St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 640 - April 11 / April 24, 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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 640
April 11 / April 24, 2011
Pascha


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

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
April 16
Five people came for Great Vespers. One Slava Kolach and Koljivo were blessed.
April 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy with Procession. Twenty-six people attended. Six communicants.
April 18
First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read during the day including the full Gospel of St. Matthew and half of the Gospel of St. Mark. One person came for the Sixth Hour. Two people came for the Ninth Hour.
April 19
The First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read during the day including the completion of the Gospel of St. Mark and two thirds of the Gospel of St. Luke.
Two people came for the Ninth Hour.
One person was present for the Akathist to the Passion of Christ and for Holy Confession.
April 20
The Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read including completing the Gospel of St. Luke and appropriate chapters in the Gospel of St. John.
One person came for Holy Confession
April 21
Four people came in the morning for Vespers with the Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Six people came in the evening for Matins of Holy Fridy with the Twelve Gospel readings.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Resurrection Matins. Paschal Divine Liturgy

Bright Monday
5:30 AM and 4:00 PM.

Bright Tuesday
5:30 AM.

Important Dates

Today-Pascha
Each Day This Bright Week
May 1 - Thomas Sunday.
May 6 - St. George Day
May 7 - Parish Slava celebration.
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog.
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of Sava.
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St.Nicholas
June 2 - Feast of Ascension
June 5 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending weekday services during Great Lent and Holy Week. Thank you to all preparing for Holy Confession and Communion.

Thank you to all attending Deanery services during Great Lent.

Plan to attend the Parish Slava celebration on Saturday May 7, 2011. Bring a relative and friend.

Plan to attend the Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic 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.

Share the joy of the Resurrected Christ with everyone you meet.

Come to church more often during weekdays.

Read about the Resurrection in your Bibles.

From the Gospel of St. Mark

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him."

( RSV )

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

To Consider

The Resurrection of Christ.
The immeasurable joy of the Resurrection.
The enduring hope established by the Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 16 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 17 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh for Vespers.
April 19 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
April 20 - Went to Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh due to parishioner having surgery.
April 20 - Went to Holy Trinity C athedral in Pittsburgh for Holy Unction.

Psalm 113/114:7

Tremble, O earth at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.


Pascha

The Gospel of St. John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of he flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'" And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

The Feast of Feasts has arrived. The greatest joy created by the Resurrection of Christ resounds through the ages. The exclamation "Christ is Risen!" changes everything. Hope comes to the fore. The power of Christ is confirmed. Death is defeated. Superlatives abound.

The love of Christ changes individuals. The Resurrection is confirmation of Christ's love and evidence of His love for each person. Christ lifts the spirit of each person willing to participate in the joy of the Resurrection. Christ lifts the spirit of each person daring to have hope as a result of the Resurrection.

Centuries have passed. The proclamation of the Resurrection continues to resound around the world. Oppressive governments have tried to stamp out Christianity. Certain cultures have tried to dilute the strength of Christianity. Christians choose to believe in and follow the Resurrected Christ voluntarily. Individuals remain believers in the Resurrected Christ voluntarily.

The Empty Tomb sends a message that cannot be stifled. The Empty Tomb creates a lasting image in each believer. The Empty Tomb inspires believers to push ahead in life in firmness of faith. Saints, martyrs and faithful believers through the centuries have held firm to the message that Christ is Risen. Churches have been built in the name of the Resurrection.

Scholars have examined the evidence of the Resurrection with great care. The Holy Gospel sets forth the details of Christ's earthly life leading to His death on the Cross and His subsequent Resurrection. God's Holy Church focuses extensively on the Crucifixion and Resurrection and the Paschal period of celebration.

Believers seeking to put their lives in perspective will think extensively on the humility and voluntary suffering of Christ. Believers seeking direction for their lives will focus on the Risen Lord Jesus Christ as much as possible each day.

Believers desiring to nourish their souls will immerse themselves in the Holy Gospel and attend as many divine services of the Church as is possible. Pascha reshapes the world each year. Pascha influences the communities where believers live and celebrate the Feast of Feasts. Pascha influences lives far removed from the parish churches and monasteries where the Paschal Divine Liturgy is celebrated.

Communication is extensive in the modern world. People in different cultures can now learn about the celebration of Pascha very easily. The message that Christ is Risen appeals to individuals searching for greater meaning in life. The hunger of the soul is satisfied only when experiencing Christ.

Today believers around the world are united in celebrating the Resurrection. Today in different languages, in different countries and on different continents the words goes out that light the future. Christ is Risen is sufficient reason to face the future with firmness of faith. Christ is Risen is sufficient basis to cast off any thoughts of gloom. Christ is Risen and darkness cannot triumph.

Churches today are well adorned with the light of Christ. Churches today are filled with the declaration of Christ's tomb being empty. Churches today fill the hearts and minds of individuals with great joy.

Beloved family members and friends previously departed this life will come to mind today. Believers revise their understanding of death based upon learning more about Christ's Resurrection. Believers revise their understanding about themselves due to the Resurrection of Christ.

The days ahead are filled with the joy of the Resurrection. Believers share each day with the Risen Christ. Believers steep their lives in the joy of the Resurrection. Jesus marvel at the Risen Lord Jesus Christ and all His works and all His ways. Pascha creates a new vision for believers.

Pascha is a new beginning for believers. With the celebration of the Feast of Feasts, the Church moves forward with certainty. Celebrating and proclaiming the Resurrection sets Christians apart and defines their very essence. The Christian identity is an all consuming identity freely embraced.

God gives each believer the time of life. The time of life is to be used wisely and for the glory of God. The Resurrection of Christ opens the hearts and minds of believers to glorify God and to participate in His Kingdom.

Believers full of the joy the Resurrection become good neighbors, good parents, and good husbands and wives. Believers full of the joy of the Resurrection are eager workers, conscientious and ethical citizens and teachers of the love of Christ. The love of the Resurrected Christ is the perfect healer.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 11 / April 24, 2011
Pascha 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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