St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 535 - April 6 / April 19, 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
April 6 / April 19, 2009
Pascha - Feast of Feasts
No. 535

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

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
April 10
Pomen for +Edna Kotch in funeral home.
April 11
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Funeral held for +Edna Kotch with burial in St. George Cemetery.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
April 12
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read before Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants.
April 13
Midnight Office, First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours read including Kathisma and Gospels.
April 14
Midnight Office and First Hour read at St. George Church.
Third Hour with Kathisma and Gospel read at FCI-Morgantown with three residents attending.
Sixth and Ninth Hour read at St. George Church with Kathisma and Gospels.
Four people came for Great Compline.
April 15
Midnight Office, First Hour and Third Hour were read with Kathisma and Gospel.
April 16
Order of Preparation for Communion read. One person came for Divine Liturgy.
Six people came for Matins of Holy Friday.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Resurrection Matins-Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Bright Week, 5:30 AM Matins - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Bright Monday
9:00AM - Divine Liturgy with Mon-Valley Orthodox Clergy and Faithful.

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

3:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Feast of Feasts-Pascha
Bright Monday - Divine Liturgy with Mon Valley Orthodox clergy and faithful invited.
Bright Tuesday - Mon Valley Orthodox churches invited to St. Michael Orthodox Church in Monessen.for 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
May 3 - Parish Slava celebration.
May 6 - St. George.
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog.

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 traveling to Deanery services during Great Lent and Holy Week.

Plan to attend the Bright Monday Divine Liturgy tomorrow.

Please send in your reservations for the Slava dinner.

Adult Classes resume this week.

Celebrate Christ's Resurrection throughout the Paschal period.

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.

From the Gospel of St. Mark

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him."

( RSV )

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

To Consider

The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The unending joy as a result of the Resurrection.
The continuing changing of lives due to the Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 12 and April 15 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for services.
April 14 - Went to the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W.Va. for a service.
April 15 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
April 18 - Scheduled for Royal Hours at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Psalms

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the sit of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.

(Ps. 1:1 NKJV )

The Gospel of St. John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of he flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'" And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

Christ is Risen! The message of the Resurrection goes throughout the world and the world is renewed. Joy permeates the hearts of believers in every place where the Resurrection is celebrated.

Lives are changed daily. Believers experience the Resurrection daily. Hope in the Risen Christ exists in the most difficult of circumstances and in the darkest moments of believers' lives.

External threats and uncertainties cannot withstand the hope in the Risen Christ. The Risen Christ gives believers meaning for each day of life. The Risen Christ gives believers joy and purpose for each day of life.

The Risen Christ is the foundation for family life. The Risen Christ sets the lasting standard for the raising of children. The Risen Christ is the basis for neighborly relations on the local, national and international level.

The Risen Christ is factual and enduring. Holy martyrs and saints bear witness to the Resurrection. Believers of every century bear witness to the Resurrection. The Holy Apostles bear witness to the Resurrection.

The Serbian Orthodox Church proclaims the Resurrection for all willing to listen. Believing in the Resurrected Christ and following the Resurrect Christ is completely voluntary.

The celebration of Pascha is the Feast of Feasts in the Holy Orthodox Church. The Lord Jesus Christ's defeat of death is reason for continuous celebration everywhere.

Lives change when believers embrace the Resurrection of Christ on daily basis. Lives change when believers welcome the Resurrected Christ into their hearts and homes.

Lives change when the Resurrected Christ is the guide for daily life and basis for daily hope. The Crucified and Resurrected Christ heals the hurt of broken hearts.

The Crucified and Resurrected Christ heals the hurt due to pained relationships. The Crucified and Resurrected Christ heals the hurt of disappointments in daily experiences.

The Crucified and Resurrected Christ strengthens believers to face common and extreme trials of life. The Resurrected Christ enables believers to prevail in faith in times of adversity.

The message of hope established by the Resurrection enables believers to continue living when life is felt to be most difficult. Prisoners of war find hope in the Resurrected Christ.

Prisoners of poverty find hope in the Resurrected Christ. Prisoners of demons of the mind have reason to hope in the Resurrected Christ. Anxiety and fear cannot withstand the strength of hope in the Resurrected Christ.

The love of Christ demonstrated on the Cross and the humility of Christ demonstrated on the Cross are standards for Christian living. Believers benefit from examining the humility shown in the life of Christ.

In this day and age when arrogance and ostentatious behavior receives much attention, the humility of the Lord Jesus Christ teaches the best lessons in life. The humility of Christ reveals the glory of Christ.

Christ's love is the greatest love. Every believer experiences the love of Christ. Believers giving serious thought to Christ become increasingly aware of the sacrifice of Christ and of the love of Christ.

The love of Christ fills the hearts of believers on Pascha. The love of Christ changes homes and the communities in which believers live. The world is better with each celebration of Pascha.

Pascha transforms and gives definition to the world. Pascha provides perspective for viewing earthly life. Pascha joins believers together of every century. Pascha joins together believers of every community.

Pascha joins together the centuries past and the immediate present. The time of God has new meaning in Pascha. The time of the Holy Prophets and the time of the present come together in the Risen Christ.

Christ's Resurrection brings everlasting change.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 6 / April 19, 2009

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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