Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 183 - September 12 / September 25, 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

September 12 / September 25, 2010
Leavetaking of Feast of Nativity of Theotokos
No. 183
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Luke 1:41

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Thirteen people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers on September 9, 2010.

Pray for the growth and stability of this Mission.

Bring a friend or relative to the next service.

Honor the fast days of the Church.

Read the Church calendar daily to become familiar with the saints.

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.

Important Dates

September 27 - Feast of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their mother Sophia.
October 4 - Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross
October 9 - Repose of Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva the Serb, St. Petka

If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!

Matthew 13:55 "Is this not the carpenter's Son? Is this not His mother called Mary? And his brothers, James, Joses, Simon and Judas?"

Every person having heard of the Lord Jesus Christ has a reaction. Some embrace Jesus Christ as King and as God. They become faithful and devout Orthodox believers. Some are lukewarm, expressing belief in Jesus Christ as King and God but not acting in ways consistent with the expression. Some deny the divinity of Christ. Some actively work against Christ and persecute Christians.

Many people reverence Mary as the Mother of God. Many people view Mary in the Orthodox context, praying to her for intercession before the Lord Jesus Christ. Many people attribute miracles to Mary the Mother of God and to icons bearing her image. Many people sing the music of the Church depicting Mary as the Church holds her to be.

Some individuals are critical of the Orthodox Church's view of Mary. Some individuals go to great lengths in prayer to the Mother of God and in reverencing icons of her. In each century, at each moment, individuals with any knowledge of the Mother of God make determinations about her that are part of their belief systems. The Orthodox Church places the image of the Mother of God upon the iconastasis in a place of honor. The Orthodox Church includes extensive references to the Mother of God in the Divine Liturgy and other daily and occasional services of the Church.

The Orthodox Church has certain services which reference the Mother of God almost exclusively. The Akathist to the Most Holy Lady the Theotokos, the Akathist in Honor of the Dormition of the Theotokos, the Akathist to the Theotokos, the Joy of All Who Sorrow and the Akathist in Honor of the Kurst Root Icon of the Sign as services which focus primarily on the Mother of God A person would not have to look far to find other Akathists to the Mother of God including Akathists to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children, Akathist to the Mother of God-Healer of Cancer, and Akathist to the Mother of God of the Inexhaustible Cup are three Akathists available from the St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Arizona.

Orthodox believers, in the context of their minds, hearts and souls, refine and establish the way they see Mary the Mother of God. The Orthodox Church's view of Mary has many dimensions and expressions.

The believer needs to work extensively to attempt to master and comprehend the wide range of information and declarations regarding Mary, Mother of God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
September 12 / September 25, 2010

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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