St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 979 - October 9 / 22, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 979
October 9 / 22, 2017
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

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

2 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth

Recent Services
October 12
Matins was read.
October 13
Vespers was read.
October 14
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Vespers was read.
October 15
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended. Four communicants
October 16
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 17
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 18
Matins was read.
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class.
October 19
Matins was read.
October 20
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

Important Dates

Today, October 22 - Holy Apostle James, son of Alpheus. St. Stephen, Despot of Serbia (The Blind).
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. St. Peter I, Metropolitan and Wonderworker of Cetinje.
November 1 - Holy Prophet Joel; Venerable Prochorus of Pchinja; Venerable John of Rila.
November 4 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - Parish Anniversary celebration with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM and dinner afterwards at Dolfi’s. Please notify the parish office if you plan to attend.

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

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Matushka Martha Marie Ermakov recently departed. +Matushka Martha is Joseph Romanchak’s maternal grandmother.

Sonia Janson attended +Matushka Ermakov’s funeral at Holy Dormition Russian Orthodox Church in McKeesport.

Plan to attend the Anniversary celebration on November 5.

Notify the parish office by October 31 with your reservations for the Anniversary dinner.

Always give thanks to God for daily blessings.

Father Sasa Nedic plans to resume education classes the second week of November.

Coffee Hour collection until the end of October will benefit recent hurricane victims.

Donations continue to be needed for the Greene County Food Bank.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with job and benefit loss.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for crime victims.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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 services, practices or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

Appreciate and honor the St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for parish and mission priests.



Jesus Christ’s power over death.
The enduring hope for every person in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ’s love for every person.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

October 14 - Went to Morgantown for printing. Blessed one home. Visited homebound parishioner in local area.
October 15 - Went to educational gathering organized by Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh.
October 18 - Attended funeral of +Matushka Martha Marie Ermakov.
October 18 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class

Wisdom of Sirach 47:13

Solomon reigned in days of peace, and God gave him rest on every side, that he might build a house for his name and prepare a sanctuary to stand for ever.

(The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha. New York. Oxford University Press, 1977.)

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)

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. I have manifested Thy name unto the men which thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

St. Luke describes a tragic site. The only son of a widow had died. Not only did the mother have to bear the loss of her husband but now she had to bear the loss of her son.

The crowd in the funeral procession speaks to the degree of loss involved. This was an occasion for tears and for mourning. The Lord Jesus Christ encountered the funeral procession as He was preparing to enter the city.

The Lord Jesus Christ would come face to face with the dead son and his bereaved mother. Everyone faces earthly death. Earthly life as we know it is time limited.

When the Lord Jesus Christ entered into the presence of earthly death, reason existed for increased interest. The action Jesus chose to take would be observed by others.

This was a moment of decisive action. This was a moment of direct intervention. This was a meeting that would be recorded for history and serve as a basis for change for centuries to come.

This was a time when new life in Christ would become a reality in a very special way. The Lord Jesus Christ took action immediately. He spoke to the woman in mourning. He told her not to weep.

Being told not to weep is a very strong statement to make to a woman who was preparing to bury her only son. She had already experienced the burial of her husband. St. Luke said Jesus had compassion for the woman.

Jesus’ words not to weep must have been conveyed in a convincing and caring manner for St. Luke to have written as he did. Jesus saw the woman. The woman saw Jesus. This was a very personal meeting.

Put in historical perspective, this widow of Nain was among the select women in history identified to have spoken face-to-face with the Lord Jesus Christ. St. Luke said Jesus acted compassionately.

St. Luke’s words are of lasting importance in communicating the actions of Jesus and the demeanor of Jesus. We learn about Jesus through those words. The words of the Gospel help us in forming our faith and understanding Jesus.

Jesus touched the open coffin and brought the procession to a standstill. Jesus’ actions are reminiscent of the woman who touched His garment in the crowd and Jesus said: “Who touched Me?” (Mk. 5:25-34).

The funeral procession was brought to a standstill due to Jesus. Christ intervened in the funeral procession. This was a most solemn moment and Jesus dared to speak to the deceased man in life-giving words.

Jesus told the young man to arise. Jesus’ words are the strongest of words given the circumstances in which they were spoken. With the funeral procession underway, there could be no doubt the man was dead.

Jesus’ words and actions thoroughly contravened the existing and known condition of the man in the coffin. Two opposites were coming together…life and death.

The limits and strength of death were being challenged. Historically we know that Jesus rose from the tomb. This encounter with the young man in the coffin was a prelude of Jesus rising from the tomb.

Believers have to come to terms with the limits of death and the power of Christ in giving life. The Gospel teaches about the limits of death and the power of Christ. Jesus says to each person dead in sin to arise and be alive in Christ.

Remaining in sin is the path to death and burial. Listening to Christ is the path to eternal life. (Jn. 3:15) The joy of life replaces the sorrow of death when Jesus is embraced and welcomed.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 9 / 22, 2017
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council.
Holy Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus.
St. Stephen, Despot of Serbia (The Blind).

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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