St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 848 - April 6 / 19, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 848
April 6 / 19, 2015
Thomas Sunday

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
April 11
Eight people came for the Vespers-Divine Liturgy on Holy Saturday. Seven communicants.
One person came for reading the Acts of the Apostle.
April 12
Four people came for Resurrection Matins.
The Akathist of the Resurrection and Akathist for Communion were read before the Paschal Divine Liturgy.
Sixty-two people came for the Paschal Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants.
April 13
Resurrection Matins was read.
Nine people came for the Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
Vespers was read.
April 14
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
April 15
Matins was read.
Three people attended the Akathist to the Resurrection served at Waynesburg University.
Six people came for the Akathist to the tomb and Resurrection and for class held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia.
April 16
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
April 17
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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
May 8 - St. Mark the Apostle
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 21 - Feast of Ascension

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

Congratulations to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN on the publication of His book, Introduction to the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament.

Thank you to all coming to church on Pascha.

Thank you to Sonya Klingensmith for helping with the responses on Holy Saturday.

Thank you to Paulette Radock for helping direct the choir on Pascha.

Thank you to all joining in to read and sing during Holy Week and on Pascha.

Thank you Djelosh Milosevich for coming each Holy Saturday night to read the Acts of the Apostles.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles is very faithful in attending St. George Church

Thank you to all remembering St. George Church at Pascha.

Please reserve May 3 to attend the parish Slava celebration.

Continue to celebrate the joy of Christ’s Resurrection.

Remember the 22 miners that lost their lives in 1963 at the Dola mine in Harrison County, West Virginia. Remember their families, friends and co-workers.

Rich Porter observed that two coal miners were altar servers on Pascha.

Trust in the Resurrected Lord in all that you do.

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.

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 continued joy associated with Christ’s Resurrection.
The firm hope established by Christ’s Resurrection.
The nourishing content of the Resurrection services.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 11 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 15 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.
April 15 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
April 17 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 12:15

All flesh gathers together by species, and every man clings to one like himself.

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

Thomas Sunday

John 20:20-31

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Jesus’ appearances after He rose from the dead are recorded in the New Testament. Individuals can turn to the Holy Gospel and read the various accounts of the appearances of the Resurrected Christ.

The present Gospel reading describes Jesus appearing before the disciples on two separate occasions. The Gospel reading is definitive about Jesus actions. The Gospel reading is specific about the disciples being present.

The Gospel of St. John has been preserved for centuries. The Holy Orthodox Church is resolute in proclaiming Christ’s Resurrection according to the Holy Gospel. Joy continues to abound due to this proclamation.

The Holy Apostle Thomas’ personal experience with the Resurrected Christ is proclaimed the first Sunday after Pascha each year. The Holy Orthodox Church wants believers to remember Thomas called Jesus “My Lord and my God.”

Before His death on the Cross, Jesus had asked His disciples who they said He was. The Holy Apostle Peter at the time answered: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Mt. 16:15-16)

Each person answers who they think Jesus is by the way they live their lives. Each person reflects in life the personal relationship with Jesus. The disciples were blessed to learn directly from Christ.

Individuals exposed to the proclamation of the Gospel learn from hearing the good news about Christ rising from the dead. The fundamental question for each person is deciding to live according the way of the Resurrected Christ.

The Holy Apostle Pieter was clear in saying “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Mt. 16:15-16). The Holy Apostle Thomas was clear in saying to Jesus: “My Lord and my God.” (Jn. 20:25)

The reading of the Holy Gospel each Sunday is cause for deep personal examination. Individuals benefit from considering at each moment of life their personal relationship with Christ.

Individuals serious about Christ will heed the words of the Holy Apostle Peter and the Holy Apostle Thomas. Individuals serious about Christ are attentive to the Church’s value placed in the Resurrection of Christ.

Believers sing during the Paschal Divine Liturgy: “That we may know Thy way upon the earth, and Thy salvation among all nations!” 1 Believers are expected to continue to learn from Christ. Christ is cause for joy among all nations.

Parish churches throughout the world share in the joy of the Resurrected Christ. Each Sunday during the year the message of the Resurrection is experienced. Pascha initiates a basis for new life in Christ.

Life in Christ is valued more than death. Christian martyrs witness by the way they live and die that life is Christ is of supreme value. The Serbian Deacon Avacuum had irrevocable faith in Christ when facing death. 2

Christ demonstrated the greatest degree of humility in ascending the Cross. Christ showed the greatest of love in suffering and dying on the Cross. Christ’s victory over death established a hope for believers to cling to at all times.

The Gospel of Thomas Sunday each year strengthens attentive believers. Christ’s Resurrection is the source of inexhaustible joy. Christ’s Resurrection provides personal strength for hungry souls.

The future for each person is uncertain. The Resurrected Christ provides a path of certainty for each person to follow. Believers place confidence in the words found in Resurrection Matins.

In Resurrection Matins, the definitive statement about Christ exists in Ode IX: “Thou has faithfully promised to be with us unto the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.” 3

1 The Paschal Services. Text prepared by Mr. John Erickson and Very Rev. Paul Lazor. Department of Religious Education, Orthodox Church in America, New York, 1977, p. 58.

2 The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. Two Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Ediited by Fr. Janko Trbovic, St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery and St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monasery. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 672.

3 The Paschal Services. Text prepared by Mr. John Erickson and Very Rev. Paul Lazor. Department of Religious Education, Orthodox Church in America, New York, 1977, p. 38.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 6 / 19, 2015
Thomas Sunday

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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