Special Prayers: Please pray for the spiritual and physical health of the whole world, and especially Despina Xynidis, Betty Day, Jim Manos, Jane Anderson, Steve Sarris, Chresanthe Lemieux, Pamela “Stormy” Cobbs, Willie Lulias (at Naval Boot Camp in the Great Lakes), and others in this community in need.
Today, Sunday March 26: Luncheon celebrating the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day
March 28: Registration opens for St. Stephen’s Camp at the Diakonia Center, open to youth in grades 6-12. See https://atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp for more information.
- Wednesday, Mar 29: 5:30 p.m.Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
- Wednesday, Apr 5: 5:30 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
PLEASE SEE HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
- Sunday, Apr 16: Pascha Potluck Picnic following the Agape Service - Sign-up Today!
- Sunday, Apr 23: General Assembly following Divine Services
Sunday School News: Please mark your calendars for our annual Holy Friday Youth Retreat on April 14th “Together in Christ.” Plan to have your children spend Great and Holy Friday in between the morning services.
Holy Trinity Stewardship: Stewardship is the regular practice of returning to God a portion of all that God has given us. This includes spreading the teachings of Christ and the concept of giving regularly of our time, talent, and money to work on this earth is as much a spiritual practice as prayer and worship. Please prayerfully consider your 2017 Holy Trinity Church Stewardship commitment. Complete a Holy Trinity Church Stewardship commitment card, and return commitment card to the church office (or stewardship box in the narthex).
Weekly Offering:You can decide how much you might contribute to support the church’s ministry. Your gift goes to ensuring that our church is open and accessible to all who seek Her comfort. These donations are very important to the vitality of our parish. Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.
March 19, 2017 Offerings:Candles $203, Tray $92, Stewardship $2995, Mortgage Reduction $314
Asterakia Dance Group: Practices are resuming for the Asterakia dancers. The children meet in the large Sunday school classroom during coffee hour. Lessons are 30 – 45 minutes long. New students are welcomed. For more information, please see Angela Lekos. The following are the upcoming dates for the practices:
Sunday, March 26th (after the luncheon)
Sunday, April 2nd
Sunday, April 9th – NO practice ….(hosting the Palm Sunday Luncheon)
Sunday, April 23rd
Sunday, April 30th
Sunday, May 7th
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Reminders about Approaching for Holy Communion:All Baptized/Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared to receive Holy Communion are asked to wait in their pews for the direction of the usher guiding Communicants row-by-row up the center aisle. Families with children are encouraged to Commune together. The usher will first guide from the back of the church those Newly Baptized/Illumined and Families with Infants, followed by the Sunday School Children processing with their teachers.
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Pascha Traditions: How do you prepare for and celebrate Pascha? The Holy Trinity Church Family has some longstanding traditions to which you can add your own! All are encouraged to continue fasting, giving alms for the benefit of others, praying for one another, for the world, and especially for Father John and his family serving us in the interim. Also, plan and set aside time to attend the weekday services and Holy Week Services (see schedule). Beautify the Church with your presence, service, talent, and offerings:
v Donations for Flowers are being received to decorate at least 8 festal icons, the Kουβουκλιων/Kouvouklion (wooden tomb) and Επιτάφιος/Epitaphios (the embroidered icon of Christ crucified), rose petals, lilies & other flowering plants. Allocate donations as “Holy Week & Pascha Flowers”, noting as a gift of honor or memorial.
v Decorating & Preparing Palm crosses will be made on Lazarus Saturday after Divine Services and the Pancake Breakfast. Join in decorating and preparing for Holy Week & Pascha. All & beginners are welcome!
v Eggs by the Dozen can be donated and placed in the kitchen refrigerator. Watch for announcements to help in dyeing and wrapping them.
v Good Friday Luminaries will again light our way in procession around the Church. Watch for announcements!
v Mαγειρίτσα/Magiritsa Fellowship Together we will break the fast after the midnight services of Pascha and the Blessing of the Meats, enjoying the traditional breaking of the eggs with the Greek lamb and chicken soups
v Agape Sunday Gospel Readers, the Potluck Pascha Picnic & Easter Egg Hunt If you speak any other language than English, please read the Gospel so we may proclaim The Good News of Christ’s Resurrection to the entire world! another your families, friends, neighbors & favorite foods and plan for fun activities for all!!The sign-up sheet listing categorical needed items(s) is in the hall, or you can e-mail Margo at email@example.com.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Holy Week Schedule 2017
April 8/9 - 16
Lazarus Saturday: Orthros/Liturgy @ 9/10 a.m. (followed by making of palm crosses, church cleaning & decorating, etc.)
Palm Sunday: Orthros/Liturgy @ 9/10 a.m.
Holy Monday: Bridegroom Orthros (Nymphios) @ 6 p.m.
Holy Tuesday: Bridegroom Orthros (Nymphios) @ 6 p.m.
Holy Wednesday: Holy Unction Service @ 6 p.m.
Holy Thursday: Vesperal Liturgy (Mystical Supper) @ noon (Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great)
Holy Thursday: 12 Passion Gospels @ 6 p.m.
Great and Holy Friday: Royal Hours @ 9 a.m.
Great and Holy Friday: Vespers @ 3 p.m. (Removal of Christ’s Body from the Cross)
Great and Holy Friday: Orthros (Lamentations) @ 6 p.m. (Lamentations service, with procession with Epitaphios )
Great and Holy Saturday: Vesperal Liturgy (Descent into Hades) @ 10 a.m. (Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great)
Great and Holy Saturday & Holy Pascha: Resurrection Service @ 11 p.m. (Midnight Office, Resurrectional Procession, Orthros, and Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom – followed by Paschal meal and fellowship with “Margiritsa”)
Great and Holy Pascha: Agape Vespers @ noon (Followed by potluck picnic, Easter egg hunt, etc.)