Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-03-19
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (919) 781-4548
  • Street Address:

  • 5000 Lead Mine Road

  • Raleigh, NC 27612

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Orthros/ Matins: Sunday: 8:30 a.m.

Liturgy: Sunday: 10:00 a.m. ;  Weekday: Please see online Church Calendar.

Vespers: See online Church Calendar.


Past Bulletins




SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023

Sunday of The Holy Cross

ORTHROS 8:30 a.m. – DIVINE LITURGY 10:00 a.m.

Broadcasting begins at 8:25 a.m.



Altar Boy Team on Duty: St Nicholas the Wonderworker

New members or visitors, please stop by the Welcome Table across from the candlestand.

Orthros and The Divine Liturgy are broadcast live online each week.



Please join us tonight at 6pm for Presanctified Liturgy, a Lenten Meal by Philoptochos, and our 3rd Lenten Lecture with Father Gregory Waynick

Father Paul will be conducting the 3rd Presanctified Liturgy tonight at 6pm, followed by a Philoptochos sponsored Lenten meal in the Fellowship Hall with guest speaker Father Gregory Waynick  speaking on "Quieting Distraction" in our daily lives.


We look forward to seeing many in attendance and grateful to our Ladies Philoptochos for providing our meal.


3rd Salutation to the Theotokos

Join us this Friday, March 17 at 6:30pm in order to be strengthened by the intercessions of Panagia and for protection from the demons’ darts.


His Grace Bishop Sebastian to Visit During Holy Week

How honored we are to have another Pastoral Visit from His Grace Bishop Sebastian

on Holy Tuesday, April 11.

This is the night of the Bridegroom service with the hauntingly beautiful hymn of Kassiane.

Polla ta eti Your Grace (Many Years)


Lenten Lecture Series #4 – Tues, March 21 Zoom call

Speaker: Father Anthony Salzman

Subject: "Image & Likeness"

Father Anthony Salzman graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Summa Cum Laude in 1989.  He spent the next 6 years studying the Art of Byzantine Iconography under Master Iconographer Kosta Photiadeis in Thessaloniki, Greece.  Also during that period he followed the Byzantine Art History Program at the Aristotelian University for three years.

He will be holding a workshop in Salem, SC in August of 2023 at the Diakonia Retreat Center as part of The Liturgical Arts Academy, sponsored by the OCAA Orthodox Christina Academy of Arts.

The Zoom link for the session will be sent out by Father Paul in a separate email closer to the date of the session.


Lent and Holy Week Flower Sponsorship

If you are interested in providing a donation for Easter flowers,

please visit or call the church office for details.


Almsgiving Baskets for St John the Merciful

Almsgiving is a fancy word for loving our neighbor. It provides for others who are poor and in need of our help. Let’s join Angels, Hope and Joy & STJM in this Lenten journey and help create an Almsgiving basket for Saint John the Merciful family. If you would like to sponsor a basket please see the sign up link below.

We ask that all completed baskets be dropped off at the church (a table will be set up in the fellowship hall)

by Tuesday, March 21st.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Francesca (, Anna( or Deacon(


Great Vespers of Annunciation – Friday, March 24 at 6pm

Please join us at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (435 Keating Dr, Winston Salem, NC)

on Friday, March 24th at 6pm to celebrate Great Vespers of Annunciation to the Theotokos.


Oratorical Festival – Saturday, March 25

The local St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be held on Saturday March 25th at 1pm in the Church Sanctuary.  We encourage all students in 7th through 12th grade to participate. The list of topics has been distributed through the Sunday School classrooms. If you have questions please contact Shae at


AHEPA Sponsoring Greek Independence Day – March 26

Dear Holy Trinity Community, Greek Independence Day, March 25th is fast approaching.  AHEPA will be celebrating this day on Sunday, March 26th after church.  In remembrance of this day, AHEPA will have a new program by our Greek School.  In addition, we will be serving a Lenten luncheon.  The adult lunch will include: the main course of broiled fish, Greek style green beans, a salad, rolls, a dessert, and coffee/tea/water. The advance adult ticket’s purchased (3/05 through 3/19) will be reduced by 20%, $20.00 each ($25.00 for the day of the event).

The kid’s lunch will have fish-sticks, fries, a salad, rolls, a dessert, and coffee/tea/water.  The advance kid’s ticket (12 and under) will be $6.00 each ($8.00 for the day of the event).  PLEASE help us out and purchase your tickets early.  We need to estimate how many meals to prepare.  In advance of your support, AHEPA wants to say “Thank You” for helping us in honoring our Greek heritage.


Holy Trinity Scholarships Application Deadline

The deadline for applications for the 2023 Holy Trinity Scholarships is March 26. Completed applications and letters of recommendation can be sent to or delivered to the church office. The application for this year is available on under the Resources tab. Scholarships sponsored by our parish families are available for High School Seniors, College and Graduate students.

Best wishes to all our students!


Christians Caring for Creation Ministry

The website for the plant sale to benefit our church is now open:
You can order online at

The last day to order plants is Saturday, April 22nd.
Sunday, April 23 in the Multipurpose Room (12:15-1:00pm):

The Pharmacy from God, Herb Workshop, and the last day to order plants
Saturday, April 29 (10am-2pm)  Plant pickup
Sunday, April 30  Pick up remaining plants immediately after Divine Liturgy


Philoptochos News

Beautiful Philoptochos sisters and supporters,

Please see a few of the many opportunities you have to be involved. We welcome your participation on the level that works best for you. Come join us!


Special tray Sunday March 19

Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology 

Please consider making a contribution as you leave Liturgy. Your Philoptochos sisters will be holding baskets in the back. All proceeds will go direct to the operation expenses of the school. Thank you in advance. 


Sunday March 19 - Twelve noon in the church

General membership meeting- all women of our parish eighteen and above are invited. 

We will have a special speaker from Meals on Wheels of Wake county. This organization provides meals to homebound residents that otherwise may not have any access to food. Come hear how we may make a difference. Following our speaker we will have a brief and important meeting. This is your opportunity to be part of our decision making. Please join us. 


A huge thanks to Chairs Diane and Estelle for organizing the wonderful Lenten meal following our Pre-Sanctified Liturgy tonight! Thanks to all of you for participating by providing your favorite Lenten dishes to share with our parish. Thank you, Father Waynick, for sharing your wisdom and faith through your words. 


Tsoureki available for purchase on Saturday April 8 during Communion Breakfast and Sunday April 9 following Liturgy.  We have forty loaves, therefore, purchase while they last. Thanks to our very own baker, Julie Theocles.  

A Few of our important dates:

March 18, 2023​​   Metropolis Philoptochos virtual Spiritual Retreat

***March 19, 2023​   General Meeting to include Meals on Wheels speaker and nominations 

April 8, 2023​​      Communion Breakfast / Folding Palms following Liturgy

April 14, 2023​​    Easter Egg Wrapping 

April 23, 2023​​    General Meeting 

May 21, 2023​     ​General meeting to include Board Election

                           End of year party-location to be announced


More announcements to follow! #philostrong. #ArmyofAgape

We look forward to seeing you, 



St Anthony’s Group

On Saturday, March 18th:  The St. Anthony’s Group will be hosting a cross-generational round table discussion.   This discussion is intended to share experiences/routines and understanding with each generation to continue healthy fellowship.  The whole community is invited. 

A Lenten Lunch will be provided.


If you are interested in attending April 29th’s musical “All Shook Up” at 2pm in the Temple Theater (Sanford, NC) “All Shook Up!” at 2pm. Please contact or 919-810-2903 no later than prior to March 27th for more information.

The group rate is $27 per person.


On Tuesday, April 4th at 12:30pm in Parish Hall -  Spaghetti Luncheon at 12:30pm.

The whole community is invited.


On Saturday, April 8th at 1:30pm in Parish Hall – Chair exercises.


On Friday, April 21st at 7:00pm, there is a Jazz Trio concert at Meredith College’s

Carswell Auditorium – Free admission.

Please contact Toula by April 18th if you are interested in attending.


On Saturday, April 29th: Temple Theater’s (Sanford, NC) “All Shook Up!” at 2pm.

If interested, please contact or 919-810-2903 prior to March 27th for more information.


American Red Cross Blood Drive -May 6

SAVE THE DATE:  Holy Trinity will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, May 6th from 10:00am-2:30pm.  You can sign up to be a donor by visiting or by calling

1-800-RED-CROSS.  Use sponsor code HTGO.  For questions, assistance with sign up

or to volunteer, please contact Zoe Pusic at

or 646-591-5132.  Thank you for helping us save lives!


Readers at Agape Vespers

Anyone who would like to read the assigned Gospel Lesson from St. John in a foreign language at the 11am Agape Vespers on Pascha Sunday, April 16, please contact Fr. Paul by email at Kalo Pascha!


Save the Date!  Orthodox Parenting Retreat

with Dr. Philip Mamalakis on June 2-3

We're thrilled to announce that Dr. Philip Mamalakis, author of

Parenting toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child-Rearing,

will be visiting us for a parenting retreat Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3.

Friday evening, Dr. Mamalakis will provide a seminar to both moms and dads. Childcare will be provided. Saturday, mothers will gather after the Saturday of Souls service for lunch and an afternoon focused on our unique role.

More details to follow in the coming weeks. You can find Dr. Mamalakis' book at

Ancient Faith, Amazon, and soon the Holy Trinity bookstore. We hope to see you there!


2023 Stewardship Campaign Update

Happy New Year! Now that we are full swing into the 2023 Stewardship Campaign,

we want to give one last update on the final numbers from our 2022 stewardship campaign,

for those of you who may not have seen them. We are thrilled to report, and incredibly grateful to each one of you for our record-breaking dollars raised last year.


2022 Stewardship Campaign Final Numbers


All Stewardship Dollars Collected: $611,716 (11.8% increase from 2021)

Only Pledge Dollars Collected: $462,725 (33% increase from 2021)

Number of Giving Families: 361 (1.4% increase from 2021)

Please Note: Budgeted expenses required to run the church per day: $1,740


We are grateful for the steady generosity of those of you who have participated to date.

Below is the status of our 2023 campaign progress as of January 31, 2023.


Stewardship Pledges received: $310,316

Pledges/Unpledged collected in December of 2022 & January 2023: $ 85,816

Budget for 2023: $ 638,518


Please continue to be good stewards of Holy Trinity, and if you have not already done so,

submit your Stewardship Commitment Cards via one of the easy methods listed below. It’s also very important, if you are a long-standing or new member of our community, to provide your ministry/volunteer interests, so we can reach out and get everyone involved and track the

participation success of our ministries overall.


ONLINE. Visit our church stewardship ministry page and on the right side of our page you will see a link to complete your Stewardship Commitment Card.


After submitting your Card via the link, you can set up your payment schedule via the church’s

online giving portal, Abundant Giving, (


STEWARDSHIP DROP BOX. You can also turn in your form or pledge payment/donation, via the wooden drop box located on the credenza in the Narthex, as it is checked regularly. 


MAIL. You can still mail your completed Stewardship Commitment Card to the church office.

EMAIL. You can scan and email it to the church office at as well.


Contact Angela Georgallis at 919-339-3169 or

regarding all stewardship questions or concerns.







FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2023


6:30 P.M.



SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023








6:00 P.M.








SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023








6:00 P.M.



FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023


6:30 P.M.







Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας, ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the Holy Cross in the First Mode

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοίς Βασιλεύσι κατά βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καί τό σόν φυλάττων διά τού Σταυρού σου πολίτευμα.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια, ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, ἀναγράφω σοὶ ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε, Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐκ παντοίων μὲ κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον, ἵνα κράζω σοί, Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 20:1-10

Τῇ μιᾷ τῶν Σαββάτων Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ ἔρχεται πρωῒ σκοτίας ἔτι οὔσης, εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον· καὶ βλέπει τὸν λίθον ἠρμένον ἐκ τοῦ μνημείου. Τρέχει οὖν, καὶ ἔρχεται πρὸς Σίμωνα Πέτρον, καὶ πρὸς τὸν ἄλλον μαθητήν, ὃν ἐφίλει ὁ Ἰησοῦς, καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· ᾞραν τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τοῦ μνημείου, καὶ οὐκ οἴδαμεν ποῦ ἔθηκαν αὐτόν. Ἐξῆλθεν οὖν ὁ Πέτρος καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητής, καὶ ἤρχοντο εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον. Ἔτρεχον δὲ οἱ δύο ὁμοῦ· καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητὴς προέδραμε τάχιον τοῦ Πέτρου, καὶ ἦλθε πρῶτος εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ παρακύψας, βλέπει κείμενα τὰ ὀθόνια· οὐ μέντοι εἰσῆλθεν. Ἔρχεται οὖν Σίμων Πέτρος ἀκολουθῶν αὐτῷ, καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ θεωρεῖ τὰ ὀθόνια κείμενα· καὶ τὸ σουδάριον, ὃ ἦν ἐπὶ τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ, οὐ μετὰ τῶν ὀθονίων κείμενον, ἀλλὰ χωρὶς ἐντετυλιγμένον εἰς ἕνα τόπον. Τότε οὖν εἰσῆλθε καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητὴς ὁ ἐλθὼν πρῶτος εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ εἶδε, καὶ ἐπίστευσεν. Οὐδέπω γὰρ ᾔδεισαν τὴν Γραφήν, ὅτι δεῖ αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῆναι. Ἀπῆλθον οὖν πάλιν πρὸς ἑαυτοὺς οἱ μαθηταί.

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying and the napkin, which had been on His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that He must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Epistle Reading

Προκείμενον. Plagal Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 4:14-16, 5:1-6.

Ἀδελφοί, ἔχοντες οὖν ἀρχιερέα μέγαν, διεληλυθότα τοὺς οὐρανούς, Ἰησοῦν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ θεοῦ, κρατῶμεν τῆς ὁμολογίας. Οὐ γὰρ ἔχομεν ἀρχιερέα μὴ δυνάμενον συμπαθῆσαι ταῖς ἀσθενείαις ἡμῶν, πεπειραμένον δὲ κατὰ πάντα καθʼ ὁμοιότητα, χωρὶς ἁμαρτίας. Προσερχώμεθα οὖν μετὰ παρρησίας τῷ θρόνῳ τῆς χάριτος, ἵνα λάβωμεν ἔλεον, καὶ χάριν εὕρωμεν εἰς εὔκαιρον βοήθειαν. Πᾶς γὰρ ἀρχιερεύς, ἐξ ἀνθρώπων λαμβανόμενος, ὑπὲρ ἀνθρώπων καθίσταται τὰ πρὸς τὸν θεόν, ἵνα προσφέρῃ δῶρά τε καὶ θυσίας ὑπὲρ ἁμαρτιῶν· μετριοπαθεῖν δυνάμενος τοῖς ἀγνοοῦσιν καὶ πλανωμένοις, ἐπεὶ καὶ αὐτὸς περίκειται ἀσθένειαν· καὶ διὰ ταύτην ὀφείλει, καθὼς περὶ τοῦ λαοῦ, οὕτως καὶ περὶ ἑαυτοῦ, προσφέρειν ὑπὲρ ἁμαρτιῶν. Καὶ οὐχ ἑαυτῷ τις λαμβάνει τὴν τιμήν, ἀλλὰ καλούμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ θεοῦ, καθάπερ καὶ Ἀαρών. Οὕτως καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς οὐχ ἑαυτὸν ἐδόξασεν γενηθῆναι ἀρχιερέα, ἀλλʼ ὁ λαλήσας πρὸς αὐτόν, Υἱός μου εἶ σύ, ἐγὼ σήμερον γεγέννηκά σε. Καθὼς καὶ ἐν ἑτέρῳ λέγει, Σὺ ἱερεὺς εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδέκ.

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6.

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Cross
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 8:34-38, 9:1

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι. ὃς γὰρ ἂν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι, ἀπολέσει αὐτήν· ὃς δ᾿ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχὴν ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν. τί γὰρ ὠφελήσει ἄνθρωπον ἐὰν κερδήσῃ τὸν κόσμον ὅλον, καὶ ζημιωθῇ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν ἐπαισχυνθῇ με καὶ τοὺς ἐμοὺς λόγους ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ τῇ μοιχαλίδι καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπαισχυνθήσεται αὐτὸν ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων τῶν ἁγίων. Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι εἰσί τινες τῶν ὧδε ἑστηκότων, οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσι τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐληλυθυῖαν ἐν δυνάμει.

Sunday of the Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


Wisdom of the Fathers

The key to knowledge is the humility of Christ. The door of the Kingdom of Heaven is open, not to those who only know in their learned minds the mysteries of faith and the commandments of their Creator, but to those who have progressed far enough to live by them.
St. Bede the Venerable
Unknown, 8th century

To deny oneself means to give up one's bad habits; to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad thoughts and desires; to suppress every evil thought; to avoid occasions of sin; not to desire or to do anything out of self-love, but to do everything out of love for God. To deny oneself, according to St. Paul means "to be dead to sin. . . but alive to God."
St. Innocent of Alaska
The Lenten Spring, SVS Press, p. 147, 19th Century


Saints and Feasts

March 19

The Holy Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria

Saint Chrysanthus, who was from Alexandria, had been instructed in the Faith of Christ by a certain bishop. His father, who was a senator by rank and a pagan, had him shut up in prison for many days; then, seeing the unchanging disposition of his mind, he commanded that a certain young woman named Daria be brought from Athens. She was a very beautiful and learned maiden, and also an idolater, and Chrysanthus' father wedded him to her so that he might be drawn away from the Faith of Christ because of his love for her. Instead of this however, Chrysanthus drew Daria unto piety, and both of them boldly proclaimed Christ and received the crown of martyrdom in 283, during the reign of Numerian, when they were buried alive in a pit of mire.

March 19

Demetrios the New Martyr

March 19

Sunday of the Holy Cross

With the help of God, we have almost reached the middle of the course of the Fast, where our strength has been worn down through abstinence, and the full difficulty of the labour set before us becomes apparent. Therefore our holy Mother, the Church of Christ, now brings to our help the all-holy Cross, the joy of the world, the strength of the faithful, the staff of the just, and the hope of sinners, so that by venerating it reverently, we might receive strength and grace to complete the divine struggle of the Fast.

March 20

4th Monday of Lent

March 20

Cuthbert the Wonderworker, Bishop of Lindisfarne

Saint Cuthbert was born in Britain about the year 635, and became a monk in his youth at the monastery of Melrose by the River Tweed. After many years of struggle as a true priest of Christ, in the service both of his own brethren and of the neglected Christians of isolated country villages, he became a solitary on Farne Island in 676. After eight years as a hermit, he was constrained to leave his quiet to become Bishop of Lindisfarne, in which office he served for almost two years. He returned to his hermitage two months before he reposed in peace in 687. Because of the miracles he wrought both during his life and at his tomb after his death, he is called the "Wonderworker of Britain." The whole English people honoured him, and kings were both benefactors to his shrine and suppliants of his prayers. Eleven years after his death, his holy relics were revealed to be incorrupt; when his body was translated from Lindisfarne to Durham Cathedral in August of 1104, his body was still found to be untouched by decay, giving off "an odour of sweetest fragrancy," and "from the flexibility of its joints representing a person asleep rather than dead." Finally, when the most impious Henry VIII desecrated his shrine, opening it to despoil it of its valuables, his body was again found incorrupt, and was buried in 1542. It is believed that after this the holy relics of Saint Cuthbert were hidden to preserve them from further desecration.

March 20

Righteous Fathers slain at the Monastery of St. Savas

The Righteous Martyrs were put to death by the barbarians during the reign of Emperor Heraclius, when Saint Modestus was Patriarch of Jerusalem (632-634).

March 20

Photini the Samaritan Woman

Saint Photini lived in 1st century Palestine and was the woman that Christ met at Jacob's Well in Samaria as recorded in the Gospel according to John (4:4-26). After her encounter with Christ, she and her whole family were baptized by the Apostles and became evangelists of the early Church. Photini and her children eventually were summoned before the emperor Nero and instructed to renounce their faith in Christ. They refused to do so, accepting rather to suffer various tortures. After many efforts to force her to surrender to idolatry, the emperor ordered that she be thrown down a well. Photini gave up her life in the year 66.

St. Photini is commemorated on three occasions during the year: February 26 (Greek tradition), March 20 (Slavic tradition), and the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman on the 5th Sunday of Pascha.

March 20

Myron the New Martyr of Crete

March 21

4th Tuesday of Lent

March 21

Thomas I, Patriarch of Constantinople