Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 270 - March 1 / 14, 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. 270

March 1 / 14, 2015

Saturday of the Third Week of Great Lent

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

February 28 - Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.

March 11 - Six people came for Small Compline. Michael Danko, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey and Dennis Eliot came for class.

Small Compline and class are scheduled for March 18 at 6:30 PM.

Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts are scheduled tentatively for March 25 at 8:30 AM (To be confirmed)

Deanery Vespers during Great Lent are for the parishes in the Pittsburgh Deanery of which this Mission is a part

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, Talk to the priest.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Important Dates

March 15 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Holy Cross Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM St. George Church, Midland.
March 22 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. St. John of the Ladder. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, Ohio. St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville, Pa.
March 29 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. Mary of Egypt Deanery Vespers 5:00 PM. St. George Church, Carmichaels, Pa. St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown, Pa
April 5 - Palm Sunday. Deanery Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, 5:00 PM.
April 8 - Holy Unction. Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh

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

Romans :12:12 - Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

A person can pray at any location. Many accounts have been written of prisoners of war being sustained in great hardship through prayer. People lost in the wilderness attribute prayer with their being able to endure.

Individuals with great illnesses or hurt in accidents find strength and hope through prayer. Men and women working at different occupations and having strong faith in God maintain a level of prayer while doing their work.

The existence of churches and monasteries in different locations provide that prayer takes place in various locations. Students pray silently in classrooms in schools. No one can impede silent prayer. No government can stop a person from praying. No individual can stop another individual from praying. If a person is determined to pray, he or she will find a way to pray.

If a person believes in prayer, the person will pray. Orthodox Christians value prayer. The Divine services of the Orthodox Church have an established order. The Divine services of the Orthodox Church have an extensive range of prayers. Most individuals in parish communities attend a limited number of services. Unless a person seeks to learn of the full range of services of the Holy Orthodox Church, a person will not come to appreciate the fullness that exists.

Akathist services to the Lord, the Mother of God and to saints and for various reasons stretch the mind of a believer and summon the believer to be exposed to prayerful experiences for many different reasons.

The Midnight Office, Matins, Vespers, Divine Liturgy, Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts and the Hours each day, all have certain elements in common and each offers something unique.

Some Orthodox Christians have a very limited prayer life as far as the prayers being used but these individuals can be very faithful in prayer and the prayers have strong benefit. Faithfulness, regularity of prayer is important. Prayer keeps the person focused on God. It is helpful to have regular times of prayer and regular places of prayer. When a person must be in a different location for periods of time, value exists in still maintaining the rule of prayer.

When establishing a rule of prayer, it is important to begin at a level that can be maintained. It is easier to grow into a more extensive prayer life starting slowly than to attempt too much and give up in frustration.

Praying can produce more prayer. Praying can produce improved prayer. Individuals at prayer have different levels of development and need. It is important to pray until inner peace is achieved. It is important to pray even when the results of prayer are not immediately obvious. God does not disappoint individuals at prayer.

March 1 / 14, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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