Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 283 - November 22 / December 5, 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. 283

November 22 / December 5, 2015

Sts. Philemon, Apphia, and Archippus, Apostles

Ephesians 3:16

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man

Sixteen people came for Divine Liturgy on November 21, 2015. Three communicants.

Nine people came for Vespers and class on November 24, 2015.

Eleven people came for the Akathist, Vespers and class on December 2, 2015.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday December 9 at 6:30 PM.

Vespers is scheduled for Friday December 18 at 6:00 PM.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director providing important help to children in need.

Food goods continue to be collected 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 have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Important Dates

December 8 - Apodasis of the Feast of the Entrance
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called Apostle.
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 27-30 - Diocesan Winter Retreat at Shadeland.

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

The Feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple
November 21 / December 4

Imagine being taken to the church as a young child to remain there. St. Nikolai said the Most Holy Virgin was taken to the Temple at age three and remained there nine years. 1

Believers have the benefit of history and know the Blessed Virgin Mary is special. Current believers bring their children for Baptism and Chrismation as infants which a dedication to God.

Keeping children connected to the Church, fully immersed in the life of Church is a challenge. Contemporary society is at work with many temptations and distractions to entice children away from the Christian life.

Corrupt adults frequently make headlines for actions negatively affecting children. Parents must ever be vigilant to keep the newly Baptized faithful to Christ. The best defense and best offense for parents is for the parents to be faithful Christians in ways pleasing to God. If parents remain faithful to Christ on a daily basis, the likelihood of the children remaining committed to Christ increases.

Believers coming the Vespers, Matins and Divine Liturgy of the feast will be exposed to the teachings of the Church in the content of the services. Orthodox liturgical services are beautiful. They are also instructive.

While individuals attending divine services are inspired by them, if they are attentive listeners and observers, the value of the services increases. The icon for the feast proclaims the message of the feast just as the content of the services proclaims the message of the feast.

Once baptized, children are ready to be in the Church for the remaining days of their lives. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mk. 10:14)

The presence of children in Church is a joyful presence. The sound of children in Church is a joyful sound. I believe it was +Proto Radovan Milkovich who said “Children are not future parishioners. They are current parishioners.”

The presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple at the age of three for an extended period of time is food for thought for contemporary parents. The value of being in Church for more time far outweighs the value of social and recreational activities that can consume excessive time. Are contemporary parents as attentive to the teachings of the Church as they are to the rules and regulations set forth by athletic coaches or social activity instructors? How much time do children spend in Church? In comparison, how much time do children spend in social and recreational activities?

Father Rodney Torbic

1 St. Nikolai Velimirovic The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002 p. 569

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
November 22 / December 5, 2015

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