Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 137 - September 2 / September 15, 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
August 20 / September 2, 2007
2 Corinthians 5:5
Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God,
who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
· Seven people came on August 18 for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
· Let us remember Katica and Jim getting married today in Michigan.
· Let us remember the men and women in the military and their families.
· Let us remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes,
hospitals, rehab centers and the staffs and caretakers.
· Let us remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
· September 21 is the Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.
· September 27 is the Feast of the Elevation of Precious and Life Giving Cross.
· Remember the miners, those in law enforcement, parole and corrections and others
in dangerous occupations.
· Remember the friends of Holy Trinity Mission.
· Remember the hospital workers throughout West Virginia.
· Remember the Hermitage of the Cross in Wayne, West Virginia.
· Remember the students at St.Sava School of Theology-Libertville.
· Read the Bible for the benefit of your soul.
· Honor the fasts on Wednesdays and Fridays.
· The next Divine Liturgy scheduled for September 29.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Pambo) also said, "This voice cries out to a man to his last breath," 'Be converted today."'
The Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
Each year on September 8/21, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Birth of the
Most Holy Theotokos. The feast commemorates the birth of the Ever-Virgin Mary chosen from
among all women of all centuries to bear the Christ-Child.
The Blessed Virgin Mary has a special place in history. She is the only person to hold
her place in history. She has a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ unlike any other.
The Blessed Virgin Mary serves as an example and witness for Christ for all generations
behold (Lk. 1:48) Contemporary Christians benefit by contemplating the
Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Three births are celebrated on the liturgical calendar of the Holy Orthodox Church:
(1) The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ;
(2) The Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos;
(3) The Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Twenty centuries have passed since the Blessed Virgin Mary gave birth to the Christ Child.
Today churches continue to be named in honor of her birth. Today faithful Orthodox believers
around the world gather in liturgical celebration of her birth.
In small country churches, in large cathedrals, the Holy Divine Liturgy is celebrated and
verses are rendered specific to this Feast. Mary's birth brought the world one step closer to
the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The time element of Christ's entry into the world in human form was known only to God.
The virgin birth was announced centuries before. The Book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah
contains these words: "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin
shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel."
The Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos offers believers an opportunity to
think carefully about Mary's entry into the world. The Feast offers believers the opportunity
to think about what awaited this newborn infant girl.
The life of this newborn infant has impacted each succeeding generations beyond measure.
Contemporary believers must come to terms with the Feast and the impact it has on their
lives. Coming to the Divine services of the Church enables believers to experience the Feast
The joy of this feast is a foretaste of the overwhelming joy of the Feast of the Nativity
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Believers taking time to fully celebrate this feast enrich their lives.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
September 2 / September 15, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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