Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 268 - January 25 / February 7, 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. 268

January 25 / February 7, 2015

St. Gregory the Theologian

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.

January 24 - Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants. The Monongahela River was blessed in Fairmont.

January 28 - Six people came for Vespers.

February 4 - Five people came for Vespers. Three stayed for class.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for February 28 at 10:00 AM.

Vespers are scheduled for Wednesday February 11 at 6:30 PM.

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

February 8 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
February 14 - St. Tryphon. Memorial Saturday.
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord. Meatfare Sunday.
February 20/21 - Diocesan Assembly Weirton, W.Va.
February 22 - Cheesefare Sunday. Vespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.
February 23 - Beginning of Great Lent

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

Roman 8:35 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Security exists in knowing God is always present. Security exists in knowing where there is no where else to turn, there is God. Security exists when a person is feeling lonesome or alone, the person can turn to God in prayer.

The most isolated person in a super-maximum prison cell, the most bizarre psychiatric patient in lock-up, the prisoner of war in a foreign country can draw strength, comfort and support from the Lord Jesus Christ.

The third Psalm is a reminder of the courage God gives to the believer. The Psalmist states: “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” (Ps. 3:5-6)

Individuals witnessing for Christ at times will be persecuted. Martyrs for Christ face adversaries with firmness of conviction. Martyrs for Christ suffer knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ endured suffering.

In the face of death, in the face of persecution, in the face of extreme adversity, the love of Christ is the necessary nourishment and encouragement to endure.

When a person is ready to give up due to hardship, when a person is ready to give in to pressure, when a person is willing to yield to bodily or mental tiredness, knowing that unity with Christ exists in the effort is sufficient inspiration to continue.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Eph. 6:9).

The love of Christ is sufficient to sustain a person under the most difficult of circumstances. The love of Christ is sufficient to nourish and satisfy the hungriest of souls. The love of Christ cannot be quantified. The love of Christ is available to each person of each century. The love of Christ is not limited to individuals based upon ethnicity or gender or of a certain age.

The love of Christ is inexhaustible. Centuries have passed and individuals continue to fully experience the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Centuries have passed and the love of Christ remains fully available.

The love of Christ cannot be bought for dollars and cents. The love of Christ cannot be sold by enterprising individuals seeking to deceive and mislead the susceptible.

The love of Christ does not exist only in a single or very limited number of geographic locations. The love of Christ is best taught and experienced within the context of God’s Holy Church. The love of Christ exceeds human capacity to fully appreciate.

January 25 / February 7, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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