Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 206 - November 13 / November 26, 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. 206
November 13 / November 26, 2011
St. John Chrysostom
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Nine people came for the Divine Liturgy on November 12, 2011.
The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled tentatively for December 3, 2011.
Thank you for all expressions of sympathy and words of condolence at the
departure from this life of +Priscilla Torbic.
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 to church.
The Mission bake sale will be on December 9 and 10th.
Honor the Nativity Fast
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
December 4 - The Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 6 - Robena Mine Memorial
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
December 17 - Holy Greatmartyr Barbara. St. John Damascene
December 18 - Serbian Children’s Day-St.Sabbas the Sanctified
December 25 - St. Spyridon. Serbian Mothers’ Day
December 30 - Holy Prophet Daniel. Holy Martyrs Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
December 27-30 - Winter Retreat at Shadeland. Applications on Diocese website.
If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!
Luke 18:1 - “I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax
collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven,
but beat his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner.
The ultimate purpose of fasting is to improve our relationship with Jesus Christ.
The ultimate goal of fasting is to benefit our soul. Fasting is undertaken for purpose
of seeking eternal life, of entering the Kingdom of God.
Everything we do needs to be measured against the life and teachings of the Lord
Jesus Christ. Everything we do needs to be an act of love. The Holy Apostle Paul said:
“Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,
but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
(I Cor. 13:4)
Fasting is intended to be an act of love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Fasting is
intended to be an act of love for Christ that benefits the person. When the mind and
heart are opened to Christ and the hunger for Christ is extensive, fasting is entered
with great joy.
The desire to set aside the non-essentials in life to get at the one thing needful
is a desire that can be addressed in part by fasting.
The mind and will can be exercised to cut out distractions to focus on Christ.
Fasting is not limited to control of food types and amounts. In the Book of the
Holy Prophet Isaiah negative fasting is to be replaced in this way: “Loose every
bond of wrongdoing; untie the knots of violent dealing; cancel the debts of the
oppressed; and tear apart every unjust contract. Break your bread for the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house. If you see a naked man, clothe him,
nor shall you disregard your offspring in your own house.”
Fasting as intended by the Church will reflect the qualities held and taught by
the Church. Individuals set goals for their personal lives. When minimal goals are set,
minimal goals are achieved. When far reaching goals are set, greater success is achieved.
The same principle applies in fasting. If a believer views fasting from a minimalist
perspective, the soul will benefit very little.
If a person desires to grow in Christ, the person will approach fasting with the
strong desire for Christian growth, with the strong desire for a better relationship
with the Lord Jesus Christ.
St. John Climacus wrote: “Struggle with all your might against the stomach and
restrain it with sobriety. If you labour a little, the Lord will also soon work with you.”
Fasting provides believers with the opportunity to focus on the life and Christ.
Fasting periods intensify the focus on the life in Christ. Believers are encouraged
to use the fast periods to improve their relationship with Christ.
The Ladder of Divine Ascent.
Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, Masssachusettes, 2001, p. 100.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
November 13 / November 26, 2011
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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