St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 794 - March 24 / April 6, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 794
March 24 / April 6, 2014
Fifth 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.

I Peter 5:8-10
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Recent Services
March 29
Midnight Office was read at St.George Church.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. where the Third and Six Hour were read and the Divine Liturgy served. Four communicants.
Two people came to St. Geoge Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
March 30
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants..
April 1
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
April 2
Five people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Great Canon.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy
This evening 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Lazarus Saturday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Prayers for special needs and Akathists scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
April 9 - Clergy Confession at St. Sava Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio.
April 13 - Christís Entry into Jerusalem. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
April 16 - Holy Wednesday. Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 7:00 PM
April 20 - Paschal Divine Liturgy at St.George Church will start at 9:00 AM. Please note the time.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

The Serbian Orthodox founders and benefactors of St. George Church deserve continued remembrance and gratitude. They put their faith into constructive action.

Linda Porter is collecting for flowers to decorate the church for Pascha.

Congratulations to Bernard and Ashley Newton John on the birth of their son Simon Newton John. Congratulations to the grandparents.

Congratulation to Scott Michael Newton on successfully passing his doctoral exams at John Hopkins. He is experienced in emergency medical services from the local to international level.

Thank you to all helping with the Vespers and Lenten dinner this evening.

Stan Brozik,Sonia Janson, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko attended Deanery Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville last Sunday.

Please note the Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 AM on Pascha.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Congratulations to Very Rev. Stavrophor Toma Stojsich on the publication of his new book about Bishop MARDARIJE.

Andrea Janson has been blessed with many new calves at her farm.

Sandra Krause and James and Linda Riggs stay informed about St. George Church.

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

Making full use of the remaining days of Great Lent.
Celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation.
Giving thanks to God for the St. George Church.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 29 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va.
March 30 - Attended Deanery Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville, Ohio.
March 31 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa. Attended funeral of His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP of the Antiochian Archdiocese.
April 2 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in W.Va. Nine people came for the Canon and class.

A Thought from Father Sebastian Dabovich

Genuine piety cannot long be concealed in the heart without manifesting itself by exterior practices of religion; and hence, though interior and exterior worship are distinct, they cannot be separated in the present life. The fire cannot burn without sending forth a flame and heat. Neither can the fire of devotion burn in the soul without reflecting itself on our countenance, and even in our speech. It is natural for man to express his sentiments by signs and ceremonies, for, from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaketh.

( The Holy Orthodox Church. Reprinted 1993 by St. Nectarios Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, p. 3 )

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Mk. 10:32-45

And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And He took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto Him, Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him: and the third day He shall rise again. And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto Him, saying, Master, we would that Thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And He said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto Him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto Him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on My right hand and on My left hand is not Mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

The last week of Great Lent has arrived. Holy Week is on the horizon. The remaining time until Lazarus Saturday is to be used wisely for the benefit of the soul. Repentance is of primary importance during Great Lent.

Each day of Great Lent is to be greeted with joy. Faithfulness to Great Lent brings needed change to personal life. Christians are to repent throughout life. Great Lent provides the structure, the focus and the encouragement for repentance.

The current Gospel describes the death Christ would face. The current Gospel expresses Christís example of ministering. Heeding the Gospel message leads individuals to personal improvement.

Each remaining day of Great Lent carries importance. Each day of life is a gift from God to be used wisely. Life is to be lived in accord with the intentions and standards of the Creator.

The Lord Jesus Christ provides many teachings on the way life is to be lived. Readers of the Old Testament will find great wisdom to apply to personal life. Individuals reading the Psalms attentively enrich their lives.

Great Lent has passed rapidly. Hopefully each day of Great Lent thus far has been used beneficially. Time remains to fully repent. Time remains for Holy Confession to take place. Time remains for sins to be forgiven.

When repentance occurs, believers begin anew in Christ. Christ provides the strength and nourishment for individuals to progress. Christ provides the light and the teachings for the path to travel.

Believers benefit greatly by investing fully in Great Lent. Filling the mind and heart with thoughts about Christ and the purposes of Great Lent aids Christian growth. The battle against sin requires daily vigilance and resoluteness.

Individuals need to reach out to Christ in prayer during Great Lent. Fervency is necessary to combat sin. Fervency is necessary to grow in Christ. Many diverse temptations complete for the attention of the believer. Christ needs to be dominant.

The Cross of Christ has a place in the mind of believers throughout life. The suffering unto death that Christ undertook deserves constant remembrance. The love of Christ for each person deserves unending thanksgiving.

The last week of Great Lent brings the Lenten period to a culmination. The last week is a completion of the dedicated period set forth by the Church. Time remains during this week for intense commitment to Christ.

Time remains each day to love Christ and to repent of sin. Time remains to thank God for the blessings and healings that have taken place. Time remains to thank God for the prayers that have been answered.

Thanking God is completely voluntary. Thanking God is a way to be appreciative. A person will never fully comprehend the far reaching nature of Godís daily expressions of love.

The mind while focusing on the need for repentance is best guided by the life and teaching of Christ. Believers do well to regularly measure themselves against the teachings of Christ.

Being daily nourished by Gospel teachings is the best way to be familiar with Christís standards and expectations. Listening carefully in Godís Holy Church facilitates faithfulness to Christ.

The body and the mind can at times be resistive to moving ahead in Christ. Faith in Christ helps a person move forward. Faith in Christ helps a person to appeal to Christ for mercy and strength to continue toward the Kingdom.

Experiencing Christís Resurrection promises great joy. Christ does not disappoint those drawing near in faith. Christ is within reach of each person seeking Him in prayer.

The Holy Apostles were blessed to experience Christ personally. We know from Hebrews that ďJesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.Ē (Heb. 13:8)

Each current believer experiences Christ personally in the Holy Mysteries of the Church. Each current believer experiences Christ personally in prayer. Each current believer experiences Christ personally in the gift of the time of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 24 / April 6, 2014
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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