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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-10-02
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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  Divine Liturgy 10:00am    V. Rev. Father Maximos Politis, Priest


Past Bulletins


Parish News

 
A Word from Fr. Maximos:
 
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2nd Sunday of Luke

Το Κριτήριο στις αποφάσεις.

Συχνά, έχουμε να λάβουμε μια σημαντική απόφαση. Έχουμε να διαχειριστούμε ένα πρόβλημα. Κατά βάθος γνωρίζουμε αυτό που πρέπει να κάνουμε αλλά δεν μας αρέσει και δεν μας βολεύει. Και αυτό μας κάνει να αισθανόμαστε μπερδεμένοι και ζαλισμένοι. Και, πραγματικά, λέμε ότι δεν ξέρουμε τι πρέπει να κάνουμε. Αυτό συμβαίνει τόσο στην καθημερινή μας ζωή όσο και στα πνευματικά θέματα. 

Τα πράγματα γίνονται αρκετά πιο ξεκάθαρα αν θέσουμε το ερώτημα στον εαυτό μας: Τι θα περίμενε από εμάς ο Χριστός; Τι θα έκανε στη θέση μας ο αγαπημένος μας άγιος ή και κάθε άγιος; Εάν δεν το δούμε έτσι, τα πράγματα θα είναι πολύπλοκα και φυσικά θα υποχωρούμε μπροστά στον εαυτό μας, θα αποφεύγουμε κάθε τι που μας δυσκολεύει και θα ζητούμε την άνεση. 

Οι γονείς στη σχέση τους με τα παιδιά ποτέ δεν θα σκεφτούν τι τους αρέσει και τι τους βολεύει. Πάντα αποφασίζουν με γνώμονα την αγάπη για το παιδί. Ή, ας υποθέσουμε, έχουμε έναν στόχο. Με βάση αυτόν, ρυθμίζουμε τις κινήσεις, όλη μας τη ζωή και λίγο ή πολύ οι αποφάσεις λαμβάνονται εύκολα. 

Αγαπούμε ειλικρινά τον Χριστό; Θέλουμε να θεωρούμαστε παιδιά του Χριστού;  Ο Χριστός ζητάει από εμάς να Τον ακολουθήσουμε και να Τον μιμηθούμε. Τα πράγματα δεν είναι καθόλου θολά.

A criterion for our decisions.

Often, we have to make an important decision. We have a problem to manage. Deep down we know what we have to do but we do not like it and it seems difficult. And that makes us feel confused and dizzy. And, indeed, we say that we do not know what to do. This happens both in our everyday life and in our spiritual matters.

Things become much clearer if we ask ourselves the question: What would Christ expect of us? What would our beloved saint or all saints do? If we do not see it that way, things will be complicated and of course we will give in to ourselves, we will avoid anything that is difficult for us, and we will seek for our convenience.

Parents in their relationship with their children will never think about what they like and what is convenient to them. They always decide based on their love for the child. Or suppose we have a goal. Based on this, we regulate our movements, our whole life and, more or less, decisions are made easily.

Do we sincerely love Christ? Do we want to be considered children of Christ? Christ asks us to follow Him and imitate Him. Things are not blurry at all.

welcomeTo all of our Visitors: 

“Welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7   We pray that your worship experience with us today will be inspirational and uplifting. Please introduce yourself to a parish ambassador.  We are happy that you are with us today!

Holy Communion is offered only to Orthodox Christians who are in good canonical standing with the church and who have prepared through prayer and fasting. Everyone is invited to receive the Antidoron (Blessed Bread) at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Order for Holy Communion—With Sunday School back in session the order for Holy Communion will be as follows:

  1. Newly illumined – recently baptized and babies.
  2. Sunday school teachers and students (who will line up in middle aisle before Communion) – all visiting children are invited to join us!
  3. The remaining congregation as directed by the usher.

thoughts“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people….  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing of all parishioners -prayers for the family and friends of Mikae Gaetanos.  Prayers for  Michael Colburn; Chris Bersu; Michael and Ingrid Fotianos; Ruza Basimamovic; Chresanthe Lemieux; Zoe Kauttu; Maryann Bolt; James Day; Margaret, James, Kyriake; Joseph, Alex Aclim; Jane Anderson; Gwen H.; and Thanos Nikolopoulos.  Remember also our missionary families: Fr. Stephanos, Pr. Alexandria, Moses & Athan Ritsi serving in Albania. 

 

spiritual home   "Our Church, Our Spiritual Home" – October:

Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God.  Stewardship promotes spiritual growth and strengthens faith.

AS CHRISTIAN STEWARDS, we strive to incorporate the experience of the Divine Liturgy into our everyday lives.  Worship motivates us to eagerly and enthusiastically support the ministry of the Lord.  Through Stewardship, we are afforded the extraordinary privilege to respond tangibly to God by offering our time, talents and treasures to His Church with gratitude and thanksgiving.

  • In so doing, we aspire to attain the true definition of the word Liturgy, which means the people working in communion with God, the common work of all. Please continue to fulfill your stewardship commitment through the remainder of the year. If you are new to our parish or if you have not yet made a commitment to support Holy Trinity and her ministries please consider doing so. Stewardship pledge cards are available in the Narthex, online or by calling the church office.
  • The Stewardship Update offers a comparison for us from the previous month’s end to today (Sept. 27)

  • Number of Steward Families August 31:   91                         To Date: 93
  • Total Pledged to Date August 31:              $108,882.00        To Date: $111,142.00
  • Total Contributed to Date August 31:       $   84,663.00        To Date: $  92,358.00

ministry   St. Francis House:

 If are not able to help right now? Please look to help us another day -- we help deliver dinners the 2nd Monday of every month.
Online:  Please visit us online at http://www.facebook.com/holytrinityoutreach   Blessings in Christ, Richard 

OilAGORA at Holy Trinity: 

We are pleased to announce the opening of our very own Agora, featuring delicious imported Greek food items like cheeses, olives, olive oil, oregano, frozen tiropites and spanakopites, phyllo, chocolates, lentils, orzo and pastichio noodles, halvah, spoon sweet preserves, and household items like Greek coffee and soap. Gift baskets will soon be available.

All proceeds benefit Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of St Augustine. Please contact holytrinityagora@gmail.com to place an order or see us after church at the Agora in the church hall. Online pre-ordering for pickup on Sundays at church will be available soon.   Stacy Symeonides, Stephanie Danikas & The Agora Team

volunteersCalling All Men and Boys (6 years and Older): 

Have you noticed your head chanter, Nick Lekas, hustling between the chanters stand and the altar to help Father Maximos during a service? On occasion, it has been others in the congregation who saw the need and were moved to help. This happens because we lack altar help on a consistent basis.

  • I’m calling for volunteers to commit to being at church in time for Orthros on a set schedule. With enough volunteers, we can create a schedule that will not be a burden to anyone and will instead be a blessing to all of us. Please email me if you or your children would like to help with this need at lekasthomas@gmail.com.

Greek Festival:

2022The annual Holy Trinity Greek Festival is October 7-9, 2022. 

Our popular festival will begin with "Friday to go" with pre-orders only.  Saturday and Sunday will include music, dance and on-site dining.  https://www.staugustinegreekfestival.com

Greek Cooking Schedule:  Our Greek Festival is just a short time away (October 7 - 9). We will continue cooking on Friday, 9/30 @ 12:00 and Saturday, 10/1 at 9:00 a.m. preparing dolmathes. We have added chicken souvlaki prep on Friday the 30th at 4pm and Saturday morning the same time as dolmathes prep. Please come help cut and skewer chicken.

No experience necessary. Many hands make light work. No experience necessary - we will show you what to do. The more hands we have, the quicker we can get cleaned up and done. Everyone is welcome!

Any questions, please call Carman 904-540-0367 or contact Stefanie Burke sburke0211@yahoo.com   Thank you.

Sunday School:

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See Stefanie Burke for sign-ups for the new Sunday school year.  We look forward to a wonderful school year! Stefanie Burke <sburke0211@yahoo.com>

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed!  We need volunteers to host coffee hour.  You can do it solo or share the responsibility withsomeone else.  Please sign up at: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4CA5AB2AA0FFC34-sunday, email Stefanie Burke at holy3goc.hostess@gmail.com; call 904/671-4566; or speak to Stefanie after church and she can sign you up.  Thank you in advance for considering offering this hospitality to our parish family and guests.

 [Using the SignUpGenius link:  click the blue box that says SIGN UP; then the brown box at the bottom    of the page that says SUBMIT AND SIGN UP - this will take you to the next screen; and click on SIGN UP NOW]

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Holy Services and Events Schedule - Orthros 9 a.m. & Divine Liturgy 10 a.m.:

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September

9/30 - 10/1  preparing moussaka, dolmathes and chicken souvlaki

 25              Philoptochos meeting after Liturgy.  All are invited to attend.

Budget Planning

Stewardship Drive

October

7-9        Annual Greek Festival

17       Parish Council 6:30 p.m. 

26       St. Demetrios

Stewardship Drive

Church    Giving: 
On-Line:  Click “Donate Now” on our Church’s webpage:   www.HolyTrinityGOC.com to make a gift.  Give via credit card, PayPal, or set up recurrent giving through your bank.  Please be sure a specific notation (ex: stewardship) is included for each transaction.
  • Our “Light a Candle & Say a Prayer” ministry lets you to light a candle during divine services.  Your request will be forwarded to a Council member in the Narthex to light your candle.  If  you wish to provide names of loved ones to be prayed for, those will be provided to Fr. Maximos.
  • Celebrations:  Are you celebrating a special day? Birthday, Anniversary, Seasonal House Cleaning? Whatever the event, please consider celebrating it with others and making it a fundraiser for our church. People have raised $6 billion USD on Facebook and Instagram for causes they care about. Create a fundraiser and Facebook will take care of the donation processing with no fees.  You can also place the PayPal giving link for the church in your on-line message for donations to be made directly to our account. This can be a fun way to share your happy day with your friends and community and an effective fundraiser for our church. Please reach out to Fr. Maximos or Nick Lekas for details.

Giving by Check:  Please be sure to include a notation on the memo line to allows us to identify your intentions (i.e. stewardship, candles, trays, memorials, etc.).

Weekly Offering:  The Lord's day is to be the time for a weekly offering for the support of His cause.  Make your offering today and enable our Church to continue to enhance the spiritual growth of the Orthodox Christians entrusted to our care.  Your offering can be made at the collection basket as you exit the service.

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Please call (904 829-0504) or email (holy3goc@gmail.com) the parish office to update your contact information.  Also, if you know of anyone who doesn’t receive parish emails but would like to, please encourage them to contact the parish office with their contact information.
  • NOTE:  If you would like Faye Peterson or Angela Lekos to prepare the Koliva for a memorial, remember there is a fee, usually $100 for time, supplies, etc. for the preparation.
  • If you have a request for a special service such as a memorial, please email the church office at holy3goc@gmail.com or call 904 829-0504 (if you do not have access to email) in advance of requested date with details.
  • If you would like any of the following, please contact Fr. Maximos  via email at fathermaximusa7@gmail.com or text him at 347 500-8176: 
    • To receive a phone message from Father Maximos about services, special events or other subjects.
    • To arrange an appointment for a House Blessing.
    • To offer Holy Communion to someone in need at a hospital, nursing home, in hospice care, or at home.       
  •  The normal deadline for the Church bulletin e-mail articles is before 12pm on Wednesday weekly.
  • If you want your announcements on the master calendar, please remember to e-mail them to the office at holy3goc@gmail.com.

Photo of the Week:   

https://www.facebook.com/HolyTrinityGOC/photos/a.214784738566511/5810284069016522

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Πάντα εν σοφία εποίησας. In  wisdom you have made them all. Pictures from St. Augustine.



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Special Announcements

    Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society

    Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society

    Philanthropy – Fellowship – Faith in Action We invite you to join Philoptochos & help us achieve our mission!


    2022 Archangel Michael Honors

    2022 Archangel Michael Honors

    Honorees are Parish Members who exemplify the true Orthodox Christian way of life by their deep faith, commitment, dedication and service to the Church and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on their respective Parish level.


    2022 stewardship Pledge form

    2022 stewardship Pledge form

    2022 Stewardship Pledge from


    HTGOC 25th Annual St. Augustine Greek Festival 2022

    HTGOC 25th Annual St. Augustine Greek Festival 2022

    Immerse yourself in authentic Greek culture and heritage Oct 7, 8 and 9, 2022 Oct 7th : 4pm to 7 pm (pan pick-up only) Oct 8th: 11 am to 8 pm Oct 9: None to 4pm FREE EVENT, OPEN T THE PUBLIC


    Sept Oct 2022 HTGOC Newsletter

    Sept Oct 2022 HTGOC Newsletter

    Sept Oct 2022 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Newsletter


    Greek Cooking Schedule

    Greek Cooking Schedule

    Greek Cooking Schedule Our Greek Festival is just a few weeks away (October 7 - 9) We will be cooking pastitsio this Saturday (9/17) beginning at 9 a.m. in the church kitchen. In addition, we will continue cooking the following two weekends (on Friday & Saturday - 9/23 - 9/24 and 9/30 - 10/1), preparing moussaka and dolmathes. Please come and help as many hands will make this an easy task. No experience necessary - we will show you what to do. The more hands we have, the quicker we can get cleaned up and done. Everyone is welcome! Any questions, please call Carman 904-540-0367. Thank you.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

By means of Your Cross, O Lord, You abolished death. To the robber You opened Paradise. The lamentation of the myrrh-bearing women You transformed, and You gave Your Apostles the order to proclaim to all that You had risen, O Christ our God, and granted the world Your great mercy. Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας· ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Martyrs Cyprian and Justina in the 4th Tone

Becoming a partner with the Apostles in way of life and successor to their thrones, O God-inspired Saint, in the active life you found an entrance to contemplation. Hence you rightly expounded the word of truth, and you shed your blood in struggling for the faith, O Hieromartyr Cyprian. Intercede with Christ our God, beseeching Him to save our souls. Καὶ τρόπων μέτοχος, καὶ θρόνων διάδοχος, τῶν Ἀποστόλων γενόμενος, τὴν πρᾶξιν εὗρες Θεόπνευστε, εἰς θεωρίας ἐπίβασιν· διὰ τοῦτο τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας ὀρθοτομῶν, καὶ τῇ πίστει ἐνήθλησας μέχρις αἵματος, Ἱερομάρτυς Κυπριανέ, πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Apolytikion for the Church in the 4th Tone

Blessed are You, O Christ our God; You made wise men of poor fishermen by sending down upon them Your Holy Spirit, and through them You caught the whole world, O Lover of mankind, glory to You.

Εύλογητός εἶ Χριστὲ ὁ Θεος ἡμῶν ὁ πανσόφους τοὺς ἁλιεῖς ἁναδείξας καταπέμψας αὐτοῖς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον καὶ δι᾽ αὐτῶν τῆν οἰκουμένην σαγηνεύσας φιλάνθρωπε δόξα Σοι

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.
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Saints and Feasts

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October 02

2nd Sunday of Luke


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October 02

The Holy Hieromartyr Cyprian and the Virgin Martyr Justina

Saint Justina who was from Damascus, lived in virginity for the sake of Christ. Saint Cyprian, who was from Antioch, began as an initiate of magic and worshipper of the demons. A certain foolish young man who had been smitten with Justina's beauty hired Cyprian to draw her to love him; when Cyprian had wed every demonic device he knew, and had failed, being repulsed by the power of Christ Whom Justina invoked, he understood the weakness of the demons and came to know the truth. Delivered from demonic delusion, he came to Christ and burned all his books of magic, was baptized, and later ascended the episcopal throne in his country. Later, he and Justina were arrested by the Count of Damascus, and having endured many torments at his hands, they were sent finally to Diocletian in Nicomedia, where they were beheaded about the year 304.


Allsaint
October 02

Theophilus the Confessor


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.


Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."


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