St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 644 - May 9 / May 22, 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. 644
May 9 / May 22, 2011
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

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 12
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
May 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 14
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. followed by the Divine Liturgy. Seven people attended. One communicant.
Vespers was read in St. George Church.
May 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people attended. One communicant.
May 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 17
Matins and First Hour were read. Two people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
May 18
The Canon for Matins was read.
May 20
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours at 9:30 AM.
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Matins and First Hour at 5:30 AM Matins on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Ninth Hour and Vespers at 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

6:30 PM Akathist to Resurrection followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM

4:00 PM Vespers

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.

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

Plan to attend the Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic on June 5. Offer to help and to bake.

Three people came for Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday at 7:00 PM followed by the 6:30 PM Akathist. Come and learn about the Lord Jesus Christ from Blessed Theophylact, St. John Chrysostom, St. Athanasius the Great and others.

Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak traveled to St. Sava Cathedral and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in the New York City area this past week.

Mitzie Hunchuck has posted twenty videos on utube of various church services here. The videos have had more than three thousand views. To view the videos; See Mitzienp-utube.

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.

On May 19, 1928 194 miners were killed in nearby Mather, Pennsylvania. On May 19, 1920 ten miners were killed in Matewan, W.Va. On May 19, 1902, 216 miners were killed in Coal Creek, Tennessee. Miners’ families have always been a part of this parish.

National Nurses Week was celebrated recently. Thank you to the nurses of this parish.

National Police Week just ended. Thank you to the police affiliated with this parish.

A Thought from St. Athanasius the Great

The Word perceived that corruption could not be got rid of otherwise than through death; yet He Himself, as the Word, being immortal and the Father’s Son, was such as could not die. For this reason, therefore, He assumed a body capable of death, in order that it, through belonging to the Word Who is above all, might become in dying a sufficient exchange for all, and itself remaining incorruptible through His indwelling, might thereafter put an end to corruption for all others as well, by the grace of the resurrection.

( On the Incarnation St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York, 1953, p. 35 )

To Consider

The change in believers’ lives due to the celebration of Pascha.
The joy of Pascha continuing until the Feast of Ascension.
The Resurrection in each Divine Liturgy

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 14 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
May 16 - Went to Mon General Hospital to v isit patient in Morgantown, W.Va.
May 18-19 - Went to St. Sava Cathedral and St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York City area.

Psalm 119/120:1

In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me.

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

John 4:5-42

So he came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him. “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.’ The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?’ Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said to Him, “Sir give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call you husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, ‘You have well said, ‘I have no husband, for you have had five husbands and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. The woman said to Him, “I know the Messiah is coming(who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or ”Why are You talking with her?” The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another , “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then come the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest. And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored: others have labored, and you have entered into their labors .And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified , ”He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay away with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

God’s Holy Church is moving with certainty through the days of celebrating Pascha. The days are drawing closer to the Feast of the Holy Ascension. Beyond the Feast of the Ascension awaits the Feast of Pentecost. This is a wonderful time in the Church.

The joy of Pascha continues to fill the air. The Feast of Ascension has its own identification with feelings of joy. In the Gospel of St. Luke, following Christ’s Ascension, we read the disciples “ returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.” (Lk. 24:52-53) The approach of the Feast of Pentecost brings to mind the lasting change initiated by the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Life in God’s Holy Church is a blessed and fulfilling life. Life in God’s Holy Church is a life of constant change. Repentance brings new life in Christ. The life in Christ is ever new. Repentance is the act of putting sin behind and the Kingdom of God in the forefront. Repentance precedes the joy of forgiveness and unity with Christ.

The Samaritan woman experienced the new life in Christ. She became a changed and new person after Jesus became a part of her life at the well. Christ constantly comes into our lives. We have the responsibility of welcoming Him and being amenable to growth. Growing takes place when the believer is united with Christ and seeks Christ with all the heart, soul and mind.

The Samaritan woman shared her experience with Christ. She influenced other people. People drew near to Christ as a result of the Samaritan woman reaching out to them. The Samaritans said to the woman: ”We believe not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast.” (Jn. 4:42)

Individuals have personal experience with Christ in prayer, in the Divine services, and in the Holy Mysteries of the Church. Individuals have personal experiences with Christ when listening to and reading the Holy Gospel. Personal experiences with Christ take place as a result of intercessory prayers of loved ones and of the saints and martyrs. The Mother of God has acted in ways to inspire many individuals to draw closer to Christ and to cling to Him with fervor.

Saints and martyrs live in ways that leave no doubt regarding their complete commitment to Christ. Individuals witnessing and learning about the lives of the saints and martyrs are influenced by their examples.

The present is important in the life of each individual. The only time of life guaranteed is the moment of time being lived. The future is not guaranteed. The past is already gone not to be lived again.

The way the time of life is used reflects a person’s basic belief in God. Individuals using the time of life to glorify God and to live in ways pleasing to God will experience the presence of God. Sinful and immoral behavior move a person a way from God. The Samaritan woman changed due to her experience with Christ. May we be blessed to favorably change due to our relationship with Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 9 / May 22, 2011
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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