Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 316 - July 30 / August 12, 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. 316

July 30 / August 12, 2017

Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia

Hebrews 9:14

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

July 22 - Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy were held. Eight people came. One communicant.

July 27 - Matins was read. Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers and class.

August 2 - Ten people came.for Akathist to St. Elijah and class.

August 9 - Twelve people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday August 16 and August 23 at 6:30 PM.

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for August 26 at 10:00 AM.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director,

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

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

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

August 12 - Venerable Angelina of Serbia.
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God. Diocesan Circle of Serbian Sisters Slava celebration at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, Pa.

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

Matthew 17:20 - So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

The disciples suffered from unbelief. Contemporary believers do well to examine their own lives and determine the degree of personal unbelief. The way a person lives will reflect the degree of personal belief in Christ as King and as God.

Belief in Christ as King and God is professed at Holy Baptism. Each time the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed is recited, belief in the Holy Trinity is reaffirmed.

Care must be taken throughout life not to reduce the complete commitment to Christ expected at Holy Baptism. Care must be taken throughout life to honor the profession of faith in the Holy Trinity.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion and constant attendance at the Divine Liturgy are ways to remain united with Christ and faithful to Christ. Jesus told the disciples the value of strong faith.

He said nothing would be impossible if the disciples had the faith of a mustard seed. How often do we hear about individuals suffering from fear and anxiety? How often do we personally experience fear or anxiety?

Firmness of belief in Christ is necessary for the defeat of obstacles preventing personal peace. Firmness of belief in Christ is necessary for successful completion of the journey to the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 17:21 - “However this kind doe not go out except by prayer and fasting.

Jesus asserts and establishes the value of prayer and fasting. He told the disciples directly that prayer and fasting were necessary for healing the child with epilepsy. There are no shortcuts to the Kingdom of God.

The journey requires commitment and exertion of faith. Jesus said: ”And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.” (Mt. 11:12)

Blessed Theophylact understands Jesus to say: “that many are by force acquiring the kingdom of heaven, that is, faith in Him.” 1 Believers seeking the kingdom of God must have the willingness to exert the necessary effort.

Sacrifice is necessary to concentrate on Christ. Temptations and diversions must be cast aside to enter by the narrow gate. (Mt. 7:13-14) The mind must be exercised as the barrier against temptations and yielding to sin.

Discernment is necessary to guard against attractions that put the soul in peril. Prayer and fasting strengthen a person in Christ. Prayer and fasting are definitive methods to help a person grow in Christ.

Father Rodney Torbic

1 The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. Translated by Fr. Christopher Stade. Chrysostom Press, House Springs, Missouri, 2006, p. 95.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
July 30 / August 12, 2017

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