Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-07-16
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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 Plagal 1st Tone

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 5th Tone Let us worship the Word who is unoriginate * with the Father and the Spirit, and from a Virgin was born * for our salvation, O believers, and let us sing His praise. * For in His goodness He was pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, and to undergo death, * and to raise up those who had died, * by His glorious Resurrection. Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ Σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the Holy Fathers in the Plagal 4th Tone

For the Fathers in the 8th Tone Supremely blessed are You, O Christ our God. You established the holy Fathers upon the earth as beacons, and through them You have guided us all to the true Faith, O greatly merciful One, glory be to You. Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ φωστῆρας ἐπὶ γῆς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν θεμελιώσας, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν πρὸς τὴν ἀληθινὴν πίστιν, πάντας ἡμᾶς ὁδηγήσας· πολυεύσπλαγχνε, δόξα σοι.

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 2nd Tone

O Protection of Christians unshamable, mediation with the Creator immovable, we sinners beg you, do not despise the voices of our prayers, but anticipate, since you are good, and swiftly come unto our aid as we cry out to you with faith: Hurry to intercession, and hasten to supplication, O Theotokos who defend now and ever those who honor you. Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία, πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε, μὴ παρίδῃς, ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν,

Saints and Feasts

July 16

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils

On the Sunday that falls between the 13th and 19th of July, we chant the Service of the holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together in the Seven Ecumenical Councils:

  • the First Council, of the 318 Fathers who assembled in Nicaea in 325 to condemn Arius, who denied that the Son of God is consubstantial with the Father;
  • the Second Council, of the Fathers who assembled in Constantinople in 381 to condemn Macedonius, Patriarch of Constantinople, who denied the divinity of the Holy Spirit;
  • the Third Council, assembled in Ephesus in 431, to condemn Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople, who called Christ a mere man and not God Incarnate;
  • the Fourth Council, assembled in Chalcedon in 451, to condemn the Monophysite heresy, which held that there was only one nature, the divine, in Christ after the Incarnation (as opposed to his two natures – fully divine and fully human);
  • the Fifth Council in 553 (Second Council of Constantinople), assembled to condemn Origen and Theodore of Mopsuestia, the teacher of Nestorius;
  •  the Sixth Council in 680 (Third Council of Constantinople), assembled to condemn the Monothelite heresy, which taught that there is in Christ but one will, the divine (as opposed to both a divine will and a fully human will, working together in perfect harmony)
  •  and the Seventh Council in 787 (Second Council of Nicea), of the 350 Fathers who assembled to condemn the heresy of Iconoclasm.

The Church venerates the holy Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils because Christ has established them as “lights upon the earth,” guiding us to the true Faith. “Adorned with the robe of truth,” the doctrine of the Fathers, based upon the preaching of the Apostles, has established one faith for the Church.

The Ecumenical Councils were always convened for a specific reason: to combat false opinions and heresies, and to clarify the Church’s teaching. Thus, it is fitting that the Orthodox Church’s conciliar definitions of dogma have the highest authority, and such definitions always begin with the Apostolic formula: “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us...” (Acts 15: 28).

July 16

Helier the Hermit, Martyr of Jersey

July 16

Athenogenes the Holy Martyr of Heracleopolis

This saint was from Sebastia of Cappadocia and became Bishop of Pidachthoa. He and ten of his disciples were tortured and beheaded by the governor of Philomarchus in the times of Diocletian.

(Apolytikion in 4th Tone) As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Athenogenes. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

There is also a second Martyr Athenogenes commemorated today, mentioned by Saint Basil in Chapter 29 of his treatise "On the Holy Spirit.” It is said that as this Athenogenes approached the fire wherein he was to die a martyr’s death, he chanted the hymn “O Joyous Light” in praise of the Holy Trinity.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 31.11,1.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous.
Verse: Blessed are they whose transgressions have been forgiven.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

TITUS, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Fathers
The Reading is from Matthew 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."


Parish News

A Word from Fr. John: (Adapted from words by Fr. Thomas Hopko, of blessed memory) On our apostolic calling…

The Orthodox parish must be apostolic… It is apostolic because it is founded on Christ’s apostles and firmly rooted in apostolic doctrine and tradition.

It is apostolic because it continues God’s mission – the mission of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the apostles of all ages. (“Apostle” and “apostolic” come from the Greek word apostelo, which means “to send.” Apostles are those who are sent out to do God’s work. Also, “mission” and “missionary” come from the Latin word mitto, which also means “to send.”)

“An Orthodox Christian parish, however it was founded and for whatever purpose it was organized, must understand itself to be an apostolic community with a missionary purpose.” – from Fr. Tom’s book Speaking the Truth in Love

Special Prayers:  With prayers for God's protection, strength, healing, and guidance, we continue hoping that He fulfils the ongoing and daily needs of Jane Anderson, Betty Day, Chresanthe Lemieux, Nicola Lykam, Jim Manos, Dolly Welling, Steve Sarris, Despina Xynidis, our parish and missionary families, and catechumens preparing for Illumination.

OCMT Team heading to Alaska:   Margo Kelley asks prayers for her upcoming journey to train and lead an OCMC Team of seven to Pilot Station, Alaska.  Their purpose is to offer catechetical lessons and activities for the youth of three Yupik villages near the Yukon gathered for wilderness camp.  If emergencies or special needs arise during the next two weeks, please call or text Nick Lekas at (904) 814-4930.

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 treasure to work on this earth is as much a spiritual practice as is prayer and worship. Please prayerfully consider your Holy Trinity Church Stewardship commitment. 

Holy Trinity Master Calendar:   A Holy Trinity Parish Master Calendar is on the website. This calendar can be printed or downloaded. 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.

Outreach: The St. Johns County Schools ASSIST program needs school supplies for all ages (poor and needy students), so we plan to set up a bin this Sunday and also discuss purchases of school supplies at our next meeting on July 23rd.

St. Francis House – We need your help with the Aug. 14 dinner. Please see Dick Billeter to help. Thanks to Dick Jr. and Pauline Billeter for help with July's dinner, and Susan and Sammy Stone, for help with the souvlaki and Greek meatballs served in our June dinner. Thanks to the church for the many souvlaki boxes provided to SFH!  * St. Francis does need any powdered drinks too -- please drop off in the Outreach bin. 

Upcoming Services and Events:

  • Bible Study every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
  • July Coffee Hostess

ü  July 16th Effie Lasoff – Forty-day memorial for Evanthia, mother of Effie (Mark) Lasoff

ü  July 16th Philoptochos meeting

ü  July 23rd Carman Gaetanos, Kristina Wilkes

  • July 17th Greek Fest Meeting – There will be a festival meeting this coming Monday, July 17th at 6pm at the church. This meeting is open to anyone who wants to have impact and input into our 20th Annual St Aug Greek Festival.
  • July 23rd Outreach Meeting The July meeting has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 23 after Liturgy.

n July 29th Greek Summer NightTickets are currently on sale after Divine Liturgy in the church hall!

Join us for a night of fellowship, family and fun to benefit our Holy Trinity Church.  Greek Summer Night is Saturday, July 29, 6:00-11:00 PM, at the Parish Hall.  Enjoy Greek food, music and dance.  Tickets, $20 donation per person, $15 per children 12 & under, and reserved seating available (for tables of 8).  Please see Carman or Mikae Gaetanos, Andy or Angela Lekos, Bill or Penny Angelus for tickets.  For reservations, call Andy at 904-823-8882 or email ajlekos@att.netOpa!

  • July 30th – Monthly Potluck Coffee Hour
  • August 20th Philoptochos Name Day Luncheon
  • August 25th 27th St. Demetrios Daytona Beach Reach Fun 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

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 exist.

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. 

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.

A Gentle Reminder:  If you were in need and borrowed one of Mr. Maragon's six white golf umbrellas, please return it as soon as possible. These were retained in his memory, to help shuttle people to/from their cars when unexpected rain fell after services and ministries.  Thank you!

Weekly Offering:    The Bible says: "the Lord loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).  The Christian way to give is to give because desire to give; we give because we love the Lord.  Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.

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.  Please indicate start/end time to any meeting announcement along with date.

The Panagia Chapel Roof Tile Campaign:   Thank you to all who have already offeredto the Panagia Chapel at the Diakonia Retreat Center.  Together so far we have given $680.  To all who have not yet contributed, it is not too late.  Our church’s contribution will be sent to the Diakkonia Center at the end of July.  Remember to complete the form with the names of your 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.   Your contribution and the completed form can be left in the Tray after Liturgy, mailed back to the church, or given to any member of the Parish Council.