St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 744 - April 8 / April 21, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 744
April 8 / April 21, 2013
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent / St. Mary of Egypt

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.

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Recent Services
April 12
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
April 13
Midnight Office was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read.
Thirty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
April 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for the Litr urgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Four people were present for the Canon of St. Andrew.
April 18
Canon in Preparation for Communion was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read
April 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

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.

8:00 AM

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Vrbica.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 24 - Clergy Confession. Hierarchical Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa
April 27 - Lazarus Saturday. Vrbica.
April 28 - Feast of Christ’s 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 Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM Please note the Earlier Time!

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 the Vespers and help with the dinner this evening.

Thank you to parishioners and friends working for the Vespers and dinner this evening.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Isaac N. "Ike" Lewis newly departed this life.

Linda Chambers applies her legal skills for the benefit of St. George Church.

Stan Brozik, Karen Brozik, Milosh “Serb.” Krewasky and Josephine Gresko attended the Lenten Vespers in Monroeville last Sunday.

Four people attended Adult Class this past Wednesday. No class until after Bright Week.

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 (13:12-14)

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

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

To Consider

Great Lent is almost concluded.
Great and Holy Week will arrive soon.
Will we cherish and wisely make fullest use of the next fourteen days of life?

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 12 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 14 - Went to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio for Vespers.
April 15 - Blessed one house in Canonsburg.
April 17 - Went to viewing for +Isaac N.Ike Lewis.
April 18 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
April 18 - Visited with a family in the area.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Thanks to the Holy Spirit who abides in the Church, and who is the “soul of the Church,” each Christian can become a temple of the Holy Spirit, a small Church of God, if he becomes a member of the body of Christ, the Church (Eph. 2:19-22, 3:5-6). With the Mystery of Baptism man is clothed in Christ (Gal. 3:27) and becomes the temple of the living God (2 Cor 6:16). Whether or not man will receive the Holy Spirit depends on him himself.

(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 61. )

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 10:32-45

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles: and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.” Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left in Your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

St. Mary of Egypt

Luke 7:36-50

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denari, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins” Then He said to the woman, ”Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

The current Gospel of St. Mark gives a lasting lesson from the Lord Jesus Christ about humility. The Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of being a servant. (Mk. 10:43-45)

Arrogance and abuse of authority have no place in the Christian life. Valuing oneself above others in a demeaning way has no place in the Christian life. Love and concern for others has a definitive place in the Christian life.

Today’s reading from the Gospel of St. Luke demonstrates the importance of approaching the Lord Jesus Christ with the greatest reverence. The woman drawing near to Christ was evident in her great love and respect for Christ.

Care must be taken in the Christian life not to be casual in meeting Christian responsibilities. Care must be taken to think consciously about Christ. Fervor for Christ has a place in the Christian life.

Hunger of the soul is satisfied in Christ. Christ is within reach of individuals reaching out in prayer. Individuals laden with sin find hope for forgiveness in the current Gospel of St. Luke.

Christ has the power to blot out sins which burden believers. Christ has the power and authority to forgive sins. Lives are reshaped when sins are forgiven. Lives are renewed when sins are forgiven.

The world changes when forgiveness takes place. The world is reshaped when forgiveness takes place. Relationships change when a believer is forgiven. Believers benefit by giving great thought to preparing for Holy Confession.

The time has come in Great Lent to make careful and wise use of the time of life. The time of life is a most precious gift from God. God deserves expressions of gratefulness for every moment of life.

Personal assessment on the use of time given to God is beneficial. A person learns a great deal about his or her self when carefully studying the use of the time of life. Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21)

Life results in lasting benefits when invested in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said: “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Mt. 6:20)

Great Lent is about life changing for the better. Great Lent has the understood goal that the believer is to become a better Christian. Being unified with Christ and being committed to following Christ are clear expectations.

The remaining time of Great Lent is brief. The remaining time of a person’s earthly life becomes less with each passing moment. Christ’s glorious Second Coming and the Final Judgment moves closer with each passing moment.

The wise person will treat each moment of life as a precious gift from God to be used for the glory of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 8 / April 21, 2013
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Mary of Egypt.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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