St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 897 - March 14 / 27, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 897
March 14 / 27, 2016
Second Sunday of Great Lent

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.

Luke 25:20

And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee

Recent Services
March 18
One person came for the Great Compline with the Canon of St. Theodore.
March 19
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy with blessing of Koljivo.
One person came to St. George Church for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
March 20
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants.
March 21
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
March 22
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and class.
March 23
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Small Compline and class.
March 24
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
March 25
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Three communicants.
Small Compline was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

Monday, Tuesday, Friday
4:00 PM Great Compline

3:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and Adult Class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

Thursday 3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

7:30 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va.
4:00 Vespers and Confessions

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Second Sunday of Great Lent. Deanery Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa. 5:00 PM.
April 3 - Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM. St. George Church, Midland.

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All People Suffering.

Parish Life

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN has approved Executive Board members: Stan Brozik - President; John Williamson - Vice-President; Andrea Janson - Financial Secretary; Felecia Williamson - Treasurer; Aaron Carson - Secretary. Audit Board - Willie Spens, Dr. Ivko Dimitric and Richard Porter; Tutors - Richard and Linda Porter; Assembly Delegate - Sonia Janson.

Thank you to Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Paulette Radock, Anna Mae Knezovich, Dianna Brozich, Lucille Carnahan and Joyce Kirby for baking on Thursday.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Raymond Sanchez attended class on Tuesday.

Honor the Great Fast until Pascha on May 1 with increased prayer and church attendance.

Make an effort to attend the Deanery Vespers this Great Lent.

Unless you live far distant, come to Holy Confession on a weekday or Saturday.

Pray for the miners losing their jobs at a very high rate. Pray for their families.

Thank you to all continuing to contribute to the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

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

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

Drawing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ through use of the Jesus Prayer.
Praying “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
Dealing with fears, temptations and distractions by saying the Jesus Prayer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 18 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
March 19 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
March 19 - Went to St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church for Vespers for Sunday of Orthodoxy.
March 20 - Went to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh for Sunday of Orthodoxy.
March 23 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist to Jesus Christ.
March 23 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Small Compline and class.
March 24 - Went to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. to speak to hospital chaplains.

Proverbs 15: 3

The eyes of the Lord are in every place; They keep watch over both the evil and the good.

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

The Second Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 2:1-12

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy, I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (KJV)

St. Gregory Palamas

John 10:9-16

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (KJV)

According to the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus Christ forgave the paralyzed man his sins. Jesus healed the man and gave him the ability to walk. Christ freed the man from the weight of sin and paralysis of the body.

Christ’s forgiveness gives freedom of movement to believers hindered by sin. Forgiveness through Holy Confession relieves paralyzing stress. Holy Confession gives believers freedom to begin life anew in Christ.

St. Mark’s Gospel centers attention on Christ’s forgiveness. Christ’s act of forgiveness has been preserved and proclaimed in the Church for centuries. Christ forgiving sins and Christ’s healing power are relevant today.

Forgiving the paralytic his sins and enabling him to walk give a glimpse of possibilities of the life in Christ. Believers impede growth in Christ to the extent they limit their commitment to living and investing in the life in Christ.

Great Lent is the time to examine the personal understanding of Christ. Great Lent is the time to assess the degree of effort invested to learn about the immeasurableness of Christ.

Now is the time to think about the great love and suffering of Christ. Now is the time to consider Christ’s blessings at every moment of life. Now is the time to determine the personal degree of appreciation shown to Christ.

Christ frees us to begin anew each time He forgives us. Christ gives us new freedom of movement. Christ proves His love for us when He forgives us. Christ deserves unlimited and corresponding love from each of us.

Do our lives reflect love for Christ having taken on human flesh, subjecting Himself to arrest and suffering on the Cross? Do our daily lives show daily deep appreciation for the hope established by Christ rising from the Tomb?

Do we go about daily life oblivious to Christ until a crisis arises? Are we actually lukewarm or even cold towards Christ in our daily lives? Society would be much different if more Christians were fervent and serious in following Christ.

Years ago Proto Radovan Milkovich preached a memorable sermon about our view of God being too small. Do we hold on to a minimal view of Christ? Do our prayers and daily life show depth of commitment to Christ?

Jesus in the Gospel of St. John, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10) Believers deprive themselves of the abundant life in Christ by not fully living in Christ.

America has a very high rate of depression. How much of this depression is attributable to failure of individuals to fully live the life in Christ? How often is depression rooted in individuals being weighed down with regrets and sin?

Society is shaped and formed based upon the way individuals live. Societal standards are established based upon the morality and deep seated beliefs of the residents.

The violence in today’s world shows the need for fervency in Christ. The extensive emotional distress, drug and alcohol abuse prevalent in today’s world are proof of the need for greater interest in the healing and forgiving Christ.

The loving and forgiving Christ enables believers to begin anew. The loving and forgiving Christ welcomes individuals seeking to repent. The Good Shepherd wants believers to experience the fullness of life possible in Him.

Great Lent is the opportune time established by the Church to begin anew in Christ. Fasting and prayer facilitate renewal in Christ. Holy Confession and Holy Communion offer healing and new beginnings in Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 14 / 27, 2016
Second Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Gregory Palamas.
Ven. Benedict of Nursia

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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