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 20 / March 04, 2012
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request During the week.
The Church is not some unclear and hazy theory, she is not some community,
rather she is the real, living community of the faithful. God, who is unfathomable
and invisible, manifests and shows Himself to us, that we may see and feel Him.
Diocesan Assembly, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, February 25, 2012.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The power of holy icons in our lives.
The opportunity to learn from holy icons.
Countless lives changed due to holy icons.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
February 24 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 24-25 - Attended Diocesan Assembly at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
Proverbs 16: 7
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
The Sunday of Orthodoxy
The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him,
“Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found
Nathaniel and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law; and also,
the prophets wrote---Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed,
in whom is no deceit!” Nathaniel said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered
and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
Nathaniel answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of
Israel!” Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the
fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him,
“Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of
God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Jesus said to Philip: “Follow Me.” Each Christian elects to follow Jesus at the time
of Holy Baptism. The commitment to follow Christ requires renewal throughout life.
The initial commitment to Christ is intended to be complete and long-lasting.
Daily renewal of the commitment is required for Christ to live in the heart,
the mind and soul.
Believers face temptations, trials and diversions during the course of life.
Remaining steadfast on the narrow path
is the expectation. When a believer deviates from the narrow way, repentance is necessary.
Great Lent is the opportunity for the believer to return to the full life in Christ.
Great Lent is the time to firmly reject the way of sin. Great Lent is the time to train
the body for use for Christ.
Great Lent is a time to welcome the nourishment of Christ that is everywhere.
The warmth of the sun, the light of the moon, the freshness of the air are
blessings from God.
The content of the Divine services of the Church guide the believer to the narrow
path during Great Lent. Nathaniel called Jesus the Son of God.
Personal views about Jesus are revealed in the way individuals live each day.
Great Lent is a definite period of time set aside by the Church. The structure of the
Church helps believers to draw closer to Christ and to experience the presence of Christ.
Following Christ is a completely voluntary decision. The faithful Holy Apostles
chose to follow Christ. Judas chose to violate his relationship with Christ.
Each person exiting the baptismal font on a daily basis determines the degree of
faithfulness to Christ as King and as God. Faithful believers experience continued
joy in Christ.
The Holy Apostle Peter expressed the value of following Christ when he said: “Lord,
to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Great Lent began recently. The days of ahead hold great value for individuals
choosing to invest in Great Lent and honor Great Lent. Individuals benefit from
Great Lent to the degree they invest in Great Lent.
There is a saying that applies to athletes and musicians: “You play as you practice.”
The same thought has value regarding the Church. If a person is faithful each day to
Christ, the life in Christ becomes better.
Holy Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “We all, with unveiled face, beholding
as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image,
from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
(2 Cor. 3:18)
Homes change when the family members honor Great Lent. Family members change for the
better by honoring Great Lent. Relationships improve when believers honor Great Lent.
Believers honoring Great Lent do everything possible to reject the way of sin and
turn to Christ. Believers honoring Great Lent increase the amount of prayer and
the attentiveness to prayer.
Honoring Great Lent involves honoring the fast as set forth by the Church.
The value of the fast is embraced and the fast is welcomed by serious believers.
The words of the Divine services during Great Lent remind believers of sins committed
and of the mercy of Christ. Forgiveness is possible for each person wanting to rise
from the depths of sin.
New beginnings take place in Great Lent as believers repent and open their hearts,
minds and souls to the loving God. Comfort and strength exist in knowing that the
Lenten journey is being taken by other believers.
The soul needs regular nourishment as does the body. The Gospel provides nourishment
for the soul. Holy Communion provides nourishment for the soul.
The present Gospel message takes minds back more than twenty centuries.
The invitation from Jesus to follow Him has remained strong through more
than twenty centuries..
The Holy Apostle Paul made his position clear that nothing “shall be able to
separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 20 / March 04, 2012
Sunday of Orthodoxy.
St. Leo of Catania.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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