St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 854 - May 18 / 31, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 854
May 18 / 31, 2015

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.

Acts 16:5

And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Recent Services
May 23
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. followed by Divine Liturgy. Nine people attended. One communicant.
Two people came to St. George Church for Great Vespers.
May 24
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-five people attended. Two communicants.
May 26
Vespers was read.
May 27
Matins was read.
Nine people came for Vespers and class in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 28
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist for Ascension.
May 29
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Kneeling Prayers.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, May 31 - Desecent of Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Feast of Pentecost.
June 1 - Pentecost Monday. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
June 2 - Pentecost Tuesday. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
June 3 - St. Jovan Vladimir
Friday, June 5 - Slava, Holy Trinity S.O. Mission, Fairmont, W.Va. at 5:00 PM.
June 6 - Apodasis of Pentecost
June 7 - Third Finding of Head of St. John the Baptist.
June 8 - Apostles Fast begins.
June 17 - St. Metrophanes
June 28 - Vidovdan Dinner and Program.

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

Support Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Attend the Slava on Friday.

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles came to class on Friday.

Betty Matovich and daughter Andrea were here from St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton last Saturday.

Hannah Oleynik visited from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College last Sunday.

Dr. Romanos Pierce has written a new poem about the Jesus Prayer.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke keeps in touch with St. George Church while he is traveling.

Aaron Carson is on a long educational journey across the country.

Lifeline appreciated support from St. George Church.

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 Great Feast of Pentecost.
The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The benefit of prayers to the Holy Spirit.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 24 - Attened Slava dinner at Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
May 23 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing on return.
May 25 - Went to St. Tikhon’s Monastery/Seminary for Memorial Day Pilgrimage.
May 27 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
May 29 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for pastoral reasons.
May 29 - Visited patient in Washington Hospital.
May 29 - Blessed graves in Marianna area.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 18:18

Before you speak, learn, and before you get sick, take care of your health.

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

The Feast of Pentecost

John 7:37-52, 8:12

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

In the current Gospel, Jesus invites persons that thirst to come and drink. Drinking from the Lord Jesus Christ is completely voluntary. Jesus does not coerce individuals to come to Him for nourishment and renewal.

The Lord Jesus Christ provides constant nourishment. The Lord Jesus Christ welcomes individuals with humility and love. The Lord Jesus Christ offers nourishment which cannot be found elsewhere.

Jesus’ uniqueness was expressed by the officers in the current Gospel. The officers said: “Never man spake like this man.” (Jn. 7:46) Jesus’ words found in the Holy Gospel have enriched believers through the centuries.

Individuals seeking nourishment for the soul and peace in the heart and mind turn to the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals seeking to move from the darkness of their lives turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for light.

Jesus is straightforward and direct. He said: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (Jn. 8:12)

Jesus words deserve careful attention. His words are lasting and are nourishing. His words are life-changing. Jesus’ words are preserved in the Holy Gospel. His words are protected and proclaimed in God’s Holy Church.

Jesus’ words have withstood challenges during the centuries. Countless individuals have been martyred because they have believed in Jesus’ teaching without equivocation.

We are blessed today to be in this holy church to hear and proclaim Christ’s words. We are blessed to have the freedom to assemble and worship without personal threat to our safety.

We have a responsibility to persecuted Christians that are suffering for their Christian identity. Knowledge of their suffering is inspiration to pray fervently for their protection, safety and well-being.

Christians have an obligation to honor the Lord Jesus Christ and to heed His words with great attention. As baptized believers, Christians have a life-long commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ to follow His teachings and example.

The baptismal commitment requires renewal at each moment of life. Jesus provides the direction and nourishment necessary for every moment of life. Jesus does not require more from believers than He has given of Himself.

Christ teaches in the Holy Gospel for Christians to be attentive to the least of the brethren in the world. Christ states clearly in the Holy Gospel to help the sick and the suffering, the imprisoned and the stranger. (Mt. 25:31-46)

The Holy Apostle Paul express the value of faith, home and love in personal life. (I Cor. 13:1-13) From the time of the Holy Apostles to the present, Christians have gathered to learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ and to follow Him.

Today is the great Feast of Pentecost. The descent of the Holy Spirit affected the lives of the Holy Apostles. The Holy Spirit continues to the present to affect lives in ways beyond measure.

Believers in Orthodox Churches around the world pray fervently today. Orthodox believers during this week will come together to celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Knowledge about God and experiencing the life with God improves with greater attentiveness to the Holy Spirit. Prayers to the Holy Spirit bring benefits to daily life.

The Holy Spirit is an essential and integral part of the lives of prayerful Christians. Attentive Christians are mindful of the action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Holy Apostles.

The Great Feast of Pentecost is a defining moment in the liturgical life of the Church. The arrival of this feast sets in motion a progression of liturgical experiences in the Church.

May the Holy Spirit actively enrich and change for the better each person present here today. May each person increase personal attention to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the remaining days of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 18 / 31, 2015
Feast of Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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