Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00am V. Rev. Father Maximos Politis, Priest
«Ίδε υγιής γέγονας· μηκέτι αμάρτανε»
Το προπατορικό αμάρτημα, δηλαδή η ανυπακοή, έφερε στην ανθρωπότητα ως συνέπεια και όχι ως τιμωρία, φθορά, ασθένεια και θάνατο.
Ο Θεός δεν λέει στους πρωτοπλάστους ότι «αν φάτε θα σας τιμωρήσω και θα σας σκοτώσω». Τους λέει: «Αν παρακούσετε την εντολή μου και φάτε, θα πεθάνετε» (γιατί με την ανυπακοή απομακρύνεστε από εμένα που είμαι η πηγή της ζωής).
Μπορούμε όμως να πούμε ότι αυτός ο άνθρωπος της παραβολής του Ευαγγελίου παρέλυσε λόγω κάποιας αμαρτίας; Ήταν μεγάλος αμαρτωλός; Πιθανώς όχι. Αυτό δεν φαίνεται πουθενά στην ανάγνωση. Αντιθέτως. Ο Ευαγγελιστής Ιωάννης αναφέρει ότι επί τριάντα οκτώ χρόνια ο ασθενής εκεί, στην Πύλη των Προβάτων, περίμενε με πίστη το θαύμα που γινόταν κατά το ανακάτεμα του νερού της κολυμβητικής δεξαμενής.
Ακόμα, ο Κύριος δεν θα έμπαινε στη διαδικασία να ορίσει μια κλίμακα ασθενειών όπου π.χ. το να είσαι παράλυτος με πόνους είναι χειρότερο από το να είσαι μόνο παράλυτος.
Επομένως, τι χειρότερο μπορεί να συμβεί στον πρώην άρρωστο; Μπορεί να μείνει ξανά παράλυτος; Αυτό δεν είναι χειρότερο, είναι το ίδιο. Ο Κύριος σε αυτή την περίπτωση θα του έλεγε: «Μην αμαρτάνεις για να μην πάθεις το ίδιο». Ο Κύριος όμως, όπως κάθε Πνευματικός Πατέρας, του λέει με άλλα λόγια: «Μην αμαρτάνεις και θα λάβεις την αιώνια ζωή, ενώ αν αμαρτήσεις θα χάσεις την ψυχή σου, που είναι σίγουρα χειρότερη από την απλή παράλυση».
“See, you are well again. Stop sinning.”
The original sin, that is, disobedience, brought to humanity, as a consequence and not as punishment, decay, disease, and death.
God does not say to the first created people that "if you eat I will punish you and kill you". He says to them: "If you disobey my command and eat, you will die" (because by disobedience you turn away from me, who is the source of life).
But can we say that this man of the Gospel Parable was paralyzed because of some sin? Was he a great sinner? Probably not. This is not mentioned anywhere in the reading. On the contrary. The Evangelist John says that for thirty-eight years the patient there, at the Sheep Gate, waited in faith for the miracle that took place during the stirring of the water of the swimming pool.
The Lord would not enter the process of defining a scale of diseases where e.g. being paralyzed with pain is worse than just being paralyzed.
Furthermore, what worse can happen to the formerly ill person? Can he become paralyzed again? This is not worse, it's the same. The Lord in this case would say to him: "Do not sin so as not to suffer the same." But the Lord says to him in other words: "Do not sin and you will receive eternal life, while if you sin you will lose your soul, which is certainly worse than mere paralysis."
Parish Council News:
The HTGOC parish council will be undertaking some capital improvement projects in the coming months that include replacing two (2) A/C units in the church, clearing the retention pond, and office computer software/hardware updates. Any financial support toward these projects is welcomed. The parish council members 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 council meets on the 3rd Monday of each month.
Special Prayer Requests:
“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 Gary Peterson; 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!
"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.
St. Francis House:
1. Bulk Lunch Meat and Cheese Needed:
A kitchen manager said they are in desperate need of lunch meat and cheeses, please help deliver to their location, especially with the critical lunches.
2. May 9th Dinner Volunteers Needed: Due to covid, St. Francis House is still doing drop-off meals, which we drop off, always at 70 Washington Street front door at 5 p.m. If you would like to help prepare a meal, they accept anything and are very grateful for all donations.
If you're able to help, please let Richard know at church, 904-347-9189 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I can let the kitchen manager know.
3. April Meals: Thank You!
Thank you Jim Humphries for helping deliver ham and Noah and his dad, Richard, topped it off with mac-and-cheese.
4. Future Meals: Not able to help in May? 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/holytrinityoutreach.com
Philoptochos - Supporting Mothers In Need: DIAPER COLLECTION DRIVE
To support mothers at Alpha Omega Miracle Home and St Gerard House, Philoptochos will be collecting diapers (4,5,6), pull-ups and wipes through May 22nd. Thank you for your support!
Greek Summer Night June 4th:
Greek Summer Night is Saturday, June 4, 2022. This event benefits our Holy Trinity Church. It is a time to enjoy Greek food, music and dance. Join us for the fun, fellowship and family. Cocktails at 6; Dinner at 7; Dancing until ~11.
Please plan to support this event:
Greek Summer Night will include music by Dj Taki Entertainment. Tickets, $35 per person, $15 per children 12 & under, and reserved seating available (for tables of 8). Please see Andy or Angela Lekos for tickets. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.holytrinitygoc.com. For reservations, call Andy 904-823-8882 or email email@example.com. 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.
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 - 904 377-2591.
We need volunteers to host coffee hour. You can do it solo or share the responsibility with someone else. Please sign up at: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4CA5AB2AA0FFC34-sunday, email Stefanie Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org; 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]
(Sundays Orthros 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am)
14 Baptism, 3 pm16 Parish Council 6:30 pm
25-30 Bright Week
29 Six-month memorial service for Mikae Gaetanos offered by his family. May his memory be eternal.
4 Greek Summer Night
11 Saturday of Souls
13 Day of the Holy Spirit (Nameday)
19 All Saints
25 Detsis/Debra Weddind
20 Parish Council
20-30 Apostles Fast
26 St. Photios Shrine Greek Landing Day
29 Apostles Peter & Paul
30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
Giving by Check: Please be sure to include a notation on the memo line to allowsus 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.
Please call (904 829-0504) or email (email@example.com) 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.
Πάντα εν σοφία εποίησας. In wisdom you have made them all. Pictures from St. Augustine.
Philanthropy – Fellowship – Faith in Action We invite you to join Philoptochos & help us achieve our mission!
March-April 2022 HTGOC Newsletter
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
Greek Summer Night is Saturday, June 4, 2022. This event benefits our Holy Trinity Church. It is a time to enjoy Greek food, music and dance. Join us for the fun, fellowship and family. Cocktails at 6; Dinner at 7; Dancing until ~11. Please plan to support this event: Purchase your tickets for Greek Summer Night Invite family & friends Post the event on your social media page (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, etc.) Sponsorship opportunities available. Greek Summer Night will include music by Dj Taki Entertainment. Tickets, $35 per person, $15 per children 12 & under, and reserved seating available (for tables of 8). Please see Andy or Angela Lekos for tickets. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.holytrinitygoc.com. For reservations, call Andy 904-823-8882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Opa!
Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.
It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.
Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.
The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42.
In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15
At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.
Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.