St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 420 - January 15 / January 28, 2007


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 15 / January 28, 2007
Sunday of Publican and Pharisee
No. 420

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

Romans 14:1

Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.

Services This Past Week
January 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-two people came for the Divine Liturgy.
Fifteen people came for the Blessing of the Monongahela River.
January 22
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Akathist to St. Sava and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
Father Dimitre was present to concelebrate.
January 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for the reading of the Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy

Mornings
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Saturday
Divine Liturgy YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va. at 10:00 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - St. Sava Program following Divine Liturgy, Stay for dinner and the program.
January 29 - Veneration of the Precious Chains of Apostle Peter
January 31 - Sts. Athanasius the Great and Cyril of Alexandria, St. Maxim, Archbishop of Serbia
February 4 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 11 - Meatfare Sunday
February 12 - Synaxis of Holy Three Hierarchs.
February 15 - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
February 18 - Cheesefare Sunday, Sunday of Forgiveness
February 19 - Great Lent begins.
February 25 - Sunday of Orthodoxy

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all coming and helping today with the St. Sava Day celebration.

It was good to have Dr. Ivko Dimitric at Vespers on Friday.

Three people came for Adult Class in addition to Father Dimitre this past Thursday to discuss Gospel reflections for the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God.

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Home blessings continue.

Pray for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the homebound, those in care homes, hospitals and rehab centers. Pray for their staffs and caretakers.

Pray for victims of violent crime.

Pray for those working in dangerous occupations.

Prayer for the men and women in the military and their families.

Pray for the suffering Serbian People.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovic

The people felt in Sava's person a true friend and shepherd of their very own. They readily believed and obeyed him because they saw him doing what he was teaching. "The people were fed by his words as by honey." They loved his simplicity and his sincerity. For he went among the plain people with simplicity as one of them and yet with the unobtrusive superiority of an apostle. Moreover God confirmed him as His own messenger by many miracles he wrought on the sick by prayers.

(The Life of St.Sava. Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese for the United States and Canada, Libertyville, Illinois, 1951, p. 83 )

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

To Consider

St. Sava in the life of the Serbian People.
St. Sava Day programs throughout the world.
The prayers of St. Sava.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 21 - Attended Slava celebration of parishioner.
January 22 - Blessed one home.
January 23 - Blessed one home.
January 24 - Blessed two homes.
January 25 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
January 27 - Went to Midland, Pennsylvania.

From the Desert Fathers

She (Syncletica) also said, 'Imitate the publican, and you will not be condemned with the Pharisee. Choose the meekness of Moses and you will find your heart which is a rock changed into a spring of water.'


Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee 2007

Luke 18:10-14

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank You that I am not like other men---extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner.!" "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Everyone having faculty of mind can learn the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner." Some people pray the prayer in shorter form.

The Jesus Prayer is short enough to be memorized and used throughout the day. The Jesus Prayer is short enough to be used when time is at a premium. The Jesus Prayer is easy enough to use when unexpected circumstances arise.

Ideally, we work toward the goal established by the Holy Apostle Paul to pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17). Praying the Jesus Prayer is beneficial. The Jesus Prayer is not the only prayer available. It is an important prayer.

Believers need to be concerned about the soul. The present Gospel message indicates the publican was concerned about his condition of sinfulness. We are to recognize the log in our own eye not the specks in the eyes of others (Mt. 7:3).

The Pharisee devoted attention to building himself at the expense of the publican. Each person will be judged by God (Mt.25:31-33) Each person does well to address personal sinfulness while time exists.

We do not know when the Second Coming will occur (Mt. 25:13). We do not know the length of our days. We do not know which day is our last day. We do not know which breath is our last breath.

Each day is to be used wisely. Each day is to be used for the glory of God. Each day is a gift from God. Each day is a day appropriate to give thanks to God.

The publican in the present Gospel was not praying for material riches. The publican in the material Gospel was not praying for fame or fortune. The publican was praying for the mercy of God.

Material goods are of no value if sin dominates an individual's life. Material goods are of no value to the person when he or she departs this life. The condition of the soul during this life and at the hour of death is of importance.

Prayer helps a person set him or herself right with God. Prayer helps a person recognize the need for repentance. Prayer helps a person combat the temptations that arise.

Praying is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Praying directs a person to the Kingdom of God. Attentiveness to prayer strengthens the value of prayer. Serious prayer affects the life of the person and others.

The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to learn the lessons of the present Gospel. The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to learn about humility and about prayer. The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to learn arrogance and looking down on others has no place in the journey to the Kingdom.

St. Sava was a person of prayer. He traveled to religious places. He established places of prayer. He chose to become a monastic. Serbian Orthodox Christians identify with St. Sava and draw their identity from St. Sava. Serbian Orthodox Christians profess love for St. Sava.

A good way to show love for St. Sava is to value prayer as did St. Sava. A good way to show love for St. Sava is to pray regularly as did St. Sava. A good way to show love for St. Sava is to establish places for prayer and worship.

Each home can have a place specifically set aside for prayer. The home itself can take on an atmosphere of prayer. Each privately owned workplace or personal workspace can take on a prayerful presence.

Each person seriously practicing prayer for an extended period of time will be transformed. Peace is achievable through prayer. Presence of mind is achievable through prayer.

We come to know more about God through prayer. We come to know there is much more to know about God through prayer. We come to increasingly love God through prayer. We come to see God more at work through prayer.

The publican became a lasting example through simply confessing his sinfulness and praying to God for mercy. He acknowledged his dependence on God. He acknowledged the need for God's mercy.

We cannot take a single breath without God. We all continue to sin and are in need of Gods' mercy. We may be blind to our sinfulness. Being blind to sinfulness does not remove the sinfulness.

Prayer can bring sinfulness into perspective. Prayer can lead to joy in Christ. Prayer can lead to hope in Christ. Prayer can lead the sinner to reconciliation with Christ. Prayer can help the sinner seek forgiveness.

Reconciliation with God is necessary. Unity with God is desirable. Remaining close with God through prayer keeps the person strong in faith. Remaining close with God in prayer arms the person against temptations and attacks.

The love of God becomes better known through prayer. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 8:38-39)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 15 / January 28, 2007
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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