St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 227 - April 28/May 11, 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 28/May 11, 2003
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
No. 227



Galatians 5:6

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

Services This Past Week

May 4 - Fifty people came for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
May 5 - Two people came for Akathist to St. George and Vespers.
May 8 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 9 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 10 - Two people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesay, Friday Morning - Matins - 6:30 AM.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Akathist to Resurrection and Vespers - 7:00 PM.
Friday and Saturday - Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity - Fairmont - 10:00AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 18 - Sunday of Paralytic
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 25 - Sunday of Samaritan Woman
June 1 - Sunday of the Blind Man
June 8 - Fathers of the First Council
June 15 - Pentecost
June 16 - Day of Holy Spirit
June 22 - All Saints - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
June 23 - Apostles' Fast Begins
June 28 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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

Parish Life

1. Thanks to all working for and supporting the banquet effort last week. Thanks to Dolfi's for the catering.
2. Remember in your prayers those in hospitals, nursing homes, personal care homes, sick at home and those in jails, prisons and mental institutions.
3. Consider helping at Shadeland Camp this summer.
4. Plan a visit to Shadeland or Monastery Marcha this summer.
5. We have services each day of the week. Come and pray.

A Thought From Olga B. Markovich *

The two Serbian pioneer churches-Jackson and Galveston-were erected before the days of mass migration and the strong foundation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America was built by a small but devoted group of faithful Serbs.

The spiritual leader of these Serbs was born in San Francisco during the days of Lincoln. In the middle of the 19th century two brothers Nikola and Ilija Dabovich came from Sasovi. Herceg Novi and settled in San Francisco. There Ilija's son became Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich-the first American born Serbian Orthodox priest, the first Serbian Orthodox missionary and the first head of the Serbian Orthodox Mission in America.
*(1979 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada. )

To Consider

1. The women going to the tomb of Christ.
2. The expectations in their hearts and minds.
3. The love they had for Jesus Christ.
4. The determination that characterized their actions.
5. The unexpected joyful result of finding He had risen.
6. The impact of the Resurrection of Christ on subsequent centuries.
7. The power of the Resurrection.
8. The ineffectiveness of those who would deny the Resurrection.
9. The love of Christ emanating from the Resurrection.
10. The healing power of the Resurrection.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday-Went to Diocesan Center-Mars.
2. Monday - Travelled to Shadeland Camp.
3. Friday - Travelled to Johnstown.
4. Thursday - Attended Pomen for Charles Kish at funeral home in Brownsville.
5. Friday - Attended funeral/burial of Charles Kish at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church - Brownsville.
6. Saturday - Visited homebound parishioner.
7. Attended Executive Board Meeting - Wednesday

From the Desert fathers

He (John the Eunuch) also said, 'Let us imitate our Fathers: they lived in this place with much austerity and peace.'

Third Sunday of Pascha
Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
Mark 15:43-16:8

Joseph of Arimethia, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, asked him if He had been dead for some time. So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then he brought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid. Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, "who will roll away the stone for us?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away---for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples---and Peter---that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you." So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead has been proclaimed for centuries. Serious believers live their lives in ways that take into account the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Serious believers make a concerted effort to conform their lives to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ brings great joy to the world. Every Pascha the joy of the Risen Christ is evident. The Church designates the time between Pascha and the Feast of the Holy Ascension as a time to emphasize liturgically and in our daily lives, the Resurrection of Christ.
When the preparation for Pascha is treated with great attention and seriousness, the meaning of Pascha becomes more apparent. The joy of the Resurrection is magnified.
The experience of the women going to the empty tomb is known to readers of the Holy Scriptures. Parishes are influenced by the seriousness of parishioners.
Parishes exist because of Jesus Christ. Parishes exist for parishioners to experience Christ. Parishes grow only with the blessings of God.
There are many different dynamics and influences at work in a parish. Prayer, fasting and repentant hearts help to build and strengthen a parish. The reading of Holy Scriptures by parishioners improves parish life.
The Gospel Message on this Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women is direct in proclaiming the Resurrection of Christ. The ears of believers, the brains of believers, the hearts of parishioners are the ground, the soil for the word of God coming forth on this given Sunday.
We have the benefit of centuries of witness to the Resurrection. We have the benefit of believers through each previous century remaining faithful and working to build up the Holy Orthodox Church.
We have been blessed to learn about the saints and martyrs. We have been blessed to have a church building in which to worship. We have been blessed to have Orthodox reading materials and a place for education classes.
The prayers of the Holy Orthodox Church give focus to our innermost thoughts and concerns. When we are sick, the prayers of the Church put words to our thoughts. When we are in need, the prayers of the Church carry forth to God.
The prayers of the Church deserve our attention. The prayers of the Church are treasurers to be used and used and used. Each Orthodox Christian has the ability to pray.
Prayer can take place wherever we are located. Liturgical group prayer has a special certain value. Believers help themselves and the parish when special prayer requests are made known to the priest.
The myrrhbearing women advanced the message of the Resurrection. The myrrhbearing women experienced the high honor of having coming to Christ's tomb and learning He had risen.
We have the responsibility of living as informed Christians. We have the responsibility to think about the Resurrection of Christ each day. We have the responsibility of thinking about the Cross of Christ each day.
It is important that we personally assess our lives as Orthodox Christians. We must evaluate and determine if the Resurrected Lord lives in our heart. We must evaluate and determine if we live faithful to Christ each day.
The way we use our talents, the way we invest our time, the way we spend money reflects the priorities of our lives.
The myrrhbearing women made it a priority to go to the tomb of Christ. Our priorities must come from Christ and rest in Christ.
The Risen Christ gives purpose to believers. The Risen Christ gives direction to believers. The Risen Christ is the source of strenght for believers.
The Body and Blood of Christ unites believers with Christ. The Body and Blood of Christ travels through the body of the believer.We come to Christ voluntarily. Christ does not coerce us or threat un.
The myrrbearers went to the tomb. Believers can travel to the empy tomb in their hearts and minds.
The joy of the Resurrection is not to be contained. The joy of the Resurrection is to be shared.The joy of the Resurrection is to be experienced.
The Risen Lord lifts those who are depressed. The Risen Lord lifts those who are ill. The Risen Lord is the souce of hope for those falling asleep in the Lord and those who have already fallen asleep.
May God help us in this time when the Resurrection is celebrated.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 28/May 11, 2003.
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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