St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 375 - February 27 / March 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
February 27 / March 12, 2006
Sunday of Orthodoxy
No. 375

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

Hebrews 11:32-34

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets; who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Services This Past Week
March 5
Three people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy.
March 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and First and Third Hour with Kathisma and Reading from the Ladder.
Nine people came for the Great Compline with Canon of St.Andrew.
March 7
Four people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and First and Third Hour with Kathisma and Reading from the Ladder.
Eleven people came for Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew. Canon to the Mother of God.
March 8
Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and First and Third Hour with Kathisma and Reading from the Ladder.
Nine people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts with seven communicants.
Four people came for Great Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and First and Third Hour with Kathisma and Reading from the Ladder.
Six people came for Great Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and First and Third Hour with Kathisma and Reading from the Ladder.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts with one communicant.
Two people came for Great Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

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 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Wednesday and Friday Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 8:00 AM.

Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of Orthodoxy Service, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Mt. Lebanon at 5:00 PM.
March 19 - Lenten Vespers, St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa at 5:30 PM.
March 26 - Lenten Vespers, 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

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family, kumovi and friends of +Zora Trbovich.

Thank you to all attending and participating in the first week of lenten services here.

Thank you to all attending Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church in Mckeesport.

Thank you to the six people attending Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss Great Lent.

Adult Class this Thursday following the evening service.

Honor the fast during Great Lent until the Pachal Divine Liturgy.

Coming to church with sincerity of faith during the week is a contribution to the parish.

The Kolo continues to need helpers for the baking project. Thank you to all helping.

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.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Congratulations to Army serviceman Dustin Menhart scheduled to be made Captain on March 16 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Congratulations to the Menhart Family. Older brother Richard Menhart also has a distinquished military record.

A Thought from Father Sebastian Dabovich.

Genuine piety cannot long be concealed in the heart without manifesting itself by exterior practices of religion; and hence, though interior and exterior worship are distinct, they cannot be separated in the present life. The fire cannot burn without sending forth a flame and heat. Neither can the fire of devotion burn in the soul without reflecting itself on our countenance, and even in our speech. It is natural for man to express his sentiments by signs and ceremonies, for, from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaketh.

(The Holy Orthodox Church Reprinted 1993 by St. Nectarios Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, p. 3.)

To Consider

The lenten journey.
The investment each of us will make in Great Lent.
Will we be better Orthodox Christians at the end of the lenten journey?

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 4 - Visited parishioner at home for purposes of Confession and Communion.
March 5 - Attended Forgiveness Vespers, St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.
March 9 - Attended Funeral of +Zora Trbovich, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
March 10 - Visited home of friends of St. George Church.

From the Desert Fathers

He was greater than many others in that if he was asked to interpret part of the Scriptures or a scriptural saying, he would not reply immediately, but he would say he did not know that saying. If he was asked again, he would say no more.

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2006

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."

Great Lent is underway. The focus is on Jesus Christ and our return to the road to the Kingdom. We confess belief in Jesus Christ as King and God at Holy Baptism.

We accept the responsibility to follow Christ and be true to Christ at the time of Baptism. The responsibility to Jesus Christ is our greatest responsibility.

We are changed completely by Holy Baptism and Chrismation. We are set apart from non-believers and sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is established and is to ever be renewed.

Throughout life Jesus Christ is to be the focus of our lives. Throughout life Jesus Christ is to be the standard and goal of our lives. Every thing that we think, say and do is to be measured according to Jesus Christ.

Jesus said Philip "Follow me." We accepted to follow Jesus when we were baptized. As infants, we are not necessarily fully conscious of the commitment made. This in no way dimishes the commitment made. Each moment of life is the time to renew the baptismal commitment.

Students of the Church sort thoughout centuries of written documents and oral history to develop a greater understanding of Christ. Students of the Church contend with centuries of evidence about Jesus Christ.

We know a certain amount about the immediate followers of Christ. We know a certain amount of about Christ's followers in early church history. Many centuries have passed since the birth of Jesus Christ. The divine services and teachings of the Church give perspective and order to understanding Christ. The Church offers believers and potential believers a welcome haven to meet and learn about Jesus Christ.

Great Lent is a call to fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Great Lent is a call to train and discipline the body and focus the mind and heart on Jesus Christ.

Little by little, the believer can be distracted from Christ. Little by little, the believer can inadvertently become a little less faithful to Christ. Great Lent is a time to return to Christ.

Nathaniel called Jesus the Son of God. Our prayers to Jesus Christ and our confession of faith to Jesus Christ reflect the degree of our faithfulness to Christ. The passing of time in no way can diminish Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forwever. (Heb.13:8)

Our prayers to Jesus Christ need not be sophisticated. Our prayers to Jesus Christ need not be in lofty language. We have beautiful prayers of the Church to use at home. We have beautiful prayers of the Church in the Divine services.

Regularity of prayer is important. Attentiveness in prayer is important. Sincerity in prayer is important.

If we are not sincere in our prayers, if we pray for personal recognition, if we are inattentive in prayer, our prayers will fall short of what they could be.

Prayers are to emanate from the heart. Prayers are for the benefit of the soul. Prayers affect and are affected by the mind. The condition of the mind and consumption of food affects the ability to pray.

Prayer is the way we communicate with Jesus Christ. Prayer is the way we learn from Jesus Christ. Prayer is the way we discern what Jesus Christ would have us do.

Prayer requires work. To pray for one hour with concentration is work. St. Paul calls us to pray without ceasing. (I Thess.5:17) Praying without ceasing is a goal for all to strive for.

We should not be discouraged in prayer. We must begin where we are and continue. When we grow tired, we should begin again and continue. All of our work should be preceded by prayer. All our actions should be preceded by and should actually be a form of prayer.

Each day should begin and end with prayer. Each day should be a form of prayer. Each day should be a coming before God with our lives and dedicating our lives to the way of God.

We are to follow Jesus Christ throughout life. We do not know how long the journey will be. We do not know where it will lead. If we proceed with faith in Christ and with faithfulness to Christ, we can proceed with confidence.

Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb.12:2). He is our hope and our joy. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ established a perspective that cannot be hidden. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ enables a world view that cannot be defeated.

Out of the darkness of Holy Friday came the brightness of Christ resurrecting. The journey of Great Lent ultimately takes us to Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, His Betrayal, Crucifixion and to His Resurrection.

The events of Holy Week require us to think completely about Jesus Christ, to remember His love for us and His sacrifice for us. Being faithful to Christ in Great Lent is an investment in the Kingdom of God. We can make no better investment with our lives than to invest our lives in following Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 27 / March 12, 2006
Sunday of Orthodoxy

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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