St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 579 - February 8 / February 21, 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 8 / February 21, 2010
Sunday of Orthodoxy
No. 579

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

James 5:15

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Services Recently
February 13
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read. Two people came.
February 14
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
February 15
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Great Compline with Canon was read. One person came.
February 16
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Great Compline with Canon was read.
February 17
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Great Compline with Canon was read.
February 18
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
One person came for Akathist to the Cross, Akathist of Thanks and Akathist to St.Panteleimon.
Two people came for pomen.
Great Compline with Canon was read. One person came.

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.

Evenings
6:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Adult Class on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

Monday
5:00 PM-Holy Trinity Mission Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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

Berta Decovich reached a milestone last week. May God grant her many more years in good health.

Thank you to all parishioners making an effort to attend Deanery Lenten services.

Thank you to all parishioners attending weekday Lenten services.

Continue to thank God for the workers that have keep necessary services going and roadways clean during the snowy weather.

Adult Class on Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Honor Great Lent everyday.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Bring a friend or relative to church.

Increase prayer, fasting and charity during Great Lent.

Think extensively about your relationship with God.

Think extensively about the amount of time devoted to daily prayer.

Think extensively about the amount of time devoted to coming to church services.

Think extensively about the time devoted to nourishing the soul.

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.

A Thought from Archimandrite Thomas Kazich

In the home, respect of the highest degree for religious education must be shown by the parents. The school is not a baby-sitting service. The home has its response to make to the school. The seeds that are sown in the classroom are for the parents to nurture in the home. We can and must make the home a small school, just as it is a "small church," according to St. Paul(Philemon 1:2). It can be a small school at the table where we eat and drink and talk over everything that is important in the family and in the church.

(2010 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of North and South America. )

To Consider

The daily opportunities for repentance.
The daily opportunities for renewal in Christ.
The daily opportunities to seek the Kingdom of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 12 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
February 14 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Vespers.

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.


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 Nathanael 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 arrival of the Sunday of Orthodoxy is an ideal time for believers to personally assess the degree to which they follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers benefit from an honest review of their commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Great Lent is the time for believers to return to the way of Christ with due seriousness and wholeheartedness. Believers benefit from thinking of the joy experienced at Holy Baptism and the commitment to Christ at present.

In the current Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ said to Philip: "Follow Me." At Holy Baptism, believers accept the invitation to follow Christ. This invitation to follow Christ is intended to be renewed at every moment of time.

Every person baptized into Christ has committed to following Christ and the ways of Christ. Remaining faithful to the baptismal commitment throughout life requires keeping focused on Christ and the Kingdom of God.

Between baptism and departure from this life, the faith of believers is tested. At every moment of time the believer is faced with the choice of following Christ or departing from His way.

The holy apostles were blessed to be personally with Jesus. They were blessed to see Jesus physically in the flesh. They were blessed to hear His voice. They were blessed to observe His demeanor.

Even with the direct personal contact with Jesus, all of the holy apostles did not remain faithful. We know that Judas betrayed Christ. (Mt. 27:3) Believers of every century must take care to follow Christ and not take the path of Judas.

Great Lent is a time for renewal in Christ. Holy Confession and Holy Communion provide believers with the opportunity for renewal. Not everyone avails themselves of Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Preparing for Holy Confession and Holy Communion are voluntary acts. Seriousness is involved. Receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is life-transforming.

The Christian life is to be embraced with enthusiasm. Despair, illness or tragedy may cause a non-believer to turn to Christ for help. Christ provides help for individuals coming to Him in faith.

When a person has exhausted all avenues and turns to Christ for help, the person may begin to appreciate Christ and remain committed for the rest of his or her life. Christ provides lasting nourishment.

The Lord Jesus Christ told the Samaritan woman at the well: "Whoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;" (Jn. 4:14) Christ provides for the individual seeking to satisfy the longing of the soul.

The apostles followed Christ. The apostles had experiences no one else ever had. The apostles called directly by Christ were in a unique position. The apostles were a chosen and select group we think about today after centuries have passed.

The apostles were blessed to see miracles performed. They were blessed to hear teaching directly from Christ. The apostles' experiences with Christ changed their lives forever.

The apostles determined the ways Christ's teaching and miracles would be a part of the rest of their lives. They were blessed to be with Christ until His Crucifixion. They were blessed to be with Christ after His Resurrection.

The apostles made decisions each day they were with Christ. They made decisions how they would follow Christ each day after Christ ascended into heaven.

Following Christ can be perilous at times. Following Christ can put a person's life in jeopardy if the Christian is in an anti-Christian culture. Holy St. Nikolai wrote about the tragic deaths the apostles eventually experienced. 1

Contemporary believers do well to remember the martyrdom that has taken place through the centuries. Confessors and defenders of Christ in every century in anti-Christian environments have put their lives in jeopardy.

Contemporary believers in America live relatively safe lives. Contemporary believers in America have considerable freedom of worship. Believers do well to remember the sacrifices made for advancement of God's Holy Church.

This Great Lent is the time to return to the way of Christ. This is the time to follow Christ in earnest. This is the time to combat sin and to repent of sin. Christ beckons individuals seeking the wholeness and health only Christ provides.

1 The Prologue from Ochrid. Vo. 2. Translated by Mother Maria. Lazarica Press, Birmingham, England, 1986, p. 377.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 8 / February 21, 2010
Sunday of Orthodoxy.
St. Theodore the General. St. Sava II of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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