Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 292 - May 15 / 28, 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. 292

May 15 / 28, 2016

Venerable Pachomius the Great

May 14 - Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirteen people attended. One communicant.

May 25 - Seven people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity. Eight people came for class.

Service and Class are scheduled for Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, June 8 - Great Vespers of Feast of Ascension at 6:30 PM.

The Mission Slava is scheduled for Saturda, June 25 with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM with blessing of Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo, and dinner.

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

May 29 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Venerable Theodore, St. Teodor of Vrsac, St. Vukasin, Martyr.
June 3 - St. Constantine and Helena, St. Jelena of Decani.
June 4 - St. Martyr Jovan Vladimir, Prince of Serbia
June 5 - Sunday of the Blind Man. Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pa.
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist

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

Proverbs 18:10 - The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe

When a person focuses on the calendar of the Church, the comprehensive educational resource is discovered. The feasts, saints and martyrs become alive. The mind expands and the heart is enriched as the glory of God is revealed.

The serious believer looks beyond the mere words written on the calendar. Serious believers look in depth to the lives of the saints and martyrs. Serious believers look to the Lord Jesus Christ at work in the lives of saints and martyrs.

Serious believers look to Christ portrayed as taking on human flesh. Serious believers think about the meaning of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan. Serious believers think about the meaning of Christ being transfigured on Mt. Tabor.

When the calendar shows it is the Feast of the Annunciation, believers behold Mary being chosen from all women of all centuries to bear the Christ Child.

The days on the calendar committed to St. John the Baptist draw attention to this giant of history. Jesus said: “Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist. (Mt. 11:11)

Do events in the present have a connection with a daily commemoration on the Church calendar? Does the birth or repose of a person on a certain day have meaning? Does the day on which an act of aggression occurs have relevance?

The naming of sons and daughters is often connected to the date on which the person is born. Families take patronal saints based upon the date of their Christianization. The calendar opens paths to great new discoveries. The calendar opens doors to lives devoted to Christ in many obscure places. Study of the lives and feasts on the calendar unveil many miracles heretofore unknown.

Believers individually determine if they are going to be active in seeking the Kingdom of God. Believers personally determine if they are going repent with regularity to remain on the narrow path leading to life. (Mt. 7:13-14)

Decisions made and actions taken by a person reveal the desires of the heart and goals of the believer. Jesus said: “ For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21)

The beginning of the new day arrives daily with the celebration of Vespers and is announced for each person to enter and discover. Many people in the world choose to look at each day as it is commemorated in the Church.

Transformation occurs in believers when the arrival of each day is greeted with eyes of faith and interest in learning. The arrival of each day carries with it the promise of God’s love and joy.

The carefully crafted words of the Psalmist serve as the fitting thought for beginning each day: “Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.” (Ps. 103/104:1)

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
May 15 / 28, 2016

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