Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 196 - May 15 / May 28, 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. 196

May 15 / May 28, 2011
St. Pachomius
Phone 304-622-3681

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Seven people came for Divine Liturgy on May 14, 2011. One communicant.

The next service will be the Slava Vespers on Pentecost Monday, 5:00 PM, June 13, 2011. Plan to attend and help with the Slava.

Congratulations to Crystal on graduating from high school. Crystal has been a part of the parish from the beginning.

Let us remember the men and women serving in the military and those having served. We have attending here at the Mission Subdeacon Joseph Brinda and Dennis Elliot. Matthew Paroda is on active duty. It is good to remember Maria Peredera, daughter of Dr. Anatoli Peredera who continues to extend his greetings. Wayne Kirby first was introduced to Orthodoxy by a friend when Wayne was in the service.

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.

Warmly welcome Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of North and South America and Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York City.

Important Dates

June 2 - Feast of Ascension
June 12 - Pentecost
June 13 - Chapel Slava

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

John 16:24 - Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full

We have the opportunity to turn to God in prayer. We have that opportunity constantly. We do not use the opportunity to pray constantly. Constant prayer requires constant thought of God. We all fall short.

To the degree that we pray, we benefit. If we take time to pray a lot, we benefit a lot. If we pray little, we benefit little. Prayer is an investment in the Kingdom of God. We must invest heavily for the salvation of our souls.

Evagarios the Solitary wrote: “If when praying no other joy can attract you, then truly you have found prayer.” Prayer requires our attention. Prayer requires discipline. Prayer requires a love and desire to be with God completely.

The desire to be with God involves being willing to listen for God. The desire to be with God involves the willingness to look for the signs and messages of God in daily life. Alertness to the presence of God at all times is beneficial.

A person has many ways to use the time of life. The choices are limited only by the imagination and circumstances of the person. Wise people look to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ for guidance.

When the Lord Jesus Christ visited the sisters Martha and Mary, Martha was busy with many things. Mary positioned herself at the feet of Jesus and gave Jesus her complete attention. Martha complained. Jesus said: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled over many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28)

To experience Divine joy, we must take time to be with God. We must take time to be actively and consciously in the presence of God. We must take time to pray the prayers of the Church and take time to be still and think about God.

Benefits exist in sitting quietly and praying in silence. Benefits exist in sitting quietly in the church, contemplating God and beholding the Holy icons. Benefits exist in reading the Psalms. Benefits exist in reading prayers

The joy of the Lord summons those hungry in the soul. The joy of the Lord summons those seeking peace for the heart and mind. The joy of the Lord is the ideal goal for individuals wanting fulfillment in life.

Experiencing the joy of the Lord gives perspective to life. Authenticity in Christ provides fulfillment which cannot be equaled. Authentic joy endures and reveals the Divine origin. Do not be reluctant to draw near to God and pray. Do not be reluctant to have Christ’s name in the heart, on the mind and in the soul at all times.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
May 15 / May 28, 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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