St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 690 - March 26 / April 8, 2012

The Orthodox Faith
Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 690
March 26 / April 8, 2012
Feast of Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

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

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

Galatians 3:26-27

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Recent Services
March 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
March 31
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church followed by Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Twenty-two people came to St.George Church for the service of the reception of Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke into the Holy Orthodox Church.
One person was present for the Great Vespers at St. George Church
April 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-four people came with ten communicants.
At least one hundred and twenty people came for Deanery Vespers. Deanery Clergy serving were: Very Rev. Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Very Rev. Stavrofor Vladimir Demshuk, Very Rev. Stavrofor Rade Merick, Very Rev. Rajko Kosic and Rev.Father Milan Pajic. The St. Elijah Choir of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania sang the inspiring responses
April 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 4
Matins and First Hour was read.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
One person was present for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Three people were present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Feast of Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem
Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Vespers this evening at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:00 PM.

Great and Holy Monday
5:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM

Great and Holy Tuesday
5:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM

Great and Holy Wednesday
5:30 AM. 11:30 AM
Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 7:00 PM.

Great and Holy Thursday
8:00 AM. Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy.
6:00 PM. Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels.

Great and Holy Friday
Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday at 6:00 PM.

Great and Holy Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:00 PM.

Resurrection Matins on Pascha (next Sunday) will be at 5:30 AM.

Next Sunday Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. Please note!

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all parishioners attending the Lenten Vespers and helping with the dinner.

Stan Brozik, Executive Board President expressed appreciation to all attending the Lenten Vespers and helping with the dinner.

Sonia Janson, Kolo President and Choir President expressed her appreciation for the St. Elijah Choir coming to sing and for all helping and attending the Vespers and dinner.

Attendees at the Lenten Vespers came from parishes in Aliquippa, Midland, Steubenville, Pittsburgh, Youngwood, Monroeville, Monongahela and Fairmont, W.Va.

Welcome to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke into the Holy Orthodox Church.

Sympathy extended to Father Rajko Kosic and his family. Father Rajko’s mother +Fimka departed this life last Sunday.

Four people came for Adult Class on Wednesday. No class for two weeks.

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.

Aaron Carson has on occasion attended services at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Canonsburg during Great Lent.

Festal greetings to Christians celebrating the Resurrection of Christ today.

Thank God for the blessings to St. George Church.

A Thought from St. Bishop NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

Vigilance is demanded of you---and vigilance is alertness, keeping watch with expectation. Vigilance over yourself, over your thoughts, desires, and deeds---this is the strict ordinance of your faith. Alertness sharpens spiritual vision, so that it can see and discern good and evil, and can know who is coming into your heart and thoughts. By keeping watch, one repulses an enemy and admits a friend. Expectation fortifies love and a clean conscience. To whom does this greatest expectation pertain? To the Beloved, to the Most Beloved, to the One whose love brought you into this world, and whose love will greet you in the other world.

( The Faith of Chosen People Translated by Fr.Theodore Mika and Fr. Steven Scott. The Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the United States and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois, 1988, p. 57. )

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

To Consider

Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.
The humility shown by Christ when entering Jerusalem.
The reception Christ received when entering Jerusalem.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 29 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit a patient.
March 30 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
March 31 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
April 2 & 3 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit a patient

Proverbs 21:15

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evil doers.

The Feast of Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

John 12:1-18

Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denari and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they had heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel!” Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.” His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.

The present Gospel speaks about Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with oil and wiping His feet with her hair. Mary’s expression of love and kindness towards Jesus was obvious.

How many current believers show deliberate love and kindness to the Lord Jesus Christ? How many current believers clearly express daily appreciation and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ?

Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha was raised from the dead by the Lord Jesus Christ. (Jn. 11:1-44). The present Gospel reflects great interest in part because Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

The raising of Lazarus from the dead is demonstration of Jesus’ power to grant life even to the dead. Individuals overcome with lives of sin have reason to hope in Christ to experience life through Him.

Sinners need not despair and continue in a downward spiral with their lives. Repentance and turning to Christ will bring the downward spiral to an end. The love and renewal in Christ is experienced through repentance.

The Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem and was hailed as the King of Israel. Jesus chose to enter Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey. He demonstrated His humility in this momentous entrance.

How many believers receive Christ warmly and with great welcome into their hearts? How many believers having daily received the blessings of life treat Christ as King and God?

How often during the course of the day do thoughts of gratefulness to Christ cross the minds of believers? How often during the course of the day do our minds dwell on frivolous matters having nothing to do with God?

Greed, immorality and excess abuse of power daily fill the news headlines. The Lord Jesus Christ is all powerful but showed the greatest humility.

The Lord Jesus Christ washed the feet of His disciples as a lasting lesson for His followers. Jesus said: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (Jn. 13:1-17)

Believers do well to consider the humility of Christ and the example of Christ as servant. Believers do well to measure their own personal attitudes about being humble servants of Christ.

Arrogance and pride have no place in the Christian life. Skills and achievements are gifts from God deserving of gratitude towards God. Personal strength is to be used for living in ways pleasing to God.

St. John Climacus wrote: “By this shall all men know that we are God’s disciples, not because the devils are subject to us, but because our names are written in the Heaven of humility.” 1

Holy Week has arrived. The way we live during Holy Week will reveal the extent we love Christ and live the life in Christ. God gives us twenty four hours each day.

How many hours of each day do we give thought and gratitude towards God? How many moments each day do we devote to prayer to God?

Prayer need not be elaborate. The Psalms provide every believer with a ready source of prayer. The Lord’s Prayer can always be in the mind. The Jesus Prayer can always be in the heart and on the lips of the believer.

Today and throughout Holy Week believers have the opportunity to honor and welcome the Lord Jesus Christ into their hearts, minds and homes. Jesus can be welcomed in our lives and reaffirmed as our King and as God.

1 Saint John Climacus. The Ladder of Divine Ascent Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, Massachusetts, 2001, p. 157.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 26 / April 8, 2012
Feast of Christ’s Entry in Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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