Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 146 - February 3 / February 16, 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

February 3 / February 16, 2008
Sts. Simeon and Ana, St. Jakov, Serbian Archbishop
No. 146
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

I Thessalonians 1:5

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

Seven people came to the Divine Liturgy on January 26, 2008. A Kolach was blessed in honor of St. Sava and readings done in honor of St. Sava. The Monongahela River was blessed.

The funeral service was held for Beloved Anne Paroda on February 2, 2008.

May God give comfort and strength to Anne's dear family. Anne was a founding member of this Mission.

The celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord will continue until February 22, 2008.

For appropriate credit for donations please use envelopes provided and include your name or use a check.

Preparation for Great Lent is underway. If you have not been to Holy Confession or Holy Communion recently, prepare yourself and come.

Honor the fast days of the Church not only by fasting but preparing yourself with prayer and improved actions.

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.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are needed in Harrison County. Support every child's right to a safe and permanent home, Contact Vesna Meinert, Volunteer Coordinator for the Harrison County CASA Program at 623-5749 or by email at Email - casa@citynet.net

Prayers and support for Kosovo to remain Serbian are desperately needed at this time to protect churches, monasteries and faithful Orthodox believers.

Visitors are always welcome at Divine services here.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Matoes said, 'I prefer a light and steady activity, to one that is painful at the beginning but is soon broken off.'

Luke 2:22-40

Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.

Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple. Bringing a young child to the church for Baptism and Chrismation is a declaratory act. Bringing a young child to the church to have the child become part of the Church is a declaratory act.

Joseph and Mary set an example in the bringing of the Child Jesus to the Temple. Life comes from God. Life is sustained in God. Coming to God with new life, with a young child, is an acknowledgement of God and an act of appreciation of God.

The Child Jesus was a special Child brought to the Temple. The Child Jesus being brought to the Temple is a lesson for subsequent generations. Parents have the responsibility of raising children.

Raising children is a great responsibility. The responsibility of raising children is more readily met when God is recognized as the source of life. Parents turning to God for direction in raising children will be better parents.

Parents coming to Church are exposed to the wisdom of God. Parents coming to church are nourished by the Divine services of the Church. Parents coming to church will find support.

Young children brought to church for Baptism, Chrismation and Divine services develop as Christians from the very beginning. Children receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ taste of the Fountain of Immortality at a young age.

Bringing a young child to church to present him to God is a way of saying " the child came from God and the child is being given back to God to live a life in God." The section in the Divine Liturgy: "Thine Own of Thine Own..." comes to mind.

Parents raising their children as gifts from God find joy in the raising of the children. Parents raising their children to be servants of God find joy in the raising of their children.

God helps parents desiring to raise children in ways pleasing to God. The raising of children is not always easy. Following the ways of God is always the soundest course of action.

Every new young child is a beautiful gift from God. The Lord Jesus Christ made love for children clear when He said: "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 19:14)
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
February 3 / February 16, 2008

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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