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Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2017-09-17
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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 Plagal Second Tone

When the angelic powers appeared at your tomb and those who guarded You became as though dead, and standing by Your sepulchre was Mary seeking Your pure and sacred body. For You did vanquish Hades and uncorrupted by its touch You came unto the virgin woman, bestowing the gift of life O You who rose from the dead. Lord we give glory to You.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Tone

Save O Lord, O Lord Your people, and bless Your inheritance. Grant victory to the faithful against the adversaries of the Faith, and protect Your people through Your Holy Cross, Your Holy Cross.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second 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 Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


Gospel Reading

Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


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Parish News and Events

MEMORIAL TODAY

Today we celebrate the 3-Year Memorial for the repose of the souls of Pandora Peronis Dinello and her great-niece, Kendall Marie Fritzius, daughter of Carissa Peronis. May their memory be eternal.


WINTER HOURS IN EFFECT

Sunday Services switched to winter hours last weekend with Orthros beginning at 9am and Divine Liturgy at 10am.


FESTIVAL OF CHURCHES ESSAY CONTEST

Students entering Grades 7-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest for the Ambridge Festival of Churches. The topic is “What my Church means to me and how my life is changed through my Church.” A pair of winners (boy and girl) will receive a $100 cash prize each and be crowned as Good Will Ambassadors. Time is short; essays are due Tuesday, September 19. Ask Miss Jackie Bennis or Presvytera Anna for details.


BIBLE STUDY AND ORTHODOXY 101 CLASS

Morning Bible Study and Orthodoxy 101 will resume on Wednesday, September 20: Bible Study at 10am and Orthodoxy 101 at 8pm.


PHILOPTOCHOS DINNER AT ALEXANDERS

Philoptochos starts the new Ecclesiastical Year with a Dinner/Meeting at Alexander's this week, Tuesday, September 19, at 6pm. Bring each other, bring your God-Daughter, bring your sister, bring your daughter, bring a friend... the more, the merrier!


NATIONAL FAMILY MINISTRY CONFERENCE

The Archdiocesan Center for Family Care is hosting a Conference in Canonsburg titled "The Orthodox Family in a Changing World." It will be held September 20-23 and is open to Clergy, pastoral care workers, ministry leaders and laity. Visit www.goarch.org/family-ministry-conference for more information.


ALTAR BOY MEETING

All Altar Boys, new and experienced, will meet with Father in the Church immediately following Divine Liturgy next Sunday, September 24. New and untontured boys will receive a special prayer.


PITTSBURGH METROPOLIS CLERGY-LAITY-PHILOPTOCHOS ASSEMBLY

This annual Conference will be held at the Annunciation Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio, and runs Thursday through Saturday, September 28-30. All information is in your September VOICE or at pittsburgh.goarch.org/2017-assembly.


FESTIVAL OF CHURCHES

A new tradition has begun here in Ambridge... the Festival of Churches!! It began last year and was quite fun! We will join it again this September 30 at noon in the Gazebo Park in Ambridge. It starts at noon and we will offer a very limited choice of goodies, and definitely gyros!! We will bake on Tuesday and Thursday, September 26 and 28.


FALL INTO FOCUS FUNDRAISER

Join FOCUS West Central PA for their second annual Fall Into FOCUS fundraiser on Thursday, October 26, here at Holy Trinity! Proceeds will benefit our backpack feeding programs for children in the Beaver County school district. Our guest speaker will be District Attorney David Lozier. Doors open at 6pm, Buffet dinner by Barlamas Catering at 6:30pm, followed by our speaker. Bring a friend and be part of a worthy cause!! Make your reservation on our website at http://www.focuswestcentralpa.org/.
 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

ONGOING: Food Items for Center for Hope Pantry and FOCUS West Central

     Collecting Aluminum Cans for FOCUS West Central

Tuesday, September 19 - Philoptochos Dinner/Meeting at Alexanders at 6pm

Wednesday, September 20 - Morning Bible Study at 10am

     Orthodoxy 101 at 8:00pm

Wednesday thru Saturday, September 20-23 - Archdiocesan Family Conference in Pittsburgh

Sunday, September 24 - Altar Boy meeting right after Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, September 26 - Divine Liturgy at 9am: Metastasis of St. John the Theologian, followed by

     baking spanakopita and baklava

Thursday, September 28 - Cup baklava and make Galatoboureko

Thursday thru Saturday, September 28-30 - Metropolis Clergy-Laity-Philoptochos Assembly

     at Annunciation Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, September 30 - Festival of Churches in Ambridge at Noon

Sunday, October 1 - Church Musicians Sunday

Thursday, October 26 - Fall into FOCUS Fundraiser here at 6pm

 

 


MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES HERE AT HOLY TRINITY

Please check this new bulletin addition regularly to see if you can offer your helping hands to various needs here at Holy Trinity. If you have any questions about any of them, call the Church Office at 724-266-5336.

Driving: Someone needs a ride to Church on Sunday from here in Ambridge.

Driving: There is a need for a weekly grocery run during the summer.

General Housekeeping: We currently have no cleaning person. An hour or two of your time while the Office is open (Tuesday through Friday 9am-2pm) doing various tasks.

Groundskeeping: The Festival is over, but there are weddings and baptisms on the calendar! We are family... let's spruce up the place! We need some immediate help with the weeds behind the church!

 


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Wisdom of the Fathers

And see how He also makes His discourse unexceptionable: not saying at all, "whether you will, or no, you must suffer this," but how? "If any man will come after me."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century

"I force not, I compel not, but each one I make lord of his own choice; wherefore also I say, 'If any man will.' For to good things do I call you, not to things evil, or burdensome; not to punishment and vengeance, that I should have to compel.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century

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Saints and Feasts

Sophia
September 17

Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love

These Saints were from Italy and contested for the Faith about the year 126, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Faith was twelve years old, Hope, ten, and Love, nine; each was tormented and then beheaded, from the eldest to the youngest. Their mother Sophia mourned at their grave for three days, where she also fell asleep in peace; because of her courageous endurance in the face of her daughters' sufferings, she is also counted a martyr. The name Sophia means "wisdom" in Greek; as for her daughters' names, Faith, Hope, and Love (Charity), they are Pistis, Elpis, and Agape in Greek, and Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov in Russian.


Allsaint
September 18

Eumenius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gortynia

This Saint took up the monastic life from his youth, and later became Bishop of Gortynia in Crete. He travelled to Rome, and to Thebes in Upper Egypt, where through his prayers he ended a drought; there also, after working many miracles, he reposed in deep old age. His holy relics were returned to Gortynia and buried at the place called Raxos.


Allsaint
September 19

Trophimus, Sabbatius, & Dorymedon the Martyrs

In 278, during the reign of Probus, Saints Trophimus and Sabbatius came to Antioch, and seeing the city celebrating the festival of Apollo at Daphne lamented the blindness of the people, and presented themselves as Christians to Atticus the Governor. Saint Trophimus was stripped of his clothing, and was stretched out and beaten until the earth was red with his blood. Then he was hung up, scraped on his sides, and imprisoned in torments. Saint Sabbatius was tortured so savagely that he gave up his spirit in his sufferings. Trophimus was sent to Synnada, wearing iron shoes fitted with sharp iron nails within; he was further tormented without mercy, then cast into prison. Dorymedon, a counsellor, and a pagan, came to the prison and cared for Trophimus. When a certain feast came, Dorymedon was asked why he did not sacrifice to the idols; he proclaimed himself a Christian, for which he was imprisoned, pierced with heated spits, frightfully punished, and finally beheaded with Saint Trophimus.


Eustathi
September 20

Eustathius the Great Martyr, his wife and two children

The holy Martyr Eustathius before his baptism was an illustrious Roman general named Placidas in the days of the Emperor Trajan. While hunting in the country one day, he was converted to the Faith of Christ through the apparition of an uncommonly majestic stag, between whose antlers he saw the Cross of Christ, and through which the Lord spoke to him with a human voice. Upon returning home, he learned that his wife Tatiana had also had a vision in which she was instructed to become a Christian. They sought out the Bishop of the Christians and were baptized, Placidas receiving the name Eustathius, and Tatiana the name Theopiste; their two sons were baptized Agapius and Theopistus. The family was then subjected to such trials as Job endured. Their servants died, all their goods were stolen, and on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were scattered abroad, each not even knowing if the others were still alive. By the providence of God, they were united again after many years, and returned to Rome in glory. Nevertheless, when they refused to sacrifice to the idols-a public sacrifice from which no Roman general could be absent-the Emperor Hadrian, who had succeeded Trajan, had them put into a large bronze device in the shape of a bull, which was heated with fire until they died. When their holy bodies were removed, they were found to be without harm. They suffered martyrdom about the year 126.


Allsaint
September 21

Quadratus the Apostle

Saint Quadratus was a disciple of the Apostles, and became Bishop of Athens. According to the Synaxaristes, he contested for the Faith in the year 117, in the reign of Hadrian (117-138), but according to others, in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180).


Jonah2
September 21

Jonah the Prophet

The Prophet Jonah, the son of Amathi, of the town of Geth-hopher (IV Kings 14:25), was of the tribe of Zabulon; he prophesied during the years 838-810 before Christ. God commanded him to go to Nineveh, the great city of the Assyrians, and to proclaim that its destruction was nigh at hand because of the sins of its people. But he, as a Prophet who knew the great compassion of God, feared that at his preaching the Ninevites would repent; that God, accepting their repentance in His love for man, would not fulfill Jonah' threats; and that he would be branded a false prophet. So he disobeyed the divine command, and boarded a ship and departed elsewhere. Yet, the sudden and fearful sea-storm and the revelation of Jonah' disbedience caused the sailors to cast him into the sea. A great sea-monster appeared straightway by divine providence, and swallowed him up. For three days and nights he was found in its belly and he prayed, saying the words, "I cried aloud in my affliction unto the Lord my God..." (Jonah 2:3, the Sixth ode of the Holy Psalter). The sea-monster then vomited him up on dry land and he again heard God's command. Wherefore, he went and preached, saying, "In three days, Nineveh shall be destroyed." The people became terrified and all repented. The great, the small, babes at the breast, and even the irrational beasts themselves fasted, and thus, having found mercy from God, they were spared His wrath. Jonah' book of prophecy is divided into four chapters, and is placed fifth in order among the twelve minor Prophets. His three-day sojourn in the sea-monster's belly is an image of our Saviour's three-day burial and His life-bringing Resurrection (Matt. 12:39-40). His name means "dove."


Phocas
September 22

Phocas the 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. 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. A homily in his honour was composed by Saint John Chrysostom. The translation of his holy relics is celebrated on July 23.


Nativitybaptist
September 23

The Conception of St. John the Baptist

This came to pass fifteen months before the birth of Christ, after the vision of the Angel that Zacharias, the father of the Forerunner, saw in the Temple while he executed the priest's office in the order of his course during the feast of the Tabernacles, as tradition bears witness. In this vision, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and said to him, "Thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John" (Luke 1:13). Knowing that Elizabeth was barren, and that both he and she were elderly, Zacharias did not believe what the Angel told him, although he had before him the example of Abraham and Sarah, of Hannah, mother of the Prophet Samuel, and of other barren women in Israel who gave birth by the power of God. Hence, he was condemned by the Archangel to remain speechless until the fulfilment of these words in their season, which also came to pass (Luke 1:7-24).


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