Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 190 - January 30 / February 12, 2011

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

January 30 / February 12, 2011
Holy Three Hierarchs
No. 190
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

I Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Ten people came for the Divine Liturgy on January 29, 2011.

The next service is tentatively scheduled for February 26, 2011.

The Mission is completing eleven years as part of the Eastern American Diocese.

More than two hundred services have been served in the chapel.

Funerals and baptisms have been conducted under the auspices of the Mission.

The Mission has touched the lives of many people.

The Mission has been blessed with faithful parishioners and friends.

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.

Let us remember the men and women serving in the military.

Important Dates

Today - Feast of Holy Three Hierarchs
February 13 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 18-19 - Diocesan Assembly, Clearwater, Florida
February 20 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 22 - Apodosis of the Presentation
February 27 - Meatfare Sunday
March 6 - Cheesefare Sunday
March 7 - Great Lent begins
March 13 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 20 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas
March 27 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, Veneration of the Holy Cross
April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, St. John Climacus
April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, St. Mary of Egypt

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

Joel 1:14 - Sanctify a fast. Call a solemn assembly. Gather all the elders and all the people of the land into the house of the Lord God, and cry out fervently to the Lord.

The Holy Orthodox Church established Great Lent as part of the Church Year. Great Lent, the Nativity Fast, the Apostles Fast and the Dormition Fast are a part of the annual structure of Orthodox Christian life.

Wednesdays and Fridays throughout most of the year and others specified days also are days of the fasting. Life for Christians is an ordered life centered in the Church.

Believers desiring to grow will work diligently to incorporate the flow of the Church Year into their daily lives. Fasting is one part of this incorporation process. The process is life-long as the believer increases in understanding and desire for Christ.

As a person grows in Christ, the person's views change and mature. Fasting as well as other aspects of Church life come to be viewed differently. A person new to Orthodoxy may feel the expectations of fasting to be too great.

When a person draws near to Christ in an act of faith, Christ helps the person complete the journey. Jesus said: "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Mt. 11:29-30)

Fast is an act of faith. The believer's approach to fasting will reflect the faith the person has in the Church and the teachings of the Church. The value a person places on fasting will reflect the person's values in life.

Individuals control their priorities and decisions. Each person exercises the choices made throughout out the day. Culture and genetic composition influence a person. Ultimately, the person makes the final decision and has the final responsibility for decisions made.

No one is forced to seek the Kingdom of God. No one is forced to live the Christian life. No one is forced to enter the baptismal fount. No one is forced to confess Jesus Christ as King and as God.

The life in Christ offers the remission of sins. (Acts 10:43) The life in Christ offers a newness of life. (Eph. 4:24) The life in Christ offers unity with Christ. (Jn. 6:56) The life in Christ offers eternal life. (Jn. 6:47).

Making a conscious decision to fast throughout Great Lent in accord with the teachings of the Church is a deliberate decision to prepare carefully for Pascha and to repent of sins.

Repentance is a repudiation of sinful ways and a declaration of faith in Christ for the future. Believers do not know what the future holds in entirety.

Believers do know the Lord will come again in judgement (Mt. 25:31-46). Blessed are believers who use each day to prepare well for the Second Coming.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 30 / February 12, 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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