St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 574 - January 4 / January 17, 2010

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 4 / January 17, 2010
Sunday before Theophany
No. 574

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

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Services Recently
January 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One Kolach and Koljivo were blessed. One communicant.
Vespers was read.
January 10
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-three people were present. Four communicants.
January 11
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
January 13
Vespers was read
January 14
Midnight Office,
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for reading of the Akathist to the Mother of God, Icon of Three Hands, Akathist to the Mother of God in honor of the icon "She Who Healeth" and Akathist to St. Simon the Zealot.
January 15
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of Water.
6:30 PM

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont. Divine Liturgy, Great Blessing of Water. Blessing of Monongahela River in Fairmont.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, January 17 - Parish Annual Assembly
January 18 - Eve of Theophany
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 23 - Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, Blessing of River in Fairmont.
January 24 - After Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Monongahela River below Masontown Bridge.
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 31 - St. Sava Day Program with Covered Dish Dinner

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Two young girls died in a fire this week in Waynesburg. Pray for them and for their families.

A state trooper was killed this week in Franklin, Pennsylvania and a correctional officer was assaulted at SCI-Fayette. Criminal justice professionals put their lives at risk each day as they work to keep communities safe. Pray for them and their families.

St. George Church families are and have been well-represented by criminal justice professionals.

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.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney.

Come to church this week for the Major Feast of Theophany.

Prepare regularly for Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Honor your Slava every year.

Take time to read your Bible and to pray each day.

Come to church on weekdays in addition to Sundays. Bring a friend.

The Orthodox Church has services for everyday of the week.

Read the Church calendar each day and honor the feasts and saints.

Continue to grow in Christ throughout your life.

A Thought from Very Reverend Protos Stavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich

The serving priest takes the censer, and by the abundance of incense which rises in a cloud of fragrance, reminding the faithful that they should direct their prayers like incense to the Lord; and remember that, being in the words of the Apostle, a sweet Savior of Christ (2 Cor. 2:15), they should be pure as cherubim in order to receive the Lord, now coming out through the north door of the Altar in the Holy oblations; carried by the priest, preceded by the Altar boys and candles lit. Now, Christ will show himself as He goes to the sacrifice, and even as the One, who after the sacrifice goes to the burial and the resurrection. Here we are participating in the great mystery of our salvation.

(On the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Omaha, Nebraska, p. 21

To Consider

The Lord Jesus Christ baptized in the Jordan.
St. John the Baptist chosen among all men for the honor.
The place of water in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 13 - Visited patient at Westmoreland Regional Hospital.
January 14 - Visited parish family in Uniontown.

Psalm 41:1

Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

The Sunday Before Theophany

Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: 'Behold I send My messenger before Your face. Who will prepare Your way before You." The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ' Prepare the way of the Lord: Make His pathways straight.'" John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

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."

Repentance is a theme common to the Gospel readings for today. John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance. Zachaeus practiced repentance by giving half of his goods to the poor and restoring fourfold to those he deceived.

The Holy Orthodox Church is moving with deliberation to the celebration of the Great Feast of Theophany, the celebration of the Lord Jesus Christ's Baptism. The Holy Orthodox Church also is moving toward the beginning of Great Lent.

The Feast of Theophany demonstrates very clearly the humility of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ deigned to be baptized at the hand of St.John the Baptist.

The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday further demonstrates the humility of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ was willing to stay at the home of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector and was called a sinner.

Jesus' humility is the standard by which we should measure our own lives. The theme of repentance is the standard by which we should measure our own lives. Christ's teachings and life are standards by which to measure our lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ was willing to forgive sinners. The Lord Jesus Christ was willing to give sinners the opportunity to repent and begin anew. The Lord Jesus Christ continues to give sinners the opportunity to repent and begin anew.

Repentance is a serious act. Repentance requires honesty with God. Repentance carries an expectation the believer will put forth every effort to live in ways pleasing to God.

Living in ways pleasing to God requires adherence to the ways of God. Repentance requires honesty in the heart. Sin and the desire for sin are to be expunged from the heart. The entry to the heart is to be carefully guarded.

The arrival of Theophany is a time of great joy. Creation is renewed as Jesus descends into the Jordan and emerges. The manifestation of the Holy Trinity is celebrated at the Great Feast of Theophany.

The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday is reason for joy as well. Believers benefit by looking forward to Great Lent and the spiritual discipline required. Believers benefit by the practices of Great Lent leading to cleansing of the soul.

The joy of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit being manifested at the time of Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan reaches through the centuries and touches believers everywhere.

Prayer, fasting and the forgiveness of sins provides hope for believers immersed in sin and seeking to be united with Christ. The approach of Great Lent increases emphasis on prayer, fasting and repentance.

The Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ provide nourishment for believers that affect every aspect of the believer's life. Believers are renewed in Christ as they partake of the Precious Body and Blood.

The water blessed at Theophany in God's Holy Church serves for the blessing of homes, for sprinkling of believers and for consuming with reverence by believers.

The Lord Jesus Christ said of the water He provides: "Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14)

The life in Christ is a time of repentance and renewal. The life in Christ is a time of great joy. Theophany is a time of great joy. Theophany is a time of renewal. Believers are renewed. Families and homes are renewed in Christ.

The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday is the sounding of the bell for believers to begin readying themselves for the Lenten journey. Journeys are times of great anticipation. Believers conjure in their minds the thoughts of the Lenten journey.

Great Lent and Holy Week culminate in the observance of the Death and Resurrection of Christ. The celebration of Jesus' birth is still fresh in the minds of believers. Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan will be celebrated in a few days.

Believers know that the Christ who deigned to be born in a cave and lay in manger would grow to adulthood and hang on the Cross. Believers know that Christ died on the Cross and was placed in a tomb. He rose in victory over death.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 4 / January 17, 2010
Sunday before Theophany.
Zacchaeus Sunday.
Synaxis of Seventy Apostles
St. Eustatius, Serbian Archbishop

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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