Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 201 - August 28 / September 10, 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
Phone 304-622-3681

Bulletin No. 201
August 28 / September 10, 2011
St. Moses the Black



Romans 8:9-10

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Ten people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers on August 29, 2011.

Let us remember the victims of the attack of September11, 2001.

Let us remember the people that have helped in the healing process as a result of the September11, 2001 attack.

Let us thank God for blessing received each day.

Let us thank God for the faithful parishioners, friends and supporters of this mission parish.

Let us remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehabilitation 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.

The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively scheduled for September 24, 2011.

Important Dates

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 13 - Holy New Martyrs of Jasenovac
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
September 27 - The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their Mother Sophia.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God

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


Psalm 146:5 - Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.

Hope lifts the energy level of a person. Hope gives impetus to the work of a person. Hope gives the person reason to continue with daily existence in the times of tribulation and distress.

Hope enables a person to endure suffering, knowing that something greater awaits the person. In Hebrews, the believer reads the words: “Pursue peace with all people and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14)

Joy in the Lord is an experience defying full description. Joy in the Lord is felt in the heart. Joy in the Lord is experienced in the mind. Joy in the Lord results in a change in bodily feeling.

Joy in the Lord, hope in the Lord rests in the pre-eminency of the Lord. St. John wrote words of hope to etch in the hearts and minds of believers as they are etched in Holy Scripture.

St. John wrote centuries ago: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (I Jn 4:4) Believers draw strength from the Lord within. Believers draw strength from the Lord when facing the most difficult of times.

Parents facing the illness of a child draw strength from the Lord. Adults facing serious illness draw strength from the Lord. Men and women on the battlefield draw strength from the Lord.

Women and children living in ghettos where crime and violence are daily occurrences draw strength from the Lord. Residents of mental hospitals, jails and prisons draw strength from the Lord.

Believers in Kosovo and Metohija draw strength from the Lord. Where the vision of hope prevails, Satan does not triumph. Despair is the tool of Satan. Despair prevails in the mind of individuals having no hope.

In The Ladder of Divine Ascent, St. John Climacus said: “”Despondency is a paralysis of the soul, an enervation of the mind, neglect of asceticism, hatred of the vow made.” 1

When the believer puts on Christ at Holy Baptism, the believer subscribes to the joy of the Resurrection. The believer subscribes to the joy of the Resurrected Christ.

When the believer puts on Christ at Holy Baptism, the believer is armed with the joy of the Lord. The believer is armed with faith in the Resurrected Christ. The believer is sufficiently armed to deal with all the terrors to be faced in life.

1 St.John Climacus. The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, Masssachusettes, 2001, p. 95.


Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
August 28 / September 10, 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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