Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 308 - February 19 / March 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. 308

February 19 / March 4, 2017

Theodore Saturday

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 18 - Ten people came for Divine Liturgy and Parastos for Departed.

February 22 - Seven people came for Akathist and class.

March 1 - Seven people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.

Believers are to abstain from meat, dairy products and fish with backbones and blood during Great Lent. Honor the fast in a spirit of joy. All parishioners should come to confession during Great Lent.

Individuals planning to commune at the Presanctified Liturgy should honor the fast all week, arrange for confession in advance and abstain from eating and drinking from noon until the time of the service.

Individuals planning to commune at the Divine Liturgy should honor the fast all week, arrange for confession in advance and abstain from eating and drinking from midnight until the time of the service..

Presanctified Liturgy is scheduled for March 8 at 6:30 PM.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director.

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate.

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

March 5 - Sunday of Orthodoxy celebration at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg, Pa. 4:30 PM.

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

Notes on Communion

His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE. “On Fasting and Communing.” 1997 Serbian Orthodox Calendar. Very Rev. Petar Milosevich Editor. Published by the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada, St. Louis, Missouri.

With deep faith in these words of the Lord, the early Christians anxiously approached Holy Communion, not because of some requirement, but from an immediate awareness that there was no spiritual life without Him. Just as one is not ordered to breathe, but spontaneously knows that without air he would suffocate and die. The early Christians attended all the Sunday and Holyday liturgies and at the Deacon’s invitation—with the fear of God and with faith, draw near, all the faithful lined up and received Holy Communion. They were convinced they were attaining the deepest mystery of their faith and the holiest gift of God’s mercy. They tried to approach the all-holy and most pure God in Holy Communion with purity of heart and soul.

Father Stephen Zaremba. “Our Daily Vidovodan.” Lazarica. St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland, Pennsylvania. Vol. 52. No. 3, 2001, p. 3.

The night before the battle, of which our epic poetry speaks in great detail, a council was held and a oneness of mind and resolution attained. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated and the army communed of the Holy Mysteries, for they anticipated that their choice would cost them their lives. And it did.

Why then did they make this choice? Because it is better to die for the truth than to live under the rule of lies. A life of darkness, falsehood and death is no life at all. It is enslavement. Can the darkness dwell light? Can death dwell life? Darkness is the absence of light and death the absence of life. Where light and life are present, death and darkness are absent. Likewise, truth cannot be compromised. If it is, it ceases to be truth, for it has become false, a lie.

Very Reverend Rade Merick. “What Kind of Orthodox?” Lazarica. St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland, Pennsylvania, Vol. 50, No. 1, 1999, pp. 4-5.

The time of the Great Fast which we are entering is above all the time to ask ourselves this question,”What kind of Orthodox am I?” and to be honest in our self-appraisal. It offers us virtually, unlimited opportunities for spiritual efforts and discipline, which lead us to spiritual discoveries and riches. The fasting, the prayers, the prostrations, the special and more extensive services, the participation in the Holy Mysteries of confession and repentance and the Eucharist all work within us to unveil the depths of Orthodox Christianity to us, and they all challenge us to make the faith live within us.

Very Reverend Rastko Trbuhovich. The Voice of St. Stephen. St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York, Vol. 21, No 6. November-December 1997, p. 2.

For the Orthodox, since the time of the apostles, going to church has never been just “going to church”. It is not “prayers I could do at home.” The gathering of the church is the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the coming together of the entire Body of Christ, the Lord’s family, to celebrate His presence in the Gospel and in the Holy Communion. “Where two or three are gather in my name, I am there among them.” (Matt. 18:20) Who would not want to be there where the Lord is?

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
February 19 / March 4, 2017

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