Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 257 - August 3 / August 16, 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. 257

August 3 / August 16, 2014

Venerable Isaacius, Dalmatius and Faustus

John 16:13

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Ten people came for Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy on July 25. Three communicants.

Four people came for Vespers on July 30. Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Dennis and Sandy Eliott and Vanessa Lasobek came for class.

Maria Djonovich, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey attended the Healthcare Seminar at St. George Church on August 9.

Mike Danko was among the UMWA marchers in Pittsburgh on July 31 seeking to protect jobs.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for August 30 at 10:00 AM.

Honor the Dormition Fast until August 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

August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava St. George Church, Midland
September 5/6 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Mars, Pa.

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

The Holy Transfiguration

The Feast of Transfiguration focuses attention on Jesus Christ on a mountain, His face shining like the sun and His clothes as white as light (Mt. 17:1-9). The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates this major feast each year on August 6/19.

The presence of Moses, Elijah, Peter, James and John at the Transfiguration reveals the ability of God to transcend time. Moses and Elijah, each from different time periods, move forward in time to be present in this Divine moment. Peter, James and John have the unparalleled honor to be eye-witnesses to the Transfiguration.

The Transfiguration inspires believers to think about the divinity of Jesus Christ. The Transfiguration summons believers to look beyond themselves to the greatness of God. The Transfiguration calls believers to reflect on the stature of Moses and Elijah, Peter, James and John and the place they have in defining the course of history.

Orthodox believers are not to remain stagnant in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Orthodox believers have a responsibility to consistently think about Christ. Orthodox believers are expected to pray without ceasing, ever drawing closer in relationship with God.

The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. God is to be glorified in the body (I Cor. 6:7) The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ lifts the thoughts of believers to new heights.

The mountains of God are many. Readers of the Old Testament will remember Abraham taking Isaac upon the mountain (Genesis 22:2). Moses at Mt. Horeb and his experience with the burning bush is recorded for subsequent generations to consider (Exodus 3:1-2). God speaking to Moses on the mountain (Exodus 19:3, Exodus 25:1) penetrates the centuries.

The Holy Prophet Isaiah says: ďAnd it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lordís house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.Ē (Is. 2:2)

Orthodox Christians think of the Holy Mountain of Athos and the Meteora when considering mountains of God. Serbian Orthodox Christians know of St. Sava and St. Simeon and the place they hold in Hilandar Monastery on the Holy Mountain of Athos.

Each year when the Feast of the Transfiguration is upon us, we are behooved to remember life comes from God. God is greater than ourselves. We improve, become better, and find life that is lasting only in and through God. Drawing closer to the Transfigured Christ is a move away from sin and toward experiencing the fullness of life in Christ.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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