Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2021-08-01
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Holy Trinity Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (724) 266-5336
  • Fax:
  • (724) 266-0703
  • Street Address:

  • 2930 Beaver Road

  • Ambridge, PA 15003
  • Mailing Address:

  • 2930 Beaver Road

  • Ambridge, PA 15003

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Orthros 9:00 am

Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Past Bulletins



Join us for in-person Church. 


We will be continuing to live-stream our regularly scheduled services via our public facebook page at at the times listed below.  


Upcoming Services:

Summer Sunday Hours - 8:30am Orthros, 9:30am Divine Liturgy


Mon, August 2nd - 6:15pm Small Paraklesis

Wed, August 4th - 6:15pm Small Paraklesis

Thu, August 5th - 6:15pm Great Vespers of the Transfiguration

Fri, August 6th @ ELLWOOD CITY MONASTERY - 9:30am

Mon, August 9th - 6:15pm Small Paraklesis

Wed, August 11th - 6:15pm Small Paraklesis

Fri, August 13th - 6:15pm Small Paraklesis

Sat, August 14th @ Kimisis, Aliquippa -  5:30pm Great Vespers and Orthros

Sun, August 15th - Liturgy 9:30am


Church News

First 15 Days of August - Dormition Fast: This annual remembrance of the falling asleep of the Theotokos is associated with a two week strict fast during the first 14 days of August in which the Paraklesis service is prayed several times through the fast.  


ALL-MINISTRY CALENDAR MEETING: Calling all leaders of our Parish Ministries to please come on Wednesday, August 4th and we will meet after Paraklesis.  Please bring a proposed calendar for the 2021-2022 Ecclesiastical Year or an outline, so that we can work out any conflicts from now.  Groups that should be present if they have something to propose: Parish Council, Sunday School, FOCUS, Ladies Philoptochos, HOPE & JOY, GOYA, Young Adults, Hellenic Dancers, and Missions.  


ELLWOOD CITY MONASTERY FEAST: Friday, August 6th - Feast of Holy Transfiguration.  All services will be held outdoors. Reservations not required.  9:30am Akathist, 10am Hiearchical Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Fruit, 12pm Picnic, and 2pm Holy Unction.


REGIONAL YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT PARAKLESIS: Join with other youth from around the Metropolis as we gather together like we do at camp to worship God and to ask for the intercessions of the Theotokos.  Our region will be together at 6pm on Thursday, August 12th at All Saints, Canonsburg.  The other regions will be gathering on August 11th at 6pm at both Holy Trinity, Canton and Holy Trinity, Camp Hill.


SAXONBURG MONASTERY FEASTS: Due to construction at the Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery, the festal celebrations of Prophet Elias and Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery have been moved to the closest Saturdays, as well as the Memorial Day for Gerontissa Taxiarchia.  Please see the flier attached in the bulletin insert section below.


Blessings of the Backpacks:  This year Father Anastasios will be blessing all backpacks on Sunday, August 15 th. All
students—college, high school, middle school, elementary and pre-school are asked to bring their backpacks to church for this blessing.
It is our hope and prayer that God blesses our students as they begin the new school year. May the students be reminded of God’s love
and care that surround them each school day. Best wishes for the best school year ever.


YAL Conference Pittsburgh 2021:  The past year has been tough on all of us in more ways than we can count, so why not start counting down the days until what’s sure to be one of the best weekends of this year! SAVE THE DATE: October 8-10, 2021 Click Here for more info

Book before August 13th to save $50 on registration


2021 Stewardship Drive: Join us in supporting our Church.  Stewardship Cards are available on the back of the two most recent newsletters and on the Pangari at church.  Stewardship is our greatest fundraiser and also lets us know that you stand with your church.  We thank you for your dedication over the years and especially during 2020 and look forward to many years of serving you and your family through your generous donations.


ONLINE GIVING & STEWARDSHIPIs OPEN! Online giving can be found by clicking here!  Please consider your continued support of our church through becoming one of our online giving families.  You can make general contributions and stewardship contributions.


REGULAR GIVING: The church is still accepting donations in normal ways through the mail and drop off.  Thank you to all of those who have continued to contribute in these challenging times.


Live-Stream: If you don't have a Facebook account, don't worry! You can still access our services right on our website (HTGOC.ORG) or a larger video directly on Facebook, learn more by watching the following video:


Bulletin Inserts

    Nativity of Theotokos Feast Days

    Nativity of Theotokos Feast Days

    Due to construction at the Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery, the festal celebrations of Prophet Elias and Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery have been moved to the closest Saturdays, as well as the Memorial Day for Gerontissa Taxiarchia.


Our Calendar

  • Next Two Weeks

    August 1 to August 15, 2021

    Sunday, August 1

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 2

    6:15PM Paraklesis

    Wednesday, August 4

    6:15PM Paraklesis

    Thursday, August 5

    6:15PM Great Vespers of the Transfiguration

    Friday, August 6


    9:30AM Feast of Transfiguration @ Ellwood City Monastery

    Saturday, August 7

    9:00AM Memorial for Gerontissa Taxiarchia @ Saxonburg Monastery- Hours, Liturgy

    Sunday, August 8

    Trisagion - Koula Skarpentzos

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 9

    6:15PM Paraklesis

    7:15PM Ministry Calendar Meeting

    Tuesday, August 10

    7:00PM Parish Council

    Wednesday, August 11

    6:15PM Paraklesis

    Thursday, August 12

    6:00PM GOMoP Regional - Youth Paraklesis @ All Saints, Canonsburg

    Friday, August 13

    6:15PM Paraklesis

    Saturday, August 14

    5:30PM Dormition of the Theotokos - Great Vespers & Orthros @ Aliquippa, PA

    Sunday, August 15

    Dormition of the Theotokos

    Backpack Blessing

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 1st Mode. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 12:6-14.

Brethren, having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Προκείμενον. Plagal 1st Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 11.7,1.
Σὺ Κύριε, φυλάξαις ἡμᾶς καὶ διατηρήσαις ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Σῶσον με, Κύριε, ὅτι ἐκλέλοιπεν ὅσιος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς ῾Ρωμαίους 12:6-14.

Ἀδελφοί, ἔχοντες δὲ χαρίσματα κατὰ τὴν χάριν τὴν δοθεῖσαν ἡμῖν διάφορα, εἴτε προφητείαν, κατὰ τὴν ἀναλογίαν τῆς πίστεως· εἴτε διακονίαν, ἐν τῇ διακονίᾳ· εἴτε ὁ διδάσκων, ἐν τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ· εἴτε ὁ παρακαλῶν, ἐν τῇ παρακλήσει· ὁ μεταδιδούς, ἐν ἁπλότητι· ὁ προϊστάμενος, ἐν σπουδῇ· ὁ ἐλεῶν, ἐν ἱλαρότητι. Ἡ ἀγάπη ἀνυπόκριτος. Ἀποστυγοῦντες τὸ πονηρόν, κολλώμενοι τῷ ἀγαθῷ. Τῇ φιλαδελφίᾳ εἰς ἀλλήλους φιλόστοργοι· τῇ τιμῇ ἀλλήλους προηγούμενοι· τῇ σπουδῇ μὴ ὀκνηροί· τῷ πνεύματι ζέοντες· τῷ κυρίῳ δουλεύοντες· τῇ ἐλπίδι χαίροντες· τῇ θλίψει ὑπομένοντες· τῇ προσευχῇ προσκαρτεροῦντες· ταῖς χρείαις τῶν ἁγίων κοινωνοῦντες· τὴν φιλοξενίαν διώκοντες. Εὐλογεῖτε τοὺς διώκοντας ὑμᾶς· εὐλογεῖτε, καὶ μὴ καταρᾶσθε.

Gospel Reading

6th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 9:1-8

At that time, getting into a boat Jesus crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven." And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say 'Rise and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" he then said to the paralytic -- "Rise, take up your bed and go home." And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

6th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 9:1-8

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐμβὰς εἰς πλοῖον διεπέρασε καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς τὴν ἰδίαν πόλιν. Καὶ ἰδοὺ προσέφερον αὐτῷ παραλυτικὸν ἐπὶ κλίνης βεβλημένον· καὶ ἰδὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τὴν πίστιν αὐτῶν εἶπε τῷ παραλυτικῷ· θάρσει, τέκνον· ἀφέωνταί σοι αἱ ἁμαρτίαι σου. καὶ ἰδού τινες τῶν γραμματέων εἶπον ἐν ἑαυτοῖς· οὗτος βλασφημεῖ. καὶ ἰδὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τὰς ἐνθυμήσεις αὐτῶν εἶπεν· ἵνα τί ὑμεῖς ἐνθυμεῖσθε πονηρὰ ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν; τί γάρ ἐστιν εὐκοπώτερον, εἰπεῖν, ἀφέωνταί σου αἱ ἁμαρτίαι, ἢ εἰπεῖν, ἔγειρε καὶ περιπάτει; ἵνα δὲ εἰδῆτε ὅτι ἐξουσίαν ἔχει ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἀφιέναι ἁμαρτίας - τότε λέγει τῷ παραλυτικῷ· ἐγερθεὶς ἆρόν σου τὴν κλίνην καὶ ὕπαγε εἰς τὸν οἶκόν σου. καὶ ἐγερθεὶς ἀπῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ. ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ ὄχλοι ἐθαύμασαν καὶ ἐδόξασαν τὸν Θεὸν τὸν δόντα ἐξουσίαν τοιαύτην τοῖς ἀνθρώποις.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Mode

Let us worship the Word who is unoriginate * with the Father and the Spirit, and from a Virgin was born * for our salvation, O believers, and let us sing His praise. * For in His goodness He was pleased * to ascend the Cross in the flesh, and to undergo death, * and to raise up those who had died, * by His glorious Resurrection.
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ.

Apolytikion for Proodos of the Holy Cross in the 1st Mode

Save, O Lord, our people and bless Your inheritance, grant victory to the faithful, against the adversaries of the faith, and protect your people by the power of your holy cross.
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοίς Βασιλεύσι κατά βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καί τό σόν φυλάττων διά τού Σταυρού σου πολίτευμα.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Grave Mode

Upon the mountain were You transfigured, and Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they were able, O Christ our God; so that when they would see You crucified they might understand that Your Passion was deliberate, and declare to the world that in truth You are the Father's radiance.
Επί τού όρους μετεμορφώθης, καί ως εχώρουν οι Μαθηταί σου τήν δόξαν σου, Χριστέ ο Θεός εθεάσαντο, ίνα όταν σε ίδωσι σταυρούμενον, τό μέν πάθος νοήσωσιν εκούσιον, τώ δέ κόσμω κηρύξωσιν, ότι σύ υπάρχεις αληθώς, τού Πατρός τό απαύγασμα.

Saints and Feasts

August 01

6th Sunday of Matthew

August 01

Procession of the Precious Cross

Because of the many diseases that occur in the month of August, the custom prevailed of old in Constantinople to carry the precious Wood of the Cross in procession throughout the city for its sanctification and its deliverance from illnesses. It was brought forth from the imperial treasury on the last day of July and placed upon the Holy Table of the Great Church of the Holy Wisdom; and beginning today, until the Dormition of the Theotokos, it was carried in procession throughout the city and was set forth for veneration before the people.

August 06

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Our Lord had spoken to His disciples many times not only concerning His Passion, Cross, and Death, but also concerning the coming persecutions and afflictions that they themselves would endure. Since all these evils were near at hand, but the enjoyment of good things which they hoped to receive in their stead was yet to come, our Savior desired to give them full assurance, evidently and openly, concerning that glory which is prepared for those who endure to the end. Therefore, fulfilling that which He had promised shortly before, that "there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom" (Matt. 16:28), He took His three foremost disciples and ascended Mount Tabor, where He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as the light. Suddenly, together with this dread and marvelous effulgence of light, there appeared those pinnacles of the Prophets, Moses and Elias, who spoke with the Lord Jesus concerning His saving Passion which was about to take place. Standing before Him as reverent servants, they showed that He is the Lord of both the living and the dead, for Moses came forth from Hades, having died many centuries before, and Elias, as it were from heaven, whither he had been taken up while yet alive. After a little while a radiant cloud overshadowed them and out of the cloud they heard that same voice which had been heard at the Jordan at the Baptism of Christ, testifying to the Divinity of Jesus and saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased; hear ye Him" (Matt. 17: 5).

Such are the marvels, truly worthy of God, celebrated in this present feast, which is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendor the Lord spoke of, saying: "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun" (Matt. 13:43). It is because of this that the Kontakion of this Feast is said daily (when there is not a great feast) in the Service of the Typica in perpetual commemoration of the glory that will be the lot of the Saints. According to tradition, the Lord's Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross.


Wisdom of the Fathers

He puts an end to the woman's fear ... He sets her right, in respect of her thinking to be hid ... He exhibits her faith to all, so as to provoke the rest also to emulation ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 31 on Matthew 9, 4th Century

In this case indeed He discloses also another sign, and that no small one, of His own Godhead, and of His equality in honor with the Father. For whereas they said, "To unbind sins pertains to God only," He not only unbinds sins, but also before this He makes another kind of display in a thing which pertained to God only; the publishing the secrets in the heart. For neither had they uttered what they were thinking.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 4th Century


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Archbishop Elpidophoros Continues Visit to Utah


Archbishop Elpidophoros continued his week-long visit to Utah on Thursday, July, 22, 2021.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Meets with Governor Cox While in Utah


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America met with the Governor of Utah, the Honorable Gov. Spencer J. Cox at the Utah State Capitol on July 21, 2021.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits home of the 2002 Olympics in Utah


During his Pastoral Visit to Salt Lake City on July 21, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America toured Park City, Utah, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits Cathedral of the Madeleine in Utah


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America began his first pastoral visit to Salt Lake City, Utah on July 20, 2021.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits Ogden, UT Parish


On the evening of July 21, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America visited the parish of Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Ogden, Utah.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Remarks - Interfaith Roundtable


Thank you for your warm welcome. I truly feel blessed to be among you today and to be for the first time in this wonderful city of Salt Lake City. As I stand in your presence among this diverse group of religious leaders, I cannot help but tell myself how important a type of gathering such as this one is in today’s world.

Mike Emanuel Named as Keynote Speaker for the 18th National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon


The National Philoptochos Society, together with the Metropolis of Detroit Philoptochos, is pleased to announce that Mike Emanuel will deliver the Keynote address at its 18th Children’s Medical Fund luncheon, which will be held in Indianapolis, IN on November 6, 2021.

Metropolitan Nicholas Ordains Father Nicholas Lionas


Father Nicholas Lionas was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, July 17, 2021 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit.

2021 Stewardship Town Hall Series Fostering Community Outreach and Evangelism


The Metropolis of San Francisco Stewardship Ministry invites you to join us for a special presentation by Rev. Father John Kocolas (Nativity of Christ – Novato, CA), and Thomaida Hudanish (Metropolis Director of Missions and Evangelism) where they will share strategies and ideas for “Fostering Community Outreach and Evangelism”.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Continues Pastoral Visit to Utah


On Sunday, July 25 after the Archierarchical Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Salt Lake City, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America bestowed upon the V. Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas the Pectoral Cross of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Homily for the Vespers of the Dormition of Saint Anna


I am so very pleased to be with you – the faithful of Utah – during this weekend. This afternoon, I had the pleasure to meet the sisterhood from the local Philoptochos society, which is clearly one of the most engaged philanthropic chapters in the entire Archdiocese.