St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 639 - April 4 / April 17, 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
April 4 / April 17, 2011
Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
No. 639

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

Romans 11:20

Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty but fear.

Recent Services
April 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts was served. Two communicants.
The Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
April 9
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Two communicants. Thirteen people were present at the Mission in Fairmont.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
April 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Five communicants. The following priests served for the Deanery Vespers: Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov; Very Reverend Stavrofor Rade Merick; Very Reverend Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch; Very Reverend Rajko Kosic, Rev. Father Milan Pajic. More than 120 people were in attendance. The Holy Resurrection Choir from Steubenville, Ohio directed by Nino Karas sang the responses.
April 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
April 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
April 13
Matins and First Hour were served. Very Reverend Stavrofor Toma Stojsich, Protonamesnik Zoran Radovic and Reverend Father Vladislav Radujkovic were visiting the parish. Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ in the evening.
April 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
April 15
Matins, First and Third Hour were read.
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts served. Two people came.
April 16
Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy with procession. Five communicants.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Great and Holy Monday
5:30 AM, Noon, 4:00 PM.

Great and Holy Tuesday
5:30 AM, 4:00 PM (call to confirm 4:00 PM time.)

Great and Holy Wednesday
Call Tuesday for Wednesday times

Great and Holy Thursday
8:00 AM Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy.
6:30 PM Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels.

Great and Holy Friday
Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday at 6:00 PM

Great and Holy Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:30 PM.

Pascha - Resurrection Matins on Pascha (next Sunday) will be at 5:30 AM.

Next Sunday Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. Please note!

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

Thank you to all helping with the Lenten Vespers and dinner. God blessed the parish.

Executive President Stan Brozik hosted the visiting priests: Father Toma Stojsich, Father Zoran Radovic and Father Radoslav Radujkovic on Tuesday evening.

Attorney Linda Chambers arranged a meeting on April 15 with Mike Metrick, Right of Way representative for the state regarding the new bridge that was attended by Stan Brozik and Father Rodney.

Three people came for Adult Class on Wednesday.

Plan to attend the Divine services during Holy Week and on Pascha.

Vespers will be in Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh this evening at 5:30 PM.

Holy Unction will be at Holy Trinity Cathedral on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.

The parish Slava celebration will be on Saturday May 5 with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM and the Slava dinner to follow at the church.

The parish picnic is scheduled for June 5, 2011.

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.

Melva Hunchuck with the helo of Mitzie Hunchuck makes sure the parish bulletin reaches many homes.

Kathryn Sage continues to maintain her strong interest in the St. George Church.

It is good to have Dr. Anrei Popa visiting this week from California.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

The cross, a sign of scandal and disgrace, bore the One who was most pure. On it died the Savior of the world who alone could die for all people. The hardened Pharisees and Scribes wanted in no way to ease His death. Mockery and torment were most important at that moment. If the people could not, because of the hardness of their hearts, let up, then nature, by its behavior grieved and showed who He was.

( The Eucharist as Sacrifice. Johnstown, Pa. 1993. )

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

To Consider

The Lord Jesus Christ entering Jerusalem very humbly.
Keeping our hearts and homes open for Christ to enter as King.
Serving Christ with love and enthusiasm.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 7 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 9 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
April 11 - Blessed one parish family's home.
April 13 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville for Clergy Confession.

Psalm 112/113:2

Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore!

The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry Into Jerusalem

John 12:1-18

Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, who would betray Him, said, "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always." Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel!" Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: "Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey's colt." His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He had called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him because they heard that He had done this sign.

Today God's Holy Church celebrates the Feast of the Lord Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Throughout the world believers gather into parish churches and monasteries for this celebration. Jesus' entry as King into Jerusalem is the commanding focus of attention. The Church has made Jesus' original entry into Jerusalem a part of the annual liturgical life of believers. The Church wants believers to think carefully about the importance of this entry. Jesus came simply and humbly on a donkey's colt. Jesus was the focus of great attention and the Subject of the exclamation: "Hosana! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel!" (Jn. 12:13)

Today is the day to reaffirm Christ as King in our hearts, minds, and souls. Today is the day to ensure Christ is the measure, standard and inspiration for all that we do. Today is the day to receive Christ with great joy. Today is the day to declare our love for Christ and share this love with everyone one we meet.

Christ our King deserves obedient servants carrying out willingly all that He desires for our betterment. His teachings are set forth in the Holy Gospel. His commandments are expressed in clear language. His example deserves to be thoroughly studied and followed in our personal lives.

We can never exhaust learning about the Lord Jesus Christ. The present Gospel detailing His entry into Jerusalem is nourishment for the soul. Christ's entry into Jerusalem was a turning point in the last days of His earthly life. This entry is magnified in the liturgical life of the Church in order for the importance to be recognized and preserved.

Jerusalem changed the day Jesus entered to the declarations of His Kingship by the multitudes. The world changes today as believers receive Christ into their hearts and realize His Kingship in their lives. Each person opening their hearts, minds and souls to Christ takes on the ways of Christ and makes them a part of daily life.

Each person receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ in the Divine Liturgy is firmly united with Christ. Each person attentively welcoming the Holy Gospel message into their hearts and minds is transformed by the power of the message.

Christ changes the lives of believers. Christ brings joy to the lives of believers. Christ brings love to the lives of believers. Jesus brings new life to believers just as He brought new life to Lazarus. Believers need not be stagnant in their lives. Believers need not remain in a pattern of life imprisoned by sin. Jesus calls believers forth from a life of sin to a life of virtue.

Jesus calls believers forth from a life of anxiety, sinful ways and even despondency or despair. Jesus establishes irrevocable hope for individuals in all circumstances of life. Even individuals at the last moments of their lives can bring change to their lives by welcoming Christ as their King into their hearts.

The Lord Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem is firmly established in the history of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem has influenced the shape of the world in each succeeding year. Believers each year gather to celebrate this feast. Believers celebrating the feast each year impact life throughout the world.

Serious believers ensure they are in church on this feast day. Parents do well to ensure their sons and daughters are in church on this feast day. The pull of the world to be elsewhere on this day must be rejected in order for the feast to be properly celebrated.

Serious believers will say no to the call of the world at the times when gathering together to celebrate Christ is to occur. The major feasts of the Church deserve to be an irrevocable part of the lives of the faithful. Personal lives are strengthened when believers make it a point to come to church and celebrate each major feast throughout the years.

Individuals consistently celebrating the major feasts of the Church throughout the year very clearly declare Christ as their King.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 4 / April 17, 2011
The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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