Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 221 - September 23 / October 6, 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. 221

September 23 / October 6, 2012

Conception of St. John the Baptist

Ephesians 5:8-10

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.

Nine people came for Divine Liturgy on September 22, 2012.

An Akathist is scheduled for Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 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.

If you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Bring a friend or relative to church the next time.

Pray regularly each day.

Important Dates

Today. 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
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast begins.
December 4 - Entry of Mother of God into the Temple

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

Time to Think About St. John the Baptist

In the present century when violence continues to make headlines, we cannot help but wonder about what is necessary for peace to dominate the world. The solution to the dilemma is Jesus Christ.

It is for Christ to prevail in each heart, in each home. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians about Christ in these words: “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” (Ep. 2:14)

Men and women of all backgrounds, of all nationalities, of all races can find peace in Christ if they choose. For those who are of Christ, for those who know Christ, the responsibility is to live the Christian life, to share the love of Christ.

Non-believers come to believe when they see. Christians are convincing when Christians live the Christian life. The complete sacrifice of John the Baptist is a source for on-going contemplation.

Between the joy of St. John’s conception and the tragic ending of his life by beheading, the Holy Scriptures and the liturgical texts of the Church remind and teach us of the importance of St. John.

Centuries have served to witness to St. John. St .John’s beheading did not silence the witness of this giant. Christians name their children after St. John the Baptist. Christians name their churches after John the Baptist. Christians celebrate St. John as their patronal saint.

In 2002, an individual at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania carefully chose May 25/June 7, the Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist, as the day for his conversion to Holy Orthodoxy.

St. John the Baptist knew Jesus Christ in the flesh. The joy of John leaping in his mother Elizabeth’s womb upon the greeting of Mary, the Theotokos, is recorded in the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke. 1

The relationship between Jesus and John continued. At one point John sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask: “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Mt. 11:2).

We have the benefit of centuries of evidence regarding Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity each Divine Liturgy to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. We have the opportunity with regularity to experience Christ in prayer, in Confession, in Holy Unction.

Christians are informed about Holy Confession, about Holy Communion. Christians are informed about prayer and about Holy Unction.

The degree of participation in the Holy Mysteries is relatively small. The seriousness of prayer is relatively small. Those who attend Holy Unction services are particularly small in number.

Somehow after centuries, people still do not draw near to Christ in larger numbers. Those who experience Christ and grow in Christ know the joy of Christ.

1 Orthodox Study Bible. Thomas Nelson Publishing, Nashville, Tennessee, 1993, p. 138.

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Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
September 23 / October 6, 2012
Conception of St.John the Baptist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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