5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa.
April 16 - Lazarus Saturday
April 24 - The Divine Liturgy on Pascha, Easter Sunday will begin at 9:00 AM.
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 Protopresbyter Dragomir Tuba
- · Volunteer to serve and to bake fasting desserts for the Lenten Vespers
on April 10.
- · A parastos will be held for +Very Reverend Stavrofor Branko Skaljac
on Friday April 8 following the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
- · Attorney Linda Chambers is working to protect the interests and property of the
St. George Church with respect to actions being taken for the new Masontown bridge.
- · Congratulations to Dustin Menhart for being promoted to the rank of Major
in the United States Army.
- · Three people came for Adult Class on Wednesday. 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.
- · Thank you to the large number of helpers coming to bake rolls this past week.
During the period between the First and the Second World Wars under the guidance of
St. Bishop Nikolaj of Zica, "Bogomaljacki Pokret" (Movement of God-Fearing People)
flourished in Serbia. Laypeople gathered for Bogomoljacki Sabor in different monasteries,
singing spiritual songs, and proclaiming the Word of God from their own experience.
They would strengthen each other in faith. Please remember they were not there to party.
Then they would go from village to village, house to house teaching and encouraging people
to fear God. Results were enormous. Is there a way for us to do the same today?
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
(From Father Tuba's presentation at a recent Diocesan Clergy Seminar
· Investing in the Kingdom of God during the remaining days of Great Lent.
· Working to be a better Christian by the conclusion of Great Lent.
· Keeping the Lord Jesus Christ in the heart and mind more each day.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March 25 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 26 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
March 26 - Went to Bridgeport, W.Va. to bless house.
March 27 - Went to St. George Church in Midland for Vespers.
Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.
And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth,
and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they
could not." He answered and said to him, " O faithless generation, how long shall I be
with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him.
And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell to the ground and
wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening
to him?" And he said, 'From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and
into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe,
help my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked
the unclean spirit, saying to it: "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of
him and enter him no more. Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came
out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead.." But Jesus took
him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house,
His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" So He said to them,
"This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." Then they departed from there
and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His
disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men,
and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day."
Great multitudes followed Him---from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea,
and beyond the Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He
was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those
who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the
earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil
against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward
in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent has arrived. The intensity of Great Lent increases with
each passing day. The arrival of Holy Week draws closer with the arrival of each new day.
Believers intending to conclude this Great Lent as better Christians than when Great Lent
began must remain faithful during the remaining period of time and be serious about repentance.
Increased prayer and fasting during the remaining period of Great Lent will aid each
believer serious about growing closer to God. Christian growth is highlighted with the
arrival of this Fourth Sunday dedicated to St. John Climacus. St. John's book The Ladder
of Divine Ascent is a source of instruction, measurement and inspiration.
Readers of The Ladder of Divine Ascent will discover areas in their personal lives
that need much work. Readers will discover the need to be faithful to God and guard
against pitfalls that occur throughout life leading to peril for the soul.
When believers repent and are forgiven by God cause for joy and for mourning exist.
Believers have reason to be joyful for the experience of being forgiven and having the
opportunity to begin anew. Christ's love is shown in the act forgiveness. At the same time,
believers need to mourn for the sins committed and take action to reduce the likelihood
of these sins being repeated. Loving God and living in ways pleasing to God protect the
soul and provide for a life of fulfillment.
Great Lent is a time to seek the fullness of the Christian life. This is a time to
be immersed in the services of the Church, in prayer and in fasting. This is a time to
increase charitable work.
The Lord Jesus Christ healed the son in current Gospel who was having convulsions
and was thrown into the fire and water. The Lord Jesus Christ will heal believers
turning to Him in sincere faith. Great Lent is a time for healing of the soul.
Great Lent is a time for bringing peace to the mind, heart and soul.
The Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of prayer and fasting in the healing process.
Prayer and fasting are effective when the motivations of the believer are pure and the
believer is consistent in effort. Fervency is important. Attentiveness is important.
Believers need to pray to God with resoluteness. Hope needs to dominant. Love of God
and loving intent have a part in prayers that are effective. The believer needs to combat
sin with full strength. The Lord Jesus Christ said to the boy' father: "If you can believe,
all things are possible to him who believes."
Firmness of faith and belief in Christ enable believers to live each day with purpose.
Christians are expected to live active lives in Christ. Christ empowers believers.
Christ provides nourishment for believers. Christ gives instruction for believers.
The Lord Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of St. Ma tthew: "Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."
Great Lent provides the structure for believers to satisfy the hunger of the soul.
The decision-making of believers determines the degree to which the hunger of the
soul is satisfied.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 21 / April 3, 2011
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. John Climacus. St. James the Confessor.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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