Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 231 - March 10 / March 23, 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. 231

February 24 / March 9, 2013

Theodore Saturday

Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Nineteen people came for Divine Liturgy on March 9, 2013. Five communicants.

Four people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class on March 14. 2013.

Great Lent has begun. The personal investment in Great Lent will have proportionate results.

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.

Akathist and Adult Class are scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 PM.

Prepare for Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Thank God for the many blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

Thank God for the parishioners and friends of the Mission.

The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively set for April 6.

Important Dates

Today, 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!

Luke 15:7 - I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repenting.

Joy results when a believer repents. Families are stronger when a wayward member returns and takes his or her proper place of responsibility. Organizations are better when irresponsible individuals become responsible.

Parishes are better when parishioners view repentance with the greatest of seriousness. Parishes are stronger when individuals fast and pray in earnest when preparing for Holy Confession and Communion. The fast periods of the Church provide structured opportunities for believers. The fast periods of the Church are reminders of each person’s sinfulness. The fast periods of the Church emphasize the value of repentance.

Not everyone adheres to the fast periods of the Church. Not everyone adheres to the fast periods with the same degree of seriousness. Ideally, as a person matures, he or she makes better use of the periods of fasting.

Periods of fasting have a place in the consciousness of believers. Periods of fasting increase in value as believers welcome them and take deliberate steps to honor them. Each day increases in value as a day for salvation of the soul.

The joy a person experiences following repentance will be equal to or greater than the degree of repentance. God has a way of increasing joy beyond human expectation.

Joy may not be anticipated. Repentance may be such an inner need, an inner urging to rid the self of sin that joy may not enter the mind. Joy may be the result. Being closer to God and ways pleasing to God may be the simple motivation.

Believers seeking to return to ways pleasing to God and to put behind them the way of sin should not be deterred by complex thoughts. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ should always be in mind when faced with temptation.

Jesus said: “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Mt. 4:10) The love of God makes repentance worth the effort. The joy of God makes repentance worth the effort.

Fear of God at the time of repentance is alleviated by the love of God. God’s love alleviates the fear the repentant believer experiences. The believer’s responsibility is great at Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

The believer’s responsibility, as great as it is, can always be fulfilled in Christ. Repentance empowers a person. The Holy Spirit is at work. The individual is free to make new decisions.

The Cross of Christ brought pain and death. The Cross of Christ was necessary. Without the Cross, there would be no Resurrection. Repentance brings death to the sin that has occurred and new life to the believer. Being new in Christ is cause for celebration. Being new in Christ is always reason for unending joy.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
March 10 / March 23, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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