Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00am V. Rev. Father Maximos Politis, Priest
Η λύπη, το ανάλογο του Ιωνά.
Στην προφητεία του Ιωνά για την καταστροφή της Νινευί διαβάζουμε ότι όταν Θεός είδε την μετάνοια των κατοίκων της πόλης άλλαξε την απόφασή Του και δεν την κατέστρεψε. Ο Ιωνάς όμως που είχε προφητεύσει την καταστροφή, αντί να χαρεί λυπήθηκε γιατί η προφητεία του δεν αποδείχτηκε αληθινή. Και είπε στον Θεό ότι η λύπη του τον έφερε κοντά στον θάνατο και ότι θα προτιμούσε να πεθάνει. Πόσο διαφορετικά σκέφτεται ο άνθρωπος και πώς σκέφτεται ο Θεός! Ο άνθρωπος έχει τα σχέδια και το θέλημά του και όταν αυτά δεν πραγματοποιούνται τότε αυτός στεναχωριέται. Πολλές φορές εκεί εντοπίζεται η αιτία της λύπης του, όπως έγινε με τον Ιωνά. Οι άνθρωποι, τα ζώα, ολόκληρη η πόλη γλίτωσαν από την καταστροφή. Πόσο καλό είναι αυτό και τι αιτία μεγάλης χαράς! Ο Ιωνάς όμως λυπάται. Εάν σκεφτόταν όπως ο Θεός θα έπρεπε και αυτός να χαρεί αν και η κατάσταση δεν εξελίχθηκε όπως προφήτευσε. Αυτό ακριβώς συμβαίνει με τον Πιστό. Αγωνίζεται να βαδίζει τον δρόμο του Θεού αλλά είναι έτοιμος να αλλάξει την πορεία αν Εκείνος του το δείξει. Ακόμα και στα μικρά, ασήμαντα, καθημερινά θέματα και στις σχέσεις με τους συνανθρώπους. Πόση λύπη θα φύγει από την ψυχή αν μάθει να παραιτείται από το θέλημά του! Είη το όνομα Κυρίου ευλογημένο.
Sadness, the Jonah’s analogue
In the prophecy of Jonah about the destruction of Nineveh we read that when God saw the repentance of the inhabitants of the city he changed His decision and did not destroy it. But Jonah, who had prophesied the destruction, instead of rejoicing, got sad that his prophecy did not come true. And he told God that his sorrow brought him close to death and that he would rather die. How differently man thinks and how God thinks! Man has his plans and will and when they are not realized then he is sad. Many times the cause of his sorrow is found there, as happened with Jonah. People, animals, the whole city survived the disaster. How good this is and what a cause for great joy! But Jonah is sorry. If he thought like the God, he should be happy too, even though the situation did not turn out as he had predicted. This is exactly what happens with the Faithful. He struggles to walk the path of God but is ready to change course if He shows it to him. Even in small, insignificant, everyday issues and in relationships with fellow human beings. How much sorrow will leave the soul if he learns to give up his will! Blessed be the name of the Lord.
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 …. 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
"Our Church, Our Spiritual Home"
Summer plans may take us away from our day-to-day activities - especially if we plan to travel.
Remember, you don't have to be in church to be "in" church! Holy Trinity offers online services, continues with worship and hospitality, and welcomes summer guests.
Please remember how important your financial support is to the care of our parish and make arrangements to continue monthly stewardship donations during the summer months.
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 email@example.com. Richard can let the kitchen manager know.
3. Future Meals: Please look to help us -- we help deliver dinners the 2nd Monday of every month. Online: Please visit us online at http://www.facebook/holytrinityoutreach.com
The annual Holy Trinity Greek Festival is October 7-9, 2022. Our popular festival will begin with "Friday to go" with pre-orders only. Saturday and Sunday will include music, dance and on-site dining.
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.
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20-30 Apostles Fast
24 Detsis Wedding Rehearsal
25 Detsis/Armendariz Wedding
26 St. Photios Shrine - Greek Landing Day - 3 pm-5 pm
29 Apostles Peter & Paul
30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
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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.
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Greek Landing Day 2022
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
Saint David, who was from Thessalonica, lived a most holy and ascetical life. For some years, he took up his dwelling in the branches of an almond tree, exposed to all the elements and extremes of the weather. He reposed in peace during the reign of Saint Justinian the Great, in the sixth century.
According to one tradition, this icon was painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist. It was formerly situated in the famous Church of Blachernae in Constantinople. In 1383, it appeared upon the waters of Lake Ladoga, whence it travelled miraculously through the air to the city of Tikhvin; there, it remained by the River Tikhvinka, and a monastery was built to shelter the icon. In 1613-14 this monastery miraculously withstood the many attacks of the Swedish invaders. In the early twentieth century it was brought to America and was returned to Russia in 2004. The holy icon is renowned for a great many miracles wrought through it by the all-holy Mother of God, especially for the healing of children.
Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 2:10-16.
Brethren, glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
2nd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 4:18-23
At that time, as Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left their boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.