Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-06-05
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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:




Ο Χριστός, όπως ο ίδιος τονίζει στην Αρχιερατική προσευχή, πριν την Σύλληψή Του, ήλθε στον κόσμο για να υπακούσει στον Θεό Πατέρα.  Ήρθε για να παραιτηθεί από το Άγιο, αλάνθαστο θέλημά Του και να το υποτάξει σε Αυτόν που Τον απέστειλε. Η σημερινή εποχή ενθαρρύνει τον άνθρωπο να κάνει το δικό του θέλημα. Θεωρείται πολύ άσχημο να ζητήσει από τον άλλο να κάνει υπακοή σε κάτι που δεν το καταλαβαίνει ή δεν το θέλει. Έτσι άνθρωπος, ακόμα και ο Χριστιανός που αγωνίζεται, δεν μπορεί να δεχθεί κάτι που τον δυσκολεύει ακόμα και αν διαισθάνεται ότι το επέτρεψε ο Θεός.

Η σχέση του Κυρίου με τον Θεό Πατέρα εικονίζεται με την υπακοή του Πιστού μέσα στην Εκκλησία. Η σημερινή Κυριακή είναι αφιερωμένη στους Πατέρες της Εκκλησίας. Οι Πατέρες είναι οι Διδάσκαλοι της Εκκλησίας. Το ερώτημα είναι κατά πόσο ο κάθε Πιστός βιώνει αυτή τη σχέση, ότι είναι δηλαδή πνευματικό παιδί των Πατέρων κσι ότι υπακούει στη διδασκαλία τους. Η σωτηρία της ψυχής σύμφωνα με την Εκκλησία, περνάει μέσα από την υπακοή των Πιστών στους Πατέρες. Γιαυτό και κάθε ιερή Ακολουθία τελειώνει με το: «Δι΄ ευχών των Αγίων Πατέρων ημών Κύριε Ιησού Χριστέ ο Θεός ελέησον και σώσον ημάς.»

obeyObedience to the Fathers

Christ, as He emphasizes in the Hierarchical Prayer, before His arrest, came into the world to obey God the Father. He came to renounce His holy, infallible will and submit it to the One who sent Him. The present age encourages man to do his own will. It is considered very ugly to ask the other to obey something he does not understand or does not want. Thus man, even the struggling Christian, cannot accept something that makes it difficult for him even if he feels that God has allowed it.

The Lord's relationship with God the Father is portrayed by the obedience of the Faithful in the Church. This Sunday is dedicated to the Church Fathers. The Fathers are the Masters of the Church. The question is whether every Faithful experiences this relationship, that is, that he is a spiritual child of the Fathers and that he obeys their teaching. The salvation of the soul, according to the Church, passes through the obedience of the Believers to the Fathers. That is why every Holy Service ends with: "Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy and save us."


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!

Thank you for your prayers…. Thank you

We would like to thank you for your prayers, love, and support during Gary’s recent health issues.  We can’t put into words how much we appreciate all of you!  The flowers you sent are beautiful and brightened up our day. Our family and we have been given a tremendous blessing with Gods help, and the love and support of our family, friends, and all of our church community. God bless you all and thank you so much for everything!  Your brother and sister in Christ, Gary and Fotini Peterson

spiritual home

 "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  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. 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 Dick 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/

Greek Festival:

festivalThe 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.

Greek Summer Night update:

Greek Summer Night is sold out!  We look forward to hosting a night of fun, family, and fellowship.  Thank you to all who donated and supported this event that offers a ‘taste’ of Greek food, dance, and music, and benefits our beloved Holy Trinity Church.

 Sunday School:
schoolWe 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.  Presbytera Renee Ritsi - 904 377-2591.

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to host coffee hour.  You can do it solo or share the responsibility with someone else.  Please sign up at:, email Stefanie Burke at; 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]


Service and Events Schedule

(Sundays Orthros 9am, Divine Liturgy 10am)


2            Ascension -  Forty days after the Resurrection, always on a Thursday, we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. According to the New Testament, Christ departed from Earth by rising into Heaven, in the presence of eleven of his apostles.

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.

12       Pentecost

13       Day of the Holy Spirit (Nameday)

13       Greek Festival meeting 6:30 (via Zoom)

19       All Saints

          Father’s Day Happy

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

 On-Line:  Click “Donate Now” on our Church’s webpage: to make a gift.  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.
  • Our “Light a Candle & Say a Prayer” ministry lets you to light a candle during divine services.  Your request will be forwarded to a Council member in the Narthex to light your candle.  If  you wish to provide names of loved ones to be prayed for, those will be provided to Fr. Maximos.

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.

Parish Office:

Please call (904 829-0504) or email ( the parish office 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.

  • 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

Weekly Photo:

Πάντα εν σοφία εποίησας. In wisdom you have made them all. Pictures 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!

    Greek Landing Day

    Greek Landing Day

    Greek Landing Day 2022

    Greek Summer Night June 4th

    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: 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 For reservations, call Andy 904-823-8882 or email Opa!

    2022 Archangel Michael Honors

    2022 Archangel Michael Honors

    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.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

When the angelic powers appeared at Your grave, the soldiers guarding it feared and became as dead. And standing by the sepulcher was Mary who was seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades, not afflicted by it. You went to meet the virgin, and granted eternal life. You resurrected from the dead. O Lord, glory to You. Ἀγγελικαὶ δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Holy Ascension in the 4th Tone

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, after You filled the Disciples with joy, by promising to send them the Holy Spirit, and You blessed them and established their faith, that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world. Ἀνελήφθης ἐν δόξῃ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, χαροποιήσας τοὺς Μαθητάς, τῇ ἐπαγγελίᾳ τοῦ ἁγίου Πνεύματος, βεβαιωθέντων αὐτῶν διὰ τῆς εὐλογίας, ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὁ Λυτρωτὴς τοῦ κόσμου.

Apolytikion for Fathers of the 1st Council in the Plagal 4th Tone

Supremely blessed are You, O Christ our God. You established the holy Fathers upon the earth as beacons, and through them You have guided us all to the true Faith, O greatly merciful One, glory be to You. Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ φωστῆρας ἐπὶ γῆς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν θεμελιώσας, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν πρὸς τὴν ἀληθινὴν πίστιν, πάντας ἡμᾶς ὁδηγήσας· πολυεύσπλαγχνε, δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for the Church in the 4th Tone

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

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, * and united things on earth with the things in heaven, * You were taken up thither in glory, O Christ our God, * going not away from any place, * but continuing inseparable, * and to them that love You crying out: * "I am with you, and there is, therefore, none against you." Τὴν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν πληρώσας οἰκονομίαν, καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ γῆς ἑνώσας τοῖς οὐρανίοις, ἀνελήφθης ἐν δόξῃ, Χριστε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, οὐδαμόθεν χωριζόμενος, ἀλλὰ μένων ἀδιάστατος, καὶ βοῶν τοῖς ἀγαπῶσί σε· Ἐγώ εἰμι μεθ' ὑμῶν, καὶ οὐδεὶς καθ' ὑμῶν.

Saints and Feasts

June 05

Fathers of the 1st Council

The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.

Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with "And in the Holy Spirit," was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.

Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.

June 05

The Holy Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre

Saint Dorotheus became Bishop of Tyre in Phoenicia about the end of the third century. During the persecution of Diocletian and Maximian, about the year 303, he fled to Odyssopolis in Thrace to preserve his life, and after the death of the tyrants he returned to Tyre. He lived until the reign of Julian the Apostate (361-363), from whose persecution he again fled to Odyssopolis (or, according to Theophylact of Bulgaria, Edessa), but was found by Julian's men and slain in great torments, at the age of 107, in 361. He was very learned, and has left behind writings in both Latin and Greek relating the lives of the holy Prophets, Apostles, and other Saints.

June 05

Holy Martyrs Nicandrus, Gorgus and Apollonus and those with them


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

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 Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36.

IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Gospel Reading

Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from John 17:1-13

At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.

"I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."