St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 691 - April 2 / April 15, 2012


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

No. 691
April 2 / April 15, 2012
Pascha

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.

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
April 6
The Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts was served.Three people attended. Three communicants.
One person was present for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Four people came for Confession.
April 7
One person came for reading of Matins and First Hour.
The Divine Liturgy was served with procession afterwards.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Confession. Five people came for Great Vespers.
April 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Forty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Procession was held. Thirteen communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read
April 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
The Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read with the full reading of the Gospels of St. Matthew and half of the Gospel of St. Mark.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for the Sixth Hour.
April 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
The Third Hour was read.
Three people came for the Sixth Hour.
Two people came for the Ninth Hour.
The second half of the Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Two thirds of the Gospel of St. Luke was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
April 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
The Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour were read.
One third of the Gospel of St. Luke was concluded.
The readings from the Gospel of St. John were concluded.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for the Sixth Hour.
Two people came for the Ninth Hour.
April 12
Three people came for the Vespers
Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. One communicant.
One person was present of Akathist to the Mother of God.
The Matins of Holy Friday was served.
April 13
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Royals Hours.
Fourteen people came for the Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday. Procession was held.
April 14
Fourteen people came for Holy Saturday Vespers with Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today, Pascha
Resurrection Matins.
Paschal Divine Liturgy.

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

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

Monday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held during the week on request.

Important Dates

Today - Pascha, Feast of Feasts
Each Day this Week - Bright Week

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

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

Parish Life

The parish Slava, St. George Day, will be celebrated on Sunday, May 6.

The parish Picnic and Outdoor Religious Program is scheduled for Pentecost, June 3.

Thank you to everyone coming for the Divine services during Holy Week.

Attendance at services increased during Holy Week over recent years.

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.

Continue to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection each day.

If you have any questions about the practices or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

Thank God for the new individuals attending church and for those who have returned after a period of absence.

Thank God for the sounds of children in the church.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners and friends of St. George Church.

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Klingensmith now completing his medical studies at West Virginia University

Congratulations to Christina Sivak now completing her studies as a Nurse Anesthetist at the University of Pittsburgh.

A Thought from the Holy Apostle Paul

And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

( 2 Corinthians 5:15 )

To Consider

The importance of the Resurrection.
The change in our lives due to the Resurrection.
The enduring hope present due to the Resurrection.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 5 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 6 - Went to Diocesan Center-Mars, Pa.
April 8 and 11 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral of Pittsburgh.
April 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Royal Hours.

Proverbs 22:4

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.


Pascha

The Gospel of St. John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not the Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of he flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

The Resurrection of Christ is the greatest source of joy for believers. The Resurrection of Christ is the most enduring source of hope for believers. Individuals having no hope have reason to hope in the Resurrected Christ.

Individuals depressed and feeling their lives are destroyed have reason to hope in the Resurrected Christ. Every person is sinner and can turn to the Resurrected Christ for the forgiveness of sin.

Every person can turn to the Resurrected Christ to find personal meaning in life. The Cross and the Resurrection serve as ultimate sources of reference for the believer.

Believers will never exhaust the value of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Believers will never invest too much time in studying the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Believers will always benefit from looking to Christ.

The joy of the Empty Tomb has lasted through more than twenty centuries. Efforts to discredit belief in the Resurrection of Christ have faltered. Efforts of non-believers to undercut the value of the Resurrection are unsuccessful.

The martyrdom of serious witnesses for Christ has only increased the resolute subsequent generations of believers. Churches and monasteries have been built in remembrance and honor of martyrs for the Resurrected Christ.

The love of the Resurrected Christ is firm and strong in God’s Holy Church. The message of the Cross and the Resurrection is proclaimed without fear and with great certainty in God’s Holy Church.

On all continents and in many different languages the joy of the Resurrection is proclaimed. The Holy Gospel accounts of the Resurrection are read with the greatest of joy.

The Resurrectional greeting that “Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!” is fundamental to all languages of believers. God’s Holy Church has remained strong in the face of persecution.

The Lord Jesus Christ told the Holy Apostle Peter that He would build His Church and the gates of Hades would not prevail against it. (Mt. 16:18). Believers need to maintain the same degree of firmness of faith.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: “Neither death nor life, nor angels or principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39)

Pascha is the Feast of Feasts, the time for great joy. Pascha also is a time to give thanks to the Risen Lord. Christ rose after He suffered and died on the Cross. The love He showed for each of us is deserving of our constant appreciation.

No day should pass without believers giving heartfelt appreciation to the Crucified and Risen Lord. No day should pass without believers looking to Resurrected Christ with firmness of hope and for purpose of life.

No day should pass without prayers to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ for firmness of faith and hope. The journey to the Kingdom of God is the most fundamental journey of life.

The journey to Pascha sets the direction for believers. The journey to Pascha reunites believers with the Crucified and Resurrected Christ. Individuals taking the journey to Pascha seriously find utmost joy with the arrival of Pascha.

The Resurrected Christ welcomes all coming to Him in faith. The Resurrected Christ shares His inexhaustible love with everyone. The Resurrected Christ continues to change the world.

The celebration of Pascha each year is a time of renewal for communities where Pascha is celebrated. Believers welcoming the Crucified and Resurrected Christ into their hearts, homes and lives affect the communities where they live.

Homes change, workplaces change, families change when the Resurrectional joy is present. Lives change when believers live in Christ. Parishes change when increased amounts of parishioners honor the journey to Pascha.

Following Christ is a life-long commitment entered into at Holy Baptism. Baptism is a time of great joy. Pascha is a time of great joy. When Christ is the center of life, there is always great joy.

The women went to the Tomb and heard the glorious words: “You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” (Mk. 16:6) The world changed forever.

May this Pascha change our lives and root us firmly in the Crucified and Resurrected Christ. May the joy of the Resurrection permeate our hearts, our homes and our lives. Hristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen!


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 2 / April 15, 2012
Pascha.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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