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Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2022-06-05
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General Information

  • Phone:
  • (603)225-2961
  • Fax:
  • (603)225-2961
  • Street Address:

  • 68 North State Street

  • Concord, NH 03301


Services Schedule

Sundays: Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Weekdays: Divine Liturgy 10:00 am


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

Angelic powers appeared at Your tomb, and those guarding it became like dead, and at Your grave Mary was standing, seeking Your most pure body. You plundered Hades, not being tempted by it; You encountered the virgin, granting life. O Lord, who rose from the dead, glory to You!
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Holy Ascension in the 4th Tone

You ascended in glory O Christ Our Lord and God, and Your disciples were filled with joy, by the promise of the Holy Spirit unto them. And through this blessing You did proclaim and thus assure them, that You are truly the Son of God and the redeemer of the world.
Ἀνελήφθης ἐν δόξῃ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὀς ἡμῶν χαροποιήσας τοὺς μαθητὰς τῇ ἐπαγγελίᾳ τοῦ ἁγίου Πνεύματος βεβαιωθέν των αὐτῶν διὰ τῆς εὐλογίας ὅτι Σὺ εἶ ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ ὁ λυτρωτὴς τοῦ κόσμου.

Apolytikion for Fathers of the 1st Council in the Plagal 4th Tone

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.
Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ φωστῆρας ἐπὶ γῆς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν θεμελιώσας, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν πρὸς τὴν ἀληθινὴν πίστιν, πάντας ἡμᾶς ὁδηγήσας· πολυεύσπλαγχνε, δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for the Church (Pentecost) in the 1st Tone

Ευλογητός εί, Χριστέ ο Θεός ημών, ο πανσόφους τους αλιείς αναδείξας, καταπέμψας αυτοίς το Πνεύμα το άγιον, και δι’ αυτών την οικουμένην σαγηνεύσας· φιλάνθρωπε, δόξα σοι.

 

O blessed are You, O Christ our God, who by sending down the Holy Spirit upon them made the fishermen wise and through them illumined the world, and to You the universe was ever drawn. All glory to You, O Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

When thou didst fulfill the dispensation for our sake and unite earth to heaven, thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, in no way parted from those who love thee but remaining with them and crying: I am with thou and no one will be against thou.
Τὴν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν πληρώσας οἰκονομίαν, καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ γῆς ἑνώσας τοῖς οὐρανίοις, ἀνελήφθης ἐν δόξῃ, Χριστε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, οὐδαμόθεν χωριζόμενος, ἀλλὰ μένων ἀδιάστατος, καὶ βοῶν τοῖς ἀγαπῶσί σε· Ἐγώ εἰμι μεθ' ὑμῶν, καὶ οὐδεὶς καθ' ὑμῶν.
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Saints and Feasts

Hlyfthrs
June 05

Fathers of the 1st Council

The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.

Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with "And in the Holy Spirit," was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.

Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.


Allsaint
June 05

The Holy Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre

Saint Dorotheus became Bishop of Tyre in Phoenicia about the end of the third century. During the persecution of Diocletian and Maximian, about the year 303, he fled to Odyssopolis in Thrace to preserve his life, and after the death of the tyrants he returned to Tyre. He lived until the reign of Julian the Apostate (361-363), from whose persecution he again fled to Odyssopolis (or, according to Theophylact of Bulgaria, Edessa), but was found by Julian's men and slain in great torments, at the age of 107, in 361. He was very learned, and has left behind writings in both Latin and Greek relating the lives of the holy Prophets, Apostles, and other Saints.


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June 08

Removal of the Relics of Theodore the Commander

The holy Martyr Theodore was from Euchaita of Galatia and dwelt in Heraclea of Pontus. He was a renowned commander in the military, and the report came to the Emperor Licinius that he was a Christian and abominated the idols. Licinius therefore sent certain men to him from Nicomedia, to honor him and ask him to appear before him. Through them, however, Saint Theodore sent back a message that it was necessary for various reasons, that Licinius come to Heraclea. Licinius, seeing in this a hope of turning Saint Theodore away from Christ did as was asked of him.

When the Emperor came to Heraclea, Saint Theodore met him with honor, and the Emperor in turn gave Theodore his hand, believing that through him he would be able to draw the Christians to the worship of his idols. Seated upon his throne in the midst of the people, he publicly bade Theodore offer sacrifice to the gods. But Theodore asked that the emperor entrust him with the most venerable of his gods, those of gold and silver, that he might take them home and himself attend upon them that evening, promising that the following day he would honor them in public. The Emperor, filled with joy at these tidings, gave command that Theodore's request be fulfilled.

When the Saint had taken the idols home, he broke them in pieces and distributed the gold and silver to the poor by night. The next day a centurion named Maxentius told Licinius that he had seen a pauper pass by carrying the head of Artemis. Saint Theodore, far from repenting of this, confessed Christ boldly. Licinius, in an uncontainable fury, had the Saint put to many torments, then crucified. While upon the cross, the holy Martyr was further tormented -- his privy parts were cut off, he was shot with arrows, his eyes were put out, and he was left on the cross to die. The next day Licinius sent men to take his corpse and cast it into the sea; but they found the Saint alive and perfectly whole. Through this, many believed in Christ. Seeing his own men turning to Christ, and the city in an uproar, Licinius had Theodore beheaded, about the year 320. The Saint's holy relics were returned to his ancestral home on June 8.

The Great Martyr Theodore is also commemorated on February 8.


Athncyrl
June 09

Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria

On this day we commemorate Saint Cyril's falling asleep. On January 18 we commemorate the occasion of the Saint's restoration to his see in Alexandria after he had suffered a brief exile because of the machinations of the Nestorians. Shortly thereafter the Third Ecumenical Council was convoked in Ephesus and the blasphemous doctrine of Nestorius was condemned. See January 18 for Saint Cyril's life and works.


Philbartbarnabas
June 11

Bartholomew the Holy Apostle

Saint Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, and had Galilee as his homeland; this is all that is known of him for certain according to the history of the Gospels. Concerning his apostolic work, certain say that he preached in Arabia and Persia, and especially in India, bringing to them the Gospel written by Saint Matthew, which had been written originally in Hebrew, and which was found there one hundred years later by Pantaenus, formerly a stoic philosopher and later an illustrious teacher of the Christian school in Alexandria (see Eusebius, Eccl. Hist., 5: 10). Other accounts say that he went to Armenia. According to some, he ended his life by being crucified, or by being flayed alive, in Albanopolis (Urbanopolis) of Armenia. This also confirms an ancient tradition preserved by the Armenians. According to some, Bartholomew and Nathanael are the same person, because the Evangelists who mention Bartholomew do not mention Nathanael; and John, who alone mentions Nathanael as one of the Twelve, says nothing of Bartholomew. Indeed, Bartholomew is a patronymic, "son of Talmai," which means "bold, spirited" (see also Jesus of Navi 15:14; II Kings 3:3), and Nathanael could have had this as a surname. According to the Synaxarion of the Menaion on April 22, however, it is Simon the Zealot and Nathanael who are the same; the Evangelists who mention Simon the Zealot (or "the Canaanite") do not mention Nathanael.


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June 11

The Holy Martyrs of China

The Holy Martyrs of China were native Chinese Orthodox Christians brought up in piety at the Russian Orthodox Mission in Peking, which had been founded in 1685. During the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 against the foreign powers occupying China, native Chinese Christians were commanded by the Boxers to renounce Christianity or be tortured to death. Two hundred and twenty-two members of the Peking Mission, led by their priest Metrophanes Tsi-Chung and his family, refused to deny Christ, and were deemed worthy of a martyric death.

The commemoration date of the Chinese Martyrs varies between June 10th and June 11th in Orthodox practice throughout the world.


Philbartbarnabas
June 11

Barnabas the Holy Apostle

Saint Barnabas, one of the Seventy, was from Cyprus, of the tribe of Levi, and a fellow disciple with Paul under Gamaliel. He was called Joses, but was renamed Barnabas, which means "son of consolation," perhaps to distinguish him from the Joses called Barsabas and surnamed Justus (Acts 1:23). Saint Barnabas had a field, which he sold and brought the money to the Apostles (Acts 4:36-37). Before the conversion of Saul to Paul, it was Barnabas who was the leader of the Seventy Apostles, the first in preaching and chief spokesman. After Saul's vision on the road to Damascus, it was Barnabas who joined him to the Apostles when the others, because of Saul's reputation as a persecutor of the Church, still feared him (Acts 9:26-27); again it was Saint Barnabas who conscripted Paul as a preacher, bringing him from Tarsus to Antioch after the stoning of Stephen, to assist in spreading the Gospel (Acts 11:25-26). Saint Barnabas preached the Gospel in many places, traveled together with Paul, and finally was stoned to death by the Jews in his native Cyprus. During the reign of Zeno, in the year 478, his sacred relics were found, having on his chest the Gospel according to Matthew written in Greek by Barnabas' own hand. This Gospel was brought to Zeno. Because of this the Church of Cyprus received the right of autonomy, and its archbishop was given the privilege, like the emperor, of signing his decrees and encyclicals in vermilion.


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June 11

Revelation of the Hymn Axion Estin to a monk on Mt. Athos by the Archangel Gabriel

The Synaxis of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated today for the following reason: In 980, during the reign of Emperor Basil II, when Nicholas Chrysoberges was Ecumenical Patriarch, the holy Archangel Gabriel appeared in the guise of a monk to the disciple of a certain elder living in a hermitage belonging to the Monastery of Pantocrator on the Holy Mountain. During Matins, after the monk had chanted the customary hymn, "More honorable than the Cherubim...," composed by Saint Cosmas the Hymnographer, the Angel chanted the same hymn, but with the following prelude: "It is truly meet to call thee blest, the Theotokos, the ever-blessed and all-immaculate and Mother of our God." Marveling at the hymn's beauty, the monk asked his visitor - who appeared also to be a monk - to record this new text in writing, which the Angel did by miraculously inscribing the words on a piece of slate, using only his finger, and straightway he vanished from sight. This slate was brought to the Church of the Protaton, and from thence to Constantinople, to the imperial court and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as evidence of the miracle. Henceforth, this version of the hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos began to be chanted in the Divine Liturgy in all the churches. The place where the miracle took place is now called Adein, from the Greek word which means "to sing." The icon itself, before which this hymn was first chanted, is called "the icon of the Axion estin" ("It is truly meet") and it is kept in the sanctuary of the Church of the Protaton on the Holy Mountain.


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June 11

Luke of Simferopol

The province of Crimea dominated the news back in March as the nations of Ukraine and Russia were locked in a struggle to determine the future of this region. Whatever one’s political leanings – toward Ukraine or Russia, Orthodox Christians know that the land of Crimea is blessed by the presence of a modern day saint and miracle worker: St. Luke the Surgeon, bishop of Simferopol and Crimea.

The future St. Luke was born on April 27, 1877 with the name Valentin Felixovich Voino-Yasenetsky in the eastern area of Crimea. His parents were not active in the practice of their Faith as he noted in his memoirs “I did not receive a religious upbringing...” He described his first true understanding of his Christian Faith after reading the New Testament which was a graduation gift from his high school principal. This Bible became his constant companion, studying and underlining meaningful passages in red ink. With a natural talent for art, Valentin intended to study at an art institute but decided he should devote his life to benefit suffering people. He decided to enroll in medical school of Kiev University in order to devote his life to alleviating suffering among the peasants in the remote villages. He wrote in his memoirs: “I studied medicine with the sole purpose of becoming a villager, a peasant doctor, and helping poor people”. Upon his graduation he received additional training in opthamology and general surgery and from 1905-1917 he practiced medicine and surgery in various district hospitals. During this time he married a nurse by the name of Anna Lanskaya who had the nickname among her patients as “the holy nurse”. Together Valentin and Anna were blessed with four children. Dr. Valentin became known not only as a skilled medical doctor but as a compassionate human being. He wrote in a letter to his son:

“I suffer deeply if a patient dies after an operation. I had three deaths in the operating room and this literally crushed me….I prayed for the dead at home, because there is no church open here…

A TURNING POINT

The year 1917 found Dr. Valentin in the city of Tashkent as the head surgeon in the largest city hospital as well as a professor in the college of medicine. In that year the Russian Revolution erupted across the nation and with it a civil war which soon reached the remote Tashkent region. As the Communists assumed power, they began an organized campaign against religious faith. Dr. Valentin was under constant threat since he had become a devout Orthodox Christian and refused to conduct surgery without an icon of the Theotokos hanging in the operating room, beginning each surgical procedure with the Sign of the Cross. He was arrested for the first time in October of 1919 on false charges and was nearly executed by firing squad. Several days later, his beloved wife died from tuberculosis at the age of 38 leaving him a widower with four children.

The Bishop of the Tashkent diocese, Innocent, became acquainted with the well known doctor and admired his deep Orthodox faith. After hearing Dr. Valentin speak at a Diocesan meeting he said: “Doctor, you must become a priest! St. Luke later wrote in his memoirs:

I had never thought about being a priest, but I accepted the words of the Right Reverend Innocent as God’s calling pronounced by the bishop’s lips, and without the slightest hesitation, I replied, ‘Be it as you say, Vladyka, I will be a priest if it is pleasing to God.’”

In the midst of the fierce persecution of the Church by the Communists, when many clergy were renouncing their faith and their priesthood in order to be spared persecution, Dr. Valentin was ordained on February 15, 1921. The new priest continued his practice of medicine and surgery, giving his lectures and receiving patients while wearing his cassock and priestly cross.

During the time of terror, Bishop Innocent of Tashkent disappeared and the clergy of the Diocese elected Fr. Valentin to be the new bishop. He was tonsured a monk with the name of the Evangelist St. Luke the Physician, and was consecrated as a bishop in secret, with the church doors locked on May 31, 1923. One month after his consecration, Bishop Luke was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment and exile to Siberia, the beginning of his sharing in the sufferings of Christ. This was only the first of three times that the bishop was arrested and sent into exile, which he endured for a total of 11 years. He endured extreme cold, hunger, betrayal by fellow priests, solitary confinement, beatings, humiliation and a special kind of torture known as “the conveyor” in which Communist agents took turns with beatings and interrogations which continued nonstop for days. The bishop never relented in his devotion to Christ. He later wrote:

They tell me to take off the cassock, but I will never do it. The cassock will remain with me until death…I don’t know what they want from me. I believe in God. I help people as a doctor; I help also as a pastor of the Church. Whom do I harm?

While many Orthodox Christians tend to “compartmentalize” their faith, that is, reserve it for Sundays and when involved in “church things”, Bishop Luke’s Orthodox faith was a part of his daily life and secular career, even under the threat of arrest and torture.

With the beginning of World War II and the invasion of Russia by the Nazi Germans, the Communist government began to ease their persecution against the Church in order to rally the people to the defense of the country. Bishop Luke was freed from exile in 1942 and resumed his episcopal ministry as well as his medical practice. He published two scientific works: Essays on the Surgery of Pyogenic Infections and Late Resections of Infected Gunshot Wounds in Joints for which he was awarded the prestigious Stalin Award, using the prize money to help children victimized by the war.

EPISCOPAL MINISTRY

Despite the easing of open persecution against the Church, Bishop Luke continued his ministry as a bishop under very difficult circumstances. The bishop found churches and monasteries in ruins throughout his diocese with few priests. Many of the priests were negligent in their pastoral duties, officiating at services in a mechanical way, viewing the priesthood simply as a job. Government officials used any excuse to close a church and intervened in parish councils, appointing atheists, thieves and alcoholics to interfere in the daily administration of parishes. The bishop’s mail was opened, his telephone conversations were recorded and government agents regularly photographed lay people who participated in his divine services.

The bishop lived simply and poorly, occupying two rooms in a decrepit old house with many of the neighborhood poor coming for food which the bishop provided for everyone. He served the Divine Liturgy nearly every day even after losing his sight in 1956. As his health failed and he recognized that the end of his life was near, he reflected on his life and ministry:

My long journey was difficult and thorny, but at the same time it was also a remarkably blessed one. God’s grace was with me along the way, and my path was illumined by the light of Christ. And it is a joy for me, a very great joy, to have traveled that path. It was a great act of kindness done by God for me. I consider the difficult years of priesthood, soon followed by my service as a bishop, not as burdensome, but as the most blessed, best, happiest years of my life.

On June 11, 1961, the blessed bishop and surgeon fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 84. Soon miraculous healings began to be reported at his tomb and when it was opened in 1996 an indescribable aroma emanated from his body. He was glorified as a Saint of the Orthodox Church in 2000 and his relics continue to work miracles at the Cathedral in Simferopol, Crimea


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Προκείμενον. 4th Tone. Δανιήλ 3.26-27.
Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Ὅτι δίκαιος εἶ ἐπὶ πᾶσιν, οἷς ἐποίησας ἡμῖν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πράξεις Ἀποστόλων 20:16-18, 28-36.

Ἐν ταῖς ἡμεραῖς ἐκείναις, ἔκρινεν ὁ Παῦλος παραπλεῦσαι τὴν Ἔφεσον, ὅπως μὴ γένηται αὐτῷ χρονοτριβῆσαι ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ· ἔσπευδεν γάρ, εἰ δυνατὸν ἦν αὐτῷ, τὴν ἡμέραν τῆς Πεντηκοστῆς γενέσθαι εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα. Ἀπὸ δὲ τῆς Μιλήτου πέμψας εἰς Ἔφεσον μετεκαλέσατο τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους τῆς ἐκκλησίας. Ὡς δὲ παρεγένοντο πρὸς αὐτόν, εἶπεν αὐτοῖς, προσέχετε οὖν ἑαυτοῖς καὶ παντὶ τῷ ποιμνίῳ, ἐν ᾧ ὑμᾶς τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον ἔθετο ἐπισκόπους, ποιμαίνειν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ κυρίου καὶ θεοῦ, ἣν περιεποιήσατο διὰ τοῦ ἰδίου αἵματος. Ἐγὼ γὰρ οἶδα τοῦτο, ὅτι εἰσελεύσονται μετὰ τὴν ἄφιξίν μου λύκοι βαρεῖς εἰς ὑμᾶς, μὴ φειδόμενοι τοῦ ποιμνίου· καὶ ἐξ ὑμῶν αὐτῶν ἀναστήσονται ἄνδρες λαλοῦντες διεστραμμένα, τοῦ ἀποσπᾷν τοὺς μαθητὰς ὀπίσω αὐτῶν. Διὸ γρηγορεῖτε, μνημονεύοντες ὅτι τριετίαν νύκτα καὶ ἡμέραν οὐκ ἐπαυσάμην μετὰ δακρύων νουθετῶν ἕνα ἕκαστον. Καὶ τὰ νῦν παρατίθεμαι ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, τῷ θεῷ καὶ τῷ λόγῳ τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ, τῷ δυναμένῳ ἐποικοδομῆσαι, καὶ δοῦναι ὑμῖν κληρονομίαν ἐν τοῖς ἡγιασμένοις πᾶσιν. Ἀργυρίου ἢ χρυσίου ἢ ἱματισμοῦ οὐδενὸς ἐπεθύμησα. Αὐτοὶ γινώσκετε ὅτι ταῖς χρείαις μου καὶ τοῖς οὖσιν μετʼ ἐμοῦ ὑπηρέτησαν αἱ χεῖρες αὗται. Πάντα ὑπέδειξα ὑμῖν, ὅτι οὕτως κοπιῶντας δεῖ ἀντιλαμβάνεσθαι τῶν ἀσθενούντων, μνημονεύειν τε τῶν λόγων τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ, ὅτι αὐτὸς εἶπεν, Μακάριόν ἐστιν μᾶλλον διδόναι ἢ λαμβάνειν. Καὶ ταῦτα εἰπών, θεὶς τὰ γόνατα αὐτοῦ, σὺν πᾶσιν αὐτοῖς προσηύξατο.

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36.

IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.


Gospel Reading

Fathers of the 1st Council
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 17:1-13

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, καὶ ἐπῆρε τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ εἶπε· πάτερ, ἐλήλυθεν ἡ ὥρα· δόξασόν σου τὸν υἱόν, ἵνα καὶ ὁ υἱός σου δοξάσῃ σε, καθὼς ἔδωκας αὐτῷ ἐξουσίαν πάσης σαρκός, ἵνα πᾶν ὃ δέδωκας αὐτῷ δώσῃ αὐτοῖς ζωὴν αἰώνιον. αὕτη δέ ἐστιν ἡ αἰώνιος ζωή, ἵνα γινώσκωσί σε τὸν μόνον ἀληθινὸν Θεὸν καὶ ὃν ἀπέστειλας ᾿Ιησοῦν Χριστόν. ἐγώ σε ἐδόξασα ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, τὸ ἔργον ἐτελείωσα ὃ δέδωκάς μοι ἵνα ποιήσω· καὶ νῦν δόξασόν με σύ, πάτερ, παρὰ σεαυτῷ τῇ δόξῃ ᾗ εἶχον πρὸ τοῦ τὸν κόσμον εἶναι παρὰ σοί. ᾿Εφανέρωσά σου τὸ ὄνομα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις οὓς δέδωκάς μοι ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου. σοὶ ἦσαν καὶ ἐμοὶ αὐτοὺς δέδωκας, καὶ τὸν λόγον σου τετηρήκασι. νῦν ἔγνωκαν ὅτι πάντα ὅσα δέδωκάς μοι παρὰ σοῦ ἐστιν· ὅτι τὰ ῥήματα ἃ δέδωκάς μοι δέδωκα αὐτοῖς, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔλαβον, καὶ ἔγνωσαν ἀληθῶς ὅτι παρὰ σοῦ ἐξῆλθον, καὶ ἐπίστευσαν ὅτι σύ με ἀπέστειλας. ᾿Εγὼ περὶ αὐτῶν ἐρωτῶ· οὐ περὶ τοῦ κόσμου ἐρωτῶ, ἀλλὰ περὶ ὧν δέδωκάς μοι, ὅτι σοί εἰσι, καὶ τὰ ἐμὰ πάντα σά ἐστι καὶ τὰ σὰ ἐμά, καὶ δεδόξασμαι ἐν αὐτοῖς. καὶ οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, καὶ οὗτοι ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ εἰσί, καὶ ἐγὼ πρὸς σὲ ἔρχομαι. πάτερ ἅγιε, τήρησον αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ᾧ δέδωκάς μοι, ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν καθὼς ἡμεῖς. ὅτε ἤμην μετ᾽ αὐτῶν ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, ἐγὼ ἐτήρουν αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου· οὓς δέδωκάς μοι ἐφύλαξα, καὶ οὐδεὶς ἐξ αὐτῶν ἀπώλετο εἰ μὴ ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας, ἵνα ἡ γραφὴ πληρωθῇ. νῦν δὲ πρὸς σὲ ἔρχομαι, καὶ ταῦτα λαλῶ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἵνα ἔχωσι τὴν χαρὰν τὴν ἐμὴν πεπληρωμένην ἐν αὐτοῖς.

Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from John 17:1-13

At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.

"I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."


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Parish News and Events

Fellowship Hour

Today's Fellowship Hour is offered by the Elena Newman in honor of Presbytera's retirement.

Since some of us find hosting Fellowship Hour somewhat daunting, we are re-establishing our monthly Community Pot Luck Fellowship. These will take place on the last Sunday of the month, to coincide with our monthly Memorials. Everyone is invited to bring a dish, whether savory or sweet; the choice is up to you (that's the nature of a pot luck!). We will begin our Community Pot Luck on the last Sunday of July.

We are making a transition to the use of real plates, mugs and silverware and fasing out the use of styrofoam and plastic. We will also have today Fair Trade Coffee, that is, coffee from producers that pay a living wage to its workers on the coffee plantations. It is more expensive than regular coffee (which says something about how little their workers are paid!). If anyone would like to help fund this coffee, please see Father or Presbytera. All these things are the small things we can do as stormtroopers of the Kingdom of God, to be good stewards of our environment and help in a small way to bring justice to the poor.

The Feast of the Chinese Martyrs

Most people are not a aware that in 1900, during the Boxer Revolution in China, a group of Chinesse Orthodox Christians, including their priest Mitrophanes and his family, were martyred for their faith. We will be celebrating the Vespers of their feast, together with the Vespers of the Saturday of Souls, on Friday, June 10, at 5:00 pm. 

Saturday of Souls

Saturday, June 11, is our last Saturday of Souls for this year. Divine Liturgy will be at 10:00 am, followed by the general Memorial Service.

Name Day Vespers

Since Petecost Sunday is our Parish's Name Day, we will begin the celebration with Great Vespers and Artoklasia on Saturday, June 11, at 5:00 pm. Everyone is invited to celebrate at a Festive Fellowship Hour sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos.

Name Day Dinner

After Liturgy and the Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost there will be a Parish Family Gyro Name Day Dinner. This is a great opportunity as a Parish Family to celebrate our Name Day. The dinner is free, although we do ask a free will offering to help cover the cost of the meal.

June Greek Meal to Go

You are invited to enjoy another Greek Dinner to Go from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 68 North State St., Concord. Pick-up on Sunday, June 12, 2022; cut off date for ordering is Wednesday, June 8. Our June offering is Traditional Greek Gyro, Fries, and Salad. The price is $15 per meal. To order either call 603-953-3051 or email: ordermygreekfood@gmail.com or on our website: www.holytrinitynh.org (click on the contribution link to the right). You can pay on line at the website, send in the check to the church, or bring the money when you pick up the meal. Thank you for your support. Kali Orexi! Good Appetite! 

Introduction to Orthodoxy
Because of a scheduling conflict, there is no Introduction to Orthodoxy this week. We will resume our class next Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

 

Help the IOCC help the Situation in Ukraine

 

There are canisters on each table in our Church Hall to receive your generous donations which will be sent to the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to help in their relief efforts in Ukraine. Remember--the food that you do not eat during Lent belongs to those who have nothing to eat. Your donation can help those who have been displaced and who have lost everything in the conflict.

 

Please Remember the Poor

For your information, the following items are always needed for the Blessing Bags: black socks, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, dental floss, showergel or soap, kleenex, hand santizer, metal safety blanket, comb, and granola bars. The starred items are especially needed now in order to put more bags together. You are also invited to add a little something, like a Dunkin' gift card or a small monetary donation. Please make sure to stock up on the Blessing Bags, which can be found in the Church Hall, to benefit the poor and homeless whom we often find begging at intersections. May God bless your generosity!

On-Line Giving

Your consistent offering of your Stewardship each month will be an enormous help to get us through this summer slump. The easiest and most consistent way to do this is by having your Stewardship given automatically each month. Please go to our website (www.holytrinitynh.org); in the upper right hand corner (of each page!) you will find the link to make your monthly contribution. You can also use this link for other contributions to the parish, such as candles and trays, especially if you prefer not to handle cash. Thank you for your generosity and making sure we are able to serve you throughout the whole year to the glory of God!

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Parish Events of the Week

Sunday, June 5--Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

9:00 am--Orthros

10:00 am--DIvine Liturgy

 

Tuesday, June 7

7:30 pm--Bible Study, The Wisdom of Solomon

 

Friday, June 10

5:00 pm--Great Vespers of Saturday of Souls and the Chinese Martyrs

 

Saturday, June 11--Saturday of Souls

10:00 am--Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service

5:00 pm--Great Vespers of Pentecost--Name Day Vespers followed by Festive Fellowship

 

Sunday, June 12--Holy Pentecost

9:00 am--Orthros

10:00 am--Divine Liturgy with Kneeling Prayers

Followed by Name Day Gyro Sit Down Dinner

 

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Bulletin Inserts

    Greek Dinner to Go

    Greek Dinner to Go

    June Dinner to Go: Gyro, Fries, Salad. $15 per meal. Pick up June 12 between 12 and 1.


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