Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 273 - May 10 / 23, 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. 273

May 10 / 23, 2015

Venerable Simon the Zealot

Ephesians 1:17

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

May 9 - Sixth Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.

May 13 and May 20 - Mike Danko, Edith Godbey and Vanessa Lasobek came for the Vespers and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 PM.

The Mission Slava is scheduled for Friday evening, June 5.

Remember the living and departed veterans from the Mission this weekend.

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

May 24 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council. Sts. Cyril and Methodius. St. Nikodemus of Pec, Archbishop of Serbia.
May 30 - Memorial Saturday.
May 31 - Desecent of Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Feast of Pentecost.
June 1 - Pentecost Monday
June 2 - Pentecost Tuesday

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

Acts 10:22 - And they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you.

Contemporary society needs just men and women. Contemporary society needs leaders willing to act in ethical and moral ways. Too often the corrupt and unethical dominate the headlines.

Children need moral ethical examples in the adults they see and hear about each day. Strong adult leaders with sound Christian ethics and values are needed. Government and the economy operate best when good ethics and morals prevail.

Individuals in positions of trust and authority serve the best when adhering to codes of conduct prevalent in honesty and respect. Corruption diminishes when behavior is at its ethical best.

Teachers in the classroom, nurses on the unit, doctors with their patients, lawyers representing clients, all serve society the best when their professional behavior conforms to the highest standards of ethics and morality.

Believers seeking out professional help for legal, medical or educational reasons desire to find individuals worthy of trust and respect. Parents need to feel comfortable with the teachers educating their children.

Patients need to have nurses and doctors in whom they can place confidence. Clients need to believe their lawyers will represent them honestly. Holiness is a lofty concept. In earthly dealings, believers deserve justice and fairness.

Holiness can inspire others to more ethical and moral behavior. Holiness sets standards against which to measure earthly behavior. Moral and just professionals set themselves apart from those who are unethical and corrupt.

Priests are expected to live in ways that are just. Priests are expected to communicate the holiness of God to others. Priests are expected to tell believers and seekers of known paths to holiness.

Priests are expected to practice prayer and fasting as set forth by the Church. Priests are expected to be informed about the holy angels and communicate this learning to willing listeners. Believers have a certain responsibility to continue to learn throughout life. The daily liturgical life of the Church is a virtual school of education for believers willing to learn something each day.

The saints and feasts on the liturgical calendar throughout the year provide valuable lessons for believers. Individuals attentive to the Church’s daily calendar will learn of many interventions by God’s holy angels.

Holiness is deserving of the attention of believers. Believers develop according to their interests and goals. If interest in holiness occupies the mind and heart, the believer will have a healthier relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

May 10 / 23, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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