St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 907 - May 23 / June 5, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 907
May 23 / June 5, 2016
Sunday of the Blind Man

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 27
Vespers was read.
May 28
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Nine people attended . One communicant.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
May 29
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours we read followed by Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
May 31
Vespers was read.
June 1
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection, Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Akathist to Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon.
Three people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and class.
June 2
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 3
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

6:30 PM Service and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of Ascension.

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

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Blind Man. Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic. Akathist at the Cross at 2:30 PM.
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
June 8 - Apodasis-Leave-taking of Pascha
June 9 - Feast of Ascension. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia, the Christians suffering in Syria and All People Suffering

Parish Life

Thank you to all helping with the Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic today.

Increase your prayerfulness and faithfulness to God.

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church has announced His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN has been elected as Bishop of the Canadian Diocese.

His Grace Bishop IRINEJ (Dobrijevic) has been elected Bishop of Eastern America.

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

Pray for the rebuilding of St. Sava Cathedral in New York destroyed by fire on Pascha. See the appeal letter on the bulletin board and distributed in church.

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.

If you want your house 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 questions 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 miracles of God taking place every day.
Reflecting Godís miracles in daily living.
Constantly giving thanks to God for immeasurable love and kindness.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 27 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
May 28 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
May 30 - Went to St. Tikhonís Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania for Annual Pilgrimage.
May 31 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
June 1 - Went to Morgantown for printing,

Proverbs 25:31

As an unfortified city whose walls are broken down, so is a man who does something without counsel.

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

The Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-38

And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is He? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This Man is not of God, because He keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this Man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this Man were not of God, He could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him. (KJV)

The Sunday of the Blind Man

The current Gospel reading carries great power. The Lord Jesus Christ is identified as the Son of God. (Jn. 9:35-37) The Lord Jesus Christ is identified as the light of the world. (Jn. 9:5)

The Lord Jesus Christ gave sight to the man born blind. This amazing miracle is fervently proclaimed. The Holy Orthodox Church wants the healing power of Christ to be known to all.

Parish churches proclaim the Gospel throughout the world. The Holy Gospel enriches and changes lives. Attentive listeners and serious believers experience renewed life in Christ.

The blind man became new in Christ when he received his sight. The man was able to see Christ directly with his own eyes. Attentive individuals see Christís miracles today.

The Epistle to the Hebrews states: ďJesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.Ē (Heb. 13:8). Christ has not ceased to perform miracles. Attentive and appreciative Christians acknowledge Christís miracles.

Appreciative Christians change their lives and are constantly grateful. Grateful Christians thank God regularly and abundantly. Thankful Christians demonstrate their belief in Christís healing power by the way they live.

Godís love and forgiveness come alive in appreciative Christians. Godís mercy and goodness are manifested by Christians perceiving Christís miracles. Thankful Christians hunger for and are nourished by the Holy Gospel.

Christians experiencing Christís miracles seek unity with Christ. Christians attentive to Christís miracles want always to be united with Christ. Holy Confession and Communion are highly valued among the grateful.

The Sunday of the Blind Man makes a deep and lasting impression in serious believers. The present Gospel makes a lasting impact in serious believersí hearts, minds and souls.

The Holy Gospel changes lives. The Holy Gospel is a lasting standard for measurement for daily life. The Holy Gospel offers soundest direction leading to Godís Kingdom.

The light of Christ is evident in the Holy Gospel. Individuals are illumined by reading and listening to the Holy Gospel. Individuals earnestly seeking Christ discover irrefutable evidence of Christís miracles.

The hunger for Christ never ceases among individuals honestly acknowledging Christís miracles. Acknowledging Christís known miracles leads to discovery of more of Christís miracles.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 23 / June 5, 2016
Sunday of the Blind Man.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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