Bulletin 44 - February 16/March 1, 2003
February 16/March 1, 2003
Sts. Pamphilius, Porphirius and others, Martyrs.
Four people attended the Divine Liturgy on February 15, Feast of the Meeting of the Lord.
The Mission has received a donation from St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of McKeesport. St. Sava's priest and Diocesan Mission Committee Chairman, Prota Stevo Rocknage arranged for the items to come to the Mission including icons, liturgical fans, a censer, candle holders and a Gospel. These are a welcome addition to the Mission.
Continued regularly held Divine services are necessary if the Mission is to grow.
The faithful believers of Holy Trinity Mission help the Mission most by living the Orthodox Christian life each day.
Great Lent begins in full on March 10. Orthodox Christians move into Great Lent gradually. Meatfare Sunday, March 2 is the last day Orthodox Christians eat meat until the celebration of Jesus Christ's Resurrection on Pascha.
Great Lent is a time of increased prayer, worship, fasting and almsgiving. Great Lent is an official call for repentance. Great Lent is a call to return to Christ and honor the commitment made at Holy Baptism to commit totally to Christ, to the life in Christ.
Today is a Memorial Saturday in the Orthodox Church. Let us remember the holy Orthodox patriarchs, devout rulers, founders of this holy temple and for Orthodox fathers and brothers and sisters who have departed before us and are laid to rest.
Abba Matoes said, 'I prefer a light and steady activity, to one that is painful at the beginning but it is soon broken off.'
-Since the first coming of the Lord was not with glory but with dishonor and indignity, He says, "When He shall come in His glory" For at the second coming He will come with glory, escorted by angels.
-He calls the saints "sheep" on account of their gentleness , and because they yield fruit and useful things for us, as do sheep, providing wool, which is divine and spiritual protection, and milk, which is the sustenance that is needed.
-The goats are sinners, for they walk along the precipices and are unruly and fruitless.
-For He loves mankind and teaches us to do the same as well, not to punish until we have made a careful examination. In this way those who are punished after the judgement will have no cause for complaint.
-For every poor man is Christ's brother for the very reason that Christ, too, spent His life in poverty.
-For indeed, if you consider things well, the robber is he who has much and does not give alms, even if he does no obvious injury. For whatever he has in excess of his needs, he has stolen from those who are in need and who have not received anything from him.
-For just as a goat can never become a sheep, neither can a sinner ever be cleansed and become righteous after Judgement.
-Feed Christ who hungers for our salvation. If you give food and drink to him who hungers and thirsts for teaching, you have given food and drink to Christ. For within the Christian there is Christ, and faith is nourished and increased by teaching.
-If you should see someone who has become a stranger to his heavenly fatherland, take him in with you.
-If a man should cast off the garment of incorruption which he had at his baptism, so that he is naked, clothe him; and if one should be infirm in faith, as Paul says, help him; and visit him who is shut up in the dark prison of this body and give him counsel which is a light to him.
Perform, then, all of these six types of love, both bodily and spiritually, for we consist of both soul and body, and these acts of love are to be accomplished by both.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
1 The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of The Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. Chrysostom Press, House Springs, Missouri 1992.