Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 276 - August 2 / 15, 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. 276

August 2 / 15, 2015




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.

August 1 - Fourteen people attended Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.

August 5 - Nine people came to Vespers and class.

The following attended class on August 5: Michael Danko, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Carlos Godbey, John Ice, Dennis Elliot, Vanessa Lasobek, Leland George, Rev.James Morley.

August 8 - Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey drove to Shadeland Camp.

August 28 - Please inform Sonia Janson if you plan to attend the KSS Federation Kolo Slava being celebrated at St. George Church.

August 19 - 6:30 PM Vespers and Class

August 28 - 6:30 PM Vespers and Class

August 29 - 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Important Dates

August 14 - Dormition Fast began and continues until the feast on
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava to be celebrated at St. George Church.
Note: August 30 - Divine Liturgy at the St. George Church will be at 9:00 AM.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 14 - Beginning of Church Ecclesiastical Year.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God.

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


Looking More at Holy Confession

Readiness for Confession begins when the believer decides to reject sin.
Recognizing the ugliness of sin in personal life is motivation to repent.
Desiring the purity that comes from the life in Christ spurs repentance.
Holy Baptism serves as a standard of measurement for the Christian.
Unabated and rampant sinfulness deprive believers of Godís Kingdom.
Believers consciously and freely participate in Holy Confession.
External coercion is not an element in Holy Confession in Godís Church.
Believers benefit from the prayers of loved ones in coming to Confession.
Prayers of beloved family members and friends can help a person repent.
Self-examination leads a person to conclude if life is pleasing to God.
The Holy Scriptures are sources for assessing the quality of personal life.
Saints of the Church reveal the value and the possibility of repentance.
Effort is needed for the believer to participate in Holy Confession.
A willingness to trust God and the confessor is part of Holy Confession.
The believer prepares for Holy Confession by looking deeply into the self.
Honesty is the basis for examining sins when participating in Confession.
Desiring the mercy of God draws the believer to Holy Confession.
Godís forgiveness is needed for the believerís sins to be wiped away.
Holy Confession is to be highly valued for the personal healing possible.
A believer can grow in understanding the value of Holy Confession.
The believerís approach to Holy Confession can change with passing time.
Grave sins or the approach of death can hasten interest in Holy Confession.
Holy Communion follows Holy Confession bringing unity with Christ.
Believers may participate in Holy Confession throughout the year.
Holy Confession serves as basis for spiritual guidance and direction.
Serious believers will prepare extensively for Holy Confession.
The major fast periods of the Church inspire believers to confess sins.
A believer experiences a new beginning in Christ after Holy Confession.
Thank God for the opportunity to participate in Holy Confession.
Be aware of personal sinfulness and seek the mercy of God to do better.


Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
August 2 / 15, 2015
Translation of the Relics of St. Stephen
Fr. Rodney Torbic

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