Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 102 - December 18/December 31, 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

December 18/December 31, 2005
St. Sebastian
No. 102
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681
Fax 724-966-7780

Luke 10:21

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirt and said, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes; even so, Father; for so it seem good in thy sight.


Seven people came for Divine Liturgy on December 3. This was the first Divine Liturgy in the chapel since the renovation began this past summer. It was good to be back.

Thank God for the faithfulness of the believers coming to the Mission.

Thank God for the work Sharren Paroda has put into the bake sales and the assistance Mike Danko has provided.

Anna Yaremchuh continues to be faithful in her attendance setting an example to be followed.

We are mindful of the absence of Pearl Zivkovich and Ann Paroda.

It is always good when Irene Stingo comes and when Nick and Rose Illich are here.

Maria Djonovich, Mary Trbovich and Anatoli Peredera continue to come both to the Mission and to St. George Church.

The presence of Chrystal, Scott and young Michael add a dimension of youth to the Mission.

We pray the new home for the Arbutina's is proceeding according to plan.

When Mike's sister Ann and son Andrew come to the Mission, their presence is appreciated.

Wayne and Joyce Kirby continue to be supporters of the Mission.

We are mindful of Matthew Paroda's service to the country at this time and pray for his welfare.

When Dr. Paroda's schedule permits, it is good to have him participate in the services.

The Mission benefits from friends such as Russell, Denny, Vincent, Tom, Amy and Ann.

Interest in the Mission extends beyond the people attending to others near and distant.

Let us honor the Nativity Fast these remaining days as the Feast draws near.

Dave Spray may travel far, but lets his interest in the Mission known.

The best way to help the Mission is to lead and Orthodox life daily.

From the Desert Fathers

The abbot Nilus said, "Invulnerable from the arrows of the enemy is he who loves quiet: but he who mixeth with the crowd hath open wounds."

Notes on Holy Communion

His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE.
"The Serbian Orthodox Church to Her Spiritual Children at Pascha 2002."
The Path of Orthodoxy.. May 2002, p. 16.

Today, dear spiritual children, rejoicing because of all of you, we again and again greet you who are gathering at the Church's Liturgy around the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of the Risen Christ, in God's temples, both in the homeland and throughout the world, wit hthe holy paschal greeting. We greet all our brother and sister Orthodox nations and the entire Christian world; we also greet all-non Christians; and heaven and earth, and every creature living or not we greet and kiss. For the joy of the Resurrection is given to us so that it may be poured out from us to every creature, even to the very least of God's creation, that we may bless all and proclaim the good news to all...

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.
The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 48.

But we are not united by blood alone, but also by flesh. The Holy Body, which is given in the Holy Eucharist, unites us with His Most-Holy Body Incarnate. The Holy Eucharist unites us with Him and with all members of the Church.

The Philokalia Vol. 1 The Complete Text compiled by St. Nikodemus of the Holy Mountain and St. Macarios of Corinth.
Translated from the Greek by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard and Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London and Boston, 1979, p. 179.

When in fear, trembling and unworthiness we are yet permitted to receive the divine, undefiled Mysteries of Christ, our King and our God, we should then display even greater watchfulness, strictness and guard over our hearts, so that the divine fire, the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, may consume our sins and stains, great and small. For when the fire enters into us, it at once drives the evil spirits from our heart and remits the sins we have previously committed, leaving the intellect free from the turbulence of wicked thoughts. And if after this, standing at the entrance to our heart, we keep strict watch over the intellect, when we are again permitted to receive those Mysteries the divine body will illumine our intellect still more and make it shine like a star.

The Philokalia. The Complete Text compiled by St. Nikodemus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Volume Two.
Translated from the Greek and edited by G.E.H.Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber, London, 1981, p. 351.

As far as you can do, do nothing simply to gain the esteem or goodwill of others, and never bear ill will towards your brother, lest you separate yourself fom God. Strive to keep your mind undistracted, always being attentive to your inner thoughts. When you are in church, and are going to partake of the divine mysteries of Christ, do not go out until you have attained complete peace. Stand in one place, and do not leave it until the dismissal. Think that you are standing in heaven, and that in the company of the holy angels you are meeting God and receiving Him in your heart. Prepare yourself with great awe and trembling, lest you mingle with the holy powers unworthily.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
December 18/December 31, 2005

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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