Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 234 - April 28 / May 11, 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. 234

April 28 / May 11, 2013

Bright Saturday

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy on April 20. Three communicants.

Four people came for the Akathist on April 25.

Three people went to Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh on Holy Wednesday.

Eleven people came for Royal Hours on Holy Friday.

Nine people came to St. George Church in Carmichaels for Pascha.

An Akathist and Adult Class are scheduled for Thursday, May 16 beginning at 6:00 PM.

The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively set for May 25 at 10:00 AM.

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..

Thank God for the many blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

Thank God for the parishioners and friends of the Mission.

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

Important Dates

May 12 - Thomas Sunday. St. George Parish Slava celebration dinner and program. St. Basil of Ostrog
May 19 - Translation of Relics of St. Sava
May 22 - Translation of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius
May 25 - St. Nikodim of Serbia
May 29 - Mid-Pentecost
June 2 - St. George Church Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic

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

Matthew 28:9-10 - And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped Him.

The Resurrected Jesus told the women to “Rejoice”. They held Him by the feet and worshipped Him. We know from Hebrews that “ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)

Pascha is celebrated in the present each year. We are in the Year 2007 and the Paschal Greeting remains: “Hristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen!” The verifying response is “Vaistinu Voskrese! Indeed He is Risen!”

Reorienting life on a continuous basis is a challenge. Living up to the high standards of Christ is a constant challenge. Battling sin and holding to the purity in Christ is a constant challenge.

To honor the identity of being a Christian and to be faithful to that identity, the believer is required to put forth the best effort at every conceivable moment. Hebrews 12:8 admonishes believers “Lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with the endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Lifting personal vision from the mundane to the celestial inspires the believer. The cares of daily life can lead to blurred vision. The distractions of daily life, the routine of daily life can lead to a wearing down of the believer.

The Paschal celebration provides renewal for the believer. The Paschal celebration provides hope for the believer. The Paschal celebration provides a foundation of reasoning for the believer.

Death need not be feared. Death need not be seen as an end when the resurrection of Christ is considered. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: ”Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (I Cor. 15:20).

The Holy Apostle Paul said to the Thessalonians: “I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” (II Thess. 4:13-14)

Believers mourning the loss of loved ones can find hope in the Resurrected Christ. Believers looking toward the end of earthly life can find hope and purpose in the Resurrected Christ. Life in Christ does not end at the grave. St.John’s Gospel states: ”And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:14-15)

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
April 28 / May 11, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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