St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 795 - March 31 / April 13, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 795
March 31 / April 13, 2014
Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem

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.

Ephesians 6:14-16
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Recent Services
April 3
Matins was read.
Canon of Repentance was read.
April 4
Six people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
April 6
Matins was read.
Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants.
One hundred and seventeen people came for Pittsburgh Deanery Vespers. Visiting clergy serving included Very Rev. Stavrophor Stevan Stepanov, Very Rev. Stavrophor Rade Merick, Very Rev. Stavrophor Milan Krstic(homilist); Very Rev.Rajko Kosic. Very Rev. Stavrophor Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch was in attendance. Guest choir from St. George Church in Midland sang responses with choir members from other Deanery parishes also singing.
April 7
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
April 8
Matins was read.
April 10
Matins was read.
Six people were present for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
April 11
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem
Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Vespers this evening at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:00 PM.

Great and Holy Monday
Services at 5:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM.

Great and Holy Tuesday
Services at 5:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM.

Great and Holy Wednesday
Service at 5:30 AM.
Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 7:00 PM.

Great and Holy Thursday
8:00 AM - Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy.
6:00 PM - Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels.

Great and Holy Friday
Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday at 6:00 PM.

Great and Holy Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:00 PM.

Resurrection Matins on Pascha (next Sunday) at 5:30 AM.

Next Sunday
Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. Please note!

Bright Monday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Thank you parishioners helping with the Deanery Vespers and dinner last Sunday.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Mildred Basista recently departed this life.

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

Sonia Janson recently attended the KSS Eastern Diocese Federation meeting.

Rich Porter installed a new railing for the steps inside the church.

Milan and Mira Damjanovic are active in college student ministry in Cleveland.

Mike and Josephine Vuich stay informed about St. George Church.

Attend as many Holy Week services as possible.

Note the Paschal Divine Liturgy will start at 9:00 AM next Sunday.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mickey Bezjak, Felicia Williamson, Norma Hickman and Anita Labons attended class on Thursday.

Mike and Linda Dulick stay informed about the St. George Church.

Thank you to all helping to bake this past week.

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 ask the priest.

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

To Consider

The way Christ entered Jerusalem.
The crowd that gathered at the time of Christís entry into Jerusalem.
The experience on the Cross awaiting Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 3 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 4-5 - Went to St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church in Greensboro, North Carolina for St. Petersburg Deanery Christian Education Meeting and Clergy Confession.
April 8-9 - Went to Cleveland, Ohio for Clergy Confession at St. Sava Cathedral. Visited Monastery Marcha.
April 11 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. and Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
April 11 - Seven people attended Presanctified Liturgy in Fairmont. Father Moimir served.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich.

Remember there is a great sense of community in the Orthodox Church. Orthodox Christians never pray alone. We pray together with all the Saints who have passed on. We pray not as individuals but as members of the body of Christ, the Church. We pray with the Patriarchs, Prophets, the Theotokos, Apostles, Angels, the Martyrs and Saints of all the ages. They are present at every liturgy as depicted in the icons of our Church.

( Spiritual Reminders Omaha, Nebraska, p. ll5. )

The Feast of the Entry of the Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem

John 12:1-18 (KJV)

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom He raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray Him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but Me ye have not always. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that He was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when He had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. These things understood not His disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things unto Him. The people therefore that was with Him when He called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met Him, for that they heard that He had done this miracle.

The need to learn about the Lord Jesus Christ continues throughout life. Lasting lessons for living daily life are found in the life of Christ. The power to transform daily life comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ improves and is strengthened as we draw closer to Him and learn from Him. Jesus spoke in defense of Mary when she drew near to Him and anointed His feet.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. The current Gospel verifies the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The current Gospel makes clear Jesusí disciples continued to learn about Him with the passing of time.

Jesusí humility is obvious. He entered Jerusalem riding on a young ass. He chose to enter into earthly life at a time much less complex than the present. People believed in Jesus because He raised Lazarus from the dead.

Witnesses existed to the miracle performed on Lazarus. If we pause to think, we will recognize miracles in our lives. If we examine our relationship with Christ, we will learn He gives opportunities for new life each day.

Jesus called Lazarus forth from the grave. Jesus calls us forth from the deadness in sin. Jesus defends us when we draw near to Him. Jesus protects us when we stand for Him.

Our knowledge of Christ is very limited. We benefit from drawing near to Him and learning from Him. There is no better source of learning than Christ. There is no sounder investment in life than to learn from Christ.

Jesusí entry into Jerusalem more than twenty centuries ago holds believers interest today. Jesus shines through the centuries. Jesus is dominant through the centuries.

The crowd of people drew near to see Jesus enter Jerusalem centuries ago. Today large numbers of people around the world today draw near to experience Christ. Hunger for Christ in the soul exists among people everywhere today.

When we look and listen carefully, we find individuals bearing witness to Christ working miracles in their lives. As Christ gave new life to Lazarus, Christ gives new life to believers in every century.

Christ emboldens individuals believing in Him. Christ strengthens individuals believing in Him. Christ empowers believers to speak out in truth and love about His miracles.

Christís miracles become known. Christís disciples needed time to learn more about Christ and appreciate Him. We need time in our lives to understand Christ and appreciate Christ.

Patience is necessary in learning about Christ. Patience is necessary in studying the life of Christ. Patience is necessary to appreciate the love and miracles of Christ.

The world is hurried today. The world has unimagined electronic complexities. Computerization has changed the way of personal communication. Prayer remains the most beneficial form of communication.

Christís love and power of granting new life have not changed. Christ is present through the centuries. Christís record through the centuries remains solid and untarnished.

Godís Holy Church proclaims the Gospel message throughout the world. Monasteries and churches with believers faithful to Christ bear witness to Him. Christ is immediately present in the proclamation of the Gospel.

Every person determines the way he or she will invest the time of life. Every person determines whom he or she will serve during life. Every person decides the allowable content of the heart and mind.

Each person pursues personal beliefs and interests. Each person decides the degree of personal investment in the life in Christ. The need to learn and witness for Christ remains as great today as when He entered Jerusalem.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 31 / April 13, 2014
Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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