St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 422 - January 29 / February 11, 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 29 / February 11, 2007
Sunday of Last Judgement
No. 422

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

James 2:24

You see that a man is justified by his works and not by faith only.

Services This Past Week
February 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
February 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
February 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
February 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
Fathe Dimitre Dimitrov came to concelebrate.
February 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. One person came for reading of Ninth Hour and Vespers
February 9
Midnight Office was read.
One person came in the afternoon to light the candles and have the church open.
February 10
Pomen was served for all departed from the parish. Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.

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

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

Monday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM

Thursday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today 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, Vespers at 5:30 PM, Mckeesport
February 19 - Great Lent begins.
February 25 - Sunday of Orthodox, Pittsburgh, St. George Antiochian Church at 5:00 PM.
March 4 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers in Aliquippa at 5:30 PM
March 9-10 - Diocesan Assembly in Boston
March 11 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers in Midland at 5:30 PM.
March 18 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers in Monroeville at 5:30 PM.
March 25- - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers in Carmichaels at 5:30 PM.
April 1 - Palm Sunday, Vespers in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:30 PM.

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to friend of St. George Church-Bert, Titus and his family.

Sympathy extended to family of +Steven Charis of Waynesburg.

Home blessings are continuing. Please respect the Holy Water in your home and consume it or use it to sprinkle yourself for good health.

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

Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Prayer for the sick, the suffering, those in prison, in rehab centers, hospitals or care home.

Today is the last day to eat meat until Pascha. Honor the fast.

Father Dimitre and three other individuals came to Adult Class this past Wednesday to discuss the Gospel of the Feast of the Annunciation. Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Pray for miners and those in law enforcement and corrections.

Pray for victims of violent crimes.

A Thought from the First Epistle of St. John 4:1-4

Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

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

To Consider

Benefits of coming to church services during the week.
Taking time to study the Church calendar each day.
Learning the major feasts of the Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 5 - Blessed two homes. Went to funeral home for viewing of Bert Titus' mother.
February 6 - Went to Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Blessed two rooms. Visited with three residents. Attempted two visits. Went to Morgantown for printing.
February 7 - Went to Southmont Presby Care, Washington to visit one resident. Blessed room. Went to Morgantown for printing.
February 7 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit one parishioner.
February 9 - Went to St. Sava Cathedral of Cleveland for a meeting.
February 10 - Meeting at St.Sava Cathedral of Cleveland. Visited Monastery Marcha, Returned to Carmichaels.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'This voice cries out to a man to his last breath, 'Be converted today.'


The Sunday of the Last Judgement 2007

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the 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 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 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 will also 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, inasmuch 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.

The Sunday of the Last Judgement has arrived. The time has come for serious personal assessment. The time has come to determine whether we are compassionate and considerate to the least of our brethren.

The present Gospel identifies the Lord Jesus Christ with the sick, the suffering, the needy and the imprisoned. This is a land of plenty. People should not be hungry and in need of clothing.

The present Gospel lesson is about each individual person. The present Gospel lesson is about each person being judged at the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we go through life, do we take time to be considerate of the individuals we meet along the way? Are we in such a hurry as to neglect Jesus Christ in our midst?

Are we busy with the unimportant to the degree we neglect what is important? A kind word, a phone call or a personal visit can make a difference in another person's life.

Some men and women have outlived their families. Some men and women are in nursing homes, in our communities, in our jails and prisons and have no living relatives.

Do we take time to get to know our neighbors? Do we take time to check on distant relatives? Do we think of the men and women in prison, the wounded veterans in VA hospitals? Do we think of the men and women in mental hospitals for the duration of their lives because they are beyond hope of recovery?

Do we think about the men and women and children coming to his land as refugees? Do we think about the trauma of losing everything and the impact of having to rebuild life in a new land?

The Holy Gospel tells us of Jesus Christ taking time to heal many individuals. The Holy Gospel tells of Jesus helping individuals in different locations. Do we have kind words to share Christ with those we meet along the roads of life?

Do we have words of encouragement for individuals we know to be depressed and discouraged? How many of us know a man or woman in a nursing home or who are homebound that would be delighted to receive a call, a card or a visit?

How many of us know of individuals who are victims of violent crimes that would benefit from a visit or a phone call or a card? Each person is born in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27)

Christians are expected to demonstrate their love of God in the ways they relate to others. St. John said: "Let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." ((I Jn. 4:7)

The present Gospel makes us look at ourselves. We are moving closer to Great Lent. It is a time to think seriously about repentance. It is a time to think seriously about personal change. It is a time to think about God in our lives.

The present Gospel makes us think about the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in each person we meet. We may have trouble recognizing Christ in others due to the configuration of our own selves.

We may have trouble recognizing Christ in others due to our vision being clouded with sin. We may have trouble relating to others in a Christian way because we do not live up to the teachings of Christ.

The present Gospel requires a personal honesty. The present Gospel sets forth two alternatives. The way we live will lead to everlasting punishment or eternal life.

If we are on the edge of the abyss, it is time to pull back and seek a new direction. We cannot separate our lives from the lives others. We cannot separate our desire for eternal life from the way we treat others in life.

Christ is our Guide for daily life. Christ is our Guide for relationships with others. Christ is the Standard for measuring all relationships. The present Gospel reveals the comprehensiveness of the Christian life. The present Gospel reveals the requirements of the Christian life.

Fulfilling Christian responsibilities requires more than a casual approach to relationships. We need to look at others with joy in our hearts and joy in seeing and meeting others. The joy of Christ in our midst is present to be experienced daily.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 29 / February 11, 2007
Sunday of the Last Judgement.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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