Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 85 - January 2/January 15, 2005
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
January 2/January 15, 2005
St. Sylvester / St. Seraphim of Sarov.
For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit
not many days from now.
· Six people came for Divine Liturgy on December 30, 2004.
· Sharren Paroda did a tremendous amount of work on the recent bake sale.
· Anatoli Peredera recently traveled to monasteries in western America including the
Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Platina, California.
· It is always nice when Scott and Crystal are present at the Divine Liturgy.
· Let us remember the men and women in the Armed Forces and their families.
· Let us remember the individuals who are homebound, in care homes, hospitals,
rehab centers, and jails and prisons. Let us remember the caregivers,
staff members and family members.
· Let us remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
· The best way to help the Mission is to live an Orthodox Christian life each day.
· The amount of people aware of and interested in the Mission continues to grow.
· Let us thank God for the nice facilities we have in which to hold Divine services.
· Thanks to Wayne and Joyce Kirby for their hospitality.
· Anna Yaremchuh is a steady and reassuring presence at each Divine Liturgy.
· The physical facilities at the Mission have improved.
· God has been good to Holy Trinity Mission.
· 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 Xanthias said, 'The thief was on the cross and he was justified by a single word;
and Judas who was counted in the number of the apostles lost all his labour in one single
night and descended from heaven to hell. Therefore, let no one boast of his good works,
for all those who trust in themselves fall.
Notes on Divine Liturgy XV
Emphasis on The Creed
Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America Dr. MITROPHAN.
The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, pp. 54-55
The importance of the apostolic service, if known by anyone, was known by the Apostle Paul.
This is why he exerted so much effort to defend his apostolic authority, and not ony his but
that of all the Apostles. From those to whom he preached he did not ask a lot,
Only : let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God."
(I Cor.4:1) This apostolicity was not received from men, not one of them,
not even the Holy Apostle Paul, "Paul, an apostle, not from men nor through man, but through
Jesus Christ and God the Father... (Gal. 1:1)
Bishop Nikolai Ve1imirovich of Thrice Blessed Memory.
The Faith of Chosen People.
Translated by Fr. Theodore Mika and Fr. Stevan Scott.
The Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of America and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois, 1988, p. 14.
This is your faith, Christ-bearer, and the faith of your most humble and most wise
forefathers. Let this also be the faith of your children, from generation to generation,
until the end of time. This is the salvation bearing Orthodox Faith, which has never been
put to shame. By this faith your fathers were saved. Truly, this is the faith of the chosen
people, of those who bear the image of God in themselves. At the Fearful Judgment they shall
not be put to shame before the faces of the angels and the righteous. Instead they Shall
receive gory, and shall be called blessed.
Protopresbyter Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich.
Sermons and Speeches..
Prepared for Publication by Zivota Stevovich. Rasko Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 223.
We have seen the Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments. We have read what the Fathers
of the Church have written and more contemporary theologians have written. This wonderous
"Giver of Life " is the Holy Spirit. Each Orthodox Christian has been given this gift as
he is received in the Church through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The Spirit
is real source of power, of wisdom of boldness, of faith and of life.
Father Justin Popovich.
Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ..
Translated by Asterios Gerostergios, et al.
Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1994, p. 25.
The Mission of the Church, given by Christ and put into practice by the Holy Fathers,
is this: that in the soul of our people be planted and cultivated a sense and awareness
that every member of the Orthodox Church is a Catholic Person, a person who is for ever
and ever, and is God-human; that each person is Christ's, and is therefore a brother to
every human being, a ministering servant to a men and a created things.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 2/January 15, 2005
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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