Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 228 - January 20 / February 2, 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. 228

January 20 / February 2, 2013

Euthymius the Great

I John 4:2

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Fifteen people attended Divine Liturgy on January 12, 2013.

Thirteen people came on Theophany for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Great Blessing of the Water and Blessing of the Monongahela River.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for February 16, 2013.

An Akathist is scheduled for Thursday, February 7 at 6:00 PM with Adult Class afterwards.

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.

Important Dates

February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian
February 9 - Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 21 - St. Sava II, Archbishop of Serbia
February 24 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 28 - Ven. Simeon the Myhrrgusher

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

Galatians 6:14

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Christians draw strength from the Cross of Christ. The Cross of Christ revealed His divinity. The centurion witnessing Christ’s death said: “Truly this Man was the Son of God.” (Lk. 15:39) Christ’s death on the Cross was a lasting example of perfect love and willingness to suffer for the benefit of others. Through the centuries saints and martyrs have gone to their deaths rather than deny Christ. Saints and martyrs faced with death knew that Jesus asked no more of them than He asked of Himself.

Leaders everywhere need to heed the lesson of Christ. Leaders wanting faithful followers need to be examples in sacrifice as well as in wisdom. Priests and Church board members, teachers and parents need to follow the example of Christ.

Our tendency to sin can only be overcome by our dying to sin and living in Christ. The Crucified and Resurrected Christ will provide the power to eradicate sin from our lives if we live in Him and pray faithfully to Him. If we cling to Christ and keep Christ first in our hearts and minds, Christ will be radiant in our souls. If we immerse ourselves in the Holy Gospel and keep our eye on the Cross of Christ, Christ will help us in the battle against sin. If we repent when we fall and confess our sins, the Precious Body and Blood of Christ will renew us in Christ.

The mind has great capability but there are certain images that need to be dominant in the mind. The Crucified and Risen Christ need to be dominant in shaping the contents of the mind and being gatekeepers as to what is permitted to enter and remain in the mind. Every aspect of Christ’s life has a place in the minds and hearts of believers.

If the mind and heart are filled with healthy Christian thoughts and images, they will be strong defenses against evil tendencies. Defensive action against evil is not only necessary. Believers need to take initiative to learn more about Christ and to love Christ more. Continuous thanks to God is appropriate because God continues to give life and bless each person. Continuous love of God and neighbor is appropriate because God continues to love each person and asks that each person love his or her neighbor. (Mt. 22:37-39)

Christ’s lesson of love and humility is enduring. Christians need to take to heart more the love and humility of Christ. The First Epistle of St. John states: ”In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.”” (I Jn. 4:10)

We can benefit immeasurably from spending the remaining days of our lives living in Christ, thanking Christ and clinging to Christ with all of our strength. We find our purpose in Christ. We find our identity in Christ.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 20 / February 2, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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