Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 167 - August 2 / August 15, 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

August 2 / August 15, 2009
Transfer of Relics of St. Stephen
No. 167
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Ephesians 5:18

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.

August 6 - Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers. An additional person came for the dinner afterwards.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN has appointed the following as members of the trusteeship of the Fairmont parish: President - Dr.Charles Paroda, Vice-President - Michael Danko, Treasurer - Sharren Paroda, Secretary - Katica Trakovski Ribel, Member - Maria Djonovich.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast on August 28.

The Federation of the Circle of Serbian Sisters will celebrate the Slava on August 28/29 at Shadeland.

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.

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.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Lord Jesus Christ best interpreted the Old Testament by His divine teaching and life. He delves into its essence; not regarding only actions, but also thoughts, slashing sin in its root.

(Introduction to the New Testament )

Luke 18:12

I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me a sinner.'"

The ultimate purpose of fasting is to improve our relationship with Jesus Christ. The ultimate goal of fasting is to benefit our soul. Fasting is undertaken for purpose of seeking eternal life, of entering the Kingdom of God.

Everything we do needs to be measured against the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything we do needs to be an act of love. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing." (I Cor. 13:4)

Fasting is intended to be an act of love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Fasting is intended to be an act of love for Christ that benefits the person. When the mind and heart are opened to Christ and the hunger for Christ is extensive, fasting is entered with great joy.

The desire to set aside the non-essentials in life to get at the one thing needful is a desire that can be addressed in part by fasting. (Lk.10:42) The mind and will can be exercised to cut out distractions to focus on Christ.

Fasting is not limited to control of food types and amounts. In the Book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah negative fasting is to be replaced in this way: "Loose every bond of wrongdoing; untie the knots of violent dealing; cancel the debts of the oppressed; and tear apart every unjust contract. Break your bread for the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house. If you see a naked man, clothe him, nor shall you disregard your offspring in your own house." (Is. 58:6-7)

Fasting as intended by the Church will reflect the qualities held and taught by the Church. Individuals set goals for their personal lives. When minimal goals are set, minimal goals are achieved.

When far reaching goals are set, greater success is achieved. The same principle applies in fasting. If a believer views fasting from a minimalist perspective, the soul will benefit very little.

If a person desires to grow in Christ, the person will approach fasting with the strong desire for Christian growth, with the strong desire for a better relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

St. John Climacus wrote: "Struggle with all your might against the stomach and restrain it with sobriety. If you labour a little, the Lord will also soon work with you."

Fasting provides believers with the opportunity to focus on the life and Christ. Fasting periods intensify the focus on the life in Christ. Believers are encouraged to use the fast periods to improve their relationship with Christ.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
August 2 / August 15, 2009

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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