Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 217 - June 24 / July 7, 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. 217

June 24 / July 7, 2012

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

I John 5:7

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

Ten people came for Divine Liturgy on June 23, 2012. One communicant.

The Slava for Monastery Marcha is scheduled Saturday, July 28 with a Vigil the night before.

Diocese Day at Shadeland is scheduled for Sunday, August 12. All parish churches will be closed.

Thank you to everyone attending Divine Liturgy today.

Several inquiries have been made from individuals interested in attending services here.

Adult classes will soon begin here on alternating Thursday evenings. They will begin with an Akathist at 6:30 PM with class afterwards continuing until 8:15 PM.

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

Honor the Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12.

Important Dates

July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 15 - Shadeland Camp begins.
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
July 27 - Monastery Marcha Vigil for Slava
July 28 - Monastery Marcha Slava
August 2 - St. Elijah
August 9 - St. Panteliemon. Parish Healthcare Day at St. George Church
August 12 - Diocesan Day at Shadeland. Parish churches closed.
August 14 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God

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

St. John the Baptist

Mt. 11:11 ďAssuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.Ē

The Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Beheading of St. John the Baptist on August 29 / September 11 each year. The Beheading of St. John the Baptist is a fast day.

We are called each September ll to pause and reflect on the Beheading of St. John. We are called to think about the gruesome death he experienced. St. Johnís beheading is a much different day than his conception celebrated on October 6 / September 23 or his nativity celebrated on June 24 / July 7.

When we think of St. John, his baptism of Jesus in the Jordan is a most joyful moment in the Church. Every year on January 6/19, the Church celebrates the Feast of Theophany with great joy. On the following day, January 7/20, the Holy Orthodox Church devotes primary attention to St. John.

January 7/20 is known in the Church as the Synaxis of St.John the Baptist, Many Serbian Orthodox Christians celebrate January 20th as their Krsna Slava. Liturgical remembrance of the Feast of Theophany extends to January 13/26.

God honored St. John in ways no other human has been honored. St. John has a prominent place in salvation history. The iconastasis in each Orthodox Church bears an icon of St. John.

The first chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke provides considerable detail of the conception and birth of St. John. Jesus Christís birth is announced in the same chapter.

Johnís parents Zacharias and Elizabeth are specifically mentioned in the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke. Their names are written in history. They are made known by God for all to know.

Learning more about the life of St. John helps us to make order out of life and develop a Christian perspective. We are pressed and challenged in the current century to make order out of life. We are pressed and challenged to understand current events and the direction of the world.

Careful attention to the liturgical calendar of the Church will help us form a Christian world view. Every year the Church calls us to review the history of salvation. Each day of the year is set aside by the Church to commemorate saints and martyrs, feasts and events that reveal to us God and God at work.

Each day, when we live the life of the Church, we enter into the experience of the saints and martyrs, the feasts and events of God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
June 24 / July 7, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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