St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 424 - February 12 / February 25, 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
February 12 / February 25, 2007
Sunday of Orthodoxy
No. 424

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

Galatians 3:24

Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Services This Past Week
February 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Fifteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
February 19
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon.
An Akathist to Jesus Christ was done at Presbyterian Care Nursing Home in Washington.
February 20
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon
February 21
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon
February 22
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon.
Pomen served for +Anna Yaremchuk at funeral home in Fairmont, West Virginia
February 23
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Three people came for Liturgy or Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Funeral service conducted for +Anna Yaremchuk in Fairmont, West Virginia with burial near Morgantown, West Virginia.
Three people came for Great Compline.
February 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour at St. George Church.
Seven people came to the YWCA in Faimont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist for the Departed and Pomen.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, Divine Liturgy.

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

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

Wednesday and Friday
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 8:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 25 - Sunday of Orthodoxy, 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.

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

Parish Life

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN is the speaker this evening for the Sunday of Orthodoxy service in Pittsburgh.

Adult class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Honor the fast throughout Great Lent.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

When possible, come to Holy Confession on Saturday evening or another evening prior to the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Do you listen to the parish radio broadcast? Do you tell others about it?

Invite a friend or relative to a service at the church.

Pray for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes and the homebound. Pray for those caring for them.

Pray for miners, correctional officers, and others in law enforcement working dangerous jobs.

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

Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.

From the First Epistle of St. John

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation of our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

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

To Consider

Praying with icons.
Learning from icons.
Being surrounded by icons.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 18 - Attended Deanery Vespers at St.Sava Church, Mckeesport.
February 19 - Visited patient at Presbyterian Care Nursing Home, Washington, Pa.
February 20 - Went to hospital in Washington, Pennsylvania while parishioner had surgery.
February 22 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia to serve pomen.
February 23 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for funeral.
February 24 - Went of Fairmont, West Virginia to serve Divine Liturgy.
February 24 - Went to St. Nicholas Ukranian Orthodox Church in Monessen, Pennsylvania for Mon Valley Orthodox Clergy Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers. Gave sermon.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) said, "As breath which comes out of his nostrils, so does a man need humility and the fear of God."


The Sunday of Orthodoxy

John 1:43-5I

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 Peter. Philip found Nathaniel 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 Nathanel 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."

Today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Today is the first Sunday of Great Lent. Today is a great day to consider the words of Jesus to Nathanael: "Follow Me"

Each of us accepted the invitation to follow the Lord Jesus Christ when we were baptized. Each of us accepts the invitation to follow the Lord Jesus Christ to the extent we are faithful to His teachings and to ways of life pleasing to Him.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church focuses on the place of icons in the Church. Today is a good day to think about the Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh.

Today is a good day to think about the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross, His voluntary death and His resurrection. Today is a great day to use wisely in preparation for the glorious Second Coming.

Each Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. The arrival of each Sunday is ample reason to reflect on Jesus Christ in our lives and our faithfulness to Christ.

During Great Lent particularly, repentance and return to Christ are of paramount interest. It is difficult to remain faithful to Christ every moment of time, everyday from baptism until departure from this life.

The journey from baptism to departure from this life can be a very long journey. We are called to be faithful. We are called to follow Christ. We are called to return to Christ when we depart and fail to be faithful.

Everyday brings challenges. Everyday brings problems. Everyday brings opportunities. Challenges and problems are opportunities to demonstrate faithfulness to Christ.

Challenges and problems are opportunities to assess our fundamental relationship with God. The heart and the mind require our attention. Our interests, our use of time and resources require careful examination.

To be faithful to Christ daily and throughout life requires proper care of the soul and proper nourishment. Fasting and prayer are corrective means for the wayward soul. Prayer and fasting prepare us for getting right with God.

Forgiveness is fundamental for living in ways pleasing to God. Holy Confession and Holy Communion restore our relationship with God. Holy Communion is nourishment for the soul.

The Holy Gospel provides nourishment for the soul. The Holy Gospel unites us with Christ in the hearing and in the opening of the heart and mind to receive the Gospel.

Careful reading of and listening to the Holy Gospel unites the person with Christ and transforms the person. Just as the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ moves throughout the body of the communicant, the careful reading and listening to the Holy Gospel affects the believer.

Great Lent is a time when changes for the better are expected of believers. Great Lent is a time when individuals separated from the Church may find the will to return.

Love of God is reason to return. Desiring to be cleansed of sins and be right with God are reasons to return. A need for wholeness and completeness are reasons to return and be reunited with God.

While we are never far from God, we can live in ways which are barriers to the best relationship with God. We can live in ways which put our souls in peril. We can live in ways that are definitely contrary to the ways pleasing to God.

The joy of being greatly forgiven is treasured by believers forgiven by God. The joy of being united with Christ is treasured by believers preparing well for Holy Confession and Communion.

The journey from the baptismal fount to the Kingdom of God can be a journey of joy, a foretaste of the Kingdom. The Divine Liturgy gives believers direct joyful experience with God.

The Holy Mysteries give believers direct joyful experience with God. Prayer gives believers direct joyful experiences with God. The Holy Gospel gives believers direct joyful experiences with God.

Doing charitable works in furtherance of the Gospel are experiences of joy. Unselfish giving are acts of Christian joy.

Jesus told Nathanael he would see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. Contemporary believers have great experiences with God when living faithful to God and in ways pleasing to God.

Inner peace, inner joy, a sense of unity with God and comfort in living in ways pleasing to God, are great experiences of God. Being forgiven, being forgiving and loving God are essential for joy.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 12 / February 25, 2007
Sunday of Orthodoxy, 2007.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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