St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 325 - March 14 / March 27, 2005

The Orthodox Faith

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 14 / March 27, 2005
Second Sunday of Great Lent
No. 325

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

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Services This Past Week

March 20 - One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Holy Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
March 21 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ.
March 22 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ. Two people came for First and Third Hour, Two people came for Great Compline.
March 24 - One person came from Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ. Two people came for First and Third Hour. One person came in the evening for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. George.
March 25 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Akathist to Communion, First and Third Hours. Four people came for Liturgy of Presancitified Gifts. Two communicants. Three people came for Great Compline.

Services this Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy
Mornings - 5:30 and 6:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts - Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 AM. Afternoons - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:30 PM, Thursday at 6:30 PM, Saturday at 7:00 PM Saturday, 10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 27, 5:30 PM - Vespers, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa. Second Sunday of Great Lent.
April 3, 5:30 PM - Vespers, Sunday of Holy Cros, St. George Church, Midland.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation
April 10, 5:30 PM - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville
April 17 - St. George Church, Carmichaels, Vespers, 5:30 PM.
April 24, 5:30 PM - Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Vespers
April 25 - Great and Holy Monday
April 26 - Great and Holy Tuesday
April 27 - Great and Holy Wednesday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Sympathy to the family and friends of Nick Rodavich recently departed this life. May God grant you strength, peace and direction.
One person came for Adult Class this past week. Class Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Come to Church more of ten during Great Lent.
Honor the Fast until the Divine Liturgy on Pascha, May 1.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
If interested in the trip to Serbia for the Canonization of the Priest, Martyr Rev. Budimir Sokolovic, father of Father Vasilje, see Father Rodney.
Plan to attend Sunday evening services at parishes in the Pittsburgh Deanery.
The best way to help the parish is to live an Orthodox Christian life daily.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the homebound, those in hospitals, care homes, rehab centers, jail and prisons. Remember the staffs of these facilities.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

Fitting indeed, then, and wholly consonant was the death on the cross for us; and we can see how reasonable it was, and why it is that the salvation of the world could be accomplished in no other way. Even on the cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation witness to the presence of its Maker. Then, having one let it be seen that it was truly dead, He did not allow that temple of His body to linger long, but forthwith on the third day raised it up, impassable and incorruptible, the pledge and token of His victory.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p. 56. )

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

To Consider

Consider the Jesus Prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."
Consider your use of the Jesus Prayer.
Consider the continuous benefits of the Jesus Prayer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 22 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit Orthodox Christian, family member of parishioners. Visited parishioners.
March 23 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania for Liturgy of Presantified Gifts. Went to Monastery Marcha.
March 24 - Attended funeral of Nick Rodavich.
March 26 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton for Christian Education Meeting.

From the Desert Fathers

It was said of Abba Or and Abba Theodore, that they laid good foundations, and at all times gave thanks to God.

Second Sunday of Great Lent 2005

Mark 2:1-12
John 10:9-16

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say 'Arise, take up your bed and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"---He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

We come to the Second Sunday of Great Lent. The Church is continuing with the journey toward Pascha. Believers serious in the faith view Great Lent as an opportune time of life.

The Church Year is structured with purpose. The Church Year has an order giving benefit to believers. Great Lent is part of the order. Serious believers make the effort to familiarize themselves with the Church's understanding of each day of the year.

The first Gospel reading for today emphasizes the healing power of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins. Actually, there is healing in the forgiveness of sins.

When Christ forgives sins, believer is relieved of a great burden. The believer senses the additional freedom and renewed strength. The believer is "new" in Christ once again.

Seeking forgiveness of sins is a serious undertaking. With it comes the responsibility and interest of becoming "new" in Christ. Seeking forgiveness of sins represents an interest in putting behind sinful ways.

"New" life in Christ is well documented. St. Paul told the Ephesians: "Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness" (Eph.4:22-24).

Years ago I learned that change and growth comes when a person experiences a sense of discomfort and at the same time has a vision of hope...a push of discomfort and a pull of hope.

If we keep the image of Christ before us at all times, our sinfulness will be revealed to us and we will find hope in Christ to be different, to grow in Christ, to be united with Christ.

Christ is the Good Shepherd. He laid His life down for His sheep. He voluntarily went to the Cross. He did not shy away from the excruciating pain of the Cross.

We in our sinfulness do well to think about the suffering of Christ upon the Cross. We in our sinfulness do well to think about the suffering Christ experienced for each of us.

Centuries have not hidden the message of the Cross. Centuries have not hidden the sacrifice of Christ. Centuries have not hidden the healing power of Christ.

We can search for healing in many different locations. We can search for solutions to the problems in life in many different areas. Individuals in search of healing, individuals in search of solutions to the problems of life do well to heed the words of the Lord: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (Jn.14:16)

The world makes sense when viewed through Christ. The world is most understandable when viewed through Christ. We find direction in Christ. We find healing in Christ. We find peace in Christ.

Many books are written about Jesus Christ. Many books are written about the Holy Orthodox Church. One can learn a great deal by reading from the many respected sources recognized and published by the Holy Orthodox Church.

The serious believer regularly and continuously reads the Holy Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John in seeking to always be united with Christ.

Hunger for Christ comes from within. Hunger for Christ is satisfied in the Holy Mysteries. Hunger for Christ is satisfied through reading the Holy Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John.

Hunger for Christ is satisfied through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Hunger for Christ is satisfied in Great Lent through living the life of the Church.

At the beginning the lenten journey can seem long. It can seem difficult at times. Serious believers wanting to "put off" sinfulness and to "put on" Christ will weather the difficulties and make the effort.

Let us draw strength from the words of Holy Apostle Paul to the Philippians. St. Paul said:"I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil.3:14)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 14 / March 27, 2005
The Second Sunday of Great Lent
St. Gregory Palamas. Venerable Benedict of Nursia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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