Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 240 - September 15 / 28, 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. 240

September 15 / 28, 2013

Saturday after the Holy Cross



Matthew 28:19-20

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Fourteen people came for Divine Liturgy on August 31, 2013. Two communicants.

Akathists and adult education classes have been held on almost a weekly basis recently. Attendance and participation have been very good.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for October 12.

Mike Danko continues to be vigilant in going to St. Louis to rally in defense of healthcare and pension benefits for miners that are in jeopardy.

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.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Slobodan Prodanovich

However, the Church can use the media to demonstrate our spiritual strength and our commitment to the authentic teaching of Christ. These avenues can help us to educate, to influence, and to communicate with our own flock, as well as with secular society, rather than having the secular society transform the Church into its own image.

( "Reflections of Conscience" The Path of Orthodoxy. November-December 1979, p. 2. )

Important Dates

September 30 - Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity and their Mother Sophia, Martyrs.
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God.
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia. St. Petka.
October 31 - St. Luke. St. Peter of Cetinje.
November 2 - Memorial Saturday
November 3 - 59th Parish Anniversary Divine Liturgy and Dinner.
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 10 - St. Arsenije of Srem

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


The Saturday after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Precious and Life-giving Cross every September. We think about the finding of Christ’s Cross. We think about Christ suffering upon that Cross. We think about the crosses that exist in our own lives.

We cannot imagine with accuracy the pain and suffering Christ experienced upon the Cross. We cannot with accuracy know the pain and suffering any individual experiences.

We can think about the suffering of Christ. We can think about the suffering of others. We can think about our own suffering.

From the Cross, we can draw hope. From the Cross, we can find direction. From the Cross, we can draw strength.

The love of Christ extends through the centuries to each person willing to accept and acknowledge Christ’s love. The love of Christ reaches to the hearts of all persons willing to open their hearts to Christ.

Today we turn our thoughts to the Cross. Today Orthodox Christians around the world gather and focus attention upon the Cross of Christ. In the troparion of this feast, Orthodox Christians seek victories over adversaries.

Most of our adversaries are within ourselves. The overwhelming majority of battles we must fight are in our hearts and minds. We must fight the battles in the hearts and minds that Christ prevails in our hearts and minds. We must fight the battles in our hearts and minds that Christ prevails in our homes, in our families, in our communities.

The way we live as individuals, as Orthodox Christians, determines the end we will face. We must be true to ourselves. We must be true to Christ. We can do no more. No more is expected.

Being an Orthodox Christian is an enormous responsibility. Being an Orthodox Christian requires an enormous effort. Each us must do the best we can for Christ. Each of us must do the best we can for the salvation of our souls.

We know of the mercy of God. We know of the goodness of God. We know of the forgiveness of God. When we come to God seeking mercy, we should be doing all we can to live in ways pleasing to God. When we come to God seeking forgiveness, we need to be forgiving. We need to be repentant. We need to be serious and resolute about following the path of Christ.

The path of the Cross is not an easy path. The path of the Cross is a narrow path. Our Lord tells us “the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Mt. 7:14)

Today and each day we chose the path we will follow. Let us follow the path of Christ. Let us deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Him. (Mt. 16:24)



Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
September 15 / 28, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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