Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
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
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
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.
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
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
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.”
Believers are expected to seek to please God and not men.
Making clear choices for Christ is the best course of action.
The path to the Kingdom of God is narrow.
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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