Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 271 - April 5 / 18, 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. 271

April 5 / 18, 2015

Saturday of Bright Week



Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
March 14
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Six people attended. Two communicants.
March 18
Four people came for Small Compline and class.
March 25
Fourteeen people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Five communicants.
April 2
Nine people came for Small Compline and class.
April 10
Seven people came for the Royal Hours
April 15
Six people came for the Akathist to the tomb and Resurrection and for class.

Coming Services To Be Confirmed.

Wednesday, April 22 - 6:30 PM-Service and class afterwards.
Wednesday, April 6:30 PM - Service and class afterwards.
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy.

Parish Life

Congratulations to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN on the publication of His book, Introduction to the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament.

Remember the 22 miners that lost their lives in 1963 at the Dola mine in Harrison County, West Virginia. Remember their families, friends and co-workers.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

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 in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound and mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Important Dates

April 19 - Thomas Sunday
April 26 - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers

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


John 1:16 - And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

We have received the fullness in the Serbian Orthodox Church. We have received the fullness in a canonical Holy Orthodox Church. We benefit when we consider the fullness received.

We benefit when we think of the Serbian Orthodox Church coming into existence and maintaining canonical status. We benefit when we think of the meaning and importance of canonical status.

We benefit when we think of Apostolic Succession. We benefit when we think of Holy Tradition. We benefit when we think of the consistency of the Holy Orthodox Church through the centuries, remaining the same yet developing and adapting to different cultures, different continents, and different peoples.

We benefit when we think of the special status of the current Gospel message. Every word in the Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John are important.

The Holy Orthodox Church identifies certain Gospel readings for each feast. This Gospel reading for the Feast of Feasts, takes on a special status by its location in the Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Believers benefit by considering the mind of the Church in choosing this particular Gospel message for the Feast of Feasts. Out of all possibilities the Church could have chosen, believers need to think carefully about why the Church chose this particular Gospel for the widest and most extensive exposure to believers. Believers benefit when considering why the Church determined this particular Gospel message fit the best in the Paschal Divine Liturgy. The Church wants all believers to think carefully about the present Gospel.

The Church places this Gospel reading in the midst of the celebration of Christís triumphing over death. The Church put the present Gospel message in the midst of the joy of Jesusí Resurrection.

When joyous hearts abound, when joyous ears are open the most, the Church wanted believers to hear the first seventeen verses of the Gospel of St. John.

How many believers treasure the Gospel of St. John? How many consider the experiences of St. John that resulted to his writing the Gospel of St. John? How many believers during their seventy, eighty, or ninety years of life take or have taken time to read carefully the Gospel of St. John?

How many believers have pondered the relationship of St. John with the Lord Jesus Christ that led to the present Gospel message being written? How many believers choose to build upon their Paschal experience by studying the Gospel of St. John with great care? How many rejoice and give thanks for the Holy Gospel of St. John? How many consider reading the Gospel of St. John an investment in the Kingdom?



April 5 / 18, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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