St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 743 - April 1 / April 14, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 743
April 1 / April 14, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent / St. John Climacus

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

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Recent Services
April 5
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
April 6
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people came for the Divine Liturgy in Fairmont. Three communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
April 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Forty-one people attended the Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
April 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
April 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Liturgy of Preseanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Cross.
April 11
Matins and First Hour were read. Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont,W.Va. for Akathist to the Cross.
April 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for 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 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 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 27 - Lazarus Saturday. Vrbica.
April 28 - Feast of Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem. 5:00 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh.
May 5 - PASCHA Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM

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

Plan to attend and help when this parish hosts the Lenten Vespers on April 21 next Sunday.

Sonia Janson and Paulette Radock attended the retreat at Holy Trinity Cathedral on April 6.

Aaron Carson, Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson and Milosh Serb Krewasky attended the Lenten Vespers in Midland last Sunday. Aaron also attended Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers.

Rich Porter applies his mechanical skills and creative thinking to benefit the church.

Three people attended class on Wednesday. Class again this Wednesday.

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.

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

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 (12:1-2)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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

To Consider

The personal investment made in honoring Great Lent each day.
Bringing daily life into conformity with the teachings of the Church.
Adhering to Church standards and ethics in daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 29 - Blessed one house.
April 6 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
April 7 - Went to St. George Church in Midland, Pa. for Lenten Vespers.
April 9 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 9 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit parishioner.
April 10 - Went to Uniontown for printing purposes.
April 11 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va.for Akathist and Adult Class. Five people attended.

His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE. “On Fasting.”

Always and especially during Lent we should diligently read and listen to the Word of God, Holy Scriptures, and pray to God both at home and in the Church with others, in this time of adversity for our people. Fasting was not established by man but by God, Who through the prophet Moses called it a “perpetual statute” (Lev.3:17). Christ consecrated it by fasting Himself for forty days and ordered all His faithful ones to fast. Fasting was practiced by the apostles, by all the faithful of that time, and subsequently for all these 2000 years.

(The Voice of Saint Stephen Lackawanna, New York, Vol.24 No. 2, March-April 2000, p. 1 )

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 9:17-31

Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” He answered and said to him, “ O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell to the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, ‘From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more. Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead..” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His disciples and said to them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.”

Matthew 4:25-5:12

Great multitudes followed Him---from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Great Lent is rapidly progressing. This is the Sunday of St. John Climacus. St. John’s book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, sets forth very clearly steps of spiritual growth.

When a believer ascends from the baptismal font, the believer is expected to continue to grow in Christ throughout the remaining days of life. Unity with and growth in Christ are continuous expectations.

Great Lent directs the believer to focus on personal sin. Repentance is necessary for healing of the soul. The Gospel of St. Mark teaches the benefit of prayer and fasting when healing is desired. (Mk. 9:29)

Each believer needs to determine the way he or she will personally use the remaining days of Great Lent. Will the time be invested in the Kingdom of God? Will serious prayer and fasting characterize each of the remaining days?

Will personal efforts correspond to and be in concert with the Church’s honoring of Great Lent? Will life in the home, at work or in the community be characterized by honorable Christian behavior, standards and practices?

Will personal interaction with others in the home, at work and in the community be characterized by love, forgiveness and patience? Will the prayer of St. Ephraim be a part of each weekday of each believer?

Will the hunger of each believer’s soul find nourishment from Christ through reading and listening to the Holy Gospel and partaking of Holy Communion?

Will the healing from Holy Confession be experienced by each believer? Will time devoted to attending church services increase during Great Lent? Will practices that tempt and harm the soul be resolutely avoided and repelled?

The Crucified and Risen Christ are on the minds of believers taking Great Lent seriously. This past week the Holy Cross was in the center of the church. The Cross of Christ is always to be found in our churches.

The Cross of Christ is inseparable from the Resurrection of Christ. In the current Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus speaks about His death and resurrection. (Mk. 9:31) Believers always benefit by keeping the Crucifixion and Resurrection in mind.

The daily services of the Church provide the structure and nourishment for believers in the journey to Pascha. Individuals attentive to the services and teachings of the Church are able to discern God’s expectations for their lives.

Lives change for the better when Christ is the foundation, goal and center of life. Christ is the expressed desire of life at Holy Baptism. Christ is the expected desire of life for Christians throughout the remaining days of life.

When Christ is the center of life, the foundation of life and goal of life, all else takes on proper perspective. Life’s stresses and trials become manageable when Christ is followed fervently as the source of wisdom.

Hope arises in times of darkness. The resurrected Christ brings light out of the darkness. The Lord Jesus Christ provides nourishment that is life-giving.

Jesus said: “ Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jn. 6:54) During Great Lent, let us turn to Christ daily for nourishment and care of the soul.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 1 / April 14, 2013
Feast of Annunciation.
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
St. John of the Ladder

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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