Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 203 - September 25 / October 8, 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. 203
September 25 / October 8, 2011
Ven. Mother Euphrosyne, St. Sergius of Radonezh
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is,
because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy on September 24, 2011.
Twelve people were here for the lunch afterwards.
May God give comfort to the family and friends of +Milan Mike Puskar
departed this life last evening.
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.
Read your Bible regularly.
Thank God for the blessings for this mission parish.
Pray regularly each day.
Bring a friend the next time you come to church.
October 14 - Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - St. Parasceva the Serb, St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 14 - Sts Cosmas and Damian
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nektarios
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!
Reflections on the Mother of God
Isaiah 7:14 - ďTherefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.Ē
Centuries ago the Holy Prophet Isaiah said the words that would last until the present.
Centuries ago the Holy Prophet Isaiah said the words the capture the minds of believers for
centuries to come.
One can only wonder about these words being preserved down through the centuries.
One can only wonder and be amazed about the work of God. One can only wonder thinking
surrounding these words in the centuries before Christ and since.
Biblical scholars and theologlians, individuals interested in Holy Scripture have
comments regarding the words of Isaiah. Contemporary Christians address their place in
history and ponder the meaning of the words of Isaiah.
Contemporary Christians carry a great responsibility. Contemporary Christians have a
sacred trust. Contemporary Christians are in Christís Church and must come to terms with
God, Who as it is said in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, spoke through the prophets.
A believer must come to terms with Godís presence through the centuries and beyond
the reach of the finite mind. A believerís finite mind must wrestle with the concept of
time and God in and beyond time as it is known to be measured.
Isaiah spoke of a virgin conceiving and bearing a Son and it is this virgin birth
believers ascribe to at Holy Baptism. The Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed is recited
at Holy Baptism and each Divine Liturgy.
The virgin birth is God at work. The mind of the believer must be comfortable
with the virgin birth. The virgin birth is fundamental to the Orthodox mind.
The Mother of God, the Ever-Virgin Mary, was chosen from all women of all centuries
to give birth to the Christ Child. The Mother of God, the Ever-Virgin Mary holds a singular
place in history.
The Mother of God, the Ever-Virgin Mary has a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ
unlike any other person. At the same time, every other person can turn to the Mother of
God as an example and an inspiration in seeking complete unity with Christ.
The words of the Holy Prophet Isaiah had an effect on individuals down through the
centuries before and after the birth of the Christ Child. The words were preserved through
Contemporary believers benefit by thinking more about God having spoken through Isaiah.
Contemporary believers benefit by thinking more about the time of God and the work of God
through the centuries.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
September 25 / October 8, 2011
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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