St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 322 - February 21 / March 6, 2005


The Orthodox Faith


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 21 / March 6, 2005
Sunday of the Last Judgment / Meatfare Sunday
No. 322

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Romans 1:8

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throught the world

Services This Past Week

February 27 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist for Holy Communion, Matins and First Hour. Forty people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
February 28 - One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Jesus Christ. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to Archangel Michael and Akathist St. John the Baptist.
March 1 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Canon to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
March 2 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Canon to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
March 3 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Canon to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour. Four people the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Divine Passion of Christ.
March 4 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Canon to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers .
March 5 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist for the Departed. Two people were present for the Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour. Five people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - A warm welcome to Father Rumen Stoychewv this morning.
Mornings - Tuesday, Wednesday at 5:30 AM, Midnight Office. Matins at 6:30 AM.
Afternoons - Tuesday Vespers at 4:30 PM. Wednesday Akathist(s) at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 13 - Forgiveness Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. Sava Church, McKeesport
March 19 - Sunday of Orthodoxy Service to be held Saturday, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:00 PM.
March 27 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa at 5:30 PM.
April 3 - Sunday of Holy Cross, St. George Church, Midland at 5:50 PM.
April 10 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville at 5:30 PM.
April 17 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, St. George Church, Carmichaels at 5:30 PM.
April 24 - Palm Sunday, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:30 PM.
May 1 - Pascha

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

Parish Life

Four people came top adult class this past Thursday. Clas this week and the following week will be on Wednesday evening. Come and participate.
Come to one additional weekday service per month.
Become familiar with the daily Scripture readings of the Church and the saints being remembered each day.
Today is the last day to eat meat until Pascha. Honor the fast in its entirety.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Remember the men and women in the military and their families.
Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, in care and nursing homes and in hospitals.
The best way to help the parish is to live an Orthodox Christian life each day.
Home blessings will continue.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

The Word was not hedged in by His body, nor did His presence in the body prevent His being present elsewhere here as well. He moved His body He did not cease also to direct the universe by His mind and might. No. The marvellous truth is, that being the Word, so far from being Himself contained by anything, he actually contained all things Himself. In creation He is present everywhere, yet is distinct in being from it; ordering, directing, giving life to all, containing all, yet is He Hinmself the Uncontained, existing solely in His Father. As with the whole, so also with the oart. Existing in a human body, to which He Himself gave life, He is still the Source of life to all the universe, present in every part of it, yet outside the whole; and He is revealed through bothe the works of his body and through His activity in the world. It is indeed the function of the soul to behold things that are outside the body, but it cannot energize or move them.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p. 45. )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

Jesus Christ coming to judge the living and the dead.
The conscious thought each person devotes to preparing for Christ's Second Coming.
The Last Judgement as we learn of it in the Gospel of St. Matthew.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 28 - Went to SCI-Fayette to see a resident.
March 1 - Three homes blessed
March 2 - Three homes blessed
March 3 - Two homes blessed
March 5 - Served Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Eight People attended.

From the Desert Fathers

She (Syncleta) also said, 'Just as one cannot build a ship unless one has some nails, so it is impossible to be saved without humility.

The Sunday of the Last Judgement - 2005

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, the He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 'For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they also will answer Him, saying 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You? Then He will answer them, saying 'Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

We come to the Sunday of the Last Judgment. We come to the Sunday when with are asked to think about the Second Coming of Christ. For most Orthodox Christians, at a tender age we make a firm commitment to Christ as King and as God. We profess our belief in the Holy Trinity. We profess our belief in the Virgin Birth of Christ. We profess our belief in the Resurrection, Ascension and Second Coming of Christ.

At each Divine Liturgy we profess our belief in the Second Coming of Christ. Each time we recite the Lord's Prayer, we say "Thy Kingdom Come!"

Today's Gospel brings the judgment of Christ immediately before us. Today's Gospel speaks about the separation of those who know and follow Christ and those who do not. Today's Gospel speaks about the separation of those who reach out to the stranger, the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the needy and those who do not.

In Genesis we read about Abraham and Sarah being visited by three men and offering hospitality. Even though they were advanced in age, Abraham and Sarah were told they would have a son. All the nations of the earth were to be blessed. (Gen.18:1-22)

A direct reference to the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah is recorded in Hebrews. We find these words: "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels." (Heb.13:2)

Each day is a precious gift from God. We know from the Epistle of St. James every good gift and every perfect gift is from above from the Father of lights. (James.1:17)

Let us be appreciative of the gift of life given by God. Let us use the gift of life as intended by God and as committed to God at Holy Baptism. St. Isaac the Syrian said: "This life has been given to you for repentance: do not waste it in vain pursuits."

Today's Gospel gives urgency and importance to the serious use of our lives. Today's Gospel gives emphasis to the importance of the relationships we have with individuals we meet in life.

It is time to repent for the times we have been less than attentive to Christ. It is time to repent for the time we have squandered. It is time to repent for the sins we have committed.

The Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion unite the faithful with Christ. The Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion enable believers to experience Christ. The Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion give newness of life in Christ.

Today's Gospel describes Christ calling the blessed forth to experience the Kingdom. These are the words all believers hope to hear.

The beginning of Great Lent is a week away. The Church moves toward Great Lent with certainty. The Church moves toward Great Lent with order. Each day has meaning in the Church. Each day the Church has services enabling believers to come to God in prayer.

Each person chooses the way he or she uses the time of life. Each person is responsible for his or her life. Each person faces the Second Coming of Christ. Today is the day to begin anew in Christ. Today is the day to renew the baptismal commitment. Today is the day to be firmly on the road to the Kingdom.

May each word in today's Gospel message be engraved in our hearts and minds. May each word in today's Gospel message be translated into action during the remaining days of our lives. At the Second and Glorious Coming, may we blessed to hear the words of Christ: "Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you..."
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 21 / March 6, 2005
Meatfare Sunday. Sunday of the Last Judgment.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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