St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 277 - April 12/April 25, 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

April 12/April 25, 2004
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
No. 277

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

I Corinthians 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understanding of all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Services This Past Week

Thomas Sunday - Thirty four people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
April 19 - Two people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
April 20 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
April 21 - Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Resurrection.
April 24 - Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy each Sunday at 10:00 AM except Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:30 PM. Thursday evening at 6:30 PM. Saturday Evening at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 2 - Parish Slava Dinner
May 3 - Translation of Relics of St. NIKOLAJ of Ochrid and Zicha. Veneral Joasaf of Serbia.
May 6 - St. George the Great Martyr.
May 8 - St. Mark, Apostle and Evangelist.
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Make your Slava dinner reservations today.
Adult classes resume this Thursday following the evening service.
Pray for the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember those in care homes, homebound, in hospitals and correctional institutions and treatment centers.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.
Very Reverend Toma Stojsich, Very Reverend Predrag Micic, Reverend Father Djokan Majstorovic and Reverend Father Zivko Velimirovic visited the parish on April 21-22.

A Thought from Saint Bishop NIKOLAI

Our ancestors knew that Communion meant becoming one with Christ, and so wheneve they would set out for battle and face death, they wanted in this way to bear witness to the faithfulness to Christ, to their kinship with Christ, and to their love for Him, their living Savior. From both sides of the grave they committed themselves completely into His hands.
(The Struggle for Faith Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese for the United States and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois, p.27 )

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

To Consider

The empty tomb.
The message of the angel at the tomb (Mk.16:6)
The continued proclamation that Christ is risen!

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 20 - Served Divine Liturgy-Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia. Three people attended.
April 21 - Visited parishioner at Green County Memorial Hospital.
April 22 - Attended Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Diocesan Clergy Seminar at Holy Trinity Cathedral of Pittsburgh.
April 23-24 - Travelled to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral for meetings as follow-up to recent Sabor.

From the Desert fathers

A brother asked Abba Poemen, 'Can a man be dead?' He replied, 'He who is inclined to sin starts to die, but he who applies himself to good will live and will put it into practice.'

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 Holy Orthodox Church is celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The empty tomb is the source of great joy. The experience of Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome has been recorded for each successive generation to hear.

Christians never tire of hearing that Jesus Christ is Risen! Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ every Sunday. Every day it is proper to think of the death and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We cannot separate the Resurrection from the Cross of Christ. The women coming to the tomb had the death of Christ in mind when they prepared to come. The women coming to the tomb to annoint the Body of Christ came out of love for Him.

From the saddness of Christ's death on the Cross, came the bright joy of the Resurrection. Christ transformed the experience of death. Christ turned the devastation of His death into the triumph of His Resurrection.

Every generation hearing the Gospel preached, has had the blessed opportunity to learn of the Myrrhbearing women. Members of every generation hearing the Gospel are expected to live their lives witnessing to the Resurrected Christ.

Hearers of the Gospel are not to stand unaffected. The value of the Gospel message is in the way lives are changed when the Gospel message is taken to heart. Believers seriously consider the Gospel message each time it is read.

Each time the Gospel message is the basis for a sermon, serious believers welcome the sermon. Serious believers listen attentively. Serious believers consider ways the Gospel teachings can be incorporated into daily life.

Thank God for the dedication of the myrrhbearing women. Thank God for the commitment of these women to come to the tomb. Imagine the feelings of these women as they travelled toward the tomb.

The myrrhbearers had come to anoint Christ. They expected to see Christ in the tomb. We have the benefit of history. We have the benefit of knowing Jesus Christ is Risen. The women coming to the tomb did not yet know of the Resurrection.

The myrrhbearers were chosen by God to make history. The tomb was empty. The women were alarmed. The myrrhbearers heard directly that Jesus Christ had risen.

The myrrhbearers had to come to terms with the good news. The good news of the Resurrection would affect their lives. Each day Christians have to come to terms with the message: Christ is Risen!

At Holy Baptism, we die with Christ and rise with Christ. The Death and Resurrection of Christ are central to the baptismal experience of each Orthodox Christian.

Each time we partake of the precious Body and Blood of Christ we are united with the Crucified and Risen Jesus Christ.

When forces enter our lives that can be tempting, discouraging or threatening, the Resurrection of Christ offers hope. When the death of a loved one occurs, the Risen Christ witnesses to life and to the defeat of death.

Orthodox Churches in different parts of the world are named after the Resurrection of Christ. The Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville,Ohio is an example of a parish church named after the Resurrection of Christ. The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in North Chicago is dedicated to the Resurrection.

The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ are fundamental to Orthodox Christianity. The present celebration of the Resurrection continues until the Feast of the Holy Ascension. The Gospel message for today and for each day is a source of strength.

To have the Gospel available is a blessing. To be able to hear the Gospel in an atmosphere of peace is a blessing. Hearing the Gospel is not to be taken for granted. Prayful attentiveness should be practiced each time the Gospel is read.

Each time we hear the Gospel, if we listen carefully, we will reaffirm what we have heard and we will work hard to learn more about Christ.

Changing our lives to conform to the way of Christ is the joyful duty of each Christian. The Gospel lifts the heart and fills the mind with truth about the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The myrrhbearing women have a permanent place in the history of the Church. The Holy Orthodox Church brings the Gospel message of the myrrhbearing women to our attention each year. May the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ be central to our hearts, minds and lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women.
April 12/April 25, 2004

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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