Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

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
Phone 304-622-3681

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 parole agents.

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.

Important Dates

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 Spirit. (Eph. 5:22) 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” (Mt. 7:3)

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 of Christ.

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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