St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 426 - February 26 / March 11, 2007

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
February 26 / March 11, 2007
Third Sunday of Great Lent
No. 426

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

I Corinthians 16:13

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

Services This Past Week
March 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
Twenty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
March 5
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 6
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder
March 8
Father Dimitre Dimitrov came to concelebrate for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Panteleimon. Three people attended.
March 9
One person came to read the Hours.
March 10
One person came to read the Hours.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday at 5:30 AM

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.

8:00 AM - Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy, YWCA, Fairtmont, W.VA.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 11 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers in Midland at 5:30 PM.
March 18 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers in Monroeville at 5:30 PM.
March 25 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers in Carmichaels at 5:30 PM.
March 31 - Lazarus Saturday
April 1 - The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pgh.
April 2 - Great and Holy Monday
April 3 - Great and Holy Tuesday
April 4 - Great and Holy Wednesday
April 5 - Great and Holy Thursday
April 6 - Great and Holy Friday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to family of +Olga Galagaza of St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown who fell asleep in the Lord while in Southmont-Presby Care in Washington, Pa.

Father Dimitrov and two additional individuals came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss spiritual direction. No class this week.

Prayer for miners and corrections officers and others working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Pray for those in hospitals, rehab centers, jails, prisons, nursing and care homes, the homebound and those caring for them.

Honor the fast each day until Pascha.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Read the calendar each day to be familiar with the Church's commemorations.

Do you listen to the parish radio program? Do you tell others about it?

When will you next invite someone to come to church with you?

A Thought from St. Apostle Paul

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (I Cor. 1:21-24)

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

The Cross of Christ
The cross of each person
The love of God shown by the Cross of Christ

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 4 - Attended Vespers in Aliquippa.
March 5 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
March 9-10 - Attended Diocesan Assembly in Boston.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Paphnutius, the disciple of Abba Macarius, said, 'I asked my Father to say a word to me, and he replied, "Do no evil to anyone, and do not judge anyone. Observe this and you will be saved."

Third Sunday of Great Lent
Veneration of the Holy Cross

Mark 8:34-38, 9:1

And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels'. And He said unto them, "Verily I say unto you, that there will be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, the soul of each believer and the life of each believer are interconnected. Individuals seeking eternal life, individuals seeking the kingdom of God, cannot separate their lives from the Cross of Christ. Individuals cannot separate their souls from the Cross of Christ.

Choices are required throughout the day. Each decision affects the soul. Each decision sets a direction. Each decision affects the personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Personal crosses are hard to bear. For each person, his or her cross looms large. Some years ago, a priest gave a memorable sermon at a Lenten Vespers. The sermon included a reference to a room where one could see the size of his or her personal cross and also the sizes of the crosses of others.

Sometimes when seeing our personal crosses, we forget others have crosses equal in size or larger. Let each of us deal with the cross we have as Christ dealt with His Cross.

When Christ asks believers to take up his or her cross and follow Him, He does so having set an example. Jesus said: O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." (Mt. 26:39)

Christ went to the Cross. Christ made the Cross a symbol of victory. The Cross preceded the Resurrection. Without Christ's death on the Cross, there would be no resurrection. For believers, without the crosses in our lives, there is no new life in Christ.

For believers, without dying to the life in sin, there is no new life in Christ. Without following the narrow way, without making the difficult choices true to Christ, there is no continued life in Christ. (Mt. 7:14)

Our personal crosses can cause limited vision. We may not see the glory of God in the present and may not remember the glory of God in the past. We may not see the hope of God provides for the future.

Let us draw strength from the strong in faith...from Noah...from Abraham...from Joseph...from Moses...from Gideon and from David and the prophets (Heb. 11:1-40)

Believers would not share in the Precious Body and Blood of Christ had Christ not gone to the Cross. Believers would not know of the life-giving power of the Cross, had Jesus not died upon the Cross.

The Cross revealed the divinity of Christ. Christ shines through the lives of believers who relinquish lives of sin for the life in Christ. St. Paul said, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Gal. 2:20)

Theology can be complex. Understanding God and the Church can become complicated. The human mind will not fully comprehend the far reaching nature of God and all dimensions of the Church.

Perspective is necessary. Despair, despondency and confusion are not to prevail. We must always keep in mind the relationship of God and each individual.

We must always keep in mind each person can draw near to God in prayer. Each believer can approach the Holy Chalice. Each person can repent. Each person can be still and experience God (Ps. 46:10)

The Cross of Christ stands in the middle of the road leading to the celebration of the Resurrection. Each person must deal with his or her cross to experience the new life in Christ.

Flight out of fear or avoidance will not save the believer. Picking up the cross and following Christ is the only choice for the salvation of the soul. Following Christ is an exercise in faith.

The believer does not know where he or she will go with Christ. The believer does not know what he or she will experience in the Name of Christ.The believer is confident knowing that to follow Christ is always the best course for the salvation of the soul

Following Christ enables the believer to be nourished by Christ. Following Christ enables the believer to be strengthened and protected by Christ. Following Christ provides the believer with a set of directions for use in daily life.

Hope and joy are identified with following Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians: "What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?" (I Thess. 2:20)

Empowerment comes from Christ. The First Epistle of St. John states: "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (I Jn. 4:4)

Believers picking up their crosses and following Christ die to this world and live in Christ. Put hesitancy behind and follow Christ to His Kingdom.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 26 / March 11, 2007
Third Sunday of Great Lent.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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