St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 332 - May 2 / May 15, 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
May 2 / May 15, 2005
Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women
No. 332

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

Services This Past Week

Thomas Sunday - Two people were present for Midnight Office, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Seventy-three people were present for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
May 9 - One person was present for Midnight Office and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection. Two people were present to the Akathist to the Resurrection, Matins and First Hour. Two people were present for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
May 10 - The Hours were read in the Church.
May 11 - One person was present for Midnight Office and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection. Two people were present for Akathist to the Resurrection, Matins and First Hour. Two people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 12 - One person came for Matins, First Hour and Communion. Two people were present for Divine Liturgy. Eight people were present for Vespers.
May 13 - One person was present for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection. Two people were present for the Matins and First Hour. Pomen-Haky Funeral Home-Masontown for Mildred Mickey. Fr. Adam Yonitch was present for the Pomen.
May 14 - Two people were present for the Midnight Office, Akathist to the Resurrection and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection. Two people were present for Matins and First Hour. Funeral Service f or +Mildred Mickey with burial in St. George Cemetery. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Mornings - 5:30AM: Midnight Office, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Mornings - 6:30 AM: Matins and First Hour, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Afternoons - 4:30 PM: Ninth Hour and Vespers, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.
Thursday - 6:30 PM: Vespers
Saturday - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava
May 21 - St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

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

Parish Life

May God give strength and comfort to the family of +Mildred Mickey.
Janice Smargie has been a welcome visitor to the St. George Church in recent weeks.
The St. George website is now www.stgeorgeserbian.us.
Thanks to Tom Hunter, the parish radio program can now be heard throughout the world via the website.
Plan to visit or volunteer at Shadeland Camp this summer.
Shadeland camper applications are available from Father Rodney or on the Diocese website.
Read your Bible for benefit of your soul.
Six people came to Adult Class this past week A video about St. Basil of Ostrog was shown.
Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM following the evening service.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metojiha.
Remember the men and women in the military and their families.
Aaron Carson graduated with honors in history at Geneva College on May 14, 2005. He received an award for historical research. Aaron is has done important work on the Robena Mine Disaster and on the 1959 steelworkers strike.
Remember the sick, the suffering, the needy, those in care homes, rehab centers, jails, prisons, hospitals and those grieving for the loss of loved ones.
It was good to have Mike Rogish back in church.
Philip and Christina Sivak plan to be married in the St. George Church on May 28.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

Christ alone, using common speech and through the agency of men not clever with their tongues, has convinced whole assemblies of people al the world over to despise death, and to take heed to the things that do not die, to look past the things of time and gaze on things eternal, to think nothing of earthly glory and to aspire only to immortality.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, p. 85. )

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

To Consider

The myrrhbearing women going to the tomb.
Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome (Mk.16:1)
The enduring message of the empty tomb.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 8 - Attended St.George Slava dinner.
May 10 and 12 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
May ll - Went to home of parishioner.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Nilus) also said, 'Prayer is a remedy against grief and depression.'

Third Sunday of Pascha 2005
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 message of the empty tomb resounds through the centuries. The discovery of the empty tomb by Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome is recorded in the Holy Gospel of St. Mark for all to read and examine.

The words "He is risen!" have changed the world. The words "He is risen" document the defeat of death. The words "He is risen!" verify the divinity of Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul writing to the Corinthians about the resurrection said: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (I Cor.15:22)

St. Maximos the Confessor gives believers these words to consider regarding the resurrection of Christ: "He who has made his will dead to sin has been united with the likeness of the death of Christ; and he who has given his will new life through righteousness has also become one with His resurrection." 1

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is reflected in the lives of serious believers. The lives of serious believers reveal a conscious thinking about the resurrection of Christ and a lifestyle consistent with the message of the resurrection.

Serious believers in the resurrection of Christ have a confidence in Christ and the way of Christ. Serious believers in the resurrection of Christ have a conscious belief that with Christ all things are possible. (Mt.19:26)

The apostles spoke with boldness about God. The apostles were empowered when they spoke of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.(Acts.4:31-33) The risen Christ described by the apostles more than twenty centuries ago is the same today. We know from Hebrews that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb.13:8)

The Resurrection of Christ is the standard and measurement for our lives. The Resurrection of Christ is where we are to go with our minds to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

The Resurrection of Christ is where we are to look for the establishment of our perspective for life. The Resurrection of Christ is where we are to turn to find the meaning and purpose of our lives.

We may find that the mysteries of God exceed our ability to fully comprehend. The love of God is sufficiently personal for each believer to heal the broken hearted, to heal the hurt, to restore wholeness.

The love of God is sufficiently personal for God to hear each prayer, to listen to the beat of each heart, to create each human life and make each human life different from all others.

The love of God is sufficiently personal for each person of each century of each continent to speak to God in prayer and to feel God is listening and God cares.

Believers look to the glory of the resurrection knowing Christ experienced death on the Cross and was placed in the tomb. The message of this Sunday's Gospel and the message of each Sunday is that "Christ is Risen!"

If we take the time to look back through the pages of the Old Testament, we will find the accounts of God at work through the centuries. If we take time to study history, we will increasingly become aware of the presence of God and the work of God.

The Holy Orthodox Church brings us the message of the empty tomb today. The myrrhbearing women made a pilgrimage to where Jesus lay. They learned a lesson worthy of being taught to every generation on every continent during every century.

Let us share the love of Christ. Let us be grateful for the love of Christ. Let us ponder the love of Christ.

Each person determines whether he or she will invest the remaining time of life in the Kingdom of God. Each person determines if he or she will seek first the Kingdom of God (Mt.6:33).

Choosing the Kingdom of God is a completely voluntary choice. No coercion is involved. It is a narrow path. There are few who take it. (Mt.7:14).

The time of life is precious. Each person is given life by God. We know only the average length of life (Ps.90:10). We do not know the exact amount of time for each specific life.

The Psalmist tells us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. (Ps.90:12). Many distractions and attractions compete for our interests and attention. The devoted to God return quickly to God and try to remain faithful to God.

May we heed the message of the empty tomb: "He is risen!" May we testify to the resurrection of Christ by the way we live. Now and always let us choose the narrow way leading to the Kingdom of God. Hristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen!
1 The Philokalia. The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodemus of the Holy Moutain and St. Makarios of Corinth.
Vol. Two. Translated from the Greek and edited by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London and Boston, 1981, p.241.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 2 / May 15, 2005
St. Athanasius the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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