St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 834 - December 29, 2014 / January 11, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 834
December 29, 2014 / January 11, 2015
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.

Recent Services
January 3
Vespers was read.
January 4
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Five communicants
January 5
Matins was read. Vespers was read.
January 6
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
A large number of people came for blessing of the Badnjak.
More than forty people remained for the Vigil
January 7
Matins canon was read.
Forty-seven came for Divine Liturgy. Twelve communicants
January 8
Matins canon was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
January 9
Matins canon was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Daily Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday and Saturday

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
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 22 - March for Life
January 25 - St. Sava Dinner and Program.
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - 8:00 AM St. Sava Divine Liturgy
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 30 - St. Anthony the Great
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Maxim of Serbia.
February 6 - St. Xenia of Rome

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

Thank you all staying for the Annual Assembly last Sunday.

Thank you all parishioners and visitors coming for the Nativity services

Thank you Phil Sivak for building the fire and getting the Badnjak.

Thank you Norma Hickman and Tina Sivak for preparing the Badnjak twigs.

Thank you to St .George Choir for singing at the Nativity services.

Thank you to Andrea Janson and Tony Meyers for bringing the straw.

Thank you to Mitch Brozik for stepping in to help.

Thank you Sonia Janson for preparations for the Feast of the Nativity.

Thank you Tom Hunter for the Nativity broadcast and recording His Graceís message.

Listen to the Nativity message of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN in English and Serbian languages on the parish website or Diocesan website.

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

Thank you to the officers and all serving the church during 2014.

Results of the Annual Assembly to be sent to the Diocese for Approval include:
Executive Board: Stan Brozik - President; John Williamson - Vice-President; Millicent Hunchuck - Secretary; Andrea Janson - Financial Secretary; Felecia Williamson - Treasurer.
Audit Board: Aaron Carson, Dr.Ivko Dimitric and Richard Porter;
Tutors: Rich and Linda Porter. Diocesan Assembly Delegates - Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson.

Congratulations to Arthur Butch Chambers retiring after a productive career as a union coal miner.

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 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

The continued joy of Christís birth.
The love and peace created and experienced by Christís birth.
Appreciation due to Christ for His birth.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 3 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
January 8 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 2:8

You who fear the Lord, believe in Him, and your reward will not fail.

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

The Sunday after the Nativity

Matthew 2:13-23

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 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 Jesus Christ requires individuals to directly deal with their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. All other relationships are determined by the personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The degree to which individuals love and follow Christ determines all personal relationships. The degree that individuals are attentive to Christ and heed His teachings becomes known in relationships with the people in daily life.

The current Gospel describes dangers to the infant Christ. Mary and Joseph were protective of the young Child. They sought places of safety. Not all young children were fortunate to have their lives spared.

Herod acted in anger to kill young children under the age of two years. Daily news reports indicate that children still are all too often the objects of anger from angry adults.

We can mourn today for the young victims of Herod. We can mourn today for the young children tortured, abused and even murdered in these contemporary times.

What drives an adult to murder and abuse innocent infant children? What is the depth of rage taking place for innocent children to be harmed? Why has society not progressed to the point where infants no longer face danger to their lives?

God will be the final judge of Herod and the other persons through the centuries that perpetuate evil on young children. We have to ask ourselves what we can do to improve society and our lives to lessen existing dangers to children?

We have to ask ourselves if we heed Christís lessons? We have to have to examine our consciences and actions to determine if our relationships are fully founded in Christ?

The Nativity of Christ motivates us to think carefully about Christís Virgin birth. The current Gospel is a basis for thinking about the loving and protective relationships of Mary and Joseph toward the Christ Child.

The celebration of the Nativity of Christ occurs each year. The current Gospel speaks about the young family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus traveling together.

Family unity in Christ makes a difference. Families are stronger and healthier if Christ binds the family together. The peace, love and joy associated with the Christís Nativity come alive in families united in Christ.

Christís Nativity changes lives. Christís Nativity establishes hope for better lives. Christís Nativity provides light in times of personal darkness. Christís Nativity brightens the path to the Kingdom of God.

Joseph, Mary and Jesus were not harmed during the period in the current Gospel. We know that eventually Jesus would face the horrible death on the Cross. The time and manner of His death would be according His acquiescence.

Jesus had a purpose in the death He would experience. His birth took place in the fullness of time. (Gal. 4:4-7) His death took place when He was ready.( Jn. 17:1-26) Individuals benefit by examining Christís birth and His death on the Cross.

Believers benefit in thinking about the prophecies that preceded Christís birth. Believers benefit by thinking about the prophecies relating to Christís Resurrection.

The Evangelist wrote in the Gospel: ďAnd there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. (Jn. 21:25).

Individuals choose the content of their thoughts and the directions of their lives. Seeking Christ and meditating on the life of Christ are the soundest of investments.

Being nourished by Christ and replenishing the soul in Christ are the wisest of choices. The Feast of the Nativity is a source of new life for Christians. Christians are renewed in Christ.

Christís birth is contemporary. New life in Christ is always possible.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 29, 2014 / January 11, 2015
Sunday after Nativity.
14,000 Innocents of Bethlehem Executed by Herod.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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