Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 318 - August 20 / September 2, 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. 318

August 20 / September 2, 2017

Apodasis of the Feast of Transfiguration



Ephesians 1:17

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.

August 16 - Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Eight people attended. One communicant.

August 30 - Twelve people came for Vespers and class.

Vespers and class are scheduled for Wednesday September 9 at 6:30 PM.

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for September 30 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.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with job and benefit loss.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations

Pray for crime victims.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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

September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition
September 7 - Holy Hieromartyr, Irenaeus of Lyons. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio
September 10 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints. Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels. DIVINE LITURGY WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM
September 1 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 5 - Apodasis of the Dormition
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 16 - Orthodox Family Festival at New Marcha Monastery, Richfield, Ohio.

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


The Dormition of the Mother of God

The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God every year. Centuries have passed since Mary the Mother of God departed this life.

The Mother of God lives firmly and reverently in the hearts and minds of believers. She is actively celebrated in Godís Holy Church. She is alive in the Divine services of the Church.

Believers pray fervently to the Mother of God. Prayers are offered to the Mother of God at times in great desperation. Believers pray to the Mother of God with belief, hope and confidence.

Miracles are attributed to the Mother of God. The passing of time since her departure from this life has not diminished the sense of her presence. Love for the Mother of God is clearly evident.

Love for the Mother of God is expressed in icons and frescoes. References to the Mother of God are everywhere in Godís Holy Church. The Lord Jesus Christ did not forget His Mother when He was being crucified. (Jn 19:26-27)

The Church has not forgotten she who was chosen from among all women of all centuries to give birth to the Lord Jesus Christ. The feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is filled with great joy.

Believers are ever grateful to the Mother of God. The Mother of Godís singular place in history is firmly established. She is the example of the greatest unity with the Lord Jesus Christ.

In celebrating her departure from this life, the Church honors and remembers the Mother of God. The Church joyfully experiences her presence. Believers gather from around the world to celebrate the feast of the Dormition.

Throughout the world, believers gather in Godís holy churches and monasteries. Attentive believers learn from the Mother of God. Her life is a lasting lesson of purity and devotion.

From the earliest announcement of her place in Christís birth (Lk.1:31) until His crucifixion (Jn 19:26-27), the Mother of God is clearly remembered in the Holy Gospel.

Take time to reflect greatly on the Mother of God. Lives of believers through the centuries have been shaped and influenced by their love for her. Knowledge of the Mother of God increases with each passing moment of time.

Express abundant appreciation to the Mother of God. Lift up hearts and minds in prayer. Rejoice that the Mother of God remains an active part of our lives in Godís Holy Church.

Father Rodney Torbic


Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
August 20 / September 2, 2017

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