St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 831 - December 8 / December 21, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 831
December 8 / December 21, 2014
Twenty-Eighth 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.

Luke 17:17-19

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (KJV)

Recent Services
December 11
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
December 12
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
December 13
The Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Two people came for Great Vespers with Litya
December 14
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty people attended. Two communicants.
December 15
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for Vespers. One Slava Kolac’ was blessed.
December 16
Vespers was read
December 17
Vespers was read
December 18
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for Great Vespers with Litya. Two Slava Kolac’s were blessed.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 21 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 28 - Serbian Mother’s Day
December 30 - Holy Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
January 4 - Serbian Father’s Day. Parish Annual Assembly. Plan to attend.
January 6 - Nativity Eve. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 6 - Christmas Eve. Blessing and Burning of Badjnak at 7:30 PM. Christmas Vigil to follow.
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity. Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM.

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Charles Belas departed this life.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson, Diainna Brozich, Norma Hickman, Dorothy Smargie and Sandy Rantovich baked rolls this week.

Congratulations to attorney Linda Chambers on completing her service as a very successful prosecutor in the Greene County District Attorney’s office.

Prepare for Confession and Communion during the Nativity Fast.

Prepare the mind and heart for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

Pray for less violence in daily life.

Remember the unemployed seeking work.

Heed the words of Christ to repent

Have an icon of your Slava/Patron saint-patronal feast in your home.

Measure daily thoughts and actions according to standards set by Christ.

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

To Consider

Giving thanks to God each day.
Keep the heart and mind focused on Christ.
Welcoming Christ at every moment of life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 12 - Went Fairmont, W.Va. for pastoral reasons. Stopped in Morgantown on return.
December 13 - Attended Deanery meeting on Christian Education here at St. George Church. Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
December 15 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
December 16 - Went to Morgantown for church order.
December 16 - Went to Clarksville to visit parishioner in residential facility.
December 17 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for funeral of +Charles Belas. Stopped at Waynesburg University on return.
December 18 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Great Vespers.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 1:1

All wisdom comes from the Lord and is with Him forever.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 13:10-17

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (KJV)

In the current Gospel the ten lepers appealed to Jesus for mercy. Jesus heard their pleas and healed them. Jesus regularly hears our heartfelt pleas for mercy in the Divine services of the Church.

The Divine services of the Church are an opportunity to come before God with our personal problems. The Divine services of the Church give structure and direction to our lives.

We are exposed to the mercy of God in the Divine services of the Church. We learn about God and God’s mercy during the celebration of the Divine services. Every person benefits from further learning from God.

Seeking mercy from God is an expression of hope in God. Seeking mercy from God is evidence of faith in God. Faith in God brings results and change for the better.

Jesus acknowledged the value of faith in the grateful leper. Jesus verified the value of faith. He told the grateful leper his faith had made a difference. The leper’s faith led to his being made whole.

Faith in God is tested regularly by circumstances arising in life. Abraham’s faith was tested when he was prepared to sacrifice Isaac. (Gen. 22:1-14) The Epistle to the Hebrews has many accounts of illustrations of faith. (Heb. Chapter 11)

Lessons of faith are important to keep in mind in the dark moments of life. Lessons of faith verify the existence of God. Lessons of faith verify the healing presence of God in the order of life.

God makes a difference when believers put their faith in Him. God made a difference in lives of the lepers. Being grateful to God is a lesson of importance in the present Gospel.

Blessed Theophylact said: “When the Lover of mankind , Who wills that all should be saved and receive good things, sees someone not sharing in His goodness, then He is most quick to show mercy and to heal... 1

This Gospel reading directs our attention to the presence of God. When life seems difficult, we do well to seek mercy from God. When we are suffering and do not feel the healing power of God, we do well to reach toward God in faith.

God is attentive to pleas of mercy. The Church verifies the value of seeking mercy from God. The value of pleading for God’s mercy is verified through centuries of worship.

The Divine services of the Church are rooted in experience. The Divine services of the Church testify to the value of turning to God in faith. The Divine services of the Church are sources of instruction.

The Gospel is heard during the Divine Liturgy. The Gospel instructs attentive persons about faith and important lessons for daily life. The Divine services of the Church are a constant source of instruction.

Persons educated in higher learning continue to benefit from turning to the Divine services of the Church. The Divine services of the Church provide an education without equal.

The Divine services of the Church manifest equality. Each person has the opportunity to learn regardless of background and personal circumstances. Everyone stands equally before God .

The present Gospel teaches that not everyone is grateful to God. God showered mercy and healing on all ten of the lepers. Only one leper said thank you. Only one leper showed gratitude for the joy of being healed.

Individuals today can experience joy in their lives by turning to God in faith. Individuals today can learn from the present Gospel lesson and each Gospel reading in the Church.

Wisdom for God is available in the Church. The Epistle of St. James says:” If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

The choice of which paths to take in life is not always clear. At times we can be stymied by the problems in life. We need wisdom to deal well with the problems in life. The Holy Scriptures direct us toward the wisdom of God.

The book of the Holy Prophet Jeremiah says: “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jer. 6:16)

1 The Explanation of the Holy Gospel According to Luke by Blessed Theophylact. Tranlsation by Fr. Christopher Stade. Chhrysostom Press, House Springs, Missouri, 2007, p. 225

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 8 / December 21, 2014
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Patapius of Thebes.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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