St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 274 - March 22/April 4, 2004

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

March 22/April 4, 2004
Feast of Christ's Entry to Jerusalem
No. 274

I Timothy 6:11

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

Services This Past Week

March 28 - Thirty one people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
March 29 - Two people came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. Funeral was held for Mildred Seja Woatich with burial in St.George Cemetery. Four people came for Grand Compline.
March 30 - Two people came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. Two people came for Grand Compline.
March 31 - Two people came for Grand Compline.
April l - Two people came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. One person came for Grand Compline.
April 2 - Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants. Three people came for Grand Compline.
April 3 - Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.

Services This Coming Week

Divine Liturgy is at 10:00 AM today.
Great and Holy Monday - Morning at 6:30 AM. Evening at 4:30 PM.
Great and Holy Tuesday - Morning at 6:30 AM. Evening at 4:30 PM.
Great and Holy Wednesday - Feast of Annunciation, Great Vespers and Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at 8:00 AM.
Great and Holy Thursday - Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil at 8:00 AM. Matins: Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels at 6:30 PM.
Great and Holy Friday - The Royal Hours, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 9:30 AM. Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday at 6:00 PM.
Great and Holy Saturday - Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM. Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:30 PM.
Pascha - Resurrection Matins next Sunday will be at 7:00 AM followed immediately by the Divine Liturgy at approximately 8:00 AM.

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Important Dates - Everyday this week is important

Today - Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville at 5:30 PM. this evening.
Wednesday - Feast of Annunciation, Holy Unction Service at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 7:00 PM.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Honor the fast until the Paschal Divine Liturgy.
Annointment with the Holy Oil at the Holy Unction Service on Wednesday is for Orthodox Christians having come to Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.
Attend as many services this week as is possible.
Thank you to all attending services at other parishes during Great Lent.
Thank you to all helping with the baking this past week.
Reverend Father Djokan Majstorovic, Very Reverend Toma Stojsich and Reverend Father Zivko Velimirovic visited the parish on March 30-31.
Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich

Now, and from now on is the time to help the thousands and thousands of the new Serbian refugees in Kosovo and from Kosovo. The Washington administration, in the immediate past years years and now has betrayed and sold them, the U. N. and the world has done the same. We must not betray them. We must stand by them, and offer them whatever help, encouragement and comfort we can.
(The St. Nicholas Parish Reporter, Pascha 2004, p.4 )

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

To Consider

The humility of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The continuing effects of Jesus Christ's Resurrection.
The hope founded in the Christ's Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 28 - Travelled to St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown for Vespers.
March 29 - Funeral of Mildred Seja Woatich.
March 29 - Visited parishioner in Brownsville Hospital.
March 31 - Clergy Confession at Diocesan Center, Mars.
April 1 - Executive Board meeting with engineers regarding proposed highway.
April 3 - Travelled to Morgantown, West Virginia for parishioner's Slava.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Sarmatas said, 'I prefer a sinful man who knows he has sinned and repents, to a man who has not sinned and considers himself to be righteous.'

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 we come to The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. We come to the day when Jesus is the focus of attention of a great multitude. Jesus is called the King of Israel.

Today is a day of great joy in the Holy Orthodox Church. Today is a major feast in the Holy Orthodox Church. Today the joy of Christ touches the hearts of believers.

Serious believers know in their hearts that Jesus Christ is King. The Kingship of Christ is proclaimed by believers at Holy Baptism. The blessedness of the Kingdom is proclaimed at each marriage and Divine Liturgy.

Believers pray for the Kingdom to come each time the Lord's Prayer is said. Prayers of remembrance in the Kingdom are offered at the Great Entrance in each Divine Liturgy.

In the Holy Gospel of St.Matthew reference the Last Judgement is described and identifies those who will called into the Kingdom (Mt.25:31-46)

Christ is the center of attention today. Christ is the center of good in the world. Christ is the center of love in the world. Christ is the center of peace in the world.

Believers take their identify from Christ. Believers experience forgiveness of sins in Christ. Believers define and find their purpose in life in Christ.

Today's feast is celebrated throughout the world in Orthodox Churches. Today's feast liturgically unites Orthodox Christians. Today's feast summons believers to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The Kingship of Christ dominates the Orthodox mind. The Kingship of Christ dominates the Orthodox heart. The Kingship of Christ guides the Orthodox life.

The humility of Christ is obvious as He enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The humility of Christ is verified in His words: "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mt.20:28)

Christ is the answer for depression and despair. Christ is the light in times of darkness. Christ is the direction for those who are lost.

Simplicity and resoluteness in faith are necessary. Believers should not permit the complexities of the divine to deter or obscure their earnestness of prayer.

Each believer can reap immeasurable benefits from serious practice of the Jesus Prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner." This short simple prayer can transform each life when practiced consistently and with due seriousness.

The simplicity and purity of faith common in children is a necessity for believing adults. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Mk.10:15)

Today Jesus Christ enters our lives. Today Jesus Christ comes before our very eyes. Today the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is in the Holy Chalice for believers to draw near and be united with Christ.

The forgiveness of Christ frees believers from sins. The love of God heals the broken-hearted. The Creator and Redeemer directs the lives of those willing to follow.

The joy of the present is written in the centuries. The joy of the present is testified to in the Holy Scriptures. The joy of the present radiates in the lives of the saints.

Each feast brings fulness. Each feast lifts the hearts of believers. Each feast unites and inspires believers.

The raising of Lazarus from the dead was a portent of things to come. The raising of Lazarus demonstrates Christ's power over death. The raising of Lazarus from the dead is a cornerstone of hope for succeeding generations of believers.

Believers benefit greatly when Jesus Christ is always in the forefront of their lives. Believers benefit greatly when the Kingship of Jesus Christ is reflected in their thoughts, words and actions.

The joy of each feast is maintained daily when life is daily communion with God. Unceasing prayer results in complete unity with Christ. "The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rom.14:17)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.
March 22/April 4, 2004

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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