Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 249 - February 23 / March 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. 249

February 23 / March 8, 2014

Theodore Saturday

Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

February 22 - Ten people came. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.

February 27 - Ten people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God and class. Attending were: Wayne Kirby, Mike Danko, Vanessa Lasobek, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Dennis and Sandy Eliot, Zach, Crystal Griffen and Zach Jr.

Wayne Kirby attended the Diocesan Assembly at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville, Pennsylvania on February 28 - March 1, 2014.

An Akathist is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 at 6:30 PM followed by class.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 at 10:00 AM.

Remember the 18 West Virginia miners killed in 1960 in Island Creek Holden #22.

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 the families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Thank God for the many blessings for this Mission.

Important Dates

Today, March 9 - Sunday of Orthodoxy Doxology. 4:00 PM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 9000 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh.
March 16 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas. 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers in Aliquippa and Youngwood.
March 23 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Sunday of the Holy Cross. 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers in Midland, Pennsylvania.
March 30 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers in Steubenville and Monroeville.

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


Baptism represents a change in identity. The person being baptized rejects the way of the Satan and embraces the way of Christ. It is a process of transformation. The process is a renunciation of the way of sin and the embracing of a life of virtue. The teachings and way of Christ are intended to dominate and become the singular way for the new believer.

The new believer professes belief in the Holy Trinity, in the Virgin Birth of Christ, in His Death on the Cross, Resurrection, Ascension and anticipated Second Coming. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed recited at Baptism is reaffirmed at each Divine Liturgy and is a standard measurement throughout life. The joy of baptism is immeasurable.

Parents bring their children normally at infancy but even at later stages in life. They come with the purest of intentions. Children are brought by parents who want their offspring to be Christian in identity normally in keeping with the family’s religious identity.

Adults, too, come to the Mystery of Baptism, out of a conscious decision to be identified with Christ and the way of Christ. In the case of infants and young children, the degree of conscious decision-making is with the parents.

The God-parents, the Kumovi, assume a responsibility with the parents in the decision-making process and in the formation process of the infants and young children being baptized. Adults coming to the baptismal fount are capable of making their own decisions. Adults are expected to undergo a period of preparation, education and forethought.

Parents preparing their sons and daughters for baptism do well to read the service of Baptism. Adult believers do well to periodically reflect on the baptismal experience and the importance it has for the remaining period of life.

Whether a person is baptized as an infant or as an adult, the responsibility of living the Christian life is inherit to the experience. Parents having their children baptized are expected to raise them in a Christian environment.

Parents having their children baptized are expected to set examples and provide Christian instruction not only in words but by the way they live. Adults coming to the baptismal fount are expected to be very serious about the decision.

The joy of being baptized is a lasting joy to be renewed throughout the Christian life.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
February 23 / March 8, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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