St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 833 - December 22, 2014 / January 4, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 833
December 22, 2014 / January 4, 2015
Sunday of Holy Fathers

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.

Philippians 1:25

And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith

Recent Services
December 26
Vespers was read.
December 27
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Seven communicants. Ten people attended.
Six people came to St. George Church for Great Vespers.
December 28
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
December 29
Vespers was read
December 30
Seven people came to Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
December 31
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
January 1
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
Two people came for Confession.
January 2
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
January 3
Midnight Office was read.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates - Services This Week

January 4, Today - Matins
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Serbian Fatherís Day.
Annual Assembly. Plan to stay for the Assembly.
January 6, Tuesday - Nativity Eve morning. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Christmas Eve. Blessing and Burning of Badjnak at 7:30 PM. Christmas Vigil to follow.
January, Wednesday - Feast of the Nativity. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
January 8, Thursday - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Synaxis of the Mother of God.
January 9, Friday - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Archdeacon and Protomartyr Stephen
Saturday - 4:00 PM Vespers
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great.(New Year)
January 18 - Divine Liturgy-Blessing of Holy Water-Feast of Holy Cross-Blessing of River
January 19 - Feast of Theophany. 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water
January 20 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 25 - St. Sava Dinner and Program.

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

Plan to attend the parish Annual Meeting/Assembly today after Divine Liturgy.

The Nativity radio broadcast is scheduled again this year on the evening of January 7 on Uniontown radio station WMBS, 590 AM on the radio dial beginning at 5:15 or 5:30 PM.

The Nativity broadcast will be available on the WMBS website at the time of broadcast.

The Nativity broadcast and His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANíS Nativity message will be posted on the parish website.

Inform family and friends unable to come to church on the Feast to listen on the radio.

Attend the services for the Feast of the Nativity.

Celebrate the Feast of the Nativity in ways glorifying God.

Continue to celebrate the Feast until the Leave-taking (Apodasis)

The Feast of the Nativity is celebrated in Orthodox Churches around the world

The Church has been preparing for this celebration since late November.

The Church takes great preparation in celebrating Christís birth liturgically.

Visitors are warmly welcome to attend the services of the Feast of the Nativity.

Very Rev. Stavropho Lt. Col. Adam and Protinica Roberta Yonitich visited the church this week.

Mike Rasso was here this week at the cemetery in behalf of the Blazovich Family

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.

Appreciate the Contributions of St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

Being fully attentive to the meaning of the Nativity of Christ.
Examining the self to ensure all is in accord with the teachings of Christ.
Finding the peace in Christ in accord with His Nativity.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 27 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown, W.Va. on the return trip.
December 30 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 1:16

The fear of the Lord is the crown of wisdom, making peace and soundness of health to flourish.

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

The Sunday before the Feast of the Nativity of Christ

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Mt. 1:1-25

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. (KJV)

Godís Holy Church is at the threshold of celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. The Church is in the period known as the Forefeast. Anticipation is heightened.

Serious believers rejoice with the arrival of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. Christís birth brings joy to the hearts of the believers. Christís birth is the opportunity for the cleansing of sins and renewal of life.

Love for Christ is manifested in the celebration of the Nativity. Christís love for humanity is manifested in His birth, death and resurrection. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is a celebration of the incarnation of love, peace and joy.

Christ embodies peace, love and joy for believers drawing near to Him in faith. Christ transforms believers and allows them to unite with Him. Christ renews believers as He becomes the foundation and goal of their lives.

The present Gospel serves as a measurement of time prior to the birth of Christ. The present Gospel provides a factual basis for tracing the coming of Christ through the centuries.

The time before the birth of Christ bears constant consideration. God is always present. Human relationships with God always merit review. Adherence to the ways of God is the challenge for each generation.

The Gospel is preached and proclaimed for each generation to learn about Christ and be faithful to Him. Lessons learned through the centuries serve to educate believers how not to live and how best to live.

Wisdom for life is found in the Lord. We read from Sirach: ďAll wisdom comes from the Lord and is with Him forever.Ē (Sir. 1:1) 1 Seekers of wisdom benefit by turning to the Lord in faith.

The values a person holds in life determine the way life is lived. Individuals valuing wisdom are nourished beyond imagination by the teachings of Christ. The present Gospel abounds in wisdom.

Christ is life for Christians. Christís birth holds prominence in the hearts and minds of Christians. Serious Christians are not swayed from Christ by the common commercialism and diluting of the meaning of Christís birth in todayís world.

Faithfulness to the Gospel in Godís Holy Church provides the strength and nourishment to deal with daily life. The Gospel proclaimed in Godís Holy Church educates believers about the birth of Christ and Christ throughout the centuries.

The time of life is precious and is not to be wasted frivolously. These days devoted to the Nativity of Christ are laden with meaning. Believers do well to draw nourishment from the Churchís celebration of Christís birth.

Believers will find lasting lessons for life in the Churchís celebration of the Feast of the Nativity. Decisions made in daily life have eternal results. Believers desiring eternal life will drink from the living water of Christ. (Jn. 4:14)

Let us heed the lessons of the present Gospel educating us about the birth of Christ. Let us cherish the teachings of Christ in the Holy Gospel and live according to them. Christís birth is the basis for the foundation of our lives.

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

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 22, 2014 / January 4, 2015
Sunday of the Holy Fathers.
Serbian Fatherís Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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