St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 529 - February 23 / March 8, 2009


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 23 / March 8, 2009
Sunday of Orthodoxy
No. 529

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

Luke 18:8

Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?

Recent Services
March 1
Third and Sixth Hours were read immediately before the Divine Liturgy.
Three communicants. Twenty-two people attended.
March 2
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Ninth Hour was read with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
One person came for Great Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 3
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Two people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Ninth Hour was read with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
One person came for Great Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 4
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Ninth Hour was read with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
One person came for Great Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.
March 5
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Two people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Ninth Hour was read with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
One person came for Great Compline with Canon to St. Andrew.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour immediately before Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
Monday on 4:00 PM.
Thursday, Friday at 6:30 PM.
Saturday at 4:00 PM.

Wednesday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gfits.
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class

Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 8, Sunday of Orthodoxy - 4:00 PM at Holy Cross Greek Church, Mt.Lebanon.
March 15, Second Sunday of Great Lent - Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
March 22, Third Sunday of Great Lent - Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. George Church, Midland.
March 29, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent - Vespers at 5:30 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville
April 5, Fifth Sunday of Great Lent - Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. George Church, Carmichaels.

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Thank you to parishioners going to St. Sava Church in Mckeesport for Forgiveness Vespers.

Make an effort to attend the Sunday evening services in various parishes.

Make an effort to attend the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Remember the men, women and children living each day faithful to God.

Pray for the men, women and children beset by sin and desiring to repent.

Every believer able should come to Holy Confession and Holy Communion during Great Lent.

Adult Class this Wednesday at 7:00 PM. Come and learn.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill , their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Every believer is a missionary for the Church.

Read your Bible each day.

Learn the calendar of the Church and use it to structure your daily life.

If you have a question about the Divine services or other questions about the practices of the Church, ask Father Rodney or come to Adult Class.

A Thought from Father Milovan Katanic
Certainly we all have passions burning within us that, unless they are suppressed, will potentially send fire on us as well. Lent is that very time we are to use to take heed to that warning and to take flight as far as we can from those sins. A mere short distance will not do but it is the mountains we ourselves are called to go. May our eyes ever be fixated on that eternal prize glimmering in the eternal heavens, taking no frenzied glances at that which can only give us momentary pleasure.

( Again and Again Blog. Far from Sin, March 3, 2009. )

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

To Consider

The remaining days of Great Lent.
The effort required during Great Lent.
Church expectations during Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 1 - Attended Vespers at St.Sava Church, Mckeesport, Pa.
March 2 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.
March 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
46:11

The judges, also, with their respective names, those whose hearts did not fall into idolatry and who did not turn away from the Lord---may their memory be blessed!


Sunday of Orthodoxy
John 1:43-51

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 Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh. He was visible and dwelt on earth. The Holy Scriptures spoke of Christ long before His Virgin Birth. Contemporary believers live in Christ and draw strength from Him.

Contemporary believers reveal the importance of Christ in their lives by the way Great Lent is honored. Individuals honoring the fast during Great Lent and increasing in prayer reflect honor and love for Christ.

Concern for the condition of the soul is of primary importance in Great Lent. Individuals seriously interested in the condition of the soul prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during Great Lent.

Every day of Great Lent is important. Each day is a day to invest in the Kingdom of God. Parents do well to think about their souls and the souls of their children as they determine family activities during Great Lent.

Mothers and fathers preparing the family menu do well to think about the fasting practices of the Church. Parents preparing the family schedule for the week benefit by including attendance at Lenten church services.

Individuals required to work during Great Lent have the ability to pray wherever they are located. Silent prayer in the heart is possible under all conditions.

Great Lent is an excellent time to remember shut-ins, the homebound, those in hospitals and care homes. Every Christian can share the joy of Christ by brightening the day of a homebound or hospitalized person.

Remember the prisoners amongst us. Remember the men and women serving in harms way in the military. Remember those suffering with terminal illness and chronic debilitating disease.

Remember those suffering severe economic hardship. Income saved by fasting can be well-used as help for individuals in economic need.

Prayer is of primary importance during Great Lent. The Holy Orthodox Church is rich in prayer. The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts is celebrated with regularity in the parish church. Plan to attend.

Believers do well during Great Lent to recall their baptismal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ as King and as God. Believers do well to honestly assess how well they are honoring the baptismal commitment.

Great Lent is the time to repent of sins, to seek forgiveness and mercy from God and earnestly redirect life toward the Kingdom of God. The joy of Christ's mercy and forgiveness lifts weights from the penitent.

The passing of each day of Great Lent is a day closer to the arrival of Holy Week. Time is precious and is not replaceable. God gives each person a finite amount of earthly time. Each person is a steward of that time.

Love of God or lack thereof is reflected in the use of the time of life. Concern for the soul or lack thereof is reflected in the use of the time of life.

Philip accepted Jesus' call to follow Him. Each person makes decisions throughout the day whether to follow Christ. The remaining days of Great Lent increase in intensity as the Church draws closer to Holy Week. Believers are called by the Church to join in honoring the fast.

Believers are called by the Church to care for the soul and repent of sins. Believers are called by the Church to increase in prayer, fasting and church attendance.

Parish churches and monasteries benefit when believers come with serious intent to church during Great Lent. Churches and monasteries benefit throughout the year when believers come with serious intent.

The time of Great Lent is a time of measurement and intended growth. Believers do well to establish the goal of ending Great Lent as better Christians. Repentance brings about growth.

Parents do well setting examples for their sons and daughters by coming to Holy Confession and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Wives and husbands do well by resolving to more tolerant, kinder and forgiving with each other. Employees and employers do well by resolving to maintain ethical standards in daily work.

Jesus told Nathanael he would see greater things. Individuals honoring each day of Great Lent and honoring the Lord Jesus Christ each day of their lives will always experience and see greater things.

Jesus is always faithful. Believers have a responsibility to be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ. The baptismal commitment is to be honored until the last earthly breath.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 23 / March 8, 2009
Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Holy Hieromartyr Polycarp.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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