Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 204 - October16 / October 29, 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. 204
October16 / October 29, 2011
Holy Martyr Longin the Centurion
I Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly states that in latter times some will depart from the faith,
giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy on October 8, 2011.
The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled tentatively for November 12, 2011.
Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in
the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and
Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers,
nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Bring a friend or relative to church the next time you come.
Sympathy extended to Dennis Elliot, his grandmother having departed this life recently.
St. Sava School of Theology is the only school of theology operated by the
Serbian Orthodox Church on this continent.
Today St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois is celebrating
its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary.
October 31 - St. Luke; St. Peter of Cetinje
November 5 - Memorial Saturday
November 6 - St. George Parish Anniversary Celebration with banquet.
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great-martyr and Myrrh-gusher.
November 9-10 - Diocesan Clergy Seminar, Holy Mother of God Monastery, Shadeland.
November 1 - St. Milutin; Venerble Theoctist and Helena; Conf. Varnava of Hvostan.
If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!
I John 4:8 - He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
It is the Christian’s joy to know God. It is the Christian’s joy to experience the
Risen Christ. It is the Christian’s joy to celebrate the life of Christ. It is the
Christian’s nourishment to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
Within the Holy Orthodox Church, one learns of and experiences God in the Divine
services of the Church. One hears the teachings from the Holy Gospel. One learns of
the teaching of Christ from the frescoes and iconography of the Church.
The writings of the Holy Fathers, the wisdom of the saints of the Church, the
sacrifice of the Holy Martyrs are lessons in love for God that transcend time.
Contemporary Christians as Christians in centuries past have the responsibility
to love God and love neighbor. St. John said: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and
hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,
how can he love God whom he has not seen?”
(I Jn. 4:20)
To love in ways God wants us to love requires serious thought. To love in ways
God wants us to love requires a hunger for the love God would have us to have.
To know God and to love is to cast aside what is not pleasing to God. To experience
God and the love God would have us to have, requires an interest and openess to God.
Opening the heart to God, opening the mind to God, opening one’s life to God entails
a certain element of risk. It means giving up one way of life for another. It means giving
up certain things or ways previously valued for a better way.
Committing one’s life to knowing God, loving God and sharing the love of God involves
trusting God and the way of God. The love of God is experienced in partaking the Precious
Body and Blood of Christ.
The love of God is experienced in the forgiveness at Holy Confession. The love of God
is experienced in healings as a result of prayer. The love of God is experienced in the
care children receive from loving parents.
The love of God is experienced when friends help in time of need. The love of God is
experienced when a person sacrifices his or her life on the battlefield to save the life
The love of God is experienced when a believer is martyred for Christ The love of
God is shared when a person works for the Church for the pure purposes of God.
The love of God is to be treasured, shared and ever appreciated.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
October16 / October 29, 2011
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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