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
St. Sava, above all, had Christ in his heart. That was the moving force for everything
else. That was the lighthouse showing him the way. St. Sava was deeply religious.
He was imbued with true piety. Such he was when youthful enthusiasm and inspiration
carried him to the Holy Mount, and such he remained till his last days.
February 13 / February 26, 2012
Sunday of Forgiveness
1219-1969 The Serbian Orthodox Church Through 750 Years.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Receiving forgiveness from God.
Being forgiving of others.
The joy of being forgiven and of forgiving.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
February 17 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 18 - Went to Weirton, W.Va. for Christian Education meeting.
February 20 - Went to Diocesan Center.
February 21 - Went to Washington Hospital, Washington, Pa.
February 21 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Visited with a family.
February 23 - Met with two individuals wanting to learn more about the healing
power of God.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive me their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad
countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting.
Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your
head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your
Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward
you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroys and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures
in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in
and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Lord Jesus Christ awaits those turning to Him with open hearts and minds.
The Lord Christ provides the forgiveness necessary for individuals to begin anew.
Accepting forgiveness from Christ involves rejecting ways of sin in personal life.
Holy Confession provides the beginning of new life in Christ. Holy Communion provides
the desired unity with Christ.
Daily life is full of choices that can lead to the Kingdom of God or eternal
punishment. The wise person looks for Christ and the way of Christ and makes the
definitive decisions to follow Christ.
Individuals must look carefully for Christ in daily life. Many attractions and
temptations appear during the course of the day. Careful choices are needed that
lead to the Kingdom of God.
Being familiar with the ways of Christ comes through prayer, attending the
Divine services of the Church and reading the Holy Scriptures.
Constant effort is necessary to remain united with Christ.
Forgiveness of others is necessary to remove weights that deter growth in Christ.
Being forgiven by God is necessary to move past feelings of guilt and unworthiness that
drag a person down.
Christ took on human flesh. He went voluntarily to the Cross. He rose from the tomb.
Christ offers hope for the hopeless. Christ offers life for those on the way to death.
Christ offers light for those living in darkness.
Forgiveness Sunday is the entry to Great Lent each year. Believers are expected to
seek forgiveness from God and to be forgiving of everyone in their lives. It is time to
begin anew in Christ. It is time to seek Christ.
In Hebrews we read: “Let us lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author
and finisher of our faith.”
There are many paths available to take in life. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke about
taking the narrow way that leads to life.
Constant vigilance and discernment are necessary to protect the soul.
Prayer keeps the person alert and attuned to the way of God. Prayer provides
protection against evil. Prayer puts the person in the presence of God. Prayer is a
way to listen carefully to God.
The desire to be with God and united with God must not be stifled or fed from
artificial sources. The Triune God satisfies the hunger of the soul.
The soul’s desire for God is satisfied only by God.
God’s Holy Church is where to seek God. God’s Holy Church is where to fully experience
God. Saints and martyrs provide the historical record of authenticity. Holy Prophets point
The Holy Scriptures enrich the lives of individuals taking time to read them.
The Holy Scriptures provide direct personal experience with God. The Holy Scriptures
tell the ways of life pleasing to God.
The Holy Mysteries of the Church change the believer. The Holy Mysteries of the
Church heal the wounded believer. The time of life is precious and is not to be wasted.
The soul benefits from the believer taking Great Lent seriously. The weight of sin
is lifted from the believer taking Great Lent seriously. The joy of God is experienced
in the lives of those honoring Great Lent.
The Church provides Great Lent each year as a time for beginning anew. Each person
determines if he or she will begin anew. Each person is responsible for personal choices made.
Individuals cannot blame others for the condition of their soul and the condition of
their lives. Christ is accessible to each person choosing to draw near and begin anew.
One of the criminals on the cross next to Christ made a wise decision at the very
last moment of his life. Jesus told the criminal: “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
We never know the amount of time remaining in our lives. We never know when Christ
will return for the Final Judgment. We have only the certainty of each moment of time
in which we are living.
While we have faculty of mind and breath in our body, let us choose Christ.
Let us choose to love Christ and to love as Christ loves. Let us forgive as Christ
forgives and seek Christ’s forgiveness for ourselves.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 13 / February 26, 2012
Sunday of Forgiveness.
St. Simeon the Myhrrgusher.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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