Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 215 - May 6 / May 19, 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. 215

May 6 / May 19, 2012

Transfer of the Relics of St. Sava

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

Eight people came for Divine Liturgy on May 5, 2012.

The Mission Slava celebration is scheduled for Pentecost Monday, June 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM. Vespers, Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo and dinner.

Please make every effort to attend and help with the Slava. 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

Remember the 56 miners killed in Osage, W.Va. on May 12, 1942.

Remember the 10 miners killed in Matewan, W.Va. on May 19, 1920.

Let us remember all police officers living and departed who have faithfully served. This is National Police Week.

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

Important Dates

May 20 - Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension of Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas.
May 23 - Apodasis of Pascha
May 24 - Feast of Ascension.
May 27 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers.
June 2 - Memorial Saturday.
June 3 - Feast of Pentecost.
June 4 - Mission Slav. Pentecost Monday. Holy Martyr John Vladimir, King of Serbia.
June 28 - Holy Great-martyr Prince Lazaru. All Serbian Martyr. Vidovdan.

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

The Resurrection

Luke 24:37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.

Jesus frightened the disciples when He appeared to them unexpectedly. The Holy Ascension of Christ marks Jesus’ departure from this earth and at the same time sets in motion the time period of His return.

At Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy, the profession of faith is made that Jesus will return and judge the living and the dead. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus’ description of the glorious Second Coming is described (Mt. 25:31-46)

The time to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ is today and everyday. The time to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ is now and always. The disciples were terrified and frightened as if they saw a spirit.

The disciples knew Jesus in a personal way that was unique to them. The disciples were chosen by Jesus. The disciples were familiar with Jesus by having been in His presence.

If the disciples were terrified and frightened by the appearance of the Resurrected Christ, what will be the reaction of individuals at the time of His glorious Second Coming?

Jesus cautioned: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” (Mt. 25:13) The profession of faith at Holy Baptism is to be taken seriously.

Holy Baptism is to be taken seriously. Taking on the Christian identity is to be taken seriously. The Christian life is not a life for the person wanting to be casual in everyday living.

The Christian life is framed and forged by the lives of martyrs and ascetics and saints fervent in Christ. The Christian life is inseparable from the Cross and the Tomb.

The Holy Prophet Joel spoke these words: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Joel. 2:31-32)

Remaining faithful to Christ from Holy Baptism to departure from this life is the responsibility of individuals bearing the Christian identity. Laxity, sinfulness and failure to constantly repent puts the person in peril.

The Desert Father Hyperechius said: “Let your thoughts ever be in the kingdom of heaven and you will soon possess it as an heritage.” 1

Peace in Christ is the desired goal. Interior peace is the desired goal.

1 The Sayings of the Desert Fathers Translated by Benedicta Ward. Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1984, p. 239


Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
May 6 / May 19, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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