Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 227 - December 30, 2012 / January 12, 2013

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. 227

December 30, 2012 / January 12, 2013

Saturday after Nativity

Twenty one people came on December 15, 2012 for Divine Liturgy. Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey were baptized that afternoon.

Nineteen people came for Great Vespers on December 18, 2012. One Slava Kolach and Koljivo were blessed.

A good number of individuals regularly attending services at the Mission came to St. George Church in Carmichaels for the Feast of the Nativity services.

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.

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

The next service is set for January 19, the Feast of Theophany tentatively at 1:00 PM with the annual blessing of the river afterwards.

Important Dates

January 18 - Holy Cross Day.
January 19 - Feast of Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist.
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Veneration of Chains of St. Peter
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Maximus, Archbishop of Serbia
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 21 - St. Sava II

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

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
December 25 / January 7

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ along with Pascha generally are the most celebrated feasts of the Holy Orthodox Church among believers.

Church attendance generally swells above the average on the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. This surge in attendance is an interesting phenomena.

Certainly increased attendance is not to be discouraged. What is required to increase faithfulness among believers during other times of the year? What is required to have the Christ Child alive in the hearts and homes of believers throughout the year?

An extended period of fasting is prescribed by the Church in preparation for the feast. Taking time to honor the full fast is a good investment for the believer. Giving attention to fast as one gives attention to other preparations for the celebration of the feast is a wise investment.

Fasting when done according to the teachings of the Church is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Fasting gives focus. Fasting increases attentiveness. Fasting is a strong reminder.

The Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh is beyond the ability of the finite mind to fully comprehend. The world changed forever when Jesus Christ took on human flesh.

Jesus taking on human flesh set in motion the events that eventually led to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Believers look back to Christís birth and to His Crucifixion and Resurrection.

How many people look forward to Christís return? Each time the Lordís Prayer is said, the prayer is for the Kingdom to come. Each time the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is recited, belief in the Second Coming of Christ is professed.

In the Book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah it is written: ďThere shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.Ē (Is. 11:1-2).

How many believers take time to contemplate the messages of the Holy Prophets? How many believers take time to attend the Divine services leading up to the feast that are held on weekdays?

What percentage of a given week is given to God by believers and what percentage is given in comparison to other activities and uses of time?

The way we invest our time will determine the benefits we receive.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
December 30, 2012 / January 12, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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