Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 247 - January 26 / February 8, 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. 247

January 26 / February 8, 2014

Ven Xenophone and Those with Him.

Ecclesiastes 11:15

As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.

Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy on January 25, 2014. The Great Blessing of Water was part of the Divine Liturgy.

An Akathist is scheduled for Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 PM with class afterwards.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for February 22, 2014.

Think carefully and personally about the approach of Great Lent

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

February 9 - Translation of Relics of St. John Chrysostom. Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee.
February 12 - Synaxis of Three Holy Hierarchs. Divine Liturgy.
February 14 - St. Tryphon
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord.
February 16 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 23 - Meatfare Sunday
February 28-March 1 - Diocesan Assembly, Monroeville
March 2 - Cheese-fare Sunday. Forgiveness Vespers.
March 3 - Beginning of Great Lent

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

John 15:11 - These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

If the words of Jesus are to be taken at face value, Jesus wants His joy to be lasting in His followers. Jesus gave the Commandment to “love one another as I have loved you.” (Jn. 15:12)

Loving one another involves forgiveness. Loving one another involves giving the other person the benefit of the doubt. Loving one another involves considering the other person’s point of view.

The life and words of Jesus give shape to the lives of believers and provide for the existence of joy. The life and words of Jesus provide the foundation for joy in the lives of believers.

Ears attentive to the Holy Gospel, hearers welcoming the Holy Gospel, these lend themselves to the joy of Christ. Homes where Christ is the center and the foundation of life are homes where the joy of Christ will grow and be full.

Divine joy is realized when individuals uses their God-given talents in ways pleasing to God. Divine joy is realized when men and women are stewards of their lives consistent with their Baptismal commitment.

Stewardship, the sound use of time, talents and treasurers of life, can bring joy if used for the glory of God. If we give to God freely from the gifts that God has given to us, God will bless and multiply the results.

Joy comes from fulfillment in Christ. Fulfillment comes as a result of prayer and seeking to do the will of God. When we structure our lives and exclude God, we put ourselves at peril. When we begin every effort with prayer, we set our lives on a course directed to the Kingdom of God. Divine joy is found in prayer. Divine joy is the result of prayer. Divine joy encourages more use of prayer.

Anxiety, stress, personal discomfort, despondency or despair can afflict a person. The first remedy is prayer. The first remedy is to be honest about the matters of concern and evaluate one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

People seek joy in many different places. Lasting joy is best found in Christ. Momentary experiences of a “feel good” nature can be found in many different places and in a variety of means. No equal exists to the authentic relationship with the Crucified and Risen Christ. No equal exists to looking to God throughout the day and night for direction and strength. No equal exists to life full with the Holy Spirit.

Individuals wavering in faith, do well to pray as did the father of the child with the mute spirit. The father said to Jesus: “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!” (Mk. 9:17-27) The joy of Christ is complete. The joy of Christ is experienced in the Divine Liturgy. The joy of Christ is experienced by those looking for Christ in daily life.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 26 / February 8, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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