St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 847 - March 30 / April 12, 2015


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 847
March 30 / April 12, 2015
Pascha


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!
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Recent Services
April 3
Three people came for Small Compline.
April 4
Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy with Proccession. Seven communicants.
One person came for Great Vespers with Litya.
April 5
Canon for Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Procession. Thirty-six people came, Nine communicants.
April 6
The Gospel of St. Matthew was read and half the Gospel of St.Mark according the Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour schedule.
April 7
The Gospel of St. Mark was completed and two sections of the Gospel of St. Luke were completed according to the order for the Hours.
Four people came for the Vespers with Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person came for Bridegroom Matins.
April 8
The Gospel of St. Luke was completed.
Two people came for the Sixth Hour with the reading from the Gospel of St. John. The Gospel of John was read as proper to the Ninth Hour.
April 9
Six people came for the Vespers/Divine Liturgy of Holy Thursday. Two communicants.
Four people came for the Matins of Holy Friday with the Gospel Readings.
April 10
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission for the Royal Hours.
Sixteen people came to St. George Church for the Vespers and Matins for Holy Saturday.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Resurrection Matins
Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Bright Monday
8:00 Divine Liturgy

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

April 19 - Thomas Sunday
April 26 - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
May 3 - Sunday of the Paralytic. Parish Slava Celebration. Venerable Joseph of Serbia. St. Nikolaj of Serbia.
May 6 - St. George Day

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

Sympathy extended to Maria Djonovich and her family, Mariaís sister +Olga departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Andy Mickey. unexpectedly departing this life.

Stan Brozik, Paulette Radock.and Milosh Serb Krewasky accompanied by Josephine Gresko attended Deanery Vespers on Palm Sunday evening at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rade Dimitric, Dr. Ivko Dimitric, Aaron Carson, Paulette Radock, Sonia Janson, Stan Brozik, Wilma Milosevich, Gruja Milosevich and Djelosh Milosevich attended Holy Unction on Holy Wednesday at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Paschal message on the parish website as part of this Sundayís radio broadcast.

Thank you to all persons attending the daily services of Great Lent and Holy Week.

Rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christís Resurrection each day.

Share the joy of Christís Resurrection with every person in your life.

Live with Christís Resurrection fully expressed in your daily life.

Trust in the Resurrected Lord in all that you do.

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

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

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

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.

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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.
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To Consider

The joy of Pascha.
The love of Christ.
Loving and being grateful to Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 4 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
April 5 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral for Deanery Vespers in Pittsburgh.
April 6 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
April 8 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Holy Unction service.
April 10 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Royal Hours.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 11:23

There shall be no good things for him who continues in evil things, or for him who does not give alms cheerfully.

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


Pascha

John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (KJV)

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese! Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! Christís Resurrection changes lives. Christís Resurrection gives light in periods of darkness. Christís Resurrection is the enduring hope.

Christís Resurrection is the inexhaustible reservoir of learning. Christís Resurrection confounds the naysayers. Christís Resurrection reveals His power of life over death.

Searchers for meaning and truth in life do well to study the Resurrection. The hungry of soul experience full nourishment in the Resurrected Christ. Persons desiring peace rest comfortably in the Resurrected Christ.

Celebrating Christís Resurrections establishes joy where despair once visited. The Risen Christ puts death into perspective. The Risen Christ directs the personal outlook to eternal life.

Godís Holy Church brings the celebration of the Resurrection to communities throughout the world. Parish churches and monasteries celebrating the Resurrection witness to the communities where they are located.

Communities are strengthened and improve to the degree Godís Holy Church is present and free to proclaim the Risen Christ. Families become stronger and healthier to the degree they participate in the life of the Resurrected Christ.

Celebrating Pascha is a year-long expectation. The joy centered in the Feast of Feasts is sufficient to influence daily life throughout the year. Lessons drawn from Pascha give firmness of faith to believers for every moment of life.

Pascha is the defining moment in the Church Year. Pascha holds the place of honor among the feasts. Great preparation characterizes the journey to Pascha and great joy follows the celebration.

Pascha offers more to believers than can initially be digested. Pascha is to be savored and become a guiding reference for decision-making. Christís triumph over death lifts believerís horizons to heights beyond measure.

Christís Resurrection verifies He is the way to deal with barriers that arise in life. Christís Resurrection is proof that perceived limits in life can be overcome in Christ.

Earthly death is viewed differently when Christ shows He overcame death on the Cross. Christís statement that ďwith God all things are possibleĒ is always to be taken seriously. (Mt. 19:26)

Faithful believers will gather in homes around the world today. Faithful believers will fill Godís holy churches and monasteries to celebrate Christís Resurrection.

Believers will go off from churches and monasteries to their jobs and into their communities renewed in the Resurrected Christ. Experiencing Christís Resurrection in the Church makes life different and better.

Believers fortified in the celebration of the Resurrection unexpectedly bring joy to lives of their family members, friends and co-workers. The benefits of celebrating Christís Resurrection reach well beyond the walls of churches.

Meeting believers in daily life who are full of the joy in the Resurrected Christ is very uplifting. Mourners are greatly comforted when hearing with the greatest belief that ďChrist is Risen!Ē

The Paschal greeting, ďChrist is Risen!Ē is universally used among Orthodox believers. Different languages serve to communicate the world-changing message. Choirs fill the air with the greatest of joy in proclaiming the Risen Christ.

The Resurrection of Christ makes time to be experienced differently. The Resurrection of Christ is about Life, Christ, being the Life within in each believer. Any deadness in believers is replaceable by the Resurrected Christ at Pascha.

Today embrace the Risen Christ! Today be filled with joy in the Risen Christ. Today be effuse in giving thanks for Christís triumph over death and His manifestation of life.

Thank God for the opportunity to celebrate Pascha. Thank God for parish churches and monasteries proclaiming the Resurrection. Thank God for the opportunity to be renewed in the Resurrected Christ.

Thank God for His love. Thank God for His mercy. Thank God for His joy. Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese! Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 30 / April 12, 2015
Pascha.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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