Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 148 - April 20 / May 3, 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

April 20 / May 3, 2008
Bright Saturday
No. 148
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Four people came to Divine Liturgy on March 15, 2008. One communicant.

Five people came for Great Compline on March 26, 2008.

Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts on April 11, 2008. One communicant.

Seven people came on April 25 for Royal Hours on Great and Holy Friday.

The Mission was well represented at St. George Church on Pascha.

This is a time of great joy in the Church.

Leave-taking of Pascha is June 4, 2008.

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 304-623-5749.

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.

Contributions are being accepted for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija and will be forwarded to the Diocesan Relief Fund.

Continue to support the Mission by coming to services as often as possible.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Wisdom of Sirach

Let those who live in peace with you be many, but let your counselors be one in a thousand.

John 1:17

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

How carefully has each believer read the life of Moses? How carefully has each believer examined the Old Testament? How often do believers revisit the Old Testament to gain a new perspective?

The value of the Old Testament was revealed in the New Testament. Abraham told the rich man if his brothers did not "Hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead." (Lk. 16:31).

The Gospel is not time limited. The Gospel takes the believer back to Creation and directs the believer to the Second Coming. The present Gospel message spans the centuries.

The Gospel challenges believers to think about the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel challenges believers to think about their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and with each person they meet.

The Gospel is universal and is spoken in every language where Christians assemble. The Gospel is very specific and reaches each individual heart and mind open and listening.

The Gospel is timely. Regardless of the year or century in which it is read, the Gospel speaks with the power of God. Each person in each generation has the responsibility to examine his or her life carefully in relationship to the Gospel.

The Holy Apostle told the Corinthians: "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law, but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (I Cor. 15:53-54)

Let us ever ponder each word of the Gospel. Let us ponder every word of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us ponder carefully everything there is to know about the Lord Jesus Christ.

The new life in Christ made possible through the Resurrection deserves our attention. The hope for the living and the departed in Christ rests in the Resurrection.

The Paschal candles burn brightly and tell believers that each life is brightened with Christ. Each life shines brightest when Christ is in the heart and dominant in the mind.

Let us heed the words of the Holy Paul when he expounded upon the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (I Cor. 15:58)
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
Bright Saturday, April 20 / May 3, 2008
St. Nikolai of Serbia, St. Athanasius of Meteora.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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