St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 586 - March 29 / April 11, 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 29 / April 11, 2010
Thomas Sunday
No. 586

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 2
Fourteen people came for the Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday.
April 3
Eleven people for Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning.
One person came for the reading of the Acts of the Apostles on Holy Saturday evening.
April 4
Nine people came for Resurrection Matins early on Pascha.
Akatist of the Resurrection was read followed by the Paschal Divine Liturgy. Forty-nine people came. Fourteen communicants.
April 5
Resurrection Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Resurrection First Hour were read.
Three people for Akathist of the Resurrection.
April 6
Resurrection Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Resurrection First Hour were read.
Resurrection Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
April 7
Resurrection Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Resurrection First Hour were read.
Seven people came for the Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
April 8
Resurrection Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Resurrection First Hour were read.
Resurrection Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
April 9
Resurrection Midnight Office, Resurrection Matins and Resurrection First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

5:30 AM Daily Monday through Saturday, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour.

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Thomas Sunday
April 18 - Sunday of the Myrrbearers
April 25 - Sunday of the Paralytic
May 2 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 6 - St. George Day
May 8 - Parish Slava Celebration-Slava Dinner.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Sophie Kilo newly departed this life.

Remember the miners and their families from Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

Mark the date of Saturday May 8 for the parish Slava celebration.

Come to Adult class this coming Tuesday night.

Continue to celebrate Christ's Resurrection each day.

+William Lynn, a retired state parole supervisor, conscientiously worked in this area as a parole agent for many years. He recently departed this life. May God give comfort to his family, friends and co-workers.

Continue to be serious each day about the care of your soul.

Look carefully for God's presence in daily life.

Share the joy of Christ's Resurrection with your family and friends.

Practice forgiveness every day.

Take time to nourish your soul each day.

Be at peace as much as possible with family members and friends.

Daily seek the joy and peace in the Resurrected Christ.

Seek the Kingdom of God each day.

Prepare each day for Christ's glorious Second Coming.

From the Ninth Ode of Resurrection Matins

How Divine! How beloved! How sweet is Thy voice, O Christ! For Thou hast faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.

( The Paschal Service. Department of Religious Education, Orthodox Church in America, New York, 1977)

To Consider

The continued verification of Christ's Resurrection.
The post-Resurrection appearances of Christ.
The enduring hope established by the Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 3 - Went to visit patient at hospital in Waynesburg.
April 7 - Went to vigil site for Upper Big Branch Miners in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

Psalm 52/53:2

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Thomas Sunday

John 20:19-31

Then, the same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them. "Peace be with you." When Jesus had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

The full comprehension of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ exceeds the mind. The joy of the Resurrection is experienced in the lives of believers. The joy of the Resurrection lifts believers to new heights.

Thomas Sunday verifies the Resurrection of Christ and renews the joy of Pascha. Believers savor the joy of the Resurrection and treasure the experience. The new life in the Resurrection provides inspiration to always follow Christ.

During the days following the Feast of the Resurrection, believers choose the best way to follow Christ. Every moment of time is a time of decision-making.

The Church provides daily nourishment in Divine services. Wise individuals stay close to the Church and seek the nourishment on a daily basis. Nourishment of the soul is necessary on a daily basis throughout the year.

A certain movement and order exists in the Church for feasting and fasting. Wise individuals live their lives according to the calendar and expectations of the Church throughout the year.

Christ provides nourishment everyday. Prayer is a means for nourishment. Reading the Holy Gospel is a means for nourishment. Holy Communion provides nourishment.

The Light of the Resurrected Christ points the way for believers to follow. Believers need only to look to Christ with great seriousness and pray for the wisdom to follow Him.

Faith is Christ is always well-placed faith. Believers will never be disappointed when turning to Christ and sincerely following Him. The paths to choose are not always evident. Patience is necessary to discern God's will.

Patience is necessary with God. Patience is necessary with the self. Patience is necessary with family members and friends. The Holy Apostle Thomas eventually was able to personally satisfy himself of Christ's Resurrection.

Individuals seeking nourishment from Christ and direction from Christ will receive nourishment and direction if they are patient. The celebration of Pascha continues until the Feast of Ascension and gives daily direction.

Actually, the celebration of the Resurrection continues throughout the year. Believers attentive to the services of the Church see references to the Resurrection throughout the year.

Lives change due to the Resurrection. Lives change due to belief in Christ. Lives change because Christ causes change in lives. Change is possible for individuals who believe.

The Holy Apostle Paul changed from being a persecutor of Christ to being a foremost apostle (Acts 26:1-29) The Resurrected Christ changes lives. When believers change due to Christ they assume a responsibility to honor Christ.

Honoring Christ and being grateful Christ is a life-long responsibility. The goodness of Christ far exceeds any expression of appreciation and acts of goodness by believers.

Believers do well to examine their hearts and determine the degree of appreciation shown to God each day. Believers do well to think carefully about the Resurrected Christ and decide if Christ is thanked sufficiently each day.

Believers do well to think about Christ's glorious Second Coming and the fragileness of life. How many believers are ready to meet the returning Christ today? Holy many believers are fully united with Christ today?

The Holy Apostle Thomas had the opportunity to witness the Resurrected Christ and to reach out to touch Him. How many of us take time to think about the Resurrected Christ in our midst today?

What is our personal demeanor and attitude today toward the Resurrected Christ? What is the condition of our hearts and minds today in relation to the Resurrected Christ?

Can our hearts and minds withstand exposure to the Resurrected Christ and final judgment? Can our relationships with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues sufficiently withstand examination according to Christ's standards?

Are we making the best use of each day to bring our lives into full compliance with the way of Christ?

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 29 / April 11, 2010
Thomas Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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