St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 749 - May 13 / May 26, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 749
May 13 / May 26, 2013
Sunday of the Paralytic

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.

Recent Services
May 18
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
May 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
May 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Akathist to St. Nikolas.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
May 23
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

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

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 25 - St. Nikodim of Serbia
May 29 - Midpentecost. Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
June 2 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen. Venerable Stefan of Piper.
June 4 - St. Jovan Vladimir
June 7 - Third Finding of Head of St. John the Baptist
June 12 - Apodasis of Pascha
June 13 - Feast of Ascension. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
June 14 - St. Justin the Philosopher, Martyr; Ven. Justin of Celije, Icon of Pec.
June 17 - St. Metrophanes, St. Joanikije of Montenegro and Georgije
June 18 - St. Peter of Korish
June 21 - Apodasis of Ascenion
June 22 - Memorial Saturday
June 23 - Pentecost
June 24 - Pentecost Monday. Slava at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va

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

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. Let Sonia Janson know.

Thank you to faithful St. George Choir members singing each week: Sonia Janson, Andrea Janson, Djelosh Milosevich, Anna Mae Knezovich, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Ludwig Miscovich and Frank Menhart.

Three people came for Adult Class this past week. Class again this Wednesday.

Let us remember the veterans this Memorial Day.

Many veterans have come from St. George Church.

Land and Nick Gotch are in Michigan but always keep the St. George Church in mind.

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

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.

If you would like your house blessed, please contact Father Rodney.

Ask the priest if you have a question about the teaching, practices or services of the Church.

From the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 1:17-19)

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

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

To Consider

The healing of the paralytic.
The healings by Christ taking place each day.
The healings of the souls of fervent believers.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 18 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 19 - Went to St. Sava Church in McKeesport for 25th Anniversary celebration of the ordination to the Priesthood of Very Rev.Stavrofor Stevo Rocknage.
May 20-21 - Went to Chicago for Serbian Orthodox Church Standing Committee meetings.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The divine mystery of the body attained its perfection in the Lord Jesus Christ. In it God and man were united, and this perpetually occurs in His Church, which is His Body. Even as neither nature was changed during the Incarnation, each retaining it is own characteristics(human and divine), likewise in the Church of Christ I do not lose my personal characteristics, rather I grow according to the measure of my faith.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001 p. 5 )

The Sunday of the Paralytic

John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, He saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed Himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

The paralytic benefitted immeasurably from Jesus coming into his life. After thirty-eight years of suffering, the paralytic was made well. He could get up and move about with new found freedom. A new world opened for him.

The Lord Jesus Christ opens new worlds for individuals. The Lord Jesus creates new visions for individuals. The Lord Christ brings new life. In this time of Paschal celebration, Jesus’ triumph over death is celebrated with great joy.

The Church finds it fitting each year to include the healing of the paralytic in the period of Paschal celebration. Believers benefit from extended concentration on Christ’s Resurrection. The defeat of death deserves unending proclamation.

The paralytic became a new man in Christ. The old man confined to one location no longer existed. Different kinds of paralysis exist. Paralysis of the mind can keep individuals confined to tasks that are self-confining.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans:” 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.” (Rom. 12:2)

The Lord Jesus Christ changes lives. Renewal in Christ is on-going for those faithful to Christ. Efforts are necessary to nourish the soul regularly and to repent. Great benefits occur when Christ is the goal and foundation of life.

The Holy Apostle told the Corinthians: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18) In the current Gospel the Lord Jesus Christ saw the need of the man at the side of the pool. The Lord’s actions have created hope for countless numbers of people suffering in the ensuing centuries.

The healing of the paralytic is a basis for all individuals suffering for long periods of time to hold out hope for healing in Christ. The present Gospel is a firm basis to reach out in prayer to Christ for healing of chronic conditions.

The healing power of Christ may be beyond human comprehension. The ability to pray to Christ is not beyond human comprehension. Each person controls whether he or she draws near to Christ in heart and in mind.

A person may be paralyzed physically. If the mind works and the person believes in Christ, the person can draw near to Christ in prayer. Jesus cautioned the paralytic not to sin anymore to prevent further suffering.

Every person suffering can act to improve his or her condition by turning to Christ in prayer. Christ will help individuals change their attitudes. Christ will help individuals to battle sin successfully.

New life in Christ is possible for each person. The cross is very much a part of the effort. Discipline is absolutely required. Conscious use of the mind is needed. A person cannot freely sin and expect to have a new life in Christ.

Certain moral standards and ethical behaviors are expected of Christians. Individuals caught up in illegal, immoral and unethical behaviors that lead to confining conditions will only break the cycle through repentance.

Jesus pointed the healed man in the direction he was to go after he was healed. When individuals confess their sins and receive forgiveness, they are expected to faithfully adhere to the way of Christ.

Clinging to Christ and the way of Christ is the only way to ensure spiritual health and wholeness in life. The soul needs nurtured. The soul needs constant attention. The soul needs healthy nourishment.

The Holy Gospel provides nourishment and instruction. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ provide unity with Christ. Too often the message of the Gospel is ignored. Too often believers say “no” to partaking of Christ’s Body and Blood.

The present Gospel is uplifting to the mind and the heart. Hope in Christ clearly resounds in this Gospel. The healing of the paralytic is reason for great joy. After many years of frustration, the paralytic’s world changed completely.

Individuals attentive to the present Gospel have great reason to reaffirm their commitment to Christ. Individuals struggling in life have a basis for hope their conditions will improve.

Today is the day to give thanks to God for the light of the Resurrection shining through the centuries. Today is the day to hold on to the ray of hope emanating from Christ. Today is the day to find freedom and wholeness in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 13 / May 26, 2013
The Sunday of the Paralytic.
Holy Martyr Glyceria.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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