Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 310 - April 9 / 22, 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. 310

April 9 / 22, 2017

Bright Saturday

March 18 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten people came. Two communicants.

March 22 - Seven people came. for Presanctified Liturgy. One communicant.

March 29 - Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont W.Va. for Presanctified Liturgy.

April 5 - Eleven people came for Presanctified Liturgy. Two communicants. Sonia Janson came to assist with responses.

April 14 - Twelve people came for Royal Hours.

Vespers and class are scheduled for next Wednesday at 6:30.PM. April 26, 2017

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director,

Remember the 22 miners that died at Dola Mine in Harrison County, W.Va. in 1963. Remember their families

Pray for workers losing their job and benefits at a high rate.

Thank you for contributing food goods for the needy in Fairmont.

Thank you for contributing food goods for the needy in Fairmont.

If you want your house blessed or visited if in the hospital, 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 questions about the teachings and practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Important Dates

April 23 - Thomas Sunday
April 30 - Sunday of the Myrrbearers
May 3 - Venerable Joseph of Serbia, St. Nicholai of Zicha.
May 6 - St. George Da. Divine Liturgy.
May 7 - St. George Parish Slava Celebration, Dinner and Program. Plan to attend.
May 8 - St .Mark Monastery Slava

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

John 1:9 - That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

Every person coming into the world is exposed to the light of Christ in some way. Individual seeking complete lives will seek to nourish the inner hunger of the soul.

Individuals seeking complete unity with the Creator and Redeemer will press on toward that end. Individuals seeking complete unity with God will follow the Light of Christ wherever it leads.

The Paschal Light brightens every year. The proclamation: “Christ is Risen!” awakens in all believers the message of the Resurrection. Jesus Christ is the true Light.

Jesus Christ is not a reflection. Jesus Christ is not an artificial light destined to be darkened. The Light of Christ cannot be darkened. The Tomb could not contain the Light of Christ.

Communism could not snuff out the Light of Christ. The passage of twenty centuries has not caused the Light of Christ to be less bright. Enter an Orthodox Church on Pascha and experience the joy of the Resurrection.

Whether in a Cathedral in a large metropolitan area or in a simple country church, the joy of Christ is present on Pascha. The Light of Christ shines in the hearts of believers.

Candles are lit in the Orthodox Church representative of the Light of Christ. A single candle burning brings hope in times of darkness. A man denied the opportunity to burn candles in a concentration camp cherished the opportunity to burn them in church afterwards.

Some years ago an American visitor went to a communist country and was preparing to enter an Orthodox Church. A local policeman nearby, fearful about revealing his faith, discretely requested the visitor to light or get some candles for him.

St. John bore witness to the Light. Each person is exposed to the Light. The choice remains with each person to open the heart and mind and receive the Light.

Each person chooses whether or not he or she will follow the Light of Christ throughout each day, day after day. Each chooses whether he or she will be consumed with distractions and fail to follow the Light of Christ with diligence.

Each person chooses whether to fill his or her life with the Light of Christ or the darkness of evil. Each person chooses whether his or her home is brightened by Christ.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
April 9 / 22, 2017

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