St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 735 - February 4 / February 17, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 735
February 4 / February 17, 2013
Zacchaeus Sunday

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

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

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

Hebrews 11:39-40

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Recent Services
February 9
Midnight Office was read at St .George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended the Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
February 10
Matins and First Hour were read. Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. Twenty-eight people attended.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read
February 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
February 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came to read the Akathist Hymn to the Venerable Fathers and Elders Who Shone forth in the Optina Hermitage.
February 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and prayers for special needs held on request during the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 1, Today - Zacchaeus Sunday, St. Blaise, Holy New Martyr George Kratovac
February 21 - Holy Theodore Stratelates, St. Sava II
February 22 - Apodasis of the Presentation of the Lord
February 24 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
March 1-2 - Diocesan Assembly, Lebanon, Pa.
March 3 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
March 9 - Memorial Saturday
March 10 - Meatfare Sunday
March 17 - Cheesefare Sunday

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

Congratulations to Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery and Parish Priest of St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa for reaching a milestone in parish service.

Congratulations to Colonel Richard Menhart for exemplifying the best in military service. Parents Frank and Gail Menhart planned to attend the recent promotion ceremony.

Three people attended Adult Class this past week. Come and learn.

Thank you to the faithful regularly coming to weekday services.

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 the families.

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

The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.

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

See Stan Brozik and the flyer in the church hall for details on a March 9 fundraiser in Pittsburgh for suffering people in Serbia.

See Stan Brozik for college scholarship information for individuals entering college.

Honor the fast days of the Church.

Prepare for Confession and Communion regularly.

Guard your mind and heart to protect your soul.

Pray more each day.

From the Holy Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (10:8-10)

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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

To Consider

The benefit of the Sundays before Great Lent
Preparing the mind for care of the soul.
Be resolute in following Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 5 - Blessed a house in Fayette County.
February 9 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
February 11 - Went to Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. while a patient had surgery.

Sirach 21:1

Have you sinned my son? Do so no more, but pray about your former sins.

Zacchaeus Sunday

Luke 19:1-11

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, for so much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday is the clear signal that Great Lent will arrive soon. A primary lesson of this Gospel is that Zacchaeus sought to see Jesus Christ. Zacchaeus desired to draw closer to Christ. Christ was important to him.

Zacchaeus had taken the initiative to put his life in order. He took steps to correct wrongs personally committed. Zacchaeus distributed half of his goods to the poor. He made things right with individuals he had defrauded.

The Lord Jesus Christ came to Zacchaeus’ house. Salvation came to Zacchaeus’ house. Christ notices when individuals do good with their lives. Christ draws near when individuals draw closer to Him.

Value exists in keeping Christ in the heart, mind and soul. Holy Apostle Paul said: “ If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Rom. 10:9)

Individuals choose throughout the day and night the thoughts that will be permitted in their hearts and minds. Individuals choose the way they will spend their time and their resources. Every decision affects their relationship with Christ.

Daily decisions have a cumulative impact. Allowing thoughts to remain that are dangerous to the soul results in tragic consequences. Great care must be made throughout life to have Christ primary in the heart, mind and soul.

The Christian life involves being united with Christ and remaining united with Christ. The Christian journey enables a person to develop fully in Christ. Christ nourishes and gives growth to those clinging to Him.

Zacchaeus was blessed to experience closeness to Christ. Christ physically entered Zacchaeus’ house. Very few people in history are known to have Christ physically enter their homes. Zacchaeus was afforded great joy.

Christ is not far from those individuals seeking to draw near to Him. Christ is accessible to persons choosing to speak with Him in prayer. Experiences exceed expectations for the faithful following Christ with great fervor.

Zacchaeus did not limit his goals in life due to his shortness of stature. He wanted to see the Lord Jesus Christ. Zacchaeus found a way to compensate for his shortness of stature. He exerted himself and climbed the tree to improve his view.

Living the Christian life requires constant exertion. Demons and temptations must be battled on a daily basis if a person is to remain united with Christ. Patterns and practices of living need reviewed and improved to fully experience Christ.

Personal relationships need constant evaluation if a person wants to remain a practicing Christian. Relationships always need to meet the standards set by Christ. Love is essential in each Christian relationship. (I Jn. 3:23-24)

Attention given to the sick, the suffering, the stranger, the needy and the imprisoned factor into each Christian’s life. Active and attentive believers will think carefully of their relationships with each person they meet. (Mt. 25:31-46)

Hunger in the soul motivates individuals to address the hunger. Before meeting Jesus, Zacchaeus realized his life needed changed. He knew he had to make amends for wrongs committed. He took the necessary steps.

Zacchaeus experienced great personal joy and honor because he made “right” the personal wrongs in his life. He showed great care for the poor. Jesus drew near to Zacchaeus as Zacchaeus’ drew closer to Christ and ways of Christ.

Christians are sincere when entering the baptismal font. Baptism is a time of great joy. Following baptism, too often, individuals depart from the path of following Christ. Sin takes over in too many lives and Christ is forgotten.

The Gospel for Zacchaeus Sunday is a reminder for believers to make “right” the wrongs that exist in their lives. The Gospel for Zacchaeus Sunday is a lesson of the value of drawing near to Christ.

Life can become very complicated. Christ can be forgotten and ignored as individuals go about their daily lives. Keeping Christ first and foremost and drawing near to Christ is of paramount value.

We learn from Zacchaeus to draw near to Christ. We learn from Zacchaeus the value of treating others very kindly and compassionately. We learn the value of fairness. We learn that Christ sees all that we do.

Our inner as well as our outer lives are transparent to Christ. The Christian life involves having our inner lives and outer lives conform to the ways of Christ. We were totally dedicated to Christ at Holy Baptism.

We are expected to give our whole selves to Christ from the moment of Holy Baptism. Christ is present every moment of our lives if we exert ourselves to see Him. He will draw closer to us if we draw closer to Him.

The Holy Apostle Paul said nothing shall be able “ to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 4 / February 17, 2013
Zacchaeus Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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