Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 218 - July 29 / August 11, 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. 218

July 29 / August 11, 2012

Martyr Callinicus

Genesis 1:2

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy on July 7, 2012. Two communicants.

Seventeen people came for Vespers on July 26, 2012.

An Akathist to the Holy Spirit is scheduled for 6:30 on August 16 followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Sympathy extended to the family of Josephine Arnett recently departed this life.

Honor the Dormition Fast which begins on Tuesday, August 14 and continues until the Feast of the Dormition on August 28.

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.

Important Dates

August 12 - Diocesan Day at Shadeland. Parish churches closed.
August 14 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 25 - Eastern Region KSS, Kolo Slava, Shadeland
August 28 - Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God
September 7 - Vigil St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 8 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 9 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos
September 2 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

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

James 15:15

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

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.

Individuals need to determine the best way to live their lives in conformity with Christ. Being forgiven of sins is an opportunity to begin anew. Christ will provide the strength and direction necessary for believers to follow Him. Individuals need the discipline and will necessary to remain faithful to Christ. Firmness of faith and commitment are necessary when temptations and frustrations occur.

Constant prayer keeps a person close to Christ. Every prayer is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Prayers are not only beneficial for the self. Prayers are beneficial for others. The more a person prays, the more he or she appreciates the value and power of prayer. The need for prayer is great. Individuals recognizing the need for prayer in times of illness, tragedy or adversity will seek out others to pray for them. Individuals having a hard time with life welcome and appreciate the prayers of others.

Godís forgiveness sets in motion a thought process for believers. Believers experience the love of God. The believerís mind is set free from the weight of sin and has new choices to make. The believer benefits from determining the causes of debilitating sin and guarding against recurrence. A repentant and forgiven believer needs to establish regular practices to nourish and protect the heart, mind and soul. Beginning anew in Christ is not only matter of defending against sin. Beginning anew in Christ involves a seeking out of ways to grow and seeking the joys of the Christian life.

Acts of forgiveness between husbands and wives, parents and children and among other family members enable new practices to be undertaken that will increase the strength of the family. Parishes become stronger when parishioners forgive each other and focus on the bond of Christ uniting them. Priests do well to foster forgiveness in a parish not only as Great Lent approaches but throughout the year. Priests do well by setting a personal example of being forgiving of others.

The love of God will change a personís life. A person must be willing to acknowledge the love of God. A person must yearn to be nourished by God and seek constant unity with God. Pride regarding the sufficiency of the self is detrimental. Realizing that life comes from God and purpose of life is made known through God enables a person to grow. Christian growth can continue as long as a personís mind functions sufficiently.

A person can reset the course of his or her life at the time of forgiveness by God or others. The Kingdom of God is the ultimate destination for serious believers. When forgiveness occurs, it is to be cherished and the opportunity to begin anew is to be used wisely. Failure to make good use of being forgiven can be perilous in relationships with other individuals and with God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
July 29 / August 11, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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