St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 954 - April 17 / 30, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 954
April 17 / 30, 2017
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers


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
Email stgeorge2@windstream.net


Recent Services
Bright Friday
Matins was read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Two communicants.
Vespers was read.
Thomas Sunday
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people attended. Five communicants.
Parastos was held
April 24
Vespers was read.
April 25
Matins was read. Vespers. was read.
April 26
Matins was read.
Five people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class.
April 27
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
Two people came for class.
April 28
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Friday.

Wednesday
6:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Molieben and class.

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

Today, April 30 - Sunday of the Myrrbearers
May 3 - Venerable Joseph of Serbia, St. Nicholai of Zicha.
May 6 - St. George Day. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 7 - Parish Slava Celebration Dinner and Program. Plan to attend.
May 8 - St. Mark Monastery Slava.
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava. 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 All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Please notify the parish office by May 4 if you plan to attend the Slava dinner on May 7.

Arthur John Chambers delivered the food donations to Greene County Food Bank.

Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak came to class on Thursday.

Shadeland Camp applications are available for children and youth ages 7-17.

Continue to celebrate Christís Resurrection with great joy.

Be attentive to the calendar and Divine services of the Church.

Linda Porter is accepting donations for flowers decorating the church for Pascha.

If you want your house blessed, notify the parish priest.

If you or a relative are hospitalized and want visited, notify the priest.

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.

Pray for crime victims and their families.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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 teaching or services 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

The courage of the women going to Christís Tomb.
The joyful message of Christís resurrection
The enduring hope established in Christís resurrection

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 21 - Went to Morgantown. W.Va. for printing.
April 22 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
April 25 - Went to gathering a parishionerís house.
April 26 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Later went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 23:7

My children, hear the teaching of my mouth, for he who keeps it will not be conquered.

( 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)

Consider the courage of Joseph of Arimathea requesting Jesusí body for burial. Behold the courage of the women going to the tomb to anoint Christís body.

Courage to follow Christ with great love and fervor are needed in todayís world. The Gospel is read in church each Sunday and each Divine Liturgy to affect the lives of believers.

Believers are expected to act in accord with the faith they profess and accept at Holy Baptism. Believersí lives are to conform to the Holy Gospel. Christís teachings are to be incorporated into personal life.

The Divine Liturgy intends corresponding action from believers in attendance. Faithful action is expected from believers to the best of their abilities. Christ reveals to attentive believers the actions to be taken each day.

Love for God is demonstrated in love for family, friends and all persons met in daily life. Love is learned in the Church. Love is learned in the personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joseph and the women going to the tomb demonstrated their love for Christ. They did not conceal their commitment to Christ. Christís execution did not deter these followers from caring for Him.

Contemporary followers of Christ draw strength from devoted Christians of earlier centuries. The history of the Church has innumerable examples of exemplary Christian witness.

The courageous myhrrbearing women going to the tomb received unexpected news. The women learned of Christís resurrection. The women were greatly affected by the message of the resurrection.

Each informed person in each century is faced with the choice of believing in Christís death and resurrection. At Holy Baptism, Orthodox Christian believers profess belief in the death and resurrection of Christ.

Belief in the Christís resurrection determines the way a person lives. The resurrection influences the degree of hope and joy a person maintains. The resurrection is the definitive solution for eradicating depression.

Christís resurrection lifts believers from depression. The resurrection reveals Christís unlimited powers Christís resurrection challenges minds to think deeply and carefully about Christ.

The Church sets forth the current Gospel each year to reaffirm the message of Christís resurrection. Joy continues to abound in Godís Holy Church in these days following Pascha.

Christís defeat of death and His resurrection put world events in perspective. Christ offers believers the path to follow. Christ provides believes with nourishment for the journey of life.

Partaking of Holy Communion in this period of Paschal joy has a direct effect on the believing mind. Great and Holy Friday is not far removed from the believerís consciousness.

Each day of life unfolds and is the unrepeatable opportunity to move forward in Christ. Christ gives each person only the immediate moment of life.

Faithful believers cherish this Paschal period of great joy. Christís resurrection deeply transforms believers. Christís resurrection illumines each moment of life.

Godís Holy Church celebrates Christís resurrection in each day following Pascha until the arrival of the Feast of the Ascension. The Church values this celebratory period in the formation of believers.

Wise believers are attentive to the Church during this period of Paschal joy. Wise believers incorporate Paschal joy into personal daily life. Believersí homes benefit when Paschal joy radiates with them.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 17 / 30, 2017
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.
Holy Hieromartyr Simeon, Bishop of Persia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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