St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 367 - January 2 / January 15, 2006


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
January 2 / January 15, 2006
Sunday before Theophany
No. 367

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

I Corinthians 13:13

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Services This Past Week
January 8
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Fifty-Five People came for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated with Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic serving.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN baptized Luke and Joel Torbic.
January 9
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion were read.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour at St. George Church.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers to St. George Church.
January 10
Midnight Office was read.
January 11
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Jesus Christ.
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
January 12
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came in the evening for the Akathis to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
January 13
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 14
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Jesus Christ were read.
One person came for Matin and First Hour at St. George Church.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 & 6:30 AM.
Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM

Divine Liturgy - Thursday at 9:00 AM. Divine Liturgy Friday at 8:00 AM.
Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont at 10:00 AM Saturday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 18 - Eve of Theophany.
January 19 - Theophany, Epiphany, Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John-Prophet and Forerunner and Baptist
January 27 - St. Sava, First Serbian Archbishop and Enlightener
January 29 - Feast of St. Apostle Peter's Chains. - St. Sava Program, Covered Dish Dinner.
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Cyril of Alexandria. St. Maxim of Serbia.
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs

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

Parish Life

Let us pray that all parishioners ill, injured and those recovering from surgery return to good health soon.

Next Sunday will be the Blessing of the Monongahela River following the Divine Liturgy. Plan to stay.

Six people came to Adult Class this past Thursday evening when Marriage was discussed. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the evening service.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Take time to pray as much as you can each day.

The closing of Tara Hospital has affected a number of our parishioners.

Water will blessed this week in preparation for home blessings.

Did you listen to the Christmas Divine Liturgy broadcast on the radio this past Monday evening?

A Thought From St. Bishop NIKOLAI

On account of his bounteous and paternal spirit, Saint Sava was beloved like an angel of God among the Hungarians and Bulgarians, and among the Greeks and Arabs. King Milutin repulsed the Mongol invasios not just from Serbia but from the entire Balkans. Tsar Dusan waged war and suffered death in battle fare from his own land for the sake of defending the Orthodox Greeks and Bulgarians as much as for the sake of defending the Serbs. Prince Lazar perished on the field of Kosovo for the venerable cross and the freedom of Christendom, which all Europe sensed and recogized at that time. Karageorge rose up in rebellion with the ultimate aim of liberating all the Balkans and creating a Christian brotherhood of all the Orthodox peoles on the Balkan peninsula.

A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality. (Translated by Father Theodore Micka and Father Stevan Scott. The Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the United States and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois, 1988, pp. 62-63)

Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

To Consider

Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan.
The manifestation of the Holy Trinity.
The place of St. John the Baptist in history.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 9 and 14 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, West Virginia.
January 10 - Went to Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh where Serbian Orthodox Christian underwent surgery.

From the Desert Fathers

A certain brother asked the abbot Pimenion saying, "What is faith?" and the old man said "To live ever in loving kindness and in humbleness, and to do good to one's neighbor."

Sunday Before Theophany, 2006

Mark 1:1-8


The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight." John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, 'There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Thirthieth Sunday after Pentecost

John 20:11-18


But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, awhere the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, "Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekset thou?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, "Sir,if thou have borne Him hence, tell where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus saith unto her, "Mary." She turned herself, and saith unto Him, "Raboni" which is to say "Master." Jesus saith unto her, "Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them. I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church has two Gospel messages to consider. The Sunday before Theophany draws attention to St. John the Baptist and his message of repentance.

St. John the Baptist speaks about the Lord Jesus Christ and baptims with the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Theophany is coming within days. The Feast of Theophany celebrates a manifestation of the Holy Trinity.

God gives us minds to use for constructive purposes. God gives us minds to for the glory of God. God gives us minds to live in ways pleasing to God.

Repentance is a return to God and the renunciation of sin. Repentance is a change of heart and a commitment to the way of God. Repentance is a determination by the self to seek the Kingdom of God as God would have us do.

We benefit from thinking about St. John the Baptist's total commitment to Christ. We benefit from thinking about St.John knowing very specifically his place in relationship to Jesus Christ.

We benefit from analyzing our own lives in relation to Christ. We benefit from prayerfully turning to Christ to seek direction. We benefit when living according to Christ's teachings and the Holy Commandments of God.

St. John the Baptist did not consider himself worthy to untie the sandal strap of Jesus yet Jesus said "Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist." (Mt. 11:11) St.John the Baptist is a lesson in humility.

To find our proper place in life, we benefit when turning our attention to the Resurrected Lord. Mary Magdalene personally experienced the Resurrected Christ when she went to the Tomb.

We experience the Resurrected Christ when we listen to the Holy Gospel. We experience the Resurrected Christ when we partake of His Precious Body and Blood. We experience the Resurrected Christ when we attend the Divine Liturgy.

When we turn to God in prayer, we are heard. We have the opportunity to bring to God our concerns, our hurts and our interests. When we turn to God in prayer, we benefit from listening to God. We benefit from trying to determine what God would have us do as specific individuals.

Each person is unique. As there has been only one John the Baptist and only one Mary Magdalene, there is only one of each person. Each person is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27)

Each person has unique fingerprints. Each person has unique personality characteristics. Each person has the opportunity to follow Christ and serve Christ. Individual choices made determine the degree each person conforms to the way of Christ.

The joy of the Resurrection is heralded in the Gospel of St. John. The joy of the Resurrection is heralded by the white angels at the tomb. The fresco of the white angel at Monastery Mileseva is known to Serbian Orthodox Christians as a declaration of the Christs' Resurrection.

The joy of the Resurrection is ever-present and prominent in the lives of serious believers. The joy of the Resurrection is a triumphant joy, a joy denoting Christ's defeat of death and granting of life.

The Resurrection of Christ gives perspective to all earthly circumstances. The celebration of the Resurrection of Christ is the Feast of Feasts in the Orthodox Church.

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is fresh in the minds of Orthodox Christians. The Feast of Theophany, the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan is immediately on the horizon.

The fullness of life in Christ is ever present for believers to seek and to choose. Each moment of time believers meet Christ and say "yes" or "no" to His way.

Let us always bear in mind these words of Jesus. Our Lord said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (Jn. 14:6).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 2 / January 15, 2006
Sunday before Theophany. Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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