St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 383 - April 24/ May 7, 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 24/ May 7, 2006
Sunday of Myrr-Bearers
No. 383

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

Services This Past Week
April 30
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Parastos held.
May 1
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
One person came for Ninth Hour.
May 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
One person came for Ninth Hour.
May 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
Eight people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy

Tuesday
5:30 AM and 4:00 PM

Wednesday
5:30 AM- and 4:00 PM

Thursday
5:30 AM and 6:30 PM

Friday
5:30 AM and 4:00 PM

Saturday
5:30 AM and 4:00 PM

Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, WV
Saturday at 10:00 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Parish Slava, St. Sava of Erdelj, Hieromartyr Branko
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St.Sava.
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog, the Wonder Worker
May 13 - Holy Apostle James
May 14 - Sunday of the Paralytic, Holy Prophet Jeremiah
May 15 - St. Athanasius the Great
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 21 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Holy Apostle John the Theologian
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas -

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners participating in the parish Slava celebration.

A warm welcome to guests today.

Six people came to Adult Class on Thursday to discuss "Sermons in the Orthodox Church." Class again this coming Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Congratulations to Slava Kuma Mildred Zorman.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, rehab centers and homebound. Remember the people caring for them.

Remember miners living and departed.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.

Make good use of the time between now and Holy Ascension.

Are you among the listeners to the parish radio program?

Read the Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Learn the saints celebrated by the Church each day.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Spiritual growth is directed to the Lord Jesus Christ, for through Him the whole body is well ordered and joined together (cf. Eph. 4:16). The more the Gospel is preached, the more the Church of Christ grows and is perfected. Co-responsibility is one of the essential conditions for the perfection of the Body of Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul knew this, and thus advises the Corinthian Christians with the words: "That there should be no schism in the body, but (that) the members should have the same care for one another."

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 7 )

To Consider

St. George as Patron Saint of this parish.
St. George as Patron Saint of many families.
St. George as intercessor before the Lord Jesus Christ for the parish and families.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 1 - Went to Diocesan Center for Shadeland meeting.
May 2 - Went to Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio.
May 3 - Went to funeral home to pay respects to family of John Jellots
May 3 - Met with Orthodox Christian for pastoral reasons.
May 5 - Met with an area family with an interest in the church.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother came to Scetis to visit Abba Moses and asked him for a word. The old man said to him, "Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything."

Third Sunday of Pascha 2006
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.

Holy Orthodox Churches around the world today celebrate the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is proclaimed in the Holy Gospel.

Believers need reminded of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers continually need reminded of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pascha is the Feast of Feasts. Much preparation goes into the Church preparing for the celebration of Pascha. Much work goes into the actual liturgical celebration.

The period between Pascha and the Feast of the Ascension is a time when the Resurrection is at the forefront in the Holy Orthodox Church. Believers drawing near to the Resurrected Christ and holding on to the Resurrected Christ with all their strength make good use of the opportunities available.

New life comes from Jesus Christ. St.Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Cor. 5:17).

Eternal life comes from Jesus Christ. In St. John's Gospel it is written: "Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (Jn.3:15) We put ourselves at peril when we believe and seek in other than Jesus Christ.

The present Gospel focuses on the Empty Tomb. The present Gospel focuses on the Myrrh-bearing Women coming to the Tomb and finding Jesus has arisen.

Believers experience the Risen Christ in Holy Communion. Believers experience the Risen Christ through enrichment by the Holy Gospel. Believers experience the Risen Christ in prayer.

Believers have a responsibility of making good use of new life in Christ. Believers have a responsibility of working to sustain and maintain the new life in Christ.

When "old things have passed away" and "all things become new" (2 Cor.5:17), believers are expected to be faithful to Christ and the new way of life.

Believers are expected to adhere carefully and closely to the ways established and taught by Christ.

Certainly the Myrrh-bearing Women were different as a result of learning Jesus Christ rose from the Tomb. Contemporary believers hearing the Holy Gospel and celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ are different by having heard and celebrated "Christ is Risen!"

The Holy Orthodox Church provides daily nourishment for believers. The Holy Orthodox Church provides daily direction for believers. The Holy Orthodox Church provides peace, safety and healing for believers.

When a believer partakes of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ the total person is affected. When a believer experiences the forgiveness by Holy Confession, the total person is affected.

Dark elements within us are eradicated by the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Sinful deeds and thoughts are forgiven by Jesus Christ through Holy Confession.

Trust in God is never misplaced trust. Trust in God is always well-placed trust. The Psalmist David said centuries ago: "Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing." (Ps.34:10).

Remaining on the path of goodness requires vigilance, patience and determination. The Myrrh bearing Women were faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ. They were blessed to visit the Empty Tomb. They were blessed to learn of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God blessed the Myrrh bearing Women. God blesses the faithful. Faithful of every generation are challenged with the Scriptural words "pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord." (Herb. 12:14).

It would be interesting to see how many Christians would list holiness as their primary goal in life. It would be interesting to see how many Christians would list the salvation of their soul as the primary goal in life? It would interesting to see how many Christians would list the Kingdom of God as their primary goal in life.

The Myrrh-bearing Women went to the Tomb seeking to anoint the Body of the Crucified Lord. Their journey to the Tomb was a courageous act. The Myrrh bearers very possibly put themselves in disfavor by making the journey to the Tomb and demonstrating their love for Christ.

Let us make journeys of faith and live always as witnesses to the Crucified and Risen Christ. Let us always take the path to Christ and follow Christ wherever He leads. -->
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 24/ May 7, 2006
St. Sava of Erdelj, Hieromartyr Branko.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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