Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 177 - March 28 / April 10, 2010

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

March 28 / April 10, 2010
Bright Saturday
No. 177
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

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

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

Remember the miners and their families from Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

April 15, 2010 will mark the Tenth Anniversary of the acceptance of Holy Trinity Mission Parish into the Eastern American Diocese. The official celebration will occur at the time of the Slava celebration in May.

Niko and Rose Illich have been blessed to celebrate Pascha in Montenegro.

Mike Danko and his grandson Scott can be viewed on UTube at the Paschal Divine Liturgy St. George Church, Carmichaels.

Today is the first Paschal Divine Liturgy celebrated in the Mission.

Continue to celebrate Pascha until the Feast of the Ascension.

Remember the men and women serving in the military each day.

Let us remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and the staffs and caretakers.

Let us remember the suffering Serbian People and all suffering people. .

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.

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.

From the Ninth Ode of Resurrection Matins

How Divine! How beloved! How sweet is Thy voice, O Christ! For Thou hast faithfully promised to be with us to the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful rejoice.

(ThePaschal Service. Department of Religious Education, Orthodox Church in America, New York, 1977)

Thoughts on the Gospel on Pascha
John 1:4-In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

We find our life in Christ. We simply need to have the sense to look for Christ for the meaning and existence of our lives.

The Gospel of St. John says of Christ "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." We know from the Epistle to the Hebrews that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8).

The Lord Jesus Christ "not only was"...The Lord Jesus Christ "is". Believers do well to think of the Jesus Christ of history...the Jesus Christ through the ages to the present. Believers need to think about Jesus Christ at present.

Believers need to prepare for the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Death on the Cross was not a finality. Christ did not end with Death on the Cross. The empty tomb declared "Christ is Risen!" Post-Resurrectional appearances are recorded (i.e. Jn. 21:14).

When men and women are gloomy, when the darkness of sin overtakes individuals and they have no where to turn, the light of Christ brightens the path to follow.

Believers do well to examine the Holy Scriptures to see the various references to the Lord Jesus Christ as "Light." Jesus spoke the memorable words: "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but have the light of life." (Jn. 8:12)

When we think of life in Christ, how do we define that life? How do we live out the life in Christ as Orthodox Christians? Do our daily lives reflect that we were "Baptized into Christ" that we have "Put on Christ".?

Do our lives demonstrate that we follow Christ in the spirit of His words: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and, follow Me." (Mt. 16:24).

Holy Confession and Holy Communion are opportunities for new life in Christ. The Precious Body and Blood entering into the bodies of believers provides for unity with Christ.

The lifting of sin through Holy Confession gives a newness of life. Once we acknowledge our life in Christ, we have the task each day of living that life.

Each person has different circumstances. Individuals live in different centuries. Individuals live on different continents. Individuals have different talents and gifts from God.

Within our particular circumstances, we are to live out the life in Christ. We are to follow the "Light" to the Kingdom. We are to use our talents and abilities, our gifts from God in ways pleasing to God.

Our Lord said: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Mt. 5:16)
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
March 28 / April 10, 2010

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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