Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

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

Acts 10:44

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. Three communicants.

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.

Important Dates

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 (Mk. 4:19). 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!” (Mt. 11:15)

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.

1 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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