Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
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
If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church
ask the priest.
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
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
The Endownment of King Peter I. 1998. P. 57
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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