St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 846 - March 23 / April 5, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 846
March 23 / April 5, 2015
The 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.

I Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father

Recent Services
March 29
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended Divine Liturgy.
One hundred and three people attended Deanery Vespers. Father Branislav Golic gave the homily. St. George Choir of Midland sang the responses. Very Rev. Stavrophor Rade Merick, Dean of Pittsburgh Deanery and Very Rev. Stavrophor Milan Krstic also served. Very Rev.Stavrophor Lt.Col. Adam Yonitch attended. Thank you to all parishioners attending.
March 30
Matins was read.
April 2
Three people came for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont for Small Compline and class.
April 3
Seven people came to St. George Church for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.
Great and Holy Monday
Services at 5:30 AM and 5:00 PM
Great and Holy Tuesday
Feast of Annunciation. 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Great and Holy Wednesday
Service at 5:30 AM and 11:30 AM
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 HolySaturday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Divine Liturgy. Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem. Deanery Vespers this evening at 5:00 PM. Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Wednesday - Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 7:00 PM.
April 12 - Pascha. 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 - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
April 19 - Thomas Sunday
April 26 - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

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

Helpers for Lenten Vespers and dinner included: Stan Brozik, Sonia and Andrea Janson, Mildred Bezjak, Felecia Williamson, Paulette Radock, Dorothy Smargie, Norma Hickman, Christina Sivak, Jennie Pataskie, Molly Torbic, Rich Porter, Aaron Carson and Dan Petrovich.

Eric Labon assisted in preparing palms for the Feast of Christís Entry in Jerusalem.

Sonia Janson, Felecia Williamson, Paulette Radock and Diana Brozich came to class this week.

Very Reverend Djokan Majstorovic visited from New York City this week.

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

Ann Marie Belich has a long standing connection with St. George Church.

Sharon Pauley is deep in West Virginia and remembers St. George Church.

Martha Dice is in Florida and thinks of St. George Church.

David and Rajka Ries are in Ohio and connect with St. George Church.

Ray and Suzanna Sanchez are in New York and are mindful of St. George Church.

Mim Bizic is attentive to St. George Church.

Thank you to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke for bringing students to St. George Church..

Remember the 29 miners losing their lives at UBB mine, Montcoal, W.Va. on April 5, 2010.

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 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

Christ entering Jerusalem on humble form of transportation.
The humility shown by Christ when He took on flesh.
The restraint demonstrated by Christ when facing adversaries.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 26-28 - Went to Diocesan Center, then to Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York Ciry. Participated in religious services and Christian Education Deanery meeting.
March 31 - Went to Diocesan Center and Holy Trinity Church, Raccoon Road, Youngstown, Ohio.
April 1 - Went to Holy Trinity Church, Laird Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio for Clergy Confession.
April 2 - Went Morgantown for printing purposes in the morning. Went to Fairmont, W.Va. in the evening for Small Compline and class. Nine people attended.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 11:23

But You are merciful to all, for You can do all things; And You overlook the sins of men to bring them to repentance.

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

The Feast of Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

St. Mary of Egypt

John 12:1-18

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. (KJV)

The Feast of the Lord Jesus Christís Entry into Jerusalem has arrived. Jesus is the primary focus of attention. Martha and Mary demonstrated their love for Christ with the serving of the meal and the anointing and wiping of His feet.

In the present Gospel, Jesus would soon face death on the Cross. Time was moving quickly toward the culmination of Jesusí earthly life. Jesus spoke saying He they would not always have with them.

Jesus was greeted as the King of Israel when He rode into Jerusalem on a simple animal. The Lord Jesus Christís entry into Jerusalem remains a focus of attention more than twenty centuries later.

Countless individuals through the centuries have examined Christí s movements before the crowd. Christís Entry into Jerusalem is a major feast of Godís Holy Church.

Each personís relationship with Christ is affected by the consideration of this major feast. At Holy Baptism, believers confess Christ as King and as God. Great Lent is intended to renew and restore Christ in each life as King and God.

The commitment to Christ as King and God is intended to be honored and pursued during every remaining moment of life. For Christ to be King and God He is to hold first place in the heart, the mind and the soul.

Christís life and teachings enrich, nourish and instruct serious believers. Christ raised Lazarus from the dead and would Himself rise from dead not long after He entered Jerusalem. Christ is the very reason for Christiansí existence.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: ďI 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. (Gal. 2:2)

Christ as King and as God is life for each serious believer. Christ is the fundamental measurement and goal for all serious believers. Christ is the singular most important interest for serious believers.

Christ is the vision and the lens for seeing life and for living. The purpose of Great Lent is to remove from each life all that is an impediment to the life in Christ. Holy Week focuses exclusively on Christ.

Anything extraneous to Christ deserves no dominant place in the hearts, minds and souls of Christians. At Holy Baptism, the complete person is dedicated to Christ. Love for Christ deserves dominancy in Christians.

Now is the time for personal measurement of the relationship with Christ. Now is the time for personal assessment of the relationship with Christ. Now is the time for determination of the degree of love for Christ.

During Holy Week all that matters is Christ. All that happens to Christ is revealed during Holy Week. Christís teachings and life are fully and completely expressed in Godís Holy Church during Holy Week.

The journey to Pascha is the singular most important journey for the believer. The journey to Pascha affects every aspect and fiber of the Christís being. Pascha is ďChrist is Risen!ď in each life.

Christís grace, mercy and nourishment are necessary to keep the singular focus on Christ. Christís love is revealed during Holy Week. Christís suffering is taught during Holy Week.

The Cross and Tomb are central in Holy Week. Holy Weekís movement to Pascha offers the highest level of education. Investing in Holy Week is the soundest of personal investments.

Every moment of Holy Week is life-changing. Every moment of Holy Week is enriching and nourishing. Life is precious and given by God to be lived with the greatest of care.

Live Holy Week as if there is no other time of life. Live Holy Week as the greatest investment of life. Live Holy Week to fully experience the love and joy of Christ in Godís Holy Church and personal life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 23 / April 5, 2015
The Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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