Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 161 - February 1 / February 14, 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

February 1 / February 14, 2009
St. Tryphon
No. 161
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

I Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons....

Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy on January 24, 2009. The Blessing of Water took place and afterwards, the Blessing of the Monogahela River.

Great Lent begins on March 2, 2009.

This is a time to prepare mentally for the approach of Great Lent.

The fasts of the Church should be observed carefully.

The Diocesan Assembly is scheduled for February 27-28, 2009 in North Miami, Florida. All parishes are to be represented.

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 God for the friends and supporters of the Holy Trinity Church.

The next Divine Liturgy will be Saturday March 7, 2009.

Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2 / February 15

When February approaches, the Orthodox mind turns to the forthcoming Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Believers think about the young Christ Child being taken to the Temple.

Here was the Christ, the long awaited Christ coming to the Temple as a Child. The devout Simeon was there and he took Jesus in his arms and exclaimed what has become known as St. Simeon's Prayer...words heard at Vespers throughout the year.

Think about the actions of Joseph and Mary bringing the Christ Child to the Temple as was the practice. Think about contemporary parents and their adherence to the practices of the Church.

Think about the words of Simeon...."Lord now lettest now thy servant depart in peace..." The words of Simeon have found their way into the liturgical life of the Church for each generation to hear.

The Orthodox Church considers The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to be of such import that it is celebrated year after year around the world. The Orthodox Church considers St. Simeon's Prayer of such value that it is said daily literally throughout the year.

We must ask how many believers structure their lives around the feasts of the Church? We must ask how many people acknowledge the major feasts of the Church as they occur?

We must ask how many believers make an effort to honor the feasts of the Church as they occur? In the home, in the workplace, in the community, how many believers act in accordance with the significance of feasts?

How many individuals sit down at the beginning of the year and organize their lives, their work, their recreation and social activities to ensure the feasts of the Church are properly celebrated?

How many families honor the feasts of the Church as part of the life of the family|? One Orthodox family was known to read and discuss the Sunday church bulletin at the meal after Sunday Divine Liturgy.

The Infant Jesus was brought to the Temple centuries ago. The act of bringing Him to the Temple by Joseph and Mary was observed and recorded. The actions by Joseph, Mary and Simeon have been proclaimed in different languages on different continents and in succeeding centuries.

Orthodox believers do well to ensure they are in Church for the Vespes, Matins and Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Presentation.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
February 1 / February 14, 2009

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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