Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 230 - February 24 / March 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. 230

February 24 / March 9, 2013

Memorial Saturday

I Thessalonians 5:16 -22

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Ten people attended the Divine Liturgy on February 9, 2013.

Seven people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Adult Class on February 21, 2013.

May God grant many years to the new Serbian Orthodox Christian, Wayne Kirby.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for March 23, 2013.

An Akathist is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 PM followed by Adult Class.

Thank you to Dr. Charles and Sharren Paroda for attending the Diocesan Assembly in the Holy Resurrection of Christ Serbian Orthodox Church, Lebanon, Pennsylvania on March 1-2, 2013.

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

March 10 - Meatfare Sunday
March 17 - Cheesefare Sunday. Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport, 5:00 PM.
March 18 - Beginning of Great Lent
March 23 - Sunday of Orthodoxy. Vespers at 6:30 PM, St. Spyridon Church in Monessen.
March 24th - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 903 Ann Street, Homestead, Pa. 15120 for the site of Triumph of Orthodoxy Service on Sunday, at 4:00.
March 31 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. 5:00 PM Vespers at St. Elijah, Aliquippa, Vespers 5:00 PM at Holy Ascension, Youngwood
April 7 - Annunciation. Third Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM. St. George Church, Midland, Pa.
April 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.

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

Joel 1:14 - Sanctify a fast. Call a solemn assembly. Gather all the elders and all the people of the land into the house of the Lord God, and cry out fervently to the Lord.

The Holy Orthodox Church established Great Lent as part of the Church Year. Great Lent, the Nativity Fast, the Apostles Fast and the Dormition Fast are a part of the annual structure of Orthodox Christian life.

Wednesdays and Fridays throughout most of the year and others specified days also are days of the fasting. Life for Christians is an ordered life centered in the Church.

Believers desiring to grow will work diligently to incorporate the flow of the Church Year into their daily lives. Fasting is one part of this incorporation process. The process is life-long as the believer increases in understanding and desire for Christ.

As a person grows in Christ, the personís views change and mature. Fasting as well as other aspects of Church life come to be viewed differently. A person new to Orthodoxy may feel the expectations of fasting to be too great.

When a person draws near to Christ in an act of faith, Christ helps the person complete the journey. Jesus said: ďTake My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.Ē (Mt. 11:29-30)

Fast is an act of faith. The believerís approach to fasting will reflect the faith the person has in the Church and the teachings of the Church. The value a person places on fasting will reflect the personís values in life.

Individuals control their priorities and decisions. Each person exercises the choices made throughout out the day. Culture and genetic composition influence a person. Ultimately, the person makes the final decision and has the final responsibility for decisions made.

No one is forced to seek the Kingdom of God. No one is forced to live the Christian life. No one is forced to enter the baptismal fount. No one is forced to confess Jesus Christ as King and as God.

The life in Christ offers the remission of sins. (Acts 10:43) The life in Christ offers a newness of life. (Eph. 4:24) The life in Christ offers unity with Christ. (Jn. 6:56) The life in Christ offers eternal life. (Jn. 6:47).

Making a conscious decision to fast throughout Great Lent in accord with the teachings of the Church is a deliberate decision to prepare carefully for Pascha and to repent of sins. Repentance is a repudiation of sinful ways and a declaration of faith in Christ for the future. Believers do not know what the future holds.

Believers do know the Lord will come again in judgment (Mt. 25:31-46). Blessed are believers who use each day to prepare well for the Second Coming.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
February 24 / March 9, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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