St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 645 - May 16 / May 29, 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. 645
May 16 / May 29, 2011
Sunday of the Blind Man

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 20
Vespers was read.
May 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
May 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-three people came for the Divine Liturgy
May 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
Four people came in the evening for Confession.
May 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
May 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
One person for Confession.
May 27
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

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

Wednesday and Saturday
4:00 PM Vespers.

8:00 AM Feast of Ascension Divine Liturgy.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 2 - Feast of Ascension
June 5 - St. George Church Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
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- - Holy Greatmartyr Prince Lazarus and All Serbian Martyrs-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

Please plan to attend, help and bake for the Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic.

Two people came for Adult Class this past week. Class again this Tuesday. Come and learn about the Holy Gospel from Blessed Theophlact, St. John Chrysostom and St. Athanasius the Great.

Thank you to the Kolo members come to help prepare for the picnic this week.

Remember the men and women serving and having served in the United States military forces. This parish has had a significant number of individuals serve dating back to at least WWII.

A stained glass window in the St. George Church in memory of +Michael Brozik, the many flags in the cemetery and the names read daily of those serving actively are constant reminders of this parish’s connection with the United States military.

Lt. Col. Richard Menhart, Major Dustin Menhart,, Mike Dephilips, Eric Rose and Keith Knezovich are currently serving or have recently served.

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.

A Thought from St. Nikolai Velimirovich

In the Saracen encampment thy asked St. Cyril: “How can Christians wage war and at the same time keep Christ’s commandment to pray to God for their enemies?” To this, St. Cyril replied, “If two commandments were written in one law and given to men for fulfilling, which man would be a better follower of the law: the one who fulfilled one commandment or the one who fulfilleth both?” The Saracens replied: “Undoubtedly, he who fulfills both commandments.” St. Cyril continued: “Christ our God commands us to pray to God for those who persecute us and even to do good to them, but He also said to us, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for His friends’(John 15:13). That is why we bear the insults that our enemies cast at us individually and why we pray for them. However, as a society, we defend one another and lay down our lives, so that you would not enslave our brethren, would not enslave their souls with their bodies, and would not destroy them in both body and soul.” 1


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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 20 - Went to Mon General Hospital to visit patient.
May 21 - Went to Morgantown to bless on home.
May 22 - Went to St.Nicholas Church in Monroeville for Parish Slava.

Psalm 120/121:7

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.

Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-38

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him saying: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”(which is being translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” Some said, “This is he. Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ’Go to the pool of Siloam and wash’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” Then they said to him, ‘Where is He?” He said, “I do not know. They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Other said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind?” How then does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know that his is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” His parent said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” So they again called the man who was blind and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!” Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him.

The Resurrection of Christ continues to be proclaimed with great joy. Newness in the Risen Christ is always possible. At times the problems of life may seem overwhelming. Following the light of Christ is the pathway to joy and personal peace. The man blind from birth was changed by the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ changes the lives of everyone believing firmly in Him and living in ways pleasing to Him. Christ expects believers to be serious in faith and action. The Christian life involves sacrifice and the Cross. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecute Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.” (Jn. 15:20)

The select and faithful Apostles of Christ: Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus(Jude the brother of James), Simon the Zealot, Matthias and Paul all suffered horrific deaths. 2 Faithful believers in Christ can expect great hardships.

Enduring hardships are part of the Christian life has benefits. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans:”Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom. 5:6) The love of God is immeasurable and all healing. Every person benefits from the love of God. God forgives out of love. God heals due to love. God comforts in love. God provides hope in love. God suffered out of love.

Too often believers forget about the love of God. Too often believers fail to give thanks to God. Too often believers do not give appropriate credit to God. All good comes from God. The healing of the blind man was an act of love by God.

The healing of the blind man serves as an example and an inspiration for individuals enduring hardships for extended periods of time. The healing of the man blind from birth is proof that miracles take place. The Lord Jesus Christ made a difference in the life of the man born blind.

The Lord Jesus Christ makes a difference in every life welcoming Him. The heart, the mind and the soul are within the control of the person. Each person is responsible for his or her sins. Each person determines the degree of personal faithfulness to Christ. Each person decides the degree of personal commitment to Christ. The choices individuals make have lasting effects. The man born blind and healed by Christ chose to believe fully in Christ. Each baptized person is identified with the Christ. The way a Christian lives reveals whether Christ is truly alive in the heart, the mind and the soul.

1 Prologue from Ohrid. Vol. 1. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 483.

2 Prologue from Ohrid. Vol. 1. Translated by Fr. T.Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, pp. 668-669.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 16 / May 29, 2011
The Sunday of the Blind Man.
Venerable Theodore. Hieromartyr Theodore of Vrshac; New Martyr Vukashin.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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