Services will be held at least hourly if not more frequently throughout the day Thursday
until 3:00 PM.
Afternoon services - Friday and Saturday at 4:30 PM.
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions
March 21 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent-St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville, Vespers at 5:30 PM.
March 24 - Nativity of Virgin Mary Church, Clairto, First Vigil at 6:30 PM.
March 25 - Parish Retreat
March 26 - St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Akathist at 5:30 PM.
March 28 - St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown, Vespers at 5:30 PM..
April 4 - Entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Holy Resurrection Church,
Steubenville, Vespers at 5:30PM.
April 7 - Holy Annunciation.
April 7 - Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Holy Unction at 7:00 PM.
If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!
· Please sign on the bulletin board if you plan to attend the retreat on Thursday.
· Please pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
· Honor the fast until the Paschal Divine Liturgy on April ll.
· Four people came for Adult Class this past Thursday. Great Lent was discussed.
· Thank you to Stan Brozik, Milosh "Serb" Krewasky and Mary Trbovich for making the long
trip to Midland last Sunday for Vespers. It was good to see Josphine Gresko made the long
trip from Carmichaels.
· Protonica Romana Prodanovich well known in this parish was at the Vespers in Midland.
· Pray for the men and women serving in the military and their families.
· Pray for the sick, the suffering, those in prison, treatment programs and care homes.
· Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS,
590 AM, Uniontown.
A Thought from St. Bishop NIKOLAI Velimirovic
It was Kosovo that made us a great nation. It is our national Golgotha but it is at the same
time our national resurrection, spiritual and moral. Yet, the holy body of Lazar's, imbued
with Heavenly power, lies whole even today curing all human inabilities. The bodies of the
other knights of the cross were not lost although they remained on the battled field.
Their bodies were sanctified by their holy souls and the entire land of Kosovo was
dedicated by their holy bodies.
(Kosovo Revisted, 1989
Remember the Students at St. Sava School, Libertyville
· The Christian witness of the monks and nuns and faithful in Kosovo.
· The tragic loss of life in Kosovo this week.
· The immeasurable damage to hearts and souls in Kosovo this week.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
· March 12 - Blessed one business establishment.
· March 13 - Held Memorial Service in cemetery for parishioner.
· March 14 - Travelled to Midland for Vespers.
· March 15 - Travelled to Fairmont, West Virginia for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
· March 15 - Visited one parishioner in rehab in Morgantown, West Virginia.
From the Desert fathers
He (Hyperechius) also said, "Let your thoughts be ever in the
kingdom of heaven and soon you will possess it as an heritage."
The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
Great multitudes followed Him-from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond
the Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His
disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor
in spirit, for their's is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall
be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed
are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who persecuted
for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile
and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be
exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who
were before you.
Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who has a mute
spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his
teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but
they could not. He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with
you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him. And
when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed,
foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?"
And he said, "From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the
water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help
my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean
spirit, saying to it: "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him
no more!" Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he
became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and
lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him
privately, 'Why could we not cast it out?" So He said to them, "This kind can come out by
nothing but prayer and fasting." Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee,
and He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His disciples and said to them,
"The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after
He is killed, He will rise the third day.
Today we gather in the relative safety of southwestern Pennsylvania in this St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church. We are here in the United States of America celebrating the Divine
Liturgy of St. Basil.
We are here to worship, to pray to God and to give glory and thanksgiving to God.
We come seeking comfort, direction and peace. We come to learn about God and to know God.
We come before God with repentant hearts seeking forgiveness of our sins. We are Serbian
Orthodox Christians here to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior
In the past few days, we have learned of tragedy striking once again in Kosovo and Metohija
and elsewhere for the Serbian People. Serbian Orthodox Christians have come under sustained and
organized attack. Serbian churches and monasteries have been set on fire or have been exposed
to damage in different ways.
Serbian believers have been injured, killed, driven from their homes and living under
threat of loss of life. Monastics have had to leave their place of prayer.
What kind of people would burn and attack Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries?
What kind of people chase believers from their homes?
Years ago, His Eminence Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER spoke at the Most Holy Mother of God
Serbian Orthodox Monastery at Shadeland . His Eminence said: "Bad people do not build churches!"
We cannot live in isolation here in southwestern Pennsylvania. We cannot forget our
suffering Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Kosovo and Metohija.
We have a church here today because of the Serbian Orthodox faithful through the centuries
remaining true to Christ.
We are direct beneficiaries of prayers through the centuries of martyrs and saints and
faithful in Serbia and other Orthodox lands. Today, we continue to be beneficiaries of prayers
originating in Kosovo and other areas of Serbia where Orthodox believers worship.
This is Great Lent. This is the time for repentance. This is the time to return to God.
The value of prayer and fasting is reaffirmed in today's Gospel of St. Mark. The Beatitudes
found in the Gospel of St. Matthew are once again put before us.
The Beatitudes are so important for believers that the Holy Orthodox Church has
incorporated them into the Divine Liturgy that we may hear them with regularity. Peace,
mercy, righteous and meekness are ingrained in the Orthodox mind and heart.
Here in southwest Pennsylvainia, we can help our suffering and threatened Serbian
Orthodox Brothers and Sisters in Kosovo and Metohijia by fervent prayer and fasting.
We can help by appealing to God to protect the Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries
and the faithful who use them.
God is good and merciful and listens to prayers. God recognizes faithfulness. Many examples
exist in the Holy Scriptures of those who pray with great fervor and are completely faithful to
We can look to the Holy Prophet Elijah as a primary example of one stalwart in prayer.
(I Kings 18:20-40) We can look to the persistent woman who came before
the Lord Jesus Christ to seek help with her daughter possessed with a demon.
We can look to the complete faith of Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac in
obedience to God. (Gen.1:22:1-18) God heard the prayers of Elijah.
The demon possessed daughter was healed by Jesus Christ. Isaac was spared by God.
His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE went to the St. Sava Church on Vracar to serve a memorial
service for those who lost their lives in this week's violence. We, too, can pray for the
repose of the souls of the faithful departed this life. We can pray for the comfort and
strength and healing of the families losing loved ones in this week's violence in Kosovo
Great Lent emphasizes prayer and fasting and alsmgiving. Let us embrace these fundament
practices of Great Lent, looking to Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Now is the time to make full use of Great Lent. Now is the time to repent and prepare with
great seriousness to come to the Holy Confession and Communion. Now is the time to come before
God with fervent prayers for the suffering Serbian People.
The Cross of Christ is never far from the minds of believers. The Cross of Christ is always
on the minds of serious believers during Great Lent. The Cross is the sign of victory, pointing
to the Resurrection of Christ.
May the Serbian People suffering today in Kosovo and Metohijia look forward with confirmed
hope in the Risen Christ to celebrate the Holy Pascha in peace.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. St. Theofilact, Confessor.
March 8/March 21, 2004
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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