Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-04-09
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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

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 1st Tone

To confirm the general resurrection before Your Passion, You resurrected Lazarus from the dead, O Christ our God. Therefore imitating the children, carrying the symbols of victory, we cry out to You the Victor over death: "Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are You, the One, who comes in the name of the Lord."

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 4th Tone

We were buried with You through Baptism, O Christ our God, and thus by Your Resurrection we have been granted immortal life, and extolling You we cry aloud, "Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are You, the One who comes in the name of the Lord."

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

In heaven upon the throne, on earth upon the colt, You were carried, O Christ our God; and the praise of the Angels, and the hymns of the children, You received as they cried to You, "Blessed are You, the One, who is coming to call Adam back again."

Saints and Feasts

April 09

Palm Sunday

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: "Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.

The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ's victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means "Save, I pray," or "Save, now." The foal of an ass, and Jesus' sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.

April 09

The Holy Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea

This holy Martyr was from the parts of Cappadocia, and lived a blameless life with his wife. During the reign of Julian the Apostate, this blessed one was filled with divine zeal and, with other Christians, destroyed the pagan temple dedicated to Fortune. Because of this he received the crown of martyrdom by beheading in the year 362.

April 09

Vadim the Righteous of Persia


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee." But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; and they said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,

'Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings,
you have brought perfect praise'?"

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9.

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


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, Juliana “Cindy” Clardy and others in this community in need.

Upcoming Services and Events:


  • Sunday, Apr 9          Palm Sunday Luncheon following Divine Liturgy, benefitting Asterakia Dance Group
  • Sunday, Apr 16          Pascha Potluck Picnic following the Agape Service - Sign-up Today!
  • Sunday, Apr 23        General Assembly following Divine Services (Lunch will be served with fellowship items) 

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.

Philoptochos Meeting:  Sunday, April 30th.

Holy Trinity Stewardship:  Stewardship is an opportunity to examine our priorities and values, to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace. It allows us to participate in the work of God. Bearing fruit in the world is the visible result of our abiding in Christ, the True Vine. Please take the time to make your 2017 Holy Trinity Church Stewardship commitment and enable our Church to continue to enhance the spiritual growth of the Orthodox Christians entrusted to our care. 

Weekly OfferingWe support this church by sharing of our time, talents, and treasures. If each of us gives in proportion to God’s blessings upon us, our church will continue to flourish. Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.

April 2, 2017 Offerings:   Candles $143, Tray $75, Stewardship $5927.66

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.

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, April 9thNO practice (hosting 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 HTGOC Treasurer Nicola Lykam at church office or leave a message for her at the office (904) 829.0504.

Reminders about Approaching for Holy CommunionAll 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.

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.

Good Friday Retreat & Preparations  Set aside the day as a church family to join in prayerful contemplation and preparation between the first two services with a Sunday School Retreat, small & large floral tasks, careful cleaning, and a strict fast potluck lunch for sustenance.

v   “Kandilia” Luminaries  Holy Trinity will continue our “KANDILIA” Luminaries Easter tradition by lighting the pathway for the Epitaphion, Holy and Great Friday Evening, and again Saturday night for the Pascha service.  We will be offering lighted luminary bags for you to honor a loved one or the memory of a dearly departed. Bags may be purchased for $10 through the church office or by contacting Jessamy Gaetanos. 

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 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!

Pascha Potluck Picnic & Easter Egg Hunt  Gather 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 call the office in reply.

Church Alarm Code & Password has been changed:  Please ask an Executive Officer of the Parish Council or contact the office if you need access to the church outside of service and business hours.


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.)