St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 782 - December 30, 2013 / January 12, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 782
December 30, 2013 / January 12, 2014
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.

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Recent Services
January 4
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Nine people attended.
Two people attended Vespers at St. George Church.
January 5
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-three people attended. Nine communicants.
January 6
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Approximately fifty-five people came for blessing of the Badnjak and forty-five for the Vigil.
January 7
Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Eleven communicants
January 8
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
January 9
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
January 10
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday.

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
Great Blessing of Water

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.
January 20 - St. John the Baptist Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 22 - March for Life
January 23 - St. Gregory of Nyssa
January 26 - St. Sava Covered Dish Dinner and Program
January 27 - St. Sava Day. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
January 29 - Feast of Chains of Holy Apostle Peter

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 Niko and Rose Ilich. Roseís brother +Simon recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Dennis and Pam Hunchuck. Pamís sister +Judith recently departed this life.

Thank you all parishioners helping with the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity.

The St. George Choir always makes the celebration of the feasts very special. Thank you to all that joined with the choir in singing.

The Diocesan Assembly will be held in Monroeville this year on February 28-March 1.

If you listened to the Christmas radio broadcast, please let Father Rodney know.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANíS Nativity message on the parish website.

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 continued joy emanating from the birth of Christ.
New beginnings in life afforded by the life in Christ.
Joy in the heart directly attributed to Christ in the heart.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va.for Divine Liturgy and Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 8 - Went to Diocesan Center.
January 9 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

If the Holy Spirit is the ďsoul of the ChurchĒ, then He should be the soul of each Christian in the Church. Not only this, He also brings about that our members work in accordance with all of the members of the Church, with the Body of Christ. When man feels in himself the Holy Spirit, then he will be conscious of how valuable he was before and that he is rich only in Him. He will be conscious that he was purchased for a great price, and that he is no longer his own, but Godís (I Cor. 6:20; cf. 7:23; I Pet. 1:19-20; Gal. 3:13; Rev. 4:14). He will be humble before all the members and will give glory to the entire Body, and especially to the head of the Church, Christ.

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, pp. 63-64. )

The Sunday after the Nativity

Mt. 2:13-23

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee 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 into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called My Son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young Child's life. And he arose, and took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts 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 Feast of the Nativity of Christ has life changing meaning for individuals. Individuals need to look beyond the commercialism. Individuals benefit by looking to the Holy Gospel and content of the Divine services.

The world is different because of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh. The world is different because sin is viewed differently. Christ changed the way sin is seen. Christ offers hope for individuals seeking to repent of sin.

The birth of Christ in the flesh created newness upon the earth. Christ offers newness of life to those drawing near in faith. Holy Communion offers believers direct experience with Christ.

The Holy Gospel enables believers to experience Christ directly. Hearts and minds are changed when Christ is welcomed. Individuals are changed inwardly and outwardly when Christ dominates the heart and mind.

The present Gospel speaks about the impending threat against the life of the Christ-Child. Young children were slain when Herod became angry. The present Gospel has direct relevance to life today.

Daily news accounts commonly report of children being endangered, brutalized, and at times violently killed. Not only in schools but in communities, in private homes and in times of war, children often suffer greatly.

What kind of society do we have that puts young and innocent children at risk? What kind of society do we have that condones the abortion of developing lives? What kind of culture fosters violence toward the youngest of humanity?

Heeding the lessons of the Gospel makes a difference in individuals and in the society at large. The message of love and forgiveness are the strongest of Christian messages.

The Holy Apostle Paul writing to the Corinthians spoke about the primacy of love. (I Cor. 13:13) The Epistle of St. John speaks about the importance of loving in deed and in truth. (I Jn. 3:18)

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of the value of love of God and love of neighbor. (Mt. 22:37-40) Individuals loving God and loving neighbor are not threats to the community. Individuals loving God and neighbor are community assets.

The celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ intends for change to occur among believers. When believers become more Christ-like, changes takes place in their relationships with others.

Christ enables individuals to experience personal peace. Christ enables individuals to remain at peace in times of adversity. Christ enables believers to view circumstances in their lives from a God-pleasing perspective.

The Lord Jesus Christ did not suffer death as an infant. He experienced death upon the Cross at the time of His own choosing. Christís birth and His death upon the Cross have immeasurable meaning for believers.

Christ taking on human flesh changed the way the world is perceived. Christ dying upon the Cross and rising from the dead changed the way the world is perceived and understood.

Believers benefit from contemplating the birth, death and resurrection of Christ with the greatest of concentration. The personal value of seriously contemplating the birth, death and resurrection of Christ is beyond measure.

Experiencing Christ in prayer, in the Gospel and in Holy Communion connects the person with Christís birth, death and resurrection. When believers are consciously and inseparably united with Christ, dangers to the soul are thwarted.

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ brings extended joy. Christ is viewed in the context of light and peace. Christ is viewed as the greatest example of humility. Believers are inspired by the unequalled example of Christ.

Rapid changes have occurred in the modern world. Putting the changes into perspective can be very challenging. The Lord Jesus Christ is the supreme perspective for viewing and understanding the world.

While many changes occur in the world, it is always valuable to remember: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb.13:8) Peace of God! Christ is born!

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 30, 2013 / January 12, 2014
Sunday after the Nativity.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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