Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 220 - September 9 / September 22, 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. 220

September 9 / September 22, 2012

Holy Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

Ephesians 6:18

Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplications to all the saints.

Twelve people attended Divine Liturgy on September 1, 2012. Two communicants.

Eight people came on September 6 for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity. Adult class was held afterwards.

Sympathy extended to Subdeacon Joseph Brinda. His grandmother +Helen Griffen fell asleep in the Lord this past week.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN has appointed Subdeacon Joseph Brinda and Mr. Goyko Arbutina as auditors for the Mission.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for October 6 at 10:00 AM.

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

October 6 - Memorial Saturday. Conception of St. John the Baptist
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva. St. Petka
October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. St. Peter or Cetinje
November 3 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher and Great Martyr
November 21 - Holy Archangel Michael

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

The Nativity of the Mother of God

Today the Orthodox World directs attention to the Nativity of the Mother of God. Mary’s birth was cause for great joy. She was to ascend to heights reached by no other woman. She was to enter a relationship with Jesus Christ unlike any other known to humanity.

The birth of Mary requires Orthodox Christians to think of her as an infant born to her parents Joachim and Anna. Mary grew from infancy to motherhood. Born of a mother, Mary became the Mother known around the world and through the centuries.

God gave Mary life in infancy. God gave Mary the opportunity to give birth to Jesus Christ, the granter of eternal life. Serious Orthodox Christians think about the meaning of life. Serious Orthodox Christians find the meaning of life in Jesus Christ. Orthodox believers look to Mary today as they have through the centuries. She is a source of inspiration. She is a model of purity and obedience. She is an image of prayer.

Orthodox Christians draw near to Mary in prayer, asking her to intercede with the Lord Jesus Christ. Music and iconography in honor of the Theotokos reflect the reverence afforded her. The icon of Mary’s birth is found in Orthodox Churches around the world. The celebration of her birth is preserved in the Holy Orthodox Church and in the hearts and minds of Orthodox believers.

Each person receives life from God. Each person chooses the way he or she lives the life given by God. Mary chose to be obedient. She remained ever-pure. Believers seeking to be united with Christ look to Mary and her relationship with Christ. Time is penetrated in the celebration of Mary’s birth. Orthodox Christians are linked through the centuries. The love of Christ for Mary and the love of Mary for Christ are subjects of continuous interest to Orthodox believers.

Today church bells ring. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated in places around the world where Orthodox believers have built temples to God. The celebration of Mary’s birth is cause for serious believers to come to church.

Mary continues to draw believers to Christ. Mary continues to stand out among women. Mary continues to inspire generation after generation. The world becomes new each time the Divine Liturgy is served. The world changes each time a believer prays.

The world has not been the same since Jesus Christ was born. Today we celebrate the birth of Mary, the Mother of God, the Bogorodica. Let us be thankful for all the good done by Mary, for all the prayers directed to her and for her continued presence before our Lord Jesus Christ.

We often pray “Most Holy Theotokos save us!” Let us be thankful for prayers answered, for prayers heard, and for miracles rendered.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
September 9 / September 22, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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