St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 534 - March 30 / April 12, 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 30 / April 12, 2009
Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
No. 534

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

Luke 17:19

And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."

Recent Services
April 2
Ninth Hour was read.
April 3
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read in St. George Church.
Presanctified Liturgy was held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Eight people came. One communicant.
Matins with Akathist to the Mother of God was read at the St. George Church.
April 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at the St. George Church.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
April 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read immediately before the Divine Liturgy.
Thirty people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
Approximately 150 people were present in the church when Deanery Lenten Vespers were held. Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rade Merick, Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch, Protonamesnik Rajko Kosic and Father Milan Pajic served. St. Elijah Choir of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania sang responses. Father Merick gave the sermon.
April 6
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour were read.
Two people were present in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Ninth Hour was read.
April 9
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour were read. Ninth Hour was read.
April 10
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour were read.
Two people were present for Presanctified Liturgy. Two communicants.
Ninth Hour was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Great and Holy Tuesday
5:30 AM - Hours with Reading of Gospels. 6:30 PM - Service

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

Great and Holy Thursday
5:30 AM - Service

Great and Holy Thursday
8:00 AM - Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.

Great and Holy Thursday
6:30 PM - Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels.

Great and Holy Friday
The Royal Hours, YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va. 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 8:00 AM

Great and Holy Saturday
Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:30 PM

Resurrection Matins on Pascha (next Sunday) will be at 5:30 AM

Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. - Please note this earlier time.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
April 16 - Great and Holy Thursday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending and helping with the Lenten Vespers and dinner afterwards.

+Sympathy extended to the family of +Eli Brdar recently departed this life.

+Sympathy extended to the family of +Edna Kotch recently departed this life.

+Sympathy extended to Tom and Debby Hunter, Debby's brother departed this life this past week.

May God give strength and comfort to the families of the three police officers from Pittsburgh who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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.

If you have not been to Holy Confession and Communion recently, prepare and come this week.

The Parish Slava will be celebrated on May 3, 2009.

The Parish Outdoor Program and Picnic will be on June 7, 2009.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov

Belief in the resurrection has been a stumbling block for many. Yet, in nature and in the Scriptures, we can find all the evidence we need to lead us to the belief in the Resurrection if we but look and listen, and believe what we see and hear

( St. Elijah Parish Bulletin, April 1991. )

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

To Consider

Jesus entering Jerusalem.
The Cross awaiting Christ.
The Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 24 - Blessed one home.
March 27 - Went to Antiochian Village for conference on Home Schooling.
April 3 - Served Presanctified Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
April 4 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 7 - Went to Diocesan Center and then to North Carolina.
April 8 - Returned to Diocesan Center.
April 10 - Visited friends of parish and visited with parish family.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

I will give thanks to thee, O Lord and King, and will praise Thee as God my Savior.

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.

Today God's Holy Church celebrates the Feast of Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem. Jesus came as King yet His entry reflected humility. Jesus showed humility when He took on human flesh.

Jesus showed humility when He washed His disciples feet. He showed humility when He went to the Cross voluntarily. Believers need to come to terms with Jesus' humility and determine the applicability to the Christian life.

Arrogance and pride lead to the downfall of believers. Arrogance and pride do not lead to the Kingdom of God. Jesus' humble entry into Jerusalem centuries ago continues to be of central interest and celebration today.

Being apologetic to those whom we have offended and seeking the forgiveness of God for our sins have a permanent place in the lives of believers. The joy of Christ comes to those who are humble and follow Christ's example.

The joy of Christ comes to those choosing to serve Christ with singleness of purpose and love. God knows the heart's purpose behind every action. God is not deceived by individuals who are outwardly Christian but not in the heart.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." (Mt. 7:21)

The love of God was manifested on the Cross. The love of God was manifested in the Resurrection. Today in the Holy Gospel Jesus is hailed as the King of Israel.

At Holy Baptism believers confess Jesus as King and as God. At Holy Baptism believers formally enter the Christian life and are expected to be faithful to Christ throughout life.

Believers are expected to serve Christ with faithfulness throughout their lives. Through prayer and fasting and conscientiously living the Christian life, believers come to know the best way to follow and serve Christ.

The Christian journey from Holy Baptist to departure from this life holds many uncertainties. Loving Christ and following Christ provides security even in the most difficult of circumstances.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Philippians: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13). Jesus empowers believers. The strength we receive from Christ is to be used as Christ would have it used.

When Jesus was taken into custody, He made the capability of His strength known and at the same time reflected humility by acquiescing to His arrest.

At the time of His arrest Jesus said: "Do you think I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?" (Mt. 26:53)

Believers benefit from being strong in faith. Believers benefit from continuing to seek unity with Christ under all circumstances. Believers benefit from singleness of purpose in seeking the Kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33)

Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Eyes were upon Him. People called out to Him. Lazarus being called forth from the dead was in the minds of onlookers.

Being united with Christ in prayer takes believers to new levels of relationship with Christ. Prostrating before Christ in prayer can bring peace and forgiveness.

Holy Week is central to the lives of serious Orthodox believers. Every minute of Holy Week is deserving of the full attention of believers. Time is precious and is given by God.

Believers benefit when giving their time to God. Going to church as much as possible during Holy Week is beneficial. Refraining from activities not consistent with Church life is beneficial during Holy Week and throughout the year.

Holiness is in the air with the arrival of the Feast of Christ's entry into Jerusalem. This is sacred time. It is time for God. It is God's time. Serious believers treat today and each day of Holy Week with the greatest of care.

The love of God permeates this time.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 30 / April 12, 2009
The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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