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