St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 849 - April 13 / 26, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 849
April 13 / 26, 2015
Sunday of the Myhrrbearers

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.

Recent Services
April 18
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Vespers was read at St. George Church
April 19
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people attended. Protopresbyter Rumen Stoychev served.
April 20
Vespers was read.
April 21
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
April 23
Matins was read.
Six people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class in Fairmont, W.Va.
April 24
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, Saturday.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas

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

You can hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Paschal message in Serbian and English on the parish website or Diocese site.

The Vula Family stays connected with St. George Church.

Patricia Cekoric is attentive to St. George Church.

Linda Chambers has been supportive of St. George Church in a variety of ways.

James Eliot of Luxembourg stays connected with St. George Church.

Individuals unable to come to church including those in jails and prisons listen to the St. George weekly radio broadcast.

Do you tell your friends and relatives to listen to the parish radio or internet broadcast?

Trust in the Resurrected Lord in all that you do.

Thank God for the good people stepping forward to help others in need.

Remember the 97 miners losing their lives in the Everettville, W.Va. mine in 1927.

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 many different parish churches proclaiming Christ is Risen!
The many different individuals proclaiming Christ is Risen!
The many different languages used to proclaim Christ is Risen!

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 17 - Went to Diocesan Center for Shadeland Camp meeting.
April 18 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 19 - Went to Diocesan Center, then to Lackawanna and Buffalo, New York.
April 21 - Blessed house in Morgantown, W.Va.
April 22 - Went to UPMC Presby Hospital in Pittsburgh.
April 23 - Went to UPMC Presby Hospital in Pittsburgh. Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 13:24

The heart of a man changes the expression on his face, either for good or evil

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

The Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

John 20:20-31

Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. (KJV)

Godís Holy Church continues to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The joy of Christís Resurrection endures through the centuries. The message that ďChrist is Risen!Ē will not be stifled.

Joseph of Aramathaea demonstrated his great love for Christ. He took the initiative to ask for Christís Body. He exerted the effort to place Christ in the Tomb.

The women demonstrated their love for Christ. Their names are recorded in the Holy Gospel. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, desiring to anoint Christís body, came to where He was entombed.

Centuries later, believers continue to learn about the love for Christ by Joseph of Aramathaea and the myrrbearing women. Their actions are a basis to assess our own love for Christ

Do we have the love and boldness of Joseph of Aramathaea to risk our personal well-being in behalf of Christ? Do we demonstrate daily the degree of love the myrrhbearing women had for Christ?

Christís Crucifixion and Resurrection are the primary basis for daily Christian life. We find our meaning, direction and healing in Christís Crucifixion and Resurrection.

We find our purpose, strength and our hope in Christís Crucifixion and Resurrection. Turning to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ in prayer, we will find the answers to the hardest and most difficult of lifeís questions.

Turning to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ in prayer, believers are able to follow the ray of hope emanating from the empty Tomb. The light of the Risen Christ enables any darkness occurring in our lives to be overcome.

Orthodox Christians profess belief in the resurrection of the dead with each recitation of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. Christís Resurrection celebrated at Pascha proclaims Christís power over death.

Orthodox Christians look beyond the limits of earthly death. Eternal life is the Christian goal and message. Christís power to give life to those in the tombs is recorded in the Paschal troparion.

The Sunday of the Myrrhbearers is a Sunday of great joy. The message of ďChrist is Risen!Ē goes forth from the Holy Gospel of St. Mark. The fresco of the White Angel at Monastery Mileseva is synonomous with this message.

The days following Pascha are very important days of life. Each day is a gift from God. Each day is an opportunity for believers to embrace the Risen Christ and follow Him.

Each day is a day to seek guidance from the Risen Christ. Daily life changes for the better with greater understanding of the Crucified and Risen Christ. Turn to the Risen Christ when thinking about the soul.

The Holy Gospel is the golden treasure with the life and teachings of Christ. Hearing the Gospel each week in Church serves as nourishment for the heart, the mind and the soul.

Reading the Gospel at home with regularity adds additional nourishment. Daily life is full of unexpected events. Staying united with Christ prepares the believer to meet the challenges of daily life in ways beneficial for the soul.

The soul is most precious for each person. In the days following Pascha, when Pascha continues to be celebrated, the Risen Christ is a source of radiance for the soul.

Believers benefit immeasurably from looking to the Risen Christ with great hope and expectation. Life always changes for the better with the Risen Christ. Looking to and listening carefully to the Risen Christ is immensely rewarding.

Rewards in Christ are measured in peace of mind, clearness of conscience and joy in the heart. Rewards in Christ are not material but are of greater value. The highest quality of life exists in unity with the Risen Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 13 / 26, 2015
Sunday of the Myhrrbearers.
St. Artemon of Laodicea, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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