Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 296 - August 7 / 20, 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. 296

August 7 / 20, 2016

Ven. Dometius, Martyr; Ven. Or

Ephesians 1:13

In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit which is the promise of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory

August 6 - Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Nine people attended. Two communicants.

August 10 - Five people came for Vespers and class.

August 17 - Ten people came for Vespers and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 PM.

Sympathy extended to Carlos Godbey and family. Carlosís cousin departed this life.

Wayne and Joyce Kirby and Vanessa Lasobek attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania in honor of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN. Vesna P. Meinert went to St. Elijah Church for the celebration and helped with the work of the celebration banquet.

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

August 14 - Dormition Fast began and continues until the feast on August 28. Honor the fast.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Kolo Federation Slava celebration at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio. St. George Kolo Celebration in Carmichaels, Pa.

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

Matthew 17:2 - And He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

Peter, James and John did not know Jesus would be transfigured. They did not know they would be witness to a manifestation of Jesusí divinity. Followers of Christ in each generation experience miracles when following Christ in faith.

Some people experience only one Feast of the Transfiguration in their lives. Some believers will live through the celebration of one hundred Feasts of the Transfiguration. Most people live for periods of time when multiple celebrations of the feast have occurred.

Each person does well to personally review the impact the Feast of the Transfiguration has on his or her personal life. Is the Feast celebrated by attendance at the Divine services of the Feast? Does the believer prepare for the Feast by coming to Holy Confession and Holy Communion?

Will increased prayer be associated with the Feast of the Transfiguration? Will the divine uncreated light be among the thoughts of the believer?

Time passes. Believers must determine if care of the soul increases with the passing of time. Believers determine the investment in care of the soul. Believers determine the investment made in nourishment of the soul.

Jesusí appearance changed dramatically during what is now known as the Transfiguration. The change continues to be a consideration centuries later. Jesus wanted witnesses to the Transfiguration.

Jesus wanted specific witnesses to the Transfiguration. Each generation has the understanding of previous generations to use in considering the Feast. Believers should not depart far from the teachings of the Church when thinking about the Transfiguration.

The parameters of life in the Church are set by Christís life and teaching, The parameters are set by approved teaching of the Church. Centuries of God acting in history cannot be ignored.

The Transfigured Christ summons the believer in prayer. The Transfigured Christ is central to understanding the feast. All celebrations, all observances of the feast must center on the Transfigured Christ.

Believers are required to remain faithful to Christ. Believers are required to think carefully about Christ on the mountain and in each human life. The Transfigured Christ is a measurement of our lives. Believers choose whether to live frivolously or to be serious about the Lord Jesus Christ. The way believers live reveals the depth of faith in Christ. How many contemporary believers will follow Peter, James and John in lives dedicated to Christ? How many will put forth the effort to fight against sin and seek to be united with the Transfigured Christ?

Christ on Mt. Tabor emits a light for the path to the Kingdom.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
August 7 / 20, 2016

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