St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 324 - March 7 / March 20, 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
March 7 / March 20, 2005
Sunday of Orthodoxy
No. 324

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

Hebrews 12:2

Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Services This Past Week

February 27 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Holy Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy.
February 28 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Grand Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 15 - The Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ were served. Also the First and Third Hours. Two people were present. Two people came in the afternoon for Grand Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 16 - Two people were present for the morning services. Midnight Office, Akathist to Holy Communion and Akathist to the Cross were served. Four people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant. Two people were present in the afternoon for Grand Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 17 - Two people were present for morning services. Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ were served. The First and Third Hours were read. Two people were present in the afternoon for Grand Compline with the Canon to St. Andrew.
March 18 - One person came for the Midnight Office, Akathist for Communion, Akathist to the Cross, First and Third Hours. Three people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
March 19 - At St. George Church, The Midnight Office was read as was the Akathist for Communion. Three baptisms were held at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. Nine people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission. One communicant.

Services this Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy
Mornings - 5:30 AM, Monday. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
Afternoons - 4:30 PM Tuesday and Wednesday. 6:30 PM Thursday.
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts - Friday at 8:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 27 - 5:30 PM, Vespers, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa. Second Sunday of Great Lent.
April 3 - 5:30 PM, Vespers, Sunday of Holy Cross, St. George Church, Midland.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation
April 10 - 5:30 PM, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville

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

Parish Life

Try to attend the Sunday evening Vespers at other parishes during Lent.
Make an effort to come to church more often during Lent.
Honor the fast until the Divine Liturgy on Pascha.
Thank you to the Kolo for continuing to bake.
Mira Sokolovic Damljanovic is planning a group trip to Serbia in May for the canonization of Father Vasilije Sokolovic's father, the Priest Martyr Rev. Budimir Sokolovic. If you are interested, see Father Rodney.
Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the 6:30 PM service.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Remember the homebound, those in care homes, hospitals, jails, prisons and rehab centers.
The first baptisms (three of them) were held at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia on March 19.
The best way to help the parish is to live a serious Orthodox Christian life each day.
Learn the saints commemorated each day.
Read your Bibles each day.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

There were thus two things which the Saviour did for us by becoming Man. He banished death from us and made us anew; and, invisible and impreceptible as in Himself He is, He became visible through His works and revealed Himself as the Word of the Father, the Ruler and King of the whole creation.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, pp. 44-45. )

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

To Consider

The icons of Christ.
The icons of the Mother of God.
The icons of the saints.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 13 - Went to St. Sava Church, Mckeesport for Vespers. Went to Allegheny General Hospital to visit parishioner.
March 15 and 16 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown to visit parishioner.
March 18 - Blessed one business.
March 19 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh for Vespers.

From the Desert Fathers

The abbot Pambo asked the abbot Antony, saying, "What shall I do?" And the old man made the answer, "Be not confident of thine own righteousnss: grieve not over a thing that is past: and be continent of thy tongue and of thy belly.

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2005

John 1:43-51

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, "Follow Me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peer. 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 of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!" 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 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, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

We come to the first Sunday of Great Lent. The journey to Pascha is underway. The Death and Resurrection of Christ are on the minds of Orthodox Christians.

Each day of Great Lent has importance. Today we think about Christ taking on flesh. We think about the icons of Christ. We are grateful for the presence of icons in the Church.

Great Lent causes us to consider repentance. Great Lent causes us to examine our sinfulness. Great Lent calls us to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

This is a time of great seriousness in the Church. This is a time to care for the soul. This is a time to think about salvation.

Orthodox Christians take on a great responsibility at Holy Baptism. Orthodox Christians take on the responsibility to follow Christ, to be true to Christ. When professing Christ as King and as God, Orthodox Christians separate themselves from non-believers.

Choosing Christ as an Orthodox Christian is a voluntary decision. Coercion is not involved. Once the decision is made, the expectation is the believer will honor the commitment.

Fasting, prayer and almsgiving are essential to Orthodox life. Orthodoxy is a way of life. Orthodoxy includes participation in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays, but is not limited to the period of time of Sunday Divine Liturgies.

Orthodoxy is a way of life for all of life, for everyday of life. What we eat, what we drink, what we wear, what we think, where we work, how we play are all to be measured against the teachings of the Church. All that we think, do and say are to be measured against the teachings of Christ and the life of Christ.

The content of the services Great Lent help us to focus on our sinfulness. The content of services of Great Lent strengthen us in our journey to Pascha. The content of the services of Great Lent give us direction to our Christian lives.

When we need reassurance, when we are feeling alone, when we need direction, we find confidence in Christ. We find direction in the teachings of Christ. We find the love of Christ in His Holy Orthodox Church.

When we are in need of healing, Holy Confession and Holy Communion restore us to wholeness. When we are in need of peace, the prayers of the Church guide us to the peace that passes all understanding (Phil.4:7)

At times the future may seem cloudy or dark. The Risen Christ shines through the darkness. Even the darkness of Holy Friday is superceded by the brightness of Pascha.

Christians know the way of the Cross. Christians come under the sign of the Cross at Holy Baptism. Orthodox Christians "sign" themselves with the Cross throughout life.

Orthodox Christians remember the Cross of Christ each Wednesday and Friday. Orthodox Christians venerate the Cross on the Third Sunday of Great Lent. On Great and Holy Friday Christ's death on the Cross fills the minds and hearts of believers.

Each day a certain number of Orthodox believers join the lenten effort. Some make the journey from the very beginning. Others begin on one of the subsequent days. Those who fail to make the lenten journey deny themselves the benefit of the experience. Those who fail to make the lenten journey deny themselves growth in Christ.

Orthodox worship has an order. The Orthodox year has an order. We come to Christ through the order in the Church. We learn about Christ through the order in the Church.

When we live Orthodoxy to the fullest, we come to see how little we know and how much there is to know. When we live Orthodoxy to the fullest, we come to think about the majesty of God, the love of God, the unknowable dimensions of God.

When we enter the Orthodox life, we experience Christ in the Holy Mysteries. We feel the weight lifted from our shoulders, from our minds and from our hearts when we come to Christ in Holy Confession.

When we partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, we are renewed in Christ. We experience the love of Christ. We are humbled by Christ.

Jesus washed His disciples feet. Jesus set an example of service for all to follow. He told the disciples: "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 'If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.'" (Jn.13:12-12)

The present Gospel message tells of Christ's invitation to follow Him. The Gospel tells of the Philip's invitation to Nathanael to "Come and see.".

The "Call" from Christ comes at each moment of time and to each person. Great Lent is the time to seriously consider each "Call" of Christ and to answer affirmatively.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 7 / March 20, 2005
Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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