Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 253 - May 11 / May 24, 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. 253

May 11 / May 24, 2014

Sts. Cyril and Methodius

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN has made an urgent appeal for funds for victims suffering from flooding. Donations can be made to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church with the designation for “Flood Victims.”

Nine people came for the Divine Liturgy on May 10, 2014. Four communicants.

Four people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class on May 14, 2014.

Great Vespers are scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 at 6:30 PM.

The Mission Slava will be held the week of June 8 at a date to be announced.

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 28 - Leave-taking of Pascha
May 29 - Feast of Ascension. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM St. George Church, Carmichaels.
June 2 - Ven. Stefan of Piper
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen St. Jelena of Decani
June 4 - St. Jovan Vladimir
June 6 - Apodasis of Ascension
June 7 - Memorial Saturday
June 8 - Pentecost
June 9 - Pentecost Monday

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

Luke 24:51 - Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

Jesus blessed His followers and departed into heaven. This departure was the end of this period of visibility and the beginning of the wait for Jesus’ return. Centuries have passed. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed reminds believers at Holy Baptism and at each Divine Liturgy that Jesus will return to judge the living and the departed.

At each Orthodox Funeral Service the Epistle to the Thessalonians is read. St. Paul’s words to the Thessalonians are comforting to the bereaved. He states: ”For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.” (I Thess. 4:16)

The returning Christ offers not only hope for the bereaved and for the departed but for the living faithful. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians: “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (I Thess. 4:17)

Living believers are faced with the challenge of making good use of the time until departure from this life or until Jesus’ return. A certain suspense is associated with the time of Jesus’ return.

Jesus, Himself, said “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” (Mt. 25:13).

Believers need to find the proper balance in life. Prayer, good works, tending to family and providing for economic stability are among the concerns believers face. Believers face the issue of being faithful to Christ and to Holy Baptism.

Jesus’ departure into heaven inaugurated a new era. Jesus had come and gone in earthly body. Jesus was crucified and was buried. He rose from the grave. Jesus ascended into heaven.

Individuals have much to think about regarding Jesus’ return. Individuals have to think about managing their resources and gifts in ways pleasing to God. Individuals have to think about relationships with others and whether the relationships are pleasing to God.

Individuals have to review their ethical and moral standards and determine if they are consistent with Divine teachings. When Jesus returns, the time of judgment will take place. (Mt. 25:1-46)

Followers of Christ at the time of His ascension may have believed He would have returned by now. Because of the passage of time since then, we cannot be certain. The Holy Apostle Peter wrote: “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Pet. 3:8),

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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