Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 99 - September 30/October 13, 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
September 30/October 13, 2005
St. Gregory and St. Michael
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To him who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
· Because of renovations occurring, services have not been held at the Mission.
· Divine Liturgy was celebrated at a local park in Fairmont on Saturday, October 1, 2005.
Seven people attended the Divine Liturgy. An additional three people arrived in time
for the luncheon.
· The next service is scheduled for October 29, 2005 at the YWCA in Fairmont at 10:00 AM.
· Wayne Kirby is working to complete the work in the church and is conscious of the need
for services to resume.
· God has been good to the Mission in providing a place for the services to be held.
· Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.
· Honor the fast days listed on the calendar.
· Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those who are homebound, in care homes,
hospitals and rehab centers.
· Remember the men and women serving in the military and their familes.
· The best way to help the Mission is to lead an Orthodox Christian life each day.
· Remember the miners and those working in dangerous occupations in West Virginia.
· Let us be mindful of the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.
· Let us be mindful of the students at St.Sava School of Theology-Libertyville.
· Thank God for the many blessings bestowed upon the 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
He(Hyperechius)also said, 'Let your thoughts be ever in the kingdom of heaven
and soon you will possess it as an heritage.
Notes on Holy Baptism #1
His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p.15
Man destroyed the original unity with God his Creator by Original Sin. Bringing sin,
that destructive force into himself, man fled from God, and with himself dragged down all
of Creation, which innocently suffered because of him, according to the words of the Holy
Apostle Paul: "for the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing
of the sons of God."
St.Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
The Faith of the Saints
Seraphim Press, Chicago, Illinois, pp.57-58
- Q.What is Holy Baptism?
- A.It is a Holy Mystery by which the baptized person is cleansed from all sins, both the
original and personal and, as a newborn child of God, is incorporated into the Church of Christ.
- Q.What is most important in the performance of this Holy Mystery?
- A. Thrice-repeated immersion in the water in the name of the Holy Trinity: of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, with appropriate prayers and supplications of the priest.
- Q.On whose authority do we hold Baptism as indispensable for every member of the Church?
- A.On Christ's authority. First, by following His own example; second, by following His
clear commandment to His disciples: "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
third, by following His stern warning: "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter the Kingdom of God." (Jn. 3:5)
Very Reverend Protos Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich
Omaha, Nebraska, p.45
And He said to all; "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up
his cross daily and follow me." (Lk. 9:23) This harsh statement is directed
to us from our Lord, and a very true one at that. After all, we call ourselves Christians---the
followers of Christ. We are baptized in His name and thus united with Him. Before His public
service, the first thing our Lord did was to invite rather simple fishermen to follow Him
saying: "Follow me!" They did. Through them He issued this invitation to all of us who are
baptized in His name. And if we ignore this invitation He warns us: "And he who does not take
up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Matt. 10:38).
As one can ee, His invitation to follow Him is preconditioned with self-denial, and this is
left our choice.
Do we understand the "weight" of the cross? In everyday life we often hear people say:
"That is his (or her) cross!" He (or she) has to bear it." As when someone is struck with
hardships in life such as losing a dear one; seeing a close friend or relative stricken with
a dreadful disease, or suffering great bodily harm. All of life hardships are understood as a
"cross" which has to be carried, almost as fate. Every life has its "cross" to bear.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
September 30/October 13, 2005
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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