Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 269 - February 15 / 28, 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. 269

February 15 / 28, 2015

Theodore Saturday

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.

February 7 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Fourteen people attended Divine Liturgy. Three communicants

February 11 - Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for the Great Vespers with Litya and class afterwards.

February 18 - Three people came for Vespers and class.

February 25 - Five people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.

The next evening service is scheduled for March 4 at 6:30 PM

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for March 14.

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

March 1 - Triumph of Orthodoxy Service will be at Holy Cross Church, 123 Gilkeson Rd. Pittsburgh, PA Sunday afternoon March 1st at 4PM.
March 8 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM. St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Pa. Holy Ascension, Youngwood.
March 15 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Holy Cross Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM St. George Church, Midland.

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

Regarding Great Lent

The arrival of Great Lent directs attention to the condition of the soul.

The days of Great Lent pose a challenge for the believer to stay focused on the Kingdom of God.

The narrow path involves faithfulness to Christ on a consistent basis. (Mt. 7:13-14).

The passing days of Great Lent increase in importance if a believer is to complete the Great Fast in better condition than at the outset.

Love is fundamental to the Christian life and is essential to all efforts. (I Cor. 16:14)

Love for Christ and love for others are inseparable.

Fasting involves control of the body and judicious use of the mind.

Prayer is proper at every place a believer is located.

Prayer can be silent or aloud or both.

Prayer involves attentiveness.

Prayer reveals the depth of care for the soul.

Almsgiving is an expression of love for others.

Almsgiving is an expression of love for God.

The Cross of Christ has a place in the mind of the believer throughout life.

Great Lent prepares the believer for the arrival of Holy Week.

Pascha is on the mind of the believer honoring Great Lent.

The Resurrection occurred only after the Crucifixion.

Each believerís cross is difficult to bear.

Christ went to the Cross voluntarily.

Believers draw strength from the example of Christ and the Cross.

Believers benefit from noticing the two different responses of the criminals on adjoining crosses to Christ.

Faithfulness to Christ requires repentance, forgiveness and beginning anew.

The joy of the life in Christ makes denying the self and picking up the cross worthwhile. (Mk. 8:34)

February 15 / 28, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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