Holy Trinity Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-04-11
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Holy Trinity Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (419) 243-9189
  • Fax:
  • (419) 243-3799
  • Street Address:

  • 740 Superior Street

  • Toledo, OH 43604
  • Mailing Address:

  • 740 Superior Street

  • Toledo, OH 43604

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Church School Following Holy Communion Week Day Divine Liturgy Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM Evening Services Consult Echo Calendar or Weekly Bulletin for times.

Past Bulletins

Parish News

Holy Trinity’s Mission Statement:  To worship and glorify God, by promoting the teachings, of the Greek Orthodox Faith. To encourage all members' participation through our Greek culture, educational programs,   community outreach and fundraising activities while serving God, our community and humanity      


   Harry D. Proestos – Frank Reder – George Sares  

 THIS WEEK’S MEMORIAL IS FOR:  John Veronie – 1 year May His Memory Be Eternal

40-DAY BLESSING FOR:  Baby Elliana Mae Hall born January 26th to parents Luke & Sarah Hall.  May God Continue to Bless Her Always

Prosfora offered today by the family of John Veronie and Kelly Yakumithis

THIS WEEK’S ALTAR FLOWERS ARE SPONSORED by Mr. & Mrs. Ken MacLaren in loving memory of Gus & Falea Scarvelis. 

May Their Memory Be Eternal  

Parish Assembly Today in the Fellowship Hall.  You must be a member in good standing to vote. 


Monday, April 12th- Great Compline 6pm

Tuesday, April 13th- Evening Bible Study 6 pm, Cook Book 7 pm

Wednesday, April 14th- 10 am Morning Bible Study, Adult Greek School 6pm-8pm, Orthodoxy 101 5:00pm, Presanctified Liturgy 6pm

Thursday, April 15th-  Young at Heart 6 pm (In Person)

Friday, April 16th-Confession 6 pm Salutations 7 pm

Saturday, April 17th-Greek School 9:20-12:20 

The Raftopoulos Scholarship:  The Raftopoulos Scholarship Application is now available.  Please call the Church office if you're interested in applying.  Please return to the office by May 9th.

Young at Heart meeting here at the Community Center Thursday, April 15th at 6:00 p.m. There will be a short meeting and Trisagion prayers for all deceased members.  Bingo will be played afterwards.  Because of  the current Covid 19 restrictions, masks and social distance will be observed and  no food will be served but water will be available.  

Attention Philoptochos Members:  There will be a Philoptochos General Meeting on Monday, April 19th at 7:00 P.M..  We will meet at the Community Center Hall, social distancing and masks are required. 

Great news from the Cookbook Committee: We are running a spring sale on our Community cookbook “Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More!”.  For a limited time we will be offering the cookbook for $20 and the “Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More!” aprons are selling for $10.  They will be available in person at the time of the Greek Kitchen’s pick-up and also at The Daughter’s Palm Sunday Pastry sale. They will also be available on line through our church website.  The books make a wonderful Easter gift,  they are a nice hostess gift, and can be a great addition to wedding shower gift basket.  This is the perfect time to buy a couple of books and save them to give to family or friends later.  We appreciate your support.

Warm Hand to Warm Hearts, Please keep Knitting & Crocheting thru the Spring and Summer.  We are also looking for donations of yarn. If you see any, at yard or garage sales, we sure could put it to good use.  Thank You.

Philoptochos Scholarship available--- Qualifying high school seniors can apply for a Service scholarship. If interested, please email Stephanie Berardinelli at The deadline to apply is Friday, April 30th. 

The Metropolis of Detroit Philoptochos Board is proud to once again offer the Florence G. Stefanou Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is to provide financial assistance to qualifying high school seniors, or undergraduate college students (Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior) attending an accredited college, university, or trade school. Applicants must be related to a Philoptochos member.

AHEPA/Daughters Scholarships… The local, District and National scholarships are now available for submission. The local AHEPA/Daughters scholarships use the same application to determine recipients. The application can be found at The application can be downloaded and filled out on the computer. Typed application is preferable to handwritten, but not required. Due date is April 19, 2021.

The District scholarship application is available online at and will be due March 31, 2021. This application can only be filled out online. Download is not available. As a reminder, the District scholarship does not have a minimum GPA requirement.

Please refer to for details on the various National scholarships. Philoptochos is now collecting 2021 Stewardship. Please make your check payable to Philoptochos and mail to:

Presvytera Ann Hadgigeorge

Philoptochos Assist. Treasurer

7234 Wembley Terrace W

Toledo, OH 43617

Your stewardship supports our many charitable ministries. Thank you for your support! 

Have you turned in your 2021 Stewardship Card? If you haven’t please do so.  We need everyone’s participation to make this year’s campaign a success.  Thank you!

HOLY TRINITY PANTRY UPDATE Greetings from the Pantry Committee!  Pantry inventory was again completed on April 2nd, and at this time, our updated list of immediate needs includes:  Hearty soups, Ramen noodles, Canned fruit (pears, peaches, etc), and laundry soap. We are so grateful for your generous donations.  Thank you!

Laundry soap, toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, canned tuna, canned chicken, and jelly.  We appreciate all of your donations!  Thank you.

Phase 2: Please remember that we have entered into phase 2 of reopening. Phase 2 means that we are allowed to have more people in Church. The number has increased to 60 people. All of the other restrictions and directives contain to be in use. Please see the revised protocol for more information.

Reminder and Thank you! We would like to thank everyone for your patience as we continue to open up our beloved Cathedral. We thank you for doing your best to follow the rules that we have been asked to put into place. We would also like to remind you to please keep your mask on even after you find your seat. The only time you may take off your mask is when you receive communion.

ATTENTION PROSFORA BAKERS: ***PROSFORA NEEDED FOR THE MONTHS OF April, May, and June. Please call Connie Mynihan at 419-250-4899 or email at

ALTAR FLOWERS ARE NEEDED FOR: Altar Flowers needed for December 12, 19, & 26. The cost is $50 for 2 beautiful vases. It’s a great way to show your support in honor or memory of someone and beautify our altar too! Call the Church office if you’re interested.

UP-COMING MEMORIAL SERVICES:  April 18th – Pauline Kambour – 1 year- Pete Manton – 15 years; Konstantinos Tsapranis – 1 year    May Their Memory Be Eternal



    Daughters of Penelope Bake sale

    Daughters of Penelope Bake sale

    Get your baked good for Easter!



    This year we would like to offer the LED lit jars not only to honor our departed loved ones, but also our entire Holy Trinity family. On each jar will be listed the name(s) of your loved ones who have fallen asleep and or your living members as well.

    Greek Kitchen Spring Order Form

    Greek Kitchen Spring Order Form

    Time to place an order for Easter

    Reopening Letter

    Reopening Letter

    Information with regards to reopening at the Cathedral.



    Directives from the Metropolis on reopening

    MDSC 2021

    MDSC 2021

    MDSC is moving forward with plans for the 2021 camp season.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Mode

With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O John our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion of the Church in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, who made fisherman all-wise, by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them, drawing all the world into Your net. O Loving One, glory be to You.

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!"

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead, and he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."

Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" So, the word went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die; but Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

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."


Saints and Feasts

April 11

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.

April 11

Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum

Saint Antipas was a contemporary of the holy Apostles, by whom he was made Bishop of Pergamum. He contested during the reign of Domitian, when he was cast, as it is said, into a bronze bull that had been heated exceedingly. The Evangelist John writes of him in the Book of Revelation, and says (as it were from the mouth of Christ, Who says to the Angel [that is, the Bishop] of the Church of Pergamum): "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is; and thou holdest fast My Name, and hast not denied My Faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful Martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth" (Rev. 2:13). The faithful pray to this Saint for ailments of the teeth.

April 11

Pharmuthios the Anchorite

April 11

Guthlac the Hermit of Crowland


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


Archdiocese News

1821 Creative Expression and Research Contest Winners Announced


The Office of Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the winners of the “1821 Creative Expression and Research Contest” which was presented by The High Council for Greek Education.

Live with the Louhs: Religious Freedom and the Plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate


On this week's exciting episode of "Live with the Louhs," a radio ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, hosts Fr. Nicholas and his wife, Dr. Roxanne, a Clinical Psychologist, discuss Religious Freedom and the Plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Orthodox Observer Interview: Jenny Stasinopoulos


After 5 years of service as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Metropolis of Denver, Jenny Stasinopoulos is moving on to her next role with the Tulsa Children's Museum. The Orthodox Observer caught up with Jenny to reflect on her time in youth ministry, the future of youth work, and her hopes for all the amazing youth and young adults she served.

Lenten Lecture #3 from the Archdiocesan Cathedral


On Wednesday, April 7th, the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity will offer their third Lenten lecture of 2021. Dn. Bartholomew Mercado’s presentation is entitled: The Application of the Canons in Contemporary Fasting Practices. To register, please contact: The lecture will also be available via Live Stream on our YouTube channel.

For the Life of the World: Towards a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church


For the Life of the World: Towards a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church is a powerful social document enriched by scriptural, patristic, theological, and spiritual references, to navigate through these often perplexing and difficult times, as Orthodox Christians, in a post-modern world.

Family Connections


We're halfway through Lent last Sunday! Check out our Family Connection from the Center for Family Care for some ideas on how to review your family's Lenten progress.

Why Young People Leave: Exploring Common Ministry Mistakes in the Way We Introduce People to the Church


60% of young American Christians fall away from the tradition that raised them. We face the same problem in the Orthodox Church. In this talk, Steve presents three common ministry mistakes. And he explores how we can transform those mistakes into opportunities for transformational ministry that meets the needs of young people. This is the first of two talks that are part of the Lenten retreat titled: Authentic Christianity: Why Young People are Leaving the Church (and How We Can Inspire them to Stay) . The second talk was given by Father Andrew Stephen Damick. The retreat took place as a live, virtual panel discussion on April 3, 2021.

Communiqué of the Holy Eparchial Synod


Today, April 5, 2021 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Holy Eparchial Synod via video conference for a regularly scheduled meeting.

Pilgrimage to Pascha: Lenten Services


On this week's episode of "Comfort Food for Families: Pilgrimage to Pascha" from the GOA Center for Family Care, Pres. Kerry Pappas talks about the Lenten services of the church and how important it is for us to attend as many as we can!

Department of Greek Education Announces the Return of the Archdiocesan District Children’s Choir


The Office of Greek Education is pleased to announce the return of the Archdiocesan District Children's Choir. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, expressed his desire to re-establish the youth choir program. With his spiritual guidance, his deep love for children and the Greek language, the Archdiocesan Youth Choir will return this Fall 2021. This program was made possible by the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Leadership 100.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Receives Consul General of Cyprus


Archbishop Elpidophoros of America received Mr. Alexis Phedonos-Vadet, Consul General of Cyprus in New York today to bid farewell as the Consul General will be returning to Cyprus to assume his new post.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Receives the COVID-19 Vaccine


"Grateful to the brilliant scientists and health care workers who, through hard work and by the Grace of God, produce and deliver life-saving vaccines. We have a moral obligation to make vaccines available to everyone in the world," said His Eminence.

Pilgrimage to Pascha: Fasting from Food


On this week's "Comfort Food for Families" episode, Pres. Melanie DiStefano talks about the spiritual practice of fasting from food and how it helps to create for us a "new wineskin."

Nashville's Greek Bicentennial Independence Celebration (Full Video)


On April 1, 2021, from the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros received a Proclamation from Mayor John Cooper celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821.