St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 473 - January 28 / February 10, 2008

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 28 / February 10, 2008
Thirty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
No. 473

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

Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Recent Services
February 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
February 7
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Akathist to Archangel Michael.
Two people were present during the Akathist for St. Panteleimon.
February 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Pomen held for +Dr. John Yancich at funeral home in Brownsville.
February 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Funeral service held for +Dr. John Yancich with burial in St. George cemetery.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Holy Three Hierarchs.

6:30 PM followed by class at 7:00 PM.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, The Meeting of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 12 - Synaxis of Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - The Meeting of Our Lord God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the Temple.
February 17 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 22 - Leave-taking of the Meeting of the Lord.
February 23 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 26 - St. Simeon the Mryrrhgusher
March 2 - Meatfare Sunday
March 9 - Cheesefare Sunday
March 16 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 23- - Second Sunday of Great Lent

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Dr. John Yancich recently departed this life.

In the brief period of time she has been Financial Secretary, Andrea Janson has advanced the parish substantially in financial accountability and financial records capability.

The St. George Choir is a comfort to family and friends when funerals occur.

If you do not celebrate your family Slava, it is time to begin.

If you have not been to Holy Confession and Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

When making funeral arrangements, please talk to the parish priest to ensure the arrangements are consistent with the practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Two people came to Adult Class last Thursday. Class again this Thursday.

Troparion - Holy Three Hierarchs

The three most great luminaries of the Three-Sun Divinity have illumined all of the world with the rays of doctrines divine and true; they are the sweetly-flowing rivers of wisdom, who with godly knowledge have watered all creation in clear and mighty streams: The great and sacred Basil, and the Theologian, wise Gregory, together with the renowned John, the fame Chrysostom of golden speech. Let us all who love their divinely-wise words come together, honouring them with hymns; for ceaselessly they offer entreaty for us to the Trinity.

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

To Consider

Basil the Great
Gregory the Theologian
John Chrysostom

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 7 - Attended Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood meeting at Greek Orthodox Church in Oakmont, Pa.
February 8 - Blessed one residence. Served Pomen in Brownsville.
February 9 - Funeral service and burial for +Dr. John Yancich.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Poemen said, "If three men meet, of whom the first fully preserves interior peace, and the second gives thanks to God in illness, and the third serves with a pure mind, these three are doing the same work."

Zacchaeus Sunday

Luke 19:1-10

Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was short of stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house' So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.' Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

Zacchaeus Sunday has arrived. The journey to Great Lent is about to begin. Zacchaeus Sunday is a ringing of the bell. Orthodox Christians are being summoned to direct their attention to the coming of Great Lent.

Change is in the air. Believers have a responsibility to be serious about their Christian identity. Believers have a responsibility to live in ways pleasing to God. Zacchaeus took it upon himself to put his life in order.

Zacchaeus, by self-admission, gave half his goods to the poor and restored fourfold to anyone he defrauded. (Lk. 19:8) Zacchaeus appeared to have acted voluntarily to put himself aright with God. The Gospel does say he was forced.

Zaccahaeus had an interest in seeing Jesus. Zacchaeus went to the unusual length of climbing a tree to see Jesus. Zacchaeus did not make excuses. He did not try to rationalize his behavior. Zacchaeus took responsibility for his actions.

The Lord Jesus Christ accepts sinners. Jesus said He came to save that which was lost. (Lk.19:10) Just as Zacchaeus made an effort to see Christ, Christ made an effort to reach out to Zacchaeus.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is another example of the love of God being shown to a returning sinner. (Lk. 15:11-32) Everyone, regardless of background and sinfulness, has the opportunity to turn to Christ in faith.

Everyone turning to Christ in faith can expect to be heard. Jesus said: "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Lk. 5:32). Parish churches are expected to welcome individuals seeking to put their lives in order and having the Kingdom of God as their goal.

Individuals seeking the Kingdom of God are expected to show the type or responsibility demonstrated by Zacchaeus. Individuals seeking the Kingdom of God should voluntarily take the initiative to put their lives in order

Individuals wanting to live in ways pleasing to God need to make peace with family members and friends and correct as much as possible wrongs that exist.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift." (Mt. 5:24)

Salvation depends upon our relationships. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke clearly about the importance of the way we treat the sick, the suffering, and the imprisoned. (Mt. 25:31-46).

If we want to experience the Kingdom of God, we must live in ways pleasing to God. If we want to hear the words, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world', then we must abide by the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mt. 25:31-46)

When Zacchaeus Sunday arrives, it is time to clear the path toward the Kingdom. It is time to cast off sinful ways and turn attention to repentance. Zacchaeus set an example that is hard to follow.

Taking corrective actions to repair and restore good relationships requires courage. One person may want to make amends with another person and the second person may not want to be forgiving or make amends.

When a believer reaches out to another person to seek forgiveness and to correct a wrong, the second person may rebuff the first person. Personal hurt may result. A person can only try to do his or her best.

Throughout the Christian experience, it is important to never forget the Cross of Christ. Never forget Jesus died on the Cross. Jesus took time to recognize Zacchaeus and to go to his house.

Jesus reaches out to sinners. When He ascended the Cross, He reached out to sinners of all generations. Individuals have the freedom to ignore Jesus Christ. Individuals have the freedom to ridicule or be skeptical about the Lord Jesus Christ. In the end, the Lord Jesus prevails and embraces those who come to Him and those who love Him.

The Cross did not defeat Christ. The Tomb did not forever contain Christ. The passing of centuries has not destroyed Christ. Zacchaeus was blessed by Christ. Christ continues to bless sinners seeking to put their lives in order.

Repentance is a big step. A repentant person is not alone. God is there to help the person pick up the pieces of his or her life. God is there to help the person begin life anew.

When a person repents, he or she may feel alone. God is there to provide a reassuring presence. God is there to lead the way to the Kingdom. Zacchaeus certainly must have been overwhelmed with joy when he heard Jesus wanted to come to his house.

Jesus comes to each of us. We need only open our hearts and minds and let Him dwell in us forever.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 28 / February 10, 2008
Thirty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Ephraim the Syrian. St. Isaac the Syrian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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