Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 291 - May 1 / 14, 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. 291

May 1 / 14, 2016

Fifth Saturday of Great Lent

April 20 - Nine people came for Compline and class.

April 29 - Eleven people came.for Royal Hours.

May 4 - Seven people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.

May 11 - Five people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and class.

You can hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN’s Paschal message in Serbian and English on the St. George Church and Diocesan websites.

Pray for His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, Father Djokan Majstorovic and the parishioners of St. Sava Cathedral in New York. The Cathedral was destroyed by fire.

Congratulations to Dennis, Sandy and Brendon Eliot. Brendan is graduating today from West Virginia University as an engineering major.

Service and class are scheduled for Wednesday May 25 at 6:30 PM.

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 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 the 52 miners that died in 1942 in nearby Osage, W.Va.

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

May 15 - unday of the Myrrhbearers. St. Athanasius the Great
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava; Righteous Job

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

Mark 16:9-10 - Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.

Jesus cast demons out of Mary Magdalene. The Risen Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene. This post-resurrection appearance gives hope to present sinners. This post-resurrection appearance should be an inspiration to present sinners.

To move from sin to Christ requires an interest in having a better life. To move from sin to Christ requires an interest in experiencing Christ and in following Christ. Believers cannot choose to enjoy sin and at the same time stand for Christ.

Believers need to know where they stand and for Whom they stand. An individuals values and beliefs eventually become apparent. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “You will know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16)

An individual may appear outwardly pious. An individual may even attend church on a regular basis and appear to fast and to follow the teachings of the Church but that may not necessarily be what is in the heart and mind.

Pride and hardness of heart can keep a person from God. Pride and hardness of heart can cause a person to look with disdain upon others. Pride and hardness of heart can cause a person to consider him or herself better than others.

The lesson of the Publican and Pharisee is a lesson of humility, a lesson of comparison that needs learned over and over again. (Lk. 18:10-14) The Lord Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.’” (Mt. 7:21)

Mary, once demon possessed, became the bearer of the unprecedented and unequivocal news of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals currently demon possessed can draw hope from the experience of Mary.

Consider the experience of the Holy Apostle Paul, once a persecutor of Christians. (Acts 9:13) When Christ appeared to him, Paul was changed from persecutor and became one of the foremost apostles. (Acts 9:15).

Contemporary individuals choose between following the Risen Christ or departing to follow others. Contemporary individuals choose whether to follow the road to the Kingdom or to follow paths that lead to less than satisfactory and life-fulfilling ends.

Individuals have one life to live. Life can be lived consistent with the intent of the Giver of Life. Life can be lived to the glory of God. Life can be lived in ways pleasing to God. Individuals loving and appreciating God make this choice.

Individuals are free to choose to live differently and reap the consequences. Non-believers, disdainers of God, individuals obsessed with accumulating material goods or seeking other gods will reject the Triune God.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
May 1 / 14, 2016

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