Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 265 - December 14 / December 27, 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. 265

December 14 / December 27, 2014

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

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.

November 29 - Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended. Three communicants

December 3 - Five people came for Vespers and class.

December 10 - Six people came for Vespers and class.

December 15 - Nine people came to Vespers. One Slava Kolac’ was blessed.

December 18 - Six people came for Great Vespers with Litya. Two Kolac’s were blessed.

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for January 10 and January 24.

Remember the 12 miners that lost their lives in Sago, W.Va. on Jan.2, 2006. Remember their families and friends.

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 28 - Serbian Mother’s Day
December 30 - Holy Deacon Avvacum and Hegumen Paisius
December 31 - St. Sebastian
January 4 - Serbian Father’s Day
January 6 - St. George Church, Carmichaels Christmas Eve Blessing and Burning of Badjnak at 7:30 PM. Christmas Vigil to follow.
January 7 - St. George Church, Carmichaels, Feast of the Nativity Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
January 10 - Divine Liturgy in Fairmont
January 24 - Divine Liturgy in Fairmont. Blessing of the River.
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. (New Year)

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

Luke Luke 2:13-14 - And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will among men.”

The birth of Christ reaffirmed the standard of peace. The birth of Christ brought forth greater emphasis on peace. Christians do well to heed the message. Christians do well to promote the peace of Christ.

Violence followed the birth of Christ. Herod killed all the male children under two years of age. (Mt. 2:16). In the present day, worries exist about the situations facing young children. History reveals there was a worse time.

The birth of Christ is celebrated by Christians each year. The message of peace is proclaimed. Christ was born in a time of violence. Violence marked not only his birth but also His death. Death on the Cross was a violent experience.

Then, as now, believers have to come to terms with violence. Then, as now, believers have respond to violence according to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus set the example for His followers.

Jesus said: “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master; it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.” (Mt. 10:24-25) Followers of Christ can expect hardships.

Christ was not overcome by the violence of His time. He overcame it. Believers through Christ can overcome violence and hardships. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)

Each act of Christian love has an impact. Each moment of peace motivated by Christian belief has an influence on the world. Daily life to a certain degree is shaped and influenced by the way people live. Christians acting in faith provide a certain order and direction for contemporary life. Christians failing to live according to Christ contribute to the weakening of moral standards and moral life.

Individuals faithful to Christ will be respected for their beliefs. Others may differ with a Christian’s belief. Others may challenge a Christian’s faith. If a Christian carries him or herself with the fullness of Christ, respect will follow.

Each person has the ability to give glory to God the way it is lived. Each person with reasonable intelligence has the ability to recognize God is due the glory. Everything good comes from God. (James 1:17) Believers benefit from thoroughly searching the mind, the heart and the soul to root out all that does not foster peace. Believers benefit from fasting and prayer to cleanse the heart, mind and soul and to combat intrusions of evil.

Looking at the self with honesty entails a willingness and desire for a better life with God. Being willing to give up sinful ways and sinful thoughts and sinful practices is necessary to travel the road of Christian peace. The celebration of Christ’s birth is an annual “call” to a life of peace.

December 14 / December 27, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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