Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 248 - February 9 / February 22, 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. 248

February 9 / February 22, 2014

St. Nicephorus. Memorial Saturday.



John 3:5

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.

Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy on February 8, 2014. Four communicants.

Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God and class on February 13, 2014.

Records indicate the Divine Liturgy was served on March 20, 1999 with 10 people in attendance.

The Mission was officially accepted into the Diocese with the Hiearchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN on April 15, 2000.

An Akathist is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM with class afterwards.

Remember the 125 people that died in 1972 when the coal slurry dam broke in Buffalo Creek Hollow, W.Va.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for Saturday March 8, 2014.

Thank God for all the blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

Thank God for the friends, supporters and parishioners of the Mission.

Important Dates

February 23 - Meatfare Sunday
February 28-March 1 - Diocesan Assembly, Monroeville
March 2 - Cheese-fare Sunday. Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church in Mckeesport at 5:00 PM
March 3 - Beginning of Great Lent March 8 - Theodore Saturday March 8 - Vespers for Sunday of Orthodoxy for Orthodox churches in the Mon Valley to be held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon. March 9 - Sunday of Orthodoxy

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



Time to Draw Near to God

Drawing closer to God is the expectation every day for believers. Individuals baptized into Christ and those seeking to be baptized are to draw near in faith at each moment of time. Every moment of time is a faith-decision moment. At every conscious moment individuals accept or reject Christ. At every moment individuals draw near or withdraw from Christ. Decisions of faith determine whether unity of Christ exists and continues.

Thoughts entertained and embraced by believers are to be Christ-filled. Believers seeking to enjoy unity with Christ actively must reject thoughts and interests leading to the soul’s peril. The approach of Great Lent is a period for fully reorienting the mind and heart to Christ. The approach of Great Lent will increase the conscientious believer’s sensitivity to personal sinfulness.

The approach of Great Lent is a period of readiness. Sin is to be attacked forthwith and with vigor. Purity of heart and mind filled with Christ is the goal of believers seeking the Kingdom of God.

Purity of heart and mind filled with Christ offers the fullness of life. The desire for eternal life motivates believers to reject sin and draw near to Christ. Drawing near to the Holy Chalice is the greatest and most fulfilling choice.

Holy Communion provides complete unity with Christ. Holy Communion enables Christ to permeate and transform the believer. Taking Holy Communion brings joy reminiscent of the prodigal son returning to his father. (Lk. 15:11-32)

The approach of Great Lent summons an increase of faith and hope within believers. The arrival of Great Lent offers the opportunity of change for the better.The arrival of Great Lent offers the opportunity for new life in Christ.

Believers need to constantly seek to rid themselves of sin through Holy Confession and reorient themselves to the life in Christ. The Church provides the structure and nourishment to inspire and assist believers.

The Lord Jesus Christ invites and welcomes individuals to turn to Him to find rest for their souls. (Mt. 11:28)-29). The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about the joy that results when repentance takes place. (Lk 15:7)

Every moment is an opportunity to reach out to Christ in prayer. Every prayer is an act of faith filled with hope. Prayer is the placing of confidence in God. Prayer is an act of construction, a reconstruction of the self in Christ.

Believers need to actively move away from sin. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “ Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”. (2 Cor.6:17)

This is the time of the year to be fully in Christ. It is always the time of the year to be in Christ. Draw near to Christ in faith and great anticipation. Enter into the joy of the Lord



Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
February 9 / February 22, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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