Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 153 - August 10 / August 23, 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
August 10 / August 23, 2008
Holy Martyr and Archdeacon Laurence
He saved us, not because of our deeds done by us in righteousness,
but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit.
· Ten people came to Divine Liturgy on August 2, 2008.
· Attorney Katica Trajkovski Ribel spoke at the seminar at St. George Church in Carmichaels
on August 11, 2008 on the topic of legal issues and organ transplants.
· 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.
· The Dormition Fast continues until the Divine Liturgy on Thursday.
· Honor the Dormition Fast until the joyful Divine Liturgy.
From the Wisdom of Sirach
All wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and in all wisdom there is the fulfillment of the law.
The Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos
The Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos is the last major feast of the
liturgical year. The Holy Theotokos had an earthly life lived like no other
The Holy Theotokos was chosen to bear the Christ Child.
After giving birth, remaining Ever Virgin, she saw Jesus Christ grow to adulthood as a human,
witnessed His Death on the Cross and came to know of His Resurrection.
The Holy Theotokos is pictured in the icons of the Holy Ascension of Jesus Christ.
When she finally departed this life, she could be considered to have lived a life worthy
of study by every succeeding generation.
The Virgin Mary is not confined by the time since her departure from this life.
Believers continue to pray to her throughout each day. Believers continue to
experience benefits from her intercession before the Lord Jesus Christ.
Miracles continue to be attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary lives on in the
lives of countless girls named after her. Mary lives on in the churches and monasteries
throughout the world named after her.
Mary lives in icons bearing her image. Mary lives in books written in her honor.
Mary lives in institutions and communities named after her. Mary lives in the liturgical
and prayer life of the Church.
No one is capable of fully assessing all the good attributed to the Holy Theotokos
through the centuries. No one is fully capable of fully assessing all the lives that have
changed and been inspired and renewed due to prayers to the Most Holy Theotokos.
Churches have taken the Feast of the Dormition as their name. Organizations such as
Circles of Serbian Sisters have taken the Feast of the Dormition as their organizational feast.
Hymns composed to the Dormition are sung in different languages on different continents.
Hymns to the Dormition not only honor the Most Theotokos, they educate and reinforce the
knowledge of the faithful.
Believers do well to reflect on their knowledge of the Theotokos. Believers do well to
reflect on the lives she has affected. Believers do well to think about the pilgrimages to
wonder working icons bearing her image.
Serbian Orthodox Christians around the world know of the Three-Handed icon at Hilandar
Monastery. The fresco of the Dormition from the Serbian Monastery Sopocani is well known
Structuring life during the year according to the major feasts is a wise investment.
Structuring life according to the major feasts is a step toward the Kingdom.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
August 10 / August 23, 2008
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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