St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 939 - January 2 / 15, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 939
January 2 / 15, 2017
Sunday before Theophany


Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ


Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944



I Corithinans 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

Recent Services
January 5
Vespers was read.
January 6
Five people came for Divine Liturgy.
Approximately 90-100 people came for Blessing of the Badjnak.
Approximately sixty people stayed for the Vigil.
January 7
Forty-three people came for the Feast of the Nativity Divine Liturgy. Thirteen Communicants.
January 8
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read following Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended. Eight communicants.
January 9
Matins was read. Seven people attended.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

Wednesday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water.
2:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.

Thursday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water.

Friday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request. Ask the Priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha and St. Markís Monastery with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Matins, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Parish Annual Meeting.
January 18 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Holy Water Holy Cross Day.
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 - Blessing of Monongahela River
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Parish St. Sava Program. Covered dish dinner.
January 29 - Feast of Chains of St. Peter. Venerable Romilus of Ravanica.

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


Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending the Annual Meeting today.

Thank you to all having served and supported the church during 2016.

Thank you to all encouraging others to attend St. George Church.

Thank you to all making an effort to live as serious Orthodox Christians.

Thank you to Tony Myers for bringing the straw for the church for Christmas.

Thank you to all honoring the Nativity Fast and coming to Nativity services.

Sympathy extended to Mark Rogish. Markís mother recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Terry and Marilyn Newtonís family Terryís mother, grandmother of Dr. Scott Michael Newton, and Ashley John departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Carol Dacko newly departed this life.

Frank Snyder makes a significant effort to attend services at the St. George Church.

Heed the value of honoring the fast days throughout the year.

Take time to read the Bible at home regularly.

Benefit by having icons throughout your home.

Let the sounds of church music fill your home each day.

Come to church more this year.

Thank you for all continuing to donate food for the Greene County food bank.

If you want your house blessed or want being visited in the hospital, ask the priest.

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

Pray for miners, steel workers and all other workers threatened with loss of jobs, pensions and benefits.

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 any questions about the teachings and practices of the Church, ask the priest.

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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.
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Consider

The singular place in history of John the Baptist.
The significance of Jesus being baptized in the Jordan.
The renewal taking place year at the Feast of Theophany.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 5 - Went to Morgantown for printing.

Wisdom of Sirach 8:5

Do not reproach a man who is turning away from sin; remember we all deserve punishment.

( The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha. Oxford University Press, 1977 )


The Sunday before Theophany

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)

The current Gospel verifies continuity through history. The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ was foretold by the Holy Prophets. Value in studying the Holy Prophets continues to this day.

When celebrating great feasts, the Holy Orthodox Church regularly references the Holy Prophets. When believers recite the Creed, they profess belief the Holy Spirit spoke through the Prophets.

The current Gospel inspires believers to think carefully about the Lord Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit and St. John the Baptist. The troparion of Theophany references the worshipping of the Holy Trinity.

The celebration of the Great Feast of Theophany is deeply rooted in history. The Holy Orthodox Church is attentive to the work of God through the centuries. Believers coming to the Holy Orthodox Church value this deep rootedness.

The Holy Orthodox Church offers stability through the centuries. The Holy Orthodox Church enables experiences with God through the centuries. The Holy Orthodox Church provides compelling instruction.

The Churchís Gospel selections serve to educate the attentive listener. The proclamation of the Gospel in the Divine services inspires believers. Lives change and history changes when the Gospel is proclaimed.

The present Gospel is read on the Sunday before the Great Feast of Theophany each year. The Church uses this reading from the Gospel of St. Mark to orient the minds of believers to the forth coming feast.

Believers are summoned to celebrate the feast with great joy. Believers are expected to fully experience the Feast of Theophany. Being present at the services of the Feast of Theophany is life-changing.

Believers learn about the humility of St. John the Baptist and the manifestation of the Holy Trinity. The renewal of creation is a primary theme in the festal celebration.

The Church considers it important to have the present Sunday on the liturgical calendar. Much thought goes into the ordering of the Divine services. Believers do well to structure their lives according to the Church celebrations.

Life rooted in the Church is a life of fullness. Experiencing the Holy Trinity in fullness is the maximum life experience. The mind, the heart and the soul reach their capabilities when life is lived in the Church.

The Holy Saint John the Baptist had a sense of his place in life. He knew that there would come after him, One that was greater. St. John was humble and felt he would be unworthy to unlatch the shoes of Him coming.

John preached about the baptism of repentance. He lived simply on locusts and honey. John clothed himself simply. His austere life was in great contrast to much of the excesses in living in parts of the world today.

St. John the Baptist is remembered and celebrated in Godís Holy Church. Jesus said: ďVerily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist (Mt. 11:11)

Believers through the centuries benefit by thinking about John the Baptist and his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers benefit by thinking deeply about the significance of Christian baptism.

Baptism is the common experience uniting all Christians. Christian baptism sets believers apart from all others. The Christian identity is established at baptism. The Christian identity is to be honored during the remaining time of life.

Life changes at baptism. Lifeís fullness increases as believers seriously invest in the Christian life. Godís Holy Church provides the Holy Mysteries to continue unity and growth in Christ.

The life in Christ is inseparable from life in the Church. Baptism is inseparable from the Church. Baptism unites the person with Christ in the Church. Thinking about John the Baptist and Christ puts baptism into perspective.

Baptism in Godís Holy Church has historical roots. The Holy Gospel proclaimed in the Church particularly at the time of Theophany informs and educates believers.

The services at Theophany celebrate Christís baptism in the Jordan. The meaning of Christís baptism is expressed in the services of the Church. Believers rejoice in Christís baptism at the Great Blessing of the Water.

Believers experience renewal and participate in the joy of Christís baptism when being blessed by Holy Water. The Feast of Theophany is a marking point in the liturgical year.

Renewal in Christ is always a possibility. Individuals need not be content with the discontentment in their lives. Life can always be better in Christ. Individuals need only unite with Christ in Godís Holy Church.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 2 / 15, 2017
The Sunday before Theophany
Ven. Seraphim of Sarov.
St. Sylvester, Pope of Rome.
Forefeast of the Theophany.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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