Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 277 - August 16 / 29, 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. 277

August 16 / 29, 2015

St. Jevstatije, Ven. Roman, Ven Rafailo of Banat

Galatians 5:5

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

August 15 - Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten people attended Five communicants. Parastos was held.

August 19 - Seven people came for Vespers. Michael Danko, Carlos and Cameron Godbey, Bojan Banovic, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Rev. James Morley came for class.

August 27 - Eight people came for Vespers. Michael Danko, Dennis Elliot, John Ice, Leland George and Bojan Banovic attended class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 2

We continue to collect canned goods and non-perishable food for the needy in the Fairmont area.

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

September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 12 - Diocesan Chapel Slava at St. Sava Cathedral, New York City
September 14 - Beginning of Church Ecclesiastical Year.

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

On the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is celebrated each year. The most beloved Mother of God holds the most unique and honored relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

She was chosen from among all women of all centuries to be the Birthgiver of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was greeted by the Angel of God and informed of her selection. (Lk. 1:26-38)

She was blessed to experience the Lord Jesus Christ from the earliest moments of taking on human flesh and was present at His Crucifixion. She is depicted in the icon of the Feast of Christís Ascension.

The Dormition Fast preceding the feast is a period to contemplate the Mother of God. Christians are to honor the entire fast. Christians are to pray and conform their lives to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Mother of God is the model of purity. She is the intercessor most often turned to in time of need. Miracles continue to be attributed to her in all parts of the world.

Individuals seeking to nourish the inner hunger of the soul turn to the Mother of God in prayer. Godís Holy Church considers the Feast of the Dormition worthy of serious attention and celebration.

Believers do well to think carefully and extensively about the life and departure from earthly life of the Mother of God. Believers benefit from examining their personal relationship with Christ during this time of the Dormition.

The Mother of God is an inspiration. Her life is a source of personal nourishment. Prayers offered to the Mother of God enable Christians to change their lives for the better.

The Mother of God is a source of great joy. Individuals turning to the Mother of God in prayer find solutions to their personal problems. Believers find comfort and strength when praying to the Mother of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ deemed the Mother of God worthy to unite with Him. Christís unity with His Mother is like no other unity. The Mother of God is an example of unity with Christ for all believers.

On this Feast of the Dormition, let us give thanks to God for the blessings we have received from the Mother of God. Let us thank God for opportunities to learn more about the Mother of God.

Today let us rejoice. Today let the Mother of God capture our attention. May our thoughts and prayers directed to the Mother of God strengthen and improve our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
August 16 / 29, 2015

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