Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 134 - June 27 / July 10, 2007
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
June 27 / July 10, 2007
St. David the Hospitable / St. Severus the Priest
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.
For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
· Thank God we have returned to the Chapel.
· The Holy Trinity Chapel is conducive for prayer and worship.
· The Holy Trinity Chapel is a specific location set aside for the glory of God.
· The Holy Trinity Chapel gives focus to individuals searching for an Orthodox worship site.
· The Holy Trinity Chapel has a history of worship.
· The Holy Trinity Chapel continues to be a place to pray for the sick, the suffering,
the imprisoned, the homebound, those in hospitals, rehab centers and care homes.
The staffs and caretakers are remembered also.
· The Holy Trinity Chapel continues to be a place to pray for the men and women in the
military and their families.
· The Holy Trinity Chapel continues to be a place to pray for the suffering Serbian People
in Kosovo and Metohijia.
· The Holy Trinity Chapel is a place where prayers are said for miners, law enforcement
personnel, correctional personnel, parole officers and others working in dangerous
· Monastery Marcha will celebrate the monastery Slava on July 27 and 28.
· Diocese Days will be celebrated at Shadeland on August 4 and 5th. All churches will be
· Thursday, July 12 is the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Poemen said to Abba Joseph, 'Tell me how to become a monk.' He said,' If you want to find
rest here below, and hereafter, in all circumstances say, Who am I and do not judge anyone.'
Matthew 5:12 - Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven,
for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Orthodox choirs around the world encourage believers who are persecuted falsely.
Orthodox choirs around the world in different centuries and different languages sing the
Beatitudes with firm conviction and faith.
The prophets were persecuted. St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon asked the
question of those persecuting him: "Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute?
And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become
the betrayers and murderers." (Acts. 6:52)
Centuries pass. Christians continue to be persecuted. Christians continue to be falsely
accused. Until the Second Coming of Christ, each day must be faced with faith and preparation.
Each day is to be lived for Christ. Each day is to be lived in Christ.
Each day is a day to be fortified with Christ.
Partaking of Christ's Precious Body and Blood is fortification. Repentance and confession
of sins is fortification. Prayer and fasting are steps of fortification.
Eschewing pride and arrogance are steps of fortification.
Following Christ and honoring Christ in our lives are acts of appreciation for Christ
ascending the Cross. Following Christ and honoring Christ with our lives are acts of
appreciation for the forgiveness, mercy and unending love of Christ.
When faced with adversity of any kind, where can a person go? Simon Peter made a
profound statement echoing through the centuries when he said to Jesus: "Lord, to whom
shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (Jn. 6:68)
Trials and tribulations come the way of the Christian. The Cross of Great and Holy
Friday is remembered throughout the year in the Holy Orthodox Church.
The Holy Apostle spoke to the Romans words of encouragement that remain timely.
The Holy Apostle said: "I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor
principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth,
nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is
in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 8:38-39)
Regardless of how difficult the life in Christ becomes, unity with Christ remains
possible for the believer. The triumph of the Resurrection is the promise of hope in the
darkest of hours.
The joy of serving Christ fills the body, the mind and the soul. The joy of serving
Christ and being faithful to Christ radiates from the heart. "Greater love has no one than
this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever
I command you." (Jh. 15:13-14)
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
June 27 / July 10, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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