St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 635 - March 7 / March 20, 2011

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 7 / March 20, 2011
Second Sunday of Great Lent
No. 635

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Recent Services
March 11
Two people came for the Great Compline with Canon to St. Theodore.
March 12
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Diivne Liturgy was held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Eleven people came.
March 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
March 14
Midnight Office, Canon for Matins, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading from Ladder of Divine Ascent.
One person came for Great Compline with Canon of Repentance.
March 15
Midnight Office, Canon for Matins, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading from Ladder of Divine Ascent.
One person came for Akathist to the Precious Cross.
March 16
Midnight Office, Canon for Matins, First and Third Hours were read with Kathisma and reading from Ladder of Divine Ascent.
One person came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

6:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 20 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas
5:30 PM - St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa
5:30 PM - Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood
March 27 - Third Sunday of Great Lent-
5:30 PM - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland.
April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
5:30 PM - Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenville, Ohio
5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, Pa.
April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
5:30 PM - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pa.
5:30 Pm - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa.

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

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.

A Thought from Prota Radisa Purich

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.

( 1972 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada, p. 68)

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

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.

Psalm 106/107:1

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

The Second Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 2:1-12

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!"

John 10:9-16

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 a difference.

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." (Rom. 8:6) 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 (Mt. 7:13-14) 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." (Jn. 10:14). 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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