Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 288 - March 6 / 19, 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. 288

March 6 / 19, 2016

Theodore Saturday

I Thessalonians 4:8

He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

March 5 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Parastos for all departed buried under auspices of Holy Trinity Mission. Ten people attended. One communicants.

March 9 - Ten people came. for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Blessing of Slava Kolach and class.

March 16 - Nine people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.

Wayne Kirby represented Holy Trinity Mission at the recent Diocesan Assembly at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 PM..

Divine Liturgy is April 2 at 10:00 AM.

Honor the fast until Pascha on May 1.

Prepare for Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

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.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest

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

March 19 - 6:00 PM Mon Valley Orthodox celebrate St. Michael Orthodox Church, Monessen, Pa.
March 20 - Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh.
March 27 - 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
March 27 - 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers at Holy Ascension Church, Youngwood, Pennsylvania.
April 3 - 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers at St. George Church, Midland, Pennsylvania.

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

John 1:45 - Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote---Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

Philip gave voice to Jesus’ identity. Philip made the connection between Moses, the prophets and Jesus. In this contemporary world where immediacy seems to prevail, it is good to think back to Moses and the Holy Prophets.

Believers today need a sense of perspective found in history. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed (Gen. 18:20-19:25) Sin begets sin unless there is repentance. Great Lent is the opportune time to end sinful ways.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 6:23) Serious believers resolve to battle sin fervently during Great Lent.

Philip told Nathanael about Jesus. Philip did not want to keep Jesus’ identity to himself. He wanted to share his knowledge about Jesus. Every believer is blessed by Christ. Grateful believers will tell others about blessings from Christ.

Grateful believers will tell others about prayers answered. Grateful believers will tell others about fears that were removed due to confidence in Christ. Believers will tell others about internal peace due to the Lord Jesus Christ.

When telling other people about the Lord Jesus Christ, one must take care. The Lord Jesus Christ is to be communicated in the spirit of love. Each person is free to choose the life in Christ. Each person reaps the results of choices made.

We learn of Philip informing Nathanael from the Gospel according to St. John. The Gospel is read at each Divine Liturgy. If we are attentive we will learn about the Lord Jesus Christ. We increase our learning by reading the Gospel.

The contemporary world provides for rapid communication around the world. The world was not always this way. It will not always be this way. It is remarkable that the words of Philip to Nathanael have been preserved.

It is remarkable that the connection between Jesus and Moses and the Holy Prophets could be made. Great Lent is a time to assess where we have been and what we are as individuals. It is time to become more pleasing to God.

Philip not only drew closer to Christ. Philip engaged Nathanael in his experience. Believers carrying Christ in their heart will reveal the love of Christ in their relationships. Believers excited about Christ share the excitement.

Believers immersing their lives in Christ will radiate the love of Christ. At Holy Baptism the full person is immersed. The whole person is affected by Holy Baptism. The fullness of the life in Christ is intended for all of our earthly lives.

When Philip told Nathanael about Jesus, Philip set in motion a new relationship with Christ. Philip caused Nathanael to begin thinking about Jesus. Believers serious about Christ reinforce others serious and interested in Christ.

Every believer is a missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
March 6 / 19, 2016

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