St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 937 - December 19, 2016 / January 1, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 937
December 19, 2016 / January 1, 2017
Sunday of the Holy Fathers


Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ


Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944



I Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Recent Services
December 24
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
December 25
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-four people attended. Four communicants.
December 26
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 27
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
December 28
Matins was read.
Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class. Eight people attended.
December 29
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 30
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

Mornings
5:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request. Ask the Priest.

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 1 - St. Boniface, Martyr. Fathersí Day.
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Daniel II of Serbia. Antefeast of Nativity.
January 6, Christmas Eve morning - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 6, Christmas Eve - 7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak. Vigil to follow.
Saturday, January 7 - Feast of the Nativity. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Sunday, January 8 - 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of the Mother of God.
Monday, January 9 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Archdeacon and Protomartyr Stephen.
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. (New Year)
January 18 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water-Feast of Holy Cross.
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 .
January26 - Apodasis of Theophany.

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


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

Parish Life

Call to come to Confession during the week.

Sympathy extended to Mark and Julia Opacic. Markís mother is newly departed this life.

Thank you to Very Reverend Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich for the many faithful years of service and leadership being Episcopal Deputy of the Eastern American Diocese.

Very Reverend Djokan, Protinica Mirjana, Savo and Marta Majstorovic visited this week.

Thomas Durkin is attentive to St. George Church.

Linda Porter is collecting for flowers to decorate the church for Christmas.

Thank you to all helping with Coffee Hour each week.

Listen to the parish radio broadcast each week on the radio or parish website.

Thank you for all continuing to donate food for the Greene County food bank.

If you want your house blessed or want being visited in the hospital, ask the priest.

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

Pray for miners, steel workers and all other workers threatened with loss of jobs, pensions and benefits.

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 any questions about the teachings and practices of the Church, ask the priest.

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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.
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Consider

The Church prepares extensively for the Feast of the Nativity.
Specific names are listed in the Gospel on the Sunday before the Nativity.
Deep joy is experienced on the Feast of the Nativity.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 23 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
December 23 - Went to St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa for a Shadeland Camp meeting.
December 24 - Went to Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. to visit patient.
December 27 - Went to St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio in support of Winter Day Camp.
December 28 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 6:16

A faithful friend is a medicine of life, and those who fear the Lord will find him.

( 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 current Gospel is very informative. Specific names through the centuries specifically related to the Lord Jesus Christ are mentioned. The names are a basis for considered thought and reflection.

The present Gospel is read each year on the Sunday before the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel prepares believers for the Feast of Christís Nativity.

Believersí minds travel back through the centuries leading to Christís birth. The Church encourages believers to prepare mentally and spiritually for the Feast of the Nativity.

The Nativity Fast is a specific structure encouraging believers to think carefully and extensively about Christ taking on human flesh. Christís virgin birth changed the world forever.

The commercialism prominent in the Western world cannot overshadow the importance of the Divine taking on human flesh. Christ saving people from their sins cannot be deterred, hidden or obscured.

Christ is the constant hope for sinners. Christ offers new life for every sinner. Christ ensures sinners with the opportunity to begin anew. The Holy Apostle Paul proclaimed the newness possible in Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: ďTherefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.Ē (2 Cor. 5:17)

Serious believers embrace Christ. Hearts, minds and souls are open to Christ. Serious believers value repentance and cherish the newness possible in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Narrow minds and cold hearts exclude the joy and peace possible in Christ. In the days approaching the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, great benefit exists in being in Godís Holy Church.

The Divine Liturgy on the morning of the eve of the Feast of the Nativity is very enriching. Too often many believers do not come to church for the several services of the Feast of the Nativity.

Too often believers limit their church attendance. The more believers invest time in the Divine services of the Church, the greater the experience of peace and joy in personal life.

Being in Godís Holy Church will enrich life beyond measure. The quietness and stillness of Godís Holy Church gives believers direct and deep experiences with God.

Each Feast of the Nativity of Christ transforms the world. The world is better with each celebration of the Feast of the Nativity. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ directs believersí minds to Godís greatness and glory.

Every believer has the opportunity to begin anew in Christ. Change is possible for every heart and mind desiring Christís peace and joy. Christís love and healing embrace await each person choosing to draw near.

As the Feast of the Nativity Christ approaches, wise believers greatly treasure every moment. Eagerly welcome the newness possible in Christ. Cherish and love Christ with fullness of heart, mind and soul.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 19, 2016 / January 1, 2017
Sunday of the Holy Fathers
Sunday before the Feast of the Nativity of Christ

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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