St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 373 - February 13 / February 26, 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
February 13 / February 26, 2006
Sunday of the Last Judgment
No. 373

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

Hebrews 11:39-40

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Services This Past Week
February 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
February 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
February 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
Five people were present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Seven people were present for the Akathist to St. George.
February 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
February 25
Vespers was read.

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
5:30 and 6:30 AM Daily - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Divine Liturgy on Saturday at Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont-10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 5 - Forgiveness Sunday, 5:30 PM, St. Sava Church, Mckeesport
March 6 - Great Lent begins.
March 11 - Theodore Saturday
March 12 - Sunday of Orthodoxy Service at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Mt.Lebanon at 5:00 PM.
March 19 - Lenten Vespers at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa at 5:30 PM.
March 26 - Lenten Vespers at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland at 5:30 PM.
April 1 and 2 - Serb Wings come to St. George Church to sing at services.
April 2 - Lenten Vespers- Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church-Steubenville at 5:30 PM.
April 7 - Annunciation
April 9 - Lenten Vespers at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels at 5:30 PM.
April 15 - Lazarus Saturday
April 16 - Palm Sunday Evening Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:30 PM

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

Parish Life

Stan Brozik represented the parish at the Diocesan Assembly meeting in Midland on Friday.

Today is the last day for Orthodox Christians to eat meat until the arrival of Pascha.

Five people came to Adult Class this past week to discuss Great Lent. Class again this Thursday.

Thank you to all parishioners donating last week for the victims of the train wreck.

Lenten Vespers on Sunday evenings begin next week in Mckeesport.

Come to Church more often during Great Lent.

Help the parish by honoring the fast during Great Lent.

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

Always and especially during Lent we should diligently read and listen to the Word of God, Holy Scriptures, and pray to God both at home and in the Church with others, in this time of adversity for our people. Fasting was not established by man but by God, Who through the prophet Moses called it a "perpetual statute"(Lev.3:17). Christ consecrated it by fasting Himself for forty days and ordered all His faithful ones to fast. Fasting was practiced by the apostles, by all the faithful of that time, and subsequently for all these 2000 years.

(His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE. "On Fasting." The Voice of Saint Stephen Lackawanna, New York, Vol. 24 No. 2. March-April 2000, p. 1)

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

To Consider

Getting ready for Great Lent.
The gradual approach of Great Lent.
The importance of Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 20-22 - Travelled to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York for Christian Education Meeting.
February 24 - Blessed one restaurant and banquet facility.
February 24-25 - Travelled to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Midland, Pennsylvania for Diocesan Assembly.
February 25 - Visited a Serbian Orthodox Christian at a nursing home.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Matoes said, 'I prefer a light and steady activity, to one that is painful at the beginning but is soon broken off.'

The Sunday of the Last Judgement - 2006

Luke 15:11-32

When the Son of Man come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then 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.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church focuses on the Holy Gospel message of the Last Judgment. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ enter the hearts and souls of attentive listeners.

The Gospel message of the Last Judgment emphasizes sensitivity to the least of our brethren. Jesus Christ is identified with the sick, the suffering, the stranger and the imprisoned.

Individuals are accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ for their actions. At Holy Baptism and Chrismation, believers profess that Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.

The Book of Revelation, as it draws to a close, concludes with the memorable words: "Come, Lord Jesus."(Rev.22:20) Each time the Lord's Prayer is recited, reference is made to the coming of the Divine Kingdom.

The Gospel message of the Last Judgment is a call to lifelong consideration for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned and the stranger. The Gospel message of the Last Judgment is a reminder to always see Jesus Christ in each of the people we meet throughout life.

Serious believers seek the Kingdom of God. No one in his or her right mind would desire the everlasting punishment. Laziness, lack of attentiveness, bigotry, racism, sinfulness, and lack of consideration for others can readily lead to the everlasting punishment described in St. Matthew's Gospel.

The Lord Jesus Christ stated in very clear terms believers are to care for the sick, the suffering, the stranger and the imprisoned. Serious believers strive to meet the criteria to enter the Kingdom.

Forgiveness from Christ is necessary during this earthly life when believers fail to honor today's Gospel message and want to try again.

Believers can pray to God for an opening of the eyes to see Christ in each person we meet in life. Believers can pray to God for an open mind and an open heart to see others as having been created in the image and likeness of God.

Believers can pray to God for a forgiving heart and mind. Believers can pray to God for the strength and the vision to see Christ in the lives of others. To live in Christ, requires believers to be immersed in the reading and listening to the Holy Gospel.

To live in Christ requires believers to come regularly to Holy Confession and to partake regularly of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The present Gospel is a strong signal that Great Lent is at hand. Forgiveness Sunday comes in a week and then Great Lent begins. It is best to move towards Great Lent clearly participanting in the Church on a daily basis.

The Church prepares believers for the lenten journey. The Church nourishes believers throughout the lenten journey. To benefit from Great Lent requires an investment in Great Lent.

As believers invest and participate in the lenten journey, so will they realize the benefits of the journey. The man, woman or child treating Great Lent with great care will appreciate having made the effort.

Today is a marking point in preparation for Great Lent. Believers are vividly reminded of the Last Judgment. The time to return to God in all seriousness is at hand.

At Baptism, the Christian identity is realized. The total person is set aside for God and for the life pleasing to God. All that is not pleasing to God is to be set aside.

Great Lent is an opportunity to begin anew. Great Lent is an opportunity to renew the bapistmal commitment. Great Lent is a return to God in love for God.

The joy of participating is inherent in the lenten experience. Believers come to know and experience God in Great Lent. The Cross defines the horizon and establishes the direction.

The Cross reveals the power of God and the love of God. The Cross summons the believer. The Cross summons each person including the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned and the stranger.

Everyone is affected by the Cross. Everyone is affected by the Resurrection of Christ. Everyone will be affected by Jesus Christ's glorious return and the Last Judgment.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 13 / February 26, 2006
Meatfare Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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