St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 689 - March 19 / April 1, 2012

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. 689
March 19 / April 1, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

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

I Corinthians 13:2

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. Amen.

Recent Services
March 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts was served. Two people came.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Confession in the evening.
March 24
Midnight Office was read.
Two people came for Confession in the evening.
March 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Confession.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
March 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
March 27
Pomen for +Rudy Gotch.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
March 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Four people came in the evening for Confession.
March 29
Canon of St. Andrew was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.
Deanery Vespers here this evening at 5:00 PM.

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

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

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Saturday morning
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled During the Week on Request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, April 1 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. George Church, Carmichaels 5:00 PM. Lenten Vespers. Please come and help this evening
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation. Lazarus Saturday.
April 8 - Feast of Christ’s Entry in Jerusalem.
April 11 - Great and Holy Wednesday. Holy Unction. Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh
April 15 - Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. Please note the earlier time.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People and All Suffering People throughout the World

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the friends and family of +Rudy Gotch recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the friends and family of +Judith Bochnak recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the friends and family of +Antonio Miralles recently departed this life.

Aaron Carson recently attended Lenten services at S. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bridgeville and St.Mary Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh.

Paulette Radock recently attended Lenten services at St. Michael Antiochia Orthodox Church in Monessen and St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Monessen.

Sonia Janson recently attended Pittsburgh Deanery Vespers at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville.

Stan Brozik, Milosh “Serb” Krewasky and Josephine Gresko recently attended Pittsburgh Deanery Vespers at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville.

Three people came for Adult Class on Wednesday. Class again this week.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Interesting observation - Six sets of mothers and daughters were in church last Sunday.

Schedules of Lenten services in different churches are posted in the church hall. Try to attend

If you have a question about the teachings, practices or services of the Church, ask the priest.

Remember the twenty-nine miners who lost their lives at Upper Big Branch Mine, Montcoal, West Virginia on April 5, 2010. Remember their families and friends.

A Thought from +His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE

Always and especially during Lent we should diligently read and listen to the Word of God, Holy Scriptures, and pray to God both at home and in the Church with others, in this time of adversity for our people. Fasting was not established by man but by God, Who through the prophet Moses called it a “perpetual statute” (Lev.3:17). Christ consecrated it by fasting Himself for forty days and ordered all His faithful ones to fast. Fasting was practiced by the apostles, by all the faithful of that time, and subsequently for all these 2000 years.

( “On Fasting.” The Voice of Saint Stephen Lackawanna, New York, Vol. 24 No. 2 .March-April 2000, p. 1. )

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

To Consider

The joy of worshipping God.
The benefit of worshipping God regularly during Great Lent.
The joy of Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 24 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania and to St. Demetrios Serbian Orthodox Church and St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio.
March 25 - Went to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio.
March 27 - Pomen for +Rudy Gotch at funeral home.
March 28 - Blessed one business.

Proverbs 20:4

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 10:32-45

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles: and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.” Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left in Your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

St. Mary of Egypt

Luke 7:36-50

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denari, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins” Then He said to the woman, ”Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

The last of week of Great Lent has arrived. Great and Holy Week will soon be here. The remaining days of Great Lent provide the final opportunities for believers to conclude Great Lent in better condition than at the outset.

Each year on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, the Church sets forth St. Mary of Egypt as an example of repentance. The Gospel of St. Luke (7:36-50) speaks clearly about the forgiveness of sin. Repentance brings forgiveness from Christ.

Repentance includes the sinner forgiving others. In the Lord’s Prayer seeking God’s forgiveness is always equated with the forgiving of others. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Mt. 7:1)

Love is fundamental to the Christian life. (I Cor. 16:14) Believers have a responsibility to weigh all their personal actions and measure them against the Christian standard of love.

The joy of Christ is attained only when Christ’s commandments are followed. St. John’s First Epistle states; “Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (I Jn. 3:22)

Obedience to the way of Christ is of utmost importance. St. Diadochus of Photiki said: “It is well known that obedience is the chief among initiatory virtues, for first it replaces presumption and then it engenders humility within us.” 1

Serious believers look to the Holy Gospel for guidance. Serious believers seek to be nourished by the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles, and the saints and martyrs of God’s Holy Church.

Great Lent is the time to focus on the condition of the soul. Seeking to purify the soul is of primary concern during the Lenten journey. Repentance of sin is necessary. Firm rejection of sinful practices is necessary. Love of God is necessary.

With Great Lent drawing to a close, the Crucifixion of Christ prominent in Holy Week looms on the horizon. Thinking extensively of the love and humility of Christ does much for the believer desiring to repent and to begin anew in Christ.

The present Gospel of St. Mark (10:32-45) provides the eloquent lesson on humility and service in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers do well to embrace as their own the example of Christ as humble and servant.

Believers recognizing and repenting of personal sins will not be arrogant. Elevating the self in pride over others has no place in the Christian life. Believers recognizing their personal sins have enough work to do remaining faithful to Christ.

Making use of each remaining day of Great Lent is of paramount importance. Let us heed the words of the Holy Apostle Paul: “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:2)

1 The Philokalia. Vol.I. Translated and Edited by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London and Boston, 1979, p. 265.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 19 / April 1, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Mary of Egypt

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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