St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 748 - May 6 / May 19, 2013


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 748
May 6 / May 19, 2013
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers


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
Bright Friday
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Bright Saturday
Matins was read.
Divine Liturgy was held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Eleven people came. Three communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
Thomas Sunday
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Slava procession and blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. All the names of departed buried from the church were read. Forty-six people attended. Nineteen communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Thomas Monday
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
Thomas Tuesday
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
Thomas Wednesday
Matins and First Hour were read. One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
Thomas Thursday
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Six people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont.
Thomas Friday
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

Mornings
5:30 AM Matins on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Wednesday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

TodayMay 19 - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers. Translation of Relics of St. Sava.
May 22 - Translation of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius
May 25 - St. Nikodim of Serbia
May 29 - Midpentecost. Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
June 2 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic

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 supporting the parish Slava. Congratulations to Kuma Norma Hickman.

Slava Program speakers and readers included: Stan Brozik, Richard Porter, Sonia Janson, Mitzie Hunchuck, Andrea Janson, Maria Djonovich, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Djelosh Milosevich and Linda Porter.

Greene County Assistant District Attorney Linda Chambers spoke at the Slava on the theme: “Raising and Protecting Children Amid the Dangers in Today’s World.”

Volunteers are needed on Saturday June 1 to prepare for the picnic and on Sunday June 2 at the picnic. Baked goods are also needed for the picnic bake sale. Let Sonia Janson know.

May 15th is National Police Week. Masontown Chief Joseph Ryan, Lt. Jeff Standish and Ray Sanchez from the New York City Police Department are recognized for their work.

Thank you to Kolo members working this past week in preparation for the picnic.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrei Popa for his book on artificial intelligence and data mining.

Two people came for Adult Class on Wednesday. Class again this week.

Melva Hunchuck is very conscientious in mailing the bulletins each week.

Listen to the St. George Choir on the parish weekly radio broadcast.

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 their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs

Remember the 194 miners killed in 1928 at the Mather mine.

Remember the ten miners killed in Matewan, West Virginia in 1920.

Listen to His Grace Bishop MITROPHAN’s Pascha message on the parish website.

Listen to His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJ’S Paschal message on MitzieNP Youtube.

From the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans (16:17-19)

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

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

The courage of the Myrrhbearing women and Joseph of Arimathia.
The lasting lessons of the Resurrection.
The continuing joy of the Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 11 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
May 15 - Spoke at Men’s Prayer Breakfast in Uniontown.
May 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Akathist and Adult Class.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

But we are not united by blood alone, but also by flesh. The Holy Body, which is given in the Holy Eucharist, unites us with His Most-Holy Body Incarnate. The Holy Eucharist unites us with Him and with all members of the Church.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. p. 48 )


The Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women

Mark 15:43-16:8

Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped Him in the linen, and laid Him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where He was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves,Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they anything to any man; for they were afraid.

The joy of the Resurrection continues to radiate in God’s Holy Church. The message of Christ rising from the tomb is proclaimed in the current Gospel message.

The bravery of Joseph of Arimathaea and the Myrrhbearing women is permanently established in the current Gospel. These courageous followers of Christ were blessed beyond measure for their actions and love of Christ.

Believers today do well to show strong interest in Christ. Serious followers of Christ will stand for Christ even in situations which are personally dangerous. Joseph and the Myrrhbearing women put themselves at risk for Christ.

Caring for Christ’s body and going to His tomb was very revealing of the love and care Joseph and the women had for Christ in an atmosphere still filled with the freshness of His crucifixion.

Being a follower of Christ requires constant courage. In today’s world in certain environments, Christians are under attack on a daily basis. Individuals free to worship Christ need to give abundant thanks to God for that freedom.

Believers do well to carefully heed the message that Christ is risen. Believers benefit others by sharing the message that Christ is risen. Churches filled on Pascha need to be filled throughout the year in glorifying God.

Lives filled with the message of the Resurrection need to carry the message into homes, neighborhoods and communities. The world improves with the spreading of the message of Christ’s Resurrection.

Individuals in despair and darkness have the opportunity to seek hope and light in the Resurrected Christ. Individuals seeking nourishment and direction can turn with confidence to the Resurrected Christ for the most satisfaction.

The hunger of the soul finds nourishment and joy in the Resurrected Christ. The believer finds motivation and inspiration in the Resurrected Christ. Barriers in life are capable of being overcome by turning to the Resurrected Christ.

The limits of death are redefined by the Risen Christ. The limits of evil are redefined by the Resurrected Christ. The message of the Christ’s empty tomb penetrates the succeeding centuries.

Hope arises out of the darkness. Light shines where darkness once prevailed. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ today give life to all drawing forth to the Chalice. Believers through the centuries are united in the Resurrected Christ.

The brave Joseph and the brave women going to the tomb are inspirations for countless believers through the centuries. How many prisoners of war and persecution have drawn strength from the present Gospel?

How many martyrs marched joyfully to their deaths through the centuries rather than deny their life in the Resurrected Christ? How many believers in each century have given abundant daily thanks to the Resurrected Christ for their lives?

How many believers suffering in Communism kept faith in the Resurrected Christ? How many in oppressive anti-Christian countries have held on to hope that the Resurrected Christ would get them through each moment of hardship?

How many alcoholics and drug addicts have found new life in the Resurrected Christ? How many men and women in broken relationships have rebuilt their lives in the Resurrected Christ?

How many inmates in jails and prisons have turned to the Resurrected Christ to help them get through their sentences and begin anew? How many victims of violent crimes have turned to the Resurrected Christ for healing?

How many accident victims and individuals suffering from life-threatening illnesses have drawn strength from the Resurrected Christ? How many individuals in the military have held on to hope in times of war due to the Resurrected Christ?

More than twenty centuries have passed since the message of the Resurrection was first proclaimed. Today around the globe millions and millions of believers proclaim and greet each other with the message: “Christ is Risen!

Lasting relationships and bonds are formed among believers proclaiming the Resurrection. Barriers and cultural differences are transcended in sharing the good news of the Resurrection.

Today let us give thanks to Joseph of Arimathaea and the Myrrhbearing women for their courage and love of Christ. Let us draw inspiration from them and be completely faithful to the Resurrected Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 6 / May 19, 2013
Sunday of the Myhrrbearing Women.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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