St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 425 - February 19 / March 4, 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 19 / March 4, 2007
Second Sunday of Great Lent
No. 425

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

I Corinthians 15:14

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

Services This Past Week
February 25
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
February 26
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour including Kathisma and The Ladder were read.
Two people came for Great Compline.
February 27
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with reading of Kathisma and The Ladder.
Two people came for Great Compline.
February 28
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with reading of Kathisma and The Ladder.
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 1
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with reading of Kathisma and The Ladder.
Akathist to Holy Trinity and Akathist to Jesus Christ were served.
Father Dimitre Dimitrov came to concelebrate.
Six people attended.
March 2
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with reading of Kathisma and The Ladder.
Five people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
Monday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:00 PM.

No services Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 4 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers in Aliquippa at 5:30 PM
March 9-10 - Diocesan Assembly, 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.
March 31 - Lazarus Saturday
April 1 - The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pgh.

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

Parish Life

Try to attend the Sunday evening Deanery Vesper services.

Make a serious effort to prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Honor the fast each day until the Feast of Feasts, Pascha.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Father Dimitre and three additional persons came for Adult Class this past week. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Pray for miners, correctional officers, and others working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in hospitals and rehab centers and care homes. Pray for the homebound. Pray all caring for the aforementioned.

Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

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

Sympathy extended to the monastic community in New Carlisle, Indiana. Abbess +Mother Evpraksijia departed this life.

A Thought from St. Gregory Palamas

This knowledge, which is beyond conception, is common to all who have believed in Christ. As to the goal of this true faith, which comes about by the fulfilling of the commandments, it does not bestow knowledge of God through beings alone, whether knowable or unknowable, for by "beings" here we understand 'created things"; but it does so through that uncreated light which is the glory of God, of Christ our God, and of those who attain the supreme goal of being conformed to Christ

(Gregory Palamas.-The Tiads. Edited by John Meyendorff. Paulist Press, New York, 1983, p. 67. )

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

To Consider

Daily awareness of the God's presence.
Our dependency on God.
Our inseparableness with God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Recently completed four (two hours each) on-line professional education continuing education classes:
1) Understanding Aging
2) Understanding End of Life Process
3) Understanding Adolescent Health
4) Understanding Cancer
February 25 - Went to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh for Sunday of Orthodoxy service.
February 28 & March 1 - Went to Presbyterian Care Rehab Center, Washington to visit patient.
February 28 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to visit parishioner.
March 2 - Blessed two homes.
March 1 - Blessed one business.
March 3 - Blessed one home.
March 1, 2, 3 - Went to Morgantown for printing.

From the Desert Fathers

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


The Second Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 2:1-12

And again, He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately, many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts. "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"-He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." Immediately, he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

John 10:9-16

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep and am known by my own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

The Second Sunday of Great Lent has arrived. Two weeks of the Lenten journey are completed. Four weeks remain until the arrival of Holy Week. Individuals conscious of time will use the days wisely.

The Psalmist said: "Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Ps. 89/90-12). Wisdom comes from God, All good comes from God. (James 1:17)

Recognizing dependency on God is necessary. The person is never separated from God in the complete sense. For the mind and heart to work, for the lungs to breathe, for the blood to flow, God is necessary.

Life in the body continues only with God. Learning to use the body and the mind for the glory of God is challenging. Learning to live in ways pleasing to God is a daily experience.

Great Lent is the time to focus completely on the relationship with God. Great Lent is the time all believers are to come together in the Church in ways pleasing to God.

Repentance and seeking forgiveness of sins is proper to Great Lent. Jesus forgave the sins of the paralytic. Jesus healed the paralytic and gave him the ability to walk.

Jesus frees each repentant believer from the weight of sin. Jesus gives mobility and freedom to each believer coming to Him in faith. (Jn 8:31-36)

Great Lent encourages the believer to perform a careful self-examination. All aspectsof life require analysis. The Church expects the believer to complete Great Lent with a life more pleasing to God.

Each believer determines the way he or she will honor Great Lent. Some will treat Great Lent with great seriousness. Some will honor only a portion of Great Lent. Some will give Great Lent less than casual attention.

Great Lent is an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God. Each day is a gift for the believer to use in ways that are pleasing to God. Each day is a day to seek conscious unification with God.

Each day is a day to seek the joy of life with God. Each day is a day to draw near to God. Each day is a day to perform acts pleasing to God.

The believer faces adversity in Great Lent. Temptations arise. Diversions appear. Thoughts and feelings arise which if entertained will lead to devastation of the soul.

The amount of time each person devotes to the care of the soul deserves regular consideration. The Lord Jesus Christ put the value of the soul in perspective with these words: "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mt. 16:26)

To learn to care for the soul requires studying God's teachings about the soul. To learn to care for the soul requires becoming very familiar with Jesus Christ's words about the soul.

The Psalmist said: "To thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in thee I put my trust, let me not be put to shame." (Ps. 25:1-2) Avoiding shame, putting shame behind, is integral to Great Lent.

Every believer has the same amount of hours each day. The choices made during the day determine and reflect the priorities of the believer. The person seeking first the kingdom of God each day lives consistent with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mt. 6:33)

The Gospel of St. John says the good shepherd knows His sheep and is known by His own (Jn.10:14). The Lord Jesus Christ knows whether we belong to Him. The Lord Jesus Christ knows whether we are serious Christians or whether we are lukewarm (Rev. 3:16).

The time of Great Lent is precious time. Each day is a precious gift from God to be used for the glory of God and for our salvation.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 19 / March 4, 2007
Second Sunday of Great Lent.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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