St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 693 - April 16 / April 29, 2012

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

No. 693
April 16 / April 29, 2012
Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers

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
Bright Friday
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Bright Saturday
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont,W.Va.
One person came for Vespers at St. George Church.
Thomas Sunday
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-four people came. Five communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
April 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
April 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
April 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
April 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to 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.

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

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

3:00 PM Akathist to the Resurrection followed by Adult Class.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
May 3 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nikolai of Zhicha
May 6 - St. George Day, Parish Slava celebration. Sunday of the Paralytic
May 9 - Mid-Pentecost Divine Liturgy. Mon Valley Orthodox parishes to attend.
May 10 - Burning of the Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog
May 13 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 20 - Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension of Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Plan to attend the Church Slava next Sunday. Make your reservations today.

Plan to attend the Divine Liturgy on Mid-Pentecost. May 9th.

Sympathy extended to the family of +William Grooms recently departed this life.

Very Rev. Stavrofor Vasiljie and Protinica Zoreen Sokolovic always remember the St. George Church though they live a great distance from here.

Two people came for Adult Class on Wednesday. Come to class this week.

The 100th Anniversary Celebration of Holy Ascension Church in Youngwood May 20th.

Pray to God regularly each day.

Learn the saints and feasts of each day of the week throughout the year.

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 faithful parishioners of St. George Church.

Thank God for parishioners returning after a period of absence.

Thank God for individuals recently interested in St. George Church.

Bring a friend or relative to church when you come.

Listen to the parish radio broadcast on the radio or parish website.

The Parish Picnic and Outdoor Religious Program is scheduled for June 3.

A Thought from the Holy Apostle Paul

I Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in God will rise first.” (NKJV)

To Consider

The days between Pascha and the Feast of the Ascension.
The importance the Church places on each day of the year.
Living daily according to the Church calendar.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 19 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 20 - Went to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh to visit patient.
April 21 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
April 25 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to visit patient.
April 27 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania for meetings.

Proverbs 24:3

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.

Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers

Mark 15:43-47. 16:1-8

Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid. Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away----for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed, you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.. But go, tell His disciples---and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Joseph of Arimathea was a kind and courageous man. He wanted the Lord Jesus Christ to have a proper burial. By asking for the body of the newly executed Jesus, Joseph put himself at risk as a believer and follower of Christ.

Joseph of Arimathea subjected himself to potential wrath from those who plotted and supported putting Christ to death on the Cross. Believers and followers of Christ are expected to be courageous in showing their love for Christ.

Being a follower of Christ, a believer in Christ, can be dangerous and unpopular. Individuals having lived under Communism know of the persecution of Christians.

Individuals now living in many countries where radical Islam is rampant know of the dangers and persecution of Christians. Many have been martyred in the Serbian Orthodox Church through the centuries because they were Christian.

Christian witness is a way to stem the tide of immorality. Christian witness is a way to stand against heresy. Christian witness is a way to firmly show the depth of belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome were courageous followers of Christ. Just as Joseph of Arimathea exposed himself to great risk, so did the women desiring to go to the grave of Christ.

St. Nikolai (Velimirovic) speaks about the grave of the just man as having more power than the unjust living do.1 The Empty Tomb of Christ revealed the greatest of power, the Divine Power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Resurrection of Christ revealed the limits of death and the power of God. Jesus had said: “With God all things are possible.” (Mt. 19:26). Christians have sound reason to believe in the resurrection of the dead. Jesus was the first. (I Cor. 15:18-19)

Two weeks have passed since the celebration of Pascha. The Resurrection of Christ has a determining effect on the lives of serious believers. Serious believers look to meaning of the Crucifixion and Resurrection as foundations of daily life.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (I Cor. 2:2) The crucifixion of Christ was clearly of utmost importance to this foremost apostle.

The Holy Apostle Paul made clear the Resurrection was central to the foundation of his life. St. Apostle Paul said: “We also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus…” (2 Cor. 13-14)

Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important relationship we have. We began the relationship with Jesus officially at Holy Baptism. We are expected to grow in Christ throughout life.

Attending the Divine services of the Church enables us to remain strongly united with Christ. Holy Confession and Holy Communion enables us to restore and strengthen the relationship.

Christ becomes a part of us and we become a part of Christ through Holy Communion. Reading and listening to the Holy Gospel keeps us focused on Christ. Prayer is a proven way to remain united with Christ.

As often as we mention the name of Christ in prayer and think of Christ in prayer, we thwart the attacks of evil and cling to the life in Christ. The Empty Tomb holds the message of hope. The Risen Christ is proof of the hope.

The message that “Christ is Risen!” is the greatest message. The message that “Christ is Risen!” has powered the brightness shining through twenty centuries. The message that “Christ is Risen!” is all powerful

The love of God is in the message that “Christ is Risen!” We know from the Gospel of St. John: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jn. 3:16)

The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ provide the foundation and the framework for the worldview of believers. Serious believers face each day knowing the love of God and the hope fundamental to the life with God.

The Holy Apostle Paul made it clear God is not far from us. He said: “In Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts. 17:27-28) We need only open our eyes to see God everywhere. We need only listen to hear God speak to us.

We need only to believe sincerely. The Empty Tomb and the Resurrection of Christ changed the world forever. May the Lord God give us the courage and love of Joseph of Arimathea and the myrrh-bearing women to be as faithful to Christ.

1 Saint Nikolai Velimirovic. Prayers by the Lake Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott. Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwest America, 2010, p. 170.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 16 / April 29, 2012
Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers.
Holy Virgin martyrs Agape, Irene, and Chionia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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