St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 852 - May 4 / 17, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 852
May 4 / 17, 2015
St. Pelegia of Tarsus, Martyr

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
May 8
Vespers was read.
May 9
Midnight Office was read.
Sixth Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
May 10
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended.
May 11
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 12
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 13
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Three people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission.
May 14
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, ďUnexpected Joy.Ē
May 15
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Parastos.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Feast of Ascension.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Translation of Relics of St. Nicholas.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava
May 20 - Leave-taking of Pascha
May 21 - Feast of Ascension. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 22 - Translation of the 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 throughout the world.

Parish Life

Trust in the Resurrected Lord in all that you do.

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

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles came to class on Thursday.

Lee and Merrie Ann Hesselroth have been blessed with a trip to Europe.

Anna Mae Knezovich is joyful to have a granddaughter graduate from Penn State.

Martha Dice had the joy of a second daughter graduating from nursing school.

Darlene Dowler appreciates being informed about the St. George Church.

John Ice drives a long distance to attend the Divine Liturgy each week.

Sympathy extended to Scott and Heather Newton, Heatherís grandmother departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Subdeacon Anthony Miralles. Subdeacon Anthonyís cousin departed this life.

Seek comfort and wisdom from God through prayer each day.

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 meaning of the Feast of the Ascension of Christ in our lives.
The time we devote to celebrating the Feast of the Ascension.
Joining with believers around the world in celebrating Christís Ascension.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 9 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing on the return trip.
May 11 - Blessed one home.
May 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class. Three people attended. Stopped in Morgantown enroute for printing.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 16:22-23

Listen to me my son, and gain knowledge, and pay close attention to my words in your heart. I will reveal instruction with balance, and I will proclaim knowledge with exactness.

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

The Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-38

And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is He? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This Man is not of God, because He keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this Man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this Man were not of God, He could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him. (KJV)

The Sunday of the Blind Man

The current Gospel verifies Christís healing power. The present Gospel is a powerful lesson for putting sickness into perspective. The Gospel reveals God at work in the life of the blind man.

Spiritual blindness is common among humans. Becoming familiar with Christ in the Holy Gospel results in clarity of vision for personal life. The blind man in the present Gospel saw clearly when Christ entered his life.

Human beings benefit immeasurably when Christ is the basis for their daily vision. Christís teachings and life serve as the optimum framework to see and understand life.

When a person lives in unity with Christ, personal vision is shaped by Christís teachings. Individuals in unity with Christ move forward with vision directed toward the Kingdom of God.

When eternal life and the salvation of the soul are ultimate desires, Christ is the believerís guide and basis for perception. Believers do well by viewing alternatives in daily life with Christ as the basis for decision-making.

The blind man was blessed to be healed by Christ, to hear Christís voice and to see Christ. Christís healing power is accessible to each faithful believer. Christís words are visible for each person in the Holy Gospel.

Christís words are proclaimed regularly in Godís Holy Church. Christís teachings become understandable in the Divine services of the Church. Christ is experienced personally in prayer and in the Divine services.

Sick people often ask what they have done to deserve an illness or affliction. The present Gospel reveals the blind man nor his parents caused the blindness. God chose to work through the life of the blind man.

When a person has an affliction or illness, God has the power to work in the personís life. God can make a decided difference in the lives of the ill, the injured and the afflicted.

Illness, injuries and afflictions can become the most meaningful times in personal life. Christ can be experienced to the greatest degree in times of illness, affliction and injury.

Meaningless use of time and insignificant goals become apparent when illness, affliction and injury occur. Careful use of the precious time of life rises to the fore when God is necessary to address crises in personal health.

The blind man and his parents had reason to be immeasurably grateful to Christ. Every person has reason to be immeasurably grateful to Christ. Christ gives each believer the perfect vision for life and for seeing the Savior of the world

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 4 / 17, 2015
Sunday of the Blind Man.
St. Pelegia of Tarsus, Martyr

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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