St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 629 - January 24 / February 6, 2011

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 24 / February 6, 2011
Zacchaeus Sunday
No. 629

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.

Recent Services
January 28
Vespers was read.
January 29
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Ten people came to the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Divine Liturgy.
The Monongahela River in Fairmont was blessed.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
January 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Seventeen people attended the Divine Liturgy.
January 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
February 1
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
February 2
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 3
One person came for Matins.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy, blessing of Kolach and Koljivo.

No weekday services until Saturday.

4:00 PM-Vespers.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 6 - St. Sava Program, Covered Dish Dinner
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 13 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 18-19 - Diocesan Assembl, Clearwater, Florida
February 20 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 22 - Apodosis of the Presentation
February 27 - Meatfare Sunday
March 6 - Cheesefare Sunday
March 7 - Great Lent begins
March 13 - Sunday of Orthodoxy

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Thank you to everyone staying for the Annual meeting last Sunday.

Thank you to all staying today for the St. Sava Program and for all helping.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Mary Migyanko recently departed this life.

Faithfully preparing for Holy Confession and Holy Communion is important.

Honoring your Slava is important and beneficial.

Parishioners attending the Divine Liturgies of major feasts strengthen the parish.

Honoring the fast days of the Church has many benefits.

Dustin Menhart has arrived at West Point where he will be teaching.

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 people came for Adult Class last Tuesday. No class this week.

The writings of Blessed Theopylact and St. Cyril of Alexandria are used regularly in the adult classes to understand the Sunday Gospels.

Remember the 37 miners of the Bishop #4 mine in McDowell County, W.Va. who lost their lives in February 1957.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovic

The people felt in Sava's person a true friend and shepherd. They readily believed and obeyed him because they saw him doing what he was teaching. 'The people were fed by his words as by honey.' They loved his simplicity and his sincerity. For he went among the plain people with simplicity as one of them and yet with unobtrusive superiority of an apostle.

( The Life of St. Sava St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, N.Y., 1989, p. 56 )

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

To Consider

The influence St. Sava continues to have in our lives.
The example St. Sava established as a follower of Christ.
The great value St. Sava place on a life of prayer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 28 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 29 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy and river blessing.
January 29 - Pastoral trip to cemetery in Bridgeport, W.Va.
January 30 - Attended parish Annual Assembly.
January 30 - Attended funeral of +Mary Migyanko, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, New Salem. Pa.

Psalm 99/100:3

Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

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."

Zacchaeus Sunday has arrived. The arrival of this particular Sunday creates increased interest in the condition of the soul and the necessity of caring for the soul. Great Lent arrives following the preparatory Sundays. Attention to the condition of the soul becomes paramount. Attention to the soul should always be paramount. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." (Mt. 25:13)

Zacchaeus provides an example of a person desiring to "put his house in order." He provides an example of a person that wants to be at peace with God and with the people in his life. Zacchaeus gave half of his goods to the poor. He restored fourfold to the people he deceived. Zacchaeus' actions were sincere. He did not boast with pride about what he did. He simply took the necessary steps. Zacchaeus was blessed by God. He is one of the few people in the history of the world to have the Lord Jesus Christ physcially visit his home.

There is much to learn from Zacchaeus. The initiative he took in order to see Jesus was a positive lesson. Because he climbed the tree, Zacchaeus put himself in a position to see Jesus and to be seen by Jesus. Zacchaeus was obedient to Jesus. Jesus did not have time to waste. Jesus told Zacchaeus to come down from the tree that Jesus might stay at his house. Zacchaeus responded immediately. He was joyfully blessed with Jesus coming to his house. Jesus said: "Today salvation has come to this house." (Lk. 19:9) Zacchaeus was elevated by the presence of Jesus. Zacchaeus was blessed by the presence of Jesus. Zacchaeus became a person of lasting importance.

The Church year has an annual cycle. The cycle of the Church year is intended to enrich the lives of the faithful. The cycle of the Church year is intended to help the faithful to grow in Christ and to care for their souls. Zacchaeus Sunday initiates the cycle of the preparatory Sundays leading to Great Lent. The celebrations of the Feasts of the Nativity of Christ and Theophany recently were completed. The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord will soon be here. Believers serious in living according to the Church calendar will heed the coming of Great Lent. Changes are always necessary for improvement of the condition of the soul.

The focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and Zacchaeus this Sunday is an action of the Church. Each person in the Church is intended to be affected by this action. Each person in the Church is part of the action. Everyone in attendance at the Divine services for Zacchaeus Sunday contributes to a certain degree and is influenced to a certain degree. The world is reshaped by the celebration of Zacchaeus Sunday. Zacchaeus Sunday is celebrated in many different locations on the various continents.

Individuals will exit their parish churches or monasteries where they worship. Individuals heeding the message of today's Gospel will incorporate the message into their lives. Their families, their co-workers, and their friends will experience the impact. A strong interest in Christ is beneficial for the believer. Zacchaeus demonstrated he had a strong interest in Christ. The climbing of the tree was a demonstration of zeal for Christ.

Zacchaeus Sunday establishes a hope. It signals the meaningful lenten journey that is come. Zacchaeus Sunday brings with it the promise of the eventual celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, the Feast of Feasts, Pascha. Every Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection. Zachaeus Sunday communicates a message of resurrection. Zacchaeus become a new man. This newness absolutely involved Zacchaeus relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The days remaining until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ are not known. The days remaining in our lives are not known. The days leading to the arrival of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha are at hand. The time God has given to each of us is to be valued and used wisely. The way we use our time will determine the way we will spend eternity. Time can be squandered or invested in the Kingdom of God. Zacchaeus made good use of the remaining time of his life. He made good use of his material resources. He made good use of his energy and his home.

Zacchaeus is an inspiration. He cared for the poor. He made restored losses to people he deceived. He cared for the Lord Jesus Christ. He opened his house to Christ. By caring for the poor, restoring losses to people he deceived and seeking the Lord Jesus Christ, Zacchaeus ultimately took good care of himself. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Inasmuch as you did it to ne of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Mt. 25:40)

Each day is an opportunity to experience the Lord Jesus Christ. Zacchaeus showed he valued Christ in his life. He was willing to take the necessary steps to personally experience Christ. Zacchaeus is an excellent example to learn from.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 24 / February 6, 2011
St. Xenia of Rome.
Zacchaeus Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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