St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 886 - December 28, 2015 / January 10, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 886
December 28, 2015 / January 10, 2016
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 2
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia. Ten people attended.
Six people came to St. George Church for Great Vespers.
January 3
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-seven people attended. Eleven communicants.
January 4
Matins was read.
January 5
Matins was read.
January 6
Four people came for Divine Liturgy in the morning.
Approximately ninety people came for blessing of the Badjnak.
Sixty-two people came for the Compline and Matins.
January 7
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Fifty people attended. Sixteen communicants.
January 8
Matins canon was read.
One person came for Divine Litrugy.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

January 16
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va.

January 16
4:00 PM Vespers

No weekday services

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Basil Day. New Year
January 18 - Holy Cross Day
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 22 - March for Life in Washington D.C.
January 24 - Blessing of the Monongahela River

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

Thank you to parishioners helping with and attending the Feast of Nativity services.

Thank you all demonstrating joy and a spirit of love in the parish during the Feast of the Nativity.

Thank you to Tom Hunter for making the Feast of the Nativity services and His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís messages available for the radio broadcast and parish website.

Thank you to Phil, Tina and Anya Sivak and Norma Hickman for the Badnjak preparations.

Thank you to St. George Choir for increasing the joy of the festal services.

Thank you to the St. George Kolo for always helping.

Thank you to all donating for flowers to decorate the church.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Nativity message in Serbian and English on the parish website along with the Nativity services.

The parish St. Sava covered dish dinner and program is scheduled for January 31, 2016.

Non-perishable food items for the Greene County food bank continue to be welcome. Food donations can be placed on the table in the church hall.

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 lasting joy for the world of Christ taking on human flesh.
The newness resulting from Christís birth.
The change each year with the arrival of the Feast of the Nativity.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 2 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
January 4 - Went to Johnstown.

Proverbs 4:1

Hear my children, the instruction of your father, and pay attention that you might know his thinking; For I offer a good gift to you; Do not forsake my law.

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

The Sunday after the Nativity

Matthew 2:13-23

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 (KJV)

Godís Holy Church continues to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity. The joy of Christís birth in the flesh is evident. Believers benefit when thinking carefully about the meaning of Christís birth for their personal lives.

The current Gospel describes the anger of Herod. Herod had an interest in killing the Christ-Child. He acted to kill young children under the age of two years. Killing of any kind is horrific.

Killing young children takes the horror to an unfathomable degree. Young children are innocents. Young children are harmless. The darkest of minds bring harm to innocent children.

Christ brings peace. Christ brings hope. Christ is love. Christ is a threat to evil. Christ stands against evil. Christ embodies goodness. The present Gospel reveals the contrast between innocence and evil.

Christians have a responsibility to acquire the goodness of Christ. Living in Christ reduces the likelihood of negative actions. Drawing near to Christ is movement away from evil.

The Feast of the Nativity puts the focus on Christ uniting the divine with human flesh. Renewal of the humanity occurs with Christ taking on human flesh. Humans drawing near to Christ are transformed by Christ.

Holy Communion facilitates personal transformation. Holy Communion unites the person with Christ. Holy Communion increases consciousness of unity with Christ.

Herod was not successful in killing the infant Christ-Child. Christ would much later in earthly life voluntarily submit to death on the Cross. Christ chose when the time of death on the Cross would occur and the circumstances.

The nativity of Christ is an inexhaustible source of learning. Centuries old prophecies become fulfilled in Christís birth. The Virgin birth of Christ reveals the capabilities of God.

The circumstances of Christís birth, the timing of His birth and the people involved give emphasis to the humility involved. Christís birth stands in stark contrast to excess, largesse and grandiosity.

Christianís choose where to focus their thoughts. Christians determine where to center their minds and hearts. Keeping Christ as the primary focus and interest guides the person to the Kingdom of God.

The present Gospel shows Joseph was attentive to the angel of the Lord. Josephís obedience to the angel of the Lord proved a wise course of action. The Lordís wise instructions are available to contemporary attentive listeners.

The Holy Gospel is a primary source of instruction from the Lord. The lives and writings of the saints of the Church are sources for sound instruction. The Divine services of the Church are constantly instructive.

Prayer is a way to discern instructions from the Lord. Godís instructions come to the attentive ear. Joseph was attentive to the angel speaking to him. When the angel of the Lord spoke, Joseph listened.

Listening to the Lord requires willingness. Faith and trust in the Lord are necessary to be obedient to instructions. The Church provides a historical record of the benefits of listening and being obedient to the Lord.

Prayer is the way to reach out to the Lord for instruction. Prayer is the best way to begin any undertaking. Listening to the Lord is essential in prayer. Prayerful quietness enables a person to hear the Lord.

Noise can be distracting to effective prayer. Churches provide prayerful atmospheres. Coming to Godís Holy Church in search of instruction is among the wisest of investments.

During this time of the Feast of the Nativity, believers do well to listen carefully to the Lord. Believers always do well to listen carefully to the Lord. The Lord gives life and the soundest instruction for using the time of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 28, 2015 / January 10, 2016
The Sunday after the Nativity.
20,000 HolyMartyrs of Nicomedia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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