Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 144 - December 23, 2007 / January 5, 2008
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
December 23, 2007 / January 5, 2008
St. Nahum of Ohrid
I Peter 1:22
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere
love of the brethren. Love one another fervently with a pure heart.
· Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy on December 8, 2007. Four communicants.
· The Nativity Fast continues until the Divine Liturgy of the Feast.
· Salem International University was contacted and requested to notify the six
Serbian students of today's service.
· Local newspapers informed of today's service.
· 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.
· The Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity will be rebroadcast on WMBS,
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 590 on the AM dial at 6:30 PM Christmas night.
· Celebration of the Feast of the Nativity will continue until next Sunday.
· The Feast of Theophany will be celebrated in Orthodox churches on January 19.
· St. Sava Day is celebrated by the Serbian Orthodox Church on January 27.
· Once again, we will bless the Monongahela River during the time of Theophany.
· Thank God for the continued blessings of the Mission.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Abba Poemen) also said, "Many become powerful, but few eminent."
Matthew 2:1 - Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,
behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ every year. A period of fasting and preparation precedes the celebration.
The Divine Liturgy of the feast is the apex of the celebration. Believers have the
opportunity to hear the Holy Gospel and receive the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord
"Christ is born! Indeed He is born!" ..."Christ is born! Glorify Him!" are common Orthodox
greetings at the arrival of the feast. The hearts of Orthodox faithful fill with joy in the
The Holy Gospel of St. Matthew mentions the specific place where the Christ Child was
born...Bethlehem of Judea. The time of the birth is established when Herod is identified
as having been king.
Jesus Christ came into the world in human flesh at a particular time in history.
He did not come in human flesh earlier. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians:
"When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born
under the law." (Gal. 4:4)
The Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians (4:4-7)
is read during the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity. 1
The celebration of the Feast of the Nativity opens the minds of believers to the
Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. Serious believers will think carefully about
this unparalleled birth.
Serious believers will think about the culture into which Jesus came. Serious believers
think about the circumstances into which Jesus came. Serious believers will think about the
centuries leading to the birth of the Christ Child.
Centuries have passed since Jesus took on human flesh. Much commercialism has grown up
in the world associated with the celebration of the birth of Christ in contemporary times.
Believers benefit by focusing on the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ as described in the
Holy Gospel and elaborated in the teachings of the Church.
Believers invest their time wisely studying the writings of the Holy Fathers of the
Church regarding the Gospel account of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 2004 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood
in the United States and Canada
Editor Very Rev. Petar Milosevich. St. Louis, Missouri, p. 42.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
December 23, 2007 / January 5, 2008
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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