Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
The Lord Jesus Christ speaks about the joy that results when repentance takes place.
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”.
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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