St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 740 - March 11 / March 24, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 740
March 11 / March 24, 2013
Sunday of Orthodoxy

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.

James 2:14

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?

Recent Services
March 15
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
March 16
Midnight Office was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers.
March 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
March 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Great Compline with Canon.
March 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Three people came for Great Compline with the Canon.
March 20
Portions of Matins were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Ninth Hour was read.
Three people came for Great Compline with the Canon.
March 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third Hour was read.
Sixth and Ninth Hours were read.
Four people came for Great Compline and the Canon.
March 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Father Milan Medakovich came to serve.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

6:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

Akathists and prayers for special needs held on request during the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, March 24 - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 903 Ann Street, Homestead, Pa. 15120 for the site of Triumph of Orthodoxy Service on Sunday, at 4:00.
March 31 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. 5:00 PM Vespers at St.Elijah, Aliquippa. Vespers 5:00 PM at Holy Ascension, Youngwood.
April 7 - Annunciation, Third Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM St. George Church, Midland, Pa.
April 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville, Pa

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felicia Williamson attended a Lenten seminar at the Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon, Pa on March 16.

Thank you to Rajka Ries and Josephine and Michael Vuich of St. Sava Cathedral in Cleveland for coming to St. George Church last week.

Thank God we have experienced nurses in the church on Sundays.

Thank God we have blessed ambulances well-staffed when they are needed.

Unless you live a great distance from the church, come for confession at a weekday service or on Saturday at the time of Vespers.

Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Aaron Carson and Milosh “Serb” Krewasky attended Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church in McKeesport. Josephine Gresko also attended as she does regularly on Sundays during Great Lent.

The parish radio broadcast is moved to the evening when there is a daytime hockey game.

The investment made to honor Great Lent will bring proportionate results.

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 the families.

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

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

The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.

See Stan Brozik for college scholarship information for individuals entering college.

Thank you to all helping to bake with the Kolo last week.

A Thought from the HolyApostle Paul to the Romans (9:14-16)

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

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

To Consider

Great Lent has begun.
Concluding Great Lent as being more faithful to Christ.
Repenting and Confessing sins-Partaking of Holy Communion.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 15 - Blessed a home in Washington, Pa.
March 16 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 17 - Went to St. Sava Church in McKeesport for Lenten Vespers.

A Thought from Reverend Alekssandar N. Dimitrijevich

We may pray to God at any time, or anywhere, but to do this in a befitting manner, we must select a worthy and appropriate place, in solitude and tranquility. However, the very best place, which with its constancy and impressiveness best incites prayer in man, is the church.

(Orthodox Religious Instruction: Old Testament. Translated by Mrs. Dragica Milkovich and Mrs. Violet Bastie. Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of United States and Canada, Libertyville, Illinois, 1958, p. 17 )

The Sunday of Orthodoxy

John 1:43-51

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law; and also, the prophets wrote---Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” Nathaniel said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathaniel answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Great Lent is moving into the second week. Concern for the soul is of primary interest for serious believers. The present Gospel speaks about having direct personal experience with Christ and following Christ.

Jesus told Nathaniel he would have amazing experiences. Jesus told Nathaniel he would “ see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” (Jn. 1:51)

Serious followers of Christ can expect to see God at work in amazing ways that are not anticipated. God is at work in ways beyond the comprehension of the human mind. Faith has a major part in daily observations and experiences.

Entering the Christian life brings with it the corresponding responsibility of honoring Christ. All that is said, done and thought of is to be consistent with Christ and approvable by Christ.

Individuals believing firmly and consistently in Christ will interpret daily events in accord with their beliefs. Daily life is lived and shaped according to personal values and beliefs.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed shapes and guides the lives of serious Christians. Christians embrace the Creed at Holy Baptism. Christians re-affirm the Creed at each Divine Liturgy.

The Creed serves as a measurement and standard for daily life. The daily lives of serious Christians are rooted in the belief of the Virgin Birth of Christ. The daily lives of serious Christians draw hope from the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Christ’s return is anticipated and prayed for by Christians. Christ’s Resurrection, Second Coming and the resurrection of the dead are fundamentally connected.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.” (I Cor. 15:19-20)

At each funeral service the Epistle to the Thessalonians is read. The words of the Holy Apostle Paul state: “ For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” (I Thess. 4:14)

Christ gives believers hope for loved ones departed this life. Christ gives believers hope to become new (Gal. 6:15) and renewed (Rom. 12:2) during this earthly life. Christ gives believes hope extending well beyond this earthly life. (Mt. 25:46)

The life in Christ is beyond human expectations. Unity with Christ brings experiences that never would be imagined. Jesus’ Holy Apostles led lives that they never would have anticipated.

Disciples, martyrs and ascetics lived lives that have affected ensuing centuries in different environments and varied circumstances. Fully committed followers of Christ do so with joy and resoluteness.

Jesus spoke about the life in Christ being abundant. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “ The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10)

Great Lent is the time to once again fully embrace the life in Christ. The fervor experienced at Holy Baptism can be regained. The joy of Holy Baptism can be once again experienced through repentance, confession and communion.

Believers need to have a desire and willingness to change during Great Lent. Great Lent is structured with emphasis on personal sinfulness and the need and benefit of repentance.

Being recalcitrant with hardness of heart is devastating. Despair and despondency leads to lethargy and lack of action. To live in Christ requires conscious use of the mind and heart.

The desire to reject sin and sinful tendencies must be strong. The desire to live in Christ must be stronger than the desire to continue in sinful ways. Believers must guard the heart and be disciplined in the mind.

Philip knew that Jesus was special. Nathaniel knew Jesus was special. We know of Philip and Nathaniel because of what they saw in Christ. Individuals embracing the life in Christ know that Jesus is special.

Believers need not lament having fallen into sin. Believers need not become despondent and yield to hopelessness. Christ offers the pathway of hope. Christ offers the opportunity of forgiveness and new life.

Great Lent provides the structure for change and renewal in Christ. Repentance has a proper place in Great Lent. Christ welcomes the returning sinner. (Lk. 15:7)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 11 / March 24, 2013
Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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