Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2019-04-21
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Holy Trinity Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (740) 282-9835
  • Fax:
  • (740) 282-2091
  • Street Address:

  • 300 South Fourth Street

  • Steubenville, OH 43952
  • Mailing Address:

  • P.O. Box 788

  • Steubenville, OH 43952

Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


Saints and Feasts

April 21

Palm Sunday

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: "Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.

The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ's victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means "Save, I pray," or "Save, now." The foal of an ass, and Jesus' sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.

April 21

The Holy Hieromartyr Januarius and Those With Him

These Martyrs contested for piety's sake in Campania of Italy, during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), when Timothy was Proconsul. Saint Januarius was the Bishop of Benevento in Campania; he was arrested and taken to Nola, where he was cast into a burning furnace, from which he came forth unharmed; at Puteoli, together with Proculus, Sosius, and Faustus the deacons, Desiderius, reader of the Church of Benevento, and Eurychius and Acutius, nobles from Puteoli, he was cast to wild beasts, which as they came near the Saints, fell affectionately at their feet. Finally they were all beheaded, about the year 305.

April 21

Alexandra the Martyr

Martyr Alexandra, the Empress and wife of Emperor Diocletion, was so impressed by the courage and martyrdom of St George that she became a Christian and fell under the same persecution. She also was condemned to be beheaded but when she arrived at the place of execution she asked to be allowed to sit down. Her request was granted. She sat down and died quietly before the executioners could carry out their task. Her feast day is 21 April.


Hymns of the Day

Second Antiphon in the First Tone

Save us, O Son of God, seated on a donkey's colt, we sing to You. Alleluia.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Tone

To confirm the general resurrection before Your Passion, You resurrected Lazarus from the dead, O Christ our God. Therefore imitating the children, carrying the symbols of victory, we cry out to You the Victor over death: "Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are You, the One, who comes in the name of the Lord."

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Tone

We were buried with You through Baptism, O Christ our God, and thus by Your Resurrection we have been granted immortal life, and extolling You we cry aloud, "Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are You, the One who comes in the name of the Lord."

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Tone

In heaven upon the throne, on earth upon the colt, You were carried, O Christ our God; and the praise of the Angels, and the hymns of the children, You received as they cried to You, "Blessed are You, the One, who is coming to call Adam back again."

Megalynarion in the First Tone

God is the Lord, and He appeared to us. O Christians, appoint a feast, and with exultant joy come and let us magnify the Christ, waving our palm-leaves and branches, crying aloud in hymns: "Blessed is the One who comes: in the name of the Lord our Savior."

Communion Hymn in the First Tone

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Alleluia.

Wisdom of the Fathers

But observe the wisdom of the Evangelist, how he is not ashamed to parade their former ignorance. That it was written they knew, that it was written of Him they knew not. For it would have offended them if He being a King were about to suffer such things, and be so betrayed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century

Besides, they could not at once have taken in the knowledge of the Kingdom of which He spake; for another Evangelist saith, that they thought the words were spoken of a kingdom of this world. (Matt. xx. 21.)
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century


Weekly Calendar

  • Weekly Calendar

    April 21 to May 6, 2019

    Sunday, April 21


    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Liturgy

    12:00PM Luncheon

    6:30PM Bridegroom Service

    Monday, April 22


    6:30PM Bridegroom Service

    Tuesday, April 23


    6:30PM Bridegroom Service

    Wednesday, April 24


    9:00AM Presanctified Lit

    2:30PM Holy Unction

    6:30PM Bridegroom Service w/Anointing

    Thursday, April 25


    8:00AM Vesperal Liturgy

    10:00AM Egg Dying

    6:30PM 12 Gospels

    11:00PM Service of the First Hour & All-Night Vigil

    Friday, April 26


    8:30AM 9th Hour Service

    9:00AM Epitaphio Dec.

    2:30PM Apokatheilosis

    6:15PM Trisagion

    6:30PM Lamentations

    Saturday, April 27


    8:00AM Vesperal Liturgy

    10:30PM Resurrectional Orthros

    11:15PM Paschal Liturgy

    Sunday, April 28


    11:00AM Agape Vespers With Egg Hunt Following

    Wednesday, May 1

    9:00AM Office Hours

    6:00PM Resurrectional Orthros

    Thursday, May 2

    8:00AM Cook Ziti

    Friday, May 3

    8:00AM Orthros&Liturgy - Zoodochos Peghe

    8:00AM Cook Pastitsio Sauce

    Saturday, May 4

    8:00AM Assemble Pastitsio

    Sunday, May 5

    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Liturgy

    Monday, May 6

    National APC Meeting, HCHC - Brookline, MA - Fr. Nick Away


News and Events

WEEKLY BULLETIN – April 21, 2019
Palm Sunday

Welcome to all visitors! Everyone is welcome in the Orthodox Church and may receive the blessed bread (antidoron) at the end of the service; but only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Hunter Adkins, Flora Alexander, James Demitras, Sophia Diamond, Alex & Marie Kamarados, Nick Kirlangitis, George Maragos, Mary McElhaney, Anna Moten, Stella Panagis, George Parikakis, Irene Petrides, Chuck Rangos, Jim Ritter

(If you have names to add or remove from this list, please contact the church office.

Today’s fellowship hour will be a fish luncheon provided by the Philoptochos ladies.

There will be a Bridegroom Service here at Holy Trinity tonight at 6:30 pm. Please join us.

We have Easter bread still available for sale during today’s fellowship. If you are interested in purchasing a loaf, the price is $8.00. Please buy yours before they are gone.

Strict Fast – All Week


Monday, April 22, HOLY MONDAY
  6:30 P.M.        Bridegroom Service

Tuesday, April 23, HOLY TUESDAY
  6:30 P.M.        Bridegroom Service

Wednesday, April 24, HOLY WEDNESDAY
  9:00 A.M.        Presanctified Liturgy
  2:30 P.M.        Holy Unction
  6:30 P.M.        Bridegroom Service with

Thursday, April 25, HOLY THURSDAY
  8:00 A.M.        Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
10:00 A.M.        Egg dyeing
  6:30 P.M.        Service of 12 Gospels
11:00 P.M.        Service of the 1st Hour & All Night Vigil

Friday, April 26, HOLY FRIDAY
  8:30 A.M.        9th Hour Service
  9:00 A.M.        Decorating of Epitaphio
11:00 A.M.        Youth Retreat
  2:30 P.M.        Apokatheilosis
  6:15 P.M.        Trisagion
  6:30 P.M.        Lamentations

Saturday, April 27, HOLY SATURDAY
  8:00 A.M.        Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
10:30 P.M.        Orthros of the Resurrection
11:15 P.M.        Paschal Liturgy (Agape Meal to Follow)


April 28 – HOLY PASCHA

11:00 A.M.    Agape Vespers w/ Egg hunt


We will have one baking day for the month of April:
            Souzoukakia                 April 30
Please make note of the date; make every attempt to attend and help for the festival and the Philoptochos.

The Roof Project Dedication Luncheon is scheduled for May 5, 2019, at 11:30 A.M. It will be held at the Hellenic Hall, 300 South 4th Street, Steubenville, Oh. It is our desire to show appreciation to each of you for your kindness and generosity towards the roof repairs.

Please RSVP soon as possible by calling 740-282-9835 or by emailing to office@holytrinitystb.org. RSVP’s are due by April 29.

The 6th Annual St. Photios Awards Banquet is scheduled for May 11, 2019.  It will be held at The Double tree Hotel in Cranberry, Pa. (910 Sheraton Drive) with hors d'oeuvres at 4:00 P.M. and dinners at 5:15 P.M. Come and show your support to Irene Petrides and Dr. Paul Mastros as our 2019 honorees.



On Holy Thursday morning following Liturgy, we will be dyeing the eggs for the Pascha Service. All hands are welcome and needed to prepare. Please come at 10:00 A.M and offer your time. Thank you!

On Holy Thursday night, we will be having an All-Night Vigil by the Cross of our Lord starting at 11:00 P.M. Although the program is geared towards the GOYANS, everyone is welcome to participate.  Parents: Please come and stay for a portion of the night as well.

On Holy Friday, we will be decorating the Epitaphio starting at 9:00 A.M. All are welcome and needed to decorate the tomb of our Lord.

On Holy Friday, we will be having our Annual JOY/HOPE Holy Friday Retreat starting at 11:00 A.M. with lunch.  All children from grades K-6 are welcome to attend.  Children younger than kindergarten are asked that a parent stay with them for the duration of the Retreat.

Holy Week is upon us. The schedules are available in The Net and at the pangari. In addition to being invited to attend all the services, please be aware that special help is needed for some of the times and services of Holy Week: Holy Wednesday (setting up the church after Unction); (some are mentioned above); Holy Saturday morning (reading the 15 Old Testament readings); Sunday of Pascha’s Agape Vespers (various languages for the reading of the Gospel). Please come and help in any way you can!