St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 577 - January 25 / February 7, 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 25 / February 7, 2010
Sunday of the Last Judgement
No. 577

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

I Corinthians 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Services Recently
January 30
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 31
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
February 1
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 2
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ.
February 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Icon to the Mother of God-Three Hands, Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth, and Akathist to Faith, Hope and Love and their Mother Sophia.
February 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

Tuesday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class

Thursday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM. (Celebration of Three Hierarchs transferred from Friday)

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 7 - Meatfare Sunday, Sunday of Last Judgement
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs. (Celebrated on Feb.11)
February 14 - Forgiveness Sunday, Vespers, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:30 PM
February 14 - Presentation of the Lord (moved from 15th)
February 15 - First Day of Great Lent
February 20 - Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, St. Michael Antiochian Church, Monessen at 6:30 PM
February 20-21 - Icon Festival and Sunday Orthodoxy at All Saints Greek Church, Canonsburg.
February 28 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
February 28 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers at 5:30 PM, Holy Ascension Church, Youngwood
March 7 - Third Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM, Vespers, St. George Church, Midland
March 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM, Vespers, St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville
March 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville.

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

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

If you want to donate to help the suffering people of Haiti, please make your donations "For Haiti" and they will be forwarded to International Orthodox Christian Charities.

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.

Two men from St. George Church met each other in church in Iraq last week..

Prepare regularly for Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

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

Home blessings have begun and will continue as time permits.

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

Adult Class this Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Three people attended last week.

Thank you to all parishioners participating the St. Sava dinner and program.

Today is the last day for Orthodox Christians to eat meat until after the Paschal Divine Liturgy. Be attentive to the Church calendar for information on fasting.

The communities within a twenty five mile radius of the St. George Church seem to have an extraordinarily high number of mental service facilities.

What has given rise to the high number of mental health facilities in the surrounding communities?

What are the dominant ethical and moral values in the communities within a twenty five mile radius of the St. George Church?

What percent of individuals living within twenty-five miles of St. George Church are fervent Christians?

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

The importance of the apostolic service, if known by anyone, was known by the Apostle Paul. This is why he exerted so much effort to defend his apostolic authority, and not ony his but that of all the Apostles. From those to whom he preached he did not ask a lot, Only : let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God." (I Cor.4:1) This apostolicity was not received from men, not one of them, not even the Holy Apostle Paul, "Paul, an apostle not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father..." (Gal. 1:1)

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, pp. 54-55.)

To Consider

The power of Christ in shaping individual views of the world.
The power of Christ to provide optimism in those who are depressed.
The power of Christ to provide hope for those who have no hope.
The power of Christ to provide sanity in times of distress and turmoil.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 30 and February 2 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes. Attended parish St. Sava celebration.
February 2 - Blessed three homes.
February 4 - Blessed one home.

Psalm 44:8

In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever.


The Sunday of the Last Judgement

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' Then He will say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they will also answer Him saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?" Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

Today is commonly known as the Sunday of the Last Judgement. At Holy Baptism, individuals confess belief in Christ's return and judgement. At each Divine Liturgy, the faithful confirm belief in Christ's return and judgement.

Each believer does well to consider and prepare for the Final Judgement by the Lord Jesus Christ. Each day believers do well to consider their personal relationships and interaction with individuals met in daily life.

The Lord Jesus Christ is identified with the stranger, the sick, the hungry, the poor, and the imprisoned. The way a believer treats individuals in daily life determines the outcome of the Final Judgement.

Believers do not know when their personal lives will end. Daily preparation for the Final Judgement is required.

His Grace Bishop Augoustinos of Florina, Greece said: " As the day and hour of the second coming of the Lord is unknown in the same way the day of our death is unknown; it comes like a thief in an hour when we do not expect it." 1

Every day of life, every moment of time given by God is to be used wisely and in ways pleasing to God. Diligence is required to make good use of time. Attentiveness to God is necessary to make good use of time of life from God.

The standards and teachings of God are measurements for evaluating daily life and for the wise use of daily life. Prayer is absolutely necessary for life to conform to ways pleasing to God.

Acknowledging personal sin and repenting of sin is necessary. Renewal in Christ comes through Holy Confession and Holy Communion. Acknowledging the presence of Christ in the least of our brethren requires love of Christ.

Love of Christ cannot be separated from love of the least of the individuals in society. St. John said: "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (I Jn. 4:7)

Prayer helps believers discern the best ways to manifest God's love in a society that is marked with violence. Prayer helps believers to discern the best way to love in the personal circumstances of daily life.

Each person must be attentive to his or her soul. Each person benefits by fervent prayer to God for care and salvation of the soul. The stresses of life can at times feel overwhelming.

Focus on personal concerns may cause believers to have skewed views of others in society. Nourishment found in God's Holy Church, nourishment provided by the Holy Gospel provides believers with perspective and soundness of direction.

Each day believers have their faith tested. Each day believers make decisions which affect the Final Judgement. The nature of each personal interaction is a reflection of the person's relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Deep thought is necessary about Christ as believers consider the ultimate judgement of their souls. The decision whether a person enters the Kingdom or everlasting punishment will be permanent.

A foretaste of the Kingdom is experienced daily as believes show love and care for the least of the brethren in our midst. A foretaste of everlasting punishment is experienced when believers lament personal shortcomings and sin. God is good and gives believers due notice of the eventual judgement. Believers hearing the Holy Gospel cannot plead ignorance. Wise individuals heed the message of the Holy Gospel and prepare each day.

Believers attentive to and demonstrating concern for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, and the stranger will experience Christ and be changed by the experience.

Serious believers find immediate and long term value in heeding the words of the Holy Gospel. Serious believers find immediate and long term value in seeking "first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness". (Mt. 6:33)

May we heed the words of the Holy Gospel today and everyday.

1On the Divine Liturgy Orthodox Homilies Volume Two. Translated and Foreward by Asterios Gerostergios. Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1986, p. 87.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 25 / February 7, 2010
Sunday of the Last Judgement.
St. Gregory the Theologian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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