Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 284 - December 20, 2015 /January 2, 2016


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. 284

December 20, 2015 /January 2, 2016

Saturday before Nativity



John 16:13

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

December 5 - Divine Liturgy and Parastos were served. Eight people came.

December 9 - Seven people came for Vespers. Four people stayed for class.

December 18 - Nine people came for Great Vespers. One Slava Kolac was blessed with Koljivo.

December 23 - Nine people came for Vespers. Seven people stayed for class.

Remember the twelve miners killed at the Sago Mine Disaster of January 2, 2006. Remember their family members and friends.

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

January 6 - Christmas Eve morning-Divine Liturgy-8:00 AM at St. George Church.
Christmas Eve - 7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak at St. George Church
January 7 - 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Feast of the Nativity of Christ at St. George Church.
January 8 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of the Mother of God at St. George Church
January 9 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. St. Stephen, Archdeacon and Protomartyr at St. George Church.
January 16 - 10:00 AM Next Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

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


The Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ

Matthew 2:1 - Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every year. A period of fasting and preparation precedes the celebration.

The Divine Liturgy of the feast is the apex of the celebration. Believers have the opportunity to hear the Holy Gospel and receive the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Christ is born! Indeed He is born!” ...”Christ is born! Glorify Him!” are common Orthodox greetings at the arrival of the feast. The hearts of Orthodox faithful fill with joy in the Divine Liturgy.

The Holy Gospel of St. Matthew mentions the specific place where the Christ Child was born…Bethlehem of Judea. The time of the birth is established when Herod is identified as having been king.

Jesus Christ came into the world in human flesh at a particular time in history. He did not come in human flesh earlier. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.” (Gal. 4:4)

The Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians (4:4-7) is read during the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity. 1

The celebration of the Feast of the Nativity opens the minds of believers to the Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. Serious believers will think carefully about this unparalleled birth.

Serious believers will think about the culture into which Jesus came. Serious believers think about the circumstances into which Jesus came. Serious believers will think about the centuries leading to the birth of the Christ Child.

Centuries have passed since Jesus took on human flesh. Much commercialism has grown up in the world associated with the celebration of the birth of Christ in contemporary times.

Believers benefit by focusing on the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ as described in the Holy Gospel and elaborated in the teachings of the Church.

Believers invest their time wisely studying the writings of the Holy Fathers of the Church regarding the Gospel account of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father Rodney Torbic

1 2004 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood in the United States and Canada. Editor Very Rev. Petar Milosevich. St. Louis, Missouri, p.42.


Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
December 20, 2015 /January 2, 2016

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