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
September 28 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. to serve the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor in himself. Not only that, one must also work on one’s own growth. From the beginning and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator with God. The Divine synergism will not cease even in the next life. An example of such Theandric cooperation is given in the Lord Jesus Christ. Synergism is given in the Church and through the Church.

(Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America Dr. MITROPHAN. The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59. )

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:35-46

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose Son is He? They say unto Him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call Him Lord, how is He his Son? And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions.

Lawyers have a way of asking penetrating questions. We find the presence of lawyers in the Holy Gospel. In the current Gospel, a lawyer addressed a pointed question to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The lawyer asked Jesus to identify the greatest commandment. Jesus answered the question directly and without hesitation. Jesus said complete love of God with all the heart, mind and soul is the greatest commandment.

Believers dedicate themselves completely to God at Holy Baptism. They take up the life in Christ having been completely sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Baptism and Chrismation are experiences of great joy.

The life in Christ is life inseparable with the lives of our neighbors. The present Gospel makes it absolutely clear that love of neighbor is essential and expected.

We do not always choose our neighbors. We are expected by Christ to find a way to love them. Our commitment and obedience to Christ are measured by the degree we love God and our neighbor.

The Church proclaims the Gospel of Lazarus and the Rich Man each year as a strong lesson not to ignore the needy neighbor living nearby. (Lk. 16:19-31). Love of God and neglect of the needy neighbor are not compatible for serious Christians.

Blessed Theophylact commenting on the value of the love of neighbor in the present Gospel said: “He who loves his neighbor fulfills all the commandments, and he who fulfills all the commandments, loves God.” 1

Christ’s words in the present Gospel make it clear that Christians are not to go through life ignoring the needs of others. Selfishness and greed have no part in the Christian life.

The Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross was the ultimate expression of personal sacrifice for the benefit of others. Fasting is a way to curtail personal desires to improve the self and to benefit others.

Acts of charity are clearly identified with the Christian life. The Holy Apostle Paul spoke about the supreme value of charity in his First Epistle to the Corinthians. (I Cor. 13:1-13)

St. John Climacus in the book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent? said: “The power of love is in hope, because by it we await the reward of love.” Great joy is experienced in charitable love of neighbor. 2

The Christian life has the continuous expectation of growth in Christ. The question by the lawyer recorded in the current Gospel brought answers from Christ with enduring and never-ending value.

Healthy believers turn to Christ to seek the Christian solutions to the problems of life. Healthy believers turn to Christ seeking answers for dealing with the most difficult problems of life.

A few years ago a family was dealing with the hospitalization of a family member. A nurse asked if the family had called the priest. Calling the priest had not occurred to the family. Love of God means including God as every part of life.

The nurse told the family that calling the priest was the first thing she did when a family member was hospitalized. The present Gospel about complete love of God and neighbor has relevance for every aspect of life.

The Gospel read at each Divine Liturgy has the power of God and the words of God. The Gospel read at each Divine Liturgy changes lives for the better for the attentive and serious believers.

The Holy Gospel benefits the hearts, minds and souls of serious and attentive believers. The Holy Gospel nourishes the hunger of the soul. The Holy Gospel purifies and strengthens the minds of believers.

The Holy Gospel warms and cheers the hearts of believers. Serious believers experience unity with Christ in the reading and listening to the Holy Gospel. Serious believers know the love of God in the reading of the Gospel.

Today is the day to be attentive to the Holy Gospel. Today is the day to love God with all of our hearts, all our minds and all of our souls. Today is the day to love our neighbors as ourselves.

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. 193.

2 Saint John Climacus The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, Massachusetts. 2001, p .228.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 23 / October 6, 2013
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Conception of St. John the Baptist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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