St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 584 - March 15 / March 28, 2010

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 15 / March 28, 2010
Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
No. 584

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

Ephesians 3:17-18

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-to know the love of Christ which passes all knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Recent Services
March 18
Ninth Hour with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder was read.
March 19
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Three people were here for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
March 20
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia where Third and Sixth Hours were read and the Divine Liturgy was served. Four communicants.
Three people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
March 21
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
More than a hundred people came for Deanery Lenten Vespers. Visiting clergy serving included: Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Protopresbyer Stavrofor Rade Merick, Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch, Protopresbyter Rajko Kosic, Reverend Father Milan Pajic and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic. Father Pajic gave the sermon. Midland Choir was the guest choir with participation by Aliquippa and Steubenville members. Evenlyn Adams directed the choir.
March 22
Midnight Office, First Hour and Third Hour were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Ninth Hour was read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
March 23
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
One person came for Akathist for Communion.
March 24
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.
Five people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Four communicants.
March 25
Midnight Office, First Hour and Third Hour were read with Kathisma and reading from The Ladder.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 5:30 AM, Noon, 4:00 PM.

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, Holy Trinity Church, 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
Next Sunday Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. - Please note!

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Tonight - Deanery Vespers at St. Sava Church, McKeesport at 5:30 PM.
Wednesday - Holy Unction 7:00 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Parish Life

Note - Divine Liturgy will start at 9:00 AM next Sunday-Pascha!

Thank you to all helping with the Lenten dinner.

Honor each day of Great and Holy Week-Fast, pray, come to church often.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Holy Week.

Rejoice in the celebration of today's feast.

Learn about the different services held during Great and Holy Week.

Bring a friend or relative to church the next time you come.

Remember Richard Menhart, Mike Dephillips, Dustin Menhart and Keith Knezovich currently on active duty with the United States military.

+Dan Ralich is being remembered by St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa with a Golf Tournament on May 1. See the bulletin board in church hall for details.

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.

One person came for Adult Class this past week. No class for two weeks.

Take time to pray everyday on a regular basis.

Thank God for the many friends of the St. George Church.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

Men entering into communion with Christ through the performance of the eucharistic sacrifice, obtain immortality and are raised up to the eternal and unending continuity of life in Christ. Not only should that sacrifice be offered, but one must participate in it by the reception of Holy Communion.

(The Eucharist as Sacrifice. Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1993, p. 108.)

To Consider

Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
The lesson of humility of Christ entering on a donkey.
Christ's power over death.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 15 - Went to class at Waynesburg University on grant writing for credit toward West Virginia University Continuing Education Certificate in Non-profit management.
March 1519 - Attended Akathist service at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa.
March 1521 - Participated in Deanery Vespers at St. George Church.
March 1523 - Blessed one residence in Fairchance, Pa.

Psalm 50/51:1

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.

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.

The Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem is a major feast of the Holy Orthodox Church. Believers experience great joy celebrating Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The raising of Lazarus was fresh in the minds of onlookers.

The Lord Jesus Christ has immeasurable power to change lives and bring lasting joy to the lives of believers. The continued celebration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem demonstrates the enduring power of Christ in our lives.

The power of Christ to transform lives can eradicate daily gloom or despondency that might affect the lives of current believers. Jesus still has the power to bring new life to individuals coming to Him in faith.

Believers do well to think carefully about the humility Christ displayed entering Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey. Christ was received with great celebration.

The Lord Jesus Christ always deserves to be welcomed in our hearts. Christ entering our hearts, minds and souls is always a time for great enthusiasm.

Care must be taken daily not to betray Christ. Care must be taken daily not to cooperate in the crucifixion of Christ. Christians committing sin betray Christ. Christians being unfaithful are betrayers of Christ.

Lukewarm Christians do not honor their baptismal commitment to Christ. (Rev. 3:16) Jesus demonstrated His power over death when he raised Lazarus. Holy Baptism reminds believers of Jesus' power over death. 1

The Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans read at Baptism states: "We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." (Rom. 6:3-11)

Baptism is the essential entry into the Christian life. Baptism is the fundamental common beginning for all believers. Complete commitment to Christ begins at baptism and is expected to occur throughout life.

Periodically during our lives, we benefit by taking time to review the meaning of our Baptism and measure the growth and commitment to Christ that has taken place. We do well to avoid stagnation and strive for Christian growth.

Christ's entry into Jerusalem was a measurable marking point in the earthly life of Christ. Christ's entry into Jerusalem was significantly distant from Christ's earthly birth as an infant.

During the time between Christ's birth as an infant and His entry in Jerusalem, many miracles and teachings took place. Christ's humble manner of daily living deserves our constant attention. (Mt. 20:25-28)

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many."(Mt.20:28) We have a responsibility to pattern our lives after Christ and conform to His teachings.

We cannot live as Christ would have us to live without being united with Christ. Holy Confession and Holy Communion keep us in unity with Christ. Regularly studying Christ's life and teachings keep us in unity with Christ.

Frequently being in Christ's Church keeps us in union with Christ. Being vigilant in our thoughts and actions keeps us in union with Christ. Prayer and fasting keep us in union with Christ.

Repentance returns us to Christ and enables us to once again experience the joy of Christ. The arrival of the Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem vividly reminds us of Christian joy and brings us to Holy Week.

The time is at hand to think about the condition of our souls and the direction of our lives. Our lives, our souls find their nourishment, fullness and meaning in Christ.

We do well to immerse ourselves in the Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem and each day of Holy Week. Complete immersion in this feast and each day of Holy Week will keep us united with the Crucified and Resurrected Christ.

1 Baptism. The Orthodox Church in America, New York, 1972, p.60.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 15 / March 28, 2010
The Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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