Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 281 - October 25 / November 7, 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. 281
- October 25 / November 7, 2015
- Sts. Marcian and Martyrius, Martyrs. Memorial Saturday.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh;
but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy on October 24. One communicant.
Eight people came for Vespers and class on October 28.
Nine people came for Vespers and class on November 3.
Thank you to all coming from the Mission to St. George Church’s Anniversary
celebration last Sunday.
Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday November 11 at 6:30 PM.
Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director
providing important help to children in need.
Non-perishable food continues to be collected here for the needy in Marion County.
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 serving in the military and their families.
Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the
homebound, and the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers
and the institution staffs.
If you want your home blessed, contact the priest.
If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.
If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.
PLEASE NOTE: DIVINE LITURGY WILL BEGIN AT 9:30 AM NEXT SUNDAY on NOVEMBER 15
at St. George Church in Carmichaels.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. George Church Choir Slava celebrated-Covered dish dinner
If you are Too Busy to Pray, You are Too Busy!
Remembering the Departed
This writer was blessed to have the opportunity to visit holy places in Greece
and Serbia in March and September 2002. One of the striking memories from these
trips was the respect shown to the remains of believers who have departed this life.
In Thessalonica the Serbian Cemetery having the graves of eight thousand
casualities from World War I is extremely well-cared for. Two chapels exist
at the cemetery. Symbols of remembrance in the chapels make it clear that the
people buried in the cemetery remain dear in the hearts and minds of the living.
While we were at the St. George Chapel at the Serbian Cemetery in Thessalonica,
His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN served a pomen (memorial service) for believers
buried in the cemetery.
In Thessalonica the opportunity also arose to venerate the relics of
St. Demetrius the Great Martyr in the Church of St.Demetrius.
Similar opportunities occurred in other parts of Greece to venerate
the relics of saints interred in churches and cathedrals.
A most memorable occasion on the trip to Greece was the visit to
Hilandar Monastery on Holy Mt. Athos. We viewed the cemetery at the monastery.
We visited the room where heads of the monks are kept who have departed this life.
Following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, we venerated the relics of saints held
in trust at this centuries-old holiest of places.
The reverence, respect and honor shown to departed faithful in Greece and Serbia
is cause for careful consideration here in America. During the trip to Serbia
we observed the huge St. Sava Cathedral in Belgrade which has arisen on the
site where St. Sava’s body was burned.
We went to Monastery Krusedol in Frusca Gora, to Monastery Sopacani, Monastery
Studenitza, to the Saborna Crkva in Belgrade, and other churches and monasteries
where relics of saints are sacred.
The people in our tour group witnessed people in Greece and in Serbia coming
to pay respects, to reverence and to venerate the relics of saints held in
trust in churches and monasteries.
We saw burial sites in and near churches and monasteries of believers who gave
their lives in service to the Church. His Holiness Patriarch German is interred
in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Belgrade.
In Topola we visited the magnificent Church of St. George which has a crypt
underneath intended for members of the Karadjordjevic dynasty. 1
Not far from where our bus was parked as we made the trek to Oplenac was located
a beautiful cemetery adorned with marble. The mosaics in the St. George Church
and the marblemonuments in the cemetery reflected the deep thoughtfulness of
the living for the departed.
Each time the Divine Liturgy is served in the Holy Orthodox Church,
prayers for the departed are included. In the litanies in Vespers,
Matins and the Divine Liturgy, mention is made of the Orthodox believers
departed this life. In this time in America let us pause to think carefully
about our burial practices. +Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich has a prayer
describing the graves of just men containing more power than the unjust living do.
Father Rodney Torbic
The Endownment of King Peter I. 1998. P. 57
Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich.
Prayers by the Lake
Translated by Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott.
Free Serbian Orthodox Church of United States and Canada. Grayslake, Illinois. p. 170.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
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