St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 781 - December 23, 2013 / January 5, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 781
December 23, 2013 / January 5, 2014
Sunday before 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.

I Corinthians 16:13
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Recent Services
December 28
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 29
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants. Parastos.
Akathist to Mother of God was read..
December 30
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, the Inexhaustible Cup.
December 31
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
Vespers was read.
January 1
Canon for Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 3
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday.

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 5 - St. Naum of Ohrid, Fathersí Day
Monday, January 6 - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
January 6, Christmas Eve. Blessing of Badjnak at 7:30 PM. Vigil at 8:30 PM.
Tuesday, January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Wednesday, January 8 - Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Thursday, January 9 - St. Stephen Archdeacon, Protomartyr. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 13 - Ven. Melanie of Rome: Dosetij the Confessor; Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
January 18 - Feast of the Holy Cross
January 19 - Theophany. Epiphany. Baptism of the Lord. Great Blessing of Water. Blessing of Mon River.

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

Sympathy extended to Dr. Brane and Luann Ljubic. Dr. Braneís father recently departed this life.

Plan to attend the Feast of the Nativity services all week.

Anya and Ksenije Sivak and Ryan Dates attended class last Sunday.

Kolo Treasurer Linda Porter is collecting for flowers for Christmas.

The Christmas radio broadcast will be on Christmas evening, January 7 at 5:15 PM on Uniontown station #590 AM-WMBS. The broadcast can be heard online at the radio stationís website. His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJíS Nativity message will be included.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANíS Nativity message on todayís radio broadcast and on the parish website at the time of the Nativity.

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 looking for new members. If you are not a member, consider joining.

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

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

To Consider

The Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh.
The joy the Lord Jesus Christ brings to hearts, minds and souls.
The immeasurable love and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 28 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
December 28 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

But we are not united by blood alone, but also by flesh. The Holy Body, which is given in the Holy Eucharist, unites us with His Most-Holy Body Incarnate. The Holy Eucharist unites us with Him and with all members of the Church.

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001. P. 48. )

Sunday of the Holy Fathers
Sunday before the Nativity

Matthews 1:1-25 (KJV)

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; And Jacob begat 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; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His Name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with Child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn Son: and he called His name JESUS.

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ is at hand. The Forefeast is being celebrated with great anticipation. Godís Holy Church sets forth a period of great preparation. Believers move towards the feast with certainty of faith.

The birth of the Christ Child serves as a marking point in time. The time before and after Christís birth are referred to differently. The world is different since the Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh.

Long before Christ took on flesh as a new born Child, His birth was declared by the Holy Prophets. (Micah 5:2-4; Isaiah 7:14) Each year believers gather in Godís holy churches in awe, wonder and amazement at the birth of the Christ Child.

Each year believers think of the mystery of the Virgin Birth. Each year believers consider the immeasurable blessing bestowed upon the woman named Mary. The Righteous Joseph was placed in this most historical of moments.

Each year believersí lives are greatly and lastingly affected by the birth of the Christ Child. Love moves to the fore. Mercy moves to the forefront. Concern for the needy and the afflicted heightens in many different places.

The joy associated with the Feast of the Nativity is a special joy. The love associated with the Feast of the Nativity is a special love. The compassion shown at the time of the Feast of the Nativity is special.

Hearts change when the new born Christ is welcomed. Families change when the new born Christ is central to their lives. Individuals feel newness of life due to the celebration of Christís birth.

Individuals find the hunger of their soul satisfied in the new born Christ Child. Individuals despondent about their condition in life are attracted to the hope emanating from the birth of Christ.

Individuals in mourning look to the Christ Child for healing. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ makes a decided difference. Commercialism and violence may threaten to affect the Feast of the Nativity but without success.

The proclamation and meaning of the birth of Christ will not be stifled. The celebration of Christís birth will not be stamped out of existence. Knowledge of the birth of Christ is firmly embedded in the hearts and minds of believers.

Knowledge of the birth of Christ is declared in Godís Holy Church. The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďThe gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Ē (Mt. 16:18)

A person does not have to look far to find accounts of individuals imprisoned in countries denying the Christian life. The imprisoned and tortured for Christ often tell of their survival being linked to their prayers and hope in Christ.

Believers control their personal minds and hearts. Believers determine by the way they live whether Christ is first and foremost in their lives. Believers determine whether they will yield to temptation and the ways of the devil.

Believers determine the strength of their personal faith and their willingness to follow Christ. Christ summons each individual. Christ does not coerce. Christ does not threaten.

The saints and martyrs reveal in their lives the value of Christ. The saints and martyrs demonstrate convincingly their willingness to experience great hardship and when necessary and pain and death for Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďWhere your treasure is, there will your heart be also.Ē (Mt. 6:21) During this Feast of the Nativity let us pray our hearts and minds will forever be firmly planted with the Lord Jesus Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 23, 2013 / January 5, 2014
Sunday before Nativity.
10 Holy Martyrs of Crete. St. Nahum of Ohrid.
Fathers Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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