St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 432 - April 9 / April 22, 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 9 / April 22, 2007
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
No. 432

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.
April 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
April 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
April 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
April 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
April 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour
April 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
April 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

Ninth Hour and Vespers Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.

6:00 PM Akathists followed by class at 7:00 PM.

Divine Liturgy, YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va. 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 - Parish Slava, St.George
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St.Sava
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 16 - Apodasis of Pascha
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
May 25 - Leavetaking of Ascension.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Parish daily services are broadcast on the parish website.

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Plan to attend the Slava celebration. Make your dinner reservations.

Pray for the full and complete healing of the families, students, faculty and friends suffering from the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Pray for peace and tranquility to return and for a renewal of campus life pleasing to God.

Pray for a reduction of violence in our society and for improved treatment of the mentally ill to reduce and prevents acts of harm to self and others.

Beseech the Lord God to hasten the recovery of the afflicted at Virginia Tech and bring them peace.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

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

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

Remember the homebound, those in nursing and care homes, those in hospitals, rehab centers, jails and prisons. Remember their caretakers and the staffs members.

Share the joy of the Risen Christ daily.

The Kolo needs good helpers when baking.

A Thought from Saint Gregory of Nyssa

And first the brightness of the Word was communicated to the Church by the Prophets. Later, by the revelation of the Gospel the entire shadowy substance of symbol was dispelled and the intervening wall was torn down. In this way the atmosphere within the house was connected with the light of the upper heavens; and so there was no further need of using the light from the windows, since the true Light was enlightening all the interior by the rays of the Gospel. Thus the Word cries through the windows of the Church to raise up all that have been crushed: Now indeed arise from your fall, you who have slipped in the mire of sin; and you who have been tripped by the serpent and have fallen to earth by the sin of disobedience, rise up!

(From Glory to Glory. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1979, p. 185 )

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

To Consider

The Empty Tomb.
The appearances of the Resurrected Christ.
Belief in the Resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the dead.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 15 - Attended parish Board meeting.
April 19 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars. Went to Sewickley Hospital.
April 20 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission Chapel, Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Sarmatas said, 'I prefer a sinful man who knows he has sinned and repents, to a man who has not sinned and considers himself to be righteous."

Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

Mark 15:43-47. 16:1-8

Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he 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 bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in 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 observered 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 from the door of the tomb 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.

The Tomb is empty. The women hear the news: "You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here." Believers hear the news of Christ throughout the Pascha period.

The Resurrection is celebrated daily until the Feast of Ascension. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." (I Cor. 15:20)

Hope springs from Jesus Christ's Resurrection. Hope is founded in Jesus Christ's Resurrection. The Holy Apostle Peter said: "Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear." (I Peter 3:15)

The time of the Resurrection is a time of joy. If we look carefully at our lives, we find joy emanating from Christ. In hardship, in toil, in travail, Christ is always present. We need only look in faith for Him.

The Holy Apostle Paul's declaration about God holds true today as it did centuries ago: "In Him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)

When we experience crosses in our lives and they seem too heavy, let us turn to the Risen Lord. Let us ponder His transformation of the Cross from death and destruction to life and hope.

Jesus Christ set the example for believers of every century. The Cross was not the defeat of Christ, The Cross was a sign and a prelude to the victory of Christ.

When believers experience circumstances in life which bring an end to life as it is known, turn to Christ in faith. Turn to Christ for hope, for direction, for strength and for nourishment.

The value of turning to Christ in faith is proven over and over again, year after year, century after century. Communist regimes, dictators, oppressive and atheistic governments have tried to subdue, repress and destroy the Church of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ told the Holy Apostle Peter: "On this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Mt. 16:18)

Today, in modern society, efforts to diminish the teachings and work of God continue. The narrow path is the way to the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Narrow is the gate, and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Mt. 7:13)

Each person determines the path he or she will follow in life. A person can turn away from sin and seek a new path in life leading to the Kingdom of God.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans centuries ago about the newness of life in Christ. The message remains the same today: "If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection." (Rom. 6:4-5)

On Pascha we hear the glorious message" As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." Every believer has been baptized into Christ. Every believer has reason to rejoice in the Risen Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "All things are possible to him who believes." (Mk. 9:23). The power of faith in God was illustrated when Jesus said: "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." z(Mt. 17:20)

The present Gospel witnesses to the Empty Tomb. The present Gospel witnesses to the Resurrection of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Resurrection is revealed and proclaimed daily, century after century.

Century after century, men, women and children turn to the Risen Lord in hope and in faith. Century after century, the power of the Risen Lord to change individual lives is irrefutably demonstrated.

From Kosovo to South America, from South Africa, to South Side Pittsburgh, believers rejoice and experience new life in the Risen Christ. Every icon and fresco of the Resurrection, every icon and fresco of the myrrbearing women, every believer's heart full of hope testifies to the Resurrection of Christ.

"Do not be alarmed, You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen" (Mk. 16:6).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 9 / April 22, 2007
Sunday of the Myrrbearing Women.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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