St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 682 - January 30 / February 12, 2012

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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 682
January 30 / February 12, 2012
Sunday of the Prodigal Son / Three Holy Hierarchs

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

Hebrews 12:2

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of God.

Recent Services
February 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
February 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
February 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person was present for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Saturday Vespers at a time to be announced.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs. Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord.
February 18 - Memorial Saturday.
February 18 - Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education, Weirton, W.Va.
February 19 - Meatfare Sunday. Sunday of the Last Judgment.
February 22 - Apodasis of Presentation of the Lord
February 24-25 - Diocesan Assembly at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Pa.
February 26 - Cheesefare Sunday. Ven. Simeon the Myhrrgusher.
February 26 - Forgiveness Vespers, St. Sava Church, Mckeesport, 5:00 PM.
February 27 - Great Lent begins.
March 3 - Theodore Saturday

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

Plan to attend the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday.

Thank you to all baking this week. Help is always needed and welcomed.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Unless you live far distant from the church, please come to confession on Saturday evening or one of the weekday evenings when Vespers is scheduled.

Use this time to prepare for Great Lent.

Great Lent is for everyone.

Be attentive to the Church calendar and honor the saints and feasts.

Honor the fasts throughout the year.

Let the love of Christ guide all your decisions and activities.

Bring a friend to church when you come.

Pray as much as possible each day.

Avoid activities that weaken spiritual resolve and discipline.

A Thought from +Protopresbyter Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich

Prayer in the spirit of penitence and humbliness bears the fruit of goodness and godlikeness which leads to unity of the best inner quality of all men, while false pride leads to the separation from God and other people, into emptiness that can hardly be called life. Yet He wants all men to have and enjoy the full and abundant life.

( On Our Faith. 1990, p. 53 )

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

To Consider

The enduring lesson of God’s unlimited love.
Being appreciative of God’s love.
Loving others as God loves each of us.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 3 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. twice for printing purposes.
February 4 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for pastoral reasons.
February 9 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
February 10 - Blessed one house.

Proverbs 13:20

He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32

Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the young son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants”’ And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’

Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs

Matthew 5:14-19

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let you light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

The Gospel of the Sunday of the Prodigal Son draws attention to the welcoming and steadfast love of God. Individuals feeling distant from God and seeking to draw closer find reassuring hope in the present Gospel.

The welcoming father demonstrated to the returning son that his love was steadfast. The father’s love for the son exceeded the magnitude of the son’s senseless behavior.

Loving mothers and fathers make a difference in the lives of their sons and daughters. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “Love never fails.” (I Cor. 13:8) Steadfast parental love for sons and daughters is always well placed.

The returning son experienced the steadfast love of his father. The older son was given an excellent lesson on fatherly love. Sinners turning to God learn of the steadfast love of God and experience forgiveness and joy.

Serious sinners whose lives have changed dramatically because of their repentance are convincing examples the value of turning to God. God makes a decided difference in the lives of individuals drawing near to Him.

Every person is a sinner. Every person is more distant from God than is necessary. The present Gospel is an example for believers to repent of sinful ways and to draw closer to God.

The Feast of the Three Hierarchs celebrated today points to three lasting examples of individuals fully living in Christ. The Church continues to teach lessons from these three saints and holds them as inspiring examples.

St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom fully committed to the Godly-life. Each person living today does well to determine if his or her personal commitment to God is complete.

Each person has only the immediate moment in which he or she is living to live in Christ to the fullest. Future moments of life are not guaranteed. Past moments of life cannot be relived.

Committing to Christ at each moment of life protects the soul. Committing to Christ each moment of life brings fullness to life. Serious efforts to draw near to Christ are not repelled.

Believers today do not need to live in fear or be overcome by anxiety due to personal situations in life. Returning to God-pleasing ways is the sure path to peace of mind, heart and soul.

The father showed his joy over the return of his wayward son by having a celebration. Christ holds a banquet at each Divine Liturgy for individuals returning from wayward lives and seeking to experience God’s Kingdom.

Fullness of life is found in God. The path of certainty in life is through the narrow gate to the Kingdom of God. (Mt. 7:13-14) St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom still point the way.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 30 / February 12, 2012
The Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Holy Three Hierarchs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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