A Word from Fr. John:
From the commentary on the Divine Liturgy by St. Germanus of Constantinople; concerning the Great Entrance:
“By means of the procession with the deacons and the representation of the fans, which are in the likeness of the cherubim, the Cherubic Hymn signifies the entrance of all the saints and righteous ahead of the cherubic powers and the angelic hosts, who run invisibly in advance of the Great King, Christ, who is proceeding to the mystical sacrifice, borne aloft by material hands. Together with them comes the Holy Spirit in the unbloody and reasonable sacrifice. The Spirit is seen spiritually in the fire, incense, smoke, and fragrant air: for the fire points to his divinity, and the fragrant smoke to his coming invisibly and filling us with good fragrance through the mystical, living, and unbloody service and sacrifice of burnt offering.
In addition, the spiritual powers and the choirs of angels, who have seen his dispensation fulfilled through the cross and death of Christ, the victory over death which has taken place, the descent into Hades, and the resurrection on the third day, with us exclaim the Alleleuia.
It is also in imitation of the burial of Christ, when Joseph took down the body from the Cross, wrapped it in clean linen, anointed it with spices and ointment, carried it with Nicodemus, and placed it in a new tomb hewn out of a rock. The altar is an image of the holy tomb, and the divine table is the sepulcher in which, of course, the undefiled and all-holy body was placed.”
Special Prayer Requests: We pray for mercy, life, peace, and healing for all parishioners, Ingrid (Evangelia) Fotianos, who had recent knee replacement surgery, Irene Hastalis, Jim Manos, Chresanthe Lemieux, Jane Anderson, Betty & Fred Day, Despina Xynidis, George P. Nichols, and for their families; for continued growth of the parish family and for those the Lord receives, serves, and sends through her lifesaving ministry. We pray for our two missionary families: Father Stephanos and Presbytera Alexandria & Moses Ritsi as they return to the US for furlough and support-raising; and Michael, Lisa & Liam Colburn serving translators worldwide.
In Times of Need:When challenging times come upon us and especially in times of illness, hospitalization, emergency, or loneliness, ask for intercession and visitation. Please notify Father John through the church office, or email prayer requests and updates to email@example.com.
Hostess Schedule:Carman Gaetanos (904) 540-0367 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- June 23rd
- Pres. Renee Ritsi; Evangelia Brati
Welcome The new Archbishop, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America! His Eminence will be making his first pastoral visit in our Metropolis next Friday at our Clergy Laity Grand Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville. The event begins at 6 PM. Greet Him by visiting or reserve a reservation by Sunday to attend. Contact St. John the Divine Church Office at 904-396-5383 x10.
Philoptochos News: Chapter meeting today, June 23rd, after Liturgy.
- Join us on August 18 to celebrate the Dormition with a special luncheon
- Thanks to our parish family for the donations of T-shirts, children’s books, and gift cards. These will be presented during the Philoptochos luncheon at the Clergy-Laity Conference to
- REthreaded to be re-purposed by a company employing survivors of human trafficking in Jacksonville
- Hunger Fight an organization that sends food and books home to needy children on the weekends
- Angels for Allison which helps with the financial needs of families suffering the loss of a child.
Festival Photos: We are looking for some new festival photos for the many social media outlets we use to promote this major community event -- our 22nd this year! If you have taken any in the last two years, please post them to our Festival Facebook page: @stauggreekfest.com
Save the Date! Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 22nd Annual Greek Festival - October 11 - 13, 2019
Stewardship – A Pattern of Caring:Giving is a habit that begins with a commitment. Becoming an active steward requires a conscious decision to actively support the needs of the Church. The commitment card we offer to Holy Trinity parish each year encourages us to give regularly. There are extra cards in church, or you can call the church office.
Communications: Electronic communications via email are quick and cost effective and will continue to be the primary method of communication to our parishioners. All important announcements are also in the church bulletin and printed copies are always available in church (in the narthex). However, if you do not have access to email and need to be sent a printed version of special documents like stewardship statements (not bulletins), please contact the church office Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 1:00.
Weekly Offering: Sacrificial Offerings - Weekly Offering: June 9 - Candles $141; Tray $136; Stewardship $2413
Every week, at each celebration of the Divine Liturgy, parish members and those joining in the Eucharistic celebration are invited to support the ministry of our parish through weekly financial contributions. As a result of the Town Hall vote, weekly offering baskets will be passed pew-by-pew before the dismissal from Divine Services.
2019 Greek Landing Day Celebration – June 26th: Join us in welcoming the Metropolis of Atlanta as we honor the historic arrival of the five hundred Greeks of the New Smyrna Colony of 1768 at GREEK LANDING DAY 2019.
- The Memorial Service and Civic Ceremony - Wednesday, June 26th at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Photios
- The Blessing of the Graves at the Tolomato Cemetery with Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta and Bishop Estevez of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
- Dr. William Samonides will open the exhibit, Profound and Abiding presence of Parishes in the South, Part 2”. Reception is provided by St. Barbara Philoptochos Parish of St. Demetrios, Daytona Beach, FL.
Tentative Schedule: 2:30 p.m. – St. Demetrios set up shrine; 4 p.m. - Service and Civic Ceremony; until 6 p.m. - Reception and Tours; 6 p.m. - Group arrives at Lightner Museum for informal tour; 6:30 p.m.- Dinner/Blessing; 7:15 p.m. – Dancers; 8 p.m. – Depart
For additional questions, please contact Christy Xynidis (386) 566-2896 or Denise Brown (386) 214-5126.
Wednesday Bulletin Submission:Please submit your articles weekly by Wednesday. Thank you.
Reminder: Sunday, August 18th, Philoptochos Luncheon - Dormition of the Theotokos Feast Day