[Archived News] Tuesday, April 23, 2013

St. George Church Hosts Lenten Vespers

Carmichaels, PA - In accordance with the Pittsburgh Deanery schedule, the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania hosted the Lenten Vespers on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. The Church identifies St. Mary of Egypt with the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent each year as a vivid reminder and example of the value of repentance.

St. George Church in Carmichaels is traditionally assigned this particular Sunday. Deanery parishes scheduled to participate in the Vespers included St. Elijah Church of Aliquippa, St. George Church of Midland, Holy Trinity Cathedral of Pittsburgh, Holy Resurrection Church of Steubenville, Ohio and Holy Trinity Mission of Fairmont, West Virginia.

Participating clergy included Dean Very Rev.Stavrofor Stepanov, Very Rev.Stavrofor Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch, Very Rev.Stavrofor Rade Merick. Very Rev.Stavrofor Milan Krstic and Very Rev.Rajko Kosic.

Father Yonitch served the St. George Church for nine years prior to becoming the first Serbian Orthodox United States Air Force Chaplain. He gave an image-filled sermon filled with nourishment and instruction for the Lenten journey. Sonia Janson directed the St. George Choir. Singers from visiting parishes were welcomed in the choir loft. The church was very well filled as believers gathered in preparation for the conclusion of Great Lent and arrival of Holy Week. St. George Executive Board President heartily welcomed the attendees at the dinner in the church hall. Mr. Brozik thanked everyone for attending and expressed appreciation for the work of the St. George Kolo at the dinner. In addition to individuals from mentioned Deanery parishes, visitors came from Deanery parishes in McKeesport, Youngwood and Monroeville.

A visitor came also from Orthodox Church in America parish in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. The St. George Church in Carmichaels is part of the Eastern American Diocese. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN is the Diocesan Bishop. The Lenten Vespers on Sunday evenings serve to enrich and strengthen believers.

Father Rodney Torbic