Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-26
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (904)-829-0504
  • Fax:
  • (904)829-0507
  • Street Address:

  • 2940 CR-214

  • St. Augustine, FL 32084-2718

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Orthros 9:00am Divine Liturgy 10:00am    Fr. John Hays, Interim Priest

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

By means of Your Cross, O Lord, You abolished death. * To the robber You opened Paradise. * The lamentation of the myrrhbearing women You transformed, * and You gave Your Apostles the order to proclaim to all * that You had risen, O Christ our God, * and granted the world Your great mercy.

Apolytikion for the Church in the 1st Tone

Blessed are You, O Christ our God.  You made wise men of poor fishermen by sending down upon them Your Holy Spirit, and through them You caught the whole world.  O Lover of mankind, glory to You.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

O Champion General, I your City now ascribe to you * triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, * being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos * in as much as you have the power unassailable, * from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you * I may cry aloud * Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.

Saints and Feasts

March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

March 26

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

This festive Synaxis is celebrated to the glory of the Archangel Gabriel, since he ministered to the marvelous mystery of God's incarnate dispensation.

March 26

26 Martyrs in Crimea


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

At that time, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


Parish News


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 for more information.

Upcoming Services

  • Wednesday, Mar 29:  5:30 p.m.Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
  • Wednesday, Apr 5:  5:30 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy


  • 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 9thNO practice ….(hosting the Palm Sunday Luncheon)

Sunday, April 23rd                                       

 Sunday, April 30th

 Sunday, May 7th

Do you need documentation of your 2016 contributions to Holy Trinity for tax purposes?    

Please contact Nicola at or leave a message for her at the church office 904.829.0504.

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.

Do you have  changes to your contact information?  Please email any updates or changes to the church at or leave a message at the church office, 904.829.0504.

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:

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.

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!

Eggs by the Dozen can be donated and placed in the kitchen refrigerator. Watch for announcements to help in dyeing and wrapping them.

Good Friday Luminaries will again light our way in procession around the Church.  Watch for announcements!

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

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


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.)