St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 836 - January 12 / January 25, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 836
January 12 / January 25, 2015
Sunday after Theophany / 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.

Matthew 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Recent Services
January 17
Four people came for Great Vespers with Litya.
January 18
Canon for Matins was read.
Third and Six Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. One communicants.
Holy Water was Blessed.
The Monongahela River was blessed.
One Slava Kolach was blessed at a Slava celebration.
January 19
Canon for Matins was read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Holy Water.
Two people came for Vespers.
One Slava Kolach was blessed.
January 20
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
One Slava Kolach was blessed for a Slava celebration.
January 21
Two people came for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
Three people came for Adult Class.
Two people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Daily Schedule.

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

Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, St. Sava.

1:00 PM Akathist with Adult Class to follow.


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, January 25 - Zacchaeus Sunday. 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
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Maxim of Serbia.
February 1 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 6 - St. Xenia of Rome
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian

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

Sympathy extended to the family of +Bertha Decovich Bakewell recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Wayne and Joyce Kirby, their aunt Eloise having departed this life.

Be mindful of the continuity of the Holy Orthodox Church back to the time of the Holy Apostles.

Thank you to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke for bringing two students to church last Sunday.

Be mindful of the centuries of existence of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Be grateful for the hierarchs, clergy, founders, faithful and friends of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church during the past sixty years.

Consider the influence and contributions of St. Sava through the centuries.

Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson attended class on Wednesday.

Class again this Wednesday beginning with the Akathist at 1:00 PM.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest.

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 Impact of St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

The continued veneration and celebration of St. Savaís life.
The lives that have grown in Christ due to the influence of St. Sava.
St. Savaís love of Christ that has become a lasting example.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 11 - Attended a parishionerís festal celebration.
January 18 - Attended a family Slava celebration following the river blessing.
January 18 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. to visit patient.
January 20 - Attended a family Slava celebration and blessed the familyís home.
January 21 - Served Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
January 22 - Attended the March for Life in Washington. D.C. with Brittany Joy and Jesse Torbic as part of group travelling from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College, Pa.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 3:17-18

My son, accomplish your works with gentleness and you will be loved by the people the Lord accepts. The greater you are, the more humble you must be and you will find grace before the Lord.

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

The Sunday after Theophany

Matthew 4:12-17

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (KJV)

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 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 to day 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 any thing 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. (KJV)

The reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew prescribed for today associates great light with the Lord Jesus Christ. This same Gospel says that light sprung up in the shadow of death.

The Lord Jesus Christ brings light to darkened lives. The Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ brings hope, light and direction at times when death is making an impact.

Turning to Christ is a voluntary action. Remaining united with Christ requires commitment and interest in personal betterment. The person appreciating the light of Christ will do all necessary to remain in the light of Christ.

The light of Christ has no equal. The light of Christ referred to in the Gospel of St. Matthew draws attention to Godís words in Genesis. In Genesis, we read: ďGod said, ĎLet there be light and there was light.íĒ (Gen. 1:3).

The light mentioned in Genesis was called ďgood.Ē and was separate from darkness. (Gen. 1:4-5). Living in Christís light is different than living in darkness. Living in the brightness of the day is different than living in the darkness of night.

Every year at Pascha the words from Gospel of St. John are read. The Gospel of St. John states: ďIn Him was life, and the life was the light of men.Ē (Jn. 1:4)

The celebration of Christís Resurrection each year at Pascha is the triumph of life over death, of good over evil, of hope over hopelessness. Christ is the triumphant light over darkness, of hope over hopelessness, of life over death.

At Christís birth, the light of Christís star drew the wise men looking to worship Him. (Mt. 2:2). Wise individuals and seekers of wisdom continue to follow the light of Christ to worship Him.

Light is necessary for life to thrive. Light is necessary for despair to give way to hope. Light is necessary for joy to replace depression.

The Christian lifeís journey is guided by the light of Christ. Christís light shines brightest at Pascha. Christís light shines brightest when death is overcome by life.

The light of Christ is revealed at His transfiguration. (Mt. 17:2) The light of Christ summons the interest of serious believers. The light of Christ attracts individuals seeking the fullness of life.

Christís Church provides light when the world is darkened by sadness. Christís Church provides light when understanding is sought. Christís Church provides light that eradicates fear of dark times..

The Church provides the structure to experience Christís light. The Church provides the instruction to learn more about Christís light. The Church brightens the lives of all entering and remaining in faith.

The light of Christ is soft and bearable. The light of Christ is gentle and revealing. The light of Christ leads the follower with certainty. The light of Christ brings joy when joy seems beyond reach.

Individuals go to sleep in darkness and find that Christ comes with the arrival of morning. Christís light brings an end to darkness. The arrival of Christís light is a certainty.

The darkness of evil does not triumph over the light of Christ. The darkness of evil does not rule in the world created by God. Darkness of evil is no equal to the light of Christ.

The Gospel of St. John speaks of Christ being the true Light giving: ďlight to every man coming into the world.Ē (Jn .1:9) Each person chooses whether to embrace and follow Christís light or whether to remain in the darkness of sin.

Christ called for repentance in readiness for the Kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 4:17) The time to repent is now. The day to repent is today. The moment to experience the joy and light of Christ is this moment.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 12 / January 25, 2015
Sunday after Theophany.
Zacchaeus Sunday.
Holy Martyr Tatiana.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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