Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 213 - April 8 / April 21, 2012

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544
Phone 304-622-3681
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic

Bulletin No. 213

April 8 / April 21, 2012

Bright Saturday

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

The Divine Liturgy was held on March 31st. Three communicants.

Royal Hours were read on April 13. Seven people came.

Eight people associated with Holy Trinity Mission Parish came to St. George Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania for Pascha.

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.

The next service is scheduled for May 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

The Slava for the Mission is scheduled for Monday, June 4 at 5:00 PM. Plan to help and to attend. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN is expected to make His Archpastoral visit.

Continue to celebrate the joy of Pascha.

Continue to consider the deep meaning of the Resurrection of Christ.

Pray daily to remain united with Christ and to be faithful to Christ.

Thank God for the daily blessings received.

Thank God for the Holy Trinity Mission.

Read the daily Church calendar and be attentive to the daily saints and feasts. Honor the fast days.

Important Dates

April 22 - Thomas Sunday.
April 29 - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.
May 3 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nikolai of Zhicha.
May 6 - St. George Parish Slava in Carmichaels celebration, Sunday of the Paralytic.
May 9 - Mid-Pentecost Divine Liturgy. Mon Valley Orthodox parishes to attend in Carmichaels at 9:00 AM.

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

The Resurrection

I Cor. 15:18-19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (NKJV)

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is central to the faith of Christians. The resurrection provides hope for all believers in the present and in the age to come.

Every person experiences an earthly death. Family members and friends depart this life. How a person views the end of earthly life affects how the person lives the earthly life.

How one views the end of earthly life affects how a person understands and interprets earthly death. Jesus rising from the dead gives believers hope for themselves and for their loved ones departed this life.

The Holy Apostle (I Cor. 15:19) At each Orthodox funeral believers hear the Epistle to the Thessalonians.

St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians: “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.” (I Thess. 4:16 NKJV)

A person’s world view is different when he or she believes the dead will rise with Christ. At Holy Baptism, believers recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed and profess belief in the resurrection of the dead.

Believers recite the Creed at each Divine Liturgy and reaffirm belief in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the resurrection of the dead. This profession of faith is at the heart of the Orthodox faith.

Throughout life believers recite The Creed. The Creed is expected to be the structure and the guide for the life of the believer. At times when a believer falters, The Creed is an inspiration and a road map redirecting life toward the Kingdom of God.

Thinking carefully about the resurrection of Christ will sustain optimism in believers. Thinking carefully about the resurrection of Christ will give purpose to the lives of believers.

Dying with Christ on the Cross and rising with Christ in the resurrection is the way to combat sin and to live in Christ. Death to the sinful self and rising in unity with Christ requires love for Christ and discipline in service to Christ.

The Christian journey is limited by the conscious time of earthly life. Holy Baptism marks the official entry into the Christian life.. A period of preparation precedes Holy Baptism. Believers do well when immersed in thought about Christ’s resurrection.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
April 8 / April 21, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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