St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 843 - March 2 / 15, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 843
March 2 / 15, 2015
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.

Romans 1:8

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Recent Services
March 7
Two people came for Great Vespers with Litya
March 8
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Six people attended. Eight communicants.
March 10
Matins was read.
One person came for Great Compline with Canon to the Theotokos.
March 11
Sixth Hour was read followed by Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Small Compline. Seven people attended class.
March 12
Matins was read.
Six people came for the Akathist.
March 13
First, Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Five people came for Liturgy of Presantified Gifts. Three communicants.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday

8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs, and Home Blessings scheduled on request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, March 15 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Holy Cross Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. George Church, Midland.
March 22 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. St. John of the Ladder. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, Ohio. St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville, Pa.
March 29 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. Mary of Egypt. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM. St. George Church, Carmichaels, Pa. St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown, Pa
April 5 - Palm Sunday. Deanery Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, 5:00 PM.

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere. Pray fervently for suffering Christians.

Parish Life

1. Sympathy extended to Subdeacon Anthony and Mattie Miralles, an aunt departed this life this past week.

2. Congratulations to Dr. Scott Newton, recently appointed Director of Nursing for the Emergency Department & Lifelines, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.

3. Congratulations to Dr. Andrei Popa, recently nominated to serve on the Board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

4. Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Milosh Serb Krewasky attended Deanery Vespers in Youngwood last Sunday.

5. Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson, Dr. Ezekiel Olagok and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles came for class on Wednesday.

6. If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

7. If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

8. Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

9. Remember and appreciate the men and women serving in the military and their families.

10. Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, and the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

11. If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

Great Lent is progressing quickly.
Are we personally progressing with each day of Great Lent?
Will we use the remaining time of Great Lent to the benefit of our souls?

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 6 - Went to Mon Valley Hospital in Monongahela to transport a patient home.
March 7 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 8 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for Deanery Vespers.
March 9 - Went to Diocesan Center, then to Lackawanna, New York and returned.
March 11 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing and to Fairmont for Small Compline and Class.
March 12 - Heard speaker from Greene County Food Bank speak at Carmichaels Ministerium Meeting.
3/13 - Visited resident at SCI-Greene.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 8:5

Do not insult a man who turns away from sin; Remember that we are all valuable.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

The 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. (KJV)

Following the Lord Jesus Christ involves constantly dying to sin and living in Christ. Believers benefit by seeking to crush the sin in their lives. With Christ, sin can be repudiated and firmly rejected.

Love of Christ is necessary to a greater degree than attraction to sin. Believers are required to be constantly vigilant. Evil is deceptive and often hidden. Believers must be certain the path being taken leads to the Kingdom of God.

The current Gospel speaks about following Christ and losing oneís life for Christ. Denial of all that is not of Christ is necessary for faithfulness to Christ. The Christian life taken up at Baptism is for every remaining moment of life.

Too easily believers go astray. Contemporary life is full of evils and paths leading to destruction of the soul. Societal norms and activities are far from conforming to the teachings in the Holy Gospel.

Behavior and lifestyles permitted and readily applauded in society may be far from the teachings in Godís Holy Church. Parents are challenged daily to raise faithful Christian sons and daughters in the Church.

Workplace ethics may be far removed from the honesty necessary for the Christian life. Rarely a day does not pass without revelations of high level scandals in business, professions, and even institutions of higher learning.

The Church has a place in establishing, teaching and upholding community standards consistent with the Gospel. Individuals within the Church are to live their lives in the ways of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Great Lent is a time for believers to shed personal practices of a sinful nature. Now is the time to grow in Christ and be closer to Christ. When Christ lives within the heart and mind, sin has difficulty advancing.

Great Lent is a time for joyful renewal in Christ. Today is the day for drawing near to Christ and away from sin. Christ growing in the heart and mind increases personal joy.

Being a serious Christian requires personal effort. Sin challenges the mind repeatedly during the day. Vigilance is necessary in utilizing the blessings and time of life.

Wasting time frivolously is a form of ungratefulness to God. Failing to follow Christ consistently is an abandonment of the Baptismal commitment. The time of life comes only once and is not replenished once expended.

Repentance is always a possibility when faculty of mind exists and the body continues to have life. Conscious rejection of sin and embracement of Christ enables a person to begin anew.

Holy Confession offers hope for a new beginning life. Holy Confession and Holy Communion restore unity with Christ. The Church has a long history dating to the time of the Apostles.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion are well established in the life of the Church. A believer seeking to grow in Christ will turn to Christ in earnest for nourishment and forgiveness.

Alert believers become increasingly aware of their sins. Individuals desiring peacefulness of heart, mind and soul found in Christ turn to Christ in firmness of faith. Christ offers hope in the darkest moments of life.

Christ offers a new way of life. Christ offers newness of life. When roadblocks and frustrations appear in life, Christ is the passage way of hope. He is the way, the truth and the life. (Jn. 14:6)

Holding firm to Christian standards and practices is challenging in the contemporary world. Compromising Christian principles out of expediency is devastating to the soul.

The current Gospel places the value of the soul as greater than the material gain of the whole world. Sin tarnishes the soul. Christ cleanses the soul. Making full use of Great Lent is participating in the cleansing process.

The remaining days of Great Lent are days to grow in Christ. Joy awaits believers utilizing each day for the glory of God and salvation of the soul. The journey to Pascha is the supreme journey.

Every believer is encouraged to actively participate in Great Lent. Personal crosses are very heavy. Christ set the lasting personal example by showing that the Cross is not the end of life.

Christís Cross revealed His divinity and His power over death. Individuals losing their lives for Christ live in Him in ways unimaginable. The Resurrection of Christ offers the joy unable to be stifled with the passing of centuries.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 2 / 15, 2015
Third Sunday of Great Lent.
Veneration of the Cross.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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