St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 785 - January 20 / February 2, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 785
January 20 / February 2, 2014
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.

2 Corinthians 1:24
Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Recent Services
January 24
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 25
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Eleven people attended the Divine Liturgy.
January 26
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy, blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo. Twenty-one people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 27
Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
January 28
Matins was read.
January 29
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 30
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W. Virginia for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
January 31
The complete l Gospel according to St. Mark was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs and home blessings scheduled on request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, February 2 - Zacchaeus Sunday
February 6 - St. Xenia of Rome
February 9 - Translation of Relics of St. John Chrysostom. Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 12 - Synaxis of Three Holy Hierarchs. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
February 14 - St. Tryphon
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
February 16 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 23 - Meatfare Sunday
February 28-March 1 - Diocesan Assembly, Monroeville

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

Thank you to all parishioners braving the cold weather to come for Divine Liturgy and St.Sava dinner and program last Sunday.

Participants in the St. Sava program included: Stan Brozik, John Williamson, Melva Hunchuck, Andrea Janson, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Felicia Williamson, Mildred Mickey Bezjak, Norma Hickman, Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, Dr. Ivko Dimitric, Frank and Gail Menhart, Richard and Linda Porter, Milosh Serb Krewasky.

Adult Class resumes this Wednesday with the Akathist at 3:30 and class afterwards. Plan to come to class and bring a friend.

Make an effort to attend church during the week. You will benefit from the effort.

Think about the approach of Great Lent.

Thank God for the blessings in your life.

Thank God for many blessings for St. George Church.

The importance of daily prayer and regular church attendance.

Remember the friends and parishioners of St. George Church that are far distant.

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.

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

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

To Consider

The preparatory Sundays before Great Lent.
Thinking about the Lenten journey.
The need to continually repent and seek God’s mercy.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 24 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
January 25 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. For Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water.
January 30 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and Adult Class. Eight people attended.

A Thought Protopresbyter Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich.

This is the reason this song is sung at weddings since marriage has the purpose of procreating and multiplying human kind, the Church finds it fitting and proper to sing this song-prayer “ISAIJE LIKUJ”…! Isaiah dance for joy….!, to remind the newly-weds of the purity and the holiness of matrimony, and the providence of God for children to be born. And, furthermore, that the bridal pair would be aware of the fear of God, to seek the higher spiritual and moral meaning of their marriage, and to hold it above a marriage of the body and the flesh.

( Spiritual Reminder Omaha, Nebraska, p. 151. )

Zacchaeus Sunday

Luke 19:1-10

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 sycomore 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, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday signals the need for believers to turn their thoughts to the coming of Great Lent. Zacchaeus set an example for believers. Zacchaeus had a strong desire to see the Lord Jesus Christ.

Zacchaeus took action to fulfill his desire to see Christ. He put forth personal effort to run to the location where he could see Christ. He exerted the effort to climb the tree in order to have a better view of Jesus.

Zacchaeus also reordered his personal life to correct the wrongs that he may have done. He restored fourfold to those he may have defrauded. Zacchaeus was very generous to the poor. Zacchaeus took initiative to improve his personal life.

The Lord Jesus Christ was decisive in Zacchaeus’ life. Jesus came to Zacchaeus’ personal home. Zacchaeus is one of the few people in history blessed beyond measure to have Jesus Christ come to his home.

The rarity of having the Lord Jesus Christ in Zacchaeus’ home can only be imagined. The time when Jesus entered Zacchaeus’ house is in the far distant past. Centuries have gone by since that time.

Current readers of the Gospel are reminded of the words in the Epistle to the Hebrews: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8) Zacchaeus was financially rich. Jesus enriched Zacchaeus’ life beyond measure.

The Gospel states Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Individuals show by the ways they live that being lost in the journey to Kingdom is all too common. Every person fails in being a hundred percent faithful to Christ.

Zacchaeus set an example to be followed even in the present day. Zacchaeus demonstrated by the way he lived that making an effort to draw closer to Christ makes a difference.

Zacchaeus was blessed to see the Lord Jesus Christ with his own eyes. Zacchaeus was blessed to physically be in the presence of Jesus. Zacchaeus was blessed to have Jesus enter his personal home.

The joy Zacchaeus’ experienced can only be imagined. Individuals drawing near to Christ in faith know the depth of joy that is possible. Individuals experiencing Christ in prayer and the Holy Mysteries know encompassing joy.

Zacchaeus had a personal experience with Christ that would be a frame of reference for the remaining time of his life. Zacchaeus could forever savor and meditate upon the words Jesus had spoken to him.

Zacchaeus could recall in his heart and mind the feelings and thoughts that rose within him due to being with Christ in his home. Being with Christ would be a lasting reference point in his life. Believers experience Christ at Holy Baptism. Believers experience Christ in the Divine Liturgy. Believers experience Christ in Holy Confession, in Holy Communion and in Holy Unction. Weddings that take place in God’s Holy Church unite believers in Christ.

Believers experience Christ in prayer. Believers come to know Christ through personal healing and transformation of the heart and mind.

Particular occurrences in believers’ daily life can only be attributed to Christ’s intervention. Zacchaeus took action to draw near to Jesus. Jesus took action to draw near to Zacchaeus.

The prodigal son took action to return to the father. The father saw the returning son and reciprocated with great joy. (Lk. 15:11-32) The value of drawing near to Christ is a lesson always worthy of renewal in believers’ personal lives.

Jesus talks about the pearl of great price as being worthy of the expense involved.(Mt.13:46) Daily life offers individuals many different choices. The road to the kingdom of God is narrow and great care must be taken to follow it. (Mt. 7:13-14)

Too often individuals succumb to lethargy. Too often individuals yield to frustrations. Too often individuals fail to be attentive and take roads leading to despair.

Zacchaeus was focused. He wanted to see Christ. He wanted to draw near to Christ. He was willing to take the necessary steps to accomplish his goal. The Holy Apostle Paul declared his great interest Christ when he wrote to the Philippians.

Holy Apostle Paul said: “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:13-14)

Every day is new day. Every moment is a new opportunity to seek and draw near to Christ. Every moment of life is a blessing to be valued and used wisely. Time does return and is not to be treated frivolously.

Let us thank God for the gift of life and the gift of time. Let us thank God for faculty of mind and the opportunity to repent. Let us learn from Zacchaeus and be inspired to follow his example.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 20 / February 2, 2014
Zacchaeus Sunday

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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