Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 264 - November 16 / November 29, 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. 264

November 16 / November 29, 2014

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew



Matthew 3:16

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. (KJV)

Nov.15 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten people attended. Two communicants.

Nov.18 - Six people came for Vespers and Class

Nov.24 - Nine people came for the Vespers. Eight people came for class.

Sharren Paroda and Edith Godbey attended the Circle of Serbian Sisters Federation meeting at St. George Church in Carmichaels on Nov.22, 2014.

Great Vespers are scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 PM, Dec.3, 2014.

Remember the 361 miners that lost their lives in Monongah, West Virginia on December 6, 1907.

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

December 4 - Entrance of Most Holy Theotokos. Divine Liturgy AT 8:00 AM.
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 21 - Serbian Children’s Day

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


Thoughts from the Gospel for the Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God

Luke 11:28 - But He said, “ More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

The word of God is preached throughout the world. The word of God is proclaimed in many different languages. Millions and millions of people hear the word of God.

Hearing the word of God has a certain impact. For willing and open ears and minds and hearts, hearing the word of God is beneficial. Individuals seeking God and hearing the word of God become better as believers.

Hearing the word of God is an important step. Keeping the word of God is an important second step. Keeping the word of God is not easy. God helps those who appeal to Him for help.

Jesus said a person is blessed if he or she hears the word of God and keeps it. Joy comes in being able to keep the word of God. Joy comes in being faithful to Christ.

Joy comes in being able to follow Christ and be united with Christ. Temptations and distractions abound. Believers can easily depart from the path of Christ without even realizing it until it is too late.

Return to the way of Christ is always the best path. Adherence to the way of Christ is always the best path. When departing from the path of Christ, believers have the opportunity through prayer, fasting and Holy Confession to return.

Repentance is always an essential part of returning to Christ. The Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos occurs during the Nativity Fast. Coming to Holy Confession at the time of the Feast and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is a way to be reunited with Christ.

The unity of the Mother of God and Christ is a model for believers to seek to achieve. Believers move toward unity with Christ when giving honor and love to His mother. Believers move toward unity with Christ hearing the word of God and keeping it.

Believers move toward unity with Christ by coming to Divine services of major feasts including those of the Mother of God. To hear the word of God and keep it, believers must be present when the word of God is read.

Believers need to be familiar with the word of God and be able to recognize the word of God. Believers need to understand the word of God in the context of the Church.

The word of God read during the Divine services is in the context of the Church. Harmony exists within the Divine services. The believer increases his or her understanding when the perspective of the Feast is considered.



November 16 / November 29, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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