St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 783 - January 6 / January 19, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 783
January 6 / January 19, 2014

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.

I Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Recent Services
January 10
Vespers was read.
January 11
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
January 12
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
January 13
Matins was read at St. George Church.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Six people came for Great Vespers with Litya at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va
January 14
Matins was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of Water. Blessing of River.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday.

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Todayu, January 19 - Theophany. Baptism of the Lord. Great Blessing of Water. Blessing of Mon River.
January 20 - St. John the Baptist Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 22 - March for Life, Washington D.C.
January 23 - St. Gregory of Nyssa
January 26 - St. Sava Covered Dish Dinner and Program
January 27 - St. Sava Day. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
January 29 - Feast of Chains of Holy Apostle Peter
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great
February 6 - St. Xenia of Rome
February 9 - Translation of Relics of St. John Chrysostom
February 12 - Synaxis of Three Holy Hierarchs
February 14 - St. Tryphon
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord

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

Happy Slava to all celebrating Theophany and St. John the Baptist as their Slava.

Thank you all parishioners participating in the celebration of the Feast of Theophany

Plan to attend the St.Sava covered dish dinner and program next week.

Make an effort to attend the Divine Liturgy for major feasts held during the week.

Bring a friend or family member to church when you come.

Come to church for daily services and benefit yourself, your family and others.

Take time to pray at a regular time each day. Take time to pray as a family.

Become familiar with the Church calendar and learn the feasts and fasts of the Church.

The Diocesan Assembly will be held in Monroeville this year on February 28 to March 1.

If you listened to the Christmas radio broadcast, please let Father Rodney know.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN’S Nativity message on the parish website.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the three men that lost their lives on January 10, 2013 in the plane crash in Afghanistan. Remember their families and friends.

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.

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

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

To Consider

The continued meaning of Jesus being baptized in the Jordan.
The importance of having our homes blessed.
The blessing of water in God’s Holy Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 6 - Visited with parish family.
January 10 - Went to parishioner’s festal celebration.
January 11 - Attended funeral of +Simon Matthews in Fairmont, W.Va.
January 11 - Went to viewing at funeral home for +Judith Marie Wethington Grimm.
January 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers with Litya.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

Once the Spirit begins to work freely in your own life your life will be changed. As your life is changed so, too, shall the lives related to your own be changed as well. If each one of us can radiate this Grace to those about us we shall surely bring a new breath of spiritual fragrance into the world. We shall then be able to “GO FORTH THEREFORE AND MAKE ALL NATIONS MY DISCIPLES: BAPTIZE MEN EVERYWHERE IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND TEACH THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I COMMANDED YOU.” (Matthew 28:20)

( Sermons and Speeches. Prepared for publication by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 224 )

The Feast of Theophany

Matthew 3:13-17

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered Him. And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.

The Feast of Theophany focuses on the baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan. Believers consider the meaning of Jesus’ baptism and the singularly important place of John the Baptist.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit occupy the attentive mind. Believers consider the far-reaching nature of Jesus’ baptism. The Holy Gospel of St. Matthew is specific in the description of the baptism.

The Jordan River is named. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are identified. John the Baptist is identified. God’s Holy Church assigns great importance to Jesus’ baptism.

The great and lasting liturgical festal celebration has developed known as Theophany. Bodies of water are commonly blessed on the Feast of Theophany. The beginning of home blessings occurs with the arrival of the Feast.

Holy Water is inseparably identified with the Feast of Theophany. Believers attach great importance to Holy Water. Holy Water is used for the blessing of homes and for personal benefit.

Jesus’ baptism took place when He was an adult. Jesus’ decision to be baptized was a conscious decision. John was resistant to baptize Jesus. John ascribed great honor to Jesus. John viewed himself as not being worthy.

Believers benefit from experiencing the liturgical celebration of the Feast of Theophany. Believers learn of the immeasurable transformation that takes place in the world.

Each Feast of Theophany is a point of transformation. Celebrating believers are changed. The environment is changed and viewed differently. Each home that is blessed becomes new and different.

Each person using Holy Water for personal benefit experiences change. Blessed Water is differentiated and treated with certain care. Dedicated uses are ascribed to Holy Water and occur throughout the year.

The indoors and outdoors are affected by the celebration of the Feast of Theophany. The celebration of the Feast of Theophany extends over a period of days. The Feast of Theophany is celebrated around the world where believers exist.

Individuals seeking to nourish their souls are drawn to the Feast of Theophany. Commonly the same believers can be found at each liturgical celebration of the Feast.

The Feast of Theophany arrives shortly after the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. The period from the Feast of the Nativity of Christ through the celebration of Theophany is a period of extended joy.

Lasting joy is found in the Lord by those who seek it. Unequalled growth and fulfillment is found in the Lord by those turning to Him in faith. Love of God is compelling for the believer tasting of God’s love and nourishment.

The celebration of the Feast of Theophany affects the way a believer views the environment. The Feast of Theophany changes the way believers treat water. The Feast of Theophany inspires believers to examine their personal lives.

Care of the self and care of the environment as God would have them cared for are called into mind with the Feast of Theophany. The personal relationship with God is brought into consideration with each Feast of Theophany.

The lasting influence and meaning of personal baptism comes to mind with each Feast of Theophany. Believers are set a part from others by the baptismal experience. Jesus being baptized in the Jordan serves as a standard and an example.

The Feast of Theophany compels attentive believers to look beyond themselves to God and creation. The Trinity’s manifestation recorded in the Holy Gospel is a source of constant interest.

The newness taking place at the Feast of Theophany is a source of inspiration and guidance. Celebrating believers are renewed and strengthened. God nourishes and strengthens believers turning to Him in faith.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21) Individuals placing the greatest value in their relationship with God, give their hearts and minds to God proportionately.

Individuals valuing and cherishing their relationship with God give personal time, talents and effort to God and the ways of God. The personal relationship with God is inseparable with the relationships in daily life.

The Epistle of St. John states: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (I Jn. 4:20)

The Feast of Theophany is a point of great change for believers. With the arrival of the Feast of Theophany, individuals freely choose whether to be renewed in Christ. The life in Christ is a life of love and choices.

Long ago a critical decision was recorded in the Book of Joshua and serves as guidance for believers today. The words were these: “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 6 / January 19, 2014
Feast of Theophany.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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