Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 113 - May 11 / May 24, 2006
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
May 11 / May 24, 2006
Leave Taking of Mid-Feast / St. Nikodim / Sts. Cyril and Methodius
· Six people came to the Divine Liturgy on May 13.
· Reserve the weekend of August 5-6 for Diocese Days at Shadeland.
· Thank God the renovation of the Chapel will continue beginning this week.
· Sharren Paroda attended the Cantors Workshop at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa,
Pennsylvania this past weekend.
· Let us rememeber the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes
and rehab centers and the staffs and caretakers.
· Let us remember miners living and departed.
· Let us remember those in the military and their families.
· Let us thank God for the blessings bestowed on the Mission.
· Let us pray for continued growth and stability of the Mission.
· Let us remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
· Let us remember the students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville.
· Let us support the Shadeland Camp.
· Diocese Days will be held at Shadeland on August 5-6, 2006.
· Let us be mindful of Monastery Marcha.
· Let us remember the good friends of the Mission.
· Read the Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.
· Help the Mission by leading an Orthodox Christian life each day.
· The Chapel will not be available for services until the renovations are complete.
From the Desert Fathers
When Abba Romanus was at the point of near death, his disciples gathered around him an said,
'How ought we to conduct ourselves?' The old man said to them, 'I do not think I have ever
told one of you to do something, without having first made the decision not to get angry,
if what I said were not done; and so we have lived in peace all our days.'
The Wisdom of God - A Pearl of Great Price!
Proverbs 1:20 "Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares."
Orthodox adults have a responsibility to continue to learn throughout life.
Orthodox adults have a responsibility to grow in the Faith from the time of
Holy Baptism until the time of departure from this life.
We do not know the length of each individual life. We know from the Psalmist that
the average life expectancy is 70-80 years (Ps. 89-90:10).
The Psalmist admonishes those who would listen: Teach us to number our days, that
we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Ps. 89-90:12).
Pursuing wisdom requires a discipline of the mind and the body. The mind must not
be cluttered with wasteful thoughts. The mind must not be exhausted in trivial matters.
The body must be cared for. Strength is necessary to pursue wisdom.
Energy is necessary to pursue wisdom. Focus of mind is necessary to pursue wisdom.
Seeking wisdom means setting aside that which is unimportant. Seeking wisdom means
establishing wisdom as a primary goal. The Holy Gospel is primary in seeking wisdom.
Wisdom comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of Saint Luke we read:
"And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace
of God was upon Him." (Lk. 2:240).
Individuals seeking the wisdom that comes from God, must want this wisdom badly enough to
do what is required. Individuals seeking the wisdom of God benefit from having love for God.
The love for God and recognition of God's love for individuals is inspiration to
overcome and deal with the obstacles standing in the way of reaching the wisdom of God.
Incorporating the wisdom of God in the individual's life is supreme enrichment.
Incorporating the wisdom of God in the individual's life is supreme fulfillment.
The world takes on a new perspective when the observer's world view
is framed and shaped and found in the wisdom of God.
The wisdom of God is there for those seeking to discover the wisdom of God.
The wisdom of God is there proclaiming the presence of God for those having eyes to see
and ears to hear.One need only look at the order of the universe to come to know of God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
May 11 / May 24, 2006
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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