Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 306 - January 22 / February 4, 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. 306

January 22 / February 4, 2017

Holy Apostle Timothy, Ven. Anastasius, Martyr

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.

January 21 - Ten people came for the Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Mon River was blessed at Palantine Park.

January 25 - Nine people came for the Molieben to St. Sava and St. Sava readings

February 1 - Eight people came for Vespers and class.

Vespers and class scheduled for Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 PM.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for February 18 at 10:00 AM.

Remember the 37 miners that lost their lives on Feb. 4, 1957 in McDowell County, W.Va. Remember their families.

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

Today, February 4 - St. Timothy, Apostle; Ven. Anastasius, Martyr
February 6 - Venerable Mother Xenia of Rome; Holy Martyr Bablyias of Sicily.
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian, Ven. Publius
February 10 - Venerable Ephraim the Syrian. Venerable Isaac the Syrian

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Luke 18:14-I - I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other, for everyone who exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

The Lord Jesus Christ favored the tax collector and his prayerful attitude over the Pharisee. The Pharisee’s boastfulness and pride diminished his standing. The Pharisee’s attempt to curry favor with God was a costly undertaking. God knows what each person needs. God knows the readiness of each person for change. God knows when there is hardness of heart. At one point Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Mt.7:21) The tax collector did not assert his goodness. He did not enumerate reasons for God to be merciful to him. He simply was honest with God about his sinfulness and beseeched the mercy of God. The tax collector wanted a better life. The tax collector wanted free of the chains of sin. The tax collector recognized that God could make a difference in his life. The Pharisee focused on his own goodness and not on the goodness of God. The Pharisee gave no indication of a personal need for change or recognition of personal sin. The Pharisee gave no indication his life in any way deviated from the ways God desired. Because of his shortsightedness, the Pharisee did not get the recognition he determined was due to him. Because he was so consumed with what he felt was his own goodness, he failed to see the need for improvement and change. Parish churches benefit when parishioners see their own sinfulness and repent. Families benefit when members see their own sinfulness and repent. Marriages benefit when husbands and wives see the need to repent of sins. In current society where much callousness exists, the attitude of the tax collector provides a good lesson for change and improvement. In the current society where greed exalts individuals to high positions in various fields, the attitude of the tax collector provides a lasting lesson to consider. Great Lent is drawing closer each day. The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is drawing closer each day, Believers benefit from adopting the repentant attitude of the tax collector while shedding any remnants of the attitude of the Pharisee. The time is at hand to draw closer to God and the ways pleasing to God. The time is at hand to be serious in combating personal sin and seeking to develop the virtues of the Christian life. Purifying the heart, the mind and the soul require expelling sin and embracing Christ. Acknowledging personal sin and opening the heart, mind and soul to the forgiveness and mercy of God are major and necessary steps in each Christian life. Holy Confession and Holy Communion provide the steps necessary for unity with Christ. The tax collector has demonstrated the way to draw closer and seek that unity. Pride can serve as a barrier for unity with Christ. Unwillingness to repent is a deterrent to unity with Christ. The tax collector is an example how believers can open their eyes to the goodness and mercy of God.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
January 22 / February 4, 2017

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