Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-09-24
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (412)366-8700
  • Fax:
  • (412)366-8710
  • Street Address:

  • 985 Providence Blvd.

  • Pittsburgh, PA 15237-5951

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Worship Schedule

8:15 a.m. Orthros

9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Worship Locations:

Sunday worship location: Holy Trinity Church, 985 Providence Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Weekday/Feast Day worship location: St. George Chapel, 8941 Ringeisen Rd., Allison Park, PA

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Seventh Tone

By Your Cross You destroyed death and to the thief You opened paradise. You transformed the sorrow of the Myrrh-bearers, and commanded the Apostles to proclaim that You have risen from the dead, Christ our God, granting the world great mercy. (Page 53)

Apolytikion for Theotokos Myrtidiotissis in the Fourth Tone

O come, all you people, and let us in faith clap our hands * and sing sacred songs to her who is the Mother of God, * and longingly cry aloud: * "Rejoice, O protection of all those who entreat you; * rejoice, the salvation of those who honor you with longing; * rejoice, O Lady who restored * the paralyzed man to health."

Apolytikion for Protomartyr Thekla in the Third Tone

All aflame with love for your Creator, * from the teachings of the sacred preacher, * you disregarded as fleeting all things mundane. * And being bold in the face of the penalties, * you gave yourself as a beautiful gift to God. * Thekla, glorious companion of the Apostle Paul, * we pray you entreat your Bridegroom, Christ, * and ask Him to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone

A protection of Christians unshameable, Intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering; reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us for you are good; your loving help bring unto us who are crying in faith to you: Hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you. (Page 54)

Saints and Feasts

September 24

1st Sunday of Luke

September 24

The Commemoration of the Miracle of the Theotokos Myrtidiotissis in Kythyra

September 24

The Most Holy Theotokos of Palianis

September 24

Coprios the Righteous

September 24

Juvenaly & Peter the Aleut, New Martyrs of Alaska

September 24

Silouan of Athos

Saint Silouan was born Simeon Ivanovich Antonov in 1866 to Russian Orthodox parents who came from the village of Sovsk in Russia's Tambov region. At the age of twenty-seven he left his native Russia and came to Mount Athos, where he became a monk at the Monastery of St. Panteleimon and was given the name Silouan. An ardent ascetic, he received the grace of unceasing prayer and saw Christ in a vision. After long years of spiritual trial, he acquired great humility and inner stillness. He prayed and wept for the whole world as for himself, and he put the highest value on love for enemies. St Silouan died on September 24, 1938. He was glorified by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1987.

September 24

Stephen the Martyr

September 24

Thecla the Protomartyr & Equal to the Apostles

This saint was from the city of Iconium. When she was eighteen years of age, she was instructed in the Faith of Christ and the hope of the resurrection by the Apostle Paul, whom also she followed, forsaking her betrothed and espousing a life of virginity for the sake of the Heavenly Bridegroom. Having preached Christ in various cities and suffered many things, she reposed in Seleucia of Cilicia at the age of 90.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading

1st Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11

At that time, as Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


Bulletin Inserts

    Weekly Bulletin - Sunday, September 24, 2023

    Weekly Bulletin - Sunday, September 24, 2023

    Weekly Bulletin - Sunday, September 24, 2023

    Faith and Family Weekdays Guide

    Faith and Family Weekdays Guide

    Be sure to check out the Faith and Family Weekdays 2023-2024 Fall Guide. Grow your knowledge and practice of the Faith. There is something for everyone!

    Ordination to the Holy Diaconate - Matthew Palamara

    Ordination to the Holy Diaconate - Matthew Palamara

    Your presence and prayers are humbly requested as His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh ordains Matthew Palamara to the Holy Diaconate, on Sunday, October 8, 2023. 8:00am Orthros, 9:30am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Ordination, here at Holy Trinity with a Luncheon to follow. Please RSVP to no later than Oct 4.

    2023-2024 Holy Trinity Church School Calendar

    2023-2024 Holy Trinity Church School Calendar

    2023-2024 Holy Trinity Church School Calendar

    Centennial Information Guide

    Centennial Information Guide

    The "Go-To" Guide for all things related to the Centennial and Consecration!

    Holy Trinity Consecration Weekend

    Holy Trinity Consecration Weekend

    Join your Holy Trinity Family and Friends to celebrate the Consecration of our Church and the Centennial of our Parish! November 3, 4 & 5, 2023

    Holy Trinity Hospitality Hour

    Holy Trinity Hospitality Hour

    The all new "Holy Trinity Hospitality Hour" will continue to embrace the opportunity to foster Christ-centered relationships, to "love your neighbor", to meet and greet newcomers and to build and strengthen existing friendships...but in a whole new format!


Wisdom of the Fathers

For now they were well instructed beforehand...But mark both their faith and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work when they heard His command, they delayed not, they procrastinated not, they said not, "let us return home, and converse with our kinsfolk," but "they forsook all and followed."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

Because such is the obedience which Christ seeks of us, as that we delay not even a moment of time, though something absolutely most needful should vehemently press on us.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

For many have taken part with the holy apostles in their labors, and still do so, especially those who inquire into the meaning of what is written in the holy Gospels ... For the net is still being drawn, while Christ fills it, and calls to conversion those who, according to the Scripture phrase, are in the depths of the sea, that is to say, those who live in the surge and waves of worldly things.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Homily XII, Taken from: Cyril of Alexandria. Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke. Trans. R. Payne Smith. Long Island, N.Y.: Studion Publishers, Inc., 1983, 105., 5th Century


Parish News and Events




Chrismation Today

Today we have the blessing of receiving John Lowman into the Orthodox Christian Faith. We join in welcoming him and offering prayers that he may walk a blessed journey into his new life in Christ! Axios!


Memorial Today

Memorial prayers will be offered at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy today for the repose of the souls of the servants of God, Michael Parikakis (66 years), Virginia Parikakis (25 years), Helen (Eleni) Parikakis (20 years), Marge (Makrina) Parikakis (15 years), Danielle Zagnacky (10 years), Murat (Kyriako) Anargyros (59 years), Anastasia Anargyros (34 years) and Zoe Wallace (31 years). May their memory be eternal.


Hospitality Hour

This Sunday’s Hospitality Hour is hosted by Theanne & Peter Gagianas in honor of the Chrismation of John Lowman.


Philoptochos Meeting Today

The Philoptochos will hold its monthly meeting today in the Conference Room following Divine Liturgy. All members are invited to attend. Ladies, still not a member of Philoptochos? Get involved. Sign up at the meeting!




Services This Week:

- Tues. Sept. 26, 8:30am Orthros/9:30am Divine Liturgy: St. John the Theologian and Evangelist (Saint George Chapel, 8941 Ringeisen Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101)


Faith & Family Weekdays – Fall 2023

Faith and Family Weekdays is back, and there are many ways for each of to grow in the knowledge and practice of our faith. Ready to learn more about the Bible, about the Orthodox Church, about navigating life’s challenges as a Christian, a woman, or a man? It’s all there. There’s a lot more to church than Sundays, and here is where to find it. Watch the bulletin and check the online calendar at for details.


  • Mon. Sept 25, 7:00pm: “Journey to Fullness” – An overview of the Orthodox Christian Faith for newcomers interested in joining or life-long members yearning to deepen their understanding. Videos and Q&A discussion. This Fall’s remaining sessions are Sept 25; Oct 9, 16, 23; Nov 13. Series repeats in the Spring.
  • Wed. Sept 27, 6:30pm Vespers/7:00pm: “Explore the Word” - Father Radu leads us through his new book, “Icon of the Kingdom of God.” Drawing on a rich knowledge of scripture, the Church fathers, and theologians, learn what the Church is and what it means to us. Remaining Fall dates are Sept 27; Oct 4, 18, 25; Nov 15, 29; Dec 6, 13.


[Sept 24] IOCC Ukrainian Relief Dinner & Prayer Service - Today

The IOCC Ukrainian Relief Dinner & Prayer Service will be held TODAY, Sunday, Sept 24 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral (419 S. Dithridge St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213). The Prayer Service will begin at 4:00pm followed by Dinner at 5:00pm. Tickets are $50 each. You can still register online today at Tickets will be held at the door. Walk-Ins will also be accepted. Net proceeds will benefit IOCC’s Ukraine Crisis Response. For additional information or to volunteer, call Zelfa at (412-417-4706 or


[Oct 8] Ordination to the Holy Diaconate - Matthew Palamara – RSVP for Luncheon Today!

Your presence and prayers are humbly requested as His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh ordains Matthew Palamara to the Holy Diaconate, on Sunday October 8, 2023. 8:00am Orthros, 9:30am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Ordination, here at Holy Trinity Church with a luncheon hosted by the community to follow. All are invited. RSVP is requested for the Luncheon at no later than Oct 4.


[Today - Oct 17] North Hills Community Outreach Coat Shop

For over 36 years, North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) has addressed the needs of people in crisis, hardship, and poverty in northern Allegheny County.  NHCO is currently collecting and distributing new coats to children ages infant to 18-years-old. New hats, scarves and gloves are also being accepted. Gift cards to purchase coats are also greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at any of the three offices (1975 Ferguson Rd in Allison Park, Millvale Community Center and 939 California Ave in Bellevue), or you can order from their Amazon Wish list (also found at and have the coats shipped directly to NHCO.  Adult sizes are most needed.


[Oct 22] Holy Trinity’s 10th Annual Flu Shot Clinic

Holy Trinity Church will host its 10th Annual Flu Shot Clinic in the Grand Room following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 22. Certified immunizing pharmacists from Rite Aid will be here to offer Flu Shots from 11:15am until 1:30pm for adults and children 9 years of age and older. Also available, will be the new RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Vaccine for adults who are 60 years of age and older. RSV is a common cause of lower respiratory tract disease in older adults. Please be sure to bring your insurance card listing your ID# as there is $0.00 Copay with most insurance plans.


Centennial Ornament – Place Your Order Soon – Deadline is October 1

Our Ladies Philoptochos is offering a special Centennial Ornament to honor 100 Years of Holy Trinity Church! This limited-edition collector’s item measures 2 1/2 inches and is made of cast metal. This will be a wonderful gift for the holidays! Pre-order now to receive the discounted pricing of $20.00 per ornament. All orders must be pre-paid and received by Sunday, October 1, 2023. Use the order form included in the Herald or visit to order by credit card. Additional order forms can be found on the window ledge outside of the church office. Pick up will be on Sunday, November 19th following Divine Liturgy. Proceeds will benefit Philoptochos charities.


[Nov 3-5] Consecration/Centennial Weekend – Reserve Your Spots Today!

This historic weekend is coming up on us quickly! Please make your reservations for the Saturday afternoon Consecration Luncheon and the Sunday evening Centennial Gala today! Tickets and Centennial commemorative items are now available at Reserve your tickets today!


Church School Class Dismissal Times

A message from our Church School Staff to all parents: Please assist us in offering our children the time to fully participate in their lessons each Sunday by allowing them to remain in class until the end of the session. IMPORTANT: PRE-SCHOOL THRU 6th GRADE CLASSES ANY TIME AFTER 11:15am; GRADES 7-12 CONCLUDE AT 11:30am. Parents of Pre-School students may pick up their children on the upper-level Education Center by using the Education Center stairs in the Gallery near the Bookstore. Parents of all other students are asked to wait for their children downstairs in the Gallery or Grand Room during Hospitality Hour. Church School snacks are now located in the first-floor hall outside the Fireside Room. Thank you for your cooperation and support.


Our Church, Our Stewardship – Have You Submitted Your 2023 Pledge Yet?

If you have not yet turned in your pledge card for 2023, it is not too late! Our member-funded church needs each of us to participate in the Stewardship program. Stewardship is the foundation for belonging to Holy Trinity Church and providing support for its many ministries and activities, financially, and with your time and talents. If you are new to Holy Trinity, please consider joining as a member. If you attend regularly and have not submitted a pledge, please do as soon as possible. Remember, this should be done at the beginning of every year. Pledge cards can be found in the Narthex, or through the church office, or you may complete your pledge online through our new Realm system at If you have questions, contact George Mellis; or email


About Receiving Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church

We welcome all who have come to worship with us today. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian, an inquirer to the faith or a first-time guest in an Orthodox Church, we are pleased to have you with us and thankful for the opportunity to share and bear witness to this ancient and timeless Faith. In accordance with the holy canons and traditions of the Church, please note that Holy Communion and the other Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) are received only by those who are baptized and chrismated (confirmed) Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared through prayer, fasting and confession. All others are invited receive the antidoron (blessed bread) and a blessing from the priest at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Please also join our parish family for Hospitality Hour and allow us to meet and welcome you. Interested in joining or learning more about the Orthodox Christian Faith? Please see one of our priests or complete a visitor’s card today! How to receive: Please remember the following helpful hints aimed at helping to preserve the solemnity and safety of the Holy Mystery. Anyone wearing lipstick should remove it before receiving. Be sure to offer your baptismal name to priest before receiving. Please take great care that the red cloth held by the acolytes (you should not hold it) is fully under your chin, then use the centuries-old practice of receiving: please fully open your mouth, then gently close your lips to make sure the Holy Gifts are securely in your mouth and so that none of the holy and precious Body and Blood of Christ is accidentally spilled. Thank you for your cooperation, and may God have mercy on us all!