Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 195 - May 1 / May 14, 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
Bulletin No. 195
May 1 / May 14, 2011
Holy Prophet Jeremiah
Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy on April 9, 2011. Two communicants.
Twelve people came for Royal Hours on Great and Holy Friday, April 22, 2011.
Continue to share the joy of the Resurrection.
The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for May 28, 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
On May 19 remember the 194 miners killed at the Mather Mine in Greene County,
Pa in 1928 and the 10 miners killed in Matewan, W.Va. in 1920. On May 19, 1902
216 miners were killed in in Coal Creek, Tennessee.
May 18 - Mid-Pentecost
May 19 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Sava
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas.
June 2 - Feast of Ascension
June 12 - Pentecost
June 13 - Chapel Slava
June 20 - Apostles Fast begins.
June 28 - Vidovdan
If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!
Luke 24:36 - Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them,
and said to them, “Peace to you.”
Peace in the heart is desirable. Peace in the home is desirable. Peace in the
workplace is desirable. Peace in the community is desirable. Working for peace is
the work of the Christian. The work for peace is desirable and necessary.
The Holy Apostle Paul place peace in context with joy, love, longsuffering,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as fruits of the
It is interesting the Risen Jesus spoke the words “Peace to you.”
The peace of contemporary life is often shattered by violence. A number of homes
in contemporary society are riddled with violence. Certain parts of the world are
known for violence on almost a daily basis.
Believers must turn to Risen Christ for the meaning of the words: “Peace to
you.” Believers must turn to the Risen Christ in prayer and meditation to make
these words a reality in the present.
The message of “Peace to you” needs brought to the young child in the home
where mother and father fight constantly. The message of “Peace to you” needs
brought to the neighborhoods where gun shots are a daily occurrence.
The words “Peace to you” needs brought to countries where factions fight
daily and individuals are maimed for life or lose their lives daily. The words
of Christ, “Peace to you” are not empty words.
Individuals choosing to promote the peace of Christ must first have conquered
the self through life in Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Why do you look at
the speck in your brother’s eye’, but do not consider the plank in your own eye”
In the hierarchy of contemporary values, peace has different rankings by home,
by neighborhood, by community, by country. Individuals determine the value of peace
and the meaning of peace. Not all definitions of peace equate with the peace
associated with the fruits of the Spirit or the expression of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Imposed peace by totalitarian regimes, imposed peace by dictatorial bosses,
politicians and leaders differs from peace of the Spirit, differs from the peace
Husbands and wives united in Christ establish peace in a home pleasing to God.
Parish churches faithful to Christ experience peace pleasing to God. Neighborhoods
reflecting Christian values are known for the presence of peace.
Martyrs know peace in the face of adversity. Saints know peace in the midst
of chaos. Faithful Christians can find peace wherever they are. Jesus Christ
establishes peace in the hearts and minds open to Him and faithful to Him.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
May 1 / May 14, 2011
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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