St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 578 - February 1 / February 14, 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
February 1 / February 14, 2010
Forgiveness Sunday - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
No. 578

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

Romans 14:22

Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

Services Recently
February 5
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
February 7
Matins was read. First and Third Hours were read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
February 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Jesus Christ was read.
February 10
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 12
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy.

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

Evenings
6:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Wednesday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

Saturday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 14 - Forgiveness Sunday, Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, 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 at St. Michael Antiochian Church, Monessen, 6:30 PM
February 20-21 - Icon Festival and Sunday Orthodoxy at All Saints Greek Church, Canonsburg.
February 26-27 - Diocesan Assembly at St. Sava Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio
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. 5:30 PM Vespers at St. George Church, Midland
March 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. 5:30 PM Vespers at St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville
March 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. 5:30 PM at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville.
March 21 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. 5:30 PM. at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels.
March 27 - Lazarus Saturday

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

Remember the Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

Heavy snow kept church attendance down to one person last Sunday.

The church was without heat last weekend and without water during the past week.

Many area residents suffered the loss of power and/or water due to the recent storm.

Thank God for the highway workers, utility workers and all others that worked long hours due to the recent snow storm to keep vital services operating.

Today is the last day for Orthodox Christians to eat dairy products until Pascha.

Honor Great Lent entirely. Begin in the spirit of forgiveness.

Pray more. Fast. Be more charitable during Great Lent.

Take time to read your Bible for the nourishment of your soul.

Measure your thoughts and actions daily against the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Make an effort to attend weekday Lenten services. Bring a friend or relative.

Make an effort to attend the Deanery Vesper services.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

No Adult Class this week.

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.

Today's collection will benefit the students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville.

A Thought from +Father Slobodan Prodanovich

Of course there are some who strive day after day, week after week to keep the faith and tradition of their ancestors. Only through their sacrifice are we able to make progress through devout love and unselfish work.

( St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Bulletin #2, November 1968 )

To Consider

The value of honoring Great Lent each day.
The love of God enabling renewal in Great Lent.
The mercy of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 6 - Visited patient at hospital in Waynesburg.
February 11 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars.
February 11 - Visited patient in hospital in Waynesburg.

Psalm 45:7

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness; therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.


Forgiveness Sunday

Matthew 6:14-21

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Luke 2:22-40

Now when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord(as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord."), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons." And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your world For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel." And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against "(yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of the Lord was upon Him.

Today the Lord Jesus Christ needs to be the primary focus of believers. Everyday the Lord Jesus Christ needs to be the primary focus of believers. The Church provides Great Lent in order for believers to focus on Christ.

The Church provides Great Lent in order that believers will repent of sin and return to the way of Christ with utmost attention and seriousness. Sin is a barrier preventing believers from experiencing full unity and joy in Christ.

Repentance draws a believer to Christ. The repentant believer will prostrate before Christ and beseech Christ's mercy. The repentant believer will crave the forgiving love of Christ.

The beginning of Great Lent today is not the only thought dominating the minds of serious believers. Today is also the Church's celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.

Feasts of the Lord and of the Mother of God are of great importance. Serious believers examine the reasons for the existence of great feasts. Serious believers will honor the great feasts of the Lord and Mother of God.

In the current feast, believers do well to think about the individuals mentioned specifically. Mary and Joseph, Simeon and Anna are mentioned by name in the Holy Gospel.

Each of the individuals mentioned specifically in the Holy Gospel for this feast realized special blessings. Each of the individuals had a direct personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ that has been remembered for centuries.

Each believer in each century has direct personal experience with Jesus Christ at Holy Baptism. Each believer in each century has direct personal experience with Jesus Christ at Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

The Lord Jesus Christ asked His disciples: "Who do you say that I, the Son of Man, am?" (MT. 16:13). Everyone having heard of Jesus is faced with answering this question. The answer to the question reflects personal understanding of Christ.

Believers honor Christ and Christ's Presentation in the Temple in accord with their understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers forgive and seek God's forgiveness in accord with their understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My father who is in heaven." (Mt. 10:32) We confess Christ by the way we live and honor Him.

We confess Christ to the degree we are compassionate and merciful toward others. We confess Christ to the degree we are forgiving and charitable toward others. We confess Christ to the degree we are united with Him on a daily basis.

The Lord Jesus Christ was brought to the temple at a young age by Mary and Joseph. The words of Simeon are heard at each Vesper service. Each believer needs to take to heart the actions of Mary and Joseph and the words of Simeon.

The Lord Jesus Christ can change the life of every believer today. The Lord Jesus Christ can enrich and radicalize for the better every believer's life. Sin no longer has to be a way of life. Sobriety and fervency in Christ can be the way.

Our sins can be forgiven if we repent. Our unity with Christ can be restored if we forgive others and seek God's forgiveness. The fullness of the life in Christ can be experienced beyond our comprehension if we love Christ and follow Him.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 1 / February 14, 2010
Forgiveness Sunday.
Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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