Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 154 - August 31 / September 13, 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 31 / September 13, 2008
Deposition of the Sash of the Theotokos
No. 154
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681



Acts 19:6

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Seventeen people came for Divine Liturgy on August 23. Six communicants. This was the largest attendance for a Divine Liturgy held other than for the Slava or dedication of the chapel.

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.

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.

Each person is a missionary.

Many individuals near and far have been of help to the Mission.

Thank God the Mission continues to have services on a regular basis.

Thank God for the faithful individuals attending and helping the Mission.

If you have not been to Holy Confession and Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

If you do not honor your Slava, it is time to begin.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
27:7

Do not praise a man before you hear him reason, for this is the test of men.


REFLECTION ON CHRISTIAN LOVE

Proverbs 10:12 - Hatred stirs up strife but love covers all sins.

Love is fundamental to the Christian life. Love is to permeate all a Christian does. Love is to be the rule of faith for the Christian. Hatred has no place in the heart, mind or actions of a believer.

The only place proper for hatred is hatred of sin. The believer needs to battle sin. The believer needs to seek peace. The believer needs to find a state of life where Christ is dominant and sinfulness is to be eschewed.

Hatred expressed verbally or physically is disconcerting. Hatred expressed physically or verbally can produce similar reactions. Hatred need ameliorated with love.

The dangers of hatred require assessment. The reactions to hatred should be measured. Strong reactions to hatred are required from time to time. Reactions to hatred, are not to be motivated by hatred.

Measured reactions to hatred will take into consideration the necessities of achieving peace without compromising principles. Believers cannot acquiesce to hatred expressed physically or orally.

Strength from Christ is necessary to deal with hatred. Strength from Christ is necessary to exercise restraint. Strength from Christ is required to maintain perspective and composure in the face of adversaries.

Christian love will manifest forgiveness. Christian love will demonstrate forgiveness toward the repentant sinner. Christian love will embrace the returning prodigal son or daughter.

Christian love will produce support for the victims of discrimination. Christian love will result in encouraging presence in times of distress. Christian love will provide a voice for the voiceless.

Hatred runs counter to the life in Christ. Hatred runs counter to the Christ in the Gospels. Hatred does not produce love. Hatred does not produce peace.

Cultivating love in the way of life requires patience. Cultivating love in the way of life requires love of God. Cultivating love is easier in an atmosphere of love.

Not all growing up in an atmosphere of hatred learn to hate...but many do. Not all growing up in an atmosphere of love reflect love in the way they live.

Love is a mystery associated with God. Love is a mystery best understood with faithfulness to God. Love is a mystery best seen in the perspective of the Crucified and Risen Christ.

Love is to be cherished, cultivated and shared.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
August 31 / September 13, 2008

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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