Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 301 - November 6 / 19, 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 IRINEJ
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic

Bulletin No. 301

November 6 / 19, 2016

St. Paul the Confessor

I Corinthians 2:10

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

October 22 - Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven people attended

October 26 - Six people came for Vespers and class

November 2 - Seven people came for Vespers. Six people attended class

November 9 - Seven people came for the Akathist and meeting. Following the meeting, those in attendance went to look at a church for sale on Morgantown Avenue. Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Goyko and Anka Arbutina, Michael Danko, Stephanie Lewis and Dennis Eliot were present at the meeting and looked at the church.

November 16 - Six people came for Vespers and class.

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

An Akathist for Thanksgiving is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30 with class afterwards.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for December 3 at 10:00 AM.

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

November 21 - Synaxis of Holy Archangel Michael
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stefan of Decani
November 25 - St. John the Merciful
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - St. Philip, Apostle
November 28 - Beginning of Nativity Fast.
November 29 - St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

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

Remembering the Departed

This writer was blessed to have the opportunity to visit holy places in Greece and Serbia in March and September of 2002. One of the striking memories from these trips was the respect shown to the remains of believers who have departed this life.

In Thessalonica the Serbian Cemetery having the graves of eight thousand casualities from World War I is extremely well-cared for. Two chapels exist at the cemetery. Symbols of remembrance in the chapels make it clear that the people buried in the cemetery remain dear in the hearts and minds of the living.

While we were at the St. George Chapel at the Serbian Cemetery in Thessalonica, His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN served a pomen (memorial service) for believers buried in the cemetery.

In Thessalonica the opportunity also arose to venerate the relics of St. Demetrius the Great Martyr in the Church of St. Demetrius. Similar opportunities occurred in other parts of Greece to venerate the relics of saints interred in churches and cathedrals.

A most memorable occasion on the trip to Greece was the visit to Hilandar Monastery on Holy Mt. Athos. We viewed the cemetery at the monastery. We visited the room where heads of the monks are kept who have departed this life. Following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, we venerated the relics of saints held in trust at this centuries-old holiest of places.

The reverence, respect and honor shown to departed faithful in Greece and Serbia is cause for careful consideration here in America. During the trip to Serbia we observed the huge St. Sava Cathedral in Belgrade which has arisen on the site where St. Sava’s body was burned.

We went to Monastery Krusedol in Frusca Gora, to Monastery Sopacani, Monastery Studenitza, to the Saborna Crkva in Belgrade, and other churches and monasteries where relics of saints are sacred.

The people in our tour group witnessed people in Greece and in Serbia coming to pay respects, to reverence and to venerate the relics of saints held in trust in churches and monasteries.

We saw burial sites in and near churches and monasteries of believers who gave their lives in service to the Church. His Holiness Patriarch German is interred in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Belgrade.

In Topola we visited the magnificent Church of St. George which has a crypt underneath intended for members of the Karadjordjevic dynasty. 1 Not far from where our bus was parked as we made the trek to Oplenac was located a beautiful cemetery adorned with marble. The mosaics in the St. George Church and the marble monuments in the cemetery reflected the deep thoughtfulness of the living for the departed.

Each time the Divine Liturgy is served in the Holy Orthodox Church, prayers for the departed are included. In the litanies in Vespers, Matins and the Divine Liturgy, mention is made of the Orthodox believers departed this life.

In this time in America let us pause to think carefully about our burial practices. +Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich has a prayer describing the graves of just men containing more power than the unjust living do. 2

Father Rodney Torbic

1 Mile Nedeljkovic. Topola Oplenac The Endownment of King Peter I. 1998. P. 57

2 Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich. Prayers by the Lake Translated by Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott. Free Serbian Orthodox Church of United States and Canada. Grayslake, Illinois. p. 170.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
November 6 / 19, 2016

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