Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 305 - January 8 / 21, 2017

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. 305

January 8 / 21, 2017

Saturday after Theophany

Galatians 6:8

For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

December 31 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Two communicants. Ten people attended.

January 18 - Four people came for Great Compline and reading the Matins Canon.

January 25 - Akathist to St. Sava and St. Sava readings are scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for February 4 at 10:00 AM.

Sympathy extended to Michael Danko and family. Mike’s sister +Mary departed this life.

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 27 - St. Sava
January 29 - St. Sava Program. Covered dish dinner at St. George Church.
January 29 - Feast of Chains of St. Peter.Venerable Romilus of Ravanica.
January 30 - Venerable Anthony the Great.
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great, St. Maximum, Archbishop of Serbia.
February 4 - St. Timothy, Apostle; Ven. Anastasius, Martyr.

Mark 1:9 - It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

The Holy Gospel of St. Mark is very specific about Jesus coming from Nazareth of Galilee to be baptized in the Jordan. The specific association with Jesus of Nazareth in Galilee is a historical reference.

Contemporary individuals interested in the Lord Jesus Christ will seek out facts. Facts about the Lord Jesus Christ improve an individual’s relationship with Christ. Facts about Christ improve the experience with Christ.

Faith is necessary as a motivator to draw closer to Christ. Faith is necessary to see the presence of Christ through the centuries. Facts about Christ strengthen the faith of the believer.

Contemporary believers experience Christ in the present. Contemporary believers consider Christ through the centuries. Contemporary believers look back centuries to the time Christ was present on earth in the flesh.

Christ’s baptism in the Jordan is celebrated by the Holy Orthodox Church every year on January 6/19. The Feast of Theophany is a major feast of the Church. The Great Blessing of the Waters is associated with the Feast of Theophany.

Believers ready their homes for blessing when the Feast of Theophany arrives. Believers come to church seeking to drink from the newly blessed water. Believers come to the church to gather water in containers to bring to their homes and to beloved family members and friends.

The world is renewed with the arrival of Theophany. The blessings taking place with the Holy Water brings forth the image of God restoring creation. A certain newness occurred after the flood and Noah descended from the ark.

The Lord said to Noah: “Thus I establish My covenant with you; Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Gen. 9:11)

The observation must be made that each year on September 11 (9/11) the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Beheading of St. John the Baptist. St. John had the distinct honor and place in history to baptize the Lord Jesus Christ.

Contemporary believers think about the Feast of Theophany in the present. Contemporary believers looking to Christ for salvation will carefully consider the Divine services associated with the Feast of Theophany.

Contemporary believers looking to Christ for salvation will look to the Holy Scriptures and to Scriptural commentary for more precise meaning and understanding of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
January 8 / 21, 2017

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