St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 585 - March 22 / April 4, 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 22 / April 4, 2010
Pascha - Feast of Feasts
No. 585

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
March 25
Ninth Hour was read with reading from The Ladder.
March 26
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read.
The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts was served. Four people came. Two communicants.
March 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy with procession. Seven communicants. Kolach and Koljivo were blessed for Slava.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers.
March 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy with a procession. Twenty-seven people attended. Nine communicants.
March 29
First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read including appropriate Kathisma. All of the Gospel of St. Matthew and half of the Gospel of St. Mark were read.
March 30
First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read including appropriate Kathisma The second half of the Gospel of St. Mark and two thirds of the Gospel of St. Luke were read.
Two people came for the Ninth Hour.
March 31
First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read including appropriate Kathisma. The final third of the Gospel of St. Luke and almost all of the Gospel of St. John were read.
April 1
Four people came for the Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Seven people came for the Matins of Holy Friday with the Twelve Gospel readings.
April 2
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Royal Hours.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Resurrection Matins. Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Wednesday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of Annunciation.

Saturday
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, West Virginia.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Pascha-Feast of Feasts
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation
April 11 - Thomas Sunday
April 18 - Sunday of the Myrrbearers

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Thank you to the parishioners going to St. Sava Church, McKeesport for Deanery Vespers.

Thank you to the parishioners going to Holy Trinity Cathedral for Holy Unction.

Thank you to all parishioners coming to church during Holy Week.

A warm welcome to visitors to St. George Church.

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.

Sympathy extended to Mary Trbovich. Her sister +Donna departed this life.

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

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)

To Consider

The enduring message of the Empty Tomb.
The far reaching effects of Christ's Resurrection.
The uncontainable joy of the Resurrection

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 26 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
March 27 - Went to Diocesan Center and then to a hospital in Pittsburgh.
March 28 - Went to a family Slava celebration and blessed house.
March 29 - Went to St. Sava Church, McKeesport for Vespers.
March 31 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Holy Unction.
April 1 - Went to UMWA Miners Day Solidarity Rally-Clarksville, Pa.
April 2 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Psalm 51/52: 8

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.


Pascha

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)

The Feast of Feasts has arrived. Death is trampled down! Christ is Risen! Joy permeates the air. The Empty Tomb sends forth the glorious message that will not be silenced.

Lives change with the celebration of Pascha. Hope ascends. Optimism dominates. Christ's Resurrection exceeds the comprehension of the mind. Christ's Resurrection transforms lives of believers.

Believers are empowered by the Resurrection. Believers are humbled by the Resurrection. The love of Christ is revealed by the Resurrection. The humility of Christ is magnified by the Cross and Resurrection.

The present Gospel gives the believer much to think about. The mind is directed to the beginning. The mind is directed to consider everything that was made and Who is behind the making of all things.

Christ as Light is something believers need to come to terms with. Candles burn brightly on Pascha. During the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts the exclamation is made: "The Light of Christ illumineth all".

The darkness of death is replaced with the Light of Christ on Pascha. With the joy of Pascha , it is difficult even to think about the darkness of death. Great and Holy Friday recedes in memory.

On Great and Holy Saturday the joy of the Resurrection is revealed in the Divine Liturgy. Vestments are changed. The content of the Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning raises the spirits of believers. Joy emerges. Believers having participated in Great Lent with great seriousness feel the power of the Resurrection in their lives. Christ makes a difference in each life open to Him. Christ transforms and makes serious believers new.

The journey through Great Lent and Holy Week is a journey with Christ and in Christ. Individuals choosing to be serious and investing in Christ experience unity with Christ and peace in Christ.

Time takes on a new dimension in Christ. Eternal life is possible in Christ. Death is no longer final for those falling asleep in Christ. The Risen Christ gives believers a basis to view the world differently.

Believers empowered by the Resurrection of Christ savor the Resurrection and the love of Christ. The world looks different and is different. Believers face the world with confidence in the Risen Christ.

The joyous greeting: "Christ is Risen!" goes to the hearts and souls of believers. The Risen Christ calls believers to go forth in His Name to live according to His teaching.

The Risen Christ calls believers to partake of His Precious Body and Blood and to be faithful in the way they live. The Risen Christ is found in God's Holy Church. God's Holy Church is the best place to learn about the Risen Christ.

Mothers and fathers do well to bring their sons and daughter to church regularly to learn about and from the Risen Christ. Children benefit by being at the Paschal Divine Liturgy and at every Divine Liturgy.

Children benefit from hearing the joyous exclamation that "Christ is Risen!" Learning of Christ's Resurrection is a foundation for young children. Christ's Resurrection is a foundation for all believers.

The celebration of Christ's Resurrection is cause for believers to assess how they live their lives and how they will live the remaining days of their lives. The joy of the Resurrection is inspiration for recommitment to the way of Christ.

Families centered on the Resurrected Christ are families with a foundation of joy and strength to overcome all obstacles. Families centered in the Resurrected Christ are the most nourished families.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled." (Mt. 5:6) Fulfillment comes in Christ. Believers on the journey to Pascha find their fulfillment.

The journey through Great Lent and Holy Week to Pascha, undertaken in seriousness, can be the most important journey a believer takes during the year. Believers repenting of sins and following Christ are wise in their actions.

The saints and martyrs witness to the Resurrected Christ through the centuries. The Church celebrates Christ's Resurrection continuously. The world is renewed with Christ's Resurrection.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 22 / April 4, 2010
Pascha.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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