Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320
November 10 / November 23, 2014
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944
Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at
12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith,
charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.
- November 15
- Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy
at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Ten people attended. Two communicants.
- Vespers were read at St. George Church.
- November 16
- Matins was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by
Divine Liturgy with Blessing of the Slava Kolac and Koljivo.
Twenty-three people attended.
- November 17
- Vespers was read.
- November 18
- Six people came for Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
- November 19
- Two people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
- Pomen was held in Aliquippa for +Nadine Robins.
- November 20
- Pomen and Funeral Service was held in Aliquippa for +Nadine Robbins
with burial in St. Elijah Cemetery.
- November 21
- Matins Canon was read.
- Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
- 5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
- 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.
- 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, St. John Chrysostom.
AKATHISTS AND PRAYERS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS SCHEDULED ON REQUEST
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers
November 24 - St. Stefan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 27 - St. Philip, Apostle. Thanksgiving Day. Service at 8:00 AM.
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - St. Matthew Apostle and Evangelist
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos
If you are too busy to pray,
you are too busy
Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo
and Metohijia and All Suffering People
- Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Nadine Brdar Robbins
newly departed this life.
- Thank you to all helping the St. George Kolo to host the Eastern
Diocese Federation KSS meeting.
- Thank you to all participating and supporting the St.George Choir
for the Choir Slava.
- Speakers and readers at the Choir Slava included: Sonia Janson,
Stan Brozik, John Williamson, Andrea Janson, Milosh Serb Krewasky,
Maria Djonovich, John Ice, Aaron Carson, Mildred Bezjak,
Djelosh Milosevich, Frank Menhart and Paulette Radock.
- The St. George Church will host the Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting
on Christian Education on December 13, 2014.
- Remember the 78 miners that lost their lives in 1968 in the Farmington
- Frank Snyder is a strong presence and voice for workers in Pennsylvania.
- Honor your Slava every year.
- Have an icon of you patron saint/patronal feast in your home.
- Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections,
probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.
- Remember and appreciate the men and women serving in the military
and their families.
- Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers,
the homebound, and the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers
and the institution staffs.
- If you want your home blessed, contact the priest.
- If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.
- If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church
ask the priest.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Thank God for His abundant mercy.
Thank God for His attentiveness to prayer.
Thank God for healing personal afflictions.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 15 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 18 - Went Morgantown for printing and then to Fairmont for Vespers
November 19 - Went to Waynesburg University of the Akathist of Thanks.
November 19 - Went to Aliquippa for pomen and on the 20th for pomen and funeral.
November 21 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
From Sirach 51:30
Do your work before the appointed time,
and in Godís time he will give you your reward.
The New Oxford Annotated Bible
Oxford University Press, 1977
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the
synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would
come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age,
and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having
an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians,
neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his
garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said,
Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said,
Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou,
Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive
that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid,
she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before
all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed
immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith
hath made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet spake, there cometh one from
the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble
not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not:
believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house,
he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father
and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said,
Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn,
knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand,
and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose
straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished:
but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. (RSV)
The present Gospel describes the healing power of Jesus Christ and the power
of the Lord Jesus Christ to restore the dead to life. Jesus healed the women with
the issue of blood. She had suffered for twelve years and Jesus healed her.
Jesus restored life to the daughter of Jairus. The daughter was dead before
Jesus came to her. The daughter arose when Jesus said: ďMaid arise.Ē The healing
power of Christ and Christís ability to restore life to the dead deserves constant
Individuals benefit by looking carefully to Christ for understanding life
and illness, death and healing. Individuals benefit by turning to Christ in
prayer for greater understanding on how to deal with illnesses and death.
The healing of the woman with the issue of blood and the raising to life
of Jairusí daughter need incorporated into personal world views. When long
standing afflictions are faced with hope, Jesus makes a difference.
When death occurs, Jesus will put the death into perspective.
Individuals benefit by learning healthy ways to deal with afflictions and death.
Christ offers lasting lessons for dealing with afflictions and death.
Christ is the reservoir of hope in all circumstances.
Christ is the direction to follow throughout life.
Christ is the healer for all situations in life. Individuals
will not exhaust themselves in turning to Christ.
Christ provides nourishment for persons turning to Him in faith.
Christ provides depth of assistance for individuals in great need.
Christ opens doors for individuals seeking ways of out emotional entrapment.
Jairus had his life changed completely when his daughter came alive.
The daughter had a new way of looking at life. She had reason to be
eternally thankful to Christ. Contemporary believers do well to thank
Christ for answering their prayers.
Contemporary believers do well to think about the strong faith of the woman
with the long standing issue of blood. How shallow is our faith in comparison
to this woman? This woman still had hope after suffering for twelve years.
In this contemporary world, exercising great patience is not a common trait.
The woman with the issue of blood had great patience. She had her patience
rewarded when she touched Christ.
Jairus had his life changed and his daughterís life changed when he turned
to Christ for help. Turning to Christ for help brings results. Individuals do
well to study the Holy Gospel and learn of Christís willingness to listen and
Christ offers help that benefits not only this life. Christ offers a way of
life that has eternal benefits. Individuals are tested in this life as to their
personal values and goals. Stressful moments reveal the depth of faith in
Individuals placing full confidence in Christ face stressful circumstances
with optimism. Death or serious illnesses take on a different perspective when
faced according to the teaching of Christ and when the person is united with Christ.
The Cross was a source of pain but lead to the immeasurable joy of the
Resurrection. Jairusí daughterís death would be a source of pain and sorrow
if she had remained dead. Christ changed her death to life. Sorrow and pain
were replaced with joy.
Christ changes the lives of sick and afflicted who turn to Him in faith.
Christís death and resurrection put death and life in perspective.
Christís teachings, actions and healings make a difference in the lives of
persons taking Christ seriously.
Being a Christian carries the expectation that seriousness about Christ applies
throughout life. Being a Christian requires more than a casual following of Christ.
Christ affects life and death. Christ makes judgments of lasting significance.
The Second Coming of Christ and the final judgment will have lasting
determinations. Believers do well to prepare for Christís Second Coming
and the final judgment.
Individuals heeding the lessons of the current Gospel will draw closer
to Christ and change their lives to conform to the teachings of Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 10 / November 23, 2014
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Olympias, Erastus, Rodion and Companions, Apostles.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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