St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 745 - April 15 / April 28, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 745
April 15 / April 28, 2013
Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem

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.

Matthew 21:21

So Jesus answered and said to them, ďAssuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ĎBe removed and be cast into the sea,í it will be done.Ē

Recent Services
April 19
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
April 20
Canons for Communion were read at St. George Church.
Eleven people to Holy Trinity Mission for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
One person came to St. George Church for Great Vespers.
Three people came for Confession.
April 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
Approximately 120 people came for Deanery Vespers. Deanery priests serving included Dean-Very Rev.Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Very Rev. Stavrofor Rade Merick, Very Rev. Stavrofor Milan Krstic and Very Rev. Rajko Kosic.
April 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.Vespers was read.
April 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.Vespers was read.
April 24
Matins and First Hour were served. Visiting priests participating included Father Zivko Velimirovic, Father Zoran Radovic and Father Vladilav Radujkovic.
April 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
April 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Three communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for Great Compline.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem-Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Vespers this evening at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:00 PM.

Great and Holy Monday
5:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 4:00 PM.

Great and Holy Tuesday
5:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 4:00 PM.

Great and Holy Wednesday
5:30 AM & 11:30 AM
Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 7:00 PM.

Great and Holy Thursday
8:00 AM - Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy.
6:00 PM - Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels.

Great and Holy Friday
Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday at 6:00 PM.

Great and Holy Satursday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:00 PM.

Resurrection Matins on Pascha (next Sunday) will be at 5:30 AM.
Next Sunday-Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. Please note!

Bright Monday
8:00 AM Feast of St. George Divine Liturgy

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 all attending the Lenten Vespers and helping with the dinner.

On Tuesday evening, Stan Brozik and Karen Brozik hosted visiting clergy Very Rev. Stavrofor Predgrag Micic, Very Rev.Djokan Majstorovic, Father Zivko Velimirovic, Father Zoran Radovic and Father Vladilav Radujkovic.

The parish Slava is scheduled for Sunday, May 12. Please send your reservations to the parish office by May 3 if you plan to attend.

The parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 2.

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 Holy Week.

Mickey Bezjak is collecting for flowers for the church for Pascha.

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

A Thought from the Holy Apostle Paul (Romans 14:10-13)

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

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

To Consider

Experiencing Christ during Holy Week.
Learning about Christ during Holy Week.
Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ during Holy Week.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 19 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 20 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
April 24 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for Clergy Confession.
April 25 - Blessed one home and visited parishioner for Confession and Communion. Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and Adult Class. Five people came

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Only through the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Lord Jesus Christ the human being feels blessed from God the Father. Through Him He gave to him forgiveness of sins, the Gospel, the Church, the Holy Mysteries and every spiritual gift. There is no blessing of God with which He has not blessed us in His beloved Son.

(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 10. )

The Feast of the Lord Jesus Christís Entry into Jerusalem

John 12:18

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom He raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but Me ye have not always. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. These things understood not His disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things unto Him. The people therefore that was with Him when He called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met Him, for that they heard that He had done this miracle.

Today Godís Holy Church focuses on the Lord Jesus Christís entry into Jerusalem. Great throngs of people came out to see Jesus. Jesus arrived in Jerusalem by a simple form of transportation.

Jesusí miraculous raising of Lazarus from the dead was on the minds of the people coming out to see Jesus. Believers are expected to think carefully about todayís Gospel message. The present Gospel is to be applied to our personal lives.

The humility of Jesus exemplified at the moment of time He entered Jerusalem is a lesson to consider. The personal care Mary exhibited in anointing and washing Jesusí feet is an example of love for Christ to be considered.

Lazarus being alive and well after having been entombed for four days is a third consideration in the present Gospel worthy of extensive thought. Each Gospel lesson has meaning that reaches beyond the effects on each individual believer.

Christ is identified as King in the current Gospel. Believers need to sort through the current Gospel and determine the meaning of Christ in their personal lives. Believers benefit by determining if they remain committed to Christ as King.

Believers do well to answer if the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead is reflected in their personal lives. Believers seriously attentive to Lazarus being raised from the dead will use this miracle as a part of their personal worldview.

How many Serbian Orthodox Christians see a connection in the raising of Lazarus in the present Gospel and St. Lazarus of Kosovo? Both of them had their lives intimately connected with and changed because of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lazarus called forth from the tomb by Jesus opened up a whole new understanding of Jesus and of life and death. St. Lazarus of Kosovoís faithfulness to Christ permanently established his commitment to the Heavenly Kingdom.

The Gospel account of Lazarus raised from the dead by Jesus gives a vision of hope for believers in each century. The memory of St. Lazarus of Kosovoís commitment to Christ inspires faithfulness to Christ when faced with great peril.

Believers live in the present and benefit from the lessons of Christianity through the centuries. The Christ calling Lazarus forth from the tomb is the same Christ today.

We read in Hebrews: ďJesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.Ē (Heb. 13:8). The Christ the martyrs of Kosovo committed to in the face of great peril is the same Christ today.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem and would face crucifixion in the days ahead. This is a critical week in Godís Holy Church. In this week believers can be united with and can learn extensively about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers can learn in certain ways and have experiences in church that only take place during Holy Week. Believers can come to understand more about Christ and Christ in their lives.

This is a week to address the hunger of the soul and seek nourishment from Christ. This is a week think about Christ from the centuries preceding His birth to His holy Ascension. This is a week to think about Christís Second Coming.

The Gospel is read in fullness this week. Individuals attentive to the Divine services of Holy Week hear details about Christ that awaken thoughts deep in the recesses of the mind.

This is a week to love Christ completely and demonstrate that love by being in Church as many hours as is possible. This is a week to give the self to Christ wholeheartedly.

Christ gave Himself completely on the Cross. Believers do well to give Christ a true demonstration of love for Christ by paying undivided attention to His arrest, trial, death on the Cross, burial and Resurrection.

Lives change when they are given to Christ. Lives change when Christ is welcomed in the heart, the mind and the soul. Lives change when being united with Christ is the greatest desire of the believer.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 15 / April 28, 2013
Feast of the Lord Jesus Christís Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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