Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 293 - June 12 / 25, 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. 293

June 12 / 25, 2016

Apodasis of Pentecost

Exodus 31:3

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.

May 28 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Nine people attended. One communicant.

June 1 - Three people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and class.

June 8 - Six people came for the Great Vespers with Litya.

June 15 - Eight people came for Vespers and class.

June 22 - Six people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinty and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for July 23 at 10:00 AM.

Plan to attend the celebration honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa on August 13. See bulletin board for details.

Pray for the persons suffering from the floods in West Virginia.

Pray for families having lost loved ones in the flooding in West Virginia.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director providing important help to children in need.

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray for their families. Pray for all workers having their jobs, pensions and benefits threatened.

Thank you for contributing food goods for the needy in Fairmont.

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

June 26 - Vidovdan Cover Dish Dinner and Program at St. George Church
June 27 - Beginning of the Apostles Fast

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

John 7:39 - But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Consideration of the Holy Spirit requires all the faculties of the mind. The mind is a creation of God. There is something natural about the created wanting to consider the Creator. The limits of the created mind must be acknowledged.

Believers are described as recipients of the Holy Spirit. Earlier reference was made to the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Chrismation. Christian services are opened and concluded with reference to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Early in the Genesis account of creation, reference was made to the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:2 states: The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.Ē (Gen. 1:2)

The coming of the Spirit as celebrated on Pentecost in the Church is recorded in Acts:2:1-111 Believers do well to think about the Holy Spirit throughout the centuries.

Believers do well to think about Jesus articulating the coming of the Holy Spirit. The relationship between Jesus being glorified and the coming of the Holy Spirit is signified in the current passage.

Scriptural texts require careful consideration. Believers need to keep in mind translations take place. Cultural differences and precision of word usage are factors. The passage of time is always a factor. Passing time affects perspective.

St. John the Evangelist felt Jesusí reference to the Holy Spirit needed preserved in writing. The Church concluded St. Johnís Gospel needed preserved and used as a basis for preaching and teaching.

The Church reads from the Gospel of St. John on the Feast of Pentecost. The Feast of Pentecost is a major feast of the Lord and is celebrated every year fifty days after Pascha.

Believers coming to church on the Feast of Pentecost are expected to listen to the Gospel carefully. Believers are expected to incorporate the Gospel message and the accompanying sermon into their everyday lives.

It is not possible to consider life without the Holy Spirit. It would only be conjecture. The Holy Spirit is associated with life. The Holy Spirit is associated with life in the Church. Baptism and Chrismation are important Holy Mysteries at the beginning of the Christian life. The Holy Spirit is central to Baptism and Chrismation.

Father Rodney Torbic

1 The 2007 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada. Chicago, Illinois. p. 19.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
June 12 / 25, 2016

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