St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 904 - May 2 / 15, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 904
May 2 / 15, 2016
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

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

Recent Services
May 6
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
May 7
Matins was read.
May 8
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Slava Kolacíand Koljivo and Litya. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated. Fifty-one people attended.
May 9
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 10
Matins was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
May 11
Matins was read.
Five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist to the Resurrection and class.
May 12
Matins was read.
Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and class.
May 13
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

No Weekday Services.

4:00 PM Great Vespers

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers. St. Athanasius the Great
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava; Righteous Job
May 22 - Sunday of the Paralytic, Translation of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius
May 25 - St. Nikodim of Serbia
May 29 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

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 Mr. Vince Giacetti and the workers from SCI-Greene that did painting and other needed work on the picnic grounds each day this week. This is the third time the St. George Church has benefitted from this excellent program.

You can hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Paschal message in Serbian and English on the parish and Diocesan websites.

Pray for His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, Father Djokan Majstorovic and the parishioners of St. Sava Cathedral in New York. The Cathedral was destroyed by fire. See the appeal letter on the bulletin board and distributed in church.

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

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson came to Thursdayís class. The series on Ecclesiastes was concluded.

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

Thank you for contributing food goods for the Greene County Food Bank.

Remember the 52 miners that died in 1942 in nearby Osage, W.Va.

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.

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 continued joy of the Resurrection.
Joy in each parish church celebrating the Resurrection.
The fullness of the Divine Liturgy when the Bishop officiates

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 6 - Attended three family Slava celebrations.
May 7 - Attended Baptism of Mila Golic at St. George Church in Midland, Pennsylvania.
May 10 - Went to rehab center in Washington, Pennsylvania to visit parishioner.
May 11 - Went to care residence in Uniontown area to visit parishioner.
May 11 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.

Proverbs 22:1

A good name is to be chosen more than much wealth, and good grace more than silver and gold.

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

The Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

Mark 15:43-16:8

Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. (KJV)

The Resurrection of Christ is joyfully celebrated in Godís Holy Church. The Resurrection of Christ has forever changed the world. The news of Christ rising from the dead is proclaimed as a contemporary message.

Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, went to the Tomb and were greeted with the joyous news of Christís resurrection. Christians share this message today, more than twenty centuries later.

Christians rejoice in Christís resurrection. Christians find meaning, purpose and hope in Christís resurrection. The Church celebrates the resurrection each day until the Feast of the Ascension.

This period of rejoicing is a period of reorienting life. Hope and joy abound in the post-Paschal period of celebration. Evidence of the Risen Christ is manifested in daily life.

Attentive Christians see and experienceís Christ in daily life. Faithful believers reach out in prayer to the Risen Christ during the course of each day. The Risen Christ fills hearts open to His presence.

Each day is an opportunity in life to live fully in Christ. Each moment is an opportunity to unite the heart, mind and soul with Christ. Disciplined use of the mind repels adverse thoughts and temptations.

Searchers for personal peace find lasting peace in the Risen Christ. Searchers for hope in times of distress find hope in the Defeater of Death. Individuals experiencing depression find joy in the Risen Christ.

Life in Christ offers endless possibilities for serious believers. Life is ultimately measured by the values and virtues of living in Christ. The final judgment rests ultimately with Christ.

Seeking first to please Christ has lasting results. Seeking first to please Christ puts subsequent decisions into perspective. Christís teachings and life are lasting lessons for daily life.

The Holy Scriptures and lives of the saints are continuous sources for nourishing believers. Strength from Christ is necessary for daily living. Christ is the source of ultimate strength for daily living.

The White Angel at the Tomb identified with Christís resurrection holds a prominent place in the Serbian Monastery Mileseva. The message of Christís resurrections changes lives throughout the world.

In communities everywhere, in homes, hospitals and prisons, individuals hear the message of Christís resurrection. The message of the resurrection makes a deciding difference in the attentive listener.

The Resurrected Christ helps persons suffering from depression. The Resurrected Christ soothes and comforts mourners. The Resurrected Christ lifts the spirits of the downtrodden.

Individual seeking to nourish and feed their souls immerse themselves in the Resurrected Christ. Individuals suffering from difficulties in marriage turn to the Resurrected Christ for guidance, direction and strength.

Men and women in prison seeking a better life upon release learn from the Crucified and Resurrected Christ. Seriously injured and ill believers place full confidence in the Crucified and Resurrected Christ.

Mourners having friends and families departed this life have a stronger belief in the resurrection of the dead. Christ rising from the dead is the basis for believers thinking more about the resurrection of the dead.

The Church addresses the serious interests and concerns of believers. Believers have a responsibility to come to Christ in faith. Believers have a responsibility to attend Church with regularity to learn necessities of life.

The Church is the best source of learning for life. The ultimate values and lessons for life are best learned in Church. Lessons from the Crucified and Resurrected Christ are always new and enlightening.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 2 / 15, 2016
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.
St. Athanasius the Great. St. Michael.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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