St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 376 - March 6 / March 19, 2006


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 6 / March 19, 2006
Second Sunday of Great Lent
No. 376

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

Mark 2:5

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic: "Son, your sins are forgiven you."

Services This Past Week
March 11
One person came for Ninth Hour and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
March 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
March 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Cross, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 14
Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Cross, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline
March 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Four people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Two people came for Great Compline.
March 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for the Cross, First and Third Hours with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for the Communion, First and Third Hours with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Nine people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Five communicants.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 17
One person came for First and Third Hours. One person came for Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Mornings
5:30 AM Daily Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Afternoons
Afternoons. Monday, Tuesday, Saturday at 4:00PM. Thursday at 6:00 PM.
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 AM.

Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont
Divine Liturgy Saturday at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Lenten Vespers, St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa at 5:30 PM.
March 26 - Lenten Vespers-St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland at 5:30 PM.
April 1 and 2 - Serb Wings come to St. George Church to sing at services.
April 2 - Lenten Vespers, Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenville at 5:30 PM.
April 7 - Annunciation
April 9 - Lenten Vespers, St. George Church.
April 15 - Lazarus Saturday
April 16 - Palm Sunday, Christ's Entry to Jerursalem
April 21 - Great and Holy Friday
April 23 - Pascha

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

Parish Life

Thank you to parishioners attending Triumph of Orthodoxy services in Monessen and Mt. Lebanon.

Thank you to parishioners attending the talk by Protopresbyter Dr. Thomas Hopko.

Thank you to parishioners attending weekday services and coming for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during the week.

Thank you to parishioners attending Adult Class on Thursday evening. Four people came this past week to discuss "The Second Coming." Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Honor the fast during Great Lent until the Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Coming to church with sincerity of faith during the week is a contribution to the parish.

The Kolo continues to need helpers for the baking project. Thank you to all helping.

Pray for miners, living and departed.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Pray as much as you can each day.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

There are four essential elements without which, or any one of them, there is no meaningful church life. The essential four are: Apostolic Teaching, Fellowship (Friendship), Participation in the Holy Sacraments and Prayers. These essential four are not any theological proposition, opinion or sermon. On the contrary, these four are clearly marked in the Holy Scriptures as essence of the New Way, Christ Way in the first congregation of Christ's church in Jerusalem. It is recorded in the book of the Acts of the Holy Apostles, 2:42.

(Sermons and Speeches Raska skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 139)

To Consider

The days remaining in Great Lent.
The discipline required for Great Lent.
The results of the lenten effort.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 11 - Attended Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. John the Divine Orthodox Church in Monessen.
March 12 - Attended Triumph of Orthodoxy Doxology service at Greek Orthodox Church, Mt. Lebanon.
March 16 - Blessed one home.
March 17 - Attended Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts and talk by Father Thomas Hopko at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, New Salem.
March 18 - Attended Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. NIKOLAI Mission Church, Shadeland, Pa.
March 18 - Visited family at home for Holy Confession.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Isidore the Priest) also said, 'When I was younger and remained in my cell I set no limit to prayer; the night was for me as much the time of prayer as the day.'

The Second Sunday of Great Lent 2006

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.

Great Lent is a journey to the Kingdom of God. Great Lent is set aside specifically for the care of the soul. Great Lent is time given to God. Great Lent is time for repentance, for prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

The minds we have from God are to be used for the glory of God. The hands and feet, the strength and endurance we have from God are to be used for the glory of God.

Great Lent enables serious believers to examine their souls. Great Lent enables believes to discover their sinfulnes and to repent. Great Lent enables believers who have departed from the road to the Kingdom of God to redirect their their lives and return to the narrow path (Mt. 7:14)

Thinking about God has a proper place in Great Lent. Thinking about Jesus Christ upon the Cross has a proper place in Great Lent. Thinking about the love of God is proper for Great Lent.

God has a place in the forefront of the mind. God has a place at the forefront of the heart. God and the soul cannot be separated.

The life we have is given by God. The way we choose to live that life directly affects our relationship with God.The appreciation we have for God is reflected in the time we give to God, the glory we give to God and the effort we give to learning about God.

How can we not want to learn more about God when our very lives came from God and our every breath is dependent upon God? How can we not want to be thankful to God when every heartbeat is dependent on God? Every word, every thought occurs only by God giving us life to think and to speak.

Great Lent is a specifically designated period. Each day is finite in time. Each earthly life has a certain beginning and ending. The way individuals use time given by God determines whether eternal life and the salvation of their souls will be the ultimate results.

Time can slip past rapidly if sufficient attention and time management is not employed. Individuals do well studying the way time is used each day. The time of life is not repeated. The critical question is whether individuals invest the time of each day in the Kingdom of God.

Time invested in the Kingdom of God involves investing energy, resources and thought in the Kingdom of God. Prayer does not occur without effort. Prayer does not occur without thought.

Almsgiving represents a giving from the heart. Almsgiving represents a giving of the self. Christ gave Himself upon the Cross. Believers give of themselves when they devote their time, talent and resources to the glory of God.

Giving to the Church need not be limited to financial contributions. Giving to the Church can be in the form of increased attendance at church services. Giving to the Church can be increased prayer at home and in the Church for the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the handicapped and the blind.

Renewed life in Christ requires acknowledgement of personal sinfulness and the dependency on God. Renewed life in Christ requires the recognition of the Crucifixion and the resultant Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 46:10 states: "Be still and know that I am God." Great Lent is a time to be still and learn about God. It is a time to separate from the corruption and clutter of daily life.

Wasting time is an inappropriate use of time. Wasting time is a form of ungratefulness to God.

The present Gospel message about the healed paralytic reflects the degree to which individuals of faith will go to be healed by Jesus Christ. Unless we are willing to exert ourselves in ways of faith, how can we expect to have healthy souls.

Jesus Christ suffered on the Cross. Can we rightly call ourselves Orthodox Christians without exerting ourselves in ways of faith? Living the Orthodox Christian life is not about minimalism. Living the Orthodox Christian life is not about determining what is the minimum amount of effort required or contributions required to be part of the Body of Christ.

Living the Orthdox Christ life is unity with Christ and all that is required to maintain that unity throughout life. The Church has order and expectations for the Orthodox Christian life. Individuals seeking the Kingdom of God abide by the order and expectations in Christ's Church.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 6 / March 19, 2006
The Second Sunday of Great Lent.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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