Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 317 - August 13 / 26, 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. 317

August 13 / 26, 2017

Apodasis of the Feast of Transfiguration

I Thessalonians-4:8

He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

August 12 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Eleven people attended. Two communicants

August 16 - Eleven people came for Vespers and class.

August 23 - Twelve people came for Vespers and class.

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

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for September 2 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 26, Today - Apodasis of the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior 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. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition
September 10 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints. St. George Church, Carmichaels, Pa. Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 16 - Orthodox Family Festival at New Marcha Monastery, Richfield, Ohio.

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

Matthew 17:9 - Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

The disciples not only had the distinct privilege of viewing the Transfiguration. On the same journey, Jesus told them of the Resurrection. The disciples’ minds had much to process and contemplate.

Certainly the viewing of Christ Transfigured would be a strong preparation for viewing the Resurrected Christ. The journey of the disciples was a chosen journey. Each step along the way the disciples agreed to follow Christ.

Peter at one point made clear the value of remaining with Christ when he said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (Jn. 6:68)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration for a designated period of time. The Transfiguration deserves the attention of believers during the set period.

Believers must establish priorities in life. The Transfiguration is a major feast. The celebration of major feasts should be incorporated into the planning of each individual and each family.

Children learn the value of major feasts from the parents. Priests have a responsibility to teach about major feasts. Individuals have a responsibility for continued learning throughout life.

Every home should reflect sensitivity to the Orthodox calendar. Every person’s life should reflect sensitivity to the Orthodox calendar.

Jesus wanted the disciples to keep the Transfiguration to themselves until the Resurrection. During this period of time the disciples had to think about Jesus’ request and wonder what more was in store for them.

The Resurrection is the Feast of Feasts. The Resurrection is in a separate category. Jesus wanted the disciples to know the Resurrection was ahead. The conclusion of the Transfiguration brought the disciples closer to the time Jesus would ascend the Cross and suffer.

Christ shone in glory on Mt. Tabor would eventually hang upon the Cross. He would suffer, die and be buried. The tomb would not hold Him. Time has not diminished the Transfiguration. Time has not dulled the glory of Christ manifested on Mt. Tabor.

The Resurrection lifts the minds of believers to a new level. Believers are not to remain stagnant. Growth is Christ is a continuous goal. The glory and majesty of Christ beckon the believer to go forth in faith and love.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
August 13 / 26, 2017

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