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Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2017-04-02
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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 Fourth Tone

From on High did You descend, O merciful Lord, for us did You endure, three days in the tomb that we may be, released from passions in this world, You who are our resurrection and our life Glory unto You O Lord.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal Fourth Tone

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal Fourth Tone

Blessed are You, O Christ our God; Who has shone forth the fishermen to be all wise, by sending upon them the Holy Spirit and through them, You gathered the whole world in Your net, O lover of Mankind, glory to You.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second 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.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


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Worship Services this Week

WORSHIP SERVICES THIS WEEK

Wednesday, April 5 - Presanctified Liturgy at 6pm

Saturday, April 8 - Saturday of Lazarus Divine Liturgy at 9am

Vespers at 6pm

 

 

 

 

 


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Parish News and Events

IOCC SYRIAN RELIEF DINNER

The International Orthodox Christian Charities is sponsoring a Syrian Relief Prayer Service this evening at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 4pm, followed by a fundraising Dinner. Adult tickets are $50, Students 7-18 are $20, 6 and under are free.


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!


ORDER YOUR PASCHA SWEETS TODAY!

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.


PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

The Parish Council will meet this week on Monday evening at 7:00pm.


MAKING PALM CROSSES

This coming Friday evening, April 7 at 6:00pm, everyone is invited to come and weave Palm Crosses in the fellowship hall for Sunday's celebration. This is always a great time for fellowship among the kids and adults together. The JOY children typically go to Confession at this time as well. Refreshments are available!


ALTAR BOY MEETING

All altar boys will meet this Saturday, April 8, following the 9am Divine Liturgy for the Saturday of Lazarus. We will go over Holy Week services.


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.


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.


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 Sophia Chickos for the flowers for the Akathyst Hymn in memory of her parents  George and Rena Kyrargyros and to Kiki Niznik for flowers for the icon of St. Mary of Egypt in memory of her mother, Mary Johnson.


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!


MOTHERS DAY CARDS

The Ladies Philoptochos invites you to celebrate Mother's Day again with their special Card, listing Mothers Present and Past for an Artoclasia and Memorial on Mother's Day... which is soon upon us: May 8! Forms are in the Narthex.


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

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

Monday, April 3 - Philoptochos baking Nutrolls

     Parish Council Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday, April 5 - Presanctified Liturgy at 6pm

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

     Palm Crosses at 6pm with JOY Confession

Saturday, April 8 - Saturday of Lazarus Divine Liturgy at 9am followed by

     Altar Boy Meeting

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

Monday, April 17 - Office Closed

Monday-Thursday, April 17-20 - Father Gone Fishin'

Saturday, April 22 - Metropolis Greek Language Festival at St. Nick's 11-3

     St. Photios Awards Reception and Banquet at 4pm

Saturday, April 29 - Metropolis Regional Oratorical Festival in Monessen

 

 

 

 


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Wisdom of the Fathers

But let no man be troubled at the apostles being in such an imperfect state. For not yet was the cross accomplished, not yet the grace of the Spirit given. But if thou wouldest learn their virtue, notice them after these things, and thou wilt see them superior to every passion.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

For with this object He reveals their deficiencies, that after these things thou mightest know what manner of men they became by grace. ... No one shall sit on His right hand nor on His left.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

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Saints and Feasts

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April 02

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on April 1, where her life is recorded. Since the end of the holy Forty Days is drawing nigh, it has been appointed for this day also, so that if we think it hard to practice a little abstinence forty days, we might be roused by the heroism of her who fasted in the wilderness forty-seven years; and also that the great loving-kindness of God, and His readiness to receive the repentant, might be demonstrated in very deed.


Allsaint
April 02

Titus the Wonderworker

Little is known of this Saint except that he took up the monastic life from his youth, became the abbot of a monastery, and reposed in peace.


Allsaint
April 03

Nicetas, Abbot of the Monastery of Medicium

Saint Nicetas lived in the eighth century and became the Abbot of the Monastery of Medicium, which was near the city of Triglia on the Sea of Marmara. For his Orthodox confession of the veneration of the holy icons, he was persecuted and exiled twice by the Iconoclast Emperor Leo the Armenian, but recalled by Michael the Stutterer, and reposed, adorned with the twofold crown of holiness and of confession of the Orthodox Faith, about the year 824.


Allsaint
April 03

Joseph the Hymnographer

Saint Joseph was from Sicily, the son of Plotinus and Agatha. Because Sicily had been subjugated by the Moslems, he departed thence and, passing from place to place, came with Saint Gregory of Decapolis (see NOV. 20) to Constantinople, where he endured bitter afflictions because of his pious zeal. Travelling to Rome, he was captured by Arab pirates and taken to Crete, whence he later returned to Constantinople. He became an excellent hymnographer and reposed in holiness shortly after 886 (according to some, it was in 883). The melismatic canons of the Menaion are primarily the work of this Joseph; they bear his name in the acrostic of the Ninth Ode. He also composed most of the sacred book known as the Paracletike, which complements the Octoechos For this reason, Joseph is called par excellence the Hymnographer.


Allsaint
April 04

George the Righteous of Maleon

This Saint took up the monastic life from his youth, and went to Mount Maleon, where a community of monks gathered about him. He foretold his death from three years before, and reposed in an odour of sanctity.


Allsaint
April 05

Monk-Martyrs Claudius, Diodore, Victor, Victorinus, and those with them

Of these Martyrs, Saint Claudius died when his arms and legs were severed; Saint Diodore was burned alive; Saints Victor, Victorinus, and Nicephorus were crushed to death by a large boulder; Saint Serapion was burned alive; Saint Pappias was cast into the sea. According to some accounts, they contested in Corinth under Decius in 251; according to others, in Diospolis in Egypt under Numerian in 284.


Allsaint
April 07

Calliopus and Akylina the Martyrs

The holy Martyr Calliopius was from Perga in Pamphylia, brought up in piety by his godly mother Theocleia. When the persecution of Maximian broke out, Saint Calliopius presented himself of his own accord before the Governor Maximus in Pompeiopolis of Galatia. After he had suffered many torments, his mother visited him in prison and encouraged him in his martyrdom. After this, his thrice-blessed mother, upon learning that he was to be crucified on Holy and Great Thursday, bribed the tyrants to defer it one day, that he might imitate the Lord's Crucifixion on the same day that He suffered it. The holy Martyr Calliopius received the crown of martyrdom on Holy and Great Friday in the year 304, being crucified upside down.


Allsaint
April 06

Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople

Born in Theia Kome of Phrygia, Eutychius was the son of illustrious parents, from whom he received a pious upbringing. He studied in Constantinople, and became a monk in a certain monastery of Amasia. In 552 he was chosen Patriarch of New Rome, but was exiled in 565 as a result of the machinations of the Origenists. In 577 he was restored to his throne and reposed on April 6, 582.


Allsaint
April 07

George, Bishop of Lesvos

The righteous George struggled in behalf of the holy icons, and reposed in peace about the year 821.


Allsaint
April 07

Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America

Born in 1865 in the region of Pskov, our Father among the Saints Tikhon was tonsured a monk in 1891 and ordained to the priesthood in the same year. In 1897 he was consecrated Bishop of Lublin, and a year later appointed Bishop of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, with his see extending to all of North America from 1900 onwards. He did much to unite the Orthodox Christians of a great many ethnic backgrounds in North America, so that there was indeed one flock under one shepherd. In 1907 he was made Archbishop of Yaroslavl and Rostov, and in 1913, Archbishop of Lithuania.

In 1917, when he was Metropolitan of Moscow, he was elected to be the first Patriarch of Russia in over 200 years, in times that could not have been more difficult. After the Revolution of 1917, the persecution of the Russian Church by the atheist government grew more bold and more fierce with every year. By nature a meek and peace-loving man, Tikhon sought to determine, while giving only to God that which is God's, what could be given to Caesar to preserve peace and avoid the shedding of blood. At his departure on the feast of the Annunciation in 1925, Saint Tikhon made the sign of the Cross thrice, pronouncing the words, "Glory to Thee, O God!" Because of the many unspeakable sufferings he endures as Patriarch, he is honoured as a Confessor.

Note: St. Tikhon's repose was on the Feast of the Annunciation according to the Old Calendar (March 25), but on the New Calendar his repose falls on April 7.


Lazarus
April 08

Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary, the friends of the Lord Jesus, had given Him hospitality and served Him many times (Luke 10:38-4z; John 12:2-3). They were from Bethany, a village of Judea. This village is situated in the eastern parts by the foothills of the Mount of Olives, about two Roman miles from Jerusalem. When Lazarus - whose name is a Hellenized form of "Eleazar," which means "God has helped," became ill some days before the saving Passion, his sisters had this report taken to our Saviour, Who was then in Galilee. Nonetheless, He tarried yet two more days until Lazarus died; then He said to His disciples, "Let us go into Judea that I might awake My friend who sleepeth." By this, of course, He meant the deep sleep of death. On arriving at Bethany, He consoled the sisters of Lazarus, who was already four days dead. Jesus groaned in spirit and was troubled at the death of His beloved friend. He asked, "Where have ye laid his body?" and He wept over him. When He drew nigh to the tomb, He commanded that they remove the stone, and He lifted up His eyes, and giving thanks to God the Father, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." And he that had been dead four days came forth immediately, bound hand and foot with the grave clothes, and Jesus said to those standing there, "Loose him, and let him go." This is the supernatural wonder wrought by the Saviour that we celebrate on this day.

According to an ancient tradition, it is said that Lazarus was thirty years old when the Lord raised him; then he lived another thirty years on Cyprus and there reposed in the Lord. It is furthermore related that after he was raised from the dead, he never laughed till the end of his life, but that once only, when he saw someone stealing a clay vessel, he smiled and said, "Clay stealing clay." His grave is situated in the city of Kition, having the inscription: "Lazarus the four days dead and friend of Christ." In 890 his sacred relics were transferred to Constantinople by Emperor Leo the Wise, at which time undoubtedly the Emperor composed his stichera for Vespers, "Wishing to behold the tomb of Lazarus . . ."


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