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Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2023-01-29
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Holy Trinity Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (978) 458-8092
  • Fax:
  • (978) 970-0935
  • Street Address:

  • 62 Lewis Street

  • Lowell, MA 01854
  • Mailing Address:

  • 62 Lewis Street

  • Lowell, MA 01854


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Summer Hours: Orthros:  8:00am     Divine Liturgy:  9:00am
Winter Hours Begin on Sunday September 18th, Orthros 9:00am, Divine Liturgy 10am
Sunday Fellowship: following Divine Liturgy


Past Bulletins


Today's Calendar

Parish Council Members on Duty:  Althea Harrington, Bob Kefalas, George Meltsakos & Bill Piskopanis
Fellowship Coffee Hour:  hosted by Jill Cricones and George Tgibedes in memory of their friend, Miguel Zapata
Philoptochos Spaghetti Luncheon:  Tickets on sale during Fellowship Hour today and February 5 & 12 for Philoptochos Spaghetti Luncheon on February 19, 2023
Three Hierarchs – Greek Letters Day Program at Hellenic Cultural Center today at 1:00pm
Message from HAA principal Mary Frances Tintle:
The Hellenic American Academy invites all to attend the special program for the celebration of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day. All students from Preschool to Grade 6 will participate.  We also encourage all families to attend the Divine Liturgy January 30 at 10AM
The Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian, is also an anniversary to celebrate the learning, culture and language of Greece... what we call "Greek Letters."
This elegant expression, which graces the frieze of the façade on the Gennadius Library in Athens, could have been spoken by any of the Three Hierarchs; for they understood Paideia as an all-encompassing summation of education, expression and civilization. But the Hierarchs would have gone one step further. They could have also easily said: "Those who partake of our Faith are called Christians."
In both cases, the idea of participation in the milieu of Orthodox Christianity and Hellenism is what brings a person into that identity. It is what we mean by "baptism," and why baptism by immersion is so important. To immerse oneself in the Gospel or in Paideia is to become suffused with their teachings and spirit. For those who call themselves, "Greek 2 Orthodox," there is neither confusion of the traditions, nor is there a contradiction between the two. The Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs is a testimony to the symphony that emerges when all the elements of each are manifested in harmony and concord.

 

 

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Weekly Calendar

Monday, January 30: Divine Liturgy - Three Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, Τών Τριών Ιεραρχών, Βασιλείου του Μεγάλου, Γρηγορίου του Θεολόγου και Ιωάννου του Χρυσοστόμου
Thursday, February 2: Divine Liturgy -The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, Ή Υπαπαντή του Κυρίου
Sunday, February 5:  Go Red for Women and their Hearthealth
Archepiscopal Encyclical on the 2023 Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters
Beloved Brethren in Christ,
The Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian, is also an anniversary to celebrate the learning, culture and language of Greece — what we call “Greek Letters.” The inscription cited above is adapted from the Panegyricus of the renowned rhetorician, Isocrates (436-338 BCE).
This elegant expression, which graces the frieze of the façade on the Gennadius Library in Athens, could have been spoken by any of the Three Hierarchs; for they understood Paideia as an all-encompassing summation of education, expression and civilization. But the Hierarchs would have gone one step further. They could have also easily said: “Those who partake of our Faith are called Christians.”
In both cases, the idea of participation in the milieu of Orthodox Christianity and Hellenism is what brings a person into that identity. It is what we mean by “baptism,” and why baptism by immersion is so important. To immerse oneself in the Gospel or in Paideia is to become suffused with their teachings and spirit. For those who call themselves, “Greek 2 Orthodox,” there is neither confusion of the traditions, nor is there a contradiction between the two. The Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs is a testimony to the symphony that emerges when all the elements of each are manifested in harmony and concord.
Therefore, my beloved Greek Orthodox Christians, let us celebrate all the ways that these three Luminaries of our Paideia and Faith confirm the unity of our spiritual and historical paths. And let us partake of the riches of each, thus becoming ourselves, “partakers of the Divine Nature” (II Peter 1:4).
With paternal love in Christ Jesus,
† ELPIDOPHOROS
Archbishop of America
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Announcements

New Church Office Hours:  The Church Office is now open to our parishioners and visitors. Office Hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00am - 1:00pm and Friday 8:00am-11am.  Please use the side entrance and ring the door bell. If you prefer to use the elevator entrance, call the office upon arrival to be let in.

Upcoming Church Services: Unless, otherwise specified:  Orthros 9:00am, Divine Liturgy 10am
Friday, February 10: St. Haralambos the Martyr, Τού Αγίου Μάρτυρος Χαραλαμπου 
Saturday, February 18: 1st Saturday of the Souls - Ψυχοσάββατο
Saturday, February 25: 2nd Saturday of the Souls - Ψυχοσάββατο
Saturday, March 4: 3rd  Saturday of the Souls - Ψυχοσάββατο
Philoptochos News:
Tuesday, February 7 at 6:15pm:  General Meeting in the Church Hall
Sunday, February 19:  Spaghetti Luncheon at the Hellenic Cultural Center following Divine Liturgy  Spaghetti & Meatballs, salad & Greek dessert    Adults $20     Children(under 12) $10
This year, the event is not only a fund raiser for the 2023 Scholarship Fund but also for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.   Food insecurity is a year-round challenge for many families in the Greater Lowell area.  Our parish, with the support of HAA students, had a successful food drive in the fall for the Food Bank, followed by monetary donations to all local food banks from Philoptochos at Christmas. In a continuation of these efforts, the table centerpieces at the Spaghetti Luncheon will be comprised of non-perishable goods which will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.  If any attendees would like to help in this effort, an envelope will be placed with each centerpiece for donations.
To Purchase tickets: On sale during Fellowship Coffee Hour on Sunday, Jan. 29, Feb. 5 & 12, Mail check by February 10th to: Holy Trinity Philoptochos 62 Lewis St. Lowell, MA  01854, Venmo to: @holytrinityphiloptochoslowell- or Contact Vivian Panagakis at vivitsa@verizon.net or 978-888-5945.  Reserved seating for tables of 8-10 available, upon request, for meals paid by February 10th.
January 08 -February 23, 2023 - Philoptochos Winter Appeal on behalf of The Wish Project Colletion Items include: Liquid hand soap, body wash, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, kitchen sponges, kitchen size 13 gallon trash bags, gallon size zip lock bags, baby wipes and diapers in sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6
General Assembly - Sunday, February 26:  Our parish's General Assembly will take place after Divine Liturgy.  Details to follow in a subsequent bulletin.
Movie Night - Junior Orthodox Youth (JOY) Ages 7-11 on Friday, March 036:00pm - 9:15pm  in the church hall. Join us!
 - 1st Salutations to the Theotokos 6:00pm - 7:15pm
-  "Bad Guys" movie & Snacks 7:30pm – 9:15pm
RSVP by February 28th:  Panayiota Anastasiadis  Panayiota.anastasiadis@gmail.com
JOY Junior Orthodox Youth Ages 7-11  The goal of the JOY ministry is to lead our young people into experiencing the Holy Orthodox Faith. By laying a foundation of faith at this age, our young people will have something that will guide and strengthen them as they progress into Junior High and High School.
Hellenic American Academy News  hellenicaa.org
This past week,HAA staff and students were honored to welcome the students from the Mantoulides Educational Schools and Moraitis School – Thessaloniki-GR as part of their educational trip to the Boston area.  The group is participating in the Harvard Model United Nations(HMUN), a four-day international relations simulation, for high school students held annually in downtown Boston. At HMUN, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of world leaders and international decision-makers. HMUN is an exciting opportunity for young leaders to debate the most pressing issues of the day and to draft innovative, creative solutions. Participants will develop several skills throughout this process, including but not limited to: public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, and policy crafting.
HAA staff are in the process of planning an open house to recruit new families to our school. Once the details are complete that information will be shared with you. Please help us spread the word to family and friends that we are always taking new registrations for all grade levels.  Hellenic American Academy invites you and your child to visit our school for a tour and observe our classes in session. We are open daily and welcome any and all questions.  We believe education is a partnership between school, parents and children. We feel that the combination of spiritual values and excellence in academics will develop a student’s ability to live a responsible, competent and emphatic life.  
Scholarship Opportunities
2022-2023 PanHellenic Scholarship: All applications & materials must be submitted by January 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST. https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply
Metropolis of Boston Scholarship Opportunities: St. George’s Hellenic Benefit Society of Tsamantas of Worcester, MA and the Charles C. Condes Family of Chicago, IL are administered under the auspices of the Metropolis of Boston.   https://boston.goarch.org/ministries/scholarships/
Metropolis of Boston Camp News:  metropolisofbostoncamp.org/winter-camp-2023   Summer Camp:  STAFF APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW! Come be part of something great this Summer at the Metropolis of Boston Camp. Apply by March 1 at metropolisofbostoncamp.org

   Pastoral Visits

Please call the Church Office at 978 458-8092 to arrange a hospital, nursing home or shut-in visit by Fr. Nick.  Health care facilities are unable to contact us because oof HIPAA regulations.
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SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, April 9, 2023: Palm Sundy Fish Dinnerdetails will follow in next week's bulletin.
Saturday, April 29, 2023:  HAA PTA Presents:  A Night of Comedy with Ellen Karis - The Greek Goddess of Comedy!  To purchase tickets please follow this link: tickets: https://www.facebook.com/HellenicAmericanAcademyPtao
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, June 16-18, 2023:  Holy Trinity “Greek Festival”
Tuesday, October 10, 2023:  Holy Trinity Golf Tournament

 

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. 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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 75.11,1.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 6:16-18, 7:1.

Ἀδελφοί, ὑμεῖς ἐστε ναὸς Θεοῦ ζῶντος, καθὼς εἶπεν ὁ θεός ὅτι Ἐνοικήσω ἐν αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐμπεριπατήσω· καὶ ἔσομαι αὐτῶν θεός, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔσονταί μοι λαός. Διὸ, Ἐξέλθετε ἐκ μέσου αὐτῶν καὶ ἀφορίσθητε, λέγει κύριος, καὶ ἀκαθάρτου μὴ ἅπτεσθε· κἀγὼ εἰσδέξομαι ὑμᾶς, καὶ ἔσομαι ὑμῖν εἰς πατέρα, καὶ ὑμεῖς ἔσεσθέ μοι εἰς υἱοὺς καὶ θυγατέρας, λέγει κύριος παντοκράτωρ. Ταύτας οὖν ἔχοντες τὰς ἐπαγγελίας, ἀγαπητοί, καθαρίσωμεν ἑαυτοὺς ἀπὸ παντὸς μολυσμοῦ σαρκὸς καὶ πνεύματος, ἐπιτελοῦντες ἁγιωσύνην ἐν φόβῳ θεοῦ.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.

Sunday of the Canaanite
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 15:21-28

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐξελθὼν ἐκεῖθεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὰ μέρη Τύρου καὶ Σιδῶνος. καὶ ἰδοὺ γυνὴ Χαναναία ἀπὸ τῶν ὁρίων ἐκείνων ἐξελθοῦσα ἐκραύγαζεν αὐτῷ λέγουσα· ἐλέησόν με, Κύριε, υἱὲ Δαυΐδ· ἡ θυγάτηρ μου κακῶς δαιμονίζεται. ὁ δὲ οὐκ ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῇ λόγον. καὶ προσελθόντες οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἠρώτων αὐτὸν λέγοντες· ἀπόλυσον αὐτήν, ὅτι κράζει ὄπισθεν ἡμῶν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· οὐκ ἀπεστάλην εἰ μὴ εἰς τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἀπολωλότα οἴκου ᾿Ισραήλ. ἡ δὲ ἐλθοῦσα προσεκύνησεν αὐτῷ λέγουσα· Κύριε, βοήθει μοι. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· οὐκ ἔστι καλὸν λαβεῖν τὸν ἄρτον τῶν τέκνων καὶ βαλεῖν τοῖς κυναρίοις. ἡ δὲ εἶπε· ναί, Κύριε· καὶ γὰρ τὰ κυνάρια ἐσθίει ἀπὸ τῶν ψυχίων τῶν πιπτόντων ἀπὸ τῆς τραπέζης τῶν κυρίων αὐτῶν. τότε ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῇ· ὦ γύναι, μεγάλη σου ἡ πίστις! γενηθήτω σοι ὡς θέλεις. καὶ ἰάθη ἡ θυγάτηρ αὐτῆς ἀπὸ τῆς ὥρας ἐκείνης.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

O Merciful One, You came from on high, and condescended to Your three day burial to save us from suffering. You are our Life and our Resurrection. Glory to You.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Relics of Ignatius the Godbearer in the Fourth Mode

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Ignatius. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Καί τρόπων μέτοχος, καί θρόνων διάδοχος, τών Αποστόλων γενόμενος, τήν πράξιν εύρες Θεόπνευστε, εις θεωρίας επίβασιν, διά τούτο τόν λόγον τής αληθείας ορθοτομών, καί τή πίστει ενήθλησας μέχρις αίματος, Ιερομάρτυς Ιγνάτιε, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου, καὶ χείρας τοῦ Συμεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νὺν ἔσωσας ἡμᾶς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ' εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέμοις τὸ πολίτευμα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς ἠγάπησας, ὁ μόνος φιλάνθρωπος.
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Archdiocese News

Ecumenical Prayer Service 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

01/11/2023

cumenical Prayer Service 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Registration for all programs of Ionian Village 2023 opens this Saturday, January 21st at 12pm EST on ionianvillage.org!!!

01/19/2023

Registration for all programs of Ionian Village 2023 opens this Saturday, January 21st at 12pm EST on ionianvillage.org!!!

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc featured on Trinitas TV

01/19/2023

Trinitas television, the only television station broadcasting 24/7 within the Orthodox world, and established under the initiative of Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church, interviewed Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc about Scripture in Orthodoxy.

2023 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Directory Now Available

01/13/2023

may be downloaded as a pdf and used as a digital book on tablets, smart phones and other devices.
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Saints and Feasts

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January 30

Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

This common feast of these three teachers was instituted a little before the year 1100, during the reign of the Emperor Alexis I Comnenus, because of a dispute and strife that arose among the notable and virtuous men of that time. Some of them preferred Basil, while others preferred Gregory, and yet others preferred John Chrysostom, quarreling among themselves over which of the three was the greatest. Furthermore, each party, in order to distinguish itself from the others, assumed the name of its preferred Saint; hence, they called themselves Basilians, Gregorians, or Johannites. Desiring to bring an end to the contention, the three Saints appeared together to the saintly John Mavropous, a monk who had been ordained Bishop of Euchaita, a city of Asia Minor, they revealed to him that the glory they have at the throne of God is equal, and told him to compose a common service for the three of them, which he did with great skill and beauty. Saint John of Euchaita (celebrated Oct. 5) is also the composer of the Canon to the Guardian Angel, the Protector of a Man's Life. In his old age, he retired from his episcopal see and again took up the monastic life in a monastery in Constantinople. He reposed during the reign of the aforementioned Emperor Alexis Comnenus (1081-1118).


Unmercenaries
January 31

Cyrus & John the Unmercenaries

These Saints lived during the years of Diocletian. Saint Cyrus was from Alexandria, and Saint John was from Edessa of Mesopotamia. Because of the persecution of that time, Cyrus fled to the Gulf of Arabia, where there was a small community of monks. John, who was a soldier, heard of Cyrus' fame and came to join him. Henceforth, they passed their life working every virtue, and healing every illness and disease freely by the grace of Christ; hence their title of "Unmercenaries." They heard that a certain woman, named Athanasia, had been apprehended together with her three daughters, Theodora, Theoctiste, and Eudoxia, and taken to the tribunal for their confession of the Faith. Fearing lest the tender young maidens be terrified by the torments and renounce Christ, they went to strengthen them in their contest in martyrdom; therefore they too were seized. After Cyrus and John and those sacred women had been greatly tormented, all were beheaded in the year 292. Their tomb became a renowned shrine in Egypt, and a place of universal pilgrimage. It was found in the area of the modern day resort near Alexandria named Abu Kyr.


Preslord
February 02

The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

When the most pure Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary's forty days of purification had been fulfilled, she took her first-born Son to Jerusalem on this, the fortieth day after His birth, that she might present Him in the temple according to the Law of Moses, which teaches that every first-born male child be dedicated to God, and also that she might offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons, as required by the Law (Luke 2:22-24; Exod. 13:2; Lev. 12:6-8). On this same day, a just and devout man, the greatly aged Symeon, was also present in the temple, being guided by the Holy Spirit. For a long time, this man had been awaiting the salvation of God, and he had been informed by divine revelation that he would not die until he beheld the Lord's Christ. Thus, when he beheld Him at that time and took Him up into his aged arms, he gave glory to God, singing: "Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master. . ." And he confessed that he would close his eyes joyfully, since he had seen the Light of revelation for the nations and the Glory of Israel (Luke 2:25-32). From ancient times, the Holy Church has retained this tradition of the churching of the mother and new-born child on the fortieth day and of the reading of prayers of purification.

The Apodosis of the Feast of the Meeting in the Temple is usually on the 9th of February. This, however, may vary if the Feast falls within the period of the Triodion. Should this occur, the Typicon should be consulted for specific information concerning the Apodosis of the Feast.


Symeongodreceiver
February 03

Symeon the God-Receiver, Anna the Prophetess

Yesterday we celebrated the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple; today we honor the righteous Elder Symeon and Prophetess Anna, who prophesied concerning Him by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and were the first in Jerusalem to receive Him as the Messiah.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

She had a great perfection of faith. She had no uncertainty about His divine majesty. She had no small measure of the virtue of patience. Yet the pitying Physician of the pitiful disdained her petitions. He kept her waiting for answer in order to demonstrate to us the perseverence of this woman that we can always imitate. She had the characteristics of constancy and humility. She willingly embraced the indignity she received, and even confirmed the Lord`s statement. This woman rightly signifies the faith and devotion of the Church gathered from the nations
Saint Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216, 217.

He kept her waiting for an answer in order to declare that the minds of His disciples should also be merciful. As human beings they were ashamed of the clamor of the woman as she pursued them publicly, but He Himself knew the character of His mercy.
St. Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216

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