Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 178 - April 18 / May 1, 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

April 18 / May 1, 2010
St. Athanasia the Wonderworker of Aegina
No. 178
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

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

Seven people came for Divine Liturgy on Bright Saturday, April 10, 2010.

The joy of the Resurrection continues to be celebrated in the Church.

St. George Church in Carmichaels will celebrate the Slava on May 8.

Diocese Day will be celebrated on August 8.

The Mission Slava will be held here at 4:00 PM on Monday, May 24.

"Welcome Back" to Niko and Rose Ilich from their trip to Montenegro.

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.

The Mission has been an official part of the Eastern American Diocese for ten years.

Thanks be to God for the blessings upon this Mission and the faithful friends and supporters.

Bring a friend or relative the next time you come to church.

Proverbs 3:27

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.

Matthew 28:9-10
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped Him.

The Resurrected Jesus told the women to "Rejoice". They held Him by the feet and worshipped Him. We know from Hebrews that " Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8)

Pascha is celebrated in the present each year. We are in the Year 2010 and the Paschal Greeting remains: "Hristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen!" The verifying response is "Vaistinu Voskrese! Indeed He is Risen!"

Reorienting life on a continuous basis is a challenge. Living up to the high standards of Christ is a constant challenge. Battling sin and holding to the purity in Christ is a constant challenge.

To honor the identity of being a Christian and to be faithful to that identity, the believer is required to put forth the best effort at every conceivable moment. Hebrews 12:8 admonishes believers "Lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with the endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Lifting personal vision from the mundane to the celestial inspires the believer. The cares of daily life can lead to blurred vision. The distractions of daily life, the routine of daily life can lead to a wearing down of the believer.

The Paschal celebration provides renewal for the believer. The Paschal celebration provides hope for the believer. The Paschal celebration provides a foundation of reasoning for the believer.

Death need not be feared. Death need not be seen as an end when the resurrection of Christ is considered. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." (I Cor. 15:20).

The Holy Apostle Paul said to the Thessalonians: "I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus." (II Thess. 4:13-14)

Believers mourning the loss of loved ones can find hope in the Resurrected Christ. Believers looking toward the end of earthly life can find hope and purpose in the Resurrected Christ.

Life in Christ does not end at the grave. St.John's Gospel states: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (Jn. 3:14-15)
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
April 18 / May 1, 2010

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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