Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 135 - July 20 / August 2, 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
July 20 / August 2, 2007
St. Elijah the Prophet
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free
from the law of sin and death.
· Nine people came to Divine Liturgy on July 10. One communicant.
· Happy Slava to St.Elijah Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
· Happy Slava to Niko and Rose Ilich.
· Diocese Days will be held at St. Sava Camp Shadeland on August 4 and 5.
All parish churches will be closed.
· Daily services at St. George Church in Carmichaels can be heard on the internet
at the parish website.
· Tell your friends and relatives services have returned to the chapel.
· Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.
· Remember the miners, law enforcement officers, corrections personnel, parole officers
and others in dangerous occupations.
· Remember the men and women in the military and their families.
· Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care and nursing homes
and rehab centers and the caretakers and staffs.
· Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
· Remember the friends of the Mission and their families.
· Remember the departed loved faithful of the Mission.
· Remember the faithful of the Mission who have moved to different areas.
· Thank God for the blessings for the Mission.
From the Desert Fathers
The priest of Nitria asked him (Pambo) how the brethren ought to live.
He (Pambo) replied, 'With much labour, guarding their consciences towards their neighbors
Matthew 11:19 - "The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say,
'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors!'
But wisdom is justified by her children.".
Blessed Theophylact said: "The Lord was most gracious and pleasing, condescending to all
that He might win all, bringing the good tidings of the kingdom..."
How many parents exert themselves, doing good for the benefit of their children out of
Christian love? How many are ridiculed for such expressions of love? Are they not only
following the way of the Lord?
How many parents show unrelenting love for wayward children and find in the end their
efforts were beneficial? During the process perhaps others would make fun and say the child
would never turn out to be good
How many law abiding adults were once known as "delinquents" but due to the steadfastness
of parental love, gave up their "delinquent" ways and became contributors to society?
Parental prayers for children may prevent children from going astray. Parental prayers may
help to bring children back from wayward behavior. Parental prayers may help lessen the
severity and frequency of crimes committed by sons or daughters.
Believers trust in the value of prayer. Believers trust in the goodness and mercy of God.
Believers trust in the constancy of God. Believers trust in the attentiveness of God. Believers
trust in God.
Parents going to extreme lengths for the benefit of raising good children are wise in doing
so if the efforts undertaken are in keeping with the teachings of the Church.
Parental efforts and goals need to be established and measured by the teachings and life
of the Lord Jesus Christ. Parental efforts and goals should be able to stand up under careful
comparison with the teachings found in the Holy Scriptures.
Serious Christians may appear different in society because of strong identification with
the life of the Church. Internal strength and commitment to Christ is necessary to withstand
pressures to change, to conform to societal ways and values that may be less than or
Serious Christians need to be prepared to be different and need to be comfortable in
being different when differences are required for living in Christ.
Following the teachings and example of the Lord Jesus Christ is the responsibility of
each professed Christian. The path of Christ involves the Cross. The path of Christ can
involve ridicule and danger. The path of Christ can require courage and willingness to
Following Christ requires a certain resoluteness to reach the Kingdom.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
July 20 / August 2, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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