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Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-26
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Holy Trinity Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (724) 266-5336
  • Fax:
  • (724) 266-0703
  • Street Address:

  • 2930 Beaver Road

  • Ambridge, PA 15003
  • Mailing Address:

  • 2930 Beaver Road

  • Ambridge, PA 15003


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Services Schedule

Sunday Summer Hours - from first Sunday after Memorial Day

Orthros 8:30 am

Divine L:iturgy 9:30 am

Sunday Winter Hours - from first Sunday after Labor Day

Orthros 9:00 am

Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Saturday Vespers 6:00 pm

Week Day Divine Liturgy 9:00 am


Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

O Lord by Your sacred Cross You abolished death, and granted unto the thief blessed paradise. The Myrrh-bearers ceased lamenting and turned to joy. The apostles did preach the Good News at Your command, that You had risen from the dead O Christ Our God, bestowing Your mercy upon the world ever more.

Apolytikion for Annunciation of the Theotokos in the Fourth Tone

On this day when our salvation is crowned for eternity and the revelation of the mystery of the ages O the Son of God becomes on this day the Virgin's Son with Gabriel proclaiming the tidings of God's Grace, and we also join in the cry unto the Theotokos singing Hail to You who are filled with Grace the Lord is with You.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


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Worship Services this Week

WORSHIP SERVICES THIS WEEK

Wednesday, March 29 - Presanctified Liturgy at 6pm

Friday, March 31 - Akathyst Hymn to the Mother of God at 7pm

No Vespers

 

 

 

 

 


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Parish News and Events

FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation with a Divine Liturgy. Artoclasia was also offered by the Argyrios Apostolis Family for the health and welfare of our community of Holy Trinity and for their family. The flowers for the icon were donated by Lindsay and Brian Mohr. God Bless you all. Hronia Polla!


GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY

Today we observe yesterday's Greek Independence Day with Artoclasia offered by the AHEPA Beaver Valley Chapter 400 for the health and welfare of our community and the Greek Community of the world. Hronia Polla!


JOY AND HOPE ACTIVITY TODAY

Parents, stay for Coffee today so that the children of HOPE and JOY can participate in a fun activity!


RESERVATIONS FOR ST. PHOTIOS BANQUET

Mrs. Helen Zinkham and Mr. Harry Flaskos will be honored as the Holy Trinity Ambridge Awardees at the St. Photios Banquet on Saturday, April 22, at the Station Square Sheraton Hotel. Reservations are available for individuals or tables of ten and are due by April 7 and can be found in the Narthex and Office. Please let the Church Office know if you are going!


PAPPAN APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

In appreciation for their donation of the Church Fellowship Hall Renovation, we will be honoring Mr. & Mrs. Lou Pappan at our Palm Sunday Luncheon following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 9. Lou and Panagiota's gift to our beloved Holy Trinity greatly enhanced our Centennial Celebration last year, and we thank them with all our heart! God bless you with health and joy!


LENT AND PASCHA DONATIONS

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to the beauty of Our Lord's house for this Lenten and Pascha season. Thank you to Presvytera Panagiota Katras for the flowers for the fourth Salutations, and to Lindsay and Brian Mohr for decorating the icon of the Annunciation.


FASOLATHE SOUP IS READY “TO-GO”

Stop by during Coffee Hour....See Kathleen and Valerie.   We have some extra containers --- $6.00 a quart.  Checks should be made payable to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and the proceeds will be forwarded to our Nuns at Saxonburg.  Sincere thanks to George Spiropoulos for making and donating the Soup.

 


PASCHA BREADS AND KOULOURIA ORDERS DUE TODAY

If you have not ordered your Pascha Bread and Koulourakia, please see Kathleen or Valerie TODAY!  Order forms are at the Pangari and in the Church Hall.  It is being ordered from Hellas Bakery and will arrive FROM Tarpon Springs in time for Palm Sunday pick up.  (The bread and koulourakia are the ones we have sold at the Food Festival.)   Proceeds will benefit Hellenic Dancers for workshops and educational materials.


GOOD FRIDAY LUMINARIA

It is not too early to put in your requests for the Good Friday Luminaria sponsored by GOYA. Order forms have been expanded for multiple bags and are in the Narthex.


HOLY FRIDAY SCHOOL ABSENCE LETTERS

Our All-Youth All-Day Good Friday Retreat is Friday, April 14, starting with Great Hours at 9am and ending with the 3:00 Apokathelosis Service. Students, see Presbytera Anna for your Excused Absence Letters for School.


ORDER YOUR PASCHA SWEETS

Ordering Andersons Candies for Pascha helps the Ladies Philoptochos. Please give your orders to Mary Menis by April 2 to receive your candy on Palm Sunday, April 9.

The Ladies Philoptochos will be baking and selling their famous Nutrolls for Pascha as well. Those order forms are also in the Narthex and at Coffee Hour. Thank you. Ladies, come and bake with us on Monday morning, April 3.


THE MISSION BOXES ARE OUT THERE!

The Sunday School children have their Mission Coin Boxes to raise funds for OCMC, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. This collection goes to the many programs and missionaries who are supporting the Orthodox Churches all over the world! Full coin boxes should be brought back on Palm Sunday. Thank you, kids!


NARTHEX BEAUTIFICATION

With the blessing of Father Emmanuel and permission from the Parish Council, Alayne Aspiotes is asking for your support to purchase two Proskinitaria (Icon Stands) for the Narthex. As a sophomore at Quaker Valley High School, Alayne is expected to start her Senior Project now, and she chose to put her efforts towards her church, Holy Trinity. She aims to collect $5000 for the two icon stands and shipping costs. A picture of the Proskinitaria is in the Church Hall. Please talk to Alayne about your donation! Thank you!


GET YOUR FREE HOME ALUMINUM RECYCLING BIN

Your empty aluminum cans go a long way to support the FOCUS Backpack Feeding Program. We have a free home recycling bin for you for this purpose. Every Sunday, bring them to the parking lot bin! John has also procured a site in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church on Park Street on the following days from 10am to 4pm: Wednesday, April 5, and Monday, April 24. A future site will also be at the Harmony Township Fire Department here on Beaver Road.


DATES TO REMEMBER:

ONGOING: Donations for the Narthex Proskinitaria

     Cash and coins for the OCMC Mission Boxes

     Food Items for Center for Hope Pantry and FOCUS West Central

     Collecting Aluminum Cans for FOCUS West Central

Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2 - GOYA Spring Retreat at Camp Nazareth

Saturday, April 1 - Philoptochos Daffodil Luncheon in Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, April 2 - IOCC Syrian Relief Dinner at St. Nick's

Monday, April 3 - Philoptochos baking Nutrolls

Friday, April 7 - St. Photios Banquet Reservations due today

     Palm Crosses at 6pm with JOY Confession

Saturday, April 8 - GOYA Clean-Up Day

Sunday, April 9 - Pappan Appreciation Dinner following Divine Liturgy

Sunday-Saturday, April 9-15 - Holy Week

Friday, April 14 - Youth Retreat 9am-4pm

Sunday, April 16 - Great and Holy PASCHA

     Pascha Easter Egg Hunt after 11am Agape Vespers

Saturday, April 22 - St. Photios Awards Banquet

Saturday, April 29 - Metropolis Greek Language and Oratorical Festival at St. Nick's

 

 

 

 


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

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Saints and Feasts

Climicus
March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Gabriel1
March 26

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

This festive Synaxis is celebrated to the glory of the Archangel Gabriel, since he ministered to the marvelous mystery of God's incarnate dispensation.


Matrona
March 27

The Holy Matrona of Thessalonica

This martyr was the servant of a certain Jewish woman named Pantilla, the wife of the Governor of Thessalonica. When Matrona refused to follow her mistress into the synagogue Pantilla beat her so severly that she died in a few days, and thus received the crown of her confession.


Allsaint
March 28

Hilarion the New

Saint Hilarion took up the monastic life from his youth and lived in seclusion. Later, as Abbot of the Monastery of Pelecete in Asia Minor (believed to be in Bithynia, not far from Triglia), he suffered much from the Iconoclasts, and reposed in the year 754.


Allsaint
March 29

Mark, Bishop of Arethusa

Saint Mark was Bishop of Arethusa in Syria. In the days of Saint Constantine the Great, Saint Mark, moved with divine zeal, destroyed a temple of the idols and raised up a church in its stead. When Julian the Apostate reigned, in 361, as the pagans were now able to avenge the destruction of their temple, Saint Mark, giving way to wrath, hid himself; but when he saw that others were being taken on his account, he gave himself up. Having no regard to his old age, they stripped him and beat his whole body, cast him into filthy sewers, and pulling him out, had children prick him with their iron writing-pens. Then they put him into a basket, smeared him with honey and a kind of relish of pickled fish, and hung him up under the burning sun to be devoured by bees and wasps. But because he bore this so nobly, his enemies repented, and unloosed him.


Allsaint
March 29

Martyr Cyril the Deacon and Those with him

Saint Cyril was a deacon from Heliopolis in Phoenicia. During the reign of the Emperor Constantius, son of Saint Constantine, he had also broken the idols in pieces. When Julian came to power, Saint Cyril was seized by the idolaters and his belly was ripped open. The other holy Martyrs celebrated today, martyred in Gaza and Ascalon during the reign of Julian, were men of priestly rank and consecrated virgins; they were disemboweled, filled with barley, and set before swine to be eaten. The account of all the above Saints is given in Book III, ch. 3, of Theodoret of Cyrrhus' "Ecclesiastical History."


Allsaint
March 29

The Holy Martyrs Jonas and Barachesius

As for the holy Martyrs Jonas and Barachesius, they were monks from Persia who lived in the reign of Sapor II, King of Persia from 325 to 379. These Saints found nine Christians in prison suffering for their faith, and comforted them, encouraging them to stand fast till the end, which they did, and received the crown of martyrdom. Because of this, Saints Jonas and Barachesius also were seized, and commanded to worship the fire, the sun, and the water. When they refused, Jonas, among other tortures, had his hands and feet cut off, was crushed in a device that broke his bones, and was sawn asunder. Barachesius was dragged naked over thorns, his whole body was pierced with sharp reeds and then broken in the same device employed upon Jonas, and when boiling pitch was poured down his throat, he gave up his soul into the hands of God.


Iconclimacus
March 30

John Climacus the Righteous, author of The Divine Ladder of Ascent

This Saint gave himself over to the ascetical life from his early youth. Experienced both in the solitary life of the hermit and in the communal life of cenobitic monasticism, he was appointed Abbot of the Monastery at Mount Sinai and wrote a book containing thirty homilies on virtue. Each homily deals with one virtue, and progressing from those that deal with holy and righteous activity (praxis) unto those that deal with divine vision (theoria), they raise a man up as though by means of steps unto the height of Heaven. For this cause his work is called "The Ladder of Divine Ascent." The day he was made Abbot of Sinai, the Prophet Moses was seen giving commands to those who served at table. Saint John reposed in 603, at eighty years of age. See also the Fourth Sunday of the Fast.


Hypatius
March 31

The Holy Hieromartyr Hypatius, Bishop of Gangra

This Saint, who was from Cilicia of Asia Minor, became Bishop of Gangra, the capital of Paphlagonia. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council. Because of his confession of the Orthodox Faith, he was put to death by the Novatians, a sect which denied that sins committed after Baptism could be forgiven.


Vmakthst
April 01

5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn

About the year 626, the Persians, Avars, and Slavs came with a great host and besieged the imperial city of Constantinople while the Emperor Heraclius and the main body of the Byzantine army were absent in the East. Enemy ships filled the sea, especially the Golden Horn, and on land the adversaries were ready for attack with foot-soldiers, horses, and engines of war. Though the citizens courageously withstood them, yet they were few in number and would be unable to repulse the attack of such a great host. Hence, they could not count on any other means of salvation, except the protection of the Theotokos. And truly, suddenly a violent tempest broke up all the ships and submerged them, and the bodies of the invaders were cast out near the Blachernae quarter of the city where the famous Church of the Theotokos stood. Taking courage from this, the people went forth from the city and repulsed the remaining forces, who fled out of fear. In 673, the city was miraculously delivered yet again, this time from an invasion of the Arabs. Then in 717-718, led by the Saracen general Maslamah, the Arab fleet laid siege once more to the city. The numerical superiority of the enemy was so overwhelming that the fall of the Imperial City seemed imminent. But then the Mother of God, together with a multitude of the angelic hosts, appeared suddenly over the city walls. The enemy forces, struck with terror and thrown into a panic at this apparition, fled in disarray. Soon after this, the Arab fleet was utterly destroyed by a terrible storm in the Aegean Sea on the eve of the Annunciation, March 24, 718. Thenceforth, a special "feast of victory and of thanksgiving" was dedicated to celebrate and commemorate these benefactions. In this magnificent service, the Akathist Hymn is prominent and holds the place of honour. It appears that even before the occasion of the enemy assaults mentioned above, the Akathist Hymn was already in use as the prescribed Service for the Feast of the Annunciation, together with the kontakion, "When the bodiless one learned the secret command," which has the Annunciation as its theme. It was only on the occasion of the great miracle wrought for the Christian populace of the Imperial City on the eve of the Annunciation in 718 that the hymn "To thee, the Champion Leader" was composed, most likely by Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople.

Historians have ascribed the Akathist Hymn to Patriarch Sergius of Constantinople (638), to Saint George the Confessor, Bishop of Pisidia (818), or even to Saint Photius the Great (891), all of whom lived either at the time of or after the above-mentioned sieges. However, it appears most likely from its language, content, and style that the true composer of the Akathist Hymn is Saint Romanus the Melodist (6th century).


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April 01

Mary of Egypt

When Mary was only twelve years old, she left her parents and departed to Alexandria, where she lived a depraved life for seventeen years. Then, moved by curiosity, she went with many pilgrims to Jerusalem, that she might see the Exaltation of the venerable Cross. Even in the Holy City she gave herself over to every kind of licentiousness and drew many into the depth of perdition. Desiring to go into the church on the day of the Exaltation of the Cross, time and again she perceived a certain invisible power preventing her entrance, whereas the multitude of people about her entered unhindered. Therefore, wounded in heart by this, she decided to change her way of life and reconcile herself to God by means of repentance. Invoking our Lady the Theotokos as her protectress, she asked her to open the way for her to worship the Cross, and vowed that she would renounce the world. And thus, returning once again to the church, she entered easily. When she had worshipped the precious Wood, she departed that same day from Jerusalem and passed over the Jordan. She went into the inner wilderness and for forty-seven years lived a most harsh manner of life, surpassing human strength; alone, she prayed to God alone. Toward the end of her life, she met a certain hermit named Zosimas, and she related to him her life from the beginning. She requested of him to bring her the immaculate Mysteries that she might partake of them. According to her request, he did this the following year on Holy and Great Thursday. One year after this, Zosimas again went thither and found her dead, laid upon the ground, and letters written in the sand near her which said: "Abba Zosimas, bury here the body of wretched Mary. I died on the very day I partook of the immaculate Mysteries. Pray for me." Her death is reckoned by some to have taken place in 378, by some, in 437, and by others, in 522. She is commemorated also on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Her life was recorded by Saint Sophronius of Jerusalem.


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