St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 736 - February 11 / February 24, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 736
February 11 / February 24, 2013
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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 11:32-33

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

Recent Services
February 15
Matins was read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read
February 16
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read
February 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty-five people attended. Two communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
February 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
February 20
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read. Two people came for the Akathist.
February 21
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read at St. George Church.
Seven people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va
February 22
Matins 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.

No Weekday Services

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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, Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport 5:00 PM.
March 18 - Beginning of Great Lent
March 23 - Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at 6:30 PM, St. Spyridon Church, Monessen

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

Sympathy extended to Dr. Andrei Popa and family. His grandfather departed this life this week.

Congratulations to Jennifor Kornick for continuing to do well athletically.

Three people came to adult class on Wednesday. Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke reported on his recent attendance at the Orthodox theological conference at Princeton University.

Seven people came to the Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont on Thursday for Adult Class.

Marty Yoskovich was heard from this week while he was in Cancun.

Robert Marshall from St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville and employee at the Science Center in Pittsburgh was on KDKA radio recently discussing meteors in the news. Mr. Marshall has been a visitor to St. George Church.

Nikola Sudar and Paul Adams Jr. from St. George Church in Midland recently came to the parish.

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.

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.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans (11:33-34)

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

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

To Consider

The Sundays before Great Lent.
The need to prepare for Great Lent.
The benefits of preparing the mind, the heart and soul for Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 8 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
February 16 - Attended Diocesan Council at Diocesan Center in Mars,Pa.
February 18 - Went to Fairmont General Hospital to visit patient.
February 21 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.

From +Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

Man is the center of all that is created in this world and as such brings together all creation, making of it one single physical world. The chief meaning of manís life in this world and his final goal is, among other things, to have a share in the divine life. Because man does not possess a completely independent in relation to God, he must gravitate toward a union with God. Union with man is not necessary to God, but union with God is necessary to man. By uniting himself with God in a communion, man begins to realize his goal already in this earthly life.

(The Eucharist as Sacrifice Johnstown, Pa. 1993, p.23 )

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Luke 18:10-14

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thankYou that I am not like other men---extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner.!" "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

The Gospel for the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee is read each year in Godís Holy Church. The lesson of humility exemplified in the publican is a strongly reminder for believers each year.

Harmful pride and arrogance can become part of the lives of believers. Humility is essential to the development of Christians. The Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect example of humility.

Jesus washed the feet of the disciples as fundamental example of humility. (Jn. 13:5-17). Jesus restrained Himself when He faced arrest. He went to the Cross voluntarily. (Mt. 26:53)

Believers choosing to follow Christ benefit from following Christís example. Jesus made it clear when He said: ďIf any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.Ē (Mt. 16:24)

Care must be taken among believers when being serious about the Church not to fall into the pattern of the Pharisee. Following the practices of the Church is intended for the benefit of the soul.

Viewing the self as better than others as did the Pharisee has no place in the Christian life. The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďJudge not, that ye be not judged.Ē (Mt. 7:1) Believers have sufficient work for themselves to care for their individual souls.

The current Gospel makes it clear individuals are not to hold themselves above others or to set themselves on a pedestal. Believers can draw strength and perception from Christ through prayer to have soberness of mind.

The arrival of the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee serves as an alert for believers to become more attentive to the soul and personal standing in life. The Lord Jesus Christ will return. Each person will face final judgment.

Repenting of sins is necessary for the final judgment. In the Divine Liturgy, believers pray for a Christian ending to their lives. Care must be taken not to end up like the five foolish virgins who were unprepared when the bridegroom came. (Mt.25:1-13)

Christ is the proper focus of the lives of believers. Believers benefit to the extent their personal focus is on Christ throughout the day and night. Christ spoke the present parable of the Publican and Pharisee.

Not many words of Christ are recorded. Those words of Christ that were recorded are of lasting importance. The words of Christ are intended to change lives. Christians are expected to become more Christ-like throughout life.

Christians are expected to be united with Christ throughout life. Unity with Christ is only possible when repentance of sin occurs and desire for unity takes place from within the person.

The Pharisee stood before God boasting about his fasting and donations. There was no indication the fasting and tithing was consistent with words of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Matthew. (Mt. 6:2-3; Mt. 6:17-18)

Continued benefit occurs when the words and life of Christ are searched and become a part of our lives. Benefits occur when the teachings of Christ are reflected in our demeanor, our thoughts and our actions.

Personal views of the self and our relationship with God are manifested in our demeanor and relations with each other. Love is the intended basis for all Christian relationships. (I Jn. 4:7-11)

Prayer is the basis for us to sort through our relationships. Prayer is the way to understand personal sinfulness and the goodness and mercy of God. Prayer is the way to draw closer to God.

The present Gospel serves as a reference for self-assessment. If the way of the Pharisee tends to be a part of our personal lives, then change is in order. If developing humility is desired, following the example Christ is the way.

Christ will hear the believer coming to Him seeking to change. Christ will welcome the believer desiring to grow. Christ will help believers endure the pain of personal crosses in the process of change.

Growth in Christ is inseparable from the experience with the crosses of life. Facing the crosses of life reveals whether Christ is at the center of our lives. Jesus said: ďA servant is not greater than his master.Ē (Jn. 13:16)

Growth in Christ is nourished and fostered in Godís Holy Church. Learning about Christ and experiencing Christ takes place the best in Godís Holy Church. Experiencing the joy of Christ is found in Godís Holy Church.

The parable of the Publican and Pharisee when taken seriously gives rise to self-examination. Honesty with the self can lead to repentance. Honesty with the self can motivate greater desire for unity with Christ.

The Gospel reading at each Divine Liturgy is intended to draw individuals closer to Christ. The Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee stimulates necessary changes in believers.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 11 / February 24, 2013
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee.
Holy Hrm Blaise. Holy New-martyr George Kratovac

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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