Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

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

Galatians 4:6

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 institution staffs.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Important Dates

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 constant attention.

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.” (Gal. 5:22)

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.” (Acts. 17:22-28).

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.” (Mt. 7:14). 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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