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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-12-04
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (540) 362-3601
  • Fax:
  • (540) 362-3638
  • Street Address:

  • 30 Huntington Blvd. N.E.

  • Roanoke, VA 24012


Contact Information



Services Schedule

Sunday Services: Orthros 9:00am / Divine Liturgy 10:00am


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News & Information

Upcoming Special Feast Days

Tuesday - December 6
Feast of St Nicholas

Monday - December 12

Feast of St Spyridon

Saturday - December 24 - Eve of Nativity
Orthros - 6:00pm
Divine Liturgy (St. John Chrysostom) - 7:00pm
Coffee & Christmas Carols in the Hall - 8:00 pm


Sunday - December 25 - 7:00am
Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity (St. Basil)
Fast Free Period Begins


 

Philoptochos
Sunday, December 4th - Philoptochos meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Thursday, December 8th at 7pm - This is a onetime showing at the Regal Valley View Grande (Roanoke) and Regal New River Valley (Christiansburg) for the movie Smyrna.  Smyrna recounts the historical incidents and facts that preceded and occurred during the occupation of Smyrna in 1922 by the Turkish army, including the massacre of the local Greek and Armenian population, are recounted through the lives of the Baltatzis family members.  More information:  https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/02/smyrna-movie-big-screen-us/

This Sunday
Celebration of Saint Barbara this Sunday, December 4th during the Fellowship Time after Liturgy. Find out how St. Barbara is celebrated all over the Christian world. She is especially popular in Lebanon, and we will enjoy Lebanese treats, music, and an activity.

Parish Council
Cast your vote this Sunday!  A reminder that Parish Council Elections are this Sunday. Please check with Naji, Wendy, Andy or Georgia if you're unsure of your eligibility to vote.

Nativity Luncheon
The Hellenic Club will host a Christmas Lenten Potluck Luncheon on Sunday, December 18.  If you are able to bring a lenten dish, side or dessert, please sign-up in the Fellowship Hall.  As part of our festivities on that day, we will also have a Tacky/Funny Christmas Sweater Contest.  Prizes will be awarded to one adult and one child for the tackiest/funniest Christmas sweater.  We invite our parishioners to attend as we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of Christ. If you have any questions, please contact Frances Simopoulos at 434.851.6830 or francessimopoulos@gmail.com.

There will be no separate email from Fr Nick this weekend

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Baklava
Baklava for sale in the church hall  this Sunday through the holidays!
Prices:  Tsoureki loaf - (sold out!) / Baklava (4 pieces) - $10

Contact for Announcements:  Church Office


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Welcome to All Visitors!
Please join us for fellowship in the Church Hall immediately following the Divine Liturgy. For those visiting an Orthodox Church for the first time, please be aware that Holy Communion is a sign of unity of faith, which is only offered to Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians. All present are welcomed to come forward and receive the antidoron (or blessed bread) which is distributed at the end of the service. For those interested in learning more about the Orthodox Christian faith, please feel free to speak with the priest after the service.

Prayers and Offerings
Click this link to download the Prayer Card PDF in PDF format which can be printed and filled in by hand use with the use of 'Fill and Sign'. Use this when offering prosphora, for memorial services, or for prayer requests in general.  

Office Hours: Fr Nick is keeping office hours on Mondays between 9:00am-2:30pm.  But, please call ahead for an appointment if possible.

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5.

Brethren, before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate; but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe. But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.


Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

So great an evil is envy. For not against strangers only, but even against our own, is it ever warring.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

And yet here He speaks only; whereas elsewhere in many cases He heals by laying on of hands also. But nevertheless none of these things made them meek; rather, while the man was healed, they by his health became worse. For His desire indeed was to cure them before him, and He tried innumerable ways of healing, both by what He did in their presence, and by what He said: but since their malady after all was incurable, He proceeded to the work.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Great Martyr Barbara in the Fourth Mode

Let us honour Saint Barbara, for she hath broken the snares of the enemy; and like a sparrow, she, the all-modest maiden, was delivered out of them by the help and weapon of the Cross.

Apolytikion for John of Damascus in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, luminary of the world, God-inspired adornment of monastics, O wise John, by thy teachings thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion of the Holy Trinity in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ πανσόφους τοὺς ἁλιεῖς ἀναδείξας, καταπέμψας αὐτοῖς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν τὴν οἰκουμένην σαγηνεύσας, φιλάνθρωπε, δόξα σοι.

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 is ever drawn. O Loving God, Glory to You.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
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