Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 278 - September 6 / 19, 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. 278

September 6 / 19, 2015

Miracle of St. Archangel Michael

I Peter 1:22

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

August 29 - Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven people attended. Two communicants.

September 2 - Twelve people attended Vespers. The following attended class: Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Michael Danko, Vanessa Lasobek, Leland George, Dennis Elliot, Michael Crane.

September 8 - Dr. Charles and Sharren Paroda, Michael Danko and Anna Tennant attended the icon blessing at United Hospital Center Chapel. Chaplain Rev.James Morley arranged the reception.

September 9 - Five people came for Vespers and Class-Attending were Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Michael Danko, Vanessa Lasobek and John Ice.

September 15 - Six people came for Vespers. Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Michael Danko and Dennis Elliot stayed for class.

Dennis Elliot attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and dinner at St. Sava Cathedral in New York City on September 12, the St. Nikodim Chapel Slava with His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJ and celebrating hierarchs and clergy.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Food goods are still being collected for the area needy.

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 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God.
October 31 - St. Luke

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

The Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos

Each year on September 8/21, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Birth of the Most Holy Theotokos. The feast commemorates the birth of the Ever-Virgin Mary chosen from among all women of all centuries to bear the Christ- Child.

The Blessed Virgin Mary has a special place in history. She is the only person to hold her place in history. She has a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ unlike any other.

The Blessed Virgin Mary serves as an example and witness for Christ for all generations behold (Lk. 1:48) Contemporary Christians benefit by contemplating the Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Three births are celebrated on the liturgical calendar of the Holy Orthodox Church:

(1) The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ;
(2) The Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos;
(3) The Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

Twenty centuries have passed since the Blessed Virgin Mary gave birth to the Christ Child. Today churches continue to be named in honor of her birth. Today faithful Orthodox believers around the world gather in liturgical celebration of her birth.

In small country churches, in large cathedrals, the Holy Divine Liturgy is celebrated and verses are rendered specific to this Feast. Mary’s birth brought the world one step closer to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The time element of Christ’s entry into the world in human form was known only to God. The virgin birth was announced centuries before. The Book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah contains these words: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Is. 7:14)

The Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos offers believers an opportunity to think carefully about Mary’s entry into the world. The Feast offers believers the opportunity to think about what awaited this newborn infant girl.

The life of this newborn infant has impacted each succeeding generations beyond measure.

Contemporary believers must come to terms with the Feast and the impact it has on their lives. Coming to the Divine services of the Church enables believers to experience the Feast liturgically.

The joy of this feast is a foretaste of the overwhelming joy of the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers taking time to fully celebrate this feast enrich their lives.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
September 6 / 19, 2015

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