LENTEN VESPERS IN CARMICHAELS, PENNSYLVANIA
Carmichaels, 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.
Protopresbyter 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.
Clergy 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.
Father 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.
Choir 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.
The Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ provide lasting meaning for the lives of all believers.
Father Rodney Torbic