St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 329 - April 11 / April 24, 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 11 / April 24, 2005
Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
No. 329

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

Romans 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

Services This Past Week

April 17 - One person came for Midnight Office with Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Twelve communicants. Vespers - More than seventy people.
April 18 - One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ. Two people were present for First and Third Hours. wo people came for Great Compline.
April 19 - One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross. Two people were present for First and Hours. Three people were present for Great Compline.
April 20 - One person was present for Midnight Office, Akathist to Communion, Canon to Jesus Christ, First and Third Hours. Six people were present for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Four people were present for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Cross. Four people were present for the the Passion of Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God and Akathist to St. John the Theologion.
April 21 - One person was present for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Cross and Canon to Jesus Christ. Two people were present for First and Third Hours. Two people were present for Great Compline.
April 22 - Two people were present for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross. Three people were present for First and Third Hours. Two people were present for Great Compline.
April 23 - Two people were present for Midnight Office, Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Communion. One person was present for Matins and First Hour. Six people were present for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today-Midnight Office, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Great and Holy Monday at 5:30 AM - Hours with Reading of Gospels. 7:00 PM - Great Compline
Great and Holy Tuesday at 5:30 AM - Hours with Reading of Gospels 4:30 PM - Great Compline
Great and Holy Wednesday at 5:30 AM - Hours with Reading of Gospels
Great and Holy Thursday at 5:30 AM - Hours
Great and Holy Thursday at 8:00 AM - Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. Matins:
Great and Holy Thursday at 6:30 PM - Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels
Great and Holy Friday - The Royal Hours, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 9:00 AM.
Great and Holy Friday - Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday at 6:00 PM.
Great and Holy Saturday - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Great and Holy Saturday - Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:30 PM.
Pascha - Resurrection Matins next Sunday will be at 5:30 AM.
Pascha - Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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

Thank you to the Kolo and all helping with the dinner last Sunday.
Visiting Priests serving at the Vespers last Sunday included: Proto Dragoljub Malich, Proto Stevan Stepanov, Proto Rade Merick, Father Rajko Kosic, Father Milan Paich.
Visitors came last Sunday from parishes in Aliquippa, Midland, Pittsburgh, Steubenville, Clairton, Monroeville and Youngwood.
Thank you to the parishioners attending the retreat this past Wednesday. Services were held throughout the day. Holy Confession was discussed.
Come to as many services as possible during this Great and Holy Week.
Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound. Remember the staffs and caretakers.
Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Remember the men and women in the military and their families.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

In a word, then, those who disbelieve in the resurrection have no support in facts, if their gods and evil spirits do not drive away the supposedly dead Christ. Rather, it is He Who convicts them of being dead. We are agreed that a dead person can do nothing: yet the Saviour works mightily every day, drawing men to religion, persuading them to virtue, teaching them about immortality, quickening their thirst for heaving things, revealing the knowledge of the Father, inspiring strength in face of death, manifesting Himself to each, and displacing the irreligion of idols; while the gods and evil spirits of the unbelievers can do none of these things, but rather become dead at Christ's presence, all their ostentation barren and void. By the sign of the cross, on the contrary, all magic is stayed, all sorcery is confounded, all the idols are abandoned and deserted, and all senseless pleasure ceases, as the eye of faith looks up from earth to heaven.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p.p. 61-62. )

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

To Consider

Christ entering Jerusalem.
Individuals privileged to see Christ enter Jerusalem.
The permanent record of Christ entering Jerusalem.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 18 - Went to Diocesan Center.
April 21 - Visited two parishioners at home for Confession and Communion.
April 22 - Visited parishioner in rehab center, Morgantown, W.Va.
April 23 - Visited parishioner at home for Confession and Communion.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Isadore the Priest) also said, 'If you fast regularly, do not be inflated with pride, but if you think highly of yourself because of it, then you had better eat meat. It is better for a man to eat meat than to be inflated with pride and to glorify himself.

The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry Into Jerusalem 2005

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.

The Holy Orthodox Church has come to Holy Week. Christ's Entry into Jerusalem captures our attention. We hear the memorable words: "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord".

The raising of Lazarus is fresh in the minds of believers. The raising of Lazarus continues to attract great attention. The miracles of Jesus Christ are never lessened by the passage of time.

We benefit greatly when Jesus Christ is in our hearts and our minds. We benefit greatly when the Name of Jesus is on our lips. Too often worldly attractions draw us away from Christ. Too often worldly concerns occupy our attention to the detriment of our growth in Christ.

Too often we find it easier to avoid Christ and to spend the valuable time of our lives in vain pursuits. Too often people turn to Christ only as a last resort or in times of emergency.

Too often believers deny themselves the fullness of the life in Christ. Too often minimal time is spent focused on Christ.

Today the Church directs our attention to Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Today the Church celebrates the Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Today songs of joy are heard in Orthodox Churches around the world. The Kingship of Jesus Christ is heralded for willing listeners.

Believers proclaim Christ as King and God at Holy Baptism. Believers have the opportunity to grow in Christ throughout their lives. Believers have the opportunity to learn about Christ throughout their lives. Believers have the opportunity to be enriched in Christ throughout their lives.

Today believers are challenged to think about the Lord Jesus Christ riding into Jerusalem. Today believers are challenged to think why Christ chose to ride upon a simple animal.

Today believers are challenged to think about the particular time Christ chose to enter the world in bodily flesh. Today believers are challenged to think about the meaning of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem and His willingness to go to the Cross a few days later.

Today believers are challenged to think about the place of Christ in their lives. Believers are challenged to think about the time they give to Christ in their lives. Believers are challenged to think about the Second Coming of Christ.

Are the pathways to our hearts open for Christ to travel? Are the doors of our hearts open for Christ to enter? Do our lives reflect Jesus Christ is our King and our God?

Is the joy of Christ evident in the way we live our lives? Is the hope established by Christ's Resurrection dominant when we confront difficult circumstances?

Today the Orthodox world focuses on Christ. Today the Orthodox world is marked with triumphant joy. Today the raising of Lazarus is seen as a foretaste of the Resurrection of Christ.

Today has fullness. Today is a special making point. Today occupies the Orthodox mind throughout the world.

In tiny country churches, in large city cathedrals, in suburbs of modern nations and in villages in underdeveloped countries, wherever the Gospel of Christ is read, the joy of Jesus entering Jerusalem is experienced.

Regarding the multitude coming to see Jesus, St. John Chrysostom said, "So many would not have been suddenly changed unless they believed in the miracle" of the raising of Lazarus.1

Christ continues to perform miracles. Christ continues to change lives. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor. 5:17)

If we repent of our sins, we will experience the newness in Christ. If we truly repent of our sins, Christ will be evident in our lives. If we repent of our sins, we will try to be diligent in following Christ and living in ways pleasing to Christ.

If we repent of our sins, we will seek the goal achieved by St. Apostle Paul who said: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me." (Gal. 2:20).
1 Saint Chrysostom. A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church. Edited by Philip Schaffl. Vol.XIV. Homilies on the Gospel of St. John and The Epistle to the Hebrews. Wm.B.Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1996, p. 245.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 11 / April 24, 2005
The Feast of Christ of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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