St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 742 - March 25 / April 7, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 742
March 25 / April 7, 2013
Feast of the Annunciation / Third Sunday of Great Lent

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.

Hebrews 11:13

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Recent Services
March 30
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
March 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
April 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
April 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist before the Icon of the Mother of God, ĒThe Deliverance of Those Who Suffer Misfortunes was read.Ē
April 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

3:00 PM Akathist to the Cross 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, 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
April 21 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM, here at St. George Church, Carmichaels. and at St. Nicholas Church in Johnstown.
April 28 - Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem. 5:00 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh.
April 29 - Great and Holy Monday
April 30 - Great and Holy Tuesday
May 1 - Great and Holy Wednesday. 7:00 PM Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
May 2 - Great and Holy Thursday
May 5 - PASCHA

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Thank you to Paulette Radock, Stan Brozik and Milosh ďSerbĒ Krewasky for attending the Lenten Vespers at Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood.

Parish Executive Board members regularly attend the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

The recent fundraiser in Pittsburgh for needy children in Serbia held by Lifeline Chicago raised more than $30,000 including $5000 from the Eastern Diocese Relief Fund.

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.

Plan to help when this parish hosts the Lenten Vespers on April 21.

Plan to attend weekday services during the balance of Great Lent and Holy Week.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

If your house has not been blessed and you want it blessed, contact Father Rodney.

A Thought from the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans (11:22)

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

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

To Consider

The healing experience of Holy Confession.
The healing experience of Holy Communion.
The healing from the Lord Jesus Christ in Confession and Communion.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 30 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
March 31 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood.
April 1 - Travelled by bus with UMWA miners to Charleston, W.Va. for the gathering and march in support of earned pensions and benefits being threatened.
April 2-3 - Went to St. Petersburg, Florida for Clergy Confession and Christian Education Deanery meeting.

Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich. Sermons and Speeches. Prepared for publication by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 109.

The Holy Divine Liturgy is not a concert, or a dialogue between the officiating clergyman and the choir, but a meeting of friends, of family, of blood-relatives; not of the physical blood but of the sacramental blood, the redeeming Blood of Our Saviour. It is a meeting of the Creator, Angels, Saints and of the faithful.

The Feast of the Annunciation

Luke 1:24-38

And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

The Third Sunday of Great Lent, Veneration of the Holy Cross

Matthew 8:34-38, 9:1

And when He had called the people unto him with his disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Today we are in the middle of Great Lent. The Cross is in the center of the Church. We know that we will eventually come to Holy Week. On Great and Holy Friday, Christ on the Cross will encompass the thinking of all serious believers.

Today also is the major feast of the Annunciation. We learn from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke of the visit of Archangel Gabriel to the Mary, she who was chosen among all women of all centuries to give birth to the Christ Child.

Celebrating this Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross and the Feast of the Annunciation on the same day is laden with great meaning. The announcement of the virgin birth of the Christ Child set in motion the birth of all births.

The Holy Cross in the middle of the Church is the vivid reminder of the death of all deaths. The Cross preceded the Resurrection. The Virgin Birth, Christís Death on the Cross and His Resurrection are central to our Faith.

At Baptism we profess belief in the Virgin Birth, Christís Death on the Cross and His Resurrection. These beliefs are reaffirmed throughout life at each Divine Liturgy with the recitation of The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.

The Lenten journey is a time of renewal for serious believers. The Virgin Birth, the Cross and the Resurrection are integral to Christian life and renewal of the life in Christ.

The love, mercy and grace of God deserve continued consideration in the Lenten journey. Godís goodness exceeds human comprehension. Believers do well to constantly give thanks unto God.

Believers do well to show gratefulness to God in the use of time and effort each day. Prayer enables believers to seek improvement in their relationship with God. Prayer enables believers to recognize their personal sins.

Reading and hearing the Holy Gospel gives believers strength and nourishment. Fighting sin and being careful not to sin requires vigilance. Falling into sin can occur easily and quickly.

The hunger of the soul needs the authentic nourishment from Christ. Believers always need to be concerned about nourishing the soul. Too often greater attention is given to nourishing the body and too little thought is given to the soul.

The Feast of the Annunciation, the Cross and Resurrection of Christ heighten awareness of the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives. Believers benefit by thinking about the Lord Jesus Christ as often as possible.

Believers enrich their lives by reciting prayers as often as possible. The Lordís Prayer, the Jesus Prayer, and the Prayer of St. Ephraim used during the weekdays of Great Lent are off constant benefit in the Lenten journey.

Reading and listening to the Psalms does much to expand the minds of believers. The Psalms provide nourishment throughout the year. During Great Lent, believers desiring to repent will find great value in reading the Psalms.

The goal of the Lenten journey is to improve and strengthen the relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The goal of the Lenten journey is to grow in Christ and eradicate sin from daily life.

Joy in Christ increases as believers make the Lenten journey in faithfulness. Godís goodness, mercy and become more apparent to believers when personal sin is confessed and unity with God is sincerely desired.

Today is a day of great joy. The birth of Christ is announced once again as it has been for more than twenty centuries. The power of the Cross is proclaimed. The message of the Resurrection continues to provide hope and change lives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 25 / April 7, 2013
Feast of Annunciation.
Third Sunday of Great Lent
Veneration of the Holy Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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