St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 874 - October 5 / 18, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 874
October 5 / 18, 2015
Twentieth 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.

James 1:6

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Recent Services
October 10
Pomen held for all departed buried under auspices of St. George Church.
October 11
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended. Three communicants.
October 12
Matin was read.
Vespers was read
October 13
Matins was read.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class.
October 14
Matins was read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.
Thank you to Father Deacon David Rostcheck for serving today.

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

4:00 PM Vespers on Friday.

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

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 31 - St. Luke
November 1 - Parish Anniversary Celebration. Plan to attend.
November 8 - St. Demetrius

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

Plan to attend the parish anniversary celebration including the Divine Liturgy and banquet after at Dolfiís on November 1.

Sympathy extended to family, friends and Kumovi of the newly departed +Very Reverend Stavrophor Vasilje Sokolovic. Father Vasilje was ordained in this parish and served here from October 1970 until May 1975.

Three priests from the Eastern Diocese departed this life recently. +Father Svetozar Veslinovich and +Father Vasilje Sokolovic served this parish, +Father Rastko Trbuhovich served here from time to time as a deacon when he accompanied +His Grace Bishop Dr. SAVA and +His Eminence Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of newly departed +Ann Toth, friend of St. George Church.

Congratulations to newly married Dr. Richard Romanos and Blenda Ann Pierce.

A warm welcome to Lucille Carnathan, Glenda Sethman and the family of Mr.and Mrs. Joseph Romanchak.

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.

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 value of each day of life.
The love of God in granting daily life.
Being grateful to God for each day of life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 9 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
October 10 - Went to Potomac, Maryland for wedding of Dr. Richard Romanos and Blenda Ann Pierce.
October 13 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class. Five people attended.
October 15-16 - Went to St. Sava Cathedral in Parmo, Ohio and Monastery Marcha for funeral services for Very. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilje Sokolovic.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 38:16

My son let your tears fall for the dead, and as one suffering grievously, begin the lament. With the honor due him, wrap his body and take care of his burial.

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

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 7:11-16

And it came to pass the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and much people. Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited His people. (KJV)

The present Gospel communicates hope even in times of sorrow and death. The Lord Jesus Christ made a decided difference in the life of the widow of Nain. The widowís circumstances seemed irreversible and definitive.

Jesus entered the life of the widow when it seemed her son was gone forever. Jesusí power over death was revealed. He told the young man to arise from death. The man sat and began to speak.

Jesus changed the man from being dead to very much being alive. Jesus restored joy to the widow. Her son, once dead, was now alive. This Gospel account of giving life to the dead son has been a great light through the centuries.

Every year Orthodox Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ with the greatest of joy. Pasha is the Feast of Feasts. Jesus death on the Cross demonstrates His love for each person beyond measure.

Jesusí resurrection verified His divinity. When we feel hopeless Jesus has the power to make a difference. Christ taught the Holy Apostle Paul:Ē My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness: (2 Cor 12:9)

The Lord Jesus Christ brought great joy to the widow of Nain and her son. The son was returned to his mother alive. Christ changed the son and his mother forever.

This present Gospel has similarities to the Gospel account of the Prodigal Son. The errant son seemed lost and gone forever. When the son returned to his father, the return was celebrated as a change from death to life. (Lk. 15:11-31)

Christ showed compassion and love for the widow losing her only son. Christ shows His love for us in many different ways. Christ gives us new life when we repent and He forgives our sins.

The present Gospel is proof of the difference Christ makes even in times of death. When Christ entered her life, widowís relationship with her son continued in great joy.

When Christ is in our lives, even in times of death, experiencing joy is possible. Christ showed by His own death and resurrection that He has power over death. When Christ is in us and we are in Christ, relationships continue.

In the Divine Liturgy, we pray for the living and the departed. In the Divine Liturgy, the living and departed in Christ are united. The present Gospel is heard during the Divine Liturgy when Christís Resurrection is integral to the celebration.

When we are alive in Christ, we are attentive to Christ. Christís resurrection is the source of greatest joy. Christís resurrection is not limited or bound by time. Experiencing Christís resurrection is possible at every moment of life.

The love of Christ is inexhaustible and is sufficient for each person. Christís love heals. Christís love restores life. Christís love is within reach of each person. Prayer makes the person attentive to Christís presence and love.

Prayer brings the person into the healing relationship with Christ. Prayer reveals the depth of personal sin and spurs repentance. Serious Christians draw near to Christ even in times of difficulties.

Once having experienced the joy of Christ, life is never the same. Life is always insufficient when lived without Christ. Life is always lacking without Christ.

Christ is life. Even when death occurs, Christ puts death in perspective. Christ shows it is possible to overcome death. Christ shows life is possible even when death is convincing.

Jesusís brought life to Lazarus after four days of being dead. (Jn. 11:1-45) We celebrate the raising of Lazarus each year in preparation of Christís Resurrection. We benefit by keeping Christís power over death always in mind.

Christís Resurrection is the best guide when viewing earthly death. Christís resurrection is the basis for enduring hope at all times in our lives. Life is never so hopeless that Christ cannot make our lives better.

At the last moment of life, we can repent and have our sins forgiven. At the last moment of life, we can experience the joy of Christ. We do well not to delay in turning to Christ. We never know when the last moment of life will occur.

We do well not to block Christ from our lives. We do well to repent and confess our sins and experience unity with Christ. The joy of the Resurrected Christ is ever-present.

Christ is always present. Christ is always there for each of us. Christ was present for the widow of Nain. Christ was present for the dead Lazarus. Christ is present in the Divine Liturgy and throughout each day and night.

Christ is present when we have death in our lives. Christ is the Life that makes the difference in times of death. Christ is the hope when reasons for hope seem absent. The joyous declaration ďChrist is RisenĒ changed everything. (Mk. 16:6)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 5 / 18, 2015
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Charitina of Amisus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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