St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 835 - January 5 / January 18, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 835
January 5 / January 18, 2015
Sunday before Theophany / Holy Cross Day

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.

Mark 1:8

I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

Recent Services
January 10
Canon for Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten people attended.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
January 11
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people attended. One communicant.
January 12
Matins was read
January 16
Four people attended Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Five people attended class.
January 17
Matins was read

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Daily Schedule.

Holy Cross Day, Divine Liturgy, Great Blessing of Water
Blessing of Monongahela River.

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

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday.

Theophany 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Great Blessing of Water
afternoon 4:30 PM Vespers

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, January 18 - Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water. Feast of Holy Cross. Blessing of River.
January 19 - Feast of Theophany. 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water.
January 20 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of St. John the Baptist.
January 22 - March for Life
January 25 - St. Sava Covered Dish Dinner and Program. Plan to attend.
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - 8:00 AM St. Sava Divine Liturgy
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 30 - St. Anthony the Great

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Happy Slava to the Brozik, Hunchuck and Williamson families celebrating this week.

Thank you to Sonia Janson for preparing the Crosses for the River Blessings. Thank you to all planning to attend the Blessing of the Monongahela River.

It was good to have many parishioners and friends of the parish here for Christmas. Some came from as far as Maryland, Florida and State College, Pa. Some were first-timers.

Approximately twenty youths from infancy to high school age were here for Christmas.

Sympathy extended to Jim and Linda Riggs. Linda’s mother +Helen Thomas recently departed this life.

Thank you to Rich Porter for assembling the bookcases purchased through Coffee Hour funds. The new bookcases will enable the greater availability of books for parishioners.

Thank you Dr. Natalie Pavlovich for thinking of the wellness of St. George parishioners.

Congratulations to William Teagarden for completing his career as a union coal miner.

Congratulations to Emily Dowler for pursing graduate studies.

Congratulations to Tess Meinert for continuing with graduate studies.

Congratulations to Alaina Brozik for pursing doctoral studies.

Congratulations to Kathleen Waters in moving to complete the St. Stephen’s Program.

Congratulations to West Virginia Air Nation Guard pilot trainer Carlos Godbey for completing training in flying #737’s planes and for visiting St. Simeon the Myrrhflowing Serbian Orthodox Church in North Miami, Florida.

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

Remember and appreciate the men and women serving in the military and their families.

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

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

Appreciate the Contributions of St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

The renewal experienced by Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan.
The renewal taking place by the Great Blessing of Water.
The renewal taking place in personal Baptism.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 10 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown on return.
January 14 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Johnstown, Pa. for Divine Liturgy.
January 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 2:15

Those who fear the Lord will not disobey His words, and those who love Him will keep His ways.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

Sunday before Theophany 2015

Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

As we contemplate the Feast of Theophany, let us consider the singular place in history of St. John the Baptist. St. John was chosen from all humanity of all time to baptize the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist:” (Lk. 7:28) St. John the Baptist continues to be honored in God’s Holy Church.

St. John the Baptist holds a prominent place of honor in the iconostasis of each Orthodox Church. The life of St. John the Baptist and his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ has been repeated and proclaimed through the centuries.

The message of repentance identified with St. John has relevancy for today. Individuals afflicted with the greed, corruption and immorality prominent in today’s world need the message of St. John the Baptist.

Each person benefits from repentance. Each person repenting improves the self and the community in which he or she lives. Each person coming to Christ seeking forgiveness has the opportunity to begin anew.

Christ’s baptism in the Jordan is a renewing of creation. Christ’s baptism in the Jordan establishes hope for new life in Christ. Christ’s baptism in the Jordan serves as the example for personal baptism in God’s Holy Church

Each person benefits from carefully considering the baptism of Christ. The Church celebrates the baptism of Christ every year with great devotion. The Church wants the baptism of Christ to remain fresh in the minds of believers.

Believers do well to think about the content of their own baptismal experience. The baptismal service is rich and powerful in content. Baptism is a life changing and life-defining experience.

Each person freely chooses to experience baptism and to ascribe honor and importance to baptism. Each person is expected to live the remaining days of life in accord with the commitments made at baptism.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Mt. 7:14) The newly baptized is expected to adhere to the way of Christ throughout life.

Difficulties and temptations arise in life after a person exits the baptismal fount. Continued repentance and nourishment from Christ are necessary to remained fully united with Christ.

Joy is identified with the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. Joy takes place at the baptism of each individual. Christ’s renewal of creation and Christ’s renewal of each personal life result in great joy.

Thank God for the ability to perceive newness created by Christ. Thank God for the love, goodness and mercy shown to creation and each individual. May our eyes not be clouded with sin.

May our vision remain clear to see to Christ present everywhere and in all things. May we see Christ in our neighbors, in our families and in those that differ from us.

May we clearly see the path of Christ to follow and have the wherewithal to follow with fortitude, strength and joy. The celebration of Christ’ birth remains fresh in our minds.

Celebrating Christ’s baptism is the experience of continued joy in Christ. The joy in Christ is always renewable. The joy in Christ is ever present and within in reach of each person drawing near to Christ.

Humility, discipline and prayer are necessities in following the path of Christ. Repentance keeps the person on the path from the baptismal font to the Kingdom of God.

Believers are required to constantly repel sin from their lives and to say “yes” to the way of Christ. Honesty is necessary with the self and with God. Honesty is necessary in Holy Confession.

St. Mark the Ascetic said: “If you want spiritual health, listen to your conscience, do all it tells you, and you will benefit.” 1 Baptism affords the person entrance into the life of spiritual health in Christ.

The remaining days of life are opportunities to experience and grow in Christ. The wise person will greet Christ with joy at each moment of life. The wise person will love and give continuous thanks to Christ at all times. (I Thess. 5:18)

1 The Philokalia Vol.1 The Complete Text compiled by St. Nikodemus of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarios of Corinth. Translated from the Greek by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard and Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London and Boston, 1979, p. 115.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 5 / January 18, 2015
Sunday before Theophany.
Holy Cross Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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