Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 222 - October 7 / October 20, 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. 222

October 7 / October 20, 2012

Holy Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus in Syria

Acts 11:15

As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.

Sympathy extended to Dr. Charles and Sharren Paroda and their family. Sharren’s brother Edward departed this life this past week.

The Myrrh-flowing icon from Hawaii will be at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM. Very Reverend Stavrofor Rade Merick has extended an invitation for our parishioners 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.

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

Six people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class on October 11, 2012.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012.

Important Dates

October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva. St. Petka
October 28 - St. George Church Anniversary Divine Liturgy and Dinner
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 10 - St. Arsenius of Srem, Archbishop of Serbia
November 12 - St. King Milutin, Venerable Theoctist and Helena, Venerable Varnava
November 16 - Dedication of the Church of St. George the Greatmartyr in Lydia

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

John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Christian love is measured by our willingness to help and sacrifice for our friends. The Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for us. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)

Do we show our love for Christ by sacrificing to live in ways pleasing to Him? Do we show our love for Christ by reading about His life in the Holy Scriptures? Do we show our love for Christ by being kind to the least of the brethren? (Mt. 55:31-46)

Do we show our love for our family members by sacrificing for them? Do we show our love for our spouses by sacrificing for them? Do we show our love for our friends by sacrificing for them?

Do we consider ourselves first and others second? Do we place our needs above the needs of our loved ones? Do things always have to be the way we want them to be without consideration of the feelings and thoughts of others near and dear to us?

Do we give serious consideration to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ when He said: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt.22:39) Do our lives reflect a consistent love of neighbors? Do our lives reflect a consist love for friends.

In central Pennsylvania there is a young man who had a friend in need of a kidney. The young man went to medical authorities to see if his kidney would match. It did. He donated his kidney that his friend might live. This is Christian love. There are other examples of Christian love through the centuries.

Believers reading the lives of the saints will see the sacrifices made through the centuries for the love of Christ and the love of others. Caring for another family member or friend seriously injured or ill can be an expression of love and Christian sacrifice.

Parents sacrificing for the benefit of their children can be an expression of Christian love. Faithful parishioners sacrificing personal goals and well-being for the love of Christ and Christ’s Church express Christian love.

Love in the way of Christ is not to call attention to the self. Love in the way of Christ is to benefit the other in a way the other person experiences wholeness given only by Christ.

Christian love expressed sets in motion a chain reaction. Christian love expressed counters the culture of selfishness and hate. Christian love expressed shows there is a better way to live, a better alternative to violence, hate and neglect. Christian love expressed reveals the shortcomings of selfishness.

Christian love expressed always has a lasting effect.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
October 7 / October 20, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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