Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-07-23
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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 2nd Tone

When the angelic powers appeared at Your grave, the soldiers guarding it feared and became as dead. And standing by the sepulcher was Mary who was seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades, not afflicted by it. You went to meet the virgin, and granted eternal life. You resurrected from the dead. O Lord, glory to You. Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Hieromartyr Phocas in the 4th Tone

Becoming a partner with the Apostles in way of life and successor to their thrones, O God-inspired Saint, in the active life you found an entrance to contemplation. Hence you rightly expounded the word of truth, and you shed your blood in struggling for the faith, O Hieromartyr Phocas. Intercede with Christ our God, beseeching Him to save our souls. Καὶ τρόπων μέτοχος, καὶ θρόνων διάδοχος, τῶν Ἀποστόλων γενόμενος, τὴν πρᾶξιν εὗρες Θεόπνευστε, εἰς θεωρίας ἐπίβασιν· διὰ τοῦτο τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας ὀρθοτομῶν, καὶ τῇ πίστει ἐνήθλησας μέχρις αἵματος, Ἱερομάρτυς Φωκᾶ, πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

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, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.

Saints and Feasts

July 23

Ezekiel the Prophet

Ezekiel the Prophet

The Prophet Ezekiel ("God is strong") was the son of Buzi and a priest by rank. He was taken captive and brought to Babylon during the reign of Jechonias. In the fifth year of this captivity, about 594 or 593 B.C., he began to prophesy. Having prophesied for about twenty-eight years, he was murdered, it is said, by the tribe of Gad, because he reproached them for their idolatry. His book of prophecy, divided into forty-eight chapters, is richly filled with mystical imagery and marvelous prophetic visions and allegories. The opening vision of the Chariot of Cherubim described in the first chapter is particularly well-known. In his description of the "gate that was shut," through which the Lord alone entered, he mystically foretold the Word's incarnation from the Virgin (44:1-3). Through the "dry bones" that came to life again (37:1-14; read during the Orthros of Holy Saturday, known as the service of the Parises/Lamentations), he prophesied both the restoration of captive Israel, and the general resurrection of our race through Christ.

July 23

Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

This saint was known for the many miracles he worked and for his apostolic zeal in shepherding the flock of Sinope (northern modern-day Turkey). He contested for the faith during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, in the year 102, when he was burned to death in a bath-house. Saint John Chrysostom composed a homily in his honor. The translation of his holy relics is celebrated on July 23.

(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 Phocas. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.


July 23

Pelagia the Righteous of Tinos


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 15:1-7.

BRETHREN, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of your Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Gospel Reading

7th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 9:27-35

At that time, as Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


Parish News

A Word from Fr. John:   (Actually, from Fr. Thomas Hopko again… these wise words are a good follow-up to the sermon series on “Financial Freedom in Christ’s Kingdom,” especially as we consider the talents, treasure, and time that God has given us.)

On true humility…

“In the Orthodox tradition, humility has often been called ‘the mother of all virtues’….

“Humility does not mean degradation or remorse. It does not mean effecting some sort of demeaning external behavior. It does not mean considering oneself as the most vile and loathsome of creatures. Christ Himself was humble and He did not do this.

Genuine humility means to see reality as it actually is in God. It means to know oneself and others as known by God – a power, according to Saint Isaac, greater than that of raising the dead!

God is humble because He cares about the least: the birds in the air, the grass in the fields, the worst of sinners. Christ is humble because He associates with the lowly, becoming the slave of all....

The humble lay aside all vanity and conceit in the service of the least of God’s creatures, and to consider no good act as beneath one’s dignity and honor.”  -- from The Orthodox Faith, Vol. 4: Spirituality

New Church Hours for Fr. John:

Here is the new schedule for Fr. John’s Church/”In St. Augustine” hours for the remainder of the summer:  

  • Monday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.       Pastoral office hours from 11:00 – 2:00 are available for drop-ins or appointments.
  • Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.      Pastoral office hours from 1:30 - 3:30, by appointment only.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – noon           (Approx. every other week, as needed).

Special Prayers:  With prayers for God's protection, strength, healing, and guidance, we continue hoping that He fulfill 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.

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: Help! Last year there were 895 homeless students recorded in St. Johns county, and the St. Johns County School’s ASSIST program needs all the help they can get! They have a critical need for the following:

  • School Supplies (pens, #2 pencils, lined paper, folders, notebooks, backpacks, etc.)
  • Gift Cards to Walmart and Publix as well as gas cards
  • Hygiene products
  • Cleaning supplies

We are currently collecting items in the yellow bin located on the counter adjacent to where coffee is served. To leave larger items or for more information, please contact Dick Billeter or Susan Stone.  Outreach will also have a meeting after Divine Liturgy today, July 23th.

Upcoming Services and Events:

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

ü  July 23rd Carman Gaetanos, Kristina Wilkes

  • July 23rd Outreach Meeting Today, after Divine Liturgy.
  • 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
  • Wednesday, August 2nd and August 9th: Great Supplicatory Canon (Megale Paraklysis) to the Theotokos
  • Tuesday, August 15th: Dormition (Koimesis) of the Theotokos – Orthros at 9 a.m., Liturgy at 10 a.m.
  • August Coffee Hostess

ü  August 6th  Lisa Colburn, Penny Angelus

ü  August 13th Toula Zotos, Gail Jones

ü  August 20th Joan Manias, angela Lekos

  • 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

2017 Offerings:  July 9th Candles $135; Tray $179; Stewardship $1780 - July 16th Candles $141.90; Tray $81; Stewardship $2467

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.

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:    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