Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 266 - December 18 / January 10, 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. 266

December 18 / January 10, 2014

Saturday after the Nativity

December 27 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants. Ten people attended.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for January 24 with the Blessing of the River to follow.

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

January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. (New Year)
January 18 - Feast of Holy Cross
January 19 - Feast of Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 22 - March for Life
January 26 - Apodasis of Theophany
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 30 - St. Anthony the Great
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great St. Maxim of Serbia
February 6 - St. Xenia of Rome
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs

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

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
December 25/January 7

The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ along with Pascha generally are the most celebrated feasts of the Holy Orthodox Church among believers.

Church attendance generally swells above the average on the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. This surge in attendance is an interesting phenomena.

Certainly increased attendance is not to be discouraged. What is required to increase faithfulness among believers during other times of the year? What is required to have the Christ Child alive in the hearts and homes of believers throughout the year?

An extended period of fasting is prescribed by the Church in preparation for the feast. Taking time to honor the full fast is a good investment for the believer. Giving attention to fast as one gives attention to other preparations for the celebration of the feast is a wise investment.

Fasting when done according to the teachings of the Church is an investment in the Kingdom of God. Fasting gives focus. Fasting increases attentiveness. Fasting is a strong reminder.

The Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh is beyond the ability of the finite mind to fully comprehend. The world changed forever when Jesus Christ took on human flesh.

Jesus taking on human flesh set in motion the events that eventually led to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Believers look back to Christ’s birth and to His Crucifixion and Resurrection.

How many people look forward to Christ’s return? Each time the Lord’s Prayer is said, the prayer is for the Kingdom to come. Each time the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is recited, belief in the Second Coming of Christ is professed.

In the Book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah it is written: “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” (Is. 11:1-2). How many believers take time to contemplate the messages of the Holy Prophets? How many believers take time to attend the Divine services leading up to the feast that are held on weekdays?

What percentage of a given week is given to God by believers and what percentage is given in comparison to other activities and uses of time?

The way we invest our time will determine the benefits we receive.

December 18 / January 10, 2014

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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