Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 214 - April 22 / May 5, 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. 214

April 22 / May 5, 2012

St. Platon of Banja Luka

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

Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy on April 21, 2012

The next Divine Liturgy will be on May 19, 2012.

The Mission Slava is scheduled for Monday, June 4, 2012. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN plans to attend.

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.

Continue to celebrate Pascha until the Feast of the Ascension.

Thank God for the new people interested in coming to the Mission.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners, friends and supporters of the Mission

Important Dates

May 6 - St. George Day. Sunday of the Paralytic. Slava of St. George Church in Carmichaels.
May 9 - Mid-Pentecost. Divine Liturgy for Orthodox Churches in the Mon Valley at St. George Church in Carmichaels.
May 10 - Burning of the Relics of St. Sava.
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog.
May 13 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
May 19 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Sava. Next Divine Liturgy.
May 20 - Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension of Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas.
May 24 - Feast of Ascension. Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
May 27 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers.
June 2 - Memorial Saturday.
June 3 - Feast of Pentecost.
June 4 - Pentecost Monday. Holy Trinity Slava.

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

The Resurrection

Romans 8:33-34 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies; who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us?”

Each person will stand before God for the final judgment. The Crucified and Resurrected Christ is inspiration and cause for each person to use each day to be prepared for that final judgment.

The Psalmist said: “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Ps. 89/90:10). The wise person uses each day for the glory of God and for actions pleasing to God.

The wise person takes the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ very seriously and lives accordingly. The Resurrection brings joy and hope and foregiveness.

The Resurrection enables hope to be dominant in the lives of believers. The Resurrection enables believers to look beyond any dark moments in life to the brightness of the Resurrected and Triumphant Christ.

When death is overcome, as Christ overcame death, there are no other barriers which are beyond Christ’s ability to help believers to surmount.

The more a person places trust and believes in Christ, the more the person experiences the love of Christ and hungers for Christ. The Holy Gospel speaks about selling all to purchase the pearl of great price. (Mt. 13:46)

The Lord Jesus Christ told the young man: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Mt. 19:21)

Christ is the best foundation for life. Christ is the best goal for each day of life. Christ is the best nourishment for Christ. A person can have many interests. A person can pursue many goals.

The wise person maintains interest pleasing to Christ. The wise person pursues goals compatible with the teachings and ethics established by Christ. The wise person engages in activities and behavior that Christ would approve.

The Resurrected Christ is reason for believers to begin and begin again when failures occur and when sin seems to creep in. The Resurrected Christ is reason to believe that life is better in Christ.

When individual experience what seems to be personal failure, when individuals lose a loved one, when a marriage or relationship fails, when a job termination occurs, Christ can make the difference in what happens next.

Observers of the Crucifixion who wanted to see Christ die and never live again probably left the site of the Crucifixion and went home feeling their hopes were realized. They probably went to bed feeling the mission was accomplished.

The empty tomb and Resurrected Christ changed everything.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
April 22 / May 5, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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