St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 839 - February 2 / 15, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 839
February 2 / 15, 2015
Meatfare Sunday / Feast of Presentation of the Lord

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 Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Recent Services
February 7
Matins was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia followed by Divine Liturgy. Fourteen people attended Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya were held at St. George Church. Four people attended.
February 8
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people attended. Three communicants.
February 9
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 10
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 11
Matins was read.
Four people came to St. Geoege Church for the Akathist to St.Panteleimon and class afterwards
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for the Great Vespers with Litya and class afterwards.
February 12
Matins was read.
One people came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
February 13
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Daily Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

3:00 PM Akathist with Adult Class to follow.


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, February 15 - Presentation of the Lord. Meatfare Sunday.
February 20/21 - Diocesan Assembly Weirton, W.Va.
February 22 - Cheesefare Sunday. Vespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.
February 23 - Beginning of Great Lent
February 27 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
February 28 - 6:00 PM (Sat evening) Sunday of Orthodoxy. Vespers at St. Michael Church, Monessen

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

The St. George Serbian Orthodox Church is an integral part of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Eastern American Diocese has four Deaneries with more than forty member parishes and mission parishes from Maine to Florida. Deaneries are: Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Petersburg and Washington D.C.

Eastern Diocese monasteries are located in Lorain, Ohio; Richfield, Ohio and Springboro, Pennsylvania.

The St. George Church is part of the Pittsburgh Deanery.

Help needy children by contributing to Lifeline. See bulletin board for details.

Help with the Syrian Relief efforts. See bulletin board for details.

Today is the last day for eating meat until Pascha.

Increase personal preparation for Great Lent.

Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Felecia Williamson and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles attended class on Wednesday. Plan to attend class this Thursday.

Sympathy extended to the Hunchuck Family, family member +Peter Bezak recently departed this life

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest.

If you want your marriage blessing in the Orthodox Church, talk to 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 Church’s movement into Great Lent.
Taking personal responsibility in honoring Great Lent.
Seeking to be a better Christian at the conclusion of Great Lent

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 7 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
February 11 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 6:18-19

My son from your youth up, choose instruction, and you will find wisdom also into old age. Come to her as one who plows and sows, and wait expectedly for her good fruits.

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

The Sunday of the Last Judgment

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Luke 2:22-40

And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. (KJV)

Today the Church focuses on the Gospel reading associated with the Last Judgment. The Gospel according to St. Matthew views the sick, the suffering, the poor, the imprisoned and the stranger inseparable from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today’s Gospel is a basis for regularly assessing personal contacts during the course of daily life. Today’s Gospel is a basic standard of measurement in our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our salvation depends on the relationships we have each day with the people in our lives. The way we honor Christ in our lives is lived out each day in personal relationships.

Our actions, our thoughts, and our demeanor with people we meet daily reflect the degree we really love Christ. Today is a day for personal honesty. Today is basis for change to improve our relationship with Christ.

We exercise control over the way we relate with others. We exercise control over our thoughts, words and actions. We increase our love of Christ when our thoughts, words and actions conform to the teachings of Christ.

Today is also the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord. Parents do well to learn from the example of Joseph and Mary.

Parents do well to bring their young children to church and present the children to the Lord. Simeon recognized Jesus was special. Simeon took Jesus into his arms.

Jesus welcomes children to be brought to Him. Jesus said: “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 19:14) Children are most welcome in God’s Holy Church. From early life, young children can learn to be comfortable and love the Church. From early life, children can partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

From early life children can experience Christ’ s love in church. Being brought to church at an early age establishes the expectation of growing in Christ. The Church celebrates Christ having been brought to the temple at a young age.

Each time young children are brought to church, it is cause for joy. Bringing a child to church demonstrates parental interest in the child. Bringing a child to church is an important investment in the child’s future.

Youthful years are precious years. The time of life from God is limited. Parents demonstrate their values in the way they raise their sons and daughters. Parents demonstrate what is important in the way they invest the time of life.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt. 6:33) Seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness is best established as the primary goal during the earliest time of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 2 / 15, 2015
Sunday of the Last Judgment.
Feast of Presentation of the Lord.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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