Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 304 - December 18 / 31, 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. 304

December 18 / 31, 2016

St. Sebastian

John 16:13

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

December 17 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Eight people attended

December 21 - Eight 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.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for January 14 at 10:00 AM.

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

January 1 - St.Boniface, Martyr. Fathers’ Day.
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Daniel II of Serbia. Antefeast of Nativity.
January 6, Christmas Eve morning - Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM at St. George Church, Carmichaels.
January 6, Christmas Eve - 7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak. Vigil to follow at St.George Church
Saturday, January 7- Feast of the Nativity. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM at St. George Church
Sunday, January 8 - 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Synaxis of the Mother of God at St. George Church
Monday, January 9 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Archdeacon and Protomartyr Stephen at St .George Church
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. (New Year)

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

Jeremiah 31:3 - The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:” Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.”

In the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed belief is confessed in the Holy Spirit Who spoke by the prophets. In the Gospel account of the beggar Lazarus and the rich man, Abraham told the tormented rich man that if his brothers did not “hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.” (Lk. 16:19-31)

Value exists in reading the Holy Prophets. Value exists in becoming familiar with the lives and actions of the Holy Prophets. Too often in contemporary times individuals direct their attention to activities, readings and viewings that pale in comparison to the lives and works of the Holy Prophets.

The Holy Orthodox Church draws from the Holy Prophets for use in the liturgical life of the Church. Looking to the Holy Prophets gives perspective to God in history.

Somehow believers need to look to the past, look to the present and look to the future. Believers need to consider the “now” and the appropriate Christian response to the “now.”

It helps to remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8). It helps to keep in mind the question Jesus Christ asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mt. 16:13-15)

It is important to remember the Holy Apostle Peter’s response to Jesus’ question. The Holy Apostle Peter said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Mt. 16;;16). Do our lives reflect we were baptized into the life in Christ the Son of the living God? Do our lives reflect the profession of faith, The Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed?

The love of Christ was manifested on the Cross. The love of God has been manifested throughout the centuries. The love of God is everywhere for those having eyes to see and ears to hear.

Courage is required to be living in times of violence. Courage is required to be kind when violence and aggressiveness are advocated. Courage is required to maintain civility when civility runs counter to the popular trend.

Reading the lives of the Holy Prophets connects believers with centuries past. Reading the lives of the Holy Prophets enables believers to contemplate God. Reading the Holy Prophets enables believers to transport their minds and hearts to a much earlier period of life.

Learning about God is continuous. Ideally, the individual grows and maintains a willingness to listen and to grow. Keeping the focus on God and learning about God is not easy. Learning about God and loving God is necessary.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
December 18 / 31, 2016

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