St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 746 - April 22 / May 5, 2013


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 746
April 22 / May 5, 2013
Pascha


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.

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
April 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated with a Procession. Twelve people attended.
April 28
Matins -and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Procession. Forty-five people attended. Twelve communicants.
April 29
The First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read included prescribed Gospel readings.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
April 30
The First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read included prescribed Gospel readings.
Six people came for the Ninth Hour.
May 1
The First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read included prescribed Gospel readings.
May 2
Matins and First were read.
Four people came for the Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. Three communicants.
Seven people came for the Matins of Holy Friday.
May 3
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Resurrection Matins
Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Bright Monday
5:30 AM Matins
St. George Day. 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Bright Tuesday
5:30 AM Matins

Bright Wednesday
5:30 AM Matins

Bright Thursday
5:30 AM Matins

Bright Friday
5:30 AM Matins

Satursday
5:30 AM Matins
4:00 PM Vespers.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Pascha
May 6 - Bright Monday. St. George Day.
May 7 - Bright Tuesday.
May 8 - Bright Wednesday. Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark.
May 9 - Bright Thursday
May 10 - Bright Friday. Burning of Relics of St. Sava.
May 12 - Thomas Sunday. Celebration of Parish Slava with Procession, Program and Dinner.

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!


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

Parish Life

Thank you to all attending Holy Week services.

Paulette Radock, Stan Brozik, Milosh Krewasky and Josephine Gresko attended the Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral on the Feast of Christís Entry to Jerusalem.

Sonia Janson, Melva and Mitzie Hunchuck, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Felicia Williamson, Stan Brozik, Grujla and Wilma Milosevich, Djelosh Melosevich, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey attended Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Carmen Joseph Casuccio recently departed this life. Mr. Casuccio was Mildred Bezjakís uncle.

Michael Danko, Trustee Vice-President of the Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. went to St. Louis, Missouri this past week in defense of minersí pensions and healthcare.

The parish Slava is scheduled for Sunday, May 12. Make your reservations.

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.

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

From the Holy Apostle Paul (I Cor. 15:16-22)

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 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. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

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

The Resurrection of Christ.
New life in Christ
Life ever being renewed in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 27 - Visited patient in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
April 28 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Vespers.
May 1 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Holy Unction.
May 3 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W. Va for Royal Hours. Eleven people attended.

A Thought from His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE

We greet all our brother and sister Orthodox nations and the entire Christian world; we also greet all- non Christians; and heaven and earth, and every creature living or not we greet and kiss. For the joy of the Resurrection is given to us so that it may be poured out from us to every creature, even to the very least of Godís creation, that we may bless all and proclaim the good news to allÖ

(The Path of Orthodoxy May 2002, p. 16 )


Pascha

John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto his own, and his own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of Him, and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me. And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Today is Pascha, the Feast of Feasts. Language is pushed to limits in describing Christís Resurrection. The mindís comprehension is pushed to the limits in seeking to make the Resurrection a part of daily life.

The joy of the Resurrection is limitless. The joy of the Resurrection is present every year, century after century. The joy of the Resurrection is not limited to the feast day. The joy of the Resurrections exists in each thought of Pascha.

Christ willingly took on human flesh. Christ willingly humbled Himself and accepted the pain of Crucifixion. Christ rose from the tomb. We celebrate the Resurrection today. The Resurrection is celebrated throughout the world.

The world changes with the Feast of Pascha each the year. Christís Resurrection is celebrated in the present. Christís Resurrection is celebrated as occurring each year. The Resurrection has a place in our minds every day.

Christians change due to the celebration of Pascha. Christ becomes more a part of the lives of individuals celebrating the Resurrection in sincerity. The celebration of the Resurrection affects surrounding communities.

Believers depart from churches celebrating the Resurrection. Believers carry the joy of the Resurrected Christ to their homes, neighborhoods and jobsites. The message of the Resurrection spreads across the world.

More than two thousand years have passed since Christ was Crucified. His Crucifixion and Resurrection are central to the liturgical life of Godís Holy Church. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is decisive in effect.

Serious believers travel great distances to celebrate Pascha. Serious believers make time in busy schedules to be in church on Pascha. The benefits of celebrating Pascha are beyond measure. A renewed life in Christ has eternal value.

The Resurrection of Christ is central to the worldview of believers. The Cross and Resurrection are the framework for examining life as we live it. Christís humility deserves life-long contemplation among believers.

Christís Resurrection compels that Christís divinity be central to the heart, the mind and the soul. The Resurrected Christ nourishes the hungry soul. The Resurrected Christ lights the path to eternal life. The Resurrected Christ lifts the spirits of the depressed. Christ shattered the limits of death.

Eternal life is real for serious Christians. Jesus said: ďMy sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.Ē (Jn. 11:28-29)

Believers do well to exert great effort to think more about Christ every moment of every day. Believers do well to be grateful to Christ every moment of every day. Believers do well to cast aside all that is not of Christ and live in Christ.

The perception of time changes with the arrival of Pascha. The perception of the world changes with the arrival of Pascha. The words from the Holy Gospel come alive off the pages and affect the hearts and minds of believers.

To live in Christ requires effort and commitment. To live in Christ requires love for life as Christ would have life to be lived. Christ provides the victory over sin and death. Believers become a part of the victory by living in Christ.

Christís love for each person is revealed in the relationships developed among those following Christ. Christís impact in each human life becomes known by those seeking to know Christ.

Christís nourishment is inexhaustible. Believers around the world draw near to partake of His Precious Body and Blood and become new. Christ permanently lifted the darkness when He rose from the Tomb.

More than twenty centuries have not darkened the light of Christ. His coming into the world was made know by the holy prophets before His birth. Those who chose to crucify Christ and their successors continue to fail

The Holy Apostle Paul used these words with the Corinthians: ďO death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?Ē (I Cor. 15:55)

The journey to Pascha is a long journey. The journey to Pascha is the most worthwhile journey. Faithful believers making the journey to Pascha become new in the Risen Christ.

Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: ďIf any man be in Christ, he a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new.Ē (II Cor. 5:17)

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese! Christ is Risen! Indeed He is risen!


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 22 / May 5, 2013
Pascha

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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