Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-04-24
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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:



Στη Γέννηση του Κυρίου ακούμε τον Άγγελο να ευαγγελίζεται μεγάλη χαρά για όλο τον λαό. Η Ανάσταση του Κυρίου αναγγέλλεται με την ίδια προσφώνηση «Χαίρετε». Τι είναι αυτό που φέρνει τόση χαρά στον άνθρωπο;

Πόσο ευτυχισμένος μπορεί να είναι κάποιος που, αν και δεσμευμένος, αφήνεται ελεύθερος!

Πόση παρηγοριά έρχεται στην ψυχή κάποιου που πονάει ή είναι πληγωμένος και άρρωστος και, ξαφνικά, ο πόνος και η αρρώστια φεύγουν!

Τι ανακούφιση φέρνει στην ψυχή η διαγραφή ενός χρέους!

Πόσο χαρούμενοι είμαστε που βλέπουμε το φως μετά από μια σκοτεινή νύχτα!

Όσο περισσότερο νιώθει ο άνθρωπος αυτές τις καταστάσεις που δημιουργούν βάρος στην ψυχή, τόσο περισσότερο χαίρεται όταν τις ξεφορτωθεί. Υπάρχουν βέβαια και περιπτώσεις όπου το άτομο δεν αντιλαμβάνεται όλα αυτά τα προβλήματα, ή δίνει μεγαλύτερη σημασία σε άλλα.

Ας δούμε όλα αυτά πνευματικά. Η αμαρτία το κάνει αυτό. Δένει, πονάει, αρρωσταίνει και εξαθλιώνει πνευματικά την ψυχή. Η Ανάσταση του Κυρίου τη θεραπεύει και ο άνθρωπος χαίρεται. Επομένως, όσο περισσότερο πιστεύουμε και νιώθουμε την ανάγκη να συμμετάσχουμε σε αυτήν την αναστάσιμη φωτεινή ατμόσφαιρα, τόσο περισσότερο γινόμαστε κοινωνοί της χαράς που προσφέρει η Ανάσταση του Κυρίου μας. Αυτή τη χαρά, αυτό το φως μοιραζόμαστε με τους συνανθρώπους μας και τους προσφωνούμε με το «Χριστός Ανέστη».


The joy of the Resurrection  Pasha

At the Nativity of the Lord, we hear the Angel bringing good tidings of great joy to all people. The Resurrection of the Lord is announced with the same address, "Rejoice." What is it that brings so much joy to man?

How happy can be someone who, although bound, is set free!

How much consolation comes to the soul of someone who is in pain or wounded and sick and, suddenly, the pain and the illness go away!

What relief the writing off a debt brings to the soul!

How glad we are to see the light after a dark night!

The more a person feels these situations that create a burden on the soul, the more he rejoices when he gets rid of them. There are of course cases where the person does not realize all these problems or gives more importance to others. Let's see all these spiritually. Sin does that. It binds, hurts, makes sick and spiritually impoverishes the soul. The Resurrection of the Lord heals it, and man rejoices. Therefore, the more we believe and feel the need to participate in this Resurrectional light pouring atmosphere, the more we become partakers of the joy offered by the Resurrection of our Lord. This joy, this light we share with our fellow human beings, and we address them with "Christ is Risen."

Parish Council News:

The Holy Trinity Church parish council and officers include Stephanie Danikas (secretary), Polly Hillier, Stephanos Kallas, Niko Kelley, Nick Lekas (president), Andrew Lekos (treasurer), Bill Lulias (vice-president), Kaliroi Parris and Toula Zotos.  The parish council is a ministry and all those who serve are called to represent Christ and the Orthodox Faith.  The council is responsible to the parish assembly for conducting all parish affairs in keeping with the mission, aims and purposes of the Church.

Please note, the next HTGOC PC meeting has been changed to Monday, April 25 (the week after Holy Week – Bright Monday).

Special Prayer Requests:

healing  one

 “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 - David Kingwell, son-in-law of Jim and Judie Pappas, who fell asleep in the Lord, 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.

Congrats to Nick & Toni Lekas on their new grandson, Nathaniel Andreas Lekas born to Andreas and Elizabeth Lekas on March 9. God grant him many years!

spiritual home

 "Our Church, Our Spiritual Home"

Stewardship is everywhere in this sacred season:  in our gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice, our awe at God’s incalculable blessings, and our commitment to a lifelong calling to service in the Spirit.

In the name and spirit of Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves to be good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us, to share our time, our talent, and our material gifts as an outward sign of the treasure we hold in Jesus.

Presanctified Liturgy & Potluck on Wednesdays during Lent:

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is a special liturgical service celebrated on Wednesdays during Lent.  The word Presanctified refers to the consecrated gifts distributed to the faithful during the service.  Join us Wednesdays at 6:00 PM, followed by potluck dinner.  Bring your family and a dish to share.

Greek Festival:Opa

The annual Greek Festival is October 7-9, 2022.  Our popular festival will offer our delicious food, music, dance and on-site dining.  Oct 7 will be a "Friday to go", for pre-orders only; Sat Oct 8, 11am-8pm, and Sun Oct 9, 12-4 pm.

Join us - Good Friday Youth Retreat:
April 22, 2022 – 11 am to 2 pm in the Church Hall (Lunch will be provided).  Excuse letters for school will be provided by the Church upon request at To RSVP and for more info, please contact the Church Office or Stephanie Danikas at Καλή Ανάσταση! (See flyer in SPECIAl ANNOUNCEMENT section of bulletin.
Pascha Picnic (potluck) April 24th:
Sign up sheets are available in the church hall.  If you have questions, please contact Nick Kelley at 617 699-1266.
Sunday School News:


Sunday School - We are so thankful for the parents who have resumed bringing their children to Sunday School.  We invite all families to join us on Sunday at the Divine Liturgy and to send your kids to Sunday School right after Holy Communion. Sunday School is in session! Presbytera Renee Ritsi at 904 377-2591.

coffee service


What to bring?

  • refreshments for 30-35 persons, pre-wrapped or pre-plated makes clean up easier
  • paper goods, coffee, and condiments provided
  • help available to make the coffee

How to sign up?

  • go to new link

    (Please note that whoever does coffee hour need to have someone take out the trash before they leave.)

  • click the blue box that says SIGN UP, then the brown box at the bottom of the page that says SUBMIT AND SIGN UP
  • it will take you to the next screen, click on SIGN UP NOW

Questions? Don’t want to sign up online? If anyone has question, please reach out and email: 

If no access to email, contact Stefanie Burke at 904 671-4566.

SERVICE/EVENT SCHEDULE (Sundays Orthros 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am)


Holy Week Services Schedule 2022

Holy Monday (April 18)

- Nymphios (Bridegroom) Orthros, 6:00 pm

- His Grace Bishop Sebastian of Zelon’s visit

Holy Tuesday (April 19)

- Nymphios (Bridegroom) Orthros, 6:00 pm

Holy Wednesday (April 20)

- Holy Unction Service, 6:00 pm

Holy Thursday (April 21)

- Liturgy for the Mystical Supper – Vesperal Liturgy, 9:00 am

- Orthros with Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels, 6:00 pm

Holy Friday (April 22)

- Royal Hours, 9:00 am

- Holy Friday Sunday School Retreat, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

- Removal of Christ’s Body from the Cross – Vespers, 2:00 pm

- Epitaphios Service (The Lamentations) – Orthros, 6:00 pm           

Holy Saturday (April 23)

- Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, 9:00 am

- Midnight Office, 11:30 pm

Pascha Sunday (April 24)

- Paschal Candle and Holy Resurrection, 12:00 am

- Divine Liturgy at Midnight, ~12:20 am

- Magiritsa meal to follow

- Agape Vespers, 12:00 pm

- Pascha Picnic (potluck) to follow

25     Parish Council 6:30 pm


8       Mother’s Day

16     Parish Council 6:30 pm

25-30   Bright Week

giving   on-line
GIVING:  On-Line Giving:  Click “Donate Now” on our Church’s web page to make a gift. Giving categories – stewardship, memorials, etc. – have been set up to allow giving to specific funds.
  • Our “Light a Candle & Say a Prayer” ministry lets you to light a candle during divine services on-line.  Your request will be forwarded to a Council member in the Narthex to light your candle.  Also, if you wish to provide names of loved ones to be prayed for, those will be provided to Fr. Maximos. 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. 
Giving by Check:  When contributing by check, the notation on the memo line allows us to identify your intentions (i.e. stewardship, candles, trays, memorials, etc.).

Contact Information: 

Please call (904 829-0504) or email ( Nelda 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.

Parish Announcements:

  • 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 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 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
  • Note:  Church office administrator will be out of the office on Holy Friday, April 22nd.  Also on May 5, 6, 9.  Please turn in your May/June Newsletter articles by May 16th.  Thank you

Weekly Photo:  Πάντα εν σοφία εποίησας. / In wisdom you have made them all. (Psalms 104:24)
Images from St. Augustine.




Special Announcements

    2022 Stewardship commitment form

    2022 Stewardship commitment form

    2022 Stewardship

    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!

    March-April 2022 HTGOC Newsletter

    March-April 2022 HTGOC Newsletter

    March-April 2022 HTGOC Newsletter

    Father Maximos honored

    Father Maximos honored

    Our very own Fr. Maximos was honored last week by the Borough of the Bronx where he served for the last five years as the priest of St. Peter the Apostle church. Father Maximos traveled back to New York on Thursday to receive the award. Please join with us to congratulate Father Maximos for having received this very distinctive honor that was bestowed upon him by the President of The Bronx

    Holy Week Service Schedule 2022

    Holy Week Service Schedule 2022

    Holy Week Service Scheduled 2022 (updated)

    Pascha Preparations 2022 (updated)

    Pascha Preparations 2022 (updated)

    Pascha Preparations

    HTGOC Good Friday Youth Retreat

    HTGOC Good Friday Youth Retreat

    Good Friday Youth Retreat 4/22/22 – 11 am to 2 pm in the Church Hall (Lunch will be provided) Excuse letters for school will be provided by the Church upon request at To RSVP and for more info, please contact the Church Office or Stephanie Danikas at Καλή Ανάσταση!


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life. (3) Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι, ζωὴν χαρισάμενος. (ἐκ γʹ)

Hypakoe of Great and Holy Pascha in the 4th Tone

When the women with Mary had come before dawn, and they found that the stone had been rolled away from the sepulcher, they heard from the Angel, "Why do you seek among the dead, as a mortal man, the One who exists in everlasting light? See the grave clothes in the sepulcher. Run and proclaim to the world that the Lord has risen and put death to death; for He is the Son of God who saves the human race." Προλαβοῦσαι τὸν ὄρθρον αἱ περὶ Μαριάμ, καὶ εὑροῦσαι τὸν λίθον ἀποκυλισθέντα τοῦ μνήματος, ἤκουον ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου· Τὸν ἐν φωτὶ ἀϊδίῳ ὑπάρχοντα, μετὰ νεκρῶν τί ζητεῖτε ὡς ἄνθρωπον; βλέπετε τὰ ἐντάφια σπάργανα· δράμετε, καὶ τῷ κόσμῳ κηρύξατε, ὡς ἠγέρθη ὁ Κύριος, θανατώσας τὸν θάνατον· ὅτι ὑπάρχει Θεοῦ Υἱός, τοῦ σῴζοντος τὸ γένος τῶν ἀνθρώπων.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

Though You went down into the tomb, O Immortal One, yet You brought down the dominion of Hades; and You rose as the victor, O Christ our God; and You called out "Rejoice" to the Myrrh-bearing women, and gave peace to Your Apostles, O Lord who to the fallen grant resurrection. Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες Ἀθάνατε, ἀλλὰ τοῦ ᾅδου καθεῖλες τὴν δύναμιν· καὶ ἀνέστης ὡς νικητής, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, γυναιξὶ Μυροφόροις φθεγξάμενος, Χαίρετε, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις εἰρήνην δωρούμενος, ὁ τοῖς πεσοῦσι παρέχων ἀνάστασιν.

Saints and Feasts

April 24

Great and Holy Pascha

Mary Magdalene, and the other women who were present at the burial of our Saviour on Friday evening, returned from Golgotha to the city and prepared fragrant spices and myrrh, so that they might anoint the body of Jesus. On the morrow, because of the law which forbids work on the day of the Sabbath, they rested for the whole day. But at early dawn on the Sunday that followed, almost thirty-six hours since the death of the Life-giving Redeemer, they came to the sepulchre with the spices to anoint His body. While they were considering the difficulty of rolling away the stone from the door of the sepulchre, there was a fearful earthquake; and an Angel, whose countenance shone like lightning and whose garment was white as snow, rolled away the stone and sat upon it. The guards that were there became as dead from fear and took to flight. The women, however, went into the sepulchre, but did not find the Lord's body. Instead, they saw two other Angels in the form of youths clothed in white, who told them that the Saviour was risen, and they sent forth the women, who ran to proclaim to the disciples these gladsome tidings. Then Peter and John arrived, having learned from Mary Magdalene what had come to pass, and when they entered the tomb, they found only the winding sheets. Therefore, they returned again to the city with joy, as heralds now of the supernatural Resurrection of Christ, Who in truth was seen alive by the disciples on this day on five occasions.

Our Lord, then, was crucified, died, and was buried on Friday, before the setting of the sun, which was the first of His "three days" in the grave; observing the mystical Sabbath, that "seventh day" in which it is said that the Lord "rested from all His works" (Gen. 2:2-3), He passed all of Saturday in the grave; and He arose "while it was yet dark, very early in the morning" on Sunday, the third day, which, according to the Hebrew reckoning, began after sunset on Saturday.

As we celebrate today this joyous Resurrection, we greet and embrace one another in Christ, thereby demonstrating our Saviour's victory over death and corruption, and the destruction of our ancient enmity with God, and His reconciliation toward us, and our inheritance of life everlasting. The feast itself is called Pascha, which is derived from the Hebrew word which means "passover"; because Christ, Who suffered and arose, has made us to pass over from the curse of Adam and slavery to the devil and death unto our primal freedom and blessedness. In addition, this day of this particular week, which is the first of all the rest, is dedicated to the honour of the Lord; in honour and remembrance of the Resurrection, the Apostles transferred to this day the rest from labour that was formerly assigned to the Sabbath of the ancient Law.

All foods allowed during Renewal Week.

April 24

Elizabeth the Wonderworker

Saint Elizabeth was born in Heraclea of Thrace. She lived in virginity and exhausted herself with ascetical labours and every kind of hardship from the time of her youth, and was deemed worthy of the grace of wonderworking from God; she reposed in peace in Constantinople in the middle of the fifth century.

April 24

Savvas the General of Rome


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 117.24,29.
This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8.

In the first book, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of lsrael?" He said to them, "it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth."

Gospel Reading

Great and Holy Pascha
The Reading is from John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.