St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 429 - March 19 / April 1, 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
March 19 / April 1, 2007
Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
No. 429

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

Romans 5:1

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through out Lord Jesus Christ.

Services This Past Week
March 24
Six people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
March 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
Approximately one hundred fifty people were present when Deanery Vespers were served.
Protopresbyter Stevo Rocknage and Protnamesnik Rajko Kosic service.
St. Sava Choir of Mckeeesport sang.
March 26
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 27
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 28
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hours with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
One person came in the afternoon for the reading from The Ladder.
March 29
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Father Dimitre Dimitrov came to serve for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Alexis, Man of God. Three people attended.
March 30
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Three people came to YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
One person came to St. George Church for Great Compline.
March 31
One person came for Matins, First and Third Hour.
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Six people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Great and Holy Monday
at 5:30 AM - Hours with Reading of Gospels. 4:00 PM - Ninth Hour

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

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

Great and Holy Thursday
at 5:30 AM -Service

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, YWCA, 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 7:30 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, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:30 PM

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

Parish Life

Next Sunday-Paschal Divine Liturgy starts at 9:00 AM.

Holy Wednesday evening, 7:00 PM, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh - Holy Unction. Anointing with Unction is for Orthodox Christians having gone to Holy Confession and Communion since the beginning of Great Lent.

Thank you to all who helped last Sunday with the Deanery Vespers and dinner.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Milovan Kodic, twin brother of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN and brother of Petar Kodic. +Milovan Kodic departed this life this past week.

Divine services are now available live on the parish website thanks to Tom Hunter.

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

Remember miners, law enforcement and corrections officers and parole officers and others in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Honor the fast until the Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Four people came to Adult Class. Father Dimtre Dimtrov came also. The discussion was about the arrival of Holy Week. No class for two weeks.

Thank you to the Kolo and friends of the Kolo for continuing to bake.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nyssa

So if we ask that the Kingdom of God may come to us, the meaning of our request is this: I would be a stranger to corruption and liberated from death; would that I were freed from the shackles of sin and that death no longer lorded it over me. Let us no more by tyrannized by evil so that the adversary may not prevail against me and make me captive through sin. But may Thy Kingdom come to me, so that the passions which still rule me so mercilessly may depart from me, or rather may be altogether annihilated.

(The Lord's Prayer-The Beatitudes Newman Press, New York, 1954, p. 51 )

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

To Consider

The Raising of Lazarus
Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey.
The arrival of Holy Week

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 26 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Holy Trinity Mission business. Went to Diocesan Center in Mars for Shadeland meeting.
March 29 - Visited parishioner in Brownsville.
March 30 - Served Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

An old man said, "See that thou despise not the brother that stands by thee: for thou knowest not whether the spirit of God be in thee or in him."


The Feast of Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

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 who 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 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 denari 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 had 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 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.

We gather to celebrate the Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is a historical event. Jesus Christ transcends time.

We should always remember "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8) The multitude called Jesus "The King of Israel. At Holy Baptism, we confess Jesus Christ as King and as God.

Today is a major feast in the Holy Orthodox Church. This year and every year, the Church celebrates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.

The miracle of Lazarus being called forth from the tomb was fresh in the minds of the people of Jerusalem. The Church wants the raising of Lazarus and Jesus' entry into Jerusalem remembered each year.

Contemporary believers must come to terms with the King of Israel. Contemporary believers must come to terms with continuously honoring the confession of Faith, of Jesus as King and as God.

Centuries have passed since Jesus rode into Jerusalem. The passage of time has not blurred the memory of this triumphal entry. The passage of time has not diminished Jesus Christ.

Contemporary believers must determine the best way for their lives to be united with Christ. Contemporary believers must determine the best way to live the life in Christ.

The lives of the saints offer a wide range of examples of faithfulness to Christ. The lives of the saints offer different lifestyle. All of the saints are rooted in and united with Christ. All of the saints lived within the framework of God's Holy Church.

Each believer must find his or her "calling." Each believer must work out his or her salvation within the Church. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: "to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love." (Eph. 4:1-2)

Life is defined in and with Christ. Life is nourished in and by Christ. Life exists in Christ. The Paschal Gospel states: "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (Jn. 1:3)

Living in Christ brings fullness. Living in Christ brings internal peace. Living in Christ provides purpose and direction. All eyes where on Jesus when He entered Jerusalem. All eyes should always be on Jesus.

The mind is best filled with thoughts of the Lord Jesus Christ. The heart is best filled with the Lord Jesus Christ. The soul receives the best care when united with Christ.

Jesus is the dominant image on this Feast of the Entry into Jerusalem. Each believer determines whether Christ is predominant in his or her life.

The present Gospel describes chief priests plotting against Lazarus. Lazarus' return to life proved the divinity of Christ. Like the chief priests in the present Gospel, contemporary forces work against Christianity.

Christian believers standing for ethical and moral behavior in the schools, in the workplace, in the community and in the homes are threats to individuals having power bases rooted in unethical and immoral practices.

Faithful Christians hold true to the Lord Jesus Christ as King and as God under all circumstances. Faithful Christians always return to the narrow path (Mt. 7:13). Faithful Christians always seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt. 6:33).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 19 / April 1, 2007
Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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