Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-08-06
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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 Holy Transfiguration in the Grave Tone

You were transfigured upon the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Your disciples Your glory as much as they could bear. Do also in us, sinners though we may be, shine Your everlasting light, by the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Giver of light. Glory to You. Μετεμορφώθης ἐν τῷ ὄρει Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, δείξας τοῖς Μαθηταῖς σου τὴν δόξαν σου, καθὼς ἠδυναντο. Λάμψον καὶ ἡμῖν τοῖς ἁμαρτωλοῖς, τὸ φῶς σου τὸ ἀΐδιον, πρεσβείαις τῆς Θεοτόκου, φωτοδότα δόξα σοι. (ἐκ γʹ)

Seasonal Kontakion in the Grave Tone

Upon the mountain were You transfigured, and Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they were able, O Christ our God; so that when they would see You crucified they might understand that Your Passion was deliberate, and declare to the world that in truth You are the Father's radiance. Ἐπὶ τοῦ ὄρους μετεμορφώθης, καὶ ὡς ἐχώρουν οἱ Μαθηταί σου τὴν δόξαν σου, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἐθεάσαντο, ἵνα ὅταν σε ἴδωσι σταυρούμενον, τὸ μὲν πάθος νοήσωσιν ἑκούσιον, τῷ δὲ κόσμῳ κηρύξωσιν, ὅτι σὺ ὑπάρχεις ἀληθῶς, τοῦ Πατρὸς τὸ ἀπαύγασμα.

Saints and Feasts

August 06

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Transfiguration of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ     

Our Lord had spoken to His disciples many times not only concerning his Passion, Cross, and death, but also concerning the coming persecutions and afflictions that they themselves would endure. Since all these were near at hand, but the enjoyment of good things which they hoped to receive in their stead was yet to come, our Savior desired to give them full assurance, concerning that glory which is prepared for those who endure to the end. Therefore, fulfilling that which He had promised shortly before, that "there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom" (Matt. 16:28), He took his three foremost disciples and ascended Mount Tabor, where He was transfigured before them. Standing before Him as reverent servants, Moses and Elijah (or “Elias”) showed that He is the Lord of both the living and the dead – for Moses came forth from Hades, having died many centuries before, and Elijah , as it were from heaven, whither he had been taken up while yet alive (2 Kings 2:1-12).

This wondrous feast is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendor the Lord spoke of, saying, "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun" (Matt. 13:43). According to tradition, the Lord's Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross.

August 07

Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Peter's Second Universal Letter 1:10-19.

BRETHREN, be more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall; so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased," we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Gospel Reading

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
The Reading is from Matthew 17:1-9

At that time, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead."


Parish News

About the Sermon and When We Arrive for the Liturgy:

First of all, please do not enter the nave (the church proper) if you arrive while the priest is preaching the sermon. If you are running late for a legitimate reason and arrive while the sermon is in progress, it is appropriate to wait in the narthex until the ushers allow latecomers into the nave.

For one thing, it distracts the priest and the congregation when someone enters while such teaching is in progress.

Also, the sermon is a liturgical action, similar to the reading of the Epistle and Gospel, the Great Entrance with the gifts, or the Anaphora, when the priest asks God to consecrate the bread and wine and ultimately transform them into the Body and Blood of Christ. Just as we would wait until the Epistle or Gospel reading is finished before entering the nave, so should we wait while the sermon is delivered to the people.

Finally, I strongly encourage individuals not to receive Holy Communion if they arrive after the Epistle and Gospel readings. The entire Liturgy fits together as a whole – it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We need to hear and receive God’s word proclaimed liturgically in the Epistle and Gospel readings before we can receive Christ the Word of God bodily in Holy Communion. The two actions go together.

The only exception is when the priest grants a blessing to do otherwise. (For example, he does so when taking Communion to the sick and shut-ins who could not be present for the service. Also, if a person knows ahead of time he will be late for a service for a good reason, he can ask for a blessing in advance.) Please understand: I do not know if this has been an issue here at our parish. It just seems like an appropriate time to make sure we are all “on the same page.”

As the Apostle Paul put it so well, we are to be in the habit of “speaking the truth in love,” so that we may “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…” (See Ephesians 4:15). As a priest, it is my duty and privilege to announce these guidelines from time to time, in order to maintain order in our services, keep us all focused on glorifying the Living God, Who saves us… and to help us all advance steadily on the road of salvation in Christ.

New Church Hours for Fr. John:

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

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.              Pastoral office hours from 11:00 – 2:00 are available for drop-ins or appointments.
  • Wednesday: 1 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 fulfil the ongoing and daily needs of Jane Anderson, Betty Day, Chresanthe Lemieux, Nicola Lykam, Jim Manos, Dolly Welling, Steve Sarris, Despina Xynidis, Nicola & Michael Lykam’s friend’s young child, Kaden Hammellour, 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 Wal-Mart 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. 

Greek Summer Night Thank You:  The second annual Greek Summer Night was a huge success!  Thanks to everyone for their participation, support and attendance.  Everyone truly enjoy themselves!  As one attendee noted, “The food was fabulous, the decorations were so pretty (loved the jewel tones), and everyone had such a good time.”  In addition to fellowship, laughter and dancing, we profited over $2080 for our beloved church.  Opa!

Upcoming Services and Events:

  • Bible Study every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 6th: The Transfiguration of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
  • Wednesday August 9th: Supplicatory Canon Canon (Paraklesis) to the Theotokos at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 15th: Dormition (Koimesis) of the Theotokos Orthros at 9 a.m., Liturgy at 10 a.m.
  • August Coffee Hostess

ü  August 6th Toula Zotos, Gail Jones 

ü  August 13th Lisa Colburn, Penny Angelus

ü  August 20th Joan Manias, Angela Lekos –Philoptochos Name Day Luncheon

  • August 20th Feast Day of the Dormition of the Theotokos luncheon Please join Philoptochos as we celebrate the feast day of the Dormition of the Theotokos with a luncheon on August 20th.Tickets are on sale beginning August 6th: $10.00 for ages 12 and above,  and $5.00 for children under 12.
  • 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

July 30, 2017 Offerings:  Candles $92.26 Tray $149; Stewardship $3270

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.

Holy Trinity Stewardship:  The Bible says: "the Lord loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).  Stewardship is Christian, biblical and equitable, for each is asked to give according to his or her love for God, conscience and means.  By stewardship we support Christ's work not as a duty, but as a privilege.  The Christian way to give is to give because desire to give; we give because we love the Lord.  Thank you for Holy Trinity Church Stewardship commitment.

Weekly Offering:  Just like your household, the parish has expenses that are necessary to keep our doors open to all who come here. Your gift goes to ensuring that our church is open and accessible to all who seek her comfort. 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 remember to put the DATE & TIME when announcement an event. Please grant patience, sometimes articles or parts of articles are edited or deleted during final editing process.