St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 798 - April 21 / May 4, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 798
April 21 / May 4, 2014
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

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.

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
Bright Friday
Matins was read at St. George Church.
Three people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont,W.Va. for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and the Akathist to the Resurrection.
Bright Saturday
Matins was read at St. George Church.
Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Three communicants. Father Alcuin Kellerhouse from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia came to serve.
One person came to St. George Church for Great Vespers with Litya.
Thomas Sunday
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Forty-one people came with two communicants.
Thomas Monday
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy, Procession, Blessing of Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo.

5:30 AM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Important Dates

Today, May 4 - Celebration of Parish Slava. Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.
May 6 - St. George Day
May 8 - St. Mark the Apostle and Evangelis
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 11 - Sunday of the Paralytic
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 14 - Mid-Pentecost. 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
May 18 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN’s Paschal message on the parish website.

Thank you to all participating in the parish Slava celebration today.

Congratulations to approved elected Executive Board members: Stan Brozik-President; John Williamson-Vice-President; Millicent Hunchuck-Secretary; Andrea Janson-Financial Secretary; Felicia Williamson-Treasurer. Audit Board Members-Aaron Carson-Chairman, Dr. Ivko Dimitric and Anna Mae Knezovich-members. Tutors-Rich and Linda Porter.

Thank you to Sonia Janson for serving conscientiously for many years as Treasurer. Sonia Janson continues as Kolo President and Choir Director. Melva Hunchuck is Kolo Vice President. Linda Porter is Kolo Treasurer. Paulette Radock is Choir Treasurer.

Congratulations to Dr. R.J. Porter, professor at the University of Utah, winner of a recent award.

Anya, Ksenije and Maxim Sivak and Kevin Jr.and Jenna Cyr attended class last Sunday.

Adult class resumes this Thursday afternoon.

The parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic is scheduled for June 1.

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 want you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

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

Consider the brave woman going to Christ’s Tomb.
Consider the continued and unequalled importance of Christ’s Resurrection.
Consider the joy created by Christ rising from the dead.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 25 - Pastoral visit in W.Va. Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for two Akathists.
April 26 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.

A Thought from Father Milan Pajic at the Cleveland Deanery Education Meeting

When we see all this profanity in fashion and how much vulgarity this society sells to all of us, one question still remains: How should we, as Orthodox Christians, consider this corruption of the human body, expressed through poor and inappropriate clothing? The answer is not an easy one since we are also a part of this unhealthy society. Sometimes we are unwillingly immersed in the offerings of the contemporary trends. However we must know how to discern right from wrong, good from bad, and dark from white, keeping in mind who we are and where we belong. Our role models, our mirrors of reflection, shouldn't be contemporary musicians, sports heroes, or movie stars, but Jesus Christ, Mother of God, and all the Saints, remembering that we are the icons of God, created in His image and likeness.

The Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

Mark 15:43-16:8

Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if He were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether He had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen, and laid Him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where He was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

Joseph of Arimathea was bold in seeking the body of Jesus. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome were bold in seeking to anoint the body of Jesus.

Jesus was put to death on the Cross. Individuals showing a positive interest in Jesus could easily have been putting themselves in harms’ way. Christians continue to experience peril in certain parts of the world.

Metropolitan Hilarion recently said: “One in four Christians in the world is subjected to persecution today. People are ousted from their native lands; their rights are infringed; they are kidnapped and killed on the grounds of faith.” 1

New threats have been made in Kosovo to Decani Monastery and the monastery brotherhood. 2 Centuries after the death on the Cross and the Resurrection of the Lord, Christians still are exposed to threats of violence.

In today’s world, Christians need the boldness of Joseph of Arimathaea and Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome going to Christ’s tomb. Believers need to act decisively on their faith and belief in the Resurrected Christ.

Believers need to demonstrate and teach the patience and love of Christ. Christians need to demonstrate there is a better way than violence. Christians need to learn and practice the forgiveness of Christ.

Great Lent begins with forgiveness each year. Forgiveness prevailed at the time when Jesus was on the Cross. While on the Cross and facing death Jesus said: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Lk. 23:24)

Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen showed bold faith in Christ when he was being stoned to death. He confessed his faith in Christ. Prior to his death St. Stephen “ cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” (Acts. 6:8-7:60)

The Resurrected Christ shows love for each person. Each person can draw near to Christ in fear and faith to experience Christ’s love. Christ’s love is experienced as believers partake of His Precious Body and Blood.

Christ’s love is experienced in the forgiveness experienced through Holy Confession. Christ’s love becomes known though His attentiveness to personal and liturgical prayers.

Christ love is inexhaustible. Christ’s love is beyond the reach of corruption. Christ’s love reigns supreme. The Holy Apostle Paul expressed the power of love to the Corinthians when he said love never fails. (I Cor 13.8)

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Resurrected Christ with great joy. Heeding the message of love of the Crucified and Resurrected Christ in our lives is exceedingly important.

At some point Christ will return to judge the living and the departed. At some point each person living and departed will stand before Christ for final judgment.

Believers do well to make sure that love governs the acts in the remaining days of their lives. Believers do well to practice forgiveness and focus on care of the soul.

The Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen felt it important to practice forgiveness of his adversaries as his earthly life drew to an end. The Lord Jesus Christ practiced forgiveness of His adversaries as His earthly life drew to an end.

Every day is a day closer to the end of earthly life for each person. Each person does well to learn from Archdeacon and Protomartyr Stephen. Each person does well to learn from Christ in practicing forgiveness of adversaries.

Joseph of Arimathaea and the myhrrbearing women showed their love for Christ. They set themselves apart in drawing near to Christ. Believers benefit by witnessing for Christ in the contemporary world.

The myhrrbearing women were blessed to hear the good news that Jesus had risen from the dead. Joseph of Arimathaea was blessed to have custody of Jesus’ body and to prepare Jesus for burial.

Believers do well to heed the lessons of the Gospel. Believers do well to incorporate the lessons of the Gospel into their personal lives.

1 Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk “Metropolitan Hilarion: Persecutions against Christians are unprecedented “Orthodox Christian Cognate website. May 1, 2014.

2 KLA graffiti appear on gate of Serb Orthodox monastery.” Orthodox Christian Cognate website. April 26, 2014.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 21 / May 4, 2014
Sunday of the Myrrbearers.
Hieromartyr St. Januarius

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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