Through the Holy Apostles we have learned what the Lord Jesus Christ taught and how
the Church taught from the earliest times. This is recorded in the Holy Gospel and Epistles.
They understood His teaching only after His resurrection, when their minds were opened to
understand Scripture" (Lk. 24:44-46).
The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 57
· Jesus entering Jerusalem.
· The people chosen to witness Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
· The lives changed by Jesus entering Jerusalem.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
April 11-12 - Travelled to Saints Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church in Atlanta,
April 13 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg Hospital.
April 15 - Took Holy Communion to Orthodox resident of Mt. St. Macrina Manor.
April 15 - Visited a family in Morgantown on the occasion of the family Slava.
From the Desert Fathers
The abbot Arsenius said, "It sufficeth a monk if he sleep for one hour;
that is, if he be a fighter."
The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry Into Jerusalem 2006
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.
Holy Week has arrived in the Holy Orthodox Church. Holy Week is laden with great meaning.
Holy Week carries with it and conveys the seriousness of the Holy Orthodox Church.
Believers have an opportunity to be immersed in the life of the Holy Orthodox Church
during Holy Week. While the services of Great and Holy Thursday, Friday and Saturday have
great meaning, services in the early part of the week also are of great value.
Services on Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday enrich the believers choosing to attend
them. Holy Week affords believers the opportunity to listen carefully to the words of the
Holy Gospel describing Jesus Christ's betrayal and death upon the Cross.
Holy Week affords believers the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ's Resurrection
and to consider His love for people of every century.
Holy Week affords believers the opportunity to bring their problems before God in the
Church. Holy Week when the seriousness of the time is apparent.
Each day of Holy Week has a certain order. Each day of Holy Week has prescribed services.
Each day of Holy Week deserves the attention of believers.
The Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ atracts the interest of believers.
The Precious Body and Blood of Christ provides nourishment for believers.
Joy has a part in Holy Week. While Jesus' crucifixion defines Great and Holy Friday,
joy ascends to the fore on Holy Saturday. Attentive believers draw confidence from the
Lord Jesus Christ during Holy Week. Attentive believers Have an opportunity to learn more
about Christ during Holy Week.
The full Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. Luke are read during the first part
of Holy Week. Almost all of the Gospel of St. John is read early in Holy Week.
Believers seeking to know about Christ will hear the description of Jesus Christ from
the Holy Gospels if they attend the services scheduled. Learning about Jesus Christ from
the Holy Gospel during Holy Week is very memorable.
Coming to Divine services during Holy Week is an investment in the Kingdom of God.
Coming to the Divine services during Holy Week is a deliberate act of the will.
Individuals clearly interested in growing in Jesus make time for Jesus Christ in their
early years. Holy Week is preceeded by many days of preparation. Each day of Holy Week is a
time of preparation.
Holy Week requires believers to listen more to God. Holy Week requires believers to
think carefully about the Lord Jesus Christ and His last days of earthly life.
Holy Week is a time to think about the joy of Christ in our hearts. Confidence in Christ
is well deserved. Non believers look carefully at believers. Non believers may challenge the
beliefs of believers.
Individuals participating fully in Holy Week undergo a transformation. Christ upon the
Cross is unforgetable. Christ upon the Cross changes the thinking of believers.
Many believers will think about their children and family members during Holy Week.
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their children to Church during Holy Week.
The presence of children during the Divine services of Holy Week strengthens the hope
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 3 / April 16, 2006
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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