Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-10-18
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (904)-829-0504
  • Fax:
  • (904)829-0507
  • Street Address:

  • 2940 CR-214

  • St. Augustine, FL 32084-2718

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Orthros 9:00am Divine Liturgy 10:00am    Fr. John Hays, Interim Priest

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 2nd Tone

When You descended unto death, O Lord who yourself are immortal Life, then did You mortify Hades by the lightning flash of Your Divinity. Also when You raised the dead from the netherworld, all the Powers of the heavens were crying out: O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You. Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον, ἡ Ζωὴ ἡ ἀθάνατος, τότε τὸν ᾍδην ἐνέκρωσας τῇ ἀστραπῇ τῆς Θεότητος, ὅτε δὲ καὶ τοὺς τεθνεῶτας ἐκ τῶν καταχθονίων ἀνέστησας, πᾶσαι αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν ἐπουρανίων ἐκραύγαζον· Ζωοδότα Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Luke the Evangelist in the 3rd Tone

O holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, make intercession to our merciful God, that He grant our souls forgiveness of offenses. Ἀπόστολε Ἅγιε καὶ Εὐαγγελιστὰ Λουκᾶ, πρέσβευε τῷ ἐλεήμονι Θεῷ, ἵνα πταισμάτων ἄφεσιν, παράσχῃ ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Tone

O Protection of Christians that never falls, intercession with the Creator that never fails, we sinners beg you, do not ignore the voices of our prayers. O good Lady, we implore you, quickly come unto our aid, when we cry out to you with faith. Hurry to intercession, and hasten to supplication, O Theotokos who protect now and ever those who honor you. Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία, πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε, μὴ παρίδῃς, ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.

Saints and Feasts

October 18

Luke the Evangelist

This Apostle was an Antiochean, a physician by trade, and a disciple and companion of Paul. He wrote his Gospel in Greek after Matthew and Mark, after which he wrote the Acts of the Apostles, and dedicated both works to Theophilus, who, according to some, was Governor of Achaia. He lived some eighty-six years and died in Achaia, perhaps in Patras, the capital of this district. His emblem is the calf, the third symbolical beast mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), which is a symbol of Christ's sacrificial and priestly office, as Saint Irenaeus says.

October 18

Marinos the Martyr

October 18

Luke the Evangelist

This Apostle was an Antiochean, a physician by trade, and a disciple and companion of Paul. He wrote his Gospel in Greek after Matthew and Mark, after which he wrote the Acts of the Apostles, and dedicated both works to Theophilus, who, according to some, was Governor of Achaia. He lived some eighty-six years and died in Achaia, perhaps in Patras, the capital of this district. His emblem is the calf, the third symbolical beast mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), which is a symbol of Christ's sacrificial and priestly office, as Saint Irenaeus says.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 4:5-11, 14-18.

Brethren, conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one. Tychicos will tell you all about my affairs; he is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimos, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of yourselves. They will tell you of everything that has taken place. Aristarchos my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions if he comes to you, receive him), and Jesus who is called Justos. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. Give my greetings to the brethren at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea. And say to Archippos, "See that you fulfill the ministry which you have received in the Lord." I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my fetters. Grace be with you. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Luke the Evangelist
The Reading is from Luke 10:16-21

The Lord said to his disciples, "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will."


Parish News

Special Prayer Requests: 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  (Phil. 4:6-7)

We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing of all parishioners, especially: Gail Jones, Chresanthe Lemieux, Zoe Kauttu, Maryann Bolt, James Day, Kostas Lantzounis, Fr. Nikitas and Pres. Mary Theodosion, His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, Margaret, James, Kyriake, Joseph, Irene Hastalis, Jane Anderson. Remember also our missionary families: Fr. Stephanos, Pr. Alexandria, Moses & Athan Ritsi serving in Albania; and Michael, Lisa & Liam Colburn. 



October 18th Dorothea Gaitanis (40 days).Dorothea was the youngest of 8 children; and supportive of her family all her life”


Liturgical Services: 

Welcome parishioners and visitors!  Our new priest, Fr. Maximos, will be presiding at Divine Liturgy, today, Sunday, October 18th.


  • On-site services reopened June 7, 2020. You do not need to register if you plan to attend.  Please wear a mask and observe social distancing in the church.  Hand sanitizer is available as you enter and also in the narthex. 


  • Remember to update your contact information if anything has changed.




In an effort to continue to keep our youth safe, we continue to limit our Altar Servers to three each Sunday.  Please let the church office know if your Altar Server will attend liturgy so we can plan accordingly.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Nick Lekas directly (904.814.4930 or


2020 Stewardship – “Partner and Grow in Faith with Us”:

It is important to remember that, in the words of Archbishop Elpidophoros, “The Ekklesia extends far beyond the four walls of any church building.” The Church is not the building, but rather, it is people of faith that remain connected, drawing spiritual nourishment from God and strength from one another.   


Although we are still in a period of uncertainty, it is vital for us to keep a positive, Christ-centered approach to our efforts.  We ask you to partner and grow in Faith with us.  Your stewardship commitment is vital to our efforts.  We currently have 73 active Holy Trinity Steward families, with over $111,934 pledged.  If you have not done so, please submit your stewardship commitment card.  Stewardship payments can be made on-line (


On-Line Giving:

  • The Parish Council has added a link “Make a Donation” on our Church’s web page for on-line giving. This is a secure way to give to your Church.  Giving categories have been set up to allow giving to specific funds within the Church – for instance, Stewardship, Easter, Memorials, etc.  You can give via credit card, Paypal and you also have the ability to set up recurrent giving.  Of course, you can also set up recurrent giving through your bank if you wish.  Please be sure that a specific notation (ex: stewardship) is included for each transaction.


  • We have also added a link for our new “Light a Candle & Say a Prayer” ministry. This new service allows us to light a candle during our divine services on-line. Your request will be forwarded to the Parish Council in the narthex during the service and they will pray for you and light your candle.  Also, if you wish to provide names of loved ones to be prayed for, those will be provided to Fr. John as well.


Giving by Check:

Each time you contribute funds to the parish by check, the notation on the memo line of your check allows us to identify your intentions:  Stewardship, Candles, Trays, Memorials, etc.                                            


Sacrificial Offerings:

October 11th – Candles $100; Tray $20; Stewardship $2457; Memorial $1170


Greek Festival:

The Holy Trinity Church 23rd Annual Greek Fest To Go was a huge success!  Thank you to the kitchen crew, runners and all the volunteers for your hard work.  We also wish to thank our sponsors and donors for their generosity and continued support.  You helped make our first “Greek Fest To Go” a successful event!  We look forward to continuing the fun next year… Opa!


Parish Council Report:

We understand the void in our parish fellowship, and we are looking forward to being together again.  A lot has been accomplished, including managing Covid-19 response at HTGOC, live-streaming services (, receiving on-line donations, and we have re-opened our Church for Divine Services.  We continue to follow the prescribed guidelines of our Holy Metropolis.  The Parish Council will travel to the Metropolis on Monday to meet with His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios regarding our full-time priest.  We will provide more information to all after the meeting next week.


Treasurer’s Report

Bank Balances (as of Aug. 31, 2020)

Operating account:                                        


Mortgage reduction account:                          


Festival account:                                               


Mortgage Balance:                                       



Maintenance reserve:                                      


Full-time Clergy reserve:                               


Profit & Loss (as of Aug 31, ‘20)








Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study: 

The adult Bible Study of the Gospel of John occurs each Wednesday from 8 to 9 PM online through Zoom.  The meeting can be accessed by going to and clicking on the menu item that says “Online”. The passcode is 411363.  You can also see what verses will be studied each Sunday so you can read them ahead of time.


Sunday School News:

Holy Trinity Sunday School had its first VIRTUAL meeting on August 12th.  For now, classes will be done on a weekly basis using Zoom.  There are a lot of amazing online materials that the teachers will use, as well as standard textbooks.  We ask that all parents make this a priority for their children as the success of this ministry relies on parents

  • P PreK- K class (Lisa Colburn and Evangelia Brati) will meet via Zoom at 6 p.m. on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month (note change).
  • 1st – 8th grade class (Carman Gaetanos and Pres Renee Ritsi) will meet via Zoom on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
  • High School class (Mary Righos and Kurt Mitman) will meet via Zoom according to availability. 

Each group of teachers will be coordinating individually with their classes and setting times and sending Zoom links.  If you have questions, please contact Pres Renee (904.377.2591) or Carman (904.540.0367 or


December 6th, 2020 (tentatively) 4-7 p.m., Christmas Open House at St. Photios NationalShrine:

On behalf of Shrine Hierarchal Proistamenos, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, you are invited to be part of the Christmas Open House Committee and to add this Shrine event to your calendar.  Polly Hillier, St Photios National Shrine


Contact Information:

The parish council has been making phone calls to every parishioner for which we have such contact information. If you have not received a phone call, please call (904 829-0504) or email ( the office and give Nelda your phone number – we will happily check in on you.  Also, if you know of anyone who doesn’t receive our emails but would like to, please encourage them to let Nelda at  know their contact information so we can update our records and keep them informed.



  • The deadline for Church bulletin e-mail articles is before 1 p.m. on Wednesday weekly.
  • If you have a request for a special service (memorial, etc.) please email the church office at or call 904 829-0504 if you do not have access to email, in advance of requested date with details. 


Greek Orthodox October Master Calendar Items(with North Florida District):


St. Photios Shrine - Paraklesis, 12:30 p.m.             

23rd -25th                     

St. John the Divine, Jacksonville - Greek Festival


St. Demetrios                                                   

30th-Nov 1st         

Diakonia Retreat Center, Salem, SC - 4th Annual HUMS Retreat

October HTGOC Stewardship Drive - Toula Zotos

St. Paul, Savannah, GA - Greek Food Festival

(Note:  Check HTGOC website calendar at for additional HTGOC events/services)


Greek Orthodox November Master Calendar Items (with North Florida District)


Daylight Savings Time ends                                         


Archangel Michael & Gabriel; Fall General Assembly


Parish Council                                                                   


Parish Council seminar (TBD)                                 


Advent fast begins                                                          


St. Photios Shrine - Paraklesis 12:30 pm


Presentation of the Theotokos                                  


St. Katherine Melbourne-Feast Day Vespers 6 pm


St. Katherine, Melbourne – Feast Day Orthros/Divine Liturgy, 9 and 10 am                                                                              


Thanksgiving Day

November HTGOC Stewardship Drive - Toula Zotos

Metropolis of Atlanta Feast & Honors program

(Note:  Check HTGOC website calendar at for additional HTGOC events/services)