Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 193 - March 13 / March 26, 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
March 13 / March 26, 2011
Translation of Relics of St. Nicephorus
2 Corintians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
· Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy on March 12, 2011. One communicant.
· Pray for the suffering people in Japan and others affected by the recent tsunami.
· The next service is service is scheduled for April 9, 2011.
· 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.
· Honor Great Lent each day.
March 27 - Third Sunday of Great Lent
5:30 PM - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland.
April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
5:30 PM - Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenville, Ohio
5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, Pa.
April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
5:30 PM - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pa.
5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa.
April 17 - Palm Sunday Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:30 PM
April 20 - Holy Wednesday, Holy Unction Service at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
April 22 - Great and Holy Friday, Service here at Holy Trinity Church.
If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!
Romans 15:13 - Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
At Chrismation, believers are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Every year on the Feast of Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit receives
primary attention. The Holy Spirit is referenced in the Divine prayers of the Church.
The Holy Apostle Paul wrote about the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Divine Liturgy,
we experience and witness the power of the Holy Spirit. The celebration of the Divine
Liturgy has an effect on the people present.
When believers begin the journey for Great Lent, the fast is undertaken with great
anticipation. Great Lent is a time for purification of the soul. Great Lent is a time
for increased fasting and prayer. Great Lent is a time for repentance. The Lenten effort
is undertaken with knowledge of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. Believers
know the Lenten journey will end with Holy Week, the Crucifixion and the joyful
celebration of the Resurrection.
Believers benefit by structuring their lives according to the Church Year.
Believers benefit from holding firm to the hope established by the Resurrection.
The return of Christ holds promise for the resurrection of the dead
(I Thess. 4:13-18)
At Pascha the triumph of Christ over death is celebrated. Pascha is set apart as
the Feast of Feasts. The Paschal joy resounds through the Church until the Feast
of the Ascension. The greeting "Christ is Risen!" lifts the hearts of believers.
On Sundays throughout the year, the joy of the Resurrection continues to be celebrated.
Hope is renewed in each Divine Liturgy. Hope is renewed due to Christ's rising from the grave.
Regardless of the depths of despair experienced in personal life, Christ offers
the hope of improvement. Regardless of degree of sin and criminality, hope exists
for individuals choosing to repent.
A person can be in the furthermost prison cell, a person can be in isolation on
the back ward of an out-dated mental hospital and still maintain hope in the Risen Christ.
A person can have no living relatives, no personal friends and still turn to Christ
with hope. A person can have countless enemies but still turn to Christ to experience love,
peace and joy. A person can be in a hospice with terminal illness and no hope of physical
recovery and still turn to the Crucified and Risen Christ to make a difference in the
present and future life.
A thief on the cross next to Jesus turned to Him before it was too late.
The thief heard the words: "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
While there is faculty of mind, while there is strength in the body, turning
to Christ can make a difference. The Holy Spirit can make an immediate difference.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
March 13 / March 26, 2011
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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