St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 478 - March 3 / March 16, 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
March 3 / March 16, 2008
Sunday of Orthodoxy
No. 478

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

I Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

Recent Services
March 9
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour read.
Fourteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
March 10
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma.
Three people came for Great Compline
March 11
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathismas.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 12
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathismas.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Two people came for Great Compline.
March 13
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathismas read.
One person came for Great Compline.
March 14
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathismas.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Two people came for Great Compline.
March 15
One person came to St.George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

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

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 16 - Sunday of Orthodoxy 4:00 PM at St. Nicholas Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, Homestead.
March 23 - Second Sunday of Lent, 5:30 PM Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
March 30 - Sunday of the Cross, 5:30 PM Vespers at St. George Church, Midland
April 6 - Sunday of St. John Climacus
April 13 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, 5:30 PM Our Parish hosts Lenten Vespers
April 20 - Palm Sunday April 21, Great and Holy Monday
April 22 - Great and Holy Tuesday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Volunteer to help the Kolo on baking days.

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Honor the fast each day for Great Lent.

Come to the weekday services during Great Lent.

Prepare to come to Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Monetary donations are being accepted immediately and will continue to be accepted to help the needy in Kosovo. When donating, please designate the contribution for Diocesan Relief Fund. The situation is urgent.

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

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 men and women serving in the military and their families.

"Thank you" to the Kolo for having the parish house painted.

Troparion for Sunday of Orthodoxy

We venerate Thy most pure image O Good One, and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God. Of Thy good will Thou wast pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh and deliver Thy creatures from bondage to the enemy. Therefore with thankfulness we cry aloud to Thee: "Thou hast filled all with joy, O our Savior, for Thou didst come to save the world."

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

To Consider

Jesus Christ taking on human flesh.
Jesus Christ being depicted in icons.
The importance of icons in our lives.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 9 - Attended Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church-Mckeesport, Pa.
March 12 - Took friends of parish to Allegheny County.
March 15 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
March 15 - Blessed one home.
March 15 - Attended Mon-Valley Orthodox Vespers in Belle Vernon, Pa.

From the Desert Fathers

The same abba (Xanthias) said, 'A dog is better than I am, for he has love and he does not judge.'

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."

The Sunday of Orthodoxy places direction attention on the Lord Jesus Christ. Great Lent has started. The unity of the Holy Orthodox Church is expressed in divine services throughout the world.

Orthodox believers are encouraged to increase in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Believers are expected to prepare for Holy Confession and receive Holy Communion during Great Lent.

Repentance is the major theme at this time of the year. A change of heart and faithfulness to Christ is of paramount importance. Sin comes into each life and must be rooted out. Sin must be combated. Prayer and fasting are armor in the fight against sin.

A change in heart, a desire for God and for purity that comes from the life with God is proper at this time of the year. In the present Gospel, Jesus said to Philip: "Follow Me." Christ invites each person to follow Him.

Following Christ entails the cross. Jesus said: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." (Mt. 16:24) The Christian life is a life of struggle against sin and a struggle for Christ.

Daily believers must battle to rid life of the unessential and focus on the essential. Believers do well to remember the lesson of Mary and Martha when Jesus visited their house.

During the visit to the home of the two sisters, Jesus said: "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from here." (Lk. 10:42)

Life in America is very busy. Little or no time may be left for God. Little or not time may be left for attending Divine services. Little or no time may be left for reading the Holy Bible and for prayer.

In the last century, more than one hundred Serbian Orthodox churches were built in America. A great number of other Orthodox churches were built during the same period of time.

Orthodox believers coming to America in the late 18th century and in the 19th century found time to build churches. They found time to work hard for their churches and to raise their families in the churches they built.

World War I, World War II and the Great Depression were not insurmountable barriers to the building of Orthodox churches in America. This is a new century. Orthodox believers are faced with choices about the future.

Will the Orthodox Christians of the twenty first century make the same kind of lasting commitments to Holy Orthodoxy as did the believers of the 18th and 19th century?

Many well built Orthodox churches stand in communities once plentiful with worshippers. These churches once filled with believers of all ages now face dwindling attendance.

The church building, like the body of the person, must be filled with love and prayer and attention to God on a regular basis. Many individuals baptized as Orthodox Christians healthy enough to attend church, live in areas where Orthodox churches exist yet they rarely attend.

Unless individuals make the effort to attend church on a regular basis and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, the fullness of the Christian experience is lacking. Parish churches exist and remain strong only if a sufficient amount of people come to church on a regular basis.

The industrial bases are gone from many once thriving communities where Orthodox churches were built in earlier centuries. Employment of large numbers of people in mills and mines is no longer profitable in many areas.

The Christian life is always profitable. People who go to church regularly invest in the Kingdom of God. Believers who fast and pray and go to Holy Confession and Communion, invest in the Kingdom of God.

People who repent and seek the Kingdom of God have priorities in order. Millions and millions are spent on entertainment. All sorts of recreational activities draw record crowds. People spend hours and hours watching television.

When life draws to a close and when the Second Coming of Christ occurs, final judgement and the soul will be of foremost interest.

The time to care for the soul is now. The time to prepare for the end of life is now. The time to prepare for Christ's Second Coming is now.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 3/ March 16, 2008
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Holy Aristobulos, Apostle.
Holy Martyr Sabinas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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