St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 431 - April 2 / April 15, 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
April 2 / April 15, 2007
Thomas Sunday
No. 431

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

Services This Past Week
All services during the past week were broadcast live on the Internet.
Pascha
Nine people came for Resurrection Matins.
Fifty-six people came for Paschal Divine Liturgy. Fifteen communicants.
April 9
Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Scriptures in English and Serbian Language were read.
Two people came for Hours and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to Resurrection.
April 10
Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Scriptures in English and Serbian Language were read.
Two people came for Hours and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to Resurrection.
April 11
Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Scriptures in English and Serbian Language were read.
April 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and Scripture reading in English and Serbian.
Three people came for Hours and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
April 14
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Preparation for Communion.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy held at the YWCA.
Three people came to St. George Church for Hours and Great Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings
Sunday through Saturday at 5:30 AM - Midnight Office followed by Matins.

Afternoons
4:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday 4:00 PM - Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Thursday 6:30 PM - Akathists followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Sunday
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

April 22 - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
April 29 - Sunday of the Paralytic
May 3 - St. Nikolai of Serbia... Venerable Joasaph of Serbia.
May 6 - St. George Parish Slava
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 17 - Feast of the Holy Ascension
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to Fred Glumsic and Mildred Jones, their sister +Angela having departed this life.

Thank God the miners' strike is over. Many people from the area were affected.

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Pray for miners, law enforcement and corrections personnel, parole agents and others working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for the men and women in the military and their families.

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

Have you thought about the many different communities where former parishioners are now living? They take with them memories of the St. George Church.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated in the St. George Church daily.

A number of people reportedly have logged on to hear the internet service broadcasts.

It was nice to see more people here on Pascha. It was nice to see a large number of communicants on Pascha.

A Thought from St. Cyprian

Our loins must be girt, lest when the day comes for the campaign, it find us encumbered with trappings. Let our light shine brightly in good works, that it may lead us from the darkness of this world into the spendour of eternal life. Let us await the sudden coming of Our Lord, ever attentive and on the alert, so that when He shall knock, our faith may be watching, ready to receive from Our Lord the rewards of its vigil.

St. Cyprian of Carthage. (Ancient Christian Writers Newman Press, New York, 1956, p. 67-68 )

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

To Consider

The period between Pascha and the Feast of the Ascension.
The daily focus on the Resurrection.
The change in the lives of believers due to the Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 9 - Went to Diocesan Center
April 10 - Went to Uniontown Hospital with parishioner while medical care was being received.
April 10 - Blessed one home.
April l1-12 - When to St. Stephen Church in Lackawanna, New York for Clergy seminar.
April 14 Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia.

From the Desert Fathers

He (John the Dwarf) also said, 'Humility and the fear of God are above all virtues.'


Thomas Sunday

John 20:19-31

Then, the same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when he doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them. "Peace be with you." When Jesus had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, HE breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

The Gospel for Thomas Sunday verifies Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The Apostle Thomas' experience with the Risen Jesus is proclaimed year after year, century after century.

The joy of Jesus' Resurrection permeates the Christian world. Believers radiate with the joy of the Risen Christ. Hearts are filled with the joy of the Resurrection.

Churches continue to resound with the hymns of the Resurrection. The proclamation that "Christ is Risen!" goes forth in Orthodox Churches around the globe.

The greetings among believers between Pascha and Ascension that "Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!" continues to verify the Apostolic Faith.

The Apostle Thomas wanted proof of the Resurrection. The Apostle Thomas witnessed the proof of the Risen Christ. The Apostle Thomas proclaimed: "My Lord and my God!" Contemporary believers looking for proof of the Resurrection of Christ will find abundant proof.

Contemporary believers experiencing the proof of the Resurrection change their lives accordingly. The Church's celebration of Pascha intends for believers to lead lives of celebration of the Resurrection.

Each Orthodox Christian home should reflect the Resurrection of Christ. Each believer's life should reflect the Resurrection of Christ. The Resurrection of Christ changed everything.

The Resurrection of Christ gives new definition to everything. Believers heeding the content of the divine services of Pascha will view the world with new understanding.

When seeing the world through the vision of the Resurrected Christ, hope abounds for the living and the departed. Hope abounds for the depressed, the ill, and those having tragic accidents.

Hope abounds for those who might otherwise find themselves without hope. Every person looking for love can find love on the Cross of Christ. Every person looking for hope can find hope in the Empty Tomb.

Every person looking for a resolution to despair can look to the Risen Christ. Every person looking to put sin behind and the Kingdom of God ahead can look to the Crucified and Risen Lord.

Every person trying to understand his or her place in life can turn in meditation to Christ on the Cross and Christ rising from the dead. Every person trying to determine his or her direction in life benefits from meditating about the Crucified and Resurrected Christ.

Much time was designated in preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. The Church sets aside much time for the celebration of the Resurrection. Believers investing time in Great Lent and Holy Week benefit as well by investing time in understanding the celebration of the Resurrection and the meaning the Resurrection has for the life of believers.

The Risen Jesus Christ brought messages of peace as evidenced in the present Gospel. Peace is found in Christ by those who seek it. The Epistle of James states: "Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." (Jas. 3:18)

The Body and Blood of Christ provide believers with the newness of life in Christ. The Body and Blood of Christ unite believers with Christ. The Body and Blood of Christ enables believers to experience Christ and to be renewed in Christ.

Despair and hopelessness are put behind believers who draw near and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The darkness of Holy Friday is surpassed for believers who turn to the Risen Lord in faith.

Individuals seeking to satisfy the hunger in their souls will find the necessary nourishment in the Risen Christ. Individuals seeking personal confidence and peace will find it in the Risen Christ.

Just as the Church provides Divine services specific to Great Lent and Holy Week, the Church provides specific services for the period of the Paschal celebration.

`Believers do well to think carefully about the time between the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ and the Feast of the Holy Ascension. Each day is a day of the verification and celebration of the Resurrection.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 2 / April 15, 2007
Thomas Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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