Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 311 - April 30 / May 13, 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. 311

April 30 / May 13, 2017

Bright Saturday



April 22 - Bright Saturday. Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.

April 26 - Eleven people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class

May 3 - Eight people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection. Five people came for class.

May 10 - Five people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for next Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30.PM

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 AM.

The Mission Slava is scheduled for Saturday, June 10 with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director,

Remember the 56 miners that died in nearby Osage, West Virginia in the disaster on May 12, 1942. 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

May 14 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
May 17 - Apodasis of Mid-Pentecost.
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 21 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas.
May 24 - Apodasis of Pascha.
May 25 - Feast of the Holy Ascension.

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


John 4:14-16 - but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of waters springing into everlasting life. The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” (NKJV)

Jesus spoke about a person never thirsting again. He spoke about everlasting life. When a person draws nourishment from Christ, the distinctiveness and authenticity of the nourishment are experienced. The difference is noticeable. Serious Christians seek everlasting life. The Holy Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” (I Cor.15:19). The Resurrection of Christ which the Church continues to celebrate pushes back the horizon. The Resurrection of Christ redefines the limitations of death. The Resurrection of Christ provides convincing evidence for individuals to seek new and everlasting life in Christ.

John 4:17-19 - Then the woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, ”You have well said, ‘I have no husband,‘ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. (NKJV)

The discussion between Jesus and the Samaritan woman turned to the woman’s personal life and more specifically, her marital history. She had five husbands in addition to the person she was living with at the time of the conversation with Jesus. The knowledge Jesus had about the woman’s marital history amazed her. She called Jesus a prophet. Jesus had captivated the woman’s attention. Jesus had caused the woman to give great thought about Him. Jesus took time with this woman. Specific details of her life emerge. Out of all the women in all the centuries this particular woman has found this special place in the Holy Gospel. This particular woman was blessed to have a discussion with Jesus at the well. This particular woman was blessed to hear from Jesus directly about living water and everlasting life.

John 4:20-22 - “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and your Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. (NKJV)

Individuals today and each day hearing the Holy Gospel are blessed to hear the words of Christ. Individuals today and each day attentive to the Holy Gospel will feel the power and nourishment of the Gospel. Christ was changing the Samaritan woman’s life by the discussion He was having with her. Each person’s life is changed when the person speaks with Christ in prayer and when the person takes Christ’s words to heart. The Gospel changes lives. The Gospel lesson about the Samaritan woman changes lives. The hunger of the soul is satisfied in Christ. The thirst of the soul is satisfied in Christ. Jesus is the well that never runs dry. Jesus is the nourishment that keeps on nourishing

Father Rodney Torbic


Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
April 30 / May 13, 2017

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