Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

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.

Romans 8:5

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.

Important Dates

November 21 - St. Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. George Church Choir Slava celebrated-Covered dish dinner and program.

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. 2

Father Rodney Torbic

1 Mile Nedeljkovic. Topola Oplenac The Endownment of King Peter I. 1998. P. 57

2 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.
October 25 / November 7, 2015

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