Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 165 - May 10 / May 23, 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

May 10 / May 23, 2009
Holy Apostle Simeon Zealotes
No. 165
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681



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

Eight people came for Divine Liturgy on May 9, 2009.

Share the joy of the Resurrection of Christ each day.

Shadeland Camp applications are available. Volunteers are always needed

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.

Every parishioner is a missionary for Holy Trinity Mission.

Honor Memorial Day for the purpose intended. Remember Matthew Paroda and Dennis Elliot serving in the military at this time.

Remember the ten miners killed in Matewan, West Virginia on May 19, 1920.

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.

Important Dates

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
June 7 - Feast of Pentecost .
June 8 - Pentecost Monday
June 9 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 13 - Leavetaking of Pentecost.
June 17 - St. Metrophanes, First Patriarch of Constantinople
June 28 - St. Great-martyr Prince Lazar; All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
July 7 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

From the Psalms 9:1

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. (NKJV)


The Feast of the Holy Ascension

The Feast of the Holy Ascension occurs forty days after Pascha. The feast marks the conclusion of the Jesus' earthly appearances after the Resurrection. The Feast of the Holy Ascension begins the countdown to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each day after the Holy Ascension is a day closer to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Holy Ascension is year is a time to contemplate the earthly life of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Death, Resurrection and Ascension.

The Feast of the Holy Ascension is a time to contemplate Jesus and the heavenly...Jesus beyond the earthly that can be seen.

A long period of time from the beginning of the world until His Nativity, the Lord Jesus Christ was not visible in human flesh. Jesus' Ascension begins a new period of time when Jesus once again is no longer visible in human flesh.

In the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed reference is made to Jesus Christ ascending into heaven. Reference is made in The Creed to Jesus Christ coming again to judge the living and the dead.

The time is now to prepare for the judgment by the returning Christ. Much time has past and Christ's return is now much sooner than it once was. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." (Mt. 25:13)

Preparing for judgment by the returning Christ requires a careful examination of the self. Preparing for judgment by the returning Christ requires a readiness, a life lived in ways pleasing to God. Preparing for judgment by the returning Christ involves repentance and confession of sins, forgiveness and return to God.

Ideally, the believer is united with Christ through the partaking of His Precious Body and Blood at the time of His glorious Second Coming. Ideally, at the time of the Second Coming, the believer has fully repented of sins and lives fully dedicated to Christ, doing what is pleasing to Christ, having a heart full of the love for Christ.

The Feast of the Holy Ascension comes at a time when serious believers have fully experienced the celebration of the Lord Jesus Christ. If believers have honored the fast during Great Lent and made good use of Great Lent according to the intended purpose, the Paschal joy is completely fulfilling.

The Feast of the Holy Ascension is a type of culmination for the believer or the long journey beginning way back with the Zacchaeus Sunday.

Believers structuring their lives according to the daily flow of the Church are enriched each day to the degree they live the life of the Church each day. Believers living the life in Christ daily impact the people they live with and meet.

Individuals living the life in Christ daily change for the better.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
May 10 / May 23, 2009

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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