5:30 PM, Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood
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 Veslin Kesich
- · Honor Great Lent each day.
- · Attend Adult Class on Tuesday evening. Bring a friend.
- · Make your investments in the Kingdom of God.
- · 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.
- · Take time to pray regularly each day.
- · Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.
- · Come to the weekday services as often as possible.
- · Listen to the parish radio broadcast each week.
- · Bring a friend or relative to church.
The resurrection of Christ is first of all an act of God in the life of Jesus.
By raising Christ from the dead, God, according to the Fathers of the Church,
affected all men and revealed what would happen to all creation. The Eastern
Fathers constantly affirmed that what already happened to Christ in his resurrection
will happen also to us. To say "Jesus is risen" for them was the manifestation of
God's power and glory, the pledge of our resurrection, and the transformation of all creation.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
1981 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada.
· Great Lent has begun.
· Will we personally honor Great Lent each day?
· Each remaining day of Great Lent is important.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March 1 - Blessed one house.
March 4 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
March 6 - Went to St. Sava Church in Mckeesport for Vespers.
March 8 - Went to Forbes Hospital.
March 9 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
The Sunday of Orthodoxy
The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him,
"Follow Me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found
Nathaniel and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law; and also,
the prophets wrote---Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And Nathanael said to him,
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus
saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed,
in whom is no deceit!" Nathaniel said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered
and said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
Nathaniel answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of
Israel!" Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the
fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these." And He said to him,
"Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of
God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."
Jesus told Nathaniel he would "see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending
and descending upon the Son of Man."
(Jn. 1:51) .
When a person meets Jesus in faith, limits and barriers are broken and the possibilities
are beyond imagination. Jesus told the father of the boy that was convulsing:
"If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
Individuals limit themselves in their relationship with Christ. Individuals limit
their growth in Christ and their relationship with Christ to the extent they are
not faithful to Christ. Failure to pray with fervor and failure to follow the way
of Christ is a way imposing limits on the relationship. Failure to confess sins
and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ with regularity is a way of
imposing limits on the relationship. Unity with Christ is desirable throughout life.
Love for Christ should have no limits. The desire to be united with Christ should
have no limits.
Today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Icons of Christ, His mother and the saints receive
great attention. The fact that Jesus took on human flesh is of central importance.
Christ's death on the Cross and His Resurrection changed the world completely.
The Death and Resurrection of Christ serve as a foundation for our lives. The Death
and Resurrection of Cross provide a perspective through which to understand life and death.
Care of the soul is of primary concern during Great Lent. Repairing our relationship
with God and restoring unity is the desired objective of Great Lent. This is the time to
repent. It is time to confess. It is time to return to the way of God with love and with
fervor. The hunger of the soul needs addressed with the authenticity of Christ.
Only Christ satisfies the hunger of the soul.
Great Lent requires struggle and consistent effort. Temptations and distractions occur.
A believer can become tired or lazy. A believer can become careless. Christ has to be the
forefront of our thoughts. Jesus has to be the Goal of our efforts. Great Lent is a
structured period of time provided by the Church to benefit believers. The collective
conscientious effort of believers during Great Lent makes a difference in countless lives.
Great Lent requires sound use of the mind. Believers need to not waste time with
the mind in senseless activities. The time of life is precious time never to return.
The time of life is to be appreciated and treated with gratitude to God. God deserves
our thanks for giving us life. God deserves continuous thanks for boundless love.
God deserves continuous gratitude for the opportunities we have to begin anew as a
result of forgiveness.
The goal for each believer is to complete Great Lent in a better relationship with
Jesus Christ than when Great Lent began. Each believer should seek improvement of his
or her soul during Great Lent. Ridding the self of practices that peril the soul and
harm the relationship with Christ is a purpose of Great Lent.
The Church provides many different resources to help believers in the effort. Church
services increase during Great Lent. Many different books are available that are helpful
in the care of the soul. United worship experiences among parishes provide sources of
support for serious believers coming together in common purpose. The daily services of
the Church stress repentance and renewal in Christ.
Each day of Great Lent has value. Each day is an opportunity for renewal. Each day
is a blessing from God. Great Lent is observed in churches and monasteries throughout
the world. The effort is a collective effort and a transforming effort. The world improves
to the degree individuals serious observe Great Lent.
Hunger in the soul will lead a person to seek nourishment. The Holy Gospel provides
nourishment. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ provide nourishment. The Divine
services of the Church provide nourishment. The parish church provides nourishment.
Holy Week and Pascha are at the end of Great Lent. The Church year proceeds with
order and purpose. The Church year gives order to the lives of believers. Believers
do well to structure their lives in accordance with daily observances of the Church year.
Fasting and prayer have purpose and benefits. Fasting and prayer are proven necessities
of the Christian life expected to be an integral part of the Church year.
The Sunday of Orthodoxy is an important marking point in the early part of Great Lent.
Forgiveness Sunday brings believers together at the outset of Great Lent. The Sunday of
Orthodoxy brings believers together at the conclusion of the first week.
The intensity of Great Lent increases with each day. The purpose of Great Lent is
emphasized each day. This Great Lent can make a deciding difference in our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 28 / March 13, 2011
Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Venerable Basil the Confessor.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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