Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00am V. Rev. Father Maximos Politis, Priest
Η υπακοή ως μίμηση του Χριστού
Τίς ήμαρτεν, ούτος, ή οι γονείς αυτού; Με αφορμή την ερώτηση των Μαθητών προς τον Κύριο ας θυμηθούμε το περιστατικό του Ιώβ.O Ιώβ ήταν άνθρωπος πολύ πλούσιος, ευσεβής, ενάρετος και δεν αδικούσε κανέναν. Απέφευγε το κακό. Είχε επτά γιους και τρεις κόρες. Όμως απανωτές συμφορές του προέκυψαν. Ληστές έκλεψαν τρεις φορές τα κοπάδια του, έσφαξαν τους δούλους του, φωτιά έκαψε τα υπόλοιπα πρόβατά του και τέλος το σπίτι του κατέρρευσε σκοτώνοντας τα παιδιά του…και τα δέκα!
Μετά από όλες αυτές τις συμφορές αρρώστησε κιόλας, κόλλησε κάτι σαν λέπρα. Παρόλα αυτά ποτέ δεν έπαψε να δοξάζει τον Θεό ούτε πριν, ούτε μετά. «Όλα τα καλά που μας έστελνε ο Θεός, τα δεχόμασταν με ευχαρίστηση και τα κακά δεν μπορούμε να υπομείνουμε; Ας είναι ευλογημένο το όνομα του Κυρίου από τώρα και πάντοτε. » Είναι αυτό που ψάλλουμε στο τέλος της κάθε Θείας Λειτουργίας. «Είη το όνομα Κυρίου ευλογημένον από του νυν και έως του αιώνος.» Στο Μοναστήρι ο Μοναχός εκδηλώνει την υπακοή στον Ηγούμενο, στους αδελφούς και σε ό,τι επιτρέψει ο Θεός με αυτά τα λόγια: «Ας είναι ευλογημένο» ή «Νάναι ευλογημένο». Η υπακοή είναι γνώρισμα του κάθε Πιστού. Με αυτήν ομοιάζουμε τον Χριστό ο οποίος διδάσκει ότι ήλθε να κάνει όχι το δικό Του θέλημα αλλά εκείνου που Τον έστειλε.
Obedience as imitation of Christ
Who sinned, this man or his parents? On the occasion of the Disciple's question to the Lord let us remember the incident of Job. Job was a very rich man, pious, virtuous and did not wrong anyone. He avoided evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. But many misfortunes befell him. Robbers stole his flocks three times, slaughtered his servants, set fire to his other sheep, and finally his house collapsed, killing all ten of his children!
After all these misfortunes he got sick, he got infected from something like leprosy. Yet he never ceased to glorify God either before or after: "We accepted with pleasure all the good that God sent us, and we cannot endure the bad ones? Blessed be the name of the Lord from now on." It is what we chant at the end of each Divine Liturgy. “Blessed be the name of the Lord, from this time forth and to the ages.” In the Monastery the Monk manifests obedience to the Abbot, to the brothers and to whatever God allows with these words: "Let it be blessed" or "May be blessed". Obedience is an attribute of every faithful. With obedience we are like Christ who teaches that He came to do not His own will but that of the one who sent Him.
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"
Your offerings help make Holy Trinity a place of welcome for all people who are seeking to reconnect with Christ. Most importantly, they are your expression of gratitude and thanksgiving to God, who provides for your every need even before you ask.
Regular stewardship offerings are the foundation of our spiritual home. If you have not already done so, please fill out a 2022 Stewardship Pledge form, and then set up a plan for regular contributions. You may also make a stewardship pledge or payment electronically at www.holytrinitygoc.com. Thank you.
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 email@example.com. 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
Greek Summer Night last call:
Last call to reserve your tickets for Greek Summer Night. Space is limited! Join us Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Parish Hall. Come enjoy Greek food, dance and music by Dj Taki. Tickets $35; $15 for children (12 & under); reserved seating available. Please call Andy at 904-823-8882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Proceeds benefit our Holy Trinity Church.
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 email@example.com; 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.
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Service and Events Schedule
(Sundays Orthros 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am)
25-30 Bright Week
29 Six-month memorial service for Mikae Gaetanos offered by his family. May his memory be eternal.
30 Memorial Day
4 Greek Summer Night
11 Saturday of Souls - May the Lord grant eternal rest to their souls. We are called to pray for those who have fallen asleep in the Lord on the Saturdays of Souls. Please take time to prepare a list of deceased loved ones for whom you wish the priest to pray.
13 Day of the Holy Spirit (Nameday)
13 Greek Festival meeting 6:30 (via Zoom)
19 All Saints
25 Detsis/Debra Wedding
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 allows us 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.
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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!
Greek Landing Day 2022
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 email@example.com. Opa!
Honorees are Parish Members who exemplify the true Orthodox Christian way of life by their deep faith, commitment, dedication and service to the Church and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on their respective Parish level.
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
The Lord Jesus was coming from the Temple on the Sabbath, when, while walking in the way, He saw the blind man mentioned in today's Gospel. This man had been born thus from his mother's womb, that is, he had been born without eyes (see Saint John Chrysostom, Homily LVI on Matthew; Saint Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book V:15; and the second Exorcism of Saint Basil the Great). When the disciples saw this, they asked their Teacher, "Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" They asked this because when the Lord had healed the paralytic at the Sheep's Pool, He had told him, "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14); so they wondered, if sickness was caused by sin, what sin could have been the cause of his being born without eyes. But the Lord answered that this was for the glory of God. Then the God-man spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle. He anointed the eyes of the blind man and said to him, "Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam." Siloam (which means "sent") was a well-known spring in Jerusalem used by the inhabitants for its waters, which flowed to the eastern side of the city and collected in a large pool called "the Pool of Siloam."
Therefore, the Saviour sent the blind man to this pool that he might wash his eyes, which had been anointed with the clay-not that the pool's water had such power, but that the faith and obedience of the one sent might be made manifest, and that the miracle might become more remarkable and known to all, and leave no room for doubt. Thus, the blind man believed in Jesus' words, obeyed His command, went and washed himself, and returned, no longer blind, but having eyes and seeing. This was the greatest miracle that our Lord had yet worked; as the man healed of his blindness himself testified, "Since time began, never was it heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind," although the Lord had already healed the blind eyes of many. Because he now had eyes, some even doubted that he was the same person (John 9:8-9); and it was still lively in their remembrance when Christ came to the tomb of Lazarus, for they said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have caused that even this man should not have died?" Saint John Chrysostom gives a thorough and brilliant exposition of our Lord's meeting with the woman of Samaria, the healing of the paralytic, and the miracle of the blind man in his commentaries on the Gospel of Saint John.
Prokeimenon. Plagal 1st Tone. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.
The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 16:16-34.
IN THOSE DAYS, as we apostles were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by soothsaying. She followed Paul and us, crying, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation." And this she did for many days. But Paul was annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, "I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the rulers; and when they had brought them to the magistrates they said, "These men are Jews and they are disturbing our city. They advocate customs which it is not lawful for us Romans to accept or practice." The crowd joined in attacking them; and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and every one's fetters were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out and said, "Men, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and he was baptized at once, with all his family. Then he brought them up into his house, and set food before them; and he rejoiced with all his household that he had believed in God.
Sunday of the Blind Man
The Reading is from John 9:1-38
At that time, as Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man's eyes with the clay, saying to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, "Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?" Some said, "It is he"; others said, "No, but he is like him." He said, "I am the man." They said to him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" He answered, "The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash'; so I went and washed and received my sight." They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know."
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, "He put clay on my eyes and I washed, and I see." Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" There was a division among them. So they again said to the blind man, "What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself." His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess him to be Christ he was to be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age, ask him."
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become his disciples?" And they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they cast him out.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, "Do you believe in the Son of man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to you." He said, "Lord, I believe"; and he worshiped him.