Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 187 - December 5 / December 18, 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

December 5 / December 18, 2010
St. Sabbas the Sanctified, Venerable Father Nectarius of Bitola
No. 187
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

I Corinthians 12:4

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

December 3, 2010 - Eleven people came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya on the Eve of the Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple.

Thank you to Sharren Paroda for a great amount of baking. Thank you to Michael Danko and Ana Tennant for helping with the bake sale.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity.

Happy St. Nicholas Slava to families celebrating St. Nicholas 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.

Take time to prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

Important Dates

December 19 - St. Nicholas; Children's Day
December 20 - St. Ambrose; St. Grigorije of Gornjak
December 26 - St. Gavrilo; St.Nikodim of Serbian-Mother's Day
December 27 30 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 30 - January 1 Clergy Gathering at Shadeland
December 30 - Deacon Avakum, Martyr.
December 31 - St. Sebastian and Companions; St. Modestus
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioc; St. Daniel III of Serbia; Father's Day
January 5 - St. Nahum of Ohrid
January 6 - Christmas Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - St. Stephen; Archdeacon and Protomartyr

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

Roman 8:35 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Security exists in knowing God is always present. Security exists in knowing where there is no where else to turn, there is God. Security exists when a person is feeling lonesome or alone, the person can turn to God in prayer. The most isolated person in a super-maximum prison cell, the most bizarre psychiatric patient in lock-up, the prisoner of war in a foreign country can draw strength, comfort and support from the Lord Jesus Christ.

The third Psalm is a reminder of the courage God gives to the believer. The Psalmist states: "I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around." (Ps. 3:5-6) Individuals witnessing for Christ at times will be persecuted. Martyrs for Christ face adversaries with firmness of conviction. Martyrs for Christ suffer knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ endured suffering.

In the face of death, in the face of persecution, in the face of extreme adversity, the love of Christ is the necessary nourishment and encouragement to endure. When a person is ready to give up due to hardship, when a person is ready to give in to pressure, when a person is willing to yield to bodily or mental tiredness, knowing that unity with Christ exists in the effort is sufficient inspiration to continue.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Eph. 6:9). The love of Christ is sufficient to sustain a person under the most difficult of circumstances. The love of Christ is sufficient to nourish and satisfy the hungriest of souls.

The love of Christ cannot be quantified. The love of Christ is available to each person of each century. The love of Christ is not limited to individuals based upon ethnicity or gender or of a certain age.

The love of Christ is inexhaustible. Centuries have passed and individuals continue to fully experience the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Centuries have passed and the love of Christ remains fully available.

The love of Christ cannot be bought for dollars and cents. The love of Christ cannot be sold by enterprising individuals seeking to deceive and mislead the susceptible.

The love of Christ does not exist only in a single or very limited number of geographic locations. The love of Christ is best taught and experienced within the context of God's Holy Church.The love of Christ exceeds human capacity to fully appreciate.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
December 5 / December 18, 2010

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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