Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00am V. Rev. Father Maximos Politis, Priest
Ψαράδες και τσαγκάρηδες, μια συνάντηση
Σήμερα συμπληρώνω ένα χρόνο ακριβώς σε αυτή την ευλογημένη Κοινότητα και θα ήθελα να μοιραστώ μαζί σας ένα χαριτωμένο γεγονός από τις τελευταίες μου ημέρες στη Νέα Υόρκη.
Μετά από πρόσκληση του Σεβασμιωτάτου Μητροπολίτη Ατλάντας κ. Αλεξίου, και με τις ευλογίες του Αρχιεπισκόπου Αμερικής κ. Ελπιδοφόρου, ετοιμαζόμουνα να συνεχίσω την Διακονία μου στην Florida. Πακετάριζα και τακτοποιούσα τα πράγματά μου. Πήγα στον τσαγκάρη της γειτονιάς για να επιδιορθώσει τα παπούτσια μου. Όταν τα παραλάμβανα ρώτησα για το κόστος της εργασίας. Μου δίνει λοιπόν τα παπούτσια και μου λέει. Ξέρεις, σου άλλαξα σόλες και τακούνια. Πόσο κάνουν George; ρώτησα. Για σένα δωρεάν, μου είπε. Με έναν όρο: Να με ευλογήσεις! Εκεί καθόταν και ο Abel, o πατέρας του George, τσαγκάρης και αυτός. Άκουγε τον διάλογο. Μέχρι να τελειώσω με τον George έρχεται και ο Abel. Μπορείς να ευλογήσεις και εμένα; ρωτάει. Έλαβε και αυτός την ιερατικη ευλογία, έκαναν τον Σταυρό τους, και δώσαμε ραντεβού όταν επισκεφτώ πάλι τη Νέα Υόρκη.
Αυτοί ζήτησαν την ευλογία του Θεού. Μέσα όμως από αυτό το απλό γεγονός, μέσα από τη συνάντηση με αυτούς τους απλούς και πιστούς ανθρώπους, ο Θεός έστειλε και σε μένα την ευλογία Του. Έτσι, για να μην μείνει κανείς παραπονεμένος.
Το περιστατικό, μου θύμισε κάτι ανάλογο, αιώνες πριν, όπως το περιγράφει το βιβλίο της Εκκλησίας που ονομάζεται Γεροντικό . Κάποια φορά την ώρα που ο άγιος Αντώνιος προσευχόταν στο κελί του, άκουσε μια φωνή που του έλεγε: «Αντώνιε, δεν έφθασες ακόμη στο μέτρο του τάδε τσαγκάρη που ζει στην Αλεξάνδρεια». Σηκώθηκε το πρωί και πήγε να τον βρει. Έφτασε σε κείνο το μέρος και μπήκε στο εργαστήριό του. Εκείνος όταν τον είδε ταράχτηκε. Του λέει λοιπόν ο Γέροντας: «Μίλησέ μου για τις πράξεις σου». Ο τσαγκάρης είπε: «Δεν ξέρω να έχω κάνει ποτέ κάτι καλό, παρά μόνο, μόλις σηκωθώ το πρωί να καθίσω στο εργόχειρο μου, λέω ότι ολόκληρη η πόλη αυτή, από τον πιο μικρό μέχρι τον πιο μεγάλο, μπαίνουν στη Βασιλεία του Θεού για τις ενάρετες πράξεις τους και ότι μόνο εγώ κληρονομώ την κόλαση για τις αμαρτίες μου. Το βράδυ πάλι λέω τα ίδια λόγια, πριν κοιμηθώ». Τ΄άκουσε αυτά ο Μέγας Αντώνιος και είπε: «Αληθινά, σαν καλός χρυσοχόος, ενώ κάθεσαι στο σπίτι, αναπαυτικά κληρονόμησες τη Βασιλεία των Ουρανών. Εγώ όλο μου τον χρόνο τον περνώ στην έρημο, όμως, δεν σε έφτασα».
Ψαράδες, Τσαγκάρηδες, ...απλοί άνθρωποι. Τότε και τώρα. Ξέρει ο Θεός πού στέλνει τις ευλογίες Του.
Fishermen and shoemakers, an encounter
Today marks one year in this blessed Community and I would like to share with you a nice event from my last days in New York.
At the invitation of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, and with the blessings of Archbishop of America, Mr. Elpidoforos, I was preparing to continue my ministry in Florida. I was packing and arranging my belongings. I went to the neighborhood shoemaker to fix my shoes. When I picked them up I asked about the cost of the work. So he gives me the shoes and tells me. You know, I replaced your soles and heels. How much do they cost, George? I asked. For you it’s free, he told me. On one condition: Bless me! Abel, George's father, a shoemaker too, was also sitting there. He was listening to the dialogue. By the time I was done with George, Abel came. Can you bless me too? he asked me. He also received the priestly blessing, they made the sign of the Cross, and we made an appointment to meet them when I visit New York again.
They asked for God's blessing. But through this simple fact, through the encounter with these simple and faithful people, God sent His blessing to me as well. So as not to leave anyone complaining.
The incident reminded me of something similar, centuries ago, as described in the book of the Church called Gerontiko. Once, while Saint Anthony was praying in his cell, he heard a voice saying to him: "Anthony, you have not yet reached the level of that shoemaker who lives in Alexandria." He got up in the morning and went to find him. He reached that place and entered his workshop. The shoemaker was shaken when he saw Anthony. So the Elder said to him: "Tell me about your deeds." The cobbler said: "I do not know if I have ever done anything good, except that as soon as I get up in the morning to sit on my workbench, I say that this whole city, from the least man to the greatest one, enter the Kingdom of God for their virtuous deeds and that only I inherit hell for my sins. At night I say the same words again, before I go to sleep ." Anthony the Great heard this and said: "Truly, as a good goldsmith, while you are sitting at home, you have comfortably inherited the Kingdom of Heaven. I spend all my time in the desert, but I did not reach you ."
Fishermen, Shoemakers, ... ordinary people. Then and now. God knows where He sends His blessings.
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On August 19, 2021, His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta wrote: "it is important to consider that late last week, the CDC published its latest guidelines which reads: “Use masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 in which they state that masks should be worn by those, “including children older than 2, who are not fully vaccinated [and] fully vaccinated people with weakened immune systems.” Finally, the CDC writes “To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, fully vaccinated people should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission."
In accordance with the wishes of our Metropolitan, we encourage all parishioners to resume wearing masks to slow the spread of the Delta variant. Whether one chooses to wear a mask or not, all are welcome!
"...the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14
Greek Fest To Go: Delicious! “We were so deliciously pleased!” “Everything was absolutely delicious.” These were just some sentiments from our 3rd Greek Fest To Go. Thank you to the kitchen crew, runners and ALL the volunteers for your hard work. You helped make our Greek Fest To Go a successful event! We look forward to planning the next event to include our delicious food and more. Opa!
November 7th, 2021 Fall General Assembly Zoom Meeting: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will hold a scheduled Fall General Assembly Zoom meeting on November 7, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada).
November 7th, 2021, Archangel Michael Honoree Sunday. Upon the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday November 7th, the priest will bestow the Medal upon the neck of each honoree and hand them their Certificate, congratulating them on behalf of the Metropolitan. The Metropolis hopes that each parish will offer a coffee fellowship for the honorees. Following the day's events, we welcome commemorative photos for the Metropolis website.
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, Michael and Ingrid Fotianos, Ruza Basimamovic, Mikae Gaetanos, Chresanthe Lemieux, Zoe Kauttu, Maryann Bolt, James Day, Kostas Lantzounis (is at Bayview Rehab Center and welcomes visitors); Fr. Nikitas and Pres. Mary Theodosion, His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, Margaret, James, Kyriake, Joseph, Alex Aclim, Irene Hastalis, Jane Anderson, Gwen H., Thanos Nikolopoulos and prayers for George Ritsi who fell asleep in the Lord, Remember also our missionary families: Fr. Stephanos, Pr. Alexandria, Moses & Athan Ritsi serving in Albania.
While yet gaining strength, Maria Toscas (Margo’s Mother/Niko’s YiaYia) extends gratitude for prayers of recovery from the successful Whipple procedure in order to stop the spread of pancreatic cancer. Please also pray for Alice (her Mother-in-law/Niko’s Sitho), who has begun treatments due to newly discovered breast cancer.
Stewardship is an important part of our future as a family of faith. It is also a spiritual growth opportunity grounded in God's provision for all our needs.
Please review the year-to-date stewardship contribution statements you recently received, recognizing that you are helping achieve our financial goals for the year. If you have not already done so, it is never too late to offer stewardship contributions as a reflection of your support for this parish.
To all our Stewards, thank you for your involvement and your financial support.
Thanksgiving Food Drive: Outreach committee and the Philoptochos are conducting a Thanksgiving food drive from now until November 15th. Items need to be nonperishable. There will be storage bins in the church hall in which to put your donations. Items will be taken to the local food bank or to area title one schools for distribution to needy families. As always, we thank you for your support.
Sunday School News: Classes are in session. Join us this week. St. Paul writes: "Fathers [parents], bring them [your children] up with the training and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4) Our goal is that Holy Trinity Sunday School be an encouragement to your child's spiritual life and growth and a supplement to what you as a parent are trying to accomplish at home as you educate your child in the Faith, "bringing them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.” For parents and students that may prefer a zoom alternative, please contact Presbytera Renee Ritsi at 904 377-2591.
Thursday Night Bible Study: Starting September 30, the adult Bible Study occurs each Thursday from 8 to 9 PM online through Zoom. The meeting can be accessed by going to https://classes.theColburns.us. Click on the menu item that says “Online”. You can also click on the name of the class to view videos of past sessions and bibliography information. The meeting passcode is 030927
COFFEE HOUR DATES AVAILABLE
We are in need of parishioners to offer Coffee Hour on these upcoming dates:
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SERVICE/EVENT SCHEDULE (Sunday Orthros 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am)
Sunday – 10 a.m. Orthros; 10 a.m. Liturgy
12-15 National Clergy Retreat, Naples, FL
16 Memorial for Gerasimos Santas 10 a.m.
17 Philoptochos Mtg (3rd Sunday)
18 St. Photios Shrine – Paraklesis - 12:30pm
18 Parish Council (3rd Monday)
25 St. Demetrios, Daytona Beach, FL - Feast DayVespers
26 St. Demetrios
26 St. Demetrios, Daytona Beach, FL - Feast Day Liturgy
30 Baptism – Daphine Burke 10 a.m.
31 Harvest Glendi Sunday, October 31, 2021 - Following Sunday School at HTGOC
5-7 Holy Trinity, Orlando, FL - Greek Festival
6-7 St. John the Divine, Jacksonville, FL - Greek Festival
7 Fall General Assembly
7 Daylight Savings Time ends; Archangel Michael Sunday-HTGOC
8 Archangel Michael & Gabriel
11-14 St. Demetrios, Daytona Beach
13-14 Atlanta Cathedral - Archangel Michael Feast & Honors Weekend
14 Blessing of the Five Loaves, Artoklasia, following the ecclesiastical services
15 Advent fast begins
15 St. Photios Shrine - Paraklesis - 12:30pm
15 Parish Council (3rd Monday)
21 Presentation of the Theotokos; His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zelon visit to HTGOC
21 Philoptochos Mtg (3rd Sunday)
23 District Clergy Meeting (Zoom) - 11am; Koulianos/Tassopoulos Wedding
24 St. Katherine, Melbourne - Feast Day Vespers
25 St. Katherine, Melbourne - Feast Day Liturgy
26 Thanksgiving Day
29 Small Vespers w/potluck - 6pm
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Πάντα εν σοφία εποίησας/In wisdom you have made them all. (Psalms 104:24)
Pictures from St. Augustine
2021 Registration for Sunday School
An Important Message from his Eminence Metropolitan
September/October 2021 HTGOC Newsletter
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is inviting you to a scheduled Fall General Assembly Zoom meeting. Topic: HTGOC General Assembly Zoom Meeting Time: Nov 7, 2021 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Harvest Glendi - Sunday, October 31, 2021 Following Sunday School at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
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
Saint Andrew was from the island of Crete, where he lived the monastic life. During the reign of Constantine Copronymus, he came to Constantinople and suffered many things in defence of the veneration of the holy icons. Finally, he was dragged through the market, bound by the feet, one of which was severed by a fishmonger wielding a cleaver, and thus the Saint surrendered his spirit unto God in the year 761. His sacred relics were buried at a certain place called "The Judgment."
On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.
Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.
Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.
When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.
All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15
The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."