Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 241 - September 29 / October 12, 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. 241

September 29 / October 12, 2013

St. Cyriacus the Anchorite



Ephesians 1:13

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.

Nine people came for Divine Liturgy on September 28. Two communicants.

Akathist and Adult Class are scheduled for Thursday, October 17 beginning at 6:30 PM.

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.

Make sure you have an icon of your patron saint/patronal feast in your home.

Thank you to all helping with the luncheon following each Divine Liturgy.

Thank God for the many blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

From Proto Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevichís book:

The Eucharist As Sacrifice:

The Lord Jesus Christ is not a ordinary sacrifice offered on Golgotha, rather He is the Divine sacrifice which Christ bore witness to by His resurrection, ascension, and by the descent of the Holy Spirit. By His redemptive action, He became the great sacrifice for the human race. This great sacrifice gives fullness and meaning to every Eucharist; and to separate one from another would mean the negation of the salvational effect of the eucharistic sacrifice. p. 19.

Important Dates

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

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


The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God

The Mother of God is a source of joy as she was chosen among all women of all centuries to give birth to the Christ Child. She holds a unique place in salvation history that no other woman holds.

Belief in the Virgin birth of Christ is professed at baptism and each Divine Liturgy. The Virgin birth is recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke. (Lk. 1:1-2:20) The Virgin birth was forecast centuries earlier in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. (Is. 7:14)

Centuries have passed since the birth of the Mother of God. Centuries have passed since her physical departure from this life. She continues to have an immeasurable presence in the lives of believers.

The Mother of God has transcended the time since her earthly physical life came to an end. Believers still communicate with her through prayer. Reports of her presence are recorded in the writings of the Church.

The Mother of God holds a particularly special understanding with respect to the Holy Mountain of Athos. Females are not permitted to visit the monasteries on Mt. Athos. The Mother of God is viewed as the guardian of Mt. Athos. 1

Believersí minds are challenged to consider the far-reaching nature of the influence, presence and miracles of the Mother of God. Believersí minds do well to consider the lessons to be learned from the Mother of God.

Seeking to understand more about the Mother of God is part of the process of learning more about Christ and growing in Christ. No one has had a closer relationship with Christ than the Mother of God.

The Mother of God was chosen from all women of all centuries to give birth to the Christ Child. She was present at the Cross when Christ was being crucified. She was entrusted by Christ to the care of St. John the Apostle. (Jn. 19:26-27)

The current Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God is traced to October 1, 911 when the Mother of God appeared in the Blachernae Church of the Mother of God in Constantinople. Her protection is viewed as unceasing. 2

Godís Holy Church celebrates the life and miracles of the Mother of God throughout the year. Special observances occur in the Church on particular dates but the Mother of God is always a part of the liturgical life of the Church.

Believers find joy, comfort and hope when turning to the Mother of God in prayer and worship. She is ever accessible and readily welcomes believers seeking her intercession before the Lord Jesus Christ.
From the Archives. The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God is celebrated on October 1/14 each year.

1 Treasures of Mt.Athos. Athanasios K. Karakatsanis - Managing Editor. Thessaloniki, Greece, 1997, p. x.

2 St. Nikolai Velimirovic. The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol.Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Western Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 370



Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
September 29 / October 12, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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