St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 900 - April 4 / 17, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 900
April 4 / 17, 2016
Fifth 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.

2 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth

Recent Services
April 7
Three people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Three people came for the Akathist and class.
April 10
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Mitred Archpriest Stephan Romanchak came to serve. Thirty-two people attended Divine Liturgy. Eleven communicants.
April 11
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
April 12
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
April 13
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Three communicants.
Two people came for the Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for the Great Canon.
April 14
Three people came for the Akathist and class.
April 15
Three people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Three communicants.
The Akathist to the Mother of God was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM Vespers.

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

8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

Lazarus Saturday
8:00 Divine Liturgy.

4:00 PM Great Vespers

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

Important Dates

Today - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Deanery Vespers at St. George Church, Carmichaels, 5:00 PM.
April 24 - Deanery Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, 5:00 PM.

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

Thank you to all planning to help this evening with the Lenten Vespers and dinner.

May 1 - Paschal Divine Liturgy will start at 9:00 AM.

Linda Porter is collecting donations for flowers for the church on Pascha.

Plan to attend the St. George Slava celebration on Sunday, May 8. Reserve the date.

Aaron Carson, Stan Brozik, Willie Spens, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko went to Steubenville for Deanery Vespers last week.

Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Lucille Carnahan came for class on Thursday.

Thank you to Diana Brozich for arranging for a presentation on the St. George Church at the Pt. Marion Rotary Club meeting on April 7.

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

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

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a very high rate. Pray for their families. Pray for all workers having their jobs, pensions and benefits threatened.

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

Making full and beneficial use of the remaining days of Great Lent.
Seeking to complete Great Lent as an improved Christian.
Fully repenting of sins and beginning anew in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 7 - Went to meeting of Point Marion Rotary Club to speak about St. George Church.
April 7 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
April 8-9 - Went to St. King Milutin Serbian Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, Florida for Clergy Confession and St. Petersburg Deanery Meeting on Christian Education.
April 10 - Went to Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville, Ohio for Deanery Vespers.
April 13 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Canon.

Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is of great strength, and when the righteous run to it, they are exalted.

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

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 10:32-45

And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (KJV)

St. Mary of Egypt

Luke 7:36-50

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (KJV)

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent is identified with St. Mary of Egypt every year in the Orthodox Church. St. Mary of Egypt is considered a model of repentance. Believers are reminded every year of the importance of repentance.

The lesson of repentance is to be relearned each year as believers continue to battle temptations to sin. Christian growth is an expectation. The Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt follows the Sunday devoted to St. John of the Ladder.

St. John Climacus sets forth the steps of Christian growth in his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Repentance is a necessity if Christian growth is to occur. Believers must be willing to love Christ more than sin.

Believers are expected to battle sin in the heart and the mind. Believersí actions are to correspond to the teachings and example set forth by Christ. Believers benefit and draw hope from the lives of the saints devoted to Christ.

The heart and mind are continuous battlegrounds where the war against sin needs to be fought at every moment of life. For Christ to triumph, believers must be forceful and constantly vigilant.

Christ needs to dominate the heart and mind. Believers need to love and cherish the teachings and life of Christ. The heart and mind need to desire and joyfully welcome Christís teachings and example.

Believersí eyes and ears need to be attuned to Christís presence and work in daily life. Temptations and distractions perilous to the soul must be repelled with great vigor.

Giving thanks to Christ for forgiveness and the opportunity to begin anew deserve daily prominence. When a believer falls into sin, rather than remaining depressed, turning to Christ for a new beginning is always possible and desirable.

As Holy Week draws near and Pascha is on the horizon, becoming a better Christian is the preferred goal. Holy Confession and Holy Communion offer new beginnings in Christ.

The life of St. Mary of Egypt shows that sin can be put behind and devotion to Christ is possible. Orthodox Christians view the Mother of God as the primary example of purity and intercessor before the Lord.

Orthodox Christians turn to St. Mary of Egypt as an intercessor in fervent prayer. St. Mary of Egypt is a symbol of hope in the daily battle against sin. St. Mary of Egyptís life is visible proof that sin can be cast behind.

Durable and lasting peace in Christ is possible. Clinging to hope in Christ and with strong faith, sin can be overcome. Christ is forgiving and loving. Christ grants peace to believers turning to Him and desiring to begin anew in faith.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 4 / 17, 2016
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
Venerable Joseph the Hymnographer.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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