Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 186 - November 7 / November 20, 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

November 7 / November 20, 2010
Holy Great Martyr Arethas and Martyrs with him.
No. 186
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681



Ephesians 4:30

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

Six people came for Divine Liturgy on November 6, 2010.

Remember the 78 miners in the Farmington, West Virginia Mine Disaster of November 20, 1968 and their families and friends.

Donations will be taken until December 10, 2010 for the suffering Serbian people in Kraljevo hurt by the recent earthquake and may be given to Sharren Paroda.

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.

Take time to prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

Be familiar with the Church calendar and observe the feasts and fasts.

Bring a friend to church.

Pray for the Mission.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija and all suffering people.

Important Dates

November 21 -Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani

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


Ephesians 4:30 - "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

Believers must take care regarding the Holy Spirit. Care of the body is necessary as the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19) Care of the mind is necessary in thoughts about the Holy Spirit.

When formulating prayers, believers do well to consider what is appropriately directed to the Holy Spirit. Orthodox Christians profess belief in the Triune God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Prayer is well founded when consistent with the Holy Scriptures and teachings of the Church. Prayer is well founded when love of God is evidenced in the prayer. Prayer is well founded when honest in content and motivation.

Care must be taken for believers not to live counter to the teachings of the Church. Care must be taken not to deliberately be offensive to the Holy Spirit. Jesus said: "Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" (Mk. 3:29)

Each day of life is valuable and not replaceable. Time comes only once. Wise people use time carefully. (Ps. 89/90:10). Time can be used for the glory of God. Time can be used for the benefit of the soul.

Believers do well to think about the Holy Spirit and the soul. Believers do well to think about the use and/or abuse of the body and the Holy Spirit. Bodies need to be honored as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

What a person eats and drinks, what a person wears, and the care shown the body will determine whether the person treats the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

When images are engraved on the body in the form of tattoos, do they reflect an honoring of the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit? When a person abuses drugs or excessive use of alcohol, the person is making a statement about the body.

When a person eats to excess or fails to follow proper rules of hygiene, the person makes a statement about the body. The Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh. Abuses of the body show disrespect for Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Fasting is a way to care for the body. Fasting is a way to show concern for the Holy Spirit. Fasting is a way to increase awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The mind is a gift from God. Individuals determine the way the mind is used. When the mind is cluttered with wasteful thoughts or thoughts destructive to the soul, the gift from God is abused.

Appreciation to God is shown when the mind is used for purposes glorifying God. Prayer to the Holy Spirit helps ensure gifts from God are used wisely.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
November 7 / November 20, 2010

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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