Holy Trinity Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-12-13
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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      


Kathy Chaka – Steve Jenkins – Greg Cook

THIS WEEK’S MEMORIAL IS FOR: John E. Melas – 10 years
TRISAGION PRAYERS FOR: Maroulla Louka – 40 days Virginia Grevis – 5 years
May Their Memory Be Eternal

THIS WEEK’S ALTAR FLOWERS ARE SPONSORED BY: Gene & Faye Haberman in loving memory of John E. Melas. May His Memory Be Eternal

The Prosfora, Eucharistic Bread, prepared on behalf of the worshipping faithful, was offered this week by the Melas & Haberman Families and Dawn Anagnos Thank You and God Bless You

CONDOLENCES to the family of Bessie Bellas whose funeral was this past Wednesday.  May Her Memory Be Eternal 

CONDOLENCES to the family of John Vardinakis who passes away on Tuesday.   May his memory Be Eternal

CONDOLENCES to the family of Neocles Leontis who passed away on Wednesday.  May his Memory Be Eternal.

In the Hospital last week. Alex Tokles (Flower). Perastika and a speedy recovery.

THIS WEEK AT HOLY TRINITY All meetings are On line:
Monday, December 14th- Philoptochos Board Meeting 6 pm
Philoptochos General Meeting 7 pm
Tuesday, December 15th-Saint Eleutherios Orthros 9 am Divine Liturgy 10 am
“100 Christmas Blessing” Zoom Presentation 7 pm
Wednesday, December 16th-Bible Study 10 am and 7 pm
Adult Greek School via Zoom
Thursday, December 17th- Men’s group 7 pm via Zoom
Friday, December 18th- Paraklesis 7 pm

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!

The Philoptochos Collection Tray today is for the St. Spyridon Fund which supports our Metropolis ministries. Thank you for your support.

ARE YOU CURRENT WITH YOUR STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE?... With a few weeks left 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. We appreciate it!

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.)

JANUARY 2021 ECHO ARTICLES are due this Tuesday, December 15th.

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 May 16th 20201. 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 27th Georgia Karahalios – 6 months; Despina Rossopoulou – 40 days; Harry Hartford – 8 years May Their Memory Be Eternal



    100 years of Blessings

    100 years of Blessings

    Join us as we celebrate our beautiful Churches 100 year Anniversary. Chris Zervos will offer a presentation in honor our Cathedral

    Christmas Pageant 2020

    Christmas Pageant 2020

    The Sunday School kids will once offer a Christmas Pageant. Click on the flyer for details

    Vasilopita Sale

    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

    Covid Update

    Covid Update

    Update for Covid-19 Procedures


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for 11th Sun. of Luke in the Second Mode

By faith didst Thou justify the Forefathers, when through them Thou didst betroth Thyself aforetime to the Church from among the nations. The Saints boast in glory that from their seed there is a glorious fruit, even she that bare Thee seedlessly. By their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.

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 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

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.

Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading

11th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 14:16-24

The Lord said this parable: "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for all is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.'"


Saints and Feasts

December 13

11th Sunday of Luke

On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we commemorate Christ's forefathers according to the flesh, both those that came before the Law, and those that lived after the giving of the Law.

Special commemoration is made of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom the promise was first given, when God said to him, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 22:18). This promise was given some two thousand years before Christ, when Abraham was seventy-five years of age. God called him and commanded him to forsake his country, parents, and kinsmen, and to depart to the land of the Canaanites. When he arrived there, God told him, "I will give this land to thy seed" (Gen. 12:7); for this cause, that land was called the "Promised Land," which later became the country of the Hebrew people, and which is also called Palestine by the historians. There, after the passage of twenty-four years, Abraham received God's law concerning circumcision. In the one hundredth year of his life, when Sarah was in her ninetieth year, they became the parents of Isaac. Having lived 175 years altogether, he reposed in peace, a venerable elder full of days.

December 13

Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America

Saint Herman (his name is a variant of Germanus) was born near Moscow in 1756. In his youth he became a monk, first at the Saint Sergius Hermitage near Saint Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland; while he dwelt there, the most holy Mother of God appeared to him, healing him of a grave malady. Afterwards he entered Valaam Monastery on Valiant Island in Lake Ladoga; he often withdrew into the wilderness to pray for days at a time. In 1794, answering a call for missionaries to preach the Gospel to the Aleuts, he came to the New World with the first Orthodox mission to Alaska. He settled on Spruce Island, which he called New Valaam, and here he persevered, even in the face of many grievous afflictions mostly at the hands of his own countrymen in the loving service of God and of his neighbour. Besides his many toils for the sake of the Aleuts, he subdued his flesh with great asceticism, wearing chains, sleeping little, fasting and praying much. He brought many people to Christ by the example of his life, his teaching, and his kindness and sanctity, and was granted the grace of working miracles and of prophetic insight. Since he was not a priest, Angels descended at Theophany to bless the waters in the bay; Saint Herman used this holy water to heal the sick. Because of his unwearying missionary labours, which were crowned by God with the salvation of countless souls, he is called the Enlightener of the Aleuts, and has likewise been renowned as a wonderworker since his repose in 1837.

December 13

Lucia the Virgin-martyr

Saint Lucia was from Syracuse in Sicily, a virgin betrothed to a certain pagan. Since her mother suffered from an issue of blood, she went with her to the shrine of Saint Agatha at Catania to seek healing (see Feb. 5). There Saint Agatha appeared to Lucia in a dream, assuring her of her mother's healing, and foretelling Lucia's martyrdom. When her mother had been healed, Lucia gladly distributed her goods to the poor, preparing herself for her coming confession of Christ. Betrayed as a Christian by her betrothed to Paschasius the Governor, she was put in a brothel to be abased, but was preserved in purity by the grace of God. Saint Lucia was beheaded in the year 304, during the reign of Diocletian.

December 13

The Holy Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes of Greater Armenia

The Five Martyrs were from Greater Armenia. Like their ancestors, they worshipped Christ in secret; during the persecution of Diocletian, they presented themselves before the Forum authorities, and having been tormented in diverse manners, by Lysius the proconsul, three of them ended their lives in torments. As for Saints Eustratius and Orestes, they survived and were sent to Sebastia to Agricolaus, who governed the whole East; by his command these Saints, received their end as martyrs by fire in 296. Saint Auxentius was a priest. Saint Eustratius was educated and an orator; he was the foremost among Lysius' dignitaries and the archivist of the province. In the Synaxarion he is given the Latin title of scriniarius, that is, "keeper of the archives." The prayer, "Magnifying I magnify Thee, O Lord," which is read in the Saturday Midnight Service, is ascribed to him. In the Third Hour and elsewhere there is another prayer, "O Sovereign Master, God the Father Almighty," which is ascribed to Saint Mardarius.

December 13

Gabriel the Hieromartyr, Archbishop of Serbia


Wisdom of the Fathers

This parable ... proclaims beforehand both the casting out of the Jews, and the calling of the Gentiles; and it indicates together with this also the strictness of the life required, and how great the punishment appointed for the careless ....
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 69 on Matthew 22, 4th Century

And when were they bidden? By all the prophets; by John again; for unto Christ he would pass all on, saying, "He must increase, I must decrease;" by the Son Himself again, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you;" and again, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 69 on Matthew 22, 4th Century


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Statement of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Passing of Senator Paul Sarbanes


The falling asleep in the Lord of Senator Paul Sarbanes is a profound moment in the consciousness of our Holy Archdiocese, which marks the passing of a true giant of the Omogeneia and the Nation. There are so many who have stood on his shoulders and seen farther and clearer than they could have ever imagined. Paul Sarbanes was the proud son of immigrants from Greece, whose vision for the future found a sweeping panorama of the American dream in their son, who went on an exceptional educational journey from Princeton, to Oxford, to Harvard, and whose trajectory was a life of exemplary and extraordinary public service.

Ionian Village Christmas Ornament


The Office of Ionian Village has released a “Limited Edition Meet me at the Chapel” Christmas Ornament to raise funds to repair areas of the camp site damaged by a mid-October tornado. All proceeds from this ornament fundraiser will be donated to the Ionian Village Tornado Fund.

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.