[ARCHIVED NEWS] Tuesday, April 3, 2007


Hermitage, Pa - Rev. Milorad Orlic of the Lorain, Ohio parish was the homilist at the Lenten Vespers on Palm Sunday hosted by St. George Serbian Church in Hermitage, Pa. Fr. Orlic gave a thunderous and moving homily on this eve of the holy days of Passion Week taking the words from St. James’ epistle “faith without works is dead”.

“St. John the Baptist had some sent to ask of Jesus whether He was the One, the Messiah, that he was expecting and preaching about,” said Fr. Orlic. “Christ didn’t answer the question with a mere reply, ‘Yes I am.’ Rather He pointed to His deeds and said, ‘Go tell John what you see.’ In a similar manner it is perhaps Christ who is looking at our deeds during these lenten days and asking of us, ‘Are you the one I am to be spat upon for?’, ‘Are you the one I am to suffer for?’, ‘Are you the one that I am to die for?’”

Six priests and one deacon served at the Vespers. This is the last of the Lenten Vespers. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America the Diocese is organizing a Clergy Seminar to be held at St. Stephen the Protomartyr Serbian Church in Lackawanna, New York on Bright Thursday.