Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 211 - February 19 / March 3, 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. 211
February 19 / March 3, 2012
Theodore Saturday

I Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
(Orthodox Study Bible)

Sympathy extended to Niko and Rose Ilich and family. Nikoís sister +Stane recently departed this life.

Five people came for Divine Liturgy on February 11, 2012.

Dr. Charles and Sharren Paroda attended the Diocesan Assembly at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on February 24-25, 2012.

Diocesan Approval was granted for Vesna Meinert to serve the Secretary for the Holy Trinity Mission Board of Trustees.

The next service is scheduled for March 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

Remember the 18 miners that lost their lives at Island Creek Holden #22 in West Virginia on March 8, 1960.

The recent tragic death of the deputy sheriff from Morgantown, West Virginia is evidence the dangers law enforcement personnel face each day.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

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

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Important Dates

March 4 - Sunday of Orthodoxy. 4:00 PM at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Oakland, Pittsburgh
March 11 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa at 5:00 PM
March 18 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at St. George Church, Midland at 5:00 PM
March 25 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville at 5:00 PM
April 1 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. George Church, Carmichaels at 5:00 PM.
April 8 - Feast of the Lord Jesus Christís Entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday
April 15 - Pascha

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

A Time To Fast

Joel 1:14 - Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God and cry out to the Lord. (NKJV)

Fasting is a bringing of the body under control. It is a controlling of the thoughts and appetites. Fasting involves directing the body, the mind and the heart to God. Fasting is the looking to God for direction in life. Obedience to God is essential to fasting. Opening the heart and mind to God enhance the value of the fast. Pride and judgment of others have no part in fasting.

The Pharisee in the Gospel for the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee is an example of how not to be if the desire is to draw closer to God. The humble demeanor of the tax collector was much better. (Lk. 18:10-14).

Fasting is to be accompanied by prayer. Fasting is strengthened by prayer. Prayer deserves to be the basis for every action and thought. Constant prayer is expected. Constant prayer is the desired goal. (I Thess. 5:17)

The fast of Great Lent is for everyone. The fast of Great Lent has an impact on each individual participating. The fast of Great Lent has a collective impact on the world.

God determines the impact of fasting on the individual and the collective impact. The impact increases for the individual to the degree the person values the fast and invests in the fast. The love of God is fundamental for every effort in fasting. Desiring to grow closer to God and increase in pleasing God have a place in every effort of fasting.

God brings joy to the heart, the soul and the mind. Fasting is a way of seeking the joy of God. Aspects of life detracting from unity with God are put aside in times of fasting.

Fasting may involve strenuous effort. Bitterness, minimization and rejection of the Churchís expectations and standards of fasting greatly negate a beneficial outcome. The joy of the Lord summons believers. The journey through Great Lent is a journey of enrichment for the soul. Great Lent offers the opportunity for cleansing of the soul and for beginning anew with Christ.

Baptism and Chrismation offered newness in Christ. Holy Confession and Holy Communion offer newness in Christ. Great Lent offers renewal in Christ. Giving of the self totally to God is expected at the beginning of Great Lent and throughout Great Lent. Each day of Great Lent has value. Each day is an opportunity to build upon and improve the personal relationship with God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
February 19 / March 3, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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