St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 683 - February 6 / February 19, 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. 683
February 6 / February 19, 2012
Sunday of the Last Judgment

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

2 Corinthians 1:24

Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.

Recent Services
February 10
Vespers was read.
February 11
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
One person came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
February 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Sixth Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
February 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
February 14
Canon for Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
February 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
February 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 17
Matins and First Hour were 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 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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 at 5:00 PM.
February 27 - Great Lent begins.
March 3 - 6:30 PM Mon Valley Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, Monongahela
March 4 - Sunday of Orthodoxy, 4:00 PM at St. George Church, Oakland, Pittsburgh

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

U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Rich Menhart made time to come to church recently when he was in the area.

Marty and Janice Yoskovich kept in contact with St. George Church even while recently away in Mexico.

Four people came to Adult Class on Wednesday. Class again this week.

A full day Lenten seminar will be held in the parish on Wednesday March 14. Tell Father Rodney if you plan to attend.

If you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

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.

Honor your Slava each year.

Honor the fasts and feasts of the Church.

Listen to the parish radio program on WMBS or the internet.

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

A Thought from Rev. Borko Borcic

The Divine Liturgy is a holy service because the Lord Jesus is present in the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit descends from Heaven upon the bread and wine and makes them the real Body and Blood of the Lord, with them are always the hosts of Angels, and even the faithful mystically represent the Angels.

( 1970 Serbian Orthodox Church Calendar. )

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

To Consider

The return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The judging of the living and the dead.
The time remaining until Christ returns.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 10 - Blessed one house.
February 11 - Blessed one business. Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
February 14 - Went to Uniontown Hospital.

Proverbs 13:20

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

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.

The present Gospel is compelling for Christians eager to enter the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ is identified with the stranger, the hungry, those in need of clothing, the sick and the imprisoned.

Actions by believers or inactions determine where eternity will be spent. The Lord Jesus Christ will return. Each person will be judged. Believers are expected to be alert and sensitive to individuals in need each day.

Being a Christian involves being responsible for personal behavior. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Gal. 6:9)

The journey from the baptismal font to departure from this life can be extremely long. During the course of daily life, active individuals will hear about and meet many, many people in need.

Some individuals need only a warm welcome. Some people need a smile. Some persons need a word of encouragement. Some need a get well card. Others have greater material and emotional needs.

Each person is given talents, resources and time from God. Each person is expected to manage his or her talents, resources and time in a Christ-loving way.

Christ is the stranger we meet. Christ is the hungry person that appeals to us. Christ is the person in prison or in the hospital. Christ is the person confined to his or her home.

The present Gospel is intended to increase the awareness and sensitivity of Christians. The present Gospel is intended to change the behavior of Christians.

Self-examination is necessary for Christians to ensure the present Gospel is a permanent part of daily life. Repentance is necessary when a believer determines he or she has fallen short in heeding this lesson.

Christian love has a primary place in the greeting of strangers. Christian love has a primary place in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and tending to the imprisoned.

Discernment is always necessary when living out the Gospel in daily life. Individuals are not expected to put themselves at physical risk or become financially impoverished.

Prayer has a primary place in the management of personal resources. Prayer helps believers assess and plan the best use of personal time. Prayer helps believers get the best return on funds used for charitable purposes.

The Lord Jesus Christ is aware of every action. The current Gospel expresses the attentiveness of Christ. The present Gospel reveals that each person accumulates a record that will be the basis for final judgment.

Carelessness and callousness can be devastating for a person. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I say to you that every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” (Mt. 12:36)

Strangers know when they are warmly welcomed. The hungry and those in need of clothing know when assistance is founded in love. Prisoners know when they are respected. Christ knows the basis for all behaviors.

Every day is an opportunity to seek admission to the Kingdom of God. The current Gospel establishes a lasting standard. This Gospel message is to be heeded until departure from this life.

Facing Christ at the last judgment will be terrifying if the current Gospel is ignored. Facing Christ at the final judgment has everlasting results. The joy of entering the Kingdom far outweighs everlasting punishment.

God is a good and loving God. Love for the stranger, the sick, the hungry, the needy and the imprisoned is an expectation for believers. Each believer’s heart will determine if that love is manifested each day.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 6 / February 19, 2012
Sunday of the Last Judgment.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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