St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 380 - April 3 / April 16, 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
April 3 / April 16, 2006
Feast of Christ's Entry to Jerusalem.
No. 380

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

Hebrews 11:8

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Services This Past Week
April 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
The Deanery Vesper service was very attended. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Protopresbyter Rade Merick, Reverend Father Rajko Kosic, Reverend Father Milan Pajic and Reverend Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic served. Father Milan Pajic preached the sermon.
April 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Cross, First and Third Hours with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
One person came for Great Compline.
April 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Cross, First and Third Hours with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
One person came for Ninth Hour.
April 12
One person came for First and Third Hours.
One person came for Ninth Hour.
April 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Cross, First and Third Hours with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Four people came for Great Compline.
April 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Communion, First and Third Hours with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Nine people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Five people communicants.
Six people came for Great Compline.
April 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Fifteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always 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. 4:00 PM - Great Compline

Great and Holy Tuesday
at 5:30 AM - Hours with Reading of Gospels 4:00 PM - Great Compline

Great and Holy Wednesday
at 5:30 AM - Hours with Reading of Gospel

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.

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 on Pascha (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

Tonight - Vespers this evening at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 5:30 PM

Holy Wednesday - Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh. Annointing is for Orthodox Christians having gone to Confession during Great Lent.

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

Parish Life

Honor the fast throughout Holy Week until the completion of the Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Honor Christ and your Christian identity by coming to church services this week.

Live as Orthodox Christians throughout this week.

Pray to God more carefully and often this Holy Week.

Think about the love of God shown through the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Honor Jesus Christ in your hearts and homes this week.

Read your Bibles this week more than you ever did before.

Thank God for the blessings in your life.

Be more quiet. Listen to God with your heart and mind.

Four people came to Adult Class on Thursday to discuss The Ladder of Divine Ascent.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

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 )

To Consider

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, Georgia.
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

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.

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 of believers.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 3 / April 16, 2006

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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