Holy Trinity Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-04-25
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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      


All Members Ushering Today

Prosfora offered today by The Ilias Bekos family and Kelly Yakumithis

THIS WEEK'S ALTAR FLOWERS ARE SPONSORED BY:  Ourania Bekos and Family in loving memory of Ilias Bekos.    

May His Memory Be Eternal.


Sunday, April 25th-Bridegroom 7pm

Monday, April 26th-Holy Monday Bridegroom 7pm

Tuesday, April 27th-Holy Tuesday Bridegroom 7pm

Wednesday, April 28th-Holy Wednesday 9:00am Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Unction Service 3pm and Unction Service 7pm

Thursday, April 29th-Holy Thursday Vesperal Divine Liturgy 7:30 am, Service of the Twelve Gospels 7:00pm

Friday, April 30th-Holy Friday Service of the Royal Hours 9am, Service of the Un-nailing from the Cross 3pm, Lamentations Service 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 1st-Holy Saturday Vesperal Divine Liturgy 9:30am, Orthros of Easter and Divine Liturgy 11:30 pm

Sunday, May 2nd-Holy Pascha Agape Vespers Noon at the Cathedral

2021 Holy Week and Easter Instructions

Dear Parish Family and Friends,

What a blessing it is to be able to celebrate this year’s Holy Week and Pascha together!  As you can see from this year’s Easter packet, we are blessed to be able to do some of our usual Easter events.  Other activities will not be happening but we hope to do them next year.

The most important thing is that we will be able to worship together.  Please remember we continue to have restriction with regards to the number of worshipers allowed in Church.  That number continues to be 60 people.  We would like to remind you that it is important that you sign up for Liturgy.  Signing up for Liturgy allows the council to prepare for the amount of people coming to worship.  Please remember signing up does not guarantee a seat in Church.  We do believe there is plenty of room to safely worship using the main Church floor and the choir loft.  If the Church has reached capacity, both choir loft and on the main floor, you will be asked to go next door.  We are blessed that we have live stream capabilities and the televisions in the hall. On Holy Friday evening we will all gather together outside and do the usual procession.  Please remember the rules for being socially distant continue to apply.  On Pascha, when it is time to go outside to sing “Chris is Risen” we will meet outside as usual.  When it is time for communion those who are next door will come to the Church to receive communion and go back to the hall.   

My friends and family in Christ, I know that this is not perfect.  I am thankful that we are able to gather for worship, even in this imperfect way.  This is the great feast that we look forward to each year.  This year we have the opportunity and we are blessed with the ability to gather safely.   Let us prepare ourselves to patiently and with faith and love draw near to Christ and great and Holy Pascha.

In Christ,

Father Larry

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.

Thank you to all our parishioners who shop at Kroger and have chosen Holy Trinity as their designated charity. The funds collected from the Kroger Rewards Program over the past few years helped fund the purchase of our new Allen organ for our cathedral. If you haven’t joined the Kroger Rewards Program, please consider doing so and designate Holy Trinity Cathedral as your designated charity.

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.

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


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!

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

ALTAR FLOWERS ARE NEEDED FOR: Altar Flowers are needed for January 16, 23, 2022 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:  June 13th – Georgia Karahalios – 1 year;   May Her Memory Be Eternal 





    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.

    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

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Mode

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Mode

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode

In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, "Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam."

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee." But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; and they said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,

'Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings,
you have brought perfect praise'?"

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9.

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


Saints and Feasts

April 25

Palm Sunday

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: "Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.

The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ's victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means "Save, I pray," or "Save, now." The foal of an ass, and Jesus' sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.

April 25

Mark the Apostle and Evangelist

Mark was an idolater from Cyrene of Pentapolis, which is near Libya. Having come to the Faith of Christ through the Apostle Peter, he followed him to Rome. While there, at the prompting of Peter himself and at the request of the Christians living there, he wrote his Gospel in Greek, and it is second in order after Matthew's. Afterwards, travelling to Egypt, he preached the Gospel there and was the first to establish the Church in Alexandria. The idolaters, unable to bear his preaching, seized him, bound him with ropes, and dragged him through the streets until he, cut to pieces on rocks, gave up his soul. It is said that he completed his life in martyrdom about the year 68. He is depicted in holy icons with a lion next to him, one of the living creatures mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), and a symbol of Christ's royal office, as Saint Irenaeus of Lyons writes.

If April 25 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. Mark is translated to Bright Tuesday.


Wisdom of the Fathers

But observe the wisdom of the Evangelist, how he is not ashamed to parade their former ignorance. That it was written they knew, that it was written of Him they knew not. For it would have offended them if He being a King were about to suffer such things, and be so betrayed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century

Besides, they could not at once have taken in the knowledge of the Kingdom of which He spake; for another Evangelist saith, that they thought the words were spoken of a kingdom of this world. (Matt. xx. 21.)
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century


Archdiocese News

The Pension Solution Explained


Last week, the Archdiocese Benefits Committee and the Archdiocese announced a historic solution to the Pension Plan issue. Today, Father Andreas Vithoulkas, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, and Elaine Allen, Treasurer of the Archdiocese, sit down with the Orthodox Observer to explain the details of this agreement, and exactly how it will work.

Archdiocese Executive Committee Holds Spring Meeting


On Thursday, April 22, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened virtually the regularly scheduled Spring meeting of the Executive Committee of the Archdiocesan Committee.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Forms Advisory Committee on the Charter


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has formed the Advisory Committee on the Charter whose purpose is to solicit feedback and ideas from across the Archdiocese as to the future of the Archdiocese as a whole body of our Church in America.

Liturgical Schedule of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Holy Week and Pascha 2021


The Archdiocese of America's Department of Greek Education Announces Collaboration with “”


As part of its campaign to support Greek schools, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America's Department of Greek Education is pleased to announce its collaboration with, the award-winning Greek language e-learning platform.

Launch of Greening the Parish “How-to Videos”


To observe the global celebration of Earth Day, which was first held in 1970, the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations welcomes its newest addition to the Greening the Parish initiative: The How-to Video Series. Beginning on Earth Day, the Department will be releasing weekly new videos featuring ideas and ways to introduce creation care and sustainability in your parish and home.

Holy Week and Pascha Schedule of His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia


His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Holy Week Schedule


With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Hierarchal Proistamenos of the St. Photios National Shrine, will be visiting parishes of the Direct Archdiocesan District and the Metropolis of New Jersey during Holy Week.

Spanish Language Translations of “Be the Bee” Episodes


New York, NY – The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (Y2AM) and the Archdiocese’s new Spanish Ministry Initiative (Ortodoxia en Español) are excited to announce a new collaboration offering Spanish-language translations of “Be the Bee” episodes.

The Place of The Greek Revolution in Today’s Greek Identity Webinar


In commemoration of the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations is hosting a one-hour webinar on “The Place and Role of the Greek Revolution in Today’s Greek Identity.”

Be the Bee # 174 | Be Joyful and Gentle (Palm Sunday)


The Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday are a sort of bridge between Great Lent and Holy Week. These days also live in the tension between joy and betrayal. People are welcoming Jesus as the Messiah while others are preparing to put Him to death. So who actually welcomed Jesus when He entered Jerusalem?

Obituary for Rev. Angelo A. Pappas


Sioux Falls - Rev. Angelo A. Pappas, age 92, of Sioux Falls passed away Thursday April 15, 2021 at Sanford Medical Center. Family will greet friends at 5:30 PM Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 1936 S. Summit Ave., with a Trisagion service at 6:30 PM. Funeral services begin at 10:00 AM Thursday at the Church, with burial to follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the church building fund. Masks are suggested.

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine April 2021 Update


My brothers and sisters: as you prepare to enter this Holy Week and encounter the Lord Risen from the dead, I ask you to pray with me for the completion of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine, and for the mission that this extraordinary Church will engage. When we behold Saint Nicholas risen form the ashes of 9/11, we will all rejoice in that day which the Lord has made!

Father George Livanos Elevated to Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne


Upon receipt of a letter from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Father George Livanos Is elevated to Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne by His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh. AXIOS!

Wedding Booklet


One of the sacraments of the Orthodox Church, the Marriage Service is rich with biblical imagery, prayer, and symbol. Because the ceremony is attended by Orthodox and non-Orthodox who may not be aware of the significance of the actions, this text has been prepared.

Clergy Brotherhood & Presvyteres Receive Blessing Before Holy Week


The Clergy, Presbyteres and children from the Archdiocesean District gathered virtually with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America to receive his blessing before the beginning of Holy Week. The gathering was hosted by Clergy Brotherhood President Father Elias Villis and Presvyteres President Dianna Doukas Kazakis.

Metropolitan Nathanael Health Update


Yesterday, April 18, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael began experiencing acute, persistent pain that was unusual in nature and unrelated to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, His Eminence was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was admitted and treated.

Maliotis Center Presents Conference on the Orthodox Church's Role in the Greek Revolution


On Saturday, April 17, the Maliotis Cultural Center at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology presented the virtual conference “1821-2021: The Orthodox Church and the Greek Revolution” in observance of the bicentennial of the beginning of Greece’s War of Independence. The conference examined the vital role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Greek Orthodox clergy in supporting the formation and preservation of Greek national and religious identity.

Live with the Louhs: Earth Day


On this week's 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 Earth Day. They discuss the tremendous efforts that His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, often referred to as "The Green Patriarch," has done during his time as the leader of our Church.

Metropolis of Boston Camp Open House


Last week, the Metropolis of Boston Camp held a Virtual Open House to inform parents about the program this Summer and their response to COVID-19.