5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa.
April 16 - Lazarus Saturday
April 17 - 5:30 PM Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh Deanery Vespers
April 20 - 7:00 PM Holy Unction, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh
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 Father Deacon Mark Oleynik
- · Thank you to all parishioners helping with the Lenten Dinner this evening.
- · Sympathy extended to Monongalia General Hospital Chaplain Ed Horvat.
Chaplain Ed's mother departed this life this past week.
- · It was good to have WVU students Marija Karas and Mila Baich and W&J student
John Buffalini in church for the Divine Liturgy last Sunday.
- · Three people came for Adult Class this past week. Class again this Wednesday.
- · Steve, George and Mark Zivkovich maintain a continuing interest in the
St. George Church.
- · Lou Rodavich always remembers the St. George Church.
- · The world is a better place because Jim Riggs of Perry County, Pennsylvania
continues to devote himself to community service unselfishly responding
when tragedies occur.
- · 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.
- · Regularly prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.
Love is something you do. Love is action, not a creed. Love is the way we live,
or do not live. If we love God, we do as He commands---and, whether we like it or not,
He commands us to love and never hate. Love is a commandment, yes, but a commandment
that brings joy most of us long for and never attain. When we realize that we are the
children of God's love, then His every will is our delight to perform.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa. March 2011
· Our personal investments in Great Lent.
· The benefits we derive from Great Lent
· Great Lent being a part of the Church Year every year.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March 28 - Blessed parishioner's restaurant.
March 31 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 1 - Attended Solidarity Day March and Rally of United Mine Workers of America.
In Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
April 3 - Went to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenville,
Ohio for Deanery Vespers.
April 5 - Bless one parish family's home.
Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who delights greatly in His commandments.
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them;
and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve
aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: "Behold,
we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests
and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles:
and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third
day He will rise again." Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying,
"Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask." And He said to them, "What do you
want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right
hand and the other on Your left in Your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not
know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with
the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus said
to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized
with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give,
but it is for those for whom it is prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be
greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them,
"You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and
their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but
whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you
desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be
served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
St. Mary of Egypt
Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house,
and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that
Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought and alabaster flask of fragrant oil,
and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears,
and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with
the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself,
saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is
who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon,
I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." "There was a certain
creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denari, and the other fifty.
And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me,
therefore, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose
the one whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have rightly judged."
Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered
your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her
tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, this woman has
not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil,
but this woman anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins,
which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, But to whom little is forgiven,
the same loves little." Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." And those
who sat at table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins"
Then He said to the woman,"Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."
Christians coming to this point in Great Lent need to assess the personal goals
established at the beginning of Great Lent. One week remains before the arrival of Holy Week.
If personal goals for Christian betterment during Great Lent are to be met any remaining work
has to be done this week. If sincere repentance was the goal and this has not taken place,
then the time is now. If increased prayer and fasting were intended then the time is now
for them to occur and continue. If better relations with loved ones were intended,
the time is now for them.
The heart and soul can be changed quickly when a person sincerely turns to Christ.
Long range intentions for betterment materialize when built upon small and certain steps
to be better. Believers need to be consistent in their prayer life. Having a definite time
to pray and definite prayers to say on a daily basis is important. Honoring the fasts of
the Church is expected. Keeping relationships on a peaceful basis improves personal health
and improves care of the soul. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "If it is possible,
as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men."
The Lord Jesus Christ set the supreme example of coming into the world to serve.
Followers of Christ are expected to be servants. The current Gospel reading stresses the
importance of being a servant.
The image of the Lord Jesus Christ washing His disciples' feet as an instructive lesson
should be indelibly etched into the hearts and minds of all Christians.
Jesus' forgiveness of sins of the woman described in the Gospel of St. Luke
is a lesson in hope for every sinner. Individuals coming to the realization
of personal sin need to know they can repent and turn to Christ seeking forgiveness.
Individuals caught up in sin need not give up in despair. Sinners benefit from knowing
that with Christ, personal lives can always improve and the improvement can become enduring.
Jesus provides a door of escape for individuals trapped in sin. Jesus provides a ladder
out of the depths of despair. Jesus provides a remedy for individuals depressed over their
current circumstances. Individuals may feel personal pain due to the degree of sinfulness.
Forgiveness will lift the weight of sin but forgiven individuals needs to commit to
faithfulness in Christ if true change is desired.
The God of love desires individuals to repent rather than remain in sin.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."
Joy abounds when sinners repent.
The remaining days of Great Lent deserve the foremost attention of believers.
Great Lent is a wisely determined period in the life of the Church each year.
Great Lent enables Christians the opportunity to be firmly reunited with Christ.
Every believer has reason to give thanks to God for the opportunities of repentance.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 28 / April 10, 2011
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Mary of Egypt.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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