Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 82 - November 9/22, 2004


The Orthodox Mission

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

November 9/22, 2004
Sts. Onesiphorus and Porhirius, St. Nectarios
No. 82
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681



Luke 2:25

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

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Six people came for Divine Liturgy on November 13, 2004.
November 20 was the anniversary of the Farmington Mine Disaster. A letter was sent to the UMWA District Office and to the local papers remembering the anniversary.
December 6 is the anniversary of the Robena and Monongah Mine Disasters.
Let us remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Let us remember those serving in the military and their families.
Sharren Paroda reports the bake sale this past week went very well.
Let us remember the homebound, those in care and nursing homes, hospitals, jails and prisons. Let us remember the people working there as well.
Dave Sprague is speaking at the Cancer Center today at the hospital in Morgantown.
Today the Church commemorates St.Nectarios, Patron of those with Cancer.
Thank God we have the opportunity to have the Divine Liturgy today.
Thank God we are healthy enough to come to the Divine Liturgy.
Thank God for the faithful attending the Divine Liturgy.
Thank God for the friends and supporters of the Mission.
Thank God for those inquiring about the Mission.
The Nativity Fast begins on November 28. Honor the Fast until the Feast of the Nativity, January 7.
December 4 is the Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville.

An Orthodox Christian Radio Program can be heard Sundays at 12:15 PM or 6:20 PM on WMBS, Uniontown, Pa. 590 on the AM Dial.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba John the Dwarf said, 'If a king wanted to take possession of his enemy's city, he would begin by cutting off the water and the food and so his enemies, dying of hunger , would submit to him. It is the same with the passions of the flesh: if a man goes about fasting and hungry the enemies of his soul grow weak.


Notes on Divine Liturgy XI
Emphasis on Litanies of Fervent Supplication and Departed

Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America Dr. MITROPHAN.
The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59.

Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor in himself. Not only that, one must also work on one's own growth. From the beginning and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator with God. The Divine synergism will not cease even in the next life. An example of such Theandric cooperation is given in the Lord Jesus Christ. Synergism is given in the Church and through the Church.

Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich.
The Eucharist as Sacrifice.
Johnstown, Pa.1993, p. 114.

The question, what is the spiritual priesthood, is answered by the Apostle Peter: 'But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people.' (I Peter 2:9). And John the Theologian expresses the same when he says: "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father" (Rev.1:6). The spiritual or royal priesthood is apparent to all Christians and it has its task in the Church of Chris t. Already in the Old Testament the "kingdom of priests" (Exodus 19:6) is mentioned with nearly the same meaning as in the New Testament.

Very Reverend Protos Stavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich.
On the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
Omaha, Nebraska, p. 16

The Litany of Fervent Supplication.

The Royal Gates are closed and from the Altar we hear: "Let us say with all our soul, and all our mind let us say."

After this call the other supplications follow signifying the intensified prayer somewhat different from what we have heard in the beginning of the Liturgy in the Great Litany. The responses are three times, "Lord, have mercy" (Response (3) times, Gospodi pomiluj, indicates intensified prayer in this and all other instances). Here the Church prays for those who are trusted with responsibility in higher places in the Church, State, for priesthood, and those in monasteries; for "All our brothers in Christ; for the founders and donors and for all in repose here or any other place." Here the Church embraces all living and those passed away. Now, the Church asks pardon of all sins of the servants of God of this local Church.

Very Reverend Protos Stavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich.
Spiritual Reminder: 62 Short Homilies To Help You Understand the Word of God.
p. 103.

In retrospect, let us see whether the church has a home assignment for its worshippers. Perhaps you have never heard about this! Yes, there is a constant home assignment every Sunday and Holy day. Start with your personal simple everyday prayer; then come to church to hear about your home assignment for the entire week, imparted to us in the lesson from Apostle or Gospel for the day. Part of it one Sunday was "...Be not slothful in zeal; be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope. Be patient in tribulation, persevering in prayer. Sharing the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality." One thing mentioned here is a full program not for a week, but for many weeks to come.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
November 9/22, 2004

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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