Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 252 - April 27 / May 10, 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. 252

April 27 / May 10, 2014

Burning of the Relics of St. Sava

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

Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Three communicants. Father Alcuin Kellerhouse from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia came to serve. Matushka Kimberly Kellerhouse was present.

Nine people came on May 2 for Great Vespers with the Litya on the Eve of the Translation of the Relics of St. Nikolaj of Serbia.

Carlos Godbey participated in the Slava celebration at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on May 4, 2014.

Remember the 56 miners killed in nearby Osage, West Virginia on May 12, 1942.

The Akathist to the Resurrection with class to follow is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled tentatively for May 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Thank God for the faithful friends and parishioners of this Mission.

Thank God for the multiple blessings of this Mission.

Remember the departed members of this Mission.

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 11 - Sunday of the Paralytic
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 14 - Mid-Pentecost. 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy at St. George Church Serbian Orthodox Church.
May 18 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava
May 21 - St. John the Apostle, Evangelist and Theologian
May 22 - Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas
May 29 - Feast of Ascension.
June 8 - Pentecost
June 9 - Pentecost Monday

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

Luke 8:15 - But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

The Christian requires patience. Frustrations and attacks occur as a person attempts to live the life pleasing to God. Frustrations and attacks can be overcome with patience. Keeping the focus on God is necessary.

Drawing strength from God, keeping in mind the saints and the martyrs and the lesson of the Resurrection gives hope in times of attack and frustrations. Calamities and tragic accidents occur and test a personís faith.

Sickness, economic hardship, loss of employment and other radical changes can cause a Christian to closely examine his or her faith. When the word of God is well-seated in the heart, patience will prevail with hope.

The word of God in the heart nourishes the soul and gives strength to the body and mind. The word of God in the heart gives direction to a person and enables obstacles to be penetrated that deter the Christian life.

Individuals weak in faith and unfamiliar with the word of God do not have the same resources available in times of adversity as do individuals steeped in the word of God.

Individuals are enriched by the word of God by attending the Divine services of the Church. The Divine services of the Church are replete with Biblical references. The Gospel is proclaimed at each Divine Liturgy.

The Gospel is proclaimed in Matins services. Psalms are common to the services of the Church. Words of the Prophets are read during the year as are portions of the New Testament Epistles and Acts of the Apostles.

Individuals personally increase their learning and are strengthened when reading the Holy Scriptures at home. The Holy Scriptures speak of the value of patience. The Holy Scriptures teach about patience.

The believer is expected to grow throughout life. The believer is expected to have a heart fertile for the word of God. The word of God produces the best fruit when the believer reads and attends church services.

The word of God brings joy to the welcoming heart. The home welcoming the word of God differentiates itself from the home where Godís word is not welcome. Hearts of stone fail to produce homes for God.

Reading the word of God does not require fanaticism. Reading and cherishing the word of God comes out of love for God and appreciation for the blessings and goodness of God. Reading is a way to draw closer to God.

Entering into the Holy Scriptures is a way of accessing God and being welcomed by God. A unity occurs when the believer reads the word of God.

Patience is needed to understand the word of God. Individuals loving God and appreciating God will be attentive to Godís word.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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