Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 205 - October 30 / November 12, 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. 205
October 30 / November 12, 2011
St. Milutin, King of Serbia

I Thessalonians 1:6-7

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.

Fifteen people came for the Divine Liturgy on October 29, 2011.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled tentatively for November 26, 2011.

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.

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.

Pray for the growth of the Mission.

Thank God for the blessings bestowed on the Mission.

Remember the 78 miners that lost their lives in Farmington on November 20, 1968. Remember their families and friends.

Important Dates

November 16 - Translation of the relics of St. George the Greatmartyr.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
December 4 - Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

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

Luke 21:19 - By your patience possess your souls.

The soul and the believer’s patience are connected. The believer bears fruit by patience. The believer protects the soul by patience. Angry responses, loss of temper, and lack of determination can be perilous.

Patience can keep a person from striking out in anger under certain circumstances. Patience can keep a person from uttering harmful words in retaliation. Patience can keep a person focused on a difficult goal.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mt. 7:13). A person can become frustrated keeping the focus on the narrow way.

Temptations can arise that are appealing and summon the believer from the narrow way. The patient believer will hold firm and shun the temptations. The Lord Jesus Christ stressed the need for His followers to develop patience when He said: “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” (Mt. 10:22)

Care of the soul is of primary importance. Care of the soul includes patience in understanding the soul and the necessities to nourish the soul and protect the soul. As we care for the body, we need to care for the soul.

The soul does not wear out like the body. The soul can be neglected. The soul can be put in peril. The soul can be tarnished and corrupted. What becomes of the soul when separated from the body should be of concern.

The time to care for the soul is during our earthly life while faculty of mind is still good. The time to protect the soul is when temptations and diversions and frustrations and attacks occur.

God provides protection for the soul for the believers turning to God for protection. Individuals abandoning God leave themselves without protection at necessary times.

The soul is exposed to attacks and peril when believers engage in thoughts and activities contrary to the ways pleasing God. Putting on the armor of God provides the strongest shield for the protection of the soul.

Holy Apostle Paul advised the Ephesians to “be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” (Eph .6:10). He advocated constant prayer and supplication in the Spirit, with watchfulness and perseverance. (Eph. 6:18)

The struggle to protect the soul continues throughout life. The believer is challenged to not grow weary and careless in the effort. From Baptism to departure from this life can be a full century.

More people are living longer lives. The challenges of living as good Christians are constant. Contemporary society no less than societies of antiquity contain poison for the soul as well as nourishment.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
October 30 / November 12, 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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