St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 269 - February 16/February 29, 2004




Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

February 16/February 29, 2004
Sunday of Orthodoxy
No. 269



I Timothy 6:11

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

Services This Past Week

February 22 - Thirty-one people attended Divine Liturgy.
February 23 - Two people came for the First, Third and Sixth Hours. Three people came for Great Compline and the Canon to St. Andrew.
February 24 - Two people came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. Two people came for the Great Compline and Canon to St.Andrew.
February 25 - Three people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Four people came for Great Compline and the Canon to St. Andrew.
February 26 - Two people came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. Four people came for the Grand Compline and Canon to St. Andrew.
February 27 - Three people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Three people came for Great Compline and Canon for the Departed.
February 28 - Two people came to St. George for Matins and First Hour. Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. Five people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm the Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy is held each Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is held earlier.
Morning Services - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Friday morning - Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 8:00 AM.
Afternoon services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Thursday evening at 5:45 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 29 - Sunday of Orthodoxy - Holy Ascension Church, Youngwood fs- Vespers
March 7 - Second Sunday of Great Lent - St. George Church, Carmichaels - Vespers
March 14 - Third Sunday of Great Lent - St. George Church, Midland - Vespers
March 20 - Parish Lenten Retreat

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

It was good to see Dorothy Bozick, Sonia Janson, Anna Mae Knezovich, Paulette Raddock and Kathryn Sage attending the Vespers in Mckeesport.
Seven people came for Adult Class this past Thursday when the Funeral Service was discussed. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the service.
Help will be needed in getting ready for next week's Vesper service here.
Try to attend more services during Great Lent.
Honor the fast until the Divine Liturgy on Pascha, April ll.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember that Serbian People continue to suffer in Kosovo.
Congratulations to Marion Luteran for the award received at work.
Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich

We know, there is only one cure for some physical diseases. But against the greatest illness, the insanity of the soul, there are two cures which have to be taken simultaneously; fasting and prayer, to prevent it as well as to cure it. The Apostles and the Prophets and the Saints in both the Old and New Testament with our Lord did fast and prayted to show us how and why to do it.
(Spiritual Reminder, p. 144 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology

To Consider

Jesus Christ taking on human flesh.
Icons in the Churches.
The acceptance and veneration of icons in Orthodox life.
The extensive range of icons.
The learning possible from each icon.
The thought and prayer necessary for each icon.
The history of each icon.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 22 - Attended Vespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.
February 24 - Met with Community Action representative regarding program for the elderly.
February 25 - Visited resident at SC, Greene. Visited resident at Rolling Meadows. Transported Orthodox Christian to Pittsburgh. Met with Pen-Dot officials.
February 28 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W. Va. Visited resident at Healthsouth Rehab Center, Morgantown, West Virginia.

From the Desert fathers

A brother asked Abba Poemen, 'How should a man behave?' The old man said to him, 'Look at Daniel: no-one found anything in him to complain about except for his prayers to the Lord his God.'


Sunday of Orthodoxy 2004

John 1:43-51

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and Hefound Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, thecity of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote - Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him,"Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said to him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile." Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree' do you believe? You will see greater things than these."And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, here after you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

Today we celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy. We celebrate the unity of the Holy Orthodox Church. We celebrate Jesus Christ, the Son of God, taking on human flesh, perfect God and perfect Man.

There is value to asking ourselves the degree to which we honor Holy Orthodoxy in our homes and in our lives each day. There is value to asking ourselves how much we honor Jesus Christ in our hearts, our homes, our minds, and our lives?

Great Lent is an opportune time to ask ourselves how much we honor the saints and the martyrs through the centuries who bore witness to the Holy Orthodox Faith. We are beneficiaries of untold sacrifices through the centuries. We have a responsibility to the generations to come.

Do we keep the Holy Orthodox Faith, undiluted and undefiled in our hearts, our homes and in our lives? Do we lead disciplined Orthodox lives, keeping the fasts of the Church, being knowledgeable of and participating in the liturgical life of the Holy Orthodox Church?

Do we spend time each day improving our knowledge of the Holy Orthodox Church? Do we devote time each day to serious prayer? While everyday it is important to care for the soul, emphasis increases during Great Lent.

If Jesus Christ came today, would He find us living true to the baptismal commitment we made? What percentage of each day is specifically devoted to preparing for for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is recited at Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy. How often do we think about the contents of the Creed?

We will grow as a parish church only as we grow consistent with the blessings given at the consecration of the church. We will grow as a parish church only if we live consistent with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

This parish church as part of the Holy Orthodox Church is rooted in the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. With every fiber of our beings, as baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians, we have a responsibility to honor the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Everything we think and do are to be guided by Christ, the life of Christ, and the teachings of Christ. We are blessed to be free to worship. Many people do not have the freedom to worship. We have a responsibility to guard the freedom to worship and to exercise the opportunity to worship.

The Holy Orthodox Church is more than a Sunday Church. Living the Orthodox life entails living an Orthodox life every day. When we entered the baptismal waters, when we were chrismated, our total bodies were dedicated to God.

We are expected to guide our daily lives by the teaching of Jesus Christ. We are expected to structure our lives according to the practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

We are expected to work at growing in Christ. We are expected to increase our knowledge of the Holy Orthodox Faith as we grow and develop from childhood to being adults.

St. Athanasius stressed the importance of right living with these words: "But for the searching and right understanding of the Scriptures there is a need of a good life and a pure soul, and for Christian virtue to provide the mind to grasp, so far as human nature can, the truth concerning God the Word." 1

Our learning does not end as Orthodox Christians when we complete church school as young adults. We can learn throughout our lives from the Holy Divine Liturgy. We learn from the Holy Scriptures. We learn from the spiritual writings of the saints and holy fathers of the Church.

Today we reaffirm that Jesus took on flesh. Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the presence of icons in the Church. Today we learn a great deal from the messages of the holy icons.

If we are very careful in the way we view the icons, we will see their consistency with Holy Scripture. We will learn of the life of Christ from the icons. We will learn of the Mother of God from the holy icons. We will learn of the many different saints from the holy icons.

St. John of Damascus gives us strong words to consider at this time of Great Lent. He said: "From the time that God, the Son of God, who is unchangeable by reason of His Godhead, chose to suffer voluntarily, He wiped out our debt, by paying for us a most admirable and precious ransom." 2

In the end, we need to learn about our own sinfulness and need to repent. We need to learn that we have departed far from Christ and must return to Him. While there is time, let us be like the thief on the cross and ask Jesus Christ to remember us in His Kingdom.
1 St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, p. 96.
2 St. John of Damascus. On the Divine Images. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, p. 29.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
First Sunday of Great Lent
February 16/February 29, 2004

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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