Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 229 - January 27 / February 9, 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. 229
- January 27 / February 9, 2013
- Transfer of Relics of St. John Chrysostom
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the
vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the
bond of peace.
Seven people came for Divine Liturgy on February 3, 2013.
Eleven people came for the Akathist to St.Sava on February 7, 2013.
Eight people attended class on February 7, 2013.
The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for March 9, 2013.
Thank you to Auditors Subdeacon Joseph Brinda and Goyko Arbutina
for completing the audit.
Thank you to Treasurer Sharren Paroda for continuing to serve in this capacity.
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.
February 9 - Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 17 - Zacchaeus Sunday
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!
Benefitting from the Structure of the Church
The Holy Orthodox Church provides a basic structure for believers to experience
God throughout life. The structure nurtures growth and encourages repentance.
The structure welcomes sinners returning to the life in Christ.
The daily services of the Church offer believers opportunities to worship and
experience God throughout the day. The daily services of the Church enable the
believer to learn more about God. The daily services feed the soul.
The daily services enable interested non-believers to taste of the Church
and to draw closer to the life in Christ. The daily services are spiritual means
for serious believers to worship and be united with God to a greater extent each day.
The service books of the Church set forth the services as approved and to be
followed. These books are instructional in content. The service books reflect the
theology of the Church and are immeasurable in learning value.
The Holy Mysteries of the Church set forth a structure for the life cycle to
bring the person to Christ and keep the person united with Christ. The Holy
Mysteries provide for the uniting of man and woman in marriage.
The Holy Mysteries serve to heal the hurt believer and to restore unity with
Christ. The Holy Mysteries are an entrance way to full unity with Christ and
extensive commitment to the life in Christ.
Service books are instructional for deacons, priests and bishops in doing
the work of the Church. Prayer books serve all the faithful in maintaining unity
The structure of the Church is necessarily extensive to meet the far-reaching
needs of the faithful and to reach out to those interested in Christ. A single
person will never exhaust the learning possible in Christ.
Each believer is challenged by the words: “till we all come to the unity of
the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure
of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”
Believers have a continuing responsibility to examine themselves and determine
the degree to which they are faithful to their baptismal commitment to honor Christ
as King and as God.
St. Gregory of Nyssa said” If therefore on examining himself a man finds that he
still needs to be purified because his conscience is full of vile stains and sores,
he cannot insinuate himself into the family of God until he has been purged from all
these evil things.” 1
Prepared for Adult Class, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels,
Pennsylvania. May 2/15, 2012. St. Athanasius.
1 St. Gregory of Nyssa.
The Lord’s Prayer. The Beatitudes. Ancient Christian Writers.
Translated by Hilda C. Graef. Newman Press, New York, New York, 1954, pp. 38-39.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 27 / February 9, 2013
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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