St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 901 - April 11 / 24, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 901
April 11 / 24, 2016
Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem

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

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Recent Services
April 15
Small Compline was read.
April 16
Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended. One communicant.
Two people came for Great Vespers with Litya at St. George Church.
April 17
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty-eight people attended. Eleven communicants.
Approximately 90 people came for the Deanery Vespers and dinner.
April 18
Matins was read.
April 19
Two people came for an Akathist.
April 20
Four people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Girst. Four communicants.
Two people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Compline and class.
April 21
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Great and Holy Monday
Services at 5:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

Great and Holy Tuesday
Services at 5:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

Great and Holy Wednesday
Services at 5:30 AM and 11:30 AM

Great and Holy Thursday
8:00 AM - Great Vespers and Divine Liturgy.
6:00 PM - Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels.

Great and Holy Friday
Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday at 6:00 PM.

Great and Holy Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Reading of Acts of Holy Apostles at 6:00 PM.

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

Important Dates

Today - Divine Liturgy Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem. Deanery Vespers this evening at 5:00 PM, Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Wednesday - Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 7:00 PM.
May 1, Pascha - Resurrection Matins on Pascha (next Sunday) at 5:30 AM.

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

Attend services during this Holy Week.

Thank you to all helping with the Deanery Vespers and dinner,

Father Rade Merick, Father Milan Krstic, Father Rajko Kosic and Father Branislav Golic came for Deanery Vespers. Dean, Father Rade Merick gave the sermon.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Milan Kodic newly departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Judy Mercadante Chevrount newly departed.

+Robert Greevy, former Chief Counsel for the Pa. Board of Probation and Parole recently departed this life. He faithfully served the Commonwealth with integrity.

Please sign the list on the bulletin board if you are willing to help with the picnic on June 5. Include if you are willing to help on Thursday, Saturday and/or Sunday.

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

Eric Labons recently attended the Russian Orthodox Church in Harrisonburg, Va.

Willie Spens and Thekla Spens plan to marry in St. George Church on May 15.

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 food goods for the Greene County Food Bank.

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 importance of each day during Holy Week.
Deeply valuing every moment of Holy Week.
Giving full attention to Christ during Holy Week.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 16 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
April 18 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. and Westin, W.Va. for pastoral reasons.
April 20 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and Fairmont, W.Va. for Small Compline and class.
April 21 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. to visit patient.
April 21, 22 - Went to Hermitage, Pennsylvania for Clergy Confession at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church.

Proverbs 19:21

There are many thoughts in the heart of a man, But the counsel of the Lord abides forever.

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

The Feast of Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

John 12:1-18

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus. On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record. For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. (KJV)

Today Orthodox Christians around the world focus on Christís entry into Jerusalem. The Holy Orthodox Church has been consistent through the centuries in proclaiming Christís entry into Jerusalem.

Christ is so highly valued that believers have put their lives in peril through the centuries to proclaim and learn from Christís entry into Jerusalem. Serious believers find strength, comfort and new life in focusing on Christ.

Serious believers are willing to endure the greatest of hardships to live in and be faithful to Christ. Members of the current generation benefit from sacrifices and commitment of believers in past generations.

Members of the current generation choosing to be faithful to Christ experience Christ with great joy to the depth of their beings. Faithfulness to Christ today is preparation for Christís certain return and final judgment.

Godís Holy Church needs serious and committed believers. Continuing the proclamation of the Gospel in each generation requires believers willing to endure and be faithful to the same degree as past generations.

Orthodox churches and monasteries have existed for centuries because of the faithfulness of Christís followers. Faithful followers of Christ in each generation find lasting value of living in Christ.

Today the Orthodox Church focuses on Christ entering Jerusalem. This Holy Week the complete focus is on Christ. This is a week completely dedicated to Christ. This is a week to immerse the self in Christ and to learn.

This is a week to block out the frivolous and unnecessary aspects of life and focus on the holy. Christ is the complete center of attention this week. Christ is the lasting nourishment this week.

Christ is the source of growth this week. Christ is the greatest value this week. Christís love for each person shines through this week. Christís humility is fully apparent this week. Christís greatness extends beyond measure this week.

Christ was greeted when He entered Jerusalem. Learning from His entry and the events that followed are inexhaustible sources of learning. Learning from Christ puts all of life into the soundest perspective.

Focusing on Christ completely enriches the soul. Focusing on Christ completely brings the person closer to Christ and increases unity with Christ. Shutting out the noise of the world to listen to Christ is of greatest value.

Following Christ offers certainty in times of uncertainty. Following Christ leads to the Kingdom of God. Following Christ leads to eternal life. The Holy Orthodox Church has not wavered in commitment to Christ.

The Holy Orthodox Church has withstood the passing of time. From the time of the Holy Apostles to the present, attentive listeners and followers of Christ have benefitted from learning about Christ.

In lands where Orthodox Churches have been alive for centuries, the message of the Gospel has continued. The Gospel is dominant in viewing contemporary life.

Christ is the lasting value. Christ is the portal to viewing each moment of life. Christ is the path to follow. Christ is the goal to maintain above all goals. Christ riding into Jerusalem is central today.

Christ is central every day. Attentive eyes and ears look for Christ at all times. Open hearts and minds welcome Christ. Lovers of Christ do all within their power to fully experience Christ.

Today savor Christ. Every day savor Christ. Every moment concentrate on Christ. The love of Christ shines through each moment of time. Christís love touches every person at every moment.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 11 / 24, 2016
The Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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