Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 162 - February 22 / March 7, 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 22 / March 7, 2009
Theodore Saturday
No. 162
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

I Thessalonians 5:19

Do not quench the Spirit.

Six people came to Divine Liturgy on February 14, 2009.

Great Lent has begun. This is a time for increased prayer and focus on the soul.

Believers are expected to fast from meat and daily products until the Paschal Divine Liturgy on April 19.

All Orthodox believers should prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent. It is a time for repentance and unity with Christ.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill , their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Every believer is a missionary for the Church.

Read your Bible each day.

Learn the calendar of the Church and use it to structure your daily life.

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.

The next service is tentatively set for March 21, 2009.

Important Dates

March 8, Sunday of Orthodoxy - 4:00 PM at Holy Cross Greek Church, Mt.Lebanon.
March 15, Second Sunday of Great Lent - Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
March 22, Third Sunday of Great Lent - Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. George Church, Midland.
March 29, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent - Vespers at 5:30 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville
April 5, Fifth Sunday of Great Lent - Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. George Church, Carmichaels.

Psalm 3:3-4

But Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me, my glory and the lifter of my head. I cry aloud to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy hill.

Luke 12:19

And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry."

Personal values influence the way a person evaluates his or her life. When material goods are dominant in the person's hierarchy of values, the soul is in peril.

A person may consider him or herself secure when having great material possessions. A person may neglect the soul and forsake God when having great material wealth.

When a person departs this life, material goods do not accompany the person. The material goods are left behind. The soul should always be of primary value to the person. The soul should be the constant measuring rod for life.

A person's actions should always be directed toward the salvation of the soul. A person's thoughts should always be directed towards God and ways pleasing to God.

In the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed, believers profess faith in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Final Judgment is expected and identified in The Creed. Believers are expected to live in accordance with The Creed.

Death comes to individuals often unexpectedly. Death comes to individuals at times at an early age. Faith is not well grounded when faith rests in material goods.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Mt. 6:20)

The hour of a person's death is not normally known. The time of the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is not known. Jesus cautioned everyone with the words: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." (Mt. 25:13)

Prayer and repentance have a place in the life of the believer from the moment the mind is capable of comprehending prayer and repentance. Baptism is a serious undertaking and believers are expected to remain true to the profession of faith in Christ as King and as God.

The only way to honor the baptismal commitment is to live according to The Creed. Holy Confession and Holy Communion are necessities to remain true to Christ. Holy Confession and Holy Communion bring joy to the soul. Holy Confession and Holy Communion bring unity with Christ.

The life in Christ is a joyful life. Even in pain and suffering, knowledge of the presence and love of Christ brings joy. Individuals experiencing suffering and tragedy, when loving Christ, exhibit the joy of Christ in the heart and mind.

Individuals experiencing tragedy often will experience the love of Christ in the actions of friends and family. The value of life, the value of the soul comes into perspective when departure from life is imminent or occurs unexpectedly.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
February 22 / March 7, 2009

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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