Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 258 - August 17 / August 30, 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. 258

August 17 / August 30, 2014

Sts. Myron and Patrocle, Martyrs

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.

Fifteen people came on August 16 for Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.

Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Mike Danko, Michael Danko and Maria Djonovich came for Vespers and class on August 20.

Sympathy extended to Vanessa Lasobek and her family. Vanessa’ s father +John departed this life this past week.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 PM.

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 31 - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Kolo Slava Celebration. Dinner and Program.
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition.
September 5 - Vespers for St. Nikodim Chapel Slava Diocesan Center, Mars,Pa.
September 6 - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM St. Nikodim Chapel Chapel Slava, Mars.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 15 - All Serbian Saints
September 16 - St. Joanike, First Serbian Patriarch
September 19 - Miracle of St. Archangel Michael
September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God

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

The Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos

Mary, the Mother of God, was chosen from all women of all centuries to give birth to the Christ Child. Mary was blessed to have the most complete experience of unity with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mary was blessed to be with the Lord Jesus Christ from when He initially took on human flesh to the point when the Lord Jesus Christ departed this life on the Cross. Mary is depicted on the icon of the Feast of the Holy Ascension.

Mary found favor with the Lord early in life. When announcing Christ’s birth was to occur, the angel Gabriel told Mary: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” (Lk. 1:30)

The favor with God shown at the Annunciation continued even when Christ was suffering upon the Cross. The Crucified Jesus looked down from the Cross at His mother and said to His beloved disciple John, “Behold your mother!. (Jn. 19:27). The beloved disciple took her to his own home. (Jn. 19:28)

God cared for and protected Mary. She is a protector and intercessor for believers praying to her. Today the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates Mary’s departure from this life. Today the Holy Orthodox Church focuses on Mary’s translation to heaven. Believers do well to think about Mary’s purity and obedience. Believers do well to think about Mary’s unity with Christ. Believers do well to think about Mary’s ability to intercede with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayers to Mary are found throughout the Divine services of the Holy Orthodox Church. Mary’s love for Christ and Christ’s love for Mary inspire generation after generation of believers.

Believers are sustained in prayer to Mary. Believers are sustained in prayer knowing the Lord Jesus Christ listens to each prayer. This Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is an opportunity to turn to God in prayer.

This Feast is an opportunity to repent of our sins and seek the purity found in Mary’s life. Today is an opportunity to commit ourselves to a life of obedience to God and ways pleasing to God.

The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates this feast and every feast with joy. The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates this feast and every feast with the expectation that believers will experience unity with Christ.

The Precious Body and Blood of Christ unites believers with Christ. The Beloved Theotokos knows unity with Christ. Today and every day is a day for unity with Christ. Through the prayers of His Most Pure Mother, may we always experience unity with Christ.

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Fr. Rodney Torbic

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