St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 751 - May 27 / June 9, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 751
May 27 / June 9, 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
June 1
Midnight Office was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
June 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-five people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
The Akathist to the Resurrection was served at the Cross in the St. George Cemetery. Very Rev.Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov was present to participate in the Akathist. Sonia Janson did the responses.
June 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
June 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
June 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
June 6
Matins was read at St George Church.
A funeral was served at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh for +Nuna Yovanov. Burial was at St. Sava Cemetery.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
June 7
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.
Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Saturday.

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

8:00 AM Feast of Ascension Divine Liturgy

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, June 9 - Sunday of the Blind Man
June 12 - Apodasis of Pascha
June 13 - Feast of Ascension. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
June 14 - Ven. Justin of Chelije
June 15 - Hieromartyr Erazmo of Ochrid
June 17 - St. Metrophanes
June 18 - Ven. Petar of Korish
June 21 - Apodasis of Ascension
June 22 - Memorial Saturday. Grave Blessings.
June 23 - Feast of Pentecost
June 24 - Pentecost Monday, Slava at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 28 - St. Prince Lazar, Greatmartyr and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.

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

Congratulations to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem celebrating 100 Years!

Sympathy extended to the Irene and Paul Yancich Jr. and family, Irene’s brother +John departed this life this past week.

Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery, Very Rev.Stavrofor Stevan and Protinica Anna Stepanov were among the attendees at the Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

Stan Brozik welcomed attendees at the Religious Program and Picnic and thanked the workers.

Willie Spens read from St. Bishop Nikolai’s Prayers by the Lake at the Religious Program.

Milosh “Serb” Krewasky’s volunteer corps of “Lambroasters” and faithful friends of St. George Church put in long hours. They were: Mike Maddish, William and Paul Teagarten, Rick Hribal, Mike Evosevich, Phil Titus, Lloyd Richards and Jim Ziemba.

Sonia Janson and Mildred Bezjak attended the Adult Class on Tuesday. Class again this Tuesday. Paulette Radock, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Felicia Williamson are among those also regularly attending class. Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke attends when his schedule permits. Others participate in the class via the Internet.

The peonies planted on the grounds of the St. George Church in memory of those martyred and losing their lives in Kosovo through the years were in full bloom this past week

Rich Porter is faithful in coming to the church during the week to tend to candle necessities.

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.

Mitzie Hunchuck is preparing for the Healthcare Seminar on August 9, 2013.

From the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (3:16-17)

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy which temple ye are.”

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

To Consider

Giving thanks to God for the ability to hear the Holy Gospel.
Giving thanks to God for the nourishment of the Holy Gospel.
Giving thanks to God for wisdom and learning available in the Holy Gospel.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 1 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
June 2 - Participated in Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 6 - Served Funeral service for +Nuna Yovanov at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Burial was in St. Sava Cemetery.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Nothing is more necessary, affluent or valuable for men than to become a brother to Christ and a co-heir, and in this way to make one’s own all that which is Christ’s, all that which is God’s.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p.9 )

The Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-38

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

The work of God deserves continuous amazement. The healing of the man born blind in the current Gospel gives rise to hope for people of serious Christian faith. This man was born blind. Jesus cured his condition and changed his life.

The man experienced childhood as a blind person. He entered adulthood as a blind person. Jesus entered the man’s life and changed his life forever. When Jesus entered the man’s life, the man’s vision of life changed.

The Lord Jesus Christ gives serious believers a new vision of life. The Lord Jesus Christ opens new horizons for people of faith. The Lord Jesus Christ opens new doors and exposes serious believers to new experiences never dreamed of.

The blind man in the current Gospel and his parents were both affected by the healing power of Jesus Christ. Individuals changed for the better by Christ can be subject to scrutiny and even skepticism by non-believers.

People of faith are accepting of miracles. People of faith place great trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. On one occasion a man had been taken to the operating room for surgery prior to the Prayer Before an Operation. The priest was late.

The priest went to enter the hospital’s operating room to say the prayer. The priest was turned back. A nurse of faith had the patient brought out for the prayer. She said: “ Let’s do the important work (pray) and then do the surgery.”

The healing of the blind man establishes convincing hope for believers with long-standing ailments and debilitating physical conditions. The present Gospel is a source of strength from Christ that conditions can be changed.

Individuals hungering in their souls find peace and light in the present Gospel. Serious believers feel that life gets better in Christ. The Risen Christ eradicated the darkness of the Crucifixion. Light replaced darkness.

Imagine the joy the healed man felt when he could see beautiful scenery. Imagine how he felt when he saw Christ, the Cause of the difference in his life. Seekers of Christ perceive Christ at work in their lives if they are careful.

Serious seekers of Christ view the world differently. They perceive the world more in the way Christ would have the world to be perceived. Christ helps serious believers to revise their visions of life to conform to the Holy Gospel.

Christ helps believers remove impediments to having a healthy understanding of life. Christian martyrs stand as living examples of having uncompromised visions of the life in Christ

Ascetics in remote and desolate areas “see” possibilities for the life in places others would never go to live. The monasteries of Meteora are primary examples of the far reaching vision of dedicated believers.

Believers do well to turn to Christ when formulating visions and goals for their lives. Christ enables sights to be seen that never would have been imagined.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 27 / June 9, 2013
Sunday of the Blind man.
Hieromartyr Therapontes.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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