Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 40 - December 15/28, 2002

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544

December 15/28, 2002
St. Eleutherius, Heiromartyr
No. 40
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321

Acts 20:28
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Six people attended the Divine Liturgy on December 7, 2002..

Another year is drawing to a close. Thank God for the continued services at the Mission..

Thank God for the continued faithful of the Mission.

Thank God for Wayne and Joy Kirby's generosity in providing space.

As long as the faithful of the Mission remain faithful to God and work hard, we can do no more. God will do the rest.

Trusting in God is the primary basis for the Mission.

Everything done at the Mission is to be consistent with the Holy Gospel and practices of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Let us give thanks for all the blessings bestowed upon the Mission.

Let us live our lives in the community as practicing Orthodox Christians.

Let us honor the fasts of the Church, pray as we have been told by our Lord and fast according to the teachings of the Church.

West Virginia, as all states, can benefit from the existence of an Orthodox Church.

There are suffering and needy people in West Virginia as there are suffering and needy people everywhere. Let us keep them mindful in our prayers.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba John said, 'Our Father, Abba Anthony, said he had never put his own personal advantage before the good of a brother

Saturday of the 26th Week
Luke 10:19-21

We listen to the Holy Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ today. We are moving toward the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. Less than two weeks remain until we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity.

The mind focuses on the birth of the Christ-Child. The mind focuses on the work of the Holy Spirit and the Ever-Virgin Mary. The Feast of the Nativity is a time of the heart. It is a time of great joy, of the promise of peace.

We have the benefit of hindsight. Orthodox believers know that Jesus Christ was not only born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus continues to be associated with miracles daily. Time bears witness to Jesus Christ. Time is filled with the actions of Jesus Christ. Time is measured according to Jesus Christ.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said in today's Gospel message: "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son will to reveal Him. (Lk. 10:22)

Our lives as Orthodox Christians need to be united with Jesus Christ as much as possible. We need to work at being good Orthodox Christians. We need to work at practicing Orthodoxy. We need to work at learning and living the Holy Gospel.

Orthodoxy is more than knowledge. Orthodoxy is more than following the rules. Care for the soul, care for the heart, maintaining a life consistent with the teachings of Christ, these are central to Orthodoxy.

Repentance, forgiveness, and love are integral to Orthodoxy. Concern and care for children, for the sick and the suffering is integral to Orthodoxy. Hospitality is integral to Orthodoxy. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are integral to Orthodoxy.

It is time to measure our lives and practice of Orthodox Christianity against the teachings of the Holy Gospel, against the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. If we are serious, we will see we fall short. We will see we have much to do and to learn. We will see we have failed in many areas.

The mercies of God help us. The forgiveness of God helps us. The love of God helps us. We have a responsibility as Orthodox Christians to live up to the honor and meaning of the identity we have. Many men, women and children through the centuries have given their lives for Christ.

Our lives reach fullness in Christ. Our lives are defined in Christ. Our life's purpose is realized in Christ.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia December 15/28, 2002.
St. Eleutherius, Heiromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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