Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 164 - April 26 / May 9, 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

April 26 / May 9, 2009
St. Ioannicius of Devich
No. 164
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681



Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Four people came for the Royal Hours on Great and Holy Friday.

Shadeland Camp applications are available. Volunteers are always needed.

Share the joy of the Resurrection of Christ each day.

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.

Every parishioner is a missionary for Holy Trinity Mission.

Important Dates

May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava.
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog.
May 15 - St. Athanasius the Great
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius. St. Nicodemus, Archbishop of Serbia.
May 27 - Leavetaking of Pascha
May 28 - Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.
June 6 - Memorial Saturday, Grave Blessings.

From Proverbs 1:5

A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel. (NKJV)


The Resurrection

I Cor.15:18-19 "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." (NKJV)"

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is central to the faith of Christians. The resurrection provides hope for all believers in the present and in the age to come.

Every person experiences an earthly death. Family members and friends depart this life. How a person views the end of earthly life affects how the person lives the earthly life.

How one views the end of earthly life affects how a person understands and interprets earthly death. Jesus rising from the dead gives believers hope for themselves and for their loved ones departed this life.

The Holy Apostle Paul describes Jesus' resurrection as the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (I Cor. 15:19) At each Orthodox funeral believers hear the Epistle to the Thessalonians.

St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians: "The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first." (I Thess. 4:16 NKJV)

A person's world view is different when he or she believes the dead will rise with Christ. At Holy Baptism, believers recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed and profess belief in the resurrection of the dead.

Believers recite the Creed at each Divine Liturgy and reaffirm belief in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the resurrection of the dead. This profession of faith is at the heart of the Orthodox faith.

Throughout life believers recite The Creed. The Creed is expected to be the structure and the guide for the life of the believer. At times when a believer falters, The Creed is an inspiration and a road map redirecting life toward the Kingdom of God.

Thinking carefully about the resurrection of Christ will sustain optimism in believers. Thinking carefully about the resurrection of Christ will give purpose to the lives of believers.

Dying with Christ on the Cross and rising with Christ in the resurrection is the way to combat sin and to live in Christ. Death to the sinful self and rising in unity with Christ requires love for Christ and discipline in service to Christ.

The Christian journey is limited by the conscious time of earthly life. Holy Baptism marks the official entry into the Christian life. A period of preparation precedes Holy Baptism. Believers do well when immersed in thought about Christ's resurrection.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
April 26 / May 9, 2009

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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