NEWS AND EVENTS - Wednesday, March 24, 2010
LENTEN VESPERS IN
PA - The Deanery Lenten Vespers of the Fifth Sunday of Great
Lent is the best attended service of the year at St. George Serbian
Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery with the
Archpastoral Blessings of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN makes up the
Deanery Vesper schedule.
St. George Church is the traditional
host for the Fifth Sunday, the Sunday commemorating St. Mary of Egypt.
This is a big but joyful undertaking for this small parish.
and parishioners are invited from the parishes in Steubenville, Ohio;
Pennsylvania parishes in Aliquippa, Midland and Pittsburgh and the West
Virginia Mission in Fairmont.
This year visiting clergy serving
included: Proto Stepanov, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rade Merick,
Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitich, Protopresbyter Rajko Kosic,
Reverend Father Milan Pajic and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic.
Milan Pajic gave an inspiring instructional sermon drawing from the
lessons in the life of St. Mary of Egypt. The St. George Choir of
Midland under the direction of Evelyn Adams sang with great fervor.
members from Aliquippa and Steubenville added their talents in the
service. St. George Executive Board President Stan Brozik thanked
everyone from coming to the service.
Sonia Janson, St. George
Choir and Kolo President expressed great appreciation to the Midland
Choir for accepting the invitation to sing the responses. The St. George
Kolo was recognized and applauded for the hard work put into preparing
the Lenten meal following the service.
With the arrival of the
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, the intensity of the Lenten period
increases. Holy Week is within view as the entry is made into the last
week of Great Lent.
This is a time for serious contemplation of
the soul and for continued repentance. St. Mary of Egypt set a permanent
example to follow in turning to Christ for salvation.
Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ provide
lasting meaning for the lives of all believers.
Father Rodney Torbic