St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 885 - December 21, 2015 / January 3, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 885
December 21, 2015 / January 3, 2016
Sunday of the 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.

I Timothy 3:9

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Recent Services
December 24
Vespers was read.
December 25
Matins was read.
December 26
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
December 27
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Forty people attended. Eleven communicants.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday.

4:00 PM on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 6
Christmas Eve morning. 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Christmas Eve
7:30 PM Blessing of Badnjak. Vigil to follow.

Thursday, January 7
10:00 AM Feast of Nativity Divine Liturgy.

Friday, January 8
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of the Mother of God.

Saturday, January 9
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. St. Stephen, Archdeacon and Protomartyr

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 3 - St. Juliana, Virgin Martyr. Fathersí Day
January 6 - Christmas Eve morning. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
Christmas Eve at 7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
January 8 - Synaxis of the Mother of God
January 9 - St. Stephen, Archdeacon and Protomartyr
January 10 - Parish Annual Assembly following Divine Liturgy.
January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Basil Day. New Year
January 18 - Holy Cross Day

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

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

Parish Life

Plan to attend the services of the Feast of the Nativity.

Invite friends and family members to attend St. George Church.

Thank you to John Williamson for two new signs for the church.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity.

Thank you to all honoring the Nativity Fast and other fasts during the year.

Celebrate the Feast of the Nativity in your hearts and homes.

Listen to the parish Nativity radio broadcast on Uniontown station, 590 AM on January 7 at 6:15 PM or via the internet.

Linda Porter is accepting donations for flowers to decorate the church for Christmas.

Pray throughout each day of your life.

Learn of the value of repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Experience greater unity with Christ through Holy Confession and Communion.

Enrich your life through learning about Christ in the Holy Gospel.

Open your hearts and minds to the need for continued growth in Christ.

Learn more about the fullness of life in the Holy Orthodox Church.

Learn from the lives of the Christian saints and martyrs.

Appreciate the continuity of the Holy Orthodox Church from the time of the Apostles.

If you have a specific prayer request, ask the priest.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

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

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 immeasurable joy of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
The changes taking place in each believer at the Feast of the Nativity.
The celebrations of the Feast of the Nativity around the world.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 28-30 - Attended Diocesan Youth Retreat at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in God with all your heart, and do not exalt your own wisdom.

( 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)

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ will be celebrated in a few days. The current Gospel is read each year on the Sunday before the Feast of the Nativity.

Believers are reminded each year of the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church considers the genealogy sufficiently important for it to be repeated throughout the world.

The virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is recorded in this Gospel reading. That Jesus would save His people from their sins is clearly stated. Believers of each century and in each location hear these lasting declarations.

Each generation is enriched and guided by the reading of the Holy Gospel. Each generation of believers places greatest confidence in the Holy Gospel. Believers of each generation experiences Christ through hearing the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospel guides believers in facing contemporary problems. The Holy Gospel is the firm resource for answers and solutions to personal problems. The Holy Gospel reveals the goodness, mercy and glory of God.

Lives are enriched through attentive reading and listening to the Holy Gospel. Perspective for personal lives is found in the Holy Gospel. The words of Christ speak directly to each person.

Godís Holy Church is the best place to hear and learn from the Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel is read with order and consistency. The Holy Gospel is integral to Godís Holy Church and all aspects of the Church.

Individuals seeking to address the hunger of their souls find satisfaction in Godís Holy Church. Christ satisfies the hunger of each soul. Christ is the authentic satisfaction for each life.

Lasting joy exists in Christ. Continued unity with Christ enables the joy to continue. Sin must be repudiated. Constant vigilance and repentance are necessary to remain united with Christ and be faithful followers of Christ.

Faithful followers of Christ immerse themselves in preparing for the Feast of the Nativity. Faithful believers celebrate the Feast according to the teachings of the Church.

The Churchís celebration of the Feast of the Nativity stands in stark contrast to worldly commercialism and greed. The Church looks to the Christ-Child as the unequalled example of humility.

The Church looks to the humble circumstances surrounding Christís birth. Believers are expected to learn from Christís example of humility. Believers benefit from the simplicity of Christís earthly life.

Christís birth is a marking point in the history of the world. The world changed completely with Christís birth. The birth of the Christ-Child was similar to all births, but has distinct, lasting and unequalled differences.

Individuals do well to ponder Christís virgin birth. Individuals benefit from pondering the action of the Holy Spirit. Being thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ for taking on human flesh has a place in each serious believerís daily life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 21, 2015 / January 3, 2016
Sunday of the Holy Fathers. / Sunday before the Nativity.
Fathersí Day.
St. Juliana, Virgin Martyr.
St. Peter, Metropolitan of Kiev

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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