St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 844 - March 9 / 22, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 844
March 9 / 22, 2015
Fourth 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.

Galatians 2:20

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Recent Services
March 14
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va. Six people attended. Two communicants.
Two people came to St. George Church for Great Vespers with Litya.
March 15
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Six communicants.
March 16
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
March 17
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

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

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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 4 - Lazarus Saturday. Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM.
April 5 - Palm Sunday. Deanery Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, 5:00 PM.
April 6 - Great and Holy Monday
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation. Great and Holy Tuesday.
April 8 - Great and Holy Wednesday. Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh at 7:00 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

Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson and Milosh Serb Krewasky attended Deanery Vespers in Midland on Sunday.

Thank you to Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Paulette Radock, Linda Porter, Dianna Brozich and Norma Hickman for baking this week.

Linda Porter is collecting contributions for flowers for the church for Pascha.

Mathematician Dr. Rade Dimitric helped put the term “Sacred Geometry” into perspective recently.

Honor Great Lent each day. Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

Attend as many Lenten services as possible.

Be attentive to the calendar of the Church each day.

Have holy icons in your home to keep you mind on the holy.

Plan to help with the Deanery Vespers dinner here at St. George Church. Lenten cookies will be needed for the dinner on March 29.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The value of increased prayer and fasting in Great Lent.
The joy of participating in Holy Communion.
The Feast of Feasts, Pascha, drawing near with each passing day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 14 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing on return.
March 15 - Went to St. George Church in Midland for Deanery Vespers.
March 17 - Went to Morgantown for printing.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 9:15

Let your reasoning be with those who are wise, and let all your talk be about the law of the Most High.

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

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 9:17-31

And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto Thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to Thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto Me. And they brought him unto Him: and when He saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when He was come into the house, his disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and He would not that any man should know it. For He taught his disciples, and isafter that He is killed, He shall rise the third day. (KJV)

Matthew 4:25-5:12

And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, his disciples came unto Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (KJV)

The present Gospel reading from St. Mark is a lesson in strong faith. Jesus told the father of afflicted son: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mk. 9:23)

The father acknowledged his belief and appealed to Jesus for help with his unbelief. Too often individuals rely upon themselves and fail to turn to Christ for help.

Too often insufficient confidence is placed in Christ. The strong evidence of help from God and benefits of firm faith through the centuries is often ignored. Turning to Christ in faith may not be always be a consideration.

The benefits of regular prayer and fasting are often minimized. Individuals may look at fasting from a very narrow and limited perspective. The Church’s expectations for fasting are not always enthusiastically embraced.

Athletes strenuously follow physical regimens. Parents are quick to heed the words of their sons and daughters’ athletic coaches. If the same attention were given to Christ’s teachings, the world would be much different.

The Christian life is enriched and benefits when prayer and fasting are consistently practiced. The Church dedicates days and periods for fasting to improve the lives of believers.

Individuals enter the Christian life voluntarily. Joyfully living the Christian life consists of a series of free will decisions. Christ in the current Gospel educates believers about the value of prayer and fasting.

Individuals desiring to grow in Christ will heed the words of Christ. Individuals wanting to be nourished and live in Christ will cherish Christ’s teachings on fasting and prayer.

The current Gospel of St. Mark is proof positive that peace comes to life when help is sought from the Lord Jesus Christ. The man’s son was freed of the disturbing spirit by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Countless individuals in contemporary life contend with disturbances of the heart, the mind and soul. How many individuals with firm faith turn to Christ for internal peace? How many individuals seek peace everywhere but in Christ?

The Church is a place of healing. Individuals turning to Christ and heeding His teachings find peace. Individuals fortified with the teachings of Christ are prepared to deal with the events of each day.

Individuals exposed to the Holy Gospel are strengthened by the miracles performed by the Lord Jesus Christ. Attentive readers of the Holy Scriptures come to appreciate God’s miracles performed through the centuries.

Evidence exists through the centuries for believers to have strong faith and trust in God. Jesus told His disciples of the value of prayer and fasting. Jesus said prayer and fasting make a difference in desired results. (Mark 9:29)

Today’s world places great emphasis on creature comforts and luxury. Prayer and fasting receive very little public acclaim. Prayer and fasting require disciplined use of the mind and body.

A person must desire a specific outcome to engage in serious prayer and fasting. When Christ’s words are heeded, deliberate use of the mind and body will bring benefit to the soul.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 9 / 22, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
Sunday of St. John of the Ladder.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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