Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-01-19
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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 Plagal 2nd Tone

When the angelic powers appeared at Your grave, the soldiers guarding it feared and became as dead. And standing by the sepulcher was Mary who was seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades, not afflicted by it. You went to meet the virgin, and granted eternal life. You resurrected from the dead. O Lord, glory to You. Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Macarius the Great of Egypt in the 1st Tone

As a citizen of the desert and an angel incarnate and a wonder-worker you shone forth, O Makarios our God-bearing father. Since you received the spiritual gifts by fasting and vigilance and prayer, you can cure those who are ailing and heal the souls of those who run to you with faith. Glory to Him who gave His might to you; glory to Him who placed a crown on you; glory to Him who operates through you, providing Τῆς ἐρήμου πολίτης καὶ ἐν σώματι ἄγγελος καὶ θαυματουργὸς ἀνεδείχθης θεοφόρε πατὴρ ἡμῶν Μακάριε· νηστείᾳ, ἀγρυπνίᾳ, προσευχῇ, οὐράνια χαρίσματα λαβών· θεραπεύεις τοὺς νοσοῦντας καὶ τὰς ψυχὰς τῶν πίστει προστρεχόντων σοι. Δόξα τῷ δεδωκότι σοι ἰσχύν, δόξα τῷ σὲ στεφανώσαντι, δόξα τῷ ἐνεργοῦντι διὰ σοῦ πᾶσιν ἰάματα.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 1st Tone

You sanctified the virginal womb by Your birth, O Lord, and blessed the hands of Symeon fittingly, O Christ God; and even now You came and saved us. Now, give peace to our Nation in time of war, and empower our Leaders, so loved by You, the only one who loves humanity. Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῷ τόκῳ σου, καὶ χεῖρας τοῦ Συμεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νῦν ἔσωσας ἡμᾶς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ' εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέμοις τὸ πολίτευμα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς ἠγάπησας, ὁ μόνος φιλάνθρωπος

Saints and Feasts

January 19

Makarios of Alexandria

Saint Macarius of Alexandria, was so called because he came from Alexandria and was therefore of that Greek-speaking colony; while Saint Macarius the Great is also called "of Egypt," that is, he belonged to the ancient race native to Egypt, the Copts. Whenever Saint Macarius of Alexandria heard of a virtue practiced by any man, he strove to practice it even more fully himself. When he was already old, he visited the community of Saint Pachomius in Tabennisi and, without revealing who he was, asked admittance. Saint Pachomius, on account of Macarius' age, was reluctant to receive him, but after-wards yielded to his entreaties. Shortly thereafter Great Lent began, and Macarius followed such a severe rule of fasting and prayer that many in the brotherhood complained to Pachomius asking if he had brought this old man to put them to shame. Learning Macarius' identity in a revelation, Saint Pachomius thanked him for breaking the pride of his monks and sent him away in peace.

January 19

12th Sunday of Luke

January 19

Macarius the Great of Egypt

Saint Macarius the Great was from the Thebaid of Egypt, a disciple, as some say, of Saint Anthony the Great. He was born about 331 and struggled in asceticism in the desert at Scete. Although young, he was called "the child elder" because of his great wisdom and austere manner of life. He was ordained presbyter and reposed in 391, at the age of sixty. There are fifty homilies ascribed to him.

It is said of Saint Macarius that he became as a God upon earth, for even as God protects the whole world, so did he cover the faults he saw as if he did not see them. Once he came back to his cell to find a thief taking his things and loading them on a camel. Macarius' non-possessiveness was so great that he helped the thief load the camel. When the camel refused to rise, Macarius returned to his cell and brought a small hoe, said that the camel wanted the hoe also, loaded it on, and kicked the camel telling it to get up. The camel obeyed Macarius' command, but soon lay down again, and would not move until everything had been returned to Macarius. His contemporary, Saint Macarius of Alexandria, was so called because he came from Alexandria and was therefore of that Greek-speaking colony; while Saint Macarius the Great is also called "of Egypt," that is, he belonged to the ancient race native to Egypt, the Copts.

January 19

Mark, Bishop of Ephesus

The great teacher and invincible defender of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, Saint Mark, was the offspring and scion of the imperial city, Constantinople. Reared by most pious parents, and instructed in secular and spiritual wisdom, he became preeminent in both. Saint Mark lived as an ascetic on the Prince's Islands and later in the monastery of Saint George Magana in Constantinople. He passed through all the degrees of the priesthood, and was finally advanced to the dignity of Archbishop and the lofty throne of the Metropolis of Ephesus. At the insistence of Emperor John Paleologos, the Saint was sent to the council of the Latins in Florence, to unite the churches that had been divided for so many years. He astounded the papal teachers with the divine wisdom of his words, and was the only one who did not sign the blasphemous decree of that false council. Because of this, the Holy Church of Christ has ever honored this great man as a benefactor, teacher, sole defender, and invincible champion of the Apostolic Confession. He reposed in 1443.

January 19

Arsenius of Corfu

Saint Arsenius, who had Palestine as his homeland, was born in 876, the son of devout parents. From childhood he was consecrated to God and assumed the monastic habit. He studied in Seleucia, where he also received the dignity of the priesthood. After he had moved from thence to Constantinople, he was appointed Metropolitan of Corfu. He adorned the throne there by his virtue and instruction. When advanced in age, he returned to Constantinople and appeased the unjust rage of Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus against the leaders of Corfu. Finally, during his journey back to his see, he fell ill at Corinth and reposed in the Lord about the middle of the tenth century.

January 19

Makarios, Hierodeacon of Kalogera, Patmos

January 19

Removal of the Honorable Relics of Saint Gregory the Theologian

January 19

Branwallader, Bishop of Jersey


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.

Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."


Parish News

A Word from Fr. John:

I have long enjoyed and been spiritually fortified by the Book of Psalms. The older I get, and the longer I attempt to grow in Christ, the more important they become in my life. Truly, I cannot live without these deeply spiritual hymn-poems of the Church! Here is Fr. Peter Chamberas, from the Introduction to his translation of the Psalms, The Psalter According to the Seventy:


“It is clear in all the psalms that the psalmists were not merely talented in the poetic use of their language; they were also profoundly imbued with the beautiful world of their religious faith in the one and only true God.


Of all the books of the Old Testament, it is the Book of Psalms that has been the most popular in the Orthodox Church from the very beginning. This is partly owing to the psalms’ very nature as prayers and hymns addressed to God. They include a great variety of themes and teachings that have proved very useful and practical in the personal and private devotional lives of the faithful. The psalms are particularly beautiful and most popular not only when they are properly recited but also when they are chanted in the corporate, public worship of the Church.”


2020 Stewardship Theme: "A Time for Every Purpose under Heaven" (See Ecclesiastes 3)

The Church is the "Body of Christ".  Therefore to be a member of the Church is to be a part of the living body of Christ.  We are called to apply our abilities and resources to the tasks that God places before us.  If we do this humbly and prayerfully, the body of Christ will function to its full potential.  Your contributions of time, talent and treasure are a way to thank God for your blessings and to make a difference in the life of this parish. 

We are happy to report that Stewardship contributions for 2019 exceeded the pledged amount by $4000! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is blessed to have such caring and generous parishioners!

Many thanks to those who have already made a stewardship pledge for this year.  Your regular contributions are very important to the financial health of the church.  If you have not received a 2020 Stewardship card please contact the church office at or 904-829-0504.


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: Fr. John who is suffering shingles and not with us today, His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, Augustina, Margaret, James, Kyriake, Mike and Ingrid (Evangelia) Fotianos, Irene Hastalis, Jim Manos, Chresanthe Lemieux, Jane Anderson, Nicola Lykam’s stepfather Daniel, Zoe, and Rita Latgis and her daughter Sophia and their family. Remember also our missionary families, Michael, Lisa & Liam Colburn; and Fr. Stephanos, Pr. Alexandria, Moses & Athan Ritsi.


Memorial Services:

  • January 26th:                 40-day memorial for Nick Latgis


Hostess Schedule:  Carman Gaetanos (904) 540-0367 or      

  • January 19th                        Carman Gaetanos, Erna Boyazis
  • January 26th                        Last Sunday Potluck


Adult Bible Study:

The adult Bible study on the Gospel of John meets every Sunday, unless otherwise announced, in the classroom opposite the men’s room. The class starts 15 minutes after the start of coffee hour, and is led by Michael Colburn. We are using the epic 2003 movie “The Gospel of John” directed by Philip Seville. This movie uses the text of the Gospel of John from the Good News Bible verbatim—no extra words added and none left out. The syllabus and study questions for each week are available at Also check there for any last-minute announcements about the class.


Philoptochos Meeting January 26th after liturgy


Diakonia Retreat:

Join St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Daytona Beach at the Diakonia Retreat, February 14th -17th, 2020.  Space is very limited.  Registration and monies must be submitted timely.  For more information or to secure your spot, please contact Irene Katra at 386-290-3208 or email  If desiring to carpool, please call the Church Office.


Fashion Show February 22nd:

It’s that time of year again. The Philoptochos will host its 13th Annual Fashion Show on Saturday, February 22, 2020.  Tickets are on sale now.

This is our major fundraiser of the year, attended by 130 persons, over half of whom are not church members. Like all events at our church, the Fashion Show is only possible with the help of our entire church family. We would great appreciate any items that can be raffled or used as door prizes.  Please bring them to church on Sunday and give to Carmela, Toula, or Susan, or let us know if you would like us to pick up something.  If you have a contact at a restaurant that will give gift certificates, please let us know that also.

The Philiptochos thanks you!


2020 Festival - October 9th, 10th, 11th (Save the Dates!):

This is the time of year to take a fresh look at our annual festival while there is still time to consider new ideas and improvements. If you have any leads for sponsors, advertisers or promotions, please send the specifics to Toula at Even if you are unable to attend meetings, we still need people who have sales skills, data skills, creative skills and more. Not sure how you can help? Please speak with Mikae Gaetanos, Nick Lekas or Toula Zotos, or just come to the meeting.


Weekly Offering: 

Sacrificial Offerings - Weekly Offering: January 12th - Candles $204; Tray $174; Stewardship $3396


Contributions - Tracking Your Giving:

  • Each time you contribute funds to the parish, the notation on the memo line of your check allows us to identify your intentions:  Stewardship, Candles, Trays, Memorials, etc.  
  • If you are setting up contributions through your bank, please be sure that a specific notation (ex: stewardship) is included for each transaction.
  • For any cash contributions, please use one of the envelopes in the Narthex so that we can add that amount to your record of donations.


Celebrating the New Year: 

We extend gratitude galore for all efforts to kick-off a great start to the New Year last Sunday!  The excellent performances of our talented Greek Dancers were a preview of what was to come at the Glendi on Friday night!  May God grant that 2020 be filled with opportunities to continue celebrating and growing the Faith, Fellowship & Foundations of Hellenism with κεφι [kefi]--that contagious, moving spirit of joy, passion, and enthusiasm that challenges and encourages humanity forward to go beyond any limits and obstacles. 


OFFICE CLOSED JANUARY 20TH -  Martin Luther King Day (per the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese)


REMINDER:  Deadline for Church bulletin articles is Wednesday.  Thank you.