5:30 Pm - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa.
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 Prota Radisa Purich
- · May God give rest eternal to +His Eminence Metropolitan NICHOLAS
of the Carpatho-Russian Archdiocese.
- · Sympathy extended to the family of +Brian Sidgreaves recently departed this life.
- · Thank you to all the ladies baking rolls for the Kolo this past week.
- · Two people came to Adult Class on Tuesday, Class again this Wednesday.
- · 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.
In our time we are constantly looking for short cuts - short cuts in business, industry,
education, politics and - in religion. We feel the old road to heaven is too rough and
too narrow. We are looking for an easier road to heaven---a road that would be wider,
smoother and shorter. We seem to forget that our Lord taught us to take the narrow road,
for the wide road leads to destruction.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
1972 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada,
· The days of Great Lent passing by. The days remaining.
· Viewing each day as an investment in the Kingdom of God.
· Using each day to prepare for Christ's return.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March 12 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy.
March 12 - Went to Holy Resurrction Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon for Vespers.
March 13 - Went to St. John Russian Orthodox Church in Canonsburg for Doxology.
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
The Second Sunday of Great Lent
And again, He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.
Immediately, many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not
even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a
paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of
the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they
let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said
to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting
there and reasoning in their hearts. "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this?
Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit
that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about
these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, "Your sins are
forgiven you, or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk? But that you may know that
the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"-He said to the paralytic, "I say to
you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." Immediately, he arose, took up the
bed, and went out in the presence of them all so that all were amazed and glorified God,
saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find
pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come
that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd,
one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees;
and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a
hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep
and am known by my own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down
My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must
bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
Two weeks of Great Lent are complete. Each day of Great Lent is important. Great
Lent has value to the individual in direct proportion to the degree the person honors
Great Lent. Individuals choosing to repent and seek the Kingdom of God with fervor
will benefit greatly. Individuals taking a casual attitude toward Great Lent will
conclude Great Lent with little difference in their lives.
Repentance, increased prayer and fasting make a difference a person's life.
Almsgiving with love makes a difference in a person's life. Holy Confession and
partaking of the Precious Body and Blood make a difference in a person's life.
Each moment of each day is laden with opportunity to draw near to Christ and
to follow Christ. Each moment of each day is an opportunity to serve Christ.
Embracing Great Lent as a time to draw near to Christ and be unified with Christ
is in keeping with the spirit of Great Lent.
The content of the Church services during Great Lent clearly give the meaning
of Great Lent. The Lenten services enrich the attendees. Focusing on the Crucifixion
of Christ throughout Great Lent is a way to constantly be reminded of Christ's love
for each of us. Though we may have sinned greatly, repentance is always possible as
long as our mind functions sufficiently.
A person has to want to repent and be pleasing to God. Repenting is a voluntary
decision and requires the confession of sins. Holy Confession has a place in the life
each believer during Great Lent. Holy Confession leads to new life in Christ.
Holy Communion brings unity with Christ.
The joy of being united with Christ surpasses all joy. Being forgiven of sins
lifts a great weight from the mind and heart of the believer. The believer benefits
from establishing goals for Great Lent. Certain discipline is necessary for prayer
and attending Divine services. Increased reading of the Holy Scriptures is beneficial.
Serious use of the Prayer of St. Ephraim during the weekdays of Great Lent will make
Completing Great Lent as a better Christian than when Great Lent began is the
intended goal for each person. Unity with Christ is desired throughout Great Lent.
Repentance is needed every day. Sin occurs every day. Seeking the forgiveness of
God and of individuals we have offended has a place in daily life.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans "to be carnally minded is death, but to
be spiritually minded is life and peace."
Great Lent is the time to pursue the life in Christ and the peace in Christ.
Struggle is necessary during Great Lent. Struggle involves battling against
resistance to pray. Struggle involves being disciplined in fasting mentally and physically.
Struggle involves firmly committing to increased attendance at church services.
Struggle involves increasing time allotted for reading for the benefit of the soul.
Hard choices need to be made during Great Lent. The time of each day can be used in
many different ways. The way to the Kingdom of God is narrow
Many different activities and thoughts need to be excluded if a person is to remain on
the narrow path.
Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own."
The way a person lives will reflect if he or she is clearly known as a fervent follower
of Christ. Great Lent is the time to increase in fervor for Christ. The joy a believer
experiences is in direct proportion to the commitment made to Christ.
The love of Christ manifested on the Christ touches the hearts and minds of every
person in every century. The love of Christ spreads across the world into the homes and
cities and countries. Hermits living in the mountains and in the desert as well as
city dwellers experience the love of Christ. Great Lent highlights the love of Christ
and encourages believers to share more deeply in His love.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 7 / March 20, 2011
Second Sunday of Great Lent.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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