Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-02-18
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (228) 388-6138
  • Street Address:

  • 255 Beauvoir Rd.

  • Biloxi, MS 39531

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Service schedule varies.  The current schedule can be found in the bulletin or parish website.


Past Bulletins

Father Paisius McGrath, Presbyter


Message from Father Paisius


Glory to Jesus Christ! Greetings to the faithful members and families of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. May the Lord our God bless each of us as we continue to live in faithfulness to Him every day!

Today on the Sunday of the Canaanite Woman, our Holy Church calls our attention to the connection again between the quality of faith and healing. In today's Gospel Reading from Saint Matthew 15:21-28, we hear again the story of the Canaanite Woman who comes to Jesus Christ asking for physical healing for her daughter. Although she is not of the People of God  of the Old Covenant as a non- Israelite- in fact as a Canaanite she would have been despised by her Jewish neighbors- yet she has a strong faith that God can and will hear her prayer for healing. Once again despite the obstacles presented before her, it is the strength of her faith in appealing to the mercy of God which accomplished the healing for which she prayed so fervently. Let us all endeavor to develop our faith to this level so that we also see the great work of God present and accomplished in our lives every day !

          Your Pastor; 
          Father Paisius R McGrath


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Tone

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

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. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.


Wisdom of the Fathers

No matter what provokes it, anger blinds the soul's eyes, preventing it from seeing the Sun of Righteousness.
Saint John Cassian

An evident sinner will turn towards good more easily than a secret sinner, hiding under the cloak of visible virtues.
Saint Nikodemos the Hagioritis


Saints and Feasts

February 18

Leo the Great, Pope of Rome

According to some, this Saint was born in Rome, but according to others in Tyrrenia (Tuscany), and was consecrated to the archiepiscopal throne of Rome in 440. In 448, when Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Constantinople, summoned Eutyches, an archimandrite in Constantinople, to give account for his teaching that there was only one nature in Christ after the Incarnation, Eutyches appealed to Saint Leo in Rome. After Saint Leo had carefully examined Eutyches's teachings, he wrote an epistle to Saint Flavian, setting forth the Orthodox teaching of the person of Christ, and His two natures, and also counseling Flavian that, should Eutyches sincerely repent of his error, he should be received back with all good will. At the Council held in Ephesus in 449, which was presided over by Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria (and which Saint Leo, in a letter to the holy Empress Pulcheria in 451, was the first to call "The Robber Council"), Dioscorus, having military might behind him, did not allow Saint Leo's epistle to Flavian to be read, although repeatedly asked to do so; even before the Robber Council was held, Dioscorus had uncanonically received the unrepentant Eutyches back into communion. Because Saint Leo had many cares in Rome owing to the wars of Attila the Hun and other barbarians, in 451 he sent four delegates to the Fourth Ecumenical Council, where 630 Fathers gathered in Chalcedon during the reign of Marcian, to condemn the teachings of Eutyches and those who supported him. Saint Leo's epistle to Flavian was read at the Fourth Council, and was confirmed by the Holy Fathers as the Orthodox teaching on the incarnate person of our Lord; it is also called the "Tome of Leo." The Saint wrote many works in Latin; he reposed in 461. See also Saint Anatolius, July 3.

February 23

Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna

This apostolic and prophetic man, and model of faith and truth, was a disciple of John the Evangelist, successor of Bucolus (Feb. 6), and teacher of Irenaeus (Aug. 23). He was an old man and full of days when the fifth persecution was raised against the Christians under Marcus Aurelius. When his pursuers, sent by the ruler, found Polycarp, he commanded that they be given something to eat and drink, then asked them to give him an hour to pray; he stood and prayed, full of grace, for two hours, so that his captors repented that they had come against so venerable a man. He was brought by the Proconsul of Smyrna into the stadium and was commanded, "Swear by the fortune of Caesar; repent, and say, 'Away with the atheists.'" By atheists, the Proconsul meant the Christians. But Polycarp, gazing at the heathen in the stadium, waved his hand towards them and said, "Away with the atheists." When the Proconsul urged him to blaspheme against Christ, he said: "I have been serving Christ for eighty-six years, and He has wronged me in nothing; how can I blaspheme my King Who has saved me?" But the tyrant became enraged at these words and commanded that he be cast into the fire, and thus he gloriously expired about the year 163. As Eusebius says, "Polycarp everywhere taught what he had also learned from the Apostles, which also the Church has handed down; and this alone is true" (Eccl. Hist., Book IV, ch. 14,15).


Holy Trinity Calendar

  • Holy Trinity Calendar

    February 18 to February 26, 2024

    Sunday, February 18

    Saint Leo of Rome

    Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

    9:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM One year Memorial Service Bassem Elmarakshi

    Friday, February 23

    Saint Polycarp of Smyrna

    9:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Saturday, February 24

    Sunday Finding of the Head of Saint John the Baptist

    9:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, February 25

    Beginning of Lenten Triodion

    Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

    9:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, February 26

    Saint Photine the Samaritan Woman and Sisters

    Saint Porphyrios of Gaza


Announcements and Events


We offer a reminder that this year Western Christians begin their Great Lent this week with Ash Wednesday, February 14, while the Orthodox Church will begin our Great Lent on Monday, March 18. Because of this our Holy Pascha will be Sunday, May 5 this year.

Sunday, February 25, we commemorate the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee and the beginning of the Lenten Triodion. This begins the several weeks of our Pre Lent season of preparation for Great Lent and consists of the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, Sunday of the Prodigal son, Sunday of the Last Judgment( Meatfare Sunday) and Sunday of Forgiveness ( Cheese fare Sunday). Following the Triodion Great Lent and the Great Fast will begin on Monday, March 18 and Holy Pascha will then be on Sunday, May 5.  Please pick up the special flyer on the Pre-Lenten and Lenten Sundays on the candle table in the Narthex.

Also as we prepare to enter this Pascha season you can use a wonderful resource on the Archdiocese website.  Click on each day of the Triodion, Great Lent, Holy Week, or Pentekostarion to see a detailed explaination of the day and on many occasions it's respective icon.  Go to  See the bulletin insert for a screenshot of the website.

As we prepare to enter our Pre Lenten preparation, we offer a reminder that we will have our three Lenten Soul Saturday services on March 16, 23 and 30. Please make sure the names of your departed family members and friends are handed in so that we can pray for them all at these special Memorial Services.  Forms to list your names are available in the Nartrhex and in the bulletin insert.  


This week we extend our best wishes and congratulations to George Trigas as he celebrates his birthday on February 25, to Kally Vlahos and Jesse Beddoe as they celebrate thieir birthday on February 28, to Virginia Freeman as she celebrates her birthday March 1, and to Nicolletta Conner and Alexandru Tulburi as they celebrate their birthday on March 2. May the Lord our God bless His servants, Malama and Nataliya, and grant to them many more blessed and happy years!
If we missed your anniversary or birthday it means we don't have you information listed on our roster.  Please let us know so we can make the updates.

Pray for Saidi Maalouf, Niki Arnold, Karen Henderson, Tristan Freeman, Demetri Vlahos, and Angelo Hagicostas as they recover from their illnesses.  May the Lord our God quickly heal His servants.  Get well soon. 

Please let Father Paisius know of any parishioner who is sick so we may pray for them. 


Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.  See bulletin insert for 2024 Stewardship Pledge Form.