Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 160 - January 11 / January 24, 2009

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

January 11 / January 24, 2009
Saturday after Theophany
No. 160
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Galatians 5:16-17

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish.

Four people attended Divine Liturgy on January 3, 2009.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

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.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

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.

Thank you to everyone coming to church today.

Important Dates

January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great, St. Maksim, Archbishop of Serbia.
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 26 - St. Simeon the Myrrhgusher

Psalm 1:6

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Theophany

January 6 / January 19

How many Orthodox believers take time to come to church on this feast when it occurs on a weekday? How many believers are interested in coming to learn of the manifestation of the Holy Trinity as celebrated in this feast?

Are so many so wise and knowledgeable that attendance at major feasts throughout the year is not necessary except for a few?

Are so many confident of entering the Kingdom of God at the Second Coming that they can stay home during the year? How can so many people stay away from church services during the week and let just a few attend?

The Blessing of Holy Water takes place at this time of the year. It is a time of renewal. It is a time of joy. It is a time when the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit are proclaimed in the troparion of the feast.

Believers seek to have their homes blessed. Men, women and children are sprinkled with the Holy Water. Believers drink the Holy Water and take containers of Holy Water home to be used during the year.

Theophany makes one think of the Jordan River. Theophany makes one think of St. John the Baptist. Theophany makes on think of the Lord Jesus Christ and the part water plays in our relationship with Christ.

Holy Baptism is the first Mystery for believers entering into Christ. The waters of Baptism are blessed. The person to be Baptized is immersed. Baptism is a special time. The person, once Baptized, has a new identity.

Faithfulness to Baptism is important. Faithfulness to Christ is important. From Baptism to death can be one hundred years. People live a hundred years. The Psalmist states life expectancy is generally seventy to eighty years (Ps. 89/90:10).

Many days can pass from infant Baptism to departure from this life at seventy or eighty years or beyond. How many believers count the days carefully that they may gain a heart of wisdom (Ps. 89/90:12)?

Centuries have passed since Jesus was Baptized in the Jordan. How many Christians heed the message of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ - Theophany?

How many believers take time to think seriously about Theophany? How many make it a point to honor the feast in the way they conduct their lives on the day of the feast or during the Antefeast or Afterfeast?

Theophany is a stationary feast. Believers can plan for the feast and get prepared. The world is a better place when individuals take this feast seriously.

Jesus turned water into wine in His first miracle (Jn. 2:1-11). Take time to examine references to water in other parts of Holy Scripture. Consider the flood at the time of Noah. (Gen. 7:23) Consider Moses as they crossed the Red Sea. (Ex. 15:4) Consider the man at the Pool of Siloam.(Jn.9:7).
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 11 / January 24, 2009

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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