Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 199 - July 17 / July 30, 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. 199
July 17 / July 30, 2011
Holy Great Martyr Marina
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we
should pray for as we ought but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Six people came for the Divine Liturgy on June 25, 2011. One communicant.
Twelve people came for Great Vespers on July 6, 2011.
The next service is tentatively scheduled for August 13, 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.
Thank God for the blessings for this mission parish.
Bring a friend the next time you come to church.
Live faithful to God each day.
Read your Bible regularly.
Honor your Slava each year.
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 7 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland, Parish Churces Closed.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, Healthcare Day Seminar, St. George Church.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, St. George Kolo Slava
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!
Jeremiah 31:3 - The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:” Yes, I have loved
you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.”
In the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed belief is confessed in the Holy Spirit Who
spoke by the prophets. In the Gospel account of the beggar Lazarus and the rich man,
Abraham told the tormented rich man that if his brothers did not “hear Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”
Value exists in reading the Holy Prophets. Value exists in becoming familiar with
the lives and actions of the Holy Prophets. Too often in contemporary times individuals
direct their attention to activities, readings and viewings that pale in comparison to
the lives and works of the Holy Prophets.
The Holy Orthodox Church draws from the Holy Prophets for use in the liturgical
life of the Church. Looking to the Holy Prophets gives perspective to God in history.
Somehow believers need to look to the past, look to the present and look to the
future. Believers need to consider the “now” and the appropriate Christian response
to the “now.”
It helps to remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
It helps to keep in mind the question Jesus Christ asked His disciples:
“Who do you say that I am?”
It is important to remember the Holy Apostle Peter’s response to Jesus’ question.
The Holy Apostle Peter said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Do our lives reflect we were baptized into the life in Christ the Son of the living God?
Do our lives reflect the profession of faith, The Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed?
The love of Christ was manifested on the Cross. The love of God has been manifested
throughout the centuries. The love of God is everywhere for those having eyes to see and
ears to hear.
Courage is required to be living in times of violence. Courage is required to be
kind when violence and aggressiveness are advocated. Courage is required to maintain
civility when civility runs counter to the popular trend.
Reading the lives of the Holy Prophets connects believers with centuries past.
Reading the lives of the Holy Prophets enables believers to contemplate God.
Reading the Holy Prophets enables believers to transport their minds and hearts
to a much earlier period of life.
Learning about God is continuous. Ideally, the individual grows and maintains
a willingness to listen and to grow. Keeping the focus on God and learning about
God is not easy. Learning about God and loving God is necessary.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
July 17 / July 30, 2011
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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