St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 371 - January 30 / February 12, 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 30 / February 12, 2006
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee - Holy Three Hierarchs
No. 371

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

Hebrews 11:9

By faith Abraham, when he was called to out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Services This Past Week
February 4
One person came to Ninth Hour and Vespers.
February 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-five people came for Divne Liturgy.
February 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
February 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
February 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Canon to Mother of God.
Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for the Akathist to St. Sava and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
February 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
February 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Canon to Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Nicholas.
February 10
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Akathist for Communion.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
One person came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always 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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Divine Liturgy on Wednesday at 9:00 AM, The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 15 - The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple.
February 19 - Sunday of Prodigal Son

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

Parish Life

It's good to see Ludwig Miscovich in the choir.

Richard and Dustin Menhart are still on active military duty.

Thank you to the Kolo and Kolo helpers for continuing to bake. Helpers are needed each week.

The St. George radio program has been broadcast for two years. Thank you to Tom Hunter for doing the recording and editing during this time. Thank you to the St. George Choir and Sonia Janson for being part of the program.

Three full Christmas Divine Liturgies have been rebroadcast on the radio. The first one was a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiating and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic also serving.

The Diocesan Assembly will be on February 24 and 25 at St. George Church in Midland.

Four people came for Adult Class this past Thursday. The section on Holy Orders was concluded. The section on Holy Unction began and continues this week on Thursday at 7:00.

Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

Pray for miners, living and departed.

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.

Pray as much as you can each day.

A Thought from His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE

With deep faith in these words of the Lord, the early Christians anxiously approached Holy Communion, not because of some requirement, but from an immediate awareness that there was no spiritual life without Him. Just as one is not ordered to breathe, but spontaneously knows that without air he would suffocate and die. The early Christians attended all the Sunday and Holyday liturgies and at the Deacon's invitation-with the fear of God and with faith, draw near, all the faithful lined up and received Holy Communion. They were convinced they were attaining the deepest mystery of their faith and the holiest gift of God's mercy. They tried to approach the all-holy and most pure God in Holy Communion with purity of heart and soul.

("On Fasting and Communing." 1997 Serbian Orthodox Calendar. Very Rev. Petar Milosevich Editor. Published by the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada, St. Louis, Missouri.)

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

To Consider

The demeanor of the Publican.
The demeanor of the Pharisee.
The prayer of the Publican.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 4 - Blessed one home.
February 7 - Blessed two homes.
February 8 - Blessed two homes.
February 9 - Blessed three homes.
February 10 - Went to Diocesan Center
February 11 - Blessed one residence. Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Isadore the Priest) also said, 'When I was younger and remained in my cell I set no limit to prayer; the night was for me as much the time of prayer as the day.

The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee 2006

Luke 18:10-14

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and said this prayer to himself: 'God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men---robbers, cheats, adulterers; or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on everything I get.' But the tax collector, standing at a distance would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but struck his chest and said, 'God be merciful to me, the sinner.' I tell you, it was he who went home forgiven, rather than the other; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Three Hierarchs

Matthew 5:14-19

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, an glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them; the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church moves a step closer to Great Lent and Pascha. Today the Holy Orthodox Church and the world moves closer to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It would be interesting to take a poll to determine how many people think seriously about the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each time Orthodox believers recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, reference is made to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Creed is recited at Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy. How many people live their lives with the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as a dominant guiding factor?

Today the Holy Orthodox Church also celebrates the Feast of the Three Hierarchs: Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.

A serious scholar could devote a large portion of his or her life to studying the lives and works of these three saints.

Simplistics views about Christianity are dwarfed when one examines the homilies attributed to St. John Chrysostom. When one thinks seriously of the theological contributions of St. Gregory the Theologian and the works of St. Basil the Great, a person can only be humbled by the lasting contributions.

Lives are touched in each century by the Holy Three Hierarchs. We do not find pride associated with the Three Hierarchs in a manner comparable to the Pharisee in today's Gospel.

St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory the Theologian inspire and summon the serious believer to a more meaningful life in the Church.

The Pharisee in the present Gospel looks down upon the tax collector who came to God in prayer. "God be merciful to me a sinner" is a simple and effective prayer. It is a prayer each person can use. Each person sins. Each person needs and benefits from the mercy of God.

We cannot rely on our own strength. Our Lord Jesus Christ asked:"Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?" (Mt.6:27) We cannot take a single breath without the mercy and grace of God. We can move our arms or legs without the power of God. We cannot take a single breath without the power of God.

Though at times we may feel strong, any strength we have comes from God. Any life we have comes from God. St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. Basil the Great can inspire us to think more about God. If we take time to examine their lives and the work of their lives, they can make us realize how little we know and how much more there is to know.

The lasting effects of the Three Hierarch's work must be respected and considered. Something is to be said about scholars willing to translate documents giving more details about the lives and works of the Three Hierarchs. Something is to be said about the theological classes taught, books written and the religious sites created that are inspired by and tributes to the Three Hierarchs.

With Great Lent approaching, the condition of our souls becomes of paramount interest. We are to take care of our souls throughout the year. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God throughout the year (Mt.6:33).

The approach of Great Lent heightens the awareness of the condition of our souls. The praying tax collector in the present Gospel exhibits an attitude proper in coming before God.

God exceeds our human ability to fully comprehend. God exceeds our finite imagination and brain capability.

We can come to know the love of God if we are observant and attentive. We can come to know the mercy of God and forgiveness of God if we are attentive and observant.

We can experience God in the Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion, in Holy Unction, in Holy Baptism and Chrismation. We can experience God in listening to the Holy Gospel. We can experience God in contemplating our existence.

We experience God everyday. We may not always be conscious of experiencing God but St. Paul said: "In him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)

Let today be a day we exercise our minds and thinks seriously about God. Today let us realize our dependency on God.With the humility of the tax collector and with resolute faith, let us think more about God and live in ways pleasing to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 30 / February 12, 2006
Three Hierarchs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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