Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 92 - April 3/April 16, 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
April 3/April 16, 2005
Venerable Nicetas the Confessor
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"
· April 15 marked the Fifth Anniversary of the Blessing of the Holy Trinity Mission
by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, the Mission having been accepted into the
Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
· Let us give thanks to God for the abundant blessings bestowed upon the
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission.
· Let us being thankful for the faithful supporters, parishioners and friends of the Mission.
· Let us be thankful to the Diocesan Bishop for His vision and graciousness in accepting
the Mission into the Eastern American Diocese.
· Let us renew our commitment to the Mission in faithfulness and love to continue
to work for the glory of God consistent with the prayers and Archpastoral Blessing
given five years ago.
· Congratulations to the Paroda Family on the newest member, Ava Lola Paroda.
· Sympathy extended to the Paroda Family, beloved family member Barbara having departed
this life this past week.
· Let us remember those serving in the military and their families.
· Let us remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.
· Let us remember the miners of West Virginia, living and departed.
· Include a trip to Shadeland Camp in your plans for this summer.
· St. George Church in Carmichaels will host the Pittsburgh Deanery Lenten Vespers
on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 5:30 PM followed by a lenten dinner.
· Honor the Fast until the Paschal Divine Liturgy on May l.
· 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
She (Syncletica) also said 'Just as the most bitter medicine drives out poisonous
Creatures so prayer joined to fasting drives evil thoughts away.'
Notes on Divine Liturgy
Church, World, Mission.
Crestwood, New York: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1979, pp. 135-136.
In the early Church, however, even the term "leitourgia" was not, as is it is today,
a mere synonym of "cult". It was applied indeed to all those ministries and offices within
the Church in which she manifested and fulfilled her nature and vocation; it had primarily
ecclesiological and not cultic connotations. And the very fact that subsequently it was
identified with "Divine Liturgy", the central act of the Christian cult, reveals above all
the peculiar character, the uniqueness of that cult itself, of its place and function within
the Church. From the very beginning, this unique function was precisely to "make the Church
what she is" : the witness and the participant of the saving event of Christ, of the new life
in the Holy Spirit, the presence in "this world" of the Kingdom to come.
For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy
Crestwood, New York: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1973, p. 26.
The liturgy of the Eucharist is best understood as a journey or procession.
It is the journey of the Church into the dimension of the Kingdom. We use this word
"dimension" because it seems the best way to indicate the manner of our sacramental
entrance into the risen life of Christ.
St. Germanus of Constantinople
On the Divine Liturgy
Translation, Introduction and Commentary by Paul Meyendorff.
St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1984, pp. 41-42.
Underlying all these commentaries, therefore, is a sense that the liturgy is itself
a source of theology. Just like Scripture, the liturgy is a revelation, which implies
a multiplicity of meanings, and indeed offers the possibility for participation in divine
life. But the key to a proper understanding of the mystogogies is knowing their historical
context. The commentators wrote in response to concrete social and theological issues,
and only when the issues are known are the responses understandable. If taken out of
this context, the commentaries lose much of their meaning, and can in fact become misleading.
The Orthodox Church: Its Past and Its Role in the World Today
Crestwood, New York: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1996, p. 67.
Thus the liturgical life forms the very basis of Orthodox piety. It is the realization
and expression of the mystery of the divine presence in the Church and proclaims the truths
of the faith. It also governs to a large extent the moral behavior of the faithful,
sometimes inviting them to do penance and fast, and at other times summoning them to
glorify the Creator and share in the messianic banquet. It governs their lives by
associating each evening and morning, each day of the week, each season of the year,
and also every important event in the life of man such as birth, marriage, sickness,
and death with the great events of Revelation, and by communicating to him on such
occasions the unique grace of Redemption..
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
April 3/April 16, 2005
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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