Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 226 - December 2 / December 15, 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. 226

December 2 / December 15, 2012

Prophet Habakkuk, St. Urosh, Ven Joannicius of Devich



Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.

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

Vespers is scheduled for December 18, 2012. Tentative start time is 5:30 PM. To be confirmed.

A multiple baptism is scheduled for today following the Divine Liturgy.

Thank God for the blessings benefitting this mission parish.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners and friends of the mission.

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.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity.

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

Important Dates

December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
December 22 -C onception of the Theotokos
December 23 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 26-29 - Diocesan Winter Retreat, St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Serbian Mothers’Day
January 6 - Serbian Fathers’Day, Christmas Eve
January 7 - The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
January 8 -S ynaxis of Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon.
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year
January 18 - Feast of the Holy Cross

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


Psalm 146:5 - Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.

Hope lifts the energy level of a person. Hope gives impetus to the work of a person. Hope gives the person reason to continue with daily existence in the times of tribulation and distress.

Hope enables a person to endure suffering, knowing that something greater awaits the person. In Hebrews, the believer reads the words: “Pursue peace with all people and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14)

Joy in the Lord is an experience defying full description. Joy in the Lord is felt in the heart. Joy in the Lord is experienced in the mind. Joy in the Lord results in a change in bodily feeling.

Joy in the Lord, hope in the Lord rests in the pre-eminency of the Lord. St. John wrote words of hope to etch in the hearts and minds of believers as they are etched in Holy Scripture.

St. John wrote centuries ago: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (I Jn. 4:4) Believers draw strength from the Lord within. Believers draw strength from the Lord when facing the most difficult of times.

Parents facing the illness of a child draw strength from the Lord. Adults facing serious illness draw strength from the Lord. Men and women on the battlefield draw strength from the Lord.

Women and children living in ghettos where crime and violence are daily occurrences draw strength from the Lord. Residents of mental hospitals, jails and prisons draw strength from the Lord.

Believers in Kosovo and Metohija draw strength from the Lord. Where the vision of hope prevails, Satan does not triumph. Despair is the tool of Satan. Despair prevails in the mind of individuals having no hope.

In The Ladder of Divine Ascent, St. John Climacus said: “”Despondency is a paralysis of the soul, an enervation of the mind, neglect of asceticism, hatred of the vow made.” 1

When the believer puts on Christ at Holy Baptism, the believer subscribes to the joy of the Resurrection. The believer subscribes to the joy of the Resurrected Christ.

When the believer puts on Christ at Holy Baptism, the believer is armed with the joy of the Lord. The believer is armed with faith in the Resurrected Christ. The believer is sufficiently armed to deal with all the terrors to be faced in life.

1 St. John Climacus. The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, Masssachusettes, 2001, p. 95



Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
December 2 / December 15, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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