Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 267 - January 11 / 24, 2015

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. 267

January 11 / 24, 2015

Saturday after Theophany

Genesis 1:1-2

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

January 10 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten people attended.

January 16 - Four people came for Vespers. Five people came for class.

Sympathy extended to Wayne and Joyce Kirby, their aunt Eloise departed this life.

Thank you to all coming to church today.

Thank you to all parishioners and friends of the Mission for kindness through the year.

he next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for February 7 at 10:00 AM.

Remember the lasting importance of St. Sava.

Remember St. Sava’s life in Christ.

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

Sunday after Theophany / Zacchaeus Sunday
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

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

St. Sava

All Serbian Orthodox Christians belong in Church on St. Sava Day. All need to gather to give thanks, to honor and pray to St. Sava. The identity of Serbian Orthodox Christians is directly linked to St. Sava. The joy of Jesus Christ is evident in the legacy of St. Sava.

St. Sava programs serve as a focal point for paying tribute to St. Sava. The programs bring together the faithful. The programs reflect the love of believers for St. Sava. For more than a century, St. Sava has been honored in America. For more than a century, Serbian Orthodox Christians have gathered together in this land in late January to pray tribute to St. Sava.

Young children, older adults and people of all ages in between have given recitations which proclaim the Christian standing of St. Sava. St. Sava programs shape a parish. They shape a community. They shape the lives of participants.

Young children grow up knowing St. Sava is held in the highest regard among the adults in the Serbian Orthodox Church. Adults have major participation in the success of St. Sava programs. St. Sava is not just for children, though his love for children is legend. St. Sava is not just for adults, though is stature and contributions are models for men and women aspiring to lead the Christian life.

St. Sava is not only recognized for contributions of long ago. St. Sava is viewed in contemporary terms by Orthodox believers. St.Sava bridges the centuries. Hymns and poems, monasteries and churches are associated inextricably with St. Sava. Each year, each century yields to the veneration of St. Sava and the believers who come forth to praise and honor him.

The history of the world cannot be accurately written unless due account is given to the place of St. Sava. The history of the Serbian Orthodox Church cannot be understood unless St. Sava is carefully considered.

Believers read about St. Sava with great joy. Young children stand in from of parents and grandparents to recite poems of honor to St. Sava. Choirs lift their voices in praise of St. Sava. Hierarchs and priests preach on the themes in St. Sava’s life. The love of Christ shines in St. Sava’s life. The light of Christ shines through the life of St. Sava.

Each year is shaped by St. Sava programs. Believers launch into the year following the Feast of the Nativity, getting a good start by focusing on St.Sava. We cannot fully pay tribute to St. Sava. His gifts to succeeding generation continue to grow. We can be appreciative. We can be grateful. We can be appropriately respectful In the end, we can share our love for St.Sava by loving Christ and each person we meet in life. By Christian love, we overcome darkness, we overcome evil. By Christian love, we find Christ and live in Christ. St. Sava did no less.

January 11 / 24, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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