St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 951 - March 27 / April 9, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 951
March 27 / April 9, 2017
Feast of Christís Entry in Jerusalem


Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ


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
March 30
Matins was read.
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon of Repentance
March 31
Matins was read.
April 1
Vespers was read.
April 2
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. Seven communicants.
Deanery Lenten Vespers were held in the evening. Vising Clergy serving included Protopresbyter Stavrophor Rade Merick, Protopresbyter Stavrophor Rajko Kosic, Reverend Father Dejan Barack and Reverend Father Branislav Golic. Seventy people attended.
April 3
Matins was read.
Two people came for Great Compline with Canon of Repentance.
April 4
Matins was read
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon of Repentance.
An Akathist to the Mother of God was read in a parish home for homebound parishioner.
April 5
Matins was read.
Five people came to Waynesburg University for an Akathist to the Cross.
Eleven people came for Presanctified Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Two communicants. Sonia Janson came to assist with responses.
April 6
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Theotokos and class.
April 7
Matins was read.
Ten people came for Vesperal Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants.

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.
6:00 PM Bridegroom Matins

Great and Holy Tuesday
Services at 5:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM.
6:00 PM Bridegroom Matins

Great and Holy Wednesday
Services at 5:30 AM and 11:30 AM
2:00 PM at Waynesburg University

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

Today - Divine Liturgy. Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem. Deanery Vespers this evening 5:00 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Wednesday - Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 7:00 PM.
April 12 - Pascha. Resurrection Matins on Pascha (next Sunday) at 5:30 AM.
Next Sunday Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. Please note!

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


Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Next Sunday Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM. Please note!

Come to as many Holy Week services as you can.

Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Paulette Radock, Diana Brozich and Mildred Bezjak came to bake on Tuesday.

Thank you to Diana Brozich for painting the large tables used for parish dinners.

Sonia Janson attended Dr. Ezekiel Olagokeís presentation at Grove City College.

Thank you to Sonia Janson for bringing the pussy willows. Thank you to Mildred Bezjak for making the crosses.

Six of Dr. Olagokeís students from Waynesburg University attended Divine Liturgy last Sunday. John Thompson distributed the Holy Week schedule for OCF students.

John Thompson, Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce and Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke are active with Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) at Waynesburg University benefitting the community, parishes and students.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Mildred Bezjak came for class on Thursday.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with loss of jobs and benefits.

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.

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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.
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Consider

Honoring every day of Holy Week.
Being fully attentive to the Churchís services during Holy Week.
Learning more about Christ during Holy Week.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 31 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
April 1 - Went to Grove City College to hear Dr. Olagokeís presentation.
April 3 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. to visit patient.
April 4 - Pastoral visit to homebound parishioner.
April 5 - Went to Jeanette, Pennsylvania for pastoral reasons.
April 5 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist to the Cross.
April 5 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va for Presanctified Liturgy.
April 6 - Blessed one restaurant.

Wisdom of Sirach 20:1

A wise man will advance himself with his words, and a man with discernment will please great men.

( 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)

The Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem is being celebrated in churches throughout the world. Great and Holy Week has arrived. Serious Christians are focusing intently on the Lord Jesus Christ.

During Great and Holy Week the Gospels of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will be read extensively. Serious believers will treat each day of this week with great reverence.

Frivolous activities will be set aside. Church attendance, prayer and fasting will increase among serious believers. This is a week to be fully attentive to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The present Gospel for today verifies Christís power over death. Jesusí miraculous raising of Lazarus the dead continues to be proclaimed in Godís Holy Church more than twenty centuries later.

Crowds gathered to see Jesus enter Jerusalem. Crowds of Christian believers fill churches today to learn more about Christ. A person can never know all there is to know about Christ.

The hunger for Christ continues throughout life. Only continuous nourishment from Christ satisfies the hunger. Individuals seeking nourishment for the soul through sources other than Christ never are fully satisfied.

Joy and peace are found in Christ. Christ holds the attention of serious believers throughout this Holy Week. Christ held the attention of onlookers when entering Jerusalem.

Not everyone knowing of Christ views Christ favorably. Just as betrayal of Christ was mentioned in the current Gospel, modern day betrayals continue to be plotted.

The current Gospel also describes the chief priestsí interest in killing Lazarus. The risen Lazarus was living proof of Jesusí power over death. People were following Jesus.

Current Christians need to be alert to movements to limit Christian freedom. Living the Christian life fully each day is the best way to experience Christ and be united with Christ.

Limiting Christian life to Sunday morning church attendance denies believers full benefit of the life in Christ. Being immersed in the services of Holy Week enriches believers.

Focusing on Christ throughout the day and night and throughout the week enables believers to live to the fullest. Holy Communion brings direct unity with Christ.

Holy Communion is available at each Divine Liturgy. Believers do well to prepare themselves and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ with regularity.

Life in the Church is for every day, every minute from Holy Baptism to departure from this life. Let us use the time of life with wisdom. Let us draw near to Christ, learn from Him and be nourished by Him.

Christ raised Lazarus from the dead. On Pascha we will celebrate Christ rising from the dead. Let us ponder to the depths of our being the raising of Lazarus and Christís Resurrection.

Believers have more than twenty centuries of evidence of Christís Resurrection. Believers coming to church on Holy Saturday morning hear more about the Old Testament records pointing to Christís Resurrection.

There is only one Lord Jesus Christ. Turn full and complete attention on Christ during this Great and Holy Week. Learn from Christ and be nourished by Him. Be immeasurably grateful to Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 27 / April 9, 2017
Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem.
Palm Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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