St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 335 - May 23 / June 5, 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 23 / June 5, 2005
Sunday of the Blind Man
No. 335

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

Galatians 3:7

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Services This Past Week

May 29-One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to the Resurrection, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy.

Services this Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Midnight Office, Akathist to Resurrection, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.
Mornings - 5:30 AM, Midnight Office - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6:30 AM - Matins, First Hour - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Afternoons - Ninth Hour, Vespers - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:30 PM.
Thursday 10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.
Thursday 6:30 PM - Akathists, St. George Church.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Outdoor religious program and parish picnic.
June 7 - Third Finding of Head of St. John the Baptist
June 8 - Apodosis of Pascha
June 9 - Ascension
June 18 - Memorial Saturday
June 19 - Pentecost
June 17 - Apodosis of Ascension
June 18 - Memorial Saturday
June 19 - Pentecost
June 20 - Pentecost Monday
June 21 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 27 - Apostles Fast begins and continues until July 12, Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
June 25 - Apodosis of Pentecost
June 28 - St. Lazarus the Great Martyr and All Serbian Martyrs-Vidovdan
July 3 - Parish Vidovdan Program, Covered dish dinner
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to Milosh Serb Krewasky and his dedicated lambroasting crew.
Thank you to the St. George Kolo and all helping with the picnic and outdoor program.
A warm welcome to visitors to the St. George Church.
Kathryn Sage, Dorothy Bozick and Dolores Zivkovich have donated many hours of service to Brownsville Hospital.
The weekly parish radio program is available throughout the week on the parish website.
Consider volunteering to help Shadeland Camp or Monastery Marcha.
Plan a trip to Shadeland or Monastery Marcha this summer.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the residents of nursing homes, hospitals, jails, prisons and rehab centers. Remember the homebound and their caretakers. Remember institutional staff members.
Remember those working in dangerous occupations to protect the community: police, parole and probation officers, and correctional officers.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Adult class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.
Come to weekday services one or more times per month.
Coming to church services during the week in an investment in and contribution to the parish.

A Thought from St. Athanasius

But the Word of God, by the strangest paradox, teaching in meaner language, has put the choicest sophists in the shade, and by confounding their teachings and drawing all men to Himself He has filled His own assemblies. Moreover, and this is the marvellous thing, by going down as Man to death, He has confounded all the sounding utterances of the wise men about idols. For whose death ever drove out demons fear save that of Christ? For where the Saviour is named, there every daemon is driven out.
(St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation.. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1996, pp. 88-89. )

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

To Consider

The man born blind.
Jesus healing the man born blind.
The radical new life the man born blind had in Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 30 - Went to St. Tikhon's Monastery and Seminary for the Annual Pilgrimage.
June 4 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.

From the Desert Fathers

The abbot Pastor said, "If a monk will hate two things, he can be free from this world." And a brother said, "What are they?" And the old man, "Relaxation of the body and vain glory."

Sunday of the Blind Man 2005

John 9:1-38

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him saying: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"(which is being translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" Some said, "This is he. Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." Therefore they said to him, "How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash' So I went and washed, and I received sight." Then they said to him, 'Where is He?" He said, "I do not know. They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Other said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, "What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?" How then does he now see?" His parents answered them and said, "We know that his is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself." His parent said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So they again called the man who was blind and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?" Then they reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from." The man answered and said to them, "Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!" Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing." They answered and said to him, "You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?" And they cast him out. Jesus heard they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ healed the man born blind. The Lord Jesus Christ performed a miracle unheard of previously. The Lord Jesus Christ continues to perform miracles.

We come to know of the miraculous works of Christ by studying about Christ. We come to know the miraculous works of Christ by believing in Christ. We come to know the miraculous works of Christ by praying to Christ.

Today's Gospel lesson gives testimony to Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Today's Gospel lesson reveals that nothing is impossible with Christ. Today's Gospel lesson gives hope to the hopeless.

When we turn to Christ in faith, we can do so with the greatest of confidence. When we turn to Christ in faith, we can do so based upon centuries and centuries of evidence.

The Holy Orthodox Church has preserved the Holy Gospel and has promoted the teachings from the Holy Gospel through the centuries. We are blessed to be a part of the canonical Serbian Orthodox Church. We are blessed to be able to worship and pray within the canonical Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Serbian Orthodox Church is synonymous with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church confessed in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.

Today's Gospel message has been subjected to the scrutiny of the centuries. Today's Gospel message has been subjected to the tests of the centuries.

Through the centuries many opponents have tried to distort or stamp out the Gospel message. Through the centuries many priests and bishops and monks and faithful paid with their lives in defense of the faith.

Each passing day brings us closer to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each passing day is an opportunity to embrace Jesus Christ with the fullness of our hearts and lives.

Jesus Christ gave sight to the man born blind. The Pharisees subjected the healed man to substantive questioning. We know from the Holy Gospel the man was born blind for the works of God to be revealed in him.

When we experience hardships or illnesses, let us look upon them as opportunities for the work of God to be revealed. Let us live our lives with faith in God and consistent with the teachings of the Holy Gospel.

When we face difficult challenges in life, let us remember the healing power of Jesus Christ. Let us turn to Christ with confidence knowing that He who healed the man born blind can bring healing to our hearts, to our homes and to our communities.

Being an Orthodox Christian is a serious matter. Being an Orthodox Christian exposes the believer to the joy of miraculous healing as documented in the present Gospel.

The greatest miracle was revealed when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Today's Gospel is heard at this time of the year when Jesus' Resurrection is joyfully celebrated.

The Orthodox Christian faith and life is immersed in joy. Believers keeping their focus on Christ, living their lives in Christ and following Christ each day come to know the joy of Christ deep within their hearts.

St. John Chrysostom said efforts to obscure and take away from this miracle of the blind man being healed actually revealed the truth. He said: "But this is the nature of truth, by the very means by which it seems to be assailed by men, by these it becomes stronger, it shines by means of that by which it is obscured." 1

The message of Jesus Christ healing the blind man will not be hidden from today's believers and from those who want to believe.
1Chrysostom: Homilies on the Gospel of Saint John and the Epistle to the Hebrews. A Select Library of the Christian Church. Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers. Volume 14. . Edited by Philip Schaff. Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, Massachusetts, 1994, p. 207.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 23 / June 5, 2005
St. Michael the Confessor. St. Ioannicius I, Archbishop of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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