St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 792 - March 10 / March 23, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 792
March 10 / March 23, 2014
Third Sunday of Great Lent

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.

Philippians 1:25
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.

Recent Services
March 15
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
Two people came for Confession
March 16
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
March 17
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
March 18
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
March 19
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to St. Alexis, Man of God.
March 20
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

For prayers for special needs, if you have a question about the services or teachings of the church or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today-March 23 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Sunday of the Precious Cross. Deanery Vespers at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Midland, Pennsylvania at 5:00 PM this evening.
March 30 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. St. John Climacus. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM at Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville, Ohio and St. Nicholas Church in Monroeville, Pa.
April 6 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. Mary of Egypt. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM at St. George Church, Carmichaels and St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation.
April 9 - Clergy Confession at St. Sava Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio.
April 13 - Feast of Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
April 20 - Pascha

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of Doris Kotch recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to individuals mourning the departure from this life of +Metropolitan PHILIP of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.

Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Felicia Williamson came to class on March 20..

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Attend weekday services and classes during Great Lent.

Take time to pray more during Great Lent.

Take time to read the Bible more during Great Lent.

Honor the fast during Great Lent.

Strive to be a better Christian by the end of Great Lent.

Invite a person to accompany you to church each week.

Being a serious Orthodox Christian all week brings benefit to the self and others.

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 a question about the services or teachings of the Church or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

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

To Consider

The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The crosses in our personal lives.
Dying to sin and living in Christ

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 15 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 16 - Went to St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania for Deanery Vespers.
March 18 - Blessed one house in Waynesburg.
March 19 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class. Eight people came for class

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich.

There is work to be done by all Orthodox. Especially now during this holy season, when we are asked to re-examine our lives, to prostrate ourselves before God, to humbly seek forgiveness, and to pledge sincere efforts to uplift our daily lives and to straighten the course. This applies not only to theologians, writers and clergy, but to all Orthodox.

( Sermons and Speeches Raska skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 109. )

Third Sunday of Great Lent - Veneration of the Holy Cross

Mark 8:34-38, 9:1

And when He had called the people unto Him with his disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And He said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

The present Gospel is about Christians maintaining their integrity. The present Gospel is about Christians being faithful to Christ. The soul is most precious in a Christian’s life and is to be nourished, preserved and protected.

Challenges exist in daily life when a believer follows the way of Christ. Temptations and distractions arise. The believer is challenged to stay faithful to Christ, to the teachings and way of Christ.

The believer is not expected to succumb to sin. The believer is to repent in earnest when sin occurs. Repentance is to take place until the last breath of life. Unity with Christ is the desired goal throughout life.

Believers are expected to die to sin daily and are to remain united with Christ. Dying to sin involves forsaking practices in life that are sinful or lead to sin. Vigilance, prayer and personal discipline aid in faithfulness to Christ.

Believers are expected to confront and deal with issues in personal life in ways that are approved and pleasing to Christ. Believers are to face hardships as Christ faced the hardship of His Cross.

Christ does not ask more of His followers than the example He established. Christ when He washed the disciples’ feet said: “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.” (Jn. 13:14)

The way a person lives reveals the extent of his or her faith in Christ and commitment to Christ. Jesus said: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16) Believers benefit during Great Lent by assessing personal commitment to Christ.

Lukewarm faith in Christ is less than satisfactory. It is good to keep in mind these mindful words in Revelation: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Rev. 3:16)

The faithful Holy Apostles of Christ endured great hardship in life and in death. The faithful Holy Apostles found in Christ sufficient personal reason to follow Christ and suffer for Christ. 1

Believers do well to look closer at the lives of the Holy Apostles to learn more about their fervency of faith. The Holy Apostles had personal experiences with the Lord Jesus Christ and were prepared to live and die for Him.

Believers do well each day to consider Christ’s death on the Cross and the expression of love His suffering represents for each of us. Our daily lives need to reveal unending thanksgiving to Christ.

Our daily lives need to demonstrate immeasurable love for Christ. Christ offers life and more abundantly. Christ said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10)

We can never show sufficient appreciation for Christ. We can never repay Christ for the love and mercy He shows us. We can never be sufficiently grateful for the blessings we experience.

We do well to always remember the words in the book of the Holy Prophet Micah: “What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)

Great Lent is the time for serious repentance. Each person is a sinner. Great Lent provides the structure and services to nourish and facilitate repentance. The individual needs to take the steps toward God for real change in life.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion bring unity with Christ. Sins forgiven are put behind. Newness in Christ, unity with Christ are experienced through Confession and Communion.

The believer experiences joy when the weight of sin is lifted and unity with Christ is realized. We never know when life will end or when Christ will return for the final judgment.

Procrastinating with respect to confession of sins can be fatal to the soul. Procrastinating in changing the way of life from sin to the life in Christ can result in eternal damnation.

The life in Christ offers joy and peace. The life in Christ offers a clear conscience and a heart of love. The life in Christ provides for harmony in relationships in the home, the workplace and the community.

The Cross of Christ and His Resurrection revealed Christ’s power over death. The journey of Great Lent enables believers to enriched and nourished in Christ. The journey of Great Lent is an investment in the Kingdom of God.

While there is time in life, while there is breath in the body and faculty of mind, repentance can take place and unity with Christ can be experienced.

Let each moment of life be wisely used for the glory of God and the salvation of the soul.

1 Velimirovic, St. Nikolai. The Prologue of Ohrid. Volume One. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Edited by Fr. Janko Trbovic, the St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery and St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America. Alhambra, California, 2002, pp.668-669.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 10 / March 23, 2014
Third Sunday of Great Lent

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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