St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 433 - April 16 / April 29, 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 16 / April 29, 2007
Sunday of the Paralytic
No. 433

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

Services This Past Week
April 22
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy.
April 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to read the Akathist the Mother of God, Akathist to the Mother of God of the Inexhaustible Cup and Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children. Vespers was read.
April 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came to read Akathists in the afternoon.
April 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour.
One person came for reading of the reading of the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Sixth Hour.
April 26
One person came to read Midnight Office and First Hour.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and the Akathist to the Resurrection.
April 27
One person came for the Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to read Akathists in the afternoon.
April 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour to St. George Church.
Five people came to the Divine Liturgy at the YWCA in Fairmont, W.Va.
Two people came to St. George Church 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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

Welcome home from Iraq to military veteran Keith Knezovich.

In the past eight years, clergy visits have been made to individuals in the following Pittsburgh Hospitals-Montefiore, Presbyterian, Magee, Mercy, Shadyside, Children's, Allegheny General, St.Margaret. Passavant, Oakland Veterans, the former Forbes Hospital in East Liberty.

Individuals have also been visited in hospitals in Aliquippa, Beaver County Medical Center, Sewickley, Washington, Waynesburg, Uniontown, Monongahela, and Brownsville. West Virginia Hospitals visited include Mon-General, Ruby Memorial, Chestnut Ridge, Fairmont General and Grafton Hospital.

Individuals have been visited in rehab centers in Canonsburg, Uniontown, Waynesburg and Morgantown (2), and Clarksburg, West Virginia.

May God give comfort to the workers at Hatfield Ferry Power Plant where a tragic accident occurred this past Monday. A worker lost his life in an accident. May God comfort his family.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

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

Remember those working in the mines, in correctional institutions, law enforcement, parole officers and others in dangerous occupations.

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

Slava dinner reservations are due today.

Share the joy of the Resurrection with everyone you meet.

Two people came to Adult Class on Thursday to view a showing of "Return of the Tihkvin Icon."

A Thought from St. Gregory Palamas

For just as the divinity of the Word of God incarnate is common to soul and body, since He has deified the flesh through the mediation of the soul to make it also to accomplish the works of God; so similarly, in spiritual man, the grace of the Spirit, transmitted to the body through the soul, grants to the body also the experience of things divine, and allows it the same blessed experiences as the soul undergoes.

(St. Gregory Palamas. The Triads. Paulist Press, New York, 1981, p. 51. )

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

To Consider

Christ entering the life of the paralytic.
Christ making changing the life of the paralytic.
The lesson of patience in the healing of the paralytic.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 22 - Visited two patients in Aliquippa Hospital.
April 23, 24, 25 - Accompanied friend of parish to doctor's office and hospital in Sewickley.
April 26, 27 - Went to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.
April 27 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
April 28 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. at the YWCA.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Isidore the Priest) also said, "It is impossible for you to live according to God if you love pleasures and money."

Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

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

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus was him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed." He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, "Take up your bed and walk." Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, "Take up your bed and walk?" But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who made him well.

The healing of the paralytic is a strong lesson for individuals who feel alone, for individuals who feel overwhelmed, and for those who feel forgotten. The healing of the paralytic is a lesson for those who feel there is no one to help them.

The paralytic told Jesus: "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool..." The paralytic felt alone. He was among others but considered himself to be without help. His longstanding condition existed for thirty eight years

When Jesus came to the paralytic, the paralytic did not know or expect his life would change. The paralytic did not know he would soon walk He did not know that Jesus Christ would heal him.

Jesus Christ changes lives for the better. Jesus Christ is present for every person even for the individuals who feel they have "no man to put them into the waters of healing."

The Lord Jesus Christ is a reassuring presence for each person at all times. The Lord Jesus Christ is a healing presence for each individual. The Lord Jesus Christ loves the rich and the poor, the sick and the healthy, men and women, young and old. Jesus loves individuals of each century and of each continent.

The Lord Jesus Christ told the paralytic to take up his bed and walk. The Lord Jesus Christ provides freedom to each individual accepting Christ in faith. The Gospel of St. John states: "If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (Jn. 8:36)

The freedom found in Christ carries with it the responsibility to honor Christ, to love Christ, to follow Christ, to be true to Christ, to be thankful to Christ.

The Gospel of St. Luke describes the healing of ten lepers by Jesus. Only one leper took time to return and thank Jesus. (Lk. 17:12-19)

Loneliness is a common affliction modern society. Suicide is in the news on a regular basis. Depression is a common illness for which many seek medical help or counseling.

The mobility of modern society has separated individuals from their families. Many people move from city to city, state to state, country to country without establishing long term relationships.

Coping with loneliness or feeling alone is necessary for individuals to combat despondency and experience the glory of God. Coping with feelings of loneliness is necessary to experience unity with Christ and healing by Christ.

Hope exists in Christ. Help exists in Christ. The lesson of the paralytic is not an isolated instance. The lesson of the paralytic is not an aberration.

John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus and they asked: "'Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?' Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them." (Mt. 11:2-5).

The miracles of Christ are everywhere. Believers need only look with eyes of faith to see the miracles of Christ. Believers need only open their hearts and minds to experience Christ.

The joy of Christ exceeds all joy. The Risen Christ fills the hearts and minds of believers. The Sunday of the Paralytic is an integral part of Church's post-Pascha celebration.

The Resurrection of Christ established a new age. The Resurrection of Christ ushered in a new way of viewing and understanding the world. The healed paralytic became a new person.

The Holy 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." (II Cor. 5:17)

The healed man could move about freely and experience life in new and different ways. The healed man would carry in his heart and mind the reason for this new movement, this new freedom.

Jesus healed the paralytic. Jesus heals believers of every century. Hope, love and life centered in Jesus bears fruit. Hope, love and life centered in Jesus results in the freedom experienced only in Christ.

When the Lord Jesus Christ enters a person's life and remains at the center of that life, loneliness, despondency and hopelessness are defeated. Healing, hope and freedom prevail.

The Church is celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus Christ ensures no person need feel alone or despondent. No person need feel hopeless.

Jesus defeated death and offers life to all coming to Him in faith.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 16 / April 29, 2007
Sunday of the Paralytic.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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