Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 245 - December 22, 2013 / January 4, 2014

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. 245

December 22, 2013 / January 4, 2014

St. Anastasia, Greatmartyr

Exodus 31:3

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.

Nine people attended Divine Liturgy on December 21, 2013. Five communicants.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for January 18 with Great Blessing of Water. The blessing of the Mon River will be afterwards.

The Nativity Fast continues until January 7.

Bring a friend or relative when you come to church.

Honor the feasts and fasts of the Church.

Think carefully and personally about the Feast of the Nativity.

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 questions about the services or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

Important Dates

January 5 - St. Naum of Ohrid. Fathers’ Day
January 6 - Christmas Eve. Blessing of Badjnak at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pa. at 7:30 PM with Vigil at 8;30 PM.
Tuesday, St. George Church, January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Wednesday, January 8 - Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos.
Thursday, January 9 - St. Stephen Archdeacon, Protomartyr
January 13 - Ven. Melanie of Rome: Dosetij the Confessor; Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year
January 18 - Feast of the Holy Cross. Blessing of the Mon River in Fairmont.
January 19 - Theophany. Epiphany. Baptism of the Lord

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

The Nativity of Christ: Points to Consider

The Nativity Fast begins on November 15/28 and continues until the Feast of the Nativity on December 25/January 7.

Believers are expected to abstain from meat and dairy products during the Nativity Fast.

The mind, the heart, the soul and the body are to prepare for the celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ

Christ’s birth is celebrated as a “present event.”

The greeting on the Feast of the Nativity is: Christ is Born!”

The services declare: “God is with us!”

Believers are expected to maintain perspective.

The birth of Christ is the guiding event giving reason to the Fast.

The reason to celebrate comes on the Feast itself.

Attending the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity and receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is most fitting.

The celebration of the Feast of the Nativity continues until December 31/January 13.

Maintaining a demeanor of love, kindness and peace.

Being joyful due to the birth of Christ.

Being grateful for the birth of Christ.

Sharing the message of Christ’s love.

Being rooted in the Gospel of Christ.

Being appreciative of forefathers and mothers having kept the Faith through the centuries.

Being firmly united with Christ.

Firmly rejecting the ways that dilute the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity.

Being vigilant and careful to protect and care for the soul.

Exhibit conduct pleasing to Christ.

Abstain from thought and actions abhorrent to Christ and others.

Share the love of Christ in daily relationships.

Think carefully about the birth of Christ.

Think about the humility of Christ.

Consider the physical growth Christ experienced.

Remember the Virgin Birth of Christ.

Be appreciative of the Holy Spirit.

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Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
December 22, 2013 / January 4, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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