5:30 PM - Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenvillle, Ohio
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
A Thought from Dr. Milan G. Popovich
- · May God give eternal rest to +Proto Stavrofor Bronko Skaljac
and comfort to his family.
- · His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated at the services for +Father Bronko
with many clergy serving and attending. Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia also
were present from Monastery Marcha along with a large gathering the faithful.
- · Milosh "Serb" Krewasky, Mildred Bezjak, Sonia Janson and Andrea Janson were
parishioners traveling to St. Sava Cathedral in Cleveland where +Father Bronko's
viewing, pomen, the Divine Liturgy and funeral service were held.
- · Sophie Krivosky, her daughter Judy, Steve Popovich, his brother and sister,
Bill Kovach with his wife and sister Patty, and Mike and Josephine Vuich
also were among those formerly from this area coming to St. Sava Cathedral
for +Father Bronko and his family.
- · Former St. George parish priest, Proto Stavrofor Vasiljie Sokolovich served
and spoke at the funeral and was accompanied by his family. A statement was
read from Proto Djokan Majstorovich as President of the Serbian Orthodox
- · Father Majstorovic, Father Sokolovic and Father Skaljac are three priests from
this parish that served as President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood.
- · Make your investments in the Kingdom of God. Honor Great Lent entirely.
- · 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.
- · Today is the last day to eat dairy products until Pascha. Eating meat
was discontinued last week. It is time to concentrate on increased prayer
and care of the soul.
- · Many of +Mike "Mac" Rogish's family traveled long distances to attend
the Parastos last Sunday.
- · Four people came for Adult Class this past week. No class this week.
- · Remember the eighteen miners that lost their lives on March 8, 1960
at Island Creek Holden #22 in West Virginia.
A religious man believes what the Bible reveals, that God created man in his own image
for the life of this world and in world to come, and endowed him with some exclusive
spiritual faculties not found in the entire animal world. Like God, man's soul possesses
vision but is not visible; it fills his body as God fills the world.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
1975 Calendar. The Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada.
· The immeasurable capacity of God to forgive.
· The countless individuals benefiting from God's forgiveness.
· Beginning anew in Christ after having been forgiven.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March 2-3 - Went to Diocese, then to St. Sava Cathedral in Cleveland for viewing,
and service including funeral.
Psalm 103/104: 1
Bless the Lord, O my soul!O Lord my God, You are very great!
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive me their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance.
For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly,
I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash
your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in
the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay
up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroys and where thieves
break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.
Believers have a choice as to whether to treat the Gospel of Christ with great seriousness.
This choice is a daily choice. Every minute of every day individuals choose whether to honor
the Lord Jesus Christ with their lives. Even the most well-intentioned person will deviate
from the love of Christ and full attentiveness to Christ. When a person fails to honor Christ,
repentance is necessary.
Great Lent is the structured period of time provided by the Church every year emphasizing
repentance. Wise individuals take Great Lent seriously. Wise individuals see Great Lent as an
opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God. Repentance requires attention to the condition
of the soul. Acknowledging personal sin is necessary. Acknowledging dependence on God is
necessary. Acknowledging the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and the immeasurable love of
Christ is necessary.
Serious believers will recognize the spiritual filth that has become part of their lives.
Holy Confession is a means of cleansing this filth. Holy Confession is the means for
purification of the soul. The purity of the Mother of God is an example and inspiration
for every believer. The purity of the souls of the martyrs cleansed by the extreme suffering
undergone in the name of Christ and in confession of Christ is inspiration and model for
Believers determine every day what their goals are and in what condition they will end
their earthly lives. Some individuals give more conscious attention to personal goals than
others. The way a person lives each day has a cumulative effect. Unless a person consciously
devotes his or her life to Christ every day, he or she will face a perilous final judgment.
Christ is present each day to forgive sins and to aid believers in forgiving family,
friends and individuals sharing their daily lives. The present Gospel message stresses
laying up treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not consume and where thieves cannot
enter and steal.
Great Lent is the time to assess where our lives are headed. Great Lent is the time to
redirect our lives toward the Kingdom of God. When we exit the baptismal fount, the Kingdom
of God is our intended final destination. Great Lent is the time to make sure we are faithful
on the narrow path toward the Kingdom of God.
God's Holy Church has a proven path through the centuries. The path has been kept clean
by the lives of the faithful. The path has been cleared by the efforts of the saints and
martyrs. Each generation makes choices whether to remain on that path. Each generation has
responsibility to be faithful to the path.
Honoring Great Lent requires conscious use of the mind and the heart. Honoring Great Lent
requires conscious effort of the body. Great Lent increases in value in proportion to the
degree it is honored. The individuals taking Great Lent seriously each day realize greater
benefits. Investing in banks and the stock market cannot compete with investing in the
Kingdom of God. The safest and surest investment is in the Kingdom of God.
Eternal life is the immeasurable dividend. Care of the soul is of immeasurable value.
The present time is the only time of certainty in life. We know not when Christ will
return. We know not how much longer we will live. We have to decide now whether we will
honor this Great Lent. We have to begin immediately if we are going to have full benefit
of this Great Lent. Each person honoring Great Lent brings benefits not only to his or
herself. Each person honoring Great Lent brings benefits to family and friends,
to co-workers and neighbors. Each person honoring Great Lent invests in the Kingdom
of God and strengthens the parish.
Believers investing seriously in Great Lent experience joy as a result. Joy comes
with loving and honoring Christ. Joy comes in being united with Christ. Joys comes in
following the path of the saints and martyrs. Each person chooses with whom he or she
will associate with and identify with in daily life. When we choose to unite our lives
with Christ and hold Christ, His Mother and the saints and martyrs as examples, we make
the soundest decision of our lives.
Today is the day to repent. Today is the day to seek forgiveness from God and from
all whom we have offended. Today is the day to be forgiving of all individuals who may
have offended us. Today is the day to "lay aside every weight and sin which doth so easily
beset us, let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus,
the author and finisher of our faith."
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 21 / March 6, 2011
Venerable Timothy. St. Eustathius.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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