Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 302 - November 20 / December 3, 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. 302

November 20 / December 3, 2016

Ven. Gregory Decapolis (Antefeast of the Entrance)

Numbers 11:25

And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

November 19 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Nine people attended.

November 30 - Eleven people came for Vespers and class.

The Nativity Fast has begun. Honor the fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

Remember the 362 miners that lost their lives in Monongah in 1907.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 PM.

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

December 4 - Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.
December 5 - St. Philemon, Apphia and Archipus. St. Cecilia.
December 7 - St. Catherine the Greatmartyr
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance
December 12 - St. Madarije, Bishop of America and Canada
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called, Apostle
December 17 - St. Barbara, Greatmartyr. Ven. John of Damascus.
December 18 - Ven.Sabbas the Sanctified. Children’s Day.
December 19 - St. Nicholals the Miracle Worker
December 22 - Conception of the Theotokos by St. Ana.
December 25 - St. Spyridon the Miracle Worker. Mothers’ Day.

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

Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Today is the Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple. Parents actually set an important example by accompanying their sons and daughters to church.

Coming to church is a free and voluntary choice. Making the decision to come to church regularly and consistently without exception demonstrates a clear commitment to the value of the church in personal life.

Coming to church and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood with regularity and consistency reveals understanding of and interest in being consistently united with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Individuals have many different ways to spend their time. Choices made in the use of time reveals personal values and interests. In the current Gospel for the Feast of the Entrance, Martha was concerned with many things. Mary was concerned with paying attention to the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus told Martha that Mary was concerned with the one thing needed. (Lk. 10:41-42)

On Sunday mornings, on the weekdays when Great Feasts occur, during Holy Week and other times of the year when the Church intensifies worship, individuals determine whether to be a part of the liturgical life of the Church. Mary, the Theotokos was brought to the temple as a young child. She grew to become the birthgiver of the greatest Son ever born.

Parents have great influence on their sons and daughters. Sons and daughters learn from their parents. Parents are always teaching their sons and daughters. If the lessons taught by parents in the way they live are good, the sons and daughters benefit.

Parents do well to think about the parents of Mary taking her to the temple. Parents do well to make a practice of being in church with their sons and daughters all of their lives.

It is very joyful to see multiple generations of families in church together on a regular basis. Seeing multiple generations of the same family together in church on regular basis is not a common sight but it is a good and joyful sight.

The Mother of God is known for her purity. She is known for her unique and unequalled relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person has the opportunity to be united with Christ. Each person has the opportunity to be transformed and renewed in Christ.

Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to be united with Christ. Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to be transformed and renewed in Christ. Seeking the Kingdom of God is a choice to be made by each individual. The Lord Jesus Christ is ever present for each person. He does not force Himself on each person. He loves each person. He shares Himself with each person willing to be united with Him.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
November 20 / December 3, 2016

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