St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 533 - March 23 / April 5, 2009

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 23 / April 5, 2009
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, St. Mary of Egypt
No. 533

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

I Corinthians 13:13

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Recent Services
March 26
Ninth Hour was read.
March 27
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour were read.
March 28
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
March 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read immediately before Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Twelve communicants.
March 30
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. Alexis, Man of God.
March 31
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read. Ninth Hour was read.
April 1
Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic and Protonamesnik Zoran Radovic did the reading and singing for Matins and First Hour.
April 2
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours immediately before Divine Liturgy. 5:30 PM Deanery Vespers.

5:30 AM on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

8:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy.

Lazarus Saturday
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

April 7-Feast of Annunciation
April 11 - Lazarus Saturday
April 12 - Vespers, Palm Sunday at 5:30 PM, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh
April 15 - Great and Holy Wednesday, Holy Unction at 7:00 PM, Holy Trinity Cathedra, Pittsburgh.
April 16 - Great and Holy Thursday
April 17 - Great and Holy Friday
April 18 - Great and Holy Saturday
April 19, Pascha - Paschal Divine Resurrection Matins at 5:30 AM. Please note - Paschal Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
April 20 - Bright Monday
April 21 - Bright Tuesday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners helping with preparations for this evening's Vesper service and dinner and to all planning to attend and help.

Protopresbyter Stavrofor Toma Stojich, Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, Protonamesnik Zoran Radovic and Reverend Father Vladislav Radujkovic visited this past week. They were warmly welcomed by Executive Board President Stan Brozik.

Two people came for Adult Class this past Monday to discuss the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. No class until after Pascha.

Mike "Mac" Rogish will be honored at Dolfi's. on April 25 for his hundredth birthday Parishioners are invited and must respond to his family by April 11.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill , their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Learn the calendar of the Church and use it to structure your daily life.

If you have a question about the Divine services or other questions ask Father Rodney and come to the Adult Classes.

Every believer able should come to Holy Confession and Holy Communion during Lent.

A book on the Marianna Mine has been published by Lonnie Miller. Remembering miners killed in accidents or disasters and those miners that have been injured is important. Prevention efforts must continue.

A Thought from Father Raskto Trbuhovich
Families that run to the Church as the Ark of Salvation immerse enter themselves in the life of the Church, seven days a week. This means prayer everyday. It means reading the scriptures and the lives of the saints. It means taking the cycle of feasts and fasts seriously, all the time. It means limiting the TV and internet. It means living the life the Church continuously and receiving the sacraments at every Divine Liturgy, just like the priest.

(The Voice of St. Stephen October-November 2004 as printed in St. Luke Newsletter, December 2004 )

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

To Consider

The importance of each day of Great Lent.
Time as a gift from God.
Use of time for the benefit of the soul.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 29 - Went to Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville, Ohio for Vespers.
April 1 - Went to Diocesan Center for Clergy Confession.
April 1 - Went to St. John the Divine Orthodox Church in Monessen to attend service.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

Blessed is he who concerns himself with these things, and he who lays them to heart will become wise

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Mark 10:32-45

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles: and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask." And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left in Your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

St. Mary of Egypt
Luke 7:36-50

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought and alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denari, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have rightly judged." Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."

The final week of Great Lent has arrived. Holy Week will soon be here. Repentance needs to be the primary and immediate focus. Serious believers take strong interest in the condition of the soul in these remaining days of Great Lent.

The Lord Jesus Christ forgave the sinful woman (Lk. 7:36-48). The Lord Jesus Christ forgives the sins of individuals coming to him in sincerity of faith. Now is the time to repent of personal sin and seek forgiveness.

The Psalmist David said: "A broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise." (Ps. 50/51:17). The Holy Scriptures and teachings of the Church increase a person's awareness of personal sins.

When aware of personal sins, the situation is hopeless only to the extent a person chooses not to repent and remains sinful. Forgiveness is always possible while a person is alive and has faculty of mind.

Every person's earthly life is limited. Each day deserves to be treated as a gift from God for the glory of God. Everything a person says and does merits being consistent with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers benefit from studying the life of Christ and the love of Christ. Believers benefit from being nourished by the words of Christ and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Each moment of life is precious. Procrastination is perilous. A person does not know when he or she will take the final breath. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "Each of us shall give an account of himself to God." (Rom. 14:12)

Sins not confessed take energy from a person and serve as a burden. Sins not confessed will work as a virus inhibiting spiritual growth. Sins not confessed prevent a person from full unity with Christ.

The Psalmist David reflected his interest in being cleansed of sins when he formed the words of Psalm 50/51. The Psalmist David prayed unto God: "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse from my sin." (Ps. 50/51:2).

Grave sins can eat at a person's heart and mind. Grave sins not confessed can drive a person to despondency. A person can choose to deny the existence of sins. Sins buried deep within the consciousness of a person will still have an effect.

A believer will not fully experience the joy of Christ while still harboring sins that affect the mind and disposition. A person will not fully experience the joy of Christ while actively engaging in sinful activities.

The sinful woman described in the Gospel of St. Luke demonstrated her love for Christ by washing His feet with tears and anointing the feet with oil. By her actions, she revealed she had cast sin behind.

Coming to Jesus with tears of repentance results in cleansing of the soul and provides relief for the mind. Coming to Jesus with tears of repentance results in the lifting of the burden of sin and creates joy in the heart of the believer.

The remaining time of each life is a precious gift from God. Wise individuals treasure the gift of life from God and treat each moment of life with the greatest of care and appreciation.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Repent and believe in the gospel."

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 23 / April 5, 2009
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Mary of Egypt.
St. Nikon and others with him, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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