Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 142 - November 18 / December 1, 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

November 18 / December 1, 2007
St. Arsenius
No. 142
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

I John 5:7

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

Three Serbian students at Salem International University recently came to the chapel to light candles.

Thank you to Wayne Kirby for continued hospitality to visitors to the chapel during the week.

The Nativity Fast has started and continues until the Divine Liturgy on the Feast on January 7 (December 25 Julian Calendar).

Honor the Fast until the Feast.

December 4 is the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple.

December 6 is the Hundredth Anniversary of the Monongah Mine Disaster. December 6 is the Forty Fifth Anniversary of the Robena Mine Disaster.

Remember miners, living and departed, and their families.

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.

Remember those in law enforcement, parole and corrections and others in dangerous occupations.

Remember the students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville.

Divine Liturgy on December 8 at 10:00 AM.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Theodore of Scetis said, 'A thought comes to me which troubles me and does not leave me free; but not being able to lead me to act, it simply stops me progressing in virtue; but a vigilant man would cut it off and get up to pray.'

The Feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
November 21/December 4

Imagine being taken to the church as a young child to remain there. St. Nikolai said the Most Holy Virgin was taken to the Temple at age three and remained there nine years. 1

Believers have the benefit of history and know the Blessed Virgin Mary is special. Current believers bring their children for Baptism and Chrismation as infants which a dedication to God.

Keeping children connected to the Church, fully immersed in the life of Church is a challenge. Contemporary society is at work with many temptations and distractions to entice children away from the Christian life.

Corrupt adults frequently make headlines for actions negatively affecting children. Parents must ever be vigilant to keep the newly Baptized faithful to Christ.

The best defense and best offense for parents is for the parents to be faithful Christians in ways pleasing to God. If parents remain faithful to Christ on a daily basis, the likelihood of the children remaining committed to Christ increases.

Believers coming the Vespers, Matins and Divine Liturgy of the feast will be exposed to the teachings of the Church in the content of the services. Orthodox liturgical services are beautiful. They are also instructive.

While individuals attending divine services are inspired by them, if they are attentive listeners and observers, the value of the services increases. The icon for the feast proclaims the message of the feast just as the content of the services proclaims the message of the feast.

Once baptized, children are ready to be in the Church for the remaining days of their lives. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mk. 10:14)

The presence of children in Church is a joyful presence. The sound of children in Church is a joyful sound. I believe it was +Proto Radovan Milkovich who said "Children are not future parishioners. They are current parishioners."

The presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple at the age of three for an extended period of time is food for thought for contemporary parents. The value of being in Church for more time far outweighs the value of social and recreational activities that can consume excessive time.

Are contemporary parents as attentive to the teachings of the Church as they are to the rules and regulations set forth by athletic coaches or social activity instructors? How much time do children spend in Church? In comparison, how much time do children spend in social and recreational activities?

1St. Nikolai Velimirovic. The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 569.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
November 18 / December 1, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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