Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 307 - February 5 / 18, 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. 307

February 5 / 18, 2017

Meat Fare Saturday. All Souls Day.

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.

February 4 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten people attended. One communicant

February 8 - Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Great Vespers. Four people stayed for class.

February 15 - Eight people came to Vespers and class.

Wayne Kirby attended the Diocesan Assembly in Boston, Massachusetts on February 10-11, 2017.

Vespers and class scheduled for Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 PM.

The next Divine Liturgy is scheduled for March 4 at 10:00 AM, Theodore Saturday.

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

February 19 - Meatfare Sunday. Last day to eat meat until Pascha.
February 21 - St. Sava II of Serbia.
February 26 - Deanery Vespers 5:00 PM at St. Sava, Mckeesport.
February 27 - Great Lent begins.

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

Prayers for the Departed

Praying for loved ones departed this life is integral to God’s Holy Church. Prayers begin for departed loved ones immediately. The Church has a service entitled: “Office after the Departure of the Soul from the Body”

Subsequent services held after a person has departed this life include the Pomen also known as the Trisagion. The Funeral Service and the Parastos/Panikhida also are services involving prayers for the departed.

The creation and long-standing existence of the various services for the departed speaks to the value ascribed by the Church to these efforts. The existence and performing of these services are expressions of hope and belief that they are of benefit. God’s mercy is everlasting. (Ps. 102/103:17)

Prayers for the departed are not limited to services specifically for the departed. The Divine Liturgy has prayers for the departed in the Proskomedie and in litanies. The departed are also remembered at the time of Slava celebrations in the blessing of the memorial wheat.

The Akathist for the Departed is a specific service involving prayers for all departed from the beginning of the world. Great and faithful effort has gone into the development, approval and translation of the various services for the departed.

Great effort has been invested in publishing the services on a widespread basis. Great effort is exerted in the performing of the services and the faithful drawing near to be in attendance.

The services and prayers for the departed are not only to benefit the departed loved ones. The services and prayers give structure for clergy and faithful to express concern for the departed in ways consistent with the beliefs of the Church.

The services and prayers of the Church need to be consistent with teachings and beliefs of the Church. The services and prayers need to be consistent with the way of Christ.

The content of the prayers and services need to be absent of any heretical or unsupported assertions. The content and prayers need to clearly reflect the theology of the Church.

When a person departs this life, clergy and surviving loved ones feel the need to draw near to God in being attentive to the change taking place. The prayers and services provide a structure and focus to address the change in life.

The prayers and services for the departed bring together followers of Christ. Unity occurs among all affected. Healing takes place. Constructive steps are taken for the departed and the surviving.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
February 5 / 18, 2017

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