Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 254 - June 1 / June 14, 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. 254
- June 1 / June 14, 2014
- Apodasis of Pentecost
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Twelve people came on May 24 for Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.
Seven people came for Great Vespers with Litya on May 28.
Six people came on June 4 for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and class afterwards.
A decision was made by all present following the Divine Liturgy on May 24 for
the Mission to donate $1000 for flood victims in Serbia.
Thank you to all coming for the Slava celebration today.
Thank you to all supporting the Mission through the years.
An Akathist is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18 at 6:30 PM with class afterwards.
Congratulations to Dennis and Sandy Eliot on becoming new grandparents.
The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 28.
Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement corrections,
probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.
Remember and appreciate 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.
June 16 - Beginning of Apostles Fast.
June 17 - St. Metrophanes. St. Joanikije of Montenegro and Georgije
June 18 - Venerable Peter of Korish
June 28 - Vidovdan.
If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!
The Feast of Pentecost
John 7:37 - On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood
and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
The thirst of the soul can only be satisfied when the believer turns to Christ
to drink. Jesus offers Himself. Jesus makes Himself available. Jesus invites the
thirsty to draw near to Him and drink.
Less than satisfying alternatives exist and compete for the attention of the
soul of the believer. The believer must be vigilant and discerning in seeking out
Christ. The believer must keep the focus on Christ.
Daily distractions will compete with Christ for the attention of the believer.
It is easy for a believer to get snagged by the cares of this world
It easy for the believer to injure the soul.
With the help of God, through prayer and fasting, through diligence of faith,
the believer always return attention to Christ and the ways pleasing to Christ.
Jesus knows of the thirst of the soul. Jesus knows of the needs of the individual
to cope with daily life.
The Feast of Pentecost summons the believer to a new level of life.
The Feast of Pentecost summons the believer to fullness.
The Feast of Pentecost summons the believer to completeness
When the soul is in need and the believer seeks to satisfy the need,
Jesus stands ready. Jesus is present welcoming the believer.
The believer needs only to step forward in faith. The believer needs only
to place confidence in Christ.
The ears of the believer are anointed at Holy Baptism.
The ears of the believer are anointed at Holy Chrismation.
The person is anointed for the hearing of faith and with
the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit. 1
The ears have an important function in the spiritual life.
The word of God enters the hearts and minds of believers through the ears.
Jesus. Himself, said:
”He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Hearing the words of Christ is important. Making the words of Christ
an integral part of daily life is the challenge. Changing one’s life to
conform to the teachings of Christ is a life-long process.
While growth in Christ occurs, somehow sins repeatedly finds a way to creep in.
Drawing strength from Christ, sin can be repelled and defeated. It is only too late
to fight sin when death occurs or the mind is no longer functional.
The prayers of friends and family members strengthen the believer in the
journey with Christ. The believer answers the invitation to Christ as an individual.
Support and prayers of others help in the effort to meet and grow in Christ.
The Great Book of Needs. Vol. I.
St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, 1998, pp. 37-40.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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