Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
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
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.
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
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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