Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 255 - June 15 / June 28, 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. 255

June 15 / June 28, 2014

Vidovdan, Holy Prophet Amos

Galatians 6:8

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Fifteen people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy with blessing of Slava Kolac and Koljivo.

Five people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Akathist and Class are scheduled for July 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Thank you to everyone helping with and participating in the Slava.

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

Today-June 28 - St. Prince Lazar, Greatmartyr and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
July 3 - Ven. Naum of Ohrid
July 4 - Ven. Anastasia of Serbia
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 11 - New Martyrs of Dabar-Bosnia and Mileseva
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 25-26 - Monastery Marcha Slava, Richfield, Ohio

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

Remembering Kosovo

Let us think about the cumulative suffering that has taken place in Kosovo. Our minds drift back to 1389 as a marking point. The suffering has continued to the present.

The ground of Kosovo is marked with the blood of martyrs. Kosovo represents a decision-making for Jesus Christ. Men, women and children standing fast for Christ have maintained their honor and dignity and commitment to Christ in the face of peril and adversity.

Every day, everywhere that the Gospel has been made known, individuals live out the dynamics that created the martyrs of Kosovo. Ever yday we choose whether we will give up honor, dignity and commitment to Christ. Every day we choose whether we are prepared to die for Christ in order to live in Christ.

The lessons of Kosovo are lasting lessons. The lessons of Kosovo are applicable throughout life. We must choose to listen. We must choose to learn. We must choose to think.

We cannot go through life blindly. We cannot go through life thinking that Kosovo is some distant place that does not or may not affect us living in a different time or geographic area.

When people witness for Christ, the Christian witness permeates the centuries. When people stand for Christ against opponents of Christ, an important action is taking place.

The love of Christ for those who witness to Christ becomes known. The love of Christ is all encompassing, is all-healing, and is all-embracing. The good sown on the grounds of Kosovo yields harvests century after century.

It is important to take time to think about Kosovo. It is important to think about those who remain steadfast in the Faith in the face of the greatest of adversity.

When we enter the baptismal font and emerge identified with Jesus Christ, we are expected to be soldiers for Christ. We are expected to remain firm in faith during times of temptation and in times of adversity.

We know that Judas fell away and betrayed Christ. We have a responsibility not to betray Christ. We have a responsibility to be faithful to Christ. Our faithfulness is expected under all conditions, at all times.

The depth of our faith becomes known in times of adversity. The faith of the martyrs for Christ at Kosovo continues to be revealed. May we learn from them.

(From the Archives)

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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