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
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944
February 6 / February 19, 2012
Sunday of the Last Judgment
Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled during the week on request.
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
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.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
The Sunday of the Last Judgement
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.”
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
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.”
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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