Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 225 - November 18 / December 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. 225

November 18 / December 7, 2012

M. Platon. M. Romanus

Hebrews 9:14

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Fifteen people came on November 17 for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

Ten people came on November 21 for the Akathist of Thanks and Adult Class.

On December 6, remember the miners that lost their lives in the Robena Mine in 1962 and in Monongah in 1906. Remember their families and friends.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for December 15.

Vespers for St. Nicholas is scheduled for December 18.

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.

Thank God for the blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

Important Dates

December 4 - Entry into the Temple of the Theotokos. Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM.
December 6 - Robena and Monongah Mine Disaster Anniversaries
December 8 - Leave-taking of the Feast of the Entry.
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 26-29 - Diocesan Winter Retreat, St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Serbian Mothers’Day
January 6 - Serbian Fathers’Day, Christmas Eve

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

The Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast began on Wednesday November 15/28 and continues until the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ on December 25 / January 7.

The Nativity Fast is an integral part of the life of serious Orthodox Christians. The Lord Jesus Christ fasted forty days and forty nights as is evident in the Gospel of St. Matthew (Mt. 4:2)

Fasting is simultaneously a voluntary act and an expectation. It is voluntary in that believers say “yes” to the practice of fasting and choose to deny themselves for the benefit of drawing closer to God.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast if from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body be cast into hell.” (Mt. 5:30)

Denying ourselves certain foods and certain activities while at the same time engaging in more beneficial practices for the soul, better prepares believers for the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Fasting is an expectation. When an individual becomes an Orthodox Christian, the expectation is he or she will be a serious in participating fully in the life of the Church.

Fasting is practiced by serious Orthodox Christians for approximately half of the year. Great Lent, the Apostles Fast, Dormition Fast, Nativity Fast and Wednesdays and Fridays are normal fast periods.

Just as athletes undergo continued conditioning, as military personnel stay in shape, as medical and teaching personnel and other professionals stay current with continuing education, serious Orthodox Christians honor their baptismal commitment and fast.

The Nativity Fast is a time of joyful preparation. The birth of Jesus Christ changed the world forever. The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ is a celebration of “God with us.”

During the Nativity Fast, serious believers focus their prayers on the meaning of Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. Prayers enable believers to consider the fullness of time when God sent forth His Son, born of a woman. (Gal. 4:4)

Each day of the Nativity Fast is an opportunity for believers to enter into the life of the Church. Each day is an opportunity to cast aside elements of life that hinder the focus on Christ and deter Christian growth.

The Nativity Fast is a time for each believer to be a good steward of the talents given by God. It is an opportunity to apply and invest the talents given by God for the glory of God.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
November 18 / December 7, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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