St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 642 - April 25 / May 8, 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. 642
April 25 / May 8, 2011
Sunday of the Myhrrbearers

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
May 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people attended. One communicant.
May 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 3
Matins and First Hour were read. One person came in the morning.
Three people came in the evening for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 4
Matins and First Hour were read. One person came in the morning.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 5
Matins and First Hour were read. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at7:00 PM.

Akathists and services for special needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog.
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius. St. Nikodim of Pec.
June 2 - Feast of Ascension
June 5 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 9 - Apodasis of Ascension.
June 11 - Memorial Saturday, Grave Blessings.
June 12 - Pentecost
June 17 - St. Mitrophan.
June 20 - Apostles Fast begins.
June 28 - Vidovdan.

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 coming to the parish Slava celebration.

Rick and Jennie Rodavich always remember the St. George Church even though they live far away in Ohio.

Congratulations to Dennis, Darlene and Emily Dowler of Elco, Pa. Emily will be going to South Africa this summer with other college students to do some important work.

Ryan, Kyle, Luke and Joel have confirmed the friendly cat being well-treated by parishioners is named “Whiskers” His brother Julius has disappeared.

The St. George Choir always sings very well.

Three people came to Adult Class last week.

Adult class will be held on Tuesday evening. Come and study the Holy Gospel and bring a friend. Learn from Blessed Theophylact and St. Athanasius the Great.

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.

On May 12 remember the 56 miners that lost their lives in Osage, W.Va. in 1942.

Dennis Hunchuck was here last week visiting from Orlando, Florida.

Read about Christ’s Resurrection in your Bible.

Thank you to all helping the Kolo to bake this past week. Kathleen Waters of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania stopped to visit with the Kolo bakers on Tuesday.

Troparion for St. George the Great Martyr

Being a deliverer of the captives and the protector of the poor, a healer of those who are sick, a combatant of the kings, O victor and Great-Martyr George, intercede with Christ our God, to save our souls.

To Consider

The inspiring and enduring example of St. George.
The many churches named in honor and memory of St. George.
The miracles attributed to St. George.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 29 - Attended Shadeland meeting at Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
April 30 - Went to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York for the baptism of Nathan Christopher Amador.
April 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

Psalm 116/117:12

What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?

Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers

Mark 15:43-47. 16:1-8

Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid. Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away----for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed, you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.. But go, tell His disciples---and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ continues to be celebrated in God’s Holy Church. Individuals believing in the Resurrection have their lives changed. The Resurrected Christ makes a difference in individual lives and in the world. Outlooks change. Attitudes change. Believers increase in joy and inspiration. Old ways are shed. New behaviors are adopted.

Hope replaces despair. Joy replaces gloom. Energy replaces listlessness. The Empty Tomb becomes of great interest. New thoughts arise regarding departed loved ones. Celebrations take place stemming from the Resurrection. The time of Great Lent is behind. Ascension and Pentecost are ahead. Identifiable Sundays serve as marking points in the movement from Pascha to Pentecost.

The myrrh-bearing women become of great interest. The women’s identities take on great historical proportion. Paschal greetings are exclaimed with conviction in many different languages. Paschal greetings take on lasting significance. Paschal greetings serve to identify believers and to unify believers.

Christ’s Resurrected changed the world. Every year Pascha changes the world. The women going to the tomb were privileged to learn Jesus had risen from the dead. Individuals attending church on Pascha experience the Resurrection. The Paschal experience is unlike any other experience. Pascha is the Feast of Feasts.

Lives change significantly when they rest in the Resurrected Christ. Each day is welcomed and embraced with the joy of Pascha. Individuals met during the Paschal period are viewed with eyes and hearts influenced by the Resurrected Christ.

The Resurrected Christ is all consuming for believers. Celebrating the Resurrection during the days between Pascha and Ascension is of primary importance. God’s Holy Church has an orderly progression set forth for celebrating the Resurrection. Daily services enable attentive individuals to immerse themselves in the Risen Christ.

Immersion in the Risen Christ transforms believers. Relationships change when individuals are serious about the Resurrection. Priorities of life change. Interests change. Communities change when inhabitants celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. Nations change when national leaders are filled with the joy of the Resurrection.

The joy of the Resurrection is felt in proportion to the depth of belief in the individual. The joy of the Resurrection is felt in proportion to the collective effort put forth in the parish church. The Gospel of Christ nourishes individuals in ways that cannot be duplicated. Hunger of the soul is satisfied in the Resurrected Christ.

Amazement sets in when the Empty Tomb is pondered and the Resurrection is thought out. Only Christ has defeated death. Only Christ hung upon the Cross, died, was buried and rose from the tomb. Only Christ was humble beyond measurement and voluntarily ascended the Cross when He had capability to resist. Only Christ was written about centuries before and fulfilled the prophecies.

Critics arise in each century. The Resurrection continues to be celebrated with great joy. The Resurrection has not been discredited. Believers participating in the Paschal celebration experience the Resurrection. No one can take away the personal experience provided by the Risen Christ.

The whole person is affected when believing the Resurrected Christ. Families do not remain the same when one or more members are filled with the joy of the Resurrection. Communities are enriched when residents take the Resurrection seriously. Crimes do not take place among individuals serious about the Risen Christ. Efforts at peace are advanced when national leaders give due consideration to the Resurrected Christ.

Honesty and integrity are found in the workplaces filled with individuals truly celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. Barriers to progress give way to the enthusiasm of individuals inspired by the Resurrection of Christ. Parish churches are renewed when the Resurrection is celebrated with great joy.

The time set aside in the Church for celebrating the Resurrection is a dedicated time of great joy. The atmosphere is distinctively different from any other period in the liturgical year. Great Lent and Holy Week have their respective identities. The Apostles’ Fast and the Dormition Fast have their identities. The Feast of the Nativity is celebrated differently than the Feast of Feasts. Let us savor the joy of the Resurrection and be enriched by it.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 25 / May 8, 2011
The Sunday of the Myhrrbearers.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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