Serbian Orthodox Mission
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
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.
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.”
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
(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
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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