Holy Trinity Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-12-06
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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      


Paul Sieben – George Sares – Maria Tzanakis

40-DAY BLESSING FOR: Baby Clark born October 23rd to parents Evan & Aniese Zink.
May God continue to bless him always.

THIS WEEK’S ALTAR FLOWERS ARE SPONSORED BY: Paul & Susan Sieben in honor of their 49th Wedding Anniversary which is December 12th. May God Continue To Bless Them Always

CONDOLENCES to the family of Jim Mitsopoulos whose funeral is Friday. May His Memory Be Eternal.

CONDOLENCES to the family of Jimmy Petas who passed away last week. May His Memory Be Eternal.

In the Hospital last week. Richard Hartford (St. Charles). Perastika and a speedy recovery.

THIS WEEK AT HOLY TRINITY All meetings are On line:
Monday, December 7th- Parish Council 6 pm
Wednesday, December 9nd-Bible Study 10 am and 7 pm
Adult Greek School via Zoom
Thursday, December 10th- Men’s group 7 pm via Zoom
Saturday, December 12th- St. Spyridon Orthros 9 am Divine Liturgy 10 am

As in years past our Sunday School kids will be collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for those less fortunate. Please help our kids and their families donate these much-needed items. Please bring your donation to Church with you during the Sundays of December. There will be two small trees on the solea one by the Icon of Christ and the other by the Icon of the Virgin Mary. You may hang your offering on one of the trees.
Special presentation on the Cathedral 100th year Anniversary

It is my great pleasure to announce that on December 15th, via Zoom, our own Chris Zervos will offer a presentation and discussion on the Cathedral’s 100th year anniversary. The Title of the presentation is "100 Christmas Blessings". As many of you know the first service was held on Christmas day 1920. As we prepare to remember and celebrate this day let us gather via Zoom to hear how special this Christmas is for our community.

GOYA, HOPE, and JOY Christmas Zoom Discussion: On Sunday December 13th Our Hope and Joy kids will have a Zoom Discussion about Christmas at 3 pm. They will also make ornaments together as well. The GOYANS will have their discussion on December 20th at 3pm. Their Discussion will include the GOYANS from Ann Arbor.

Christmas Pageant: As all of us can imagine this year's pageant will be different. The children will put together a "Video Collage Pageant" for you to view in Church on Sunday December 20th. This video will also be on YouTube!

POINSETTIAS FOR SALE TODAY: There will be a limited amount of poinsettias for sale today after Divine Liturgy. They’re $12 each for 6 ½ inch pot in either white or green. Please see Nancy Rodgers if you’re interested.

ARE YOU CURRENT WITH YOUR STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE?... With a month remaining in this campaign... Have you paid this year’s commitment? If you haven’t paid – Please do. Thank you to everyone who has paid their pledge in full and who are current. We appreciate it!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR GOYANS!.. by participating in their GOYA Christmas Card. Forms have been mailed - the cost is $20 (this includes all organizations) Please make checks out to GOYA. Please turn forms in asap.. Thank you!

PHYLLO FOR SALE – 2 for $5.00 – Call the Church Office

GREEK KITCHEN Christmas orders and DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE Dolmathes orders are due Monday, December 14th – Pick up is December 18 & 19th 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.

PHILOPTOCHOS VASILOPITA SALE - Let’s continue our tradition and purchase your Vasilopita from Philoptochos! The Vasilopita Sale is in lieu of our annual Vasilopita Dinner. Benefitting our many charitable ministries A sweet, moist, fluffy, yeast bread Ten inches round, weighs two pounds, with a New Year’s coin Mail your completed Order Form with payment (checks payable to Philoptochos) by Thursday, December 10, 2020 to Pattie Senerius 7001 Leicester Road Toledo, OH 43617 Pre-paid order pick-up at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 Superior St. (Use Summit St. entrance) Sunday, December 27th, After Church (11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.)

HOLY TRINITY PANTRY - Due to the growing use of our Pantry, our needs are constantly changing. In addition to the items listed in the November Echo, the Pantry is now in need of: laundry detergent, jelly, shelf-stable milk, pasta meat sauce, crackers, hand sanitizer, and hand soap. We would also like to start collecting new or gently-used hats, scarves, and mittens. And as always, we happily welcome any nonperishable food items. 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 December & January. Please call Connie Mynihan at 419-250-4899 or email at

ALTAR FLOWERSD ARE NEEDED FOR February 14. 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: December 13th John E. Melas – 10 years; Maroulla Louka – 40 days (Trisagion); Virginia Grevis – 5 years (Trisagion) December 27th Georgia Karahalios – 6 months May Their Memory Be Eternal


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion for Nicholas the Wonderworker in the Fourth Mode

The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, an icon of meekness, and a teacher of temperance; for this cause, thou hast achieved the heights by humility, riches by poverty. O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21.

Brethren, obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.


Saints and Feasts

December 06

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

This Saint lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, and reposed in 330, As a young man, he desired to espouse the solitary life. He made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where he found a place to withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made known to him, however, that this was not the will of God for him, but that he should return to his homeland to be a cause of salvation for many. He returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He became known for his abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering those who had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal for the truth. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius brazenly uttered against the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the face. Since the canons of the Church forbid the clergy to strike any man at all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity what disciplinary action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain of the bishops, informing them that no action was to be taken against him, since he had acted not out of passion, but extreme love and piety. The Dismissal Hymn for holy hierarchs, The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock ... was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is the patron of all travellers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is one of the best known and best loved Saints of all time.

December 06

10th Sunday of Luke

December 06

Nicholas the New Martyr of Asia Minor


Wisdom of the Fathers

So great an evil is envy. For not against strangers only, but even against our own, is it ever warring.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

And yet here He speaks only; whereas elsewhere in many cases He heals by laying on of hands also. But nevertheless none of these things made them meek; rather, while the man was healed, they by his health became worse. For His desire indeed was to cure them before him, and He tried innumerable ways of healing, both by what He did in their presence, and by what He said: but since their malady after all was incurable, He proceeded to the work.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Live with the Louhs: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine


Fr. Nicholas and his wife, Dr. Roxanne Louh, a Clinical Psychologist, speak with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, as well as Fr. Alex Karloutsos and Mr. Michael Psaros about the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at Ground Zero.

Cathedral Christmas Concert


The Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity presents, under the High Patronage of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America: "God Is With Us" - An Archdiocesan Virtual Christmas Concert hosted by the Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir, directed by Costas Tsourakis.

Inform, Inspire and Equip Your Parish Stewardship Ministry


Stewardship Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese invites parish leadership of the New York District and the New Jersey Metropolis to the first in a six-part online/zoom series to help you and your parish leaders create a culture of true Christian stewardship. Learn empirically proven strategies to better engage parishioners and increase stewardship results.

Rev. Protopresbyter John D. Protopapas, B.D., S.T.M Falls Asleep in the Lord


Rev. Protopresbyter John D. Protopapas was born in Pano Zodhia, Cyprus on December 12, 1926 to Demetrios Protopapas and Panagiota Katsaris, and was dedicated to the church on January 23, 1927, which then became his official birth date. His father was the Protopsaltis of the village and taught him Byzantine music at an early age.

Hagia Sophia Art Contest


The Department of Greek Education presents the Hagia Sophia Art Contest for children ages 6-14. The deadline is December 31st, 2020 and features cash prizes for first, second, and third place.

Demetrios K. Tsigas Falls Asleep in the Lord


Demetrios K. Tsigas, 59, of Melbourne, FL was called to the Lord on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, from complications related to his three-year struggle with lung cancer that metastasized to his brain. Father Demetri is survived by his wife of 26 years, Eleni (Zuras), his sons Jordan and Jonathan, his parents Fr. Konstantine and Presvytera Spiridoula Tsigas, his sisters, Vasiliki Fotinis and Katerina Papaioanou, and their husbands, Panayiotis and George, and nieces and nephews Spyridoula, Emmanuel, Anastasia, Konstantina, and Theofania.

Putting the "Giving" Back in "Thanksgiving"


As it does every year, Thanksgiving comes and goes quickly. We spend a few hours trying to feel grateful, but then start looking for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals so we can buy more stuff. If gratitude is nothing but a feeling that lasts a few hours, are we doing something wrong? Maybe we're approaching thanksgiving the wrong way. Maybe we spend too much time focused on the “thanks,” and not enough on the “giving.”