Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 251 - April 13 / April 26, 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. 251

April 13 / April 26, 2014

Bright Saturday

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

March 29 - Ten people came for the Third and Six Hours and the Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.

April 11 - Seven people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants. Father Moimir served.

April 18 - Seven people came for the Royal Hours.

April 25 - Three people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for May 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Remember the 22 miners killed in Harrison County, W.Va. on April 25, 1963.

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.

If you want you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Important Dates

May 3 - St. Nikolaj of Serbia
May 4 - Celebration of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Slava in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.
May 6 - St. George
May 8 - St. Mark the Apostle and Evangelist
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava. Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. W.Va.
May 11 - Sunday of the Paralytic
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 14 - Mid-Pentecost. 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy at St. George Church in Carmichaels.
May 18 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava
May 21 - St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
May 22 - Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas

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

On the Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Orthodox Christians profess their belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy. This profession of faith is intended to bring the person into a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ. Indeed the relationship is intended to transcend life here on earth to life eternal.

Baptism may come at infancy or at any age in the spectrum of earthly life. The importance of the profession of belief in Jesus Christís Resurrection is of importance at any age.

Parents bringing their infant or young child for Baptism along with the Kum and Kuma, the sponsors, have a major responsibility in seeing the child is raised in an atmosphere that celebrates Jesus Christís Resurrection. Entering into the lasting joy of the Resurrection is an expectation of the Baptismal experience.

Individuals baptized as infants and raised in an Orthodox environment at some point will make a conscious decision regarding his or her personal belief in Christís Resurrection.

Each day we affirm and reaffirm our belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ if we live a life consistent with Christís teachings, if we live a life consistent with the practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed recited at each Divine Liturgy expresses the Orthodox belief in Jesus Christís Resurrection from the dead. Throughout the world, individually, yet collectively, at each Divine Liturgy, Orthodox Christians express their belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We draw strength from the world-wide Orthodox profession of faith in the Resurrection. We are linked in like-mind with individuals of all ages and backgrounds sharing this common belief within the canonical Holy Orthodox Church.

It is worth considering the question: ďHow does the profession of belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ affect the daily life of Orthodox believers?Ē The Holy Orthodox Church invests a very large portion of the year in preparing for the celebration of Christís Resurrection and in the actual celebration.

A number of Sundayís signal and are dedicated to the approach of Great Lent. The time of Great Lent and Holy Week have characteristics which cause us to reflect and consider with increased intensity our own sinfulness and the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Pascha, Bright Week and the ensuing Paschal celebration that continues until the Feast of the Ascension reveals very clearly the importance the Church attaches to the Resurrection.

Pascha is the Feast of Feasts. Pascha is in a category by itself. With the great attention of the Church devoted to the preparation of and celebration of Pascha, it is reasonable to wonder how much time each individual Orthodox believer invests in considering the full meaning of Pascha and the way life should be lived in accord with and to the glory of the Resurrection.

From Zacchaeus Sunday to the Feast of Ascension, sixteen and a half weeks elapse. This period is almost a full one third of a year. Clearly the Church wants believers to seriously and at length to think about Jesus Christ rising from the dead.

Pascha is more than a single dayís celebration, as important as that single day is. Indeed, we know that every Sunday throughout the year is a mini-Pascha, a time to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.

From the Archives Reissued at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va on Bright Saturday, April 13/26, 2014.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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