Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 233 - April 7 / April 20, 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. 233

April 7 / April 20, 2013

Venerable Gorgius, Bishop of Mitylene

Psalm 50/51:11

Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Ten people came for Divine Liturgy on April 6. Three communicants.

Five people came for the Akathist to the Cross on April 11, 2013.

Akathist is scheduled for Thursday at 6:00 PM. Class afterwards.

Royal Hours are scheduled tentatively for Holy Friday at 9:00 AM. May 3.

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..

Prepare for Confession and Communion.

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 20.

If you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Important Dates

April 21 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. 5:00 PM Vespers at St. George Church, Carmichaels and at St. Nicholas Church in Johnstown.
April 24 - Clergy Confession. Hierarchical Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa
April 27 - Lazarus Saturday. Vrbica.
April 28 - Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem. 5:00 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh.
April 29 - Great and Holy Monday
April 30 - Great and Holy Tuesday
May 1 - Great and Holy Wednesday. Holy Unction, 7:00 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral
May 2 - Great and Holy Thursday
May 5 - PASCHA Paschal Divine Liturgy will be at 9:00 AM at St. George Church.

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

Matthew 3:8 - ďTherefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.Ē

When a person repents of sins, the personís life will reveal the change. The personís life will be different. The personís comportment will be different. The personís language will be different. The personís attitude will be different.

Repentance involves a change of heart. Repentance involves an acknowledgement of sinfulness. Repentance acknowledges actions against God and sorrow for being hurtful towards God and others.

Repentance is a return to the ways of God and an expression of love for God. Repentance is a personal expression to God of the desire to end sinful ways. Repentance is a beseeching of Godís mercy and forgiveness.

A repentant heart seeks healing and wholeness. A repentant heart welcoming God will bring transformation to the person. When God cleanses the repentant person, the person begins anew. Steps are taken to rectify sins.

A repentant person acts in ways that show certainly of love for God and appreciation to God. A repentant person shuns sinful ways and attractions. A repentant person reveals the joy of God in the heart.

Forgiveness by God lifts the burden of sin from the personís heart and minds. Individuals experiencing the forgiveness of God notice the difference in the lives. The change eventually becomes noticeable to others.

Sin in a personís life is not always noticeable. But sin is not hidden forever. Sin is always known to God. At times sin becomes known to others. The Holy Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians words worth remembering.

The Holy Apostle Paul wrote: ďTherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each oneís praise will come from God.Ē (I Cor. 4:5)

Care and vigilance are always necessary following repentance. Return to sinful ways can attract the person seeking to begin anew in Christ. Christ is ever present to help the person beginning anew.

Prayer is necessary. Fasting is necessary. Resolve and hope are necessary. The love of God and the desire for God must always be stronger than the wiles of the devil if a person is to remain free of fatal sin.

Every person commits sins. The battle against sin is a constant battle from baptism to departure from this life. Repentance and renewal in Christ provide for the necessary new beginnings.

Repentance and renewal in Christ are required throughout life.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
April 7 / April 20, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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