Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-03-29
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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 Eighth Tone

From on high You descended, O merciful One, and accepted the three-day burial to free us from our passions. Glory to You, O Lord, our life and resurrection. (Page 54)

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Eighth Tone

With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile, and with the sighs of sorrow from your heart you have made your labors to bear a hundredfold. With the glory of your miracles you have become a light to the inhabited earth, O John, our holy father. Pray to Christ our God for the salvation of our souls. (Page 73)

Apolytikion of Holy Trinity Church (Page 75) in the First Tone

English: Blessed are You, O Christ our God, Who has shown forth the fishermen to be most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit. And through them, You drew the world into Your net. O merciful One, glory to You!
Greek: Ευλογητός ει Χριστέ, ο Θεός ήμων, ο πανσόφους τους αλιείς αναδείξας, καταπέμψας αυτοίς το Πνεύμα το άγιον, και δι΄αυτών την οικουμένην σαγηνεύσας, φιλάνθρωπε, δόξα σοι.
Phoenetics: Ev-lo-yi-tos i Hri-ste o The-os i-mon. O Pan-so-fous tous a-li-is a-na-di-xas ka-ta-pemp-sas af-tis to Pnev-ma to A-yi-on, ke di af-ton tin i-kou-men-in sa-i-nef-sas, fi-lan-thro-pe, do-xa si.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Eighth Tone

English: O Champion General, I your City now ascribe to you / triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, / being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos. / Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, / from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you / I may cry aloud: Rejoice O unwedded Bride. Greek: Τη Υπερμάχω Στρατηγώ τα νικητήρια / Ως λυτρωθείσα των δεινων ευχαριστήρια / Αναγράφω σοι η Πόλις σου, Θεοτόκε / Αλλ΄ως έχουσα το κράτος απροσμάχητον / Εκ παντοίων με κινδύνων ελευθέρωσον / Ινα κράζω σοι, Χαίρε Νύμφη ανύμφευτε. Phoenetics: Ti i-per-ma-a-ho stra-ti-go ta ni-ki-ti-ri-a, / os li-tro-thi-sa ton di-non ef-ha-ri-sti-ri-a,/ a-na-gra-fo si i po-li sou The-o-to-ke. / Al-os e-hou-sa to kra-tos a-pros-ma-hi-ton, / ek pan-ti-on me kin-din-on e-lef-the-ro-son, / i-na kra-zo si: He-re nim-fi a-nim-fef-te. (Page 54)

Saints and Feasts

March 29

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

March 29

Martyr Cyril the Deacon and Those with him

March 29

Eustathios the Confessor, Bishop of Bithynia

March 29

The Holy Martyrs Jonas and Barachesius

March 29

Mark, Bishop of Arethusa


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Eighth Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century


Parish News and Events





Miss seeing everyone? We thought so! And we can fix that! Nothing can stop Holy Trinity hospitality!! Join your Holy Trinity family and friends tomorrow after Liturgy for our First-Ever Holy Trinity Virtual Coffee Hour!

While we are doing our best to observe the recommended and required coronavirus restrictions, it's great to be able to join online for worship services, especially during this holy season of Lent. Wouldn't it be nice if we could actually see and talk with one another like we do at Coffee Hour afterwards? Well, thanks to the wonders of video conferencing, we can!

This morning, join us online for worship (8:15am Orthros/9:30am Liturgy) on our website at Then, at 11:00, use the Zoom video conference instructions below to log on to our first-ever "Virtual Coffee Hour!" Grab your own coffee or tea at home and stay in your church clothes or come casual. We're looking forward to seeing everyone!


1. COFFEE HOUR GOES FROM 11:00-11:45 a.m.



To join by video on your computer/laptop (best option to see everyone), tablet or cell phone (it must by video capable):

    Join the Zoom Meeting by using your browser to visit:

    You may be asked to install the Zoom video app. Do it - it's safe and really handy these days! No account needed to join someone else's conference call.

    Or, if you already have Zoom installed, launch it and join Meeting ID: 586 730 083

To join by phone only (no video):

    Join the Zoom Meeting by dialing 646-876-9923

    When prompted, enter Meeting ID: 586 730 083

See you there!


Welcome to Holy Trinity Church's Live Video and Audio Broadcast Ministry

Whether you are unable to attend Liturgy today due to church closures, you are home-bound or are watching from an area where there is no church nearby, it is our joy to be able to welcome you into the worship life of Holy Trinity Church. Today we are blessed to worship from our Saint George Chapel. For a complete list of Sunday and Lenten services, please see our online calendar at

Send Photos of Photos of Your “Church of the Home!”

Want to make Sunday Liturgy and Lenten services special? Set aside a space and a family practice of your own “Church of the Home.” Rise on time and get dressed as you normally would for church. Refrain from eating as you normally do (seniors and medical needs excepted). If you have a home censer, light it and go around and cense the home. Then create a special “Church of the Home” in front of your television, computer, tablet or even phone by placing some icons, a Bible, a lit candle or other religious items nearby. Stand and sit as if you were actually present in the church. And to show we’re not alone, please think about sending a photo of your gathering to It might appear in the next Herald! Thank you, and remember, “God is with us!”



Services This Week - ONLINE ONLY

- Mon. Mar. 30, 6:30pm: Great Compline

- Wed. Apr. 1, 6:30 pm Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts

- Fri. Apr. 3, 6:30pm: Service of the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

“Faith and Family WEEKDAYS” This Week

Until further notice, our “Faith and Family Weekdays” in-person activities are suspended in recognition of the current pandemic situation. But nothing can stop us from one of the most powerful feature of this ministry: Daily Prayer Partners! Please use this time of “stay-at-home” isolation to remember your prayer partner every day! Please keep the promise.

Lenten and Holy Week Schedules of Services – ALL STILL ON AS SCHEDULED – ATTEND ONLINE

The March issue of The Herald contains a complete schedule of services for Lent.  Please post it in a conspicuous place in your home. Make a family plan and circle the services you are able to attend ONLINE and place them on your schedule and on your phone’s calendar! The Holy Week schedule will be posted as soon as we receive guidance from our Metropolitan regarding acceptable liturgical practices under the current coronavirus restrictions. Remember, as the hymn from the Book of Psalms tells us during the Great Compline service, “God is with us.” Lent provides us a special time to be with Him, whether in church as usual or in our homes these days.

Lenten Resources Available on the Internet

Looking for educational or inspirational information and resources for Lent? Try one of the best religious sites on the Internet: the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. To visit the general site, go to There you will find Lenten messages, scriptures, prayers, articles, hymns, videos and more.

Visitation Ministry Reaching Out to our Holy Trinity Family!

Our Visitation Ministry has helping hands and time to reach out to those who may need some support during this challenging time. Currently we are concentrating on our parishioners who are elderly, homebound, chronically ill, feeling lonely, grieving loss of a loved one, and/or need some extra home support. We are asking you to contact our Visitation Ministry coordinator, Amy Armanious (412.628.0973) or email for assistance. Please leave a voicemail with your full name and phone number so Amy can return your call as soon as possible. We are offering to pick-up pharmacy medication refills, grocery store items, and take-out meals. We can cook simple homemade meals, meet transportation needs in our local community, and run short errands. We have team members in our Phone Call Ministry who are dedicated to calling individuals at regular times throughout the week, or once a week for those who need an encouraging word and a prayer.  Our Bereavement Support Team is offering phone calls to those who are grieving loss of a loved one and need a listening ear for support. Also, our Visitation Ministry coordinator is willing to assist families with community resources for extra help in the home. We are here to provide spiritual care and our helping hands. Don't hesitate to contact us for your own needs or needs of a loved one. We have Visitation Ministry team members ready to serve in many different ways. May we all stay safe and healthy these next weeks ahead asking God for His protection and guidance. No one is alone... we are all just a phone call or email away. If anyone is interesting in volunteering their helping hands and time, please contact Amy. Our Visitation Ministry Team is always in need of volunteers. Thank you!

Non-Perishable Grocery Donations Being Accepted at Holy Trinity for Distribution to the Needy

Want to help those in need during this crisis? How about picking up a few extra groceries? While we are all being asked to stay home/restrict our outside activities, most of us still need to make occasional trips for groceries. The needy of the Hill District do not always have that opportunity and could use some help. Thanks to Dr. Chris and Kathy Balouris, we are able to provide it. Here’s how it works. Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a few extra non-perishable food items. Canned soups, pork and beans, vegetables are in-demand, but use your discretion. Then, even though our Holy Trinity offices and campus are closed to outside visitors, please drive by the main entrance of the church and drop off your items in the labeled bin by the office entrance. They will be collected on a daily basis and be delivered by Chris and Kathy to the FOCUS center in the Hill. Thank you for reaching out with love to our neighbors in need!

Holy Trinity Church and Holy Trinity Center - Closed to Outside Visitors

Please note that until further notice, Holy Trinity Church and Holy Trinity Center will be closed to outside visitors due to the COVID-19 Virus. Postal mail and deliveries will continue to be accepted.  

Philoptochos Cookbook – Submission Deadline This Tuesday

Our Holy Trinity Philoptochos announces the final call for submissions of recipes for their new cookbook by this Tuesday, March 31. Recipe submission forms can be found in the March edition of the Herald. Please call/text Maria Georgiadis Athanas at 724-991-5129 or with any questions.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES – Please volunteer your family or group to help

Please see Mike Kritiotis today, or contact him at 412-518-0588, or at to sign up your family/group/ministry for either of these two worthy causes! Thank you, good and faithful servants of Christ!

  • 1. One Date Still Available to Feed the Homeless at Pleasant Valley!  Holy Trinity has a long-standing commitment to serve meals to the men at Pleasant Valley homeless shelter.  This organization, near our old neighborhood on the North Side, provides overnight accommodations to 30 homeless men, 365 nights each year and relies totally on volunteers to feed the men. The date of Sunday, September 13 is still available. Our volunteers will prepare and bring the cooked food to the shelter, where they serve it at 8:00pm.
  • 2. Sign Up to Provide Bag Lunches for Needy Families.  It’s time once again to get your group or family together for a meaningful day of giving to the poor and hungry in our region. Sponsored through the Orthodox outreach of the “Neighborhood Resilience Project”, the 2020 weekly schedule of delivering 140 lunch bags to our less fortunate neighbors every Saturday of the year, has many open dates available. Holy Trinity Church’s participation has been critical in fulfilling this goal in the past, and we are grateful for our parishioners’ renewed generosity this time around.


Wondering about Lenten and Paschal dates? Here’s a helpful guide to some of the important events coming up. Mark them on your calendar!

-        Saturday of Lazarus: April 11

-        Palm Sunday: Apr 12

-        Holy Week: Apr 13-18

-        Holy Friday Apr 17

-        The Great and Holy Pascha: Apr 19


Welcome to the Sundays of Lent and the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil

During the Sundays of Lent, the Orthodox Church changes from using the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom to the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil. Why do we do that and what are the differences? To most outward appearances, the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil differs very little from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and those wishing to follow the service in the Divine Liturgy book may use the regular book to do so. The primary difference is in the prayers said by the priest in the later part of the service and the hymn “All of Creation” (“Epi Si Heri”) which replaces the usual “It Is Worthy” (“Axion Estin”) after the Consecration of the Holy Gifts. Why the change? In general, the prayers of St. Basil are more penitential, and therefore lend themselves to the Church's liturgical preparation for important holy days; hence, their use during Great Lent and on the eves of Nativity and Theophany. During this service, as the priest offers the prayers, there may be times when the choir completes its hymn and the priest is still offering the prayer. During this season of increased prayer and spiritual attention, please use those times to follow along with the prayers with your own heart and immerse yourself in this beautiful worship experience. Rather than “wait for” the priest to finish the prayers, join him in the prayer of your own heart! The large green Holy Trinity Divine Liturgy books indicate where the changes in those prayers are, and you may follow them to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of their beauty and meaning. A blessed Lent to all!


Mark your calendars NOW with these important dates! Our goal is to get at least 30 people each day so that we may finish on time!  The festival is bigger than ever and can only work if EVERYONE gives at least a few hours of THEIR time for OUR festival! Look over the dates and times below…you’ll see both evening and daytime hours, during the week and on the weekend. Everyone’s help is needed!

  • Tuesday, May 5, 9:00am-6:30pm – Kourambiethes
  • Tuesday, May 12, 9:00am-9:00pm – Apricot Rolls
  • Tuesday, May 19, 9:00am-9:00pm - Koulourakia
  • Tuesday, May 26, 9:00am-9:00pm – Galaktoboureko
  • Tuesday, June 2, 9:00am-9:00pm – Finikia
  • Tuesday, June 9, 9:00am-9:00pm – Finikia/Karithopita
  • Tuesday, June 23, 9:30am-8:30pm – Diples


To the Faithful Stewards of Holy Trinity Church

In times such as these, we have a unique opportunity to put our best foot forward and demonstrate to the world that our trust is in God and He is still in control.  There are so many needs out there and we as a Church still have a responsibility to give of our time, talents and treasures.  God continues to bless us and as the “church” we need to find ways to maintain our responsibility of supporting the church, especially during this time.

     Since we are not able to physically meet on Sundays, you might be wondering how do I continue providing my offerings/pledges/capital campaign contributions?  Well there are a couple of ways to do that.  The first way is you can continue to mail it to the church. Please ensure to place your offering/capital campaign envelopes in an outer mailing envelope before placing them in the mail.  The second way is to use the online method on the church’s website:  Go to, or from the home page click on the Online Giving Tab, then click Give, then simply enter your information.  The church still has to pay bills and function as it normally does, so we encourage you to pick one of these methods and please remain faithful in your Stewardship. COMING SOON: Fast and easy donations on your mobile phone via a Stewardship app or via text giving! Watch for details!

      Lastly, since visitations are discouraged during this time there are still a number of ways to stay connected to each other:  phone calls, emails, texts, FaceTime, Skype, etc.  We encourage everyone to reach out to members of our church family and let them know they are being thought of, prayed for and most importantly loved. And, of course, continue to worship together in spirit online with our regularly scheduled worship service as they are broadcast online at

      We all have a responsibility to demonstrate the love of Christ to one another, so let’s continue to find ways to do that and remember the words in 1 John 4: 9-11:  “In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” Thank you again for your continued devotion and service to God, His Church and the community at large.

          With love and prayers for Christ’s blessings,

           The Holy Trinity Stewardship Ministry