Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-07-02
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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 3rd Tone

Let the heavens sing for joy, and let everything on earth be glad. For with His Arm the Lord has worked power. He trampled death under foot by means of death; and He became the firstborn from the dead. From the maw of Hades He delivered us; and He granted the world His great mercy. Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Robe of the Theotokos in the Plagal 4th Tone

Ever-virgin Theotokos, the shelter of mankind, you have given to your City as a protective wall the clothing and garment that you wore on your immaculate body. By your seedless childbirth, they have remained incorrupt. For in you both nature and time are made novel. Therefore we implore you, grant peace to your commonwealth, and great mercy to our souls. Θεοτόκε ἀειπάρθενε, τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἡ σκέπη, Ἐσθῆτα καὶ Ζώνην τοῦ ἀχράντου σου σώματος, κραταιὰν τῇ πόλει σου περιβολὴν ἐδωρήσω, τῷ ἀσπόρῳ τόκῳ σου ἄφθαρτα διαμείναντα· ἐπὶ σοὶ γὰρ καὶ φύσις καινοτομεῖται καὶ χρόνος· διὸ δυσωποῦμέν σε, εἰρήνην τῇ οἰκουμένῃ δωρήσασθαι, καὶ ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for the Church in the 4th Tone

In the 8th 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 4th Tone

You have bestowed your sacred Garment, O Lady, to be a robe of incorruption, O pure one, for all the faithful, O divine protection of mankind; for with it you had arrayed your most pure sacred body. Now with longing we observe the feast of its bestowal, and in a loud voice we cry out with faith: Rejoice, O Virgin, the boast of Christians everywhere. Περιβολὴν πᾶσι πιστοῖς ἀφθαρσίας, θεοχαρίτωτε Ἁγνὴ ἐδωρήσω, τὴν ἱερὰν Ἐσθῆτά σου, μεθ' ἧς τὸ ἱερόν, σῶμά σου ἐσκέπασας, σκέπη θεία ἀνθρώπων· ἧσπερ τὴν κατάθεσιν, ἑορτάζομεν πόθῳ, καὶ ἐκβοῶντες κράζομεν πιστῶς· Χαῖρε Παρθένε, Χριστιανῶν τὸ καύχημα.

Saints and Feasts

July 02

Juvenal the Protomartyr of America & Alaska

Juvenal the Protomartyr of America & Alaska (1796)

Saint Juvenal was (together with Saint Herman; see Dec. 12) a member of the first mission sent from Russia to proclaim the Gospel in the New World. He was a priest-monk and a zealous follower of the Apostles. He baptized hundreds of the natives of Alaska. He was martyred by enraged pagans in 1796.

Fourth Tone: As the first to grace our land, O sacred Martyr, with confession unto death, keep us who honour you with hymns in the confession of Jesus Christ, O righteous Father, most venerable Juvenal.

Also commemorated this day: St. Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem (5th cent.); St. John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1966); and the Deposition of the Precious Robe of the Theotokos in Blachernae (5th cent.)

July 02

4th Sunday of Matthew

July 02

Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Luke 1: 46-48.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Verse: For he has regarded the humility of his servant.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:1-7.

BRETHREN, the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.

Gospel Reading

4th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:5-13

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.


Parish News

A Word from Fr. John: After taking Holy Communion and at the end of the Liturgy, it is traditional to eat a piece of holy bread, or “antidoron” - the bread that was left over from the preparation of the “prosphoron” for Holy Communion. While antidoron is not Holy Communion, it is blessed bread and, as such, should be eaten carefully so that crumbs don't fall haphazardly. After taking Communion or kissing the cross at the end of the Divine Liturgy, take one piece of antidoron (or more if you need them for others) and, when you return to your seat or get to a place where you can stop for a moment, eat the bread respectfully and carefully. If you want to give a piece to someone else, go ahead and take an extra piece – don't break yours in half (it produces too many crumbs). And monitor your children as they take the antidoron and teach them to eat it appropriately.

Special Prayers:  Please pray for the spiritual and physical health of the whole world. Blessing on the June 24th wedding of Christos Mastoridis and Andi Mariano. We have ongoing prayer requests for Jane Anderson, Betty Day, Chresanthe Lemieux, Jim Manos, Faye Peterson, Steve Sarris, Despina Xynidis, especially for Mary Santas who is recovering from eye surgery and the work of our parish, missionary families, and catechumens.

Holy Trinity Stewardship:  King David said, “All things come from You, and of Your own we have given to You.” (Chronicles 29:14)  Our money and possessions are not ours, but on loan from God.  When we give to the Church, we return to God, the Owner, his rightful portion. Thank you for Holy Trinity Church Stewardship commitment. 

Holy Trinity Master Calendar:   A Holy Trinity Parish Master Calendar is maintained in the Parish Office.  All ministries are asked to submit dates of events to be included in the master calendar.  This will help coordinate efforts and events with other ministries; dates will be included in the weekly bulletin; and will help actively involve others in the work of our Parish.  Active and enthusiastic participation in a parish’s activities and functions should emulate the Kingdom of God – a culture that is overflowing with joy, peace and love.

Upcoming Services and Events:

  • Bible Study every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
  • July 4thHappy Independence Day.  May God Bless the U.S.A.
  • July Coffee Hostess
    • July 2nd Faye Peterson – Constandina/Marissa
    • July 9th Pres. Renee Ritsh – Vassi Kaliotis/Eugenia Charoni
    • July 23rd Carman Gaetanos, Kristina Wilkes
  • July 29th Greek Summer Night
    • Save the date for Greek Summer Night, July 29.  Join us for a family Greek night to benefit our Holy Trinity Church, at the Parish Hall, Saturday, July 29, 6:00-11:00 p.m.  Enjoy Greek food, music and dance.  Come for the fun, fellowship and family.  Tickets, $20 donation per person, $15 per children 12 & under, and reserved seating available (for tables of 8).  Please see Carman or Mikae Gaetanos, Bill or Penny Angelus, Andy or Angela Lekos, for tickets.  For reservations, call Andy at 904-823-8882 or email  Opa!
  • July 30th – Monthly Potluck Coffee Hour
  • August 20th  – Philoptochos Name Day Luncheon
  • August 25th 27th St. Demetrios Daytona Beach Reach
    • Fun and games at the beach with religious lessons.  For info call 386 252-6012.
  • Center for Family CarePlease visit for information about activities and events.

ü  September 20th 23rd  Family Ministry Conference in Pittsburgh, PA –“The Orthodox Family in a Changing World”

  • Saturday Events Hosts & Hostesses Needed
    • Holy Trinity will welcome Metropolis events for which we need hosts/hostesses.  Please check your calendars and be in touch with Nelda in the Church office if you or your ministry group would like to coordinate our attentive hospitality to registrants for:

ü  September 16th , 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Workshop for couples, “Preparing for the Journey of Marriage”,

ü   November 18th    –  Parish Council Training seminar

Reminders about Approaching for Holy Communion:  According to ancient practice going back to the very earliest experience and canons of Christianity, only Baptized/Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared to receive Holy Communion are allowed to partake of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Orthodox Church. Those partaking of 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.

June 25, 2017 Offerings:  Candles $170.15; Tray $171.75; Stewardship $1015

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.

Visiting the Church Outside of Office Hours:  Though at this time we do not have volunteers coordinated to assist in receiving visitors to the Church outside of Office Hours (M-F 9am-1pm), we hope to always welcome parishioners and the many visiting out-of-towners to the best of our ability. Please call the office to arrange a visit. If there is no answer, call the emergency number on the voicemail, (602) 617-2467, to discuss options that may exis


Ministries & Committees:  All are welcome and encouraged to apply common interests, skill sets, and life experience to the many areas of service in the life of the Church. 

Baking Prosphoron                                            

Sunday School                                   


St. Photios National Shrine



OCF/College Ministry                        




Greek Fest                                         


Facilities & Maintenance                     


Maragon Estate                                  


Religious Education                            

Greek Dance                                      

Diakonia Center

Contact  the Church office:   To add your e-mail address and phone number to the ministry/committee contact list(s), or even to seek Father John’s blessing to begin a new ministry beneficial to church members involved or in need, please contact Church office.

Weekly Bulletin Submission:  Please submit announcements to the Church office via email with “Bulletin Article” in the subject line no later than Wednesday/Thursday weekly. Indicate the date range the submission is to run in the bulletin.  Thank you.

Metropolitan Alexios Asks Every Family to Participate in the Panagia Chapel Roof Tile Campaign:   The Panagia Chapel at the Diakonia Retreat Center is in its final stages. To wrap up the building of the Panagia Chapel, His Eminence has asked that each family give the names of their loved ones, living and deceased to be sealed in the Holy Table during consecration and prayed for during each service held in the Chapel. When submitting names, it is requested that each family prayerfully considers a sponsorship of $30 or more, as you are able, to the completion of the Panagia Chapel’s roof.  A table is setup in the Church Hall to submit names and a sponsorship for this effort.

Weekly Offering:    “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper… to bear your gift to Jerusalem” (the Church center at that time) - I Corinthians 16:2-3.  Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.