Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 261 - September 21 / October 4, 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. 261

September 21 / October 4, 2014

Apodasis of the Feast of the Cross

I Corinthians 2:10

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy on September 20, 2014. Two communicants

Wayne Kirby, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Michael Danko and John Ice attended class on September 24, 2014.

Vespers is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30 PM with class afterwards.

The Divine Liturgy is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 at 10:00 AM

Carlos Godbey is progressing in his classes at Liberty University.

Subdeacon Joseph Brinda is progressing in his graduate classes at WVU.

Mike Danko plans to go to Washington D.C. on October 7 to protect coal-related jobs being threatened.

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 want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Important Dates

October 6 - Conception of St. John the Baptist
October 9 - St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist
October 11 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Feast of Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - St. Thomas, Apostle
October 27 - Ven. Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 2 - Sixtieth Anniversary celebration of St. George Church, Carmichaels, Pa.
November 8 - St. Demetrius

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

The Cross

Matthew 10:38 - And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.

The journey from the Baptismal font to the Kingdom of God requires concentration and commitment. Faithfulness to Christ is necessary. Constant remembrance of the Cross of Christ and adhering to the teachings of Christ are required. Jesus spoke of His followers taking up their crosses to follow Him. Jesus set the example with His death on the Cross. His love was manifested by His humility. Jesusí divinity was revealed by His death on the Cross.

Followers of Christ must contend with the hardships of life. Contending with the hardships of life requires discipline and concentration. Commitment to Christ must exceed love of pleasure and yielding to distractions or temptations. Suffering for Christ may be necessary. Christ does not ask of His followers more than He was willing to do. Personal crosses of Christians can be excruciating. Sacrificing for Christ is worthy in purpose. The Holy Apostles of Christ faced extreme suffering to the point of the loss of their lives. 1

Personal crosses test the fortitude of a person. Personal crosses test the personís love of Christ and faith in Christ. Personal crosses consume energy and impact the thought processes. Personal crosses can take many different forms. A personís relationship with God will directly influence the handling of personal crosses. A personís relationship with God can becomes obvious to others in the handling of personal crosses.

Individuals become witnesses for Christ in the way personal crosses are handled. Individuals suffering in silence with personal crosses are known to God. Interest in Christ needs to be the primary motivator in handling personal crosses.

When becoming tired in carrying a personal cross, it is good to heed the words of Christ: ďCome to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Ē (Mt. 11:28) A person focusing on Christ will find joy in carrying his or her cross. Christ endured His Cross for the sake of the joy that would follow. (Heb. 12:2).

Each person determines the values embraced in his or her life. Each person chooses voluntarily whether to follow Christ. Throughout life believers must reaffirm their commitment to Christ. When the commitment to Christ is not constantly reaffirmed, the person begins to move away from Christ and the way of Christ.

The love of Christ manifested on the Cross continues to be accessible and shared with believers today.

1 St. Nikolai Velimirovic. The Prologue of Ohrid Vol. 1 Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California. 2002. pp. 668-669.

September 21 / October 4, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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