Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 210 - January 29 / February 11, 2012


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. 210
January 29 / February 11, 2012
Transfer of Relics / St.Ignatius the God-bearer



Ephesians 1:13

In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit which is the promise of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Nine people came for Vespers on February 2, 2012.

The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively set for March 3, 2010.

Great Lent begins on February 27.

Visitors are warmly welcome at the Mission services.

Thank God for the friends and supporters of the Mission.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners of the Mission.

Thank God for the blessings of the Mission.

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 working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Bring a friend the next time you come to the Mission.

Important Dates

February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs. Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord.
February 18 - Memorial Saturday
February 18 - Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education, Weirton,W.Va.
February 19 - Meatfare Sunday. Sunday of the Last Judgment.
February 24-25 - Diocesan Assembly at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Pa.
February 26 - Cheesefare Sunday-Ven.Simeon the Myhrrgusher
February 26 - Forgiveness Vespers, St. Sava Church, Mckeesport, 5:00 PM..
March 3 - Theodore Saturday

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


John 13:35 - By this they will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

Followers of Jesus Christ are expected to have love for one another. Love for another is evidence of being a follower of Christ. Having love for one another on a continuous basis and under various circumstances is part of the challenge of being a Christian.

To achieve and maintain love for one another requires continuous love for and unity with Jesus Christ. Learning from Christ, turning to Christ in prayer and for nourishment through Holy Communion, we establish and maintain love for one another.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion provide the means by which believers can maintain balance, perspective and relationships consistent with the way Christ would have relationships to be.

The standards set by Christ are the highest of standards. The standards set by Christ are considered achievable. The standards set by Christ require adherence to the way of Christ. Critics will say it is not possible to love one another. Critics will say the expectation to love one another is beyond reach. Critics will say circumstances will arise that will cast love aside and replace love with feelings other than love.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mk. 9:23). If we want to call ourselves followers of Christ, we must do our best to love one another. To do less than our best is deceptive and dishonorable. Bearing the name Christian carries with it the responsibility to do what is expected by Christ. The purity of belief in Christ is measured by the love shown toward others in the name of Christ.

Love for Christ is made visible in love for others. The degree to which one loves Christ will be revealed in the love shown toward others. Christ is identified with the least of the brethren (Mt. 25:31-46)

Believers must confront feelings impeding love for others and with the help of Christ address the feelings. Enemies of Christ can take great satisfaction when Christians fail to show love for one another. Parish churches are healthier when the love for one another is dominant. Families are healthier when love for one another is dominant. Work environments are healthier when love for one another is dominant.

A person loving others genuinely in the name of Christ makes a difference. True love in the name of Christ is respected. True love in the name of Christ becomes obvious over time. Love for one another comes as the believer loves Christ and grows in Christ. Christian love for others comes when pride and resentment are cast aside.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 29 / February 11, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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