St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 575 - January 11 / January 24, 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 11 / January 24, 2010
Sunday after Theophany, Sunday of Publican and Pharisee
No. 575

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

2 Timothy 1:13

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

Services Recently
January 15
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
January 16
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya were served. Two people came.
January 17
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
January 18
One person came for the Vespers with Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
January 19
Matins was read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of Water. One communicant.
January 20
Four people came for Divine Liturgy.
One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
January 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
January 22
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.
Blessing of Monongahela River under Masontown Bridge.

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

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

6:30 PM Akathist to St. Sava followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 27 - St. Sava, Come to Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 31 - St. Sava Day Program with Covered Dish Dinner
Feburary 6 - Memorial Saturday
February 7 - Meatfare Sunday
Feburary 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 14 - Forgiveness Sunday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

The new Serbian Orthodox Patriarch is His Holiness IRINEJ.

Thank you to all parishioners participating in the Annual Assembly.

Thank you Executive Board members and Audit Board members serving the past year.

Thank you to all parishioners preparing to go for the river blessing today.

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.

Prepare regularly for Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Honor your Slava every year.

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.

Home blessings have begun and will continue as time permits.

Parishioners are welcome to call to schedule a convenient time for home blessings.

Plan to come for the St. Sava Day next Sunday.

Adult Class this Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

A Thought from Father Sebastian Dabovich.

The Sacrament of Priesthood is often designated Orders, because of its very nature, and that is: the Lord Jesus Christ ordained twelve of His disciples to be Apostles, and ordered them to go forth to teach, to baptize, to forgive sins in His name, to administer His mystical supper till He comes again, to heal the sick, and comfort all creatures with the hope of eternal salvation. This Sacrament is also designated Orders, because of the several degrees of office in the priesthood. That it was not to be Apostles only, but also to their successors, the Bishops and Priests, that Christ delivered this ministry, is evident from His promise, which follows in these words: "And lo, I am with you, always, even unto the end of the world."(Matt.xxviii,20). The Apostles themselves lived not to the end of the world; but there have ever been living from the Apostles' time, and shall be even to the end of the world, their successors in uninterrupted line, who are the Bishops and Priests.

(The Holy Orthodox Church. Reprinted 1993 by St. Nectarios Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, p. 53.)

To Consider

The Sundays before Great Lent
The care needed for the soul.
Discipline needed to care for the soul.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 17 - Attended Parish Annual Assembly
January 20 - Blessed one house at parish family's Slava.

Psalm 42:2

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Sunday after Theophany

Matthew 4:12-17

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Luke 18:10-14

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank You that I am not like other men---extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner.!" "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Giving our direct and undivided attention to God every minute of everyday is the most difficult of challenges. The more we give our attention to God, the better our lives become.

By focusing first on God, all in life takes the proper place. Beginning first with prayer in every undertaking, the mind is able to better understand the way of God in daily living.

Modern life goes at a rapid pace for many people. Demands on parents, demands on children, demands of employers on employees, demands of government leaders and corporate leaders all add to the stress of life.

Believers need to sort out the demands of daily living and focus on matters of lasting importance. The soul is of lasting importance. God's Holy Church is of lasting importance. Family members and friends are of great importance.

Personal integrity, honesty and trustworthiness are values are to be cherished in the workplace and in personal relationships. When believers have sinned, repentance enables believers to return to the standards established by God.

Humility is valued by Christ as taught in the Gospel message of the Publican and the Pharisee. Christ teaches it is important not only that we are Christians, but that we live out our lives as Christians in ways pleasing to God.

The Pharisee was very religious in his practices but looked negatively at the nearby tax collector. The ways of God must be alive in our hearts, minds and souls and be manifested in our daily actions.

Maintaining the outward form of a religious life without loving God and neighbor in heart, mind and soul puts a person in peril. Prayer is necessary to develop love of God and love of neighbor.

Repentance is necessary to develop and maintain love of God and neighbor. Fasting and reading the Holy Scriptures benefit the believer in drawing closer to God and ways pleasing to God.

The celebration of the Lord Jesus Christ's Baptism in the Jordan continues at this time. Jesus' baptism at the hand of the John the Baptist brought a renewal to creation that reaches through the centuries.

The Feast of Theophany brings newness of life to believers, to their homes, to their surroundings, to their parish churches. The Feast of Theophany gives believers reason to celebrate Christ in their lives.

The manifestation of the Holy Trinity at the Feast of Theophany will forever be centered in the minds of serious believers. Believers can devote their whole lives to the study of God and still know they will benefit from further study.

Believers comprehending the goodness and mercy of God hunger for the goodness and mercy that comes from God. A believer loving God will continue to draw closer to God and seek complete unity with God.

The tax collector cherished his relationship with God and sought the mercy and forgiveness of God to maintain and restore the relationship. Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable believers to be fully united with God.

Believers contemplating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan will think carefully about the Triune God. New life in Christ brings with it a new vision of life more precise in the ways of God.

Each day is a day to repent and seek God in prayer to live in greater conformity to the ways of God. Each day earthly life becomes shorter. Interest in eternal life should always be on the increase.

The time of life is very precious. Wise believers attempt to make the best use of every moment of time. Keeping God in mind throughout the day and beginning every undertaking with prayer keeps the believer pointed in the right direction.

Taking time to thank God always has its proper place. The Pharisee was narrow-minded in his vision. The Pharisee focused on his own importance as he saw it. If the Pharisee looked beyond himself, he would have seen God's greatness.

When we think about God's greatness and goodness, our sins are more apparent to ourselves and the need for repentance is more compelling. God welcomes the penitent and is joyful at the sinner's return.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." (Lk. 15:7)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 11 / January 24, 2010
Sunday after Theophany.
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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