Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Bulletin 285 - January 3 / 16, 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. 285
- January 3 / 16, 2016
- Saturday before Theophany
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,
crying, Abba, Father.
January 2-Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten people attended.
Thank you to all coming to St. George Church in Carmichaels for Nativity services.
The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for January 30 at 10:00 AM.
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
If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church
ask the priest.
January 18 - Holy Cross Day
January 19 - Theophany
January 20 - Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
January 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - Chains of St. Peter
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
If you are Too Busy to Pray, You are Too Busy!
Mark 1:10 - And immediately, coming up from the water,
He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.
Believers do well to lift their eyes, their hearts and their minds up to
the heavens. Believers do well to focus their attention on the heavens.
The majesty of God is awe-inspiring. The glory of God’s creation deserves
The Holy Spirit summons the attention of believers.
The Holy Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians says: The fruit of the Spirit
is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.”
Believers are required to think of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
in ways taught, expressed and understood by the Holy Orthodox Church.
This requires prayer, thoughtfulness and understanding that the fullness of
God exceeds our ability to really understand.
God is more than we can ever realize.
Simultaneously, God is everywhere and is experienced by each person.
When the Holy Apostle Paul stood in Athens, he said of the Lord:
“In Him we live and move and have our being.”
The baptism of Jesus in the Lord draws attention to God the Father,
God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Ideally, believers grow in their
knowledge of the Holy Trinity. Ideally, the growth in knowledge leads
a life more pleasing to God.
Believers are expected to repent throughout life.
Because of sin occurring throughout life, believers can never
take the position that entry into the Kingdom is guaranteed.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Narrow is the gate and difficult
is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Pride can cause a person’s downfall when he or she least expects it.
The Holy Spirit is prominent in the baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is mentioned specifically as descending like a dove upon Jesus.
The person invests well when thinking about the Holy Spirit.
Thinking about God is an investment in the Kingdom.
Thinking about the Feast of Theophany and the way the Feast relates
to the salvation of the soul is an investment in the Kingdom.
Each person has gifts and resources.
The gifts and resources given by God are to be invested in ways pleasing to God.
When the Feast of Theophany arrives, given it is a major feast, all believers
are to devote attention to the celebration.
The Feast of Theophany has a liturgical component
including Divine services prior to and following the feast.
The celebration of the Feast of Theophany is not to be hurried.
The celebration of the Feast of Theophany gives definition to Orthodox
life in January of each year.
The effects of the Feast of Theophany are far-reaching.
Father Rodney Torbic
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
January 3 / 16, 2016
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