Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 294 - July 10 / 23, 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. 294

July 10 / 23, 2016

Holy 45 Martyrs of Nicopolis

Hebrews 9:14

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

June 25 - Eighteen people attended the Divine Liturgy with blessing of the Slava Kolací and Koljivo.

June 29 - Four people came for Vespers and class.

July 6 - Four people came for Great Vespers and class.

July 20 - Five people came for Vespers and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for July 27 at 6:30 PM.

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

Pray for the persons suffering from the floods 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

July 29-30 - Monastery Marcha Slava. Plan to attend.
August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 7 - Diocese Day at Shadeland. Parish churches closed. Plan to attend.
August 9 - St. Panteliemon. Healthcare Day Seminar at St. George Church, Carmichaels.
August 13 - Divine Liturgy and Banquet Honoring His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

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

Matthew 21:22 - And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Trust in the goodness of God is necessary. Christ dying on the Cross established the goodness of God beyond doubt or human comprehension. Benefit exists in looking for the goodness of God in each circumstance of life.

Believers looking carefully will see God at work in daily life. Believers looking carefully will sense the presence of God throughout daily life. Believers crafting their prayers, should think carefully about the content.

Concentrating while at extended prayer is not easy. The believer does well to ďwillĒ extended concentration. The believer does well to pray to God for the ability to concentrate during extended prayer.

Short prayers have value. Long prayers have value. Motivation has a part in the value of prayer. Desired outcome has an affect on the results of prayer. When prayers are not sincere, when prayers are not in accord with the ways of God, the person praying can expect outcomes not necessarily anticipated.

The believer does well to examine the heart, mind and soul when beginning to pray. Purity of heart, mind and soul is always a desired objective. The heart, mind and soul can quickly be cluttered and require the cleansing action of prayer and fasting.

Prayer is a way to prepare for Holy Confession. Prayer is a way to remain true to a new beginning made as a result of Holy Confession. Holy Confession has great value for individuals prayerfully preparing and serious about God.

Holy Confession is not to be taken lightly. Preparation for Holy Communion is enriched by serious prayer and fasting. God knows the heart. God knows the mind. God knows the condition of the soul. God knows the motivation of the individual drawing near to the Holy Chalice. God knows the extent of preparation. God knows the attitude and understanding of a person.

When a person prays, he or she benefits by evaluating how he or she measures up to standards set by God. Christís teachings as recorded in the Gospels of Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John provide more than ample food for thought.

A person benefits from thinking about his or her motivation when turning to God in prayer. A person benefits from thinking about the way he or she prays. The Lord Jesus Christ gives great instructions about prayer.

Individuals ensuring their prayers are consistent with Christís teachings are well-grounded in their efforts. Christís teachings are preserved in the Church and proclaimed in the Church. Centuries have passed. Faithfulness to Christ remains in the Church. Believers active in prayer in ways pleasing to Christ benefit. The benefits of prayer may not be immediately apparent. The value may not become known for an extended period of time.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
July 10 / 23, 2016

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