St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 224 - April 7/April 20, 2003




Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

April 7/April 20, 2003
Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
No. 224



I Timothy 1:3-4

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia - remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.

Services This Past Week

April 13 - Thirty nine people attended the Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. At least 110 people attended the Deanery Lenten Vespers. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN and nine priests were present. Very Rev. Stevo Rocknage preached.
April 14 - Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God Healer of Cancer and for Compline.
April 17 - Four people came for the First and Third Hours and Akathist to the Cross. One person came for the Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
April 18 - Three people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Seven people came to the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Compline at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.
April 19 - Seventeen people came for the Divine Liturgy - Vribica. Nine communicants.
Two people came for Vespers. One person returned to the Orthodox Church.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Great and Holy Monday and and Great and Holy Tuesday evening - 7:00 PM.
Great and Holy Thursday - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 AM.
Great and Holy Thursday evening - 6:00 PM - Matins for Great and Holy Friday - Twelve Gospels.
Great and Holy Friday morning - Royal Hours - 10:00 AM - Holy Trinity - Fairmont.
Great and Holy Friday evening - Vespers and Matins for Holy Saturday - 6:00 PM.
Great and Holy Saturday - Divine Liturgy - 8:30 AM.
Holy Saturday Evening - Reading of Acts of Apostles - 7:00 PM.
Pascha - 7:00 AM - Resurrection Matins - Paschal Divine Liturgy to follow.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

April 20 - Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem - Vespers - Holy Resurrection Church - Steubenville - 5:30 PM.
April 23 - Great and Holy Wednesday - Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral - 7:00 PM
April 25 - Great and Holy Friday - Service at 10:00 AM - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont.
April 27 - Pascha - The Feast of Feasts - The Holy Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

1. The Kolo and supporting parishioners were tremendous hosts this past Sunday for Lenten Vespers. God bless each and every hardworking person supporting and participating in receiving the vistors to the parish.
2. Two people came for Adult Class this past Thursday.
3. The Fast continues through the Divine Liturgy on Pascha.
4. Consider travelling to Holy Resurrection Church this evening and Holy Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday.
5. Thank you to Sonia Janson for the pussywillows for today.
6. Banquet tickets are due in.
7. Thank you to the Kolo for baking on Tuesday.
8. New hospital regulations have strengthened privacy and limit information on patients. Parishioners or family members of parishioners should inform Fr. Rodney when a parishioner is hospitalized that a pastoral visit can take place and prayers can be offered.

A Thought From Proto Radovan Milkovich *

The Holy Divine Liturgy is not a concert, or a dialogue between the officiating clergyman and the choir, but a meeting of friends, of family, of blood-relatives; nor of the physical blood but of the sacramental blood, of the redeeming Blood of Our Saviour. It is a meeting of the Creator, Angels, Saints and of the faithful.
*(Sermons and Speeches. Prepared by Zivota Stevovich 1999 )

To Consider

1. Jesus Christ riding on the back of a young donkey.
2. Jesus Christ entering our hearts.
3. Finding completeness in Jesus Christ.
4. Finding peace in Jesus Christ.
5. Knowing the hope known only in Christ.
6. Finding healing in Christ.
7. Experiencing the love of Christ.
8. Experiencing nourishment from Christ.
9. Finding rest in Christ.
10. Following Christ.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. Went to Diocesan Center - Mars, April 14, 15, 16. Clergy Confession was held on the 16th. Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Mateja Matejic gave a lecture.
2. Served at Holy Trinity - Fairmont - April 18.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Xanthias said, 'The thief was on the cross and he was justified by a single word; and Judas who was counted in the number of the apostles lost all his labour in one single night and descended from heaven to hell. Therefore, let no-one boast of his good works, for all those who trust in themselves fall.'

The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry Into Jerusalem
John 12:1-18

Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said, "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always." Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel!" Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: "Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey's colt." His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He had called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him because they heard that He had done this sign.

Today is the Feast of the Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The Gospel reading speaks of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus coming forth from the tomb is fresh in the minds of Orthodox Christians.
Only yesterday the Holy Orthodox Church focused on the miracle of Jesus calling forth Lazarus after he had been dead for four days. (Jn.11:39ff)
The resurrection of the dead is not an everyday topic among Orthodox Christians. The Resurrection of the dead is an important topic. The topic is so important that it is included in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. The resurrection of the dead is so important that it is mentioned at each Divine Liturgy.
Today's Gospel speaks about Jesus' burial. More than twenty centuries after the birth of Jesus Christ, we continue to talk about Jesus Christ. We speak about His miracles. We speak about His life. We speak about His Death. We speak about Jesus Christ's Resurrection.
St. Paul told the Corinthians centuries ago that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and became the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (I Cor.15:20). St.Paul exhorted the Corinithians to be steadfast and immovable, abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that their labor was not in vain. (I Cor.15:58)
Every person has to come to terms with the meaning of life. Every person has to make decisions about how he or she will live each day. Every person decides the degree to which the Christian life is important.
In the present Gospel, Mary focused her attention on Jesus Christ. She devoted herself to caring for Christ. Mary continued to bear in mind the one thing needed. It was she who had sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. (Lk.10:38-42)
As daily life unfolds for us, we must discern with the help of God the way we will deal with daily events. Each moment we choose to follow Christ or to deny Christ.
Faithful Orthodox Christians through the centuries have passed down the teachings of Christ and the followers of Christ. Faithful Orthodox Christians through the centuries have been active Christian witnesses. In life and in death, believers have professed Christ.
We live far from the time when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem. We live in a different culture and on a different continent from where Jesus Christ called Lazarus forth from the tomb.
The Epistle to the Hebrews reminds believers that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb.13:8) The passage of time, cultural and geographic distances in no way limit Jesus Christ.
This Holy Week is an opportunity for believers to grow in Christ in ways never experienced before. Holy Week is a time of great seriousness for faithful Orthodox Christians.
When we are lukewarm as Christians, we place ourselves in great peril. In Revelation, we read the warning to the Laodicians: "Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth." (Rev.3:16)
When a person makes the decision to become an Orthodox Christian, he or she is expected to be serious in living the Orthodox Christian life. The Church is inseparable from the death and resurrection of Christ. Many people at present and through all preceeding centuries have been martyred for Jesus Christ.
We have a responsibility to those who have given their lives for Christ. We have a responsibility to Christ for giving His life for us. Joy exists and permeates the Christian life. Even in hardship, one can find joy if the hardship is a witness for Christ.
Today we hear the beautiful words: Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord! Let us cherish these words and make Christ foremost in our hearts, our homes and our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 7/April 20, 2003.
Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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