St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 890 - January 25 / February 7, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 890
January 25 / February 7, 2016
Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

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.

Luke 18:42-43

And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Recent Services
January 30
Midnight Office was read
January 31
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-seven people attended the Divine Liturgy. Five people took Communion.
Monongahel River was blessed. One Slava Kolací was blessed.
February 1
Matins was read.
February 2
Vespers was read
February 3
Matins was read.
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and stayed for class.
February 4
Matins was read.
Four people for the Akathist to Sts. Anthony and Theodosius and stayed for class.
February 5
Matins was read.

Services This 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,

3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

3:00 PM Akathist and class afterwards.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy Holy Three Hierarchs

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Maxim of Serbia.
February 6 - Venearable Xenia of Rome
February 7 - St. Sava Program and Covered Dish Dinner
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all staying for the river blessing last Sunday.

Thank you to all helping with the St. Sava celebration today.

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Newton for designing the emergency command center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Mildred Bezjak came to class on Thursday.

Non-perishable food items for the Greene County food bank continue to be welcome. Food donations can be placed on the table in the church hall.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask 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 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.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

The wide-spread and enduring love for St. Sava
St. Savaís love for Christ and the Serbian People.
St. Savaís Christian example and witness for all people.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 29 - Went to Morgantown for printing. Later went to Aliquippa for viewing of +Anita Torbich Salopek.
January 30 - Went to funeral in Aliquippa of +Anita Torbich Salopek.
January 31 - Blessed nearby Monongahela River. Went to Slava celebration. Visited parishioner in Uniontown.
February 3 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
February 5 - Went to Uniontown to visit parishioner. Later went to Waynesburg to bless two homes and one dorm room at Waynesburg University. Waynesburg University students attended one of the home blessings.

Proverbs 8:10-11

Lay hold of instruction and not silver, and knowledge rather than tested gold, and choose perception rather than pure gold. For wisdom is better than precious stones, and every costly thing is not worthy of her.

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

The Thirty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:35-43

And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

The present Gospel describes the miracle of Jesus giving sight to the blind man. Miracles performed by the Lord Jesus Christ continue to the present. Through the centuries, the Church has recorded accounts of miracles.

All miracles are not as dramatic as the restoration of sight to a blind man. Miracles experienced by attentive believers today are no less important. They verify the presence of God.

Individuals making pilgrimages to venerate the relics of saints do so because of the history of miracles associated with such pilgrimages. Miracles occurring in connection with certain icons are very well known.

Prayers offered to the Lord Jesus Christ, to the Mother of God, the saints and martyrs often carry with them the hope for a miracle. Belief in miracles is founded in evidence accumulated through the centuries.

Jesus recognized the manís faith in the current Gospel. Intercessory prayer is highly valued in Godís Holy Church. Prayers are often offered for the benefit of a person without the intended recipient knowing.

How many parents pray for the healing of an ill or troubled child? How many husbands or wives pray for the marital partner to give up a sinful habit? These prayers are often remarkably answered.

Grateful believers take time to thank God for miracles. Appreciative Christians give thanks to God for extraordinary and unexpected pleasing results.

The Epistle to the Hebrews states: ďJesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and foreverĒ (Heb. 13:8) Christ is ever-present. Christís power is contemporary

God works through the Mother of God and the saints in the daily lives of believers. Faithful Christians experience Christ in their daily lives. Faithful Christians experience Christ in the presence of the Mother of God and the saints.

Time is transcended. Geography is transcended. Death is transcended. Christ makes a difference in life, in every life, in every century. The current Gospel message communicates Christís power today.

Knowledge, prayer and faith connect the person with the Lord God. Knowledge, prayer and faith transcend barriers. Individuals of faith experience miracles in personal ways beyond understanding.

Persons of faith find peace in the midst of adversity and turmoil. Christ provides this unexplainable and unfathomable peace. Miracles did not end when Christ died on the Cross.

The greatest miracle occurred when the Crucified Christ rose from the tomb. Godís miracles precede the birth of Christ. Godís miracles continue to the present day.

The Holy Trinity is always at work. On the eve of feasts we hear about historical antecedents. The connection between historical events and festal celebrations is miraculous.

Christ has transformed the most extreme sinners into saints. Christ has turned criminals into saints. Christ has calmed individuals afflicted with passions and debilitating cravings.

A Christian mother told me recently about the tenth anniversary of her son donating a liver. The mother described the miracle. This son of Christian parents donated part of his liver to save a friendís life.

The person in need of the liver was dying of cancer. The transplanted liver recipient lived. He became sufficiently healthy to perform constructive work. He recently built the new home of the parents of the liver donor.

The personal risk the liver donor as a young man was willing to take for a friend does not surprise me. I know the parents. The liver donor is from a family that lives the Christian life for the benefit of others every day.

Christís miracles continue today. Contemporary believers do well to share the joy of Christís miracles. Persons living today benefit from giving thanks to God for the known and unknown miracles taking place.

Life is shallow and limited when individuals fail to believe in Christís miracles. Individuals limit their lives by being doubtful and skeptical about the immeasurable power and love of Jesus Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 25 / February 7, 2016
Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Gregory the Theologian.
Venerable Publius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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