Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

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

Ephesians 4:1-3

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.

Important Dates

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 with God.

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…” (Eph .4:13)

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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