St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 871 - September 14 / 27, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 871
September 14 / 27, 2015
Seventeenth 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.

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Recent Services
September 19
Canon for Matins was read.
Seven people came to Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. One communicant.
Vespers was read at St.George Church.
September 20
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-eight people attended. One communicant.
Chrismation of Willie and Thecla Spens.
September 21
Canon for Matins was read.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
September 22
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
September 23
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Eight people came for Vespers in Farimont.
Six people came for class in Fairmont.
September 24
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist and class.
September 25
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Vespers on Tuesday, Friday.

3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy in Fairmont,W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Feast of the Exaltation of the Honorable Cross. Fast Day.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 15 - Choir Slava

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Thank God for blessings given to St. George Church.

Thank God for your interest in the St. George Church.

Thank God for the opportunity to experience Christ in St. George Church.

Thank God the St. George Church is connected with Orthodox Christian Churches throughout the world and throughout the centuries proclaiming the Holy Gospel.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday.

For the last several weeks, Thursday classes have focused on icons of the Mother of God.

Place canned goods or non-perishable food items in the box in the church hall for the Greene County Food Bank. Help feed the hungry in our area.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

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 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.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

The Cross of Christ in our lives.
The strength we draw from the Cross of Christ.
The appreciation we owe to Christ for ascending the Cross.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 19 - Went to Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
September 21 - Went to Waynesburg University to attend a lecture by a Christian writer.
September 22 - Went Mon General Hospital in Morgantown,W. Va. while parishioner had surgery.
September 23 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont for Vespers and class. Went to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg,W.Va. to be with patient admitted late at night.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 35:9

Give to the Most High as He has given to you, and give to Him with generosity, according to your windfall

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

The Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-35

When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. (KJV)

Today is a major feast day in the Holy Orthodox Church. This day deserves believersí attention. The Cross rests in the center of the Church today and throughout the week.

The present Gospel focuses on the death of Christ upon the Cross. His death was voluntary. Christ had the power to avoid this death. He had the power to avoid the suffering upon the Cross.

Witnesses were present to view Christís suffering and death. The Holy Gospel serves as the written record. The Holy Gospel communicates Christís death throughout the world and through the centuries.

The suffering and death of Christ deserve constant attention. Believers do well by showing the greatest appreciation to Christ. Believers do well by living in ways pleasing to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ.

The Cross provides strength for believers. Christ on the Cross demonstrates convincingly the depth and extent of Christís love. Joyful healing results when Christís love is welcomed into the heart, mind and soul.

Believers focusing carefully on Christ increase their appreciation of Christís love. Drawing closer to Christ makes a difference in personal life. Welcoming and appreciating Christís love results in changes to personal life.

Willingness to change and live in ways more pleasing to Christ are constants in the serious Christianís life. Attentiveness to Christ leads believers through the growth process.

The Holy Gospel proclaimed in Godís Church has definitive instructions for experiencing His Kingdom. Faith and hope in Christ are essential for the journey.

The Cross points the way throughout life. The Cross illumines the way during the darkest moments of life. The Cross clears the way when dense fog seems to prevail in life.

Jesus was clear in His words for those wanting to follow Him: ďHe said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Lk. 9:23)

Constantly looking to Christ brings fullness of life. Drawing near to Christ reveals the changes necessary and brings personal change. Attentiveness to Christ accesses the nourishment necessary for the healthy soul.

The Cross communicates suffering. The Cross is the dominate sign of victory. The Cross reveals the humanity and divinity of Christ.

Each day of life is well invested when it is focused on Christ and in living in Christ. Focusing on Christ and living in Christ is completely voluntary. There is no better investment in life than to focus on Christ and fully live in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 14 / 27, 2015
Feast of the Exaltation of the Honorable Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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