Welcome

We welcome you to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with us. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian, or this is your first visit to an Orthodox Church, we are pleased to have you with us. Although Holy Communion is reserved for baptized and chrismated (confirmed) Orthodox Christians, all are invited to receive the “antidoron” which is not a sacrament, but is a reminder of the “agape feast” that followed worship in the early Church. After the Divine Liturgy, please join us in the Church Hall for fellowship and refreshments. We hope you will return often to worship with us, to grow in Christ and in our Orthodox Faith.

Our mission is to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through our words and actions, according to the holy traditions and sacred teachings of our Orthodox Christian faith!

From the Desk of Father John…

We find ourselves well into the Nativity Fast and quickly closing in on Christmas. Even when the world around us may not necessarily celebrate "Christmas" as a matter of faith, nevertheless few in our society allow this season to pass without doing something to mark the occasion. It would surprise many of us to consider that in the earliest days of the Church, Christmas was celebrated along with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. Christ‘s birth and baptism were originally commemorated on the same day and only much later were they separated. Epiphany is also called "The Feast of Lights" and there was actually a very good reason to have both Feasts on the same day. For the Orthodox Church the birth of Christ is indeed significant and His baptism is the beginning of His ministry. We value His birth in light of His ministry, in light of the Salvific Work that He came to accomplish.

The hymns of both Feasts highlight the important “firsts” that Christ undertakes and by doing so changes the world, our relationship to it, and our relationship to God the Father. In the Nativity hymns we hear that humanity was renewed by His taking on flesh. The wood of the manger is a foreshadowing of the wood of the Cross and we hear “Prepare yourself O Bethlehem for Eden is open unto all, adorn yourself O Ephratha for in the Cave, the Tree of Life (Christ) has blossomed forth from the Virgin…” Likewise in the Epiphany hymns we are told that when Christ was baptized in the Jordan the very nature of the waters were sanctified and made holy. A similar thing is said during the Holy Week, His being lifted up on the Cross sanctifies the air, His being buried sanctifies the Earth. The Psalmist says “Where O Lord can I go to flee from you?” and truly Christ‘s ministry renews all and fills all with Himself. Because Christ cares for His Creation all of the elements are somehow touched, changed, transfigured and healed. The dimensions are far greater than just “me and Jesus,” the dimensions are quite literally Cosmic. The end of Saint Mark‘s Gospel reads: “Go and preach the Gospel to all of Creation.” When we consider that His Redemptive work touched the whole world and not just human beings, suddenly this command begins to make sense. With the whole of our nature and the whole of nature renewed we gain a fresh start and opportunity to fulfill the original vocation of humankind, namely to join all things to God, and to leave nothing without it being filled with the Divine energy and Grace. Mankind, the image and likeness of God Almighty, was to be that point, that nexus where Uncreated God and Created everything else could touch and interact. Today that possibility is renewed.

At Epiphany the Church extends this invitation to renew our lives, to sanctify the everyday teachings of our lives and those closest to us in a special way. Epiphany is also a season of house blessings. It is an opportunity to renew, to wipe the slate clean and make strong the foundations of every one of our households.

On behalf of my family, I wish to extend to all of you a joyous Nativity of our Lord and also a reflective Theophany season. May your spiritual lives be uplifted to greater heights and that you may embrace our Lord in your daily lives at all times! Christ is born! Glorify Him! Chronia polla (“Many years”) this upcoming new year!

Reminders…

2018 Pocket Calendars

2018 Pocket Calendars, courtesy of the Archdiocese, are on the candle table at the back of the church, free for the taking. Our Parish Calendars are on order and should be arriving in the next couple weeks. I will email you when they are available. We appreciate the sponsorship again this year from Greenwood Drugs!

12/24-12/25 - Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

Fr. John has announced that since Christmas Eve is Sunday, December 24 this year, we will have Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM that morning, with Vespers following at 8 PM that same evening. He also announced that Christmas Morning Divine Liturgy will be Monday, December 25 at 10:30 AM as well. We will let you know of any time changes.

12/31-1/01 - New Year‘s Eve/New Year‘s Day

Fr. John also announced that there will be NO DIVINE LITURGY Sunday, December 31 (New Year‘s Eve) or Monday, January 1, 2018 (New Year‘s Day) at Holy Trinity.

1/07 - Blessing of St. Basil‘s Bread

Blessing of the Saint Basil‘s bread (VASILOPITA) will be held on Sunday, January 7 at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

1/07 - Blessing of Water

Blessing of water for your homes will be held on Sunday, January 7 at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. If you wish to have your home blessed, please contact Father John or use one of the forms on our candle table and place it in the collection plate.

Holy Trinity is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America under the Spiritual Jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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