St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 328 - April 4 / April 17, 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
April 4 / April 17, 2005
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
No. 328

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

Hebrews 11:39-40

And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Services This Past Week

April 10 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist for Communion, Canon to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour. Fifty five people came for Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants. Parastos for Danica Kostich and Sofie Kovach.
April ll - Two people came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ. Three people were present for First and Third Hours. Two people were present for Great Compline.
April 12 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ. Two people were present for First and Third Hours. Two people came for Great Compline.
April 13 - Two people were present for the reading of the Great Canon.
April 14 - One person was present for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ. Two people were present for the First and Third Hours. Three people were present for the Akathist to St.George and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
April 15 - One person was present for Midnight Office, Akathist for Communion and Canon to Jesus Christ. Eight people were present for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant. One person was present for Great Compline with Akathist to Mother of God.
April 16 - One person was present for Midnight Hour and Akathist to Communion. Two people were present at St.George Church for Akathist to Jesus Christ, Matins and First Hour. Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia. Three communicants. One person came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Pittsburgh Deanery Vespers this evening here at 5:30 PM.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM.
Wednesday - Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 8:00 AM. followed by a full day of services spaced throughout the day until 3:00 PM, This will serve as the parish retreat for Great Lent. There will be brief intervals between services.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Afternoons - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

April 24 - Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday
April 24 - Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Vespers at 5:30 PM
April 27 - Great and Holy Wednesday, Holy Unction, Holy Trinity Cathedral at 7:00 PM.

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

Parish Life

· Father Djokan, Father Toma Stojsich, Father Zivko Velimirovic, Selir Vagic and friend Nenad visited the parish this past week. Stan Brozik hosted them for dinner during the visit.
· Sonia Janson, Mary Trbovich and Dorothy Smargie were working this week at the church getting reading for this evening's dinner.
· Mildred Belch is conscientious in performing her duties as Tutor.
· Five people came to Adult Class on Thursday for a discussion on Holy Unction.
· The all-day services on Wednesday will take the place of Adult Class this week. The content of the services are very instructional. Come for as much of the day as you can.
· Honor the Fast until the Divine Liturgy on Pascha.
· The Divine Liturgy on Pascha will be held at an earlier time than most Sundays.
· Remember those serving in the military and their families.
· Remember the Serbian People suffering in Kosovo and Metohija.
· Remember the homebound, those in care homes, the sick, those in rehab centers, hospitals and those grieving for departed loved ones.
· Thank you to all helping with this evening's dinner.
· Sympathy extended to Kathryn Sage, her brother-in-law Larry having departed this life.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

But the resurrection of the body to immortality, which results henceforward from the work of Christ, the common Saviour and true life of all, is more effectively proved by facts than by words to those whose mental vision is sound. For, if, as we have shown, death was destroyed and everybody tramples on it because of Christ, how much more did He Himself first trample and destroy it in His own body! Death having been slain by Him then, what other issue could there be than the resurrection of His body and its open demonstration as the monument of His victory? How could the destruction of death have been manifested at all, had not the Lord's body been raised? But if anyone finds even this insufficient, let him find proof of what has been said in present facts. Dead men cannot take effective action; their power of influence on others lasts only till the grave. Deeds and actions that energize others belong only to the living.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p.p. 60-61. )

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

To Consider

· The final days of Great Lent are at hand.
· Will we make the best use of each remaining day?
· Will we come to Holy Week more attentive to our souls?

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 10 - Went to Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville for Deanery Vespers.
April 11 - Attended the funeral of +William Vasilije Pataski.
April 13 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars for Clergy Confession.
April 16 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Matoes said, 'I prefer a light and steady activity, to one that is painful at the beginning but is soon broken off.'

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Sunday of St.Mary of Egypt

Mark 10:32-45
Luke 7:36-50

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him. "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit upon Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again. Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, 'Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.' And He said to them, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' They said to Him, 'Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.' But Jesus said to them, 'You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?' They said to Him, 'We are able.' So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.'And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, 'You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him say this, he spoke to himself saying ‘This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.’ And Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, ‘Teacher, say it.’ There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denari and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will him more?’ Simon answered and said, ‘I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’ And He said to him, ‘You have rightly judged.’ Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?’ I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Then He said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ Then He said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved You. Go in peace."

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent has arrived. The remaining days of Great Lent are the final opportunities of this period to set ourselves aright with God in ways beneficial to our souls.

On this coming Friday evening, the eve of Lazarus Saturday, we will hear in Vespers: "Having completed the forty days that bring profit to our soul, we beseech Thee in Thy love for man: Grant us also to behold the Holy Week of Thy Passion, that in it we may glorify Thy mighty acts and Thine ineffable dispensation for our sakes, singing with one mind: O Lord, glory to Thee." 1

Forgiveness of sins is a major theme in this morning's Gospel of St. Luke. Jesus told the woman her faith had saved her. Our Lord was clear in His message recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew. Jesus said: "I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." (Mt. 9:13).

Believers coming to Holy Confession with utmost seriousness know first-hand the experience of forgiveness by Jesus Christ. Believers coming to Holy Confession with contrition experience the love of Jesus Christ.

Believers coming to Jesus Christ seeking wholeness, seeking healthiness of soul and mind, experience the health that only Jesus Christ can give. They experience the authenticity of life from Him Who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." (Jn. 14).

Jesus once asked His disciples the question: "Who do you say that I am?" (Mk. 8:29). It is a question we each answer in one way or another. If we honor the answer we gave at Holy Baptism and the belief we express each time we recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, we will strive with all of our being to live in ways pleasing to Christ.

The Gospel reading from St. Mark for this morning emphasizes Jesus' words that He came to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. Jesus spoke of the importance of serving others.

Each person must be honest with him or herself. Each person determines what he or she will do regarding the condition of his or her soul. Each person chooses the road to travel during life. Each person chooses the goals he or she determines important in life.

Unity with Christ results from voluntary decisions to come to Christ in faith. Unity with Christ results from decisions to live in ways pleasing to Christ. Unity with Christ results from decisions to cast off lifestyles leading to damnation. (Mt. 25:46)

When a believer receives the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, he or she comes to know the joy of Christ. When a believer experiences the forgiveness of Christ, he or she experiences the joy of Christ. When a believer experiences the divine services of the Church, he or she comes to know the joy of Christ.

The Holy Prophet Elijah experienced the Lord God in a still small voice. (I Kings 19:12-16). Let us listen carefully for the voice of the Lord God in our lives.

Let us experience stillness in the remaining days of Great Lent and listen carefully to God. Let us take into our hearts and minds the words of the Lord and let us think very carefully about them.

We get each day only once. We get each moment of time from God only once. It behooves us to use the time of life wisely. It behooves us to use the time of life consistent with the ways of Creator and Giver of life. "Come Lord Jesus!" (Rev. 21:20)
1The Lenten Triodion. Translated from the original Greek by Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London, 1984, p. 464.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 4 / April 17, 2005
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Venerable Joseph the Hymnographer.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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