Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 263 - November 2 / November 15, 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. 263

November 2 / November 15, 2014

Sts. Ascindynus, Pegasius, and Companions, 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.

October 25 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twelve people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.

October 29 - Six people came for Vespers and class.

Carlos and Edith Godbey recently attended an educational seminar at Antiochian Village.

Nov.5- Six people came for Vespers and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for November 19 at 6:30 PM

The next Divine Liturgy is tentatively scheduled for Nov.29 at 10:00 AM.

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

November 21 - Synaxsis of Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectario. Divine Liturgy at St. George Church at 8:00 AM.
Eastern Diocese KSS Federation meeting at St. George Church at 10:00 AM.
November 24 - St. Stefan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM at St.George Church.
November 27 - St. Philip, Apostle. Thanksgiving Day Service at 8:00 AM at St. George Church.
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast
November 29 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance

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

I Corinthians 4:1 - Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

The Holy Apostle Paul set a lasting example for believers to follow. The Holy Apostle Paul is proof of the changes Christ can make in a human life. When taking on the Christian identity at baptism, believers have responsibilities to fulfill.

Believers are expected to live according to the life and teachings of Christ from baptism until departure from this life. Growth and maturity are expected. Holy Baptism is not a final step. Holy Baptism is the entry into Christianity.

Eternal life is the desired end for each believer. The return of Christ and a joyous final judgment are the goals of serious believers. The Lord’s Prayer seeks the return of Christ. Each day is a day to prepare and ready the self for His return.

Believer’s taking Christ’s return and final judgment seriously place great value in constant repentance. Sin must be put behind each time it occurs. Sorrow about sin needs expressed. Return to Christ and the ways of Christ are necessary.

Servants of Christ abhor sin. Servants of Christ seek to live in ways pleasing to Christ. The Holy Apostle said: “You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Cor. 6:20)

The joy in Christ is immeasurable and is readily experienced in the Paschal celebration. The Resurrection of Christ reveals the shallowness of death. The Resurrection of Christ holds the promise of new life in Christ.

The Holy Apostle told the Corinthians: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (II Cor. 5:17) Prayer and repentance have definite parts in this change.

Realization of personal sin and the need to repent is a major first step for the believer. Taking the next step of drawing near to God in Holy Confession is the way to have the burden of sin lifted and to begin anew in Christ.

Accepting forgiveness is not always easy but is necessary for the new freedom in Christ. Christ’s love and mercy enable the believer to begin anew. Receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ brings unity and Christ within.

The teachings of Christ and way of Christ are to be lived and transmitted by believers. New generations benefit from faithful generations that have come before. Believers through the centuries are to be appreciated and learned from.

The Holy Apostle told the Colossians: Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (Col. 3:23) Believers are expected to seek to please God and not men. (Eph. 6:6) Making clear choices for Christ is the best course of action.

The path to the Kingdom of God is narrow. (Mt. 7:13-14) Peril abounds and devastates the careless. Vigilance is necessary to perceive deception and avoid it. Vigilance is necessary not to succumb to temptations and dangerous diversions.

Blessed is the person consistently choosing to live in Christ and to follow Christ. Blessed is the person living in ways pleasing to Christ.

November 2 / November 15, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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