Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2020-08-30
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Holy Trinity Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (207) 783-6795
  • Fax:
  • (207) 783-6795
  • Street Address:

  • 155 Hogan Rd.

  • Lewiston, ME 04240
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 1344

  • Lewiston, ME 04243-1344

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services

Orthros 9:00 AM

Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

Weekday Services

       please check Parish Calendar for scheduled Holy Day Services




Past Bulletins

Holy Trinity News


Sunday, August 30, 2020

12th Sunday of Matthew

IB' Κυριακή του Ματθαΐου

  Orthos 9:00AM followed by the Divine Liturgy 10:00AM οn Facebook Live

or on YouTube following the conclusion of the service

Άγιοι Αλέξανδρος, Πατριάρχες Κωνσταντινούπολης

Alexander, Patriarchs of Constantinople


Announcements for Week of August 9th:

Commemorated today: 

 The Church is now open for up to 50 people.  Masks must be worn at all times, while in the church.  Please bring your own mask and sanitzers to clean any areas that you may touch.  Please review the guidelines, which include the mandates from the State of Maine for Religious gatherings. 

Holy Days this Week:

  • Monday August 31:  Placing Sash of Theotokos
  • Tuesday, September 1:  Indiction - Ecclesiastical New Yea; Symeon the Stylite
  • Wednesday, September2:  Martyr Mamas; John the Abstainer
  • Thursday, September 3:  Hiermortyr Anthimos; New Martyr Polydoros
  • Friday, September 4:  Heromartyr Babylas; Prophet Moses
  • Saturday, September 5:  Prophet Zachyrias; Martyr Medimnos

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Upcoming Events & Services:

Monday, September 7:  6:30PM Vespers for Nativity of the Theotokos

Tuesday, September 8:  Nativity of Theotokos 8:00AM Orthos|9:00AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 12:  Greek Festival

Monday, September 14:  Elevation of the Cross 8:00AM Orthos|9:00AM Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 28:  Parish Council Meeting @ 6:30pm

All Services Live on Facebook :  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Lewiston, Maine

Also recorded on YouTube Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Text for Services can be found at

Services for Sunday, August 30Orthos & Divine Liturgy

Live Liturgical Services:

Daily recorded and services are also available on

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Other News

Lewiston Auburn Greek Festival 2020


Hello Everyone-
Our Greek Festival To Go is TWO WEEKS away! Things seem to be falling into place. Here’s where we stand.
🇬🇷 The Festival is on Saturday, September 12 from 11 am to 7 pm.
🇬🇷 We are offering a limited menu of Spanakopita, Gyros (meat or vegetarian), Greek Fries, and Baklava. Food is a la carte, and prices range fro $5-$10, the most expensive item being a 5-pack of baklava. It is strictly a drive-thru event, first come, first serve. There is no advance ordering. Payment can be made by credit card, check, or cash. Workers will be masked and gloved.
🇬🇷 Patrons will enter the parking lot from Hogan Rd, follow a designated lane to an Order station to complete a menu/order form and pay, then proceed to a Pick-up station, exiting via the driveway in front of the church. One-way traffic from beginning to end. 
🇬🇷 In addition to our flyers and signs at church and in the community, look for our Banner, which will be displayed early next week on Main St in Lewiston across from the Peck Building.
🇬🇷 Also look for our ads in the Sun Journal on Sunday, September 6 (Labor Day Weekend), and Friday, September 11.
🇬🇷 Friday, Sept 11 will be a setup day. Food will be prepped and Stations will be set up outside.
🇬🇷 We will not need as many workers as our usual Festival, but it could be a long day for those who do work. If you would like to help either day, please let me know.  * Please bring your own mask.
🇬🇷 Thanks to all those who have donated their time, talent, and dollars to the Festival effort.
Remember to pray for good weather!

Christine R

Festival Donations

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2020 Parish Council

John Carson, President

(714) 658-5867

Jaye Goulet, Vice President


Peter Vayanos Secretary

Stella Gammaitoni, Treasurer

David Legloahic, Asst. Treasurer

Steve Mihalakis

John Kroeger

Peter Mars

Dina Medouris

Roger Park

John Kesaris


Othneil Kroger

 Stefan  Kroger


Ladies' Society News


Christine Sirois, President

Dina Medouris, Vice President

Linda Simones, Secretary

Christine Rattey, Treasurer


Thank You


Dear Holy Trinity Family,

We all wish to express our gratitude to our entire Holy Trinity Family for the prayers, kindness, and comforting words that you have given us during the past week.  Most of all we thank you for having been part of the life of our mother and grandmother.  She loved our church very much and taught us that this IS our family.


Thank you all for being part of our lives,

The children and grandchildren of Florentia Mendros


Message from Fr. Jon


Pastoral Message


Priest’s Message

September 2020

On the Ecclesiastical New Year and New Beginnings

September 1 is the Ecclesiastical New Year!  This past year has challenged everyone.  Life during a pandemic is muted, cautious, and worrisome.  The good news for our community is that our area is doing fairly well and our Holy Trinity Church family has been spared.  Let us observe some challenges and the solutions.

Challenge – Multimedia usage

We were blessed to receive a good sound system via donation this summer.  The challenge is that Facebook Live does not transmit the sound properly. 


In the Ecclesiastical New Year (ENY) we will acquire a device that connects the sound board to the phone.  The good news is we will be back on the air soon.  This may take some adjusting, so please be patient. 

Also, we have the opportunity to develop our multimedia presence online.  Fr. Steven, who is an IT graphics design expert, has offered to help us set up a more permanent presence online!  With just three cameras and a laptop computer dedicated to broadcasting our liturgical life, we can have a regular and very polished presence on UTube.  This can be done with a minimum expense.  If you are interested in helping donate or helping with this ministry, please contact me.

Challenge – Liturgical Life at home and in church

Liturgy keeps us connected to God in a profound and grace filled way.  The new reality of Liturgical Life requires us to rethink and respond in a positive way.  The only universally accessible resources for Liturgical life are and the new Liturgy Hymnal.  Thus, our participation at home and at church are very much needed. 


In the ENY we are going to distribute a copy of the new Liturgy Hymnal to all who wish to have one.  This will be your own copy in which you can place your name in the front cover.  Please bring it with you to church or use it from home.  Initially, we will give one book to each adult and one book for the children of each family.  If we need to acquire more books in the future, please speak with me if you want to donate additional books.  Over time we will come to love and appreciate the effort made to produce the books and become very familiar with the text and music.  For those who must be at home, I have begun home visitations to bring communion to everyone.

Challenge – Sunday Church School / Youth Ministry

Covid19 has caused everyone to think of the safety and well-being of our youth.  At this writing, it is not responsible to place youth in very close proximity to one another, even with a mask.  Thus, Sunday Church School in a classroom setting is suspended until further notice.  The Sunday Church School must be transformed to accommodate social distancing and learning the Orthodox Faith from home. 


In the ENY, Stephan Kroger and I will be setting up hands on events with proper social distancing for youth and adults.  Some of these will be field trips on Saturdays or after church on Sunday.  Some will take place at church after Liturgy.  Most of the events will be family events with youth and adults participating.  All events will be announced and publicized ahead of time for maximum participation.  The one mountain hike event we did in July with the GOYA youth was well received and a joy to participate in.

My hope is to prepare a list of resources for parents/youth to further their education in our Orthodox Faith from home.  This can be a coordinated effort or self-paced study.

Challenge – Coffee Hour

In the ENY, we hope to spend time with each other in worship at Liturgy and in fellowship as well.  The challenge here is resetting the church hall in a social distancing manner and also having appropriate items offered after Liturgy.


We should reset the tables in pairs to keep social distance, wear masks when not drinking coffee or consuming food.  Our Holy Trinity church should consider acquiring healthy food items (no donuts) that are individually wrapped so we do not pass on contagious viruses or germs to another person.  These can be donated by everyone.  Some examples would be granola bars, small packages of nuts and healthy snack foods, individual breakfast bars, etc.  We are seeking out a blessing from His Eminence to restart this.  For the moment, let us continue to worship together and social distance in the parking lot.  The weather is delightful this time of year.

Challenge – Spiritual Growth in the Ecclesiastical New Year

Each year we strive to grow in life, faith and spiritual understanding.  The ENY we should seek out a good and reasonable goal to grow in Christ.


We can set a daily goal or a weekly goal that is easily placed into our schedules.  Some examples include: reading the daily Bible readings in our church calendar, setting aside 10 minutes in the morning and/or evening to pray with your icons, reading a good Orthodox spiritual classic (I have suggestions!), participation in a Bible study from home (I am working on some ideas!), etc.  This will bring joy and grace into our lives.

Happy Ecclesiastical New Year!

Love, Fr. Jon


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the mighty power of His arm. He trampled down death by death and became the firstborn of the dead. From the depths of Hades, He delivered us and granted to the world great mercy.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Apodosis of the Forerunner in the Second Mode

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner; for thou hast proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since thou was granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, thou didst rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades: that God hath appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.
Μνήμη δικαίου μέτ' ἐγκωμίων, σοὶ δὲ ἀρκέσει ἡ μαρτυρία τοῦ Κυρίου Πρόδρομε, ἀνεδείχθης γὰρ ὄντως καὶ Προφητῶν σεβασμιώτερος, ὅτι καὶ ἐν ῥείθροις βαπτίσαι κατηξιώθης τὸν κηρυττόμενον. Ὅθεν τῆς ἀληθείας ὑπεραθλήσας, χαίρων εὐηγγελίσω καὶ τοὶς ἐν ἅδῃ, Θεὸν φανερωθέντα ἐν σαρκί, τὸν αἴροντα τὴν ἁμαρτίαν τοῦ κόσμου, καὶ παρέχοντα ἡμῖν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."
Ιωακείμ καί Άννα όνειδισμού ατεκνίας, καί Αδάμ καί Εύα, εκ τής φθοράς τού θανάτου, ηλευθερώθησαν, Άχραντε, εν τή αγία γεννήσει σου, αυτήν εορτάζει καί ο λαός σου, ενοχής τών πταισμάτων, λυτρωθείς εν τώ κράζειν σοι, Η στείρα τίκτει τήν Θεοτόκον, καί τροφόν τής ζωής ημών.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 28:16-20

Οἱ δὲ ἕνδεκα μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, εἰς τὸ ὄρος οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς. καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν. καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· ἐδόθη μοι πᾶσα ἐξουσία ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς. πορευθέντες μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ῾Αγίου Πνεύματος, διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος. ἀμήν.

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

Epistle Reading

Προκείμενον. Third Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 46.6,1.
Ψάλατε τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν, ψάλατε.
Στίχ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη κροτήσατε χεῖρας.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους α' 15:1-11.

Ἀδελφοί, γνωρίζω δὲ ὑμῖν, ἀδελφοί, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον ὃ εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν, ὃ καὶ παρελάβετε, ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἑστήκατε, διʼ οὗ καὶ σῴζεσθε· τίνι λόγῳ εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν, εἰ κατέχετε, ἐκτὸς εἰ μὴ εἰκῇ ἐπιστεύσατε. Παρέδωκα γὰρ ὑμῖν ἐν πρώτοις, ὃ καὶ παρέλαβον, ὅτι Χριστὸς ἀπέθανεν ὑπὲρ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν κατὰ τὰς γραφάς. καὶ ὅτι ἐτάφη· καὶ ὅτι ἐγήγερται τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ κατὰ τὰς γραφάς· καὶ ὅτι ὤφθη Κηφᾷ, εἶτα τοῖς δώδεκα· ἔπειτα ὤφθη ἐπάνω πεντακοσίοις ἀδελφοῖς ἐφάπαξ, ἐξ ὧν οἱ πλείους μένουσιν ἕως ἄρτι, τινὲς δὲ καὶ ἐκοιμήθησαν· ἔπειτα ὤφθη Ἰακώβῳ, εἶτα τοῖς ἀποστόλοις πᾶσιν· ἔσχατον δὲ πάντων, ὡσπερεὶ τῷ ἐκτρώματι, ὤφθη κἀμοί. Ἐγὼ γάρ εἰμι ὁ ἐλάχιστος τῶν ἀποστόλων, ὃς οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς καλεῖσθαι ἀπόστολος, διότι ἐδίωξα τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τοῦ θεοῦ. Χάριτι δὲ θεοῦ εἰμι ὅ εἰμι, καὶ ἡ χάρις αὐτοῦ ἡ εἰς ἐμὲ οὐ κενὴ ἐγενήθη, ἀλλὰ περισσότερον αὐτῶν πάντων ἐκοπίασα, οὐκ ἐγὼ δέ, ἀλλʼ ἡ χάρις τοῦ θεοῦ ἡ σὺν ἐμοί. Εἴτε οὖν ἐγώ, εἴτε ἐκεῖνοι, οὕτως κηρύσσομεν καὶ οὕτως ἐπιστεύσατε.

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 15:1-11.

Brethren, I would remind you in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast -- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 19:16-26

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, νεανίσκος τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ, γονυπετῶν αὐτόν, καὶ λέγων· Διδάσκαλε ἀγαθέ, τί ἀγαθὸν ποιήσω ἵνα ἔχω ζωὴν αἰώνιον; ‘O δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν; οὐδεὶς ἀγαθὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ Θεός. εἰ δὲ θέλεις εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωήν, τήρησον τὰς ἐντολάς. λέγει αὐτῷ· ποίας; ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπε· τὸ οὐ φονεύσεις, οὐ μοιχεύσεις, οὐ κλέψεις, οὐ ψευδομαρτυρήσεις, τίμα τὸν πατέρα καὶ τὴν μητέρα, καὶ ἀγαπήσεις τὸν πλησίον σου ὡς σεαυτόν. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ νεανίσκος· πάντα ταῦτα ἐφυλαξάμην ἐκ νεότητός μου· τί ἔτι ὑστερῶ; ἔφη αὐτῷ ὁ ῾Ιησοῦς· εἰ θέλεις τέλειος εἶναι, ὕπαγε πώλησόν σου τὰ ὑπάρχοντα καὶ δὸς πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει μοι. ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ νεανίσκος τὸν λόγον ἀπῆλθε λυπούμενος· ἦν γὰρ ἔχων κτήματα πολλά. ῾Ο δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπε τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι δυσκόλως πλούσιος εἰσελεύσεται εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν. πάλιν δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν, εὐκοπώτερόν ἐστι κάμηλον διὰ τρυπήματος ῥαφίδος διελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν. ἀκούσαντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐξεπλήσσοντο σφόδρα λέγοντες· τίς ἄρα δύναται σωθῆναι; ἐμβλέψας δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· παρὰ ἀνθρώποις τοῦτο ἀδύνατόν ἐστι, παρὰ δὲ Θεῷ πάντα δυνατά ἐστι.

12th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 19:16-26

At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, "Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?" And he said to him, "Why do you call me good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.

And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."


Saints and Feasts

August 30

Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople

Saint Alexander was sent to the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea as the delegate of Saint Metrophanes, Bishop of Constantinople (see June 4), to whose throne he succeeded in the year 325. When Arius had deceitfully professed allegiance to the Council of Nicaea, Saint Alexander, knowing his guile, refused to receive him into communion; Arius' powerful partisans threatened that they would use force to bring Arius into the communion of the Church the following day. Saint Alexander prayed fervently that God might spare the Church; and as Arius was in a privy place relieving nature, his bowels gushed forth with an effusion of blood, and the arch-heresiarch died the death of Judas. Saint Alexander was Bishop from 325 until 337, when he was succeeded by Saint Paul the Confessor, who died a martyr's death at the hands of the Arians (see Nov. 6). The Saint John commemorated here appears to be the one who was Patriarch during the years 562-577, surnamed Scholasticus, who is also commemorated on February 21. He was from Antioch, where he had been a lawyer (scholasticus); he was made presbyter, then was sent to Constantinople as representative (apocrisiarius) of the Patriarch of Antioch, and was appointed Patriarch of Constantinople by the Emperor Justinian. Saint Paul was Bishop of Constantinople during the years 687 - 693, in the reign of Emperor Justinian II, and presided over the Quinisext Council in 692.

August 30

12th Sunday of Matthew

August 30

Phantinos the Righteous of Calabria


Holy Trinity Calendar

  • Holy Trinity Calendar

    August 30 to September 14, 2020

    Sunday, August 30

    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, September 6

    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, September 7

    6:00PM Great Vespers w/ Artoklasia - Nativity of the Theotokos

    Tuesday, September 8

    Nativity of the Theotokos

    8:00AM Orthros/Liturgy - Nativity of the Theotokos

    Sunday, September 13

    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Great Vespers w/ Artoklasia - Exaltation of Cross

    Monday, September 14

    Elevation of the Holy Cross