Today's Scripture Readings
August 12, 2010/July 30, 2010
Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesdays
In preparation to receive Holy Communion at the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, it is necessary to fast from all food and drink for at least six hours (i.e. from 12:00 noon). However, for those who have the strength, it is very beneficial to fast from midnight through the entire day.
Confession on Sunday Mornings
Each Sunday confessions are heard from 9:15 – 9:45 AM. Please arrive early enough to offer your confession. Divine Liturgy must start promptly at 10:00 AM. Confessions are also heard after Saturday evening services. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Holy Unction Services
The holy unction service will be conducted two times during this Great Fast.
- Friday, March 24 – Private Confessions 6:00 PM & Holy Unction at 7:00 PM
- Holy Wednesday, April 12 – Private Confessions 6:00 PM & Holy Unction at 7:00 PM
Pilgrimages to the Holy Land in Spring of 2023
The Patriarchal Parishes is organizing pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Details attached below.
- English speaking group, April 24-May 6, 2023
English speaking group led by Fr. John Vass, will travel April 24-May 6 (2nd/3rd week of Pascha). English Group Itinerary: Click here >>>
To register for a pilgrimage and to receive important updates, Click Here >>>
Church School Camping Trip – May 19-21, 2023
The 21st Annual Church School Camping Trip at Camp Running Bear (formerly Camp Alkor) in Monkton, MD for children ages 6-12 will take place May 19-21. Our theme this year is “Animals of the Bible.” Registrations due by April 30th. For more information contact Dr. Pat Disharoon. Also, all adult chaperones MUST register with Dr. Pat by April 30th to expedite background checks.
Registration forms are HERE
20 March: Multi-Parish Book Discussion: Life of Moses, by St. Gregory of Nyssa
Every Monday, we conduct a weekly book discussion via Zoom. The group for Russian speakers will meet 6:30 – 8:00 PM. The group for English speakers will meet 8:00 – 9:30 PM. We will discuss the book: Life of Moses, by St. Gregory of Nyssa. In this classic, St. Gregory describes the spiritual ascent as taking place in three stages, symbolized by the Lord’s revelation of Himself to Moses, first in light, then in the cloud and, finally, in the dark. Discussion will be led by both Fr. John Vass, and Fr. Joshua Burnett from Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church.
For more details click here >>>
You must register ahead of time to receive reading assignments and log-in information.
- To join the English-speaking group click here >>>
You may purchase the book at Amazon; St. Vladimir Seminary and St. Tikhon Seminary
- To join the Russian-speaking group click here >>>
Книга на русском доступна бесплатно в Интернете здесь >>>
Purchase Homemade Kolbasa for Pascha
Submit your kolbasa orders to Albert Blaszak. This is the same as we make for the Festival. Place your order by March 26.
** Our kitchen needs onion peels **
Please bring to our kitchen your onion peels – any type. We need them to color Paschal eggs.
Cemetery Clean-up – Saturday, April 1st
On Saturday, April 1st after Divine Liturgy in the chapel, the Cemetery Committee will conduct the Annual Spring Clean Up of our Chapel, Cemetery and Pavilion at Cathedral Gardens. Please bring your own lawn tools. Light refreshments will be served.
Church Clean-Up – Saturday, April 8th (Lazarus Saturday)
After Divine Liturgy on Saturday, April 8th many volunteers are needed to clean the church, as well as the church hall. Help to beautify our temple in time for Holy Week and Pascha.
Vigil Candles: On the Altar and near St. Barbara
We have three vigil candles that are always burning – two near the large icon of the Holy Great-Martyr Barbara which holds a piece of her relics, and one on the holy altar table. These vigil lights burn from Sunday to Sunday. To have these candles burn 24 hours a day on behalf of someone we are praying for is quite a special blessing. We continue to accept donations to have these three vigil candles burn each week either for the health/salvation of the living and/or in memory of a departed loved one. A $15 donation will keep all three candles lit for one week. Schedule your candle offering with Elena Loyko.
To help the Ukrainian refugees donate to these organizations:
Helping Civilian Victims of War in Ukraine
Spring Weather Clothing is very much needed
All types of clothing items are needed, especially those items that are not heavy to ship. NEW and gently used clothes are being accepted with functioning zippers.
- T-shirts, shorts, underwear, socks, etc. - clothes that are good to wear in a hospital
- Spring jackets and sweatsuits
Please note: No jeans. No dress shirts. No items that are heavy to ship.
Bring clothing donations to our Holy Trinity Church. Thank you!
Food Donations - No longer accepted
Currently, food items are being locally sourced in Ukraine to save on overall costs.
There are civilian injuries every day in many different cities in Ukraine. Medical supplies are desperately needed to help innocent victims of war. Hospitals have chronic shortages of compression bandages, tourniquets, and air casts for broken bones. Click here for more details.
- There is a VERY urgent need for compression bandages. One bandage = one saved life.
- Air Cast walking boots are also in very high demand since the injuries suffered by civilians increase in frequency and severity.
Purchases may be made on Amazon, click here!
How to donate these medical supplies?
- Option The most convenient and time saving way to help is to purchase these items online and ship them directly to St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 15100 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20905.
- Option: Bring items to our Holy Trinity Church.
We are happy to announce that Coffee Hour will be offered every Sunday. The menu will be small – just soup and light refreshments. If you would like to sponsor a coffee hour or offer help, please contact Olga Mychko. Also, each week we need volunteers to help with serving and clean up during coffee hour.
Transportation to Church
Do you need transportation to Church? Or would you be able to bring a parishioner, who doesn’t drive, to church from time to time? If you answered “yes” to either question, please contact Alexey Shevelkin. He is coordinating our parish’s efforts to offer transportation to parishioners who can’t get to church on their own. Thank you for your assistance.
Submit your 2023 Pledge
The mission of our parish is to spread the Word of God, to grow, to expand, to improve, and not just to preserve our traditions. Our parish shouldn’t become stale but pursue holiness. We strive to fulfill the mission of our parish, through prayer, work, and sacrifice. Prayer – because we are called to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17); work – because we are taught to increase the talents given to us (Matt. 25: 14-30); and sacrifice – because "everyone to whom much is given, from him will much be required" (Luke 12:48). Please be generous as the Lord is generous to you. When completing your pledge for the new year, please consider raising your level of giving. Our church cannot operate without your financial contributions. Our parish will grow only through your prayers, work, and generous sacrifice. OFFERING PLEDGE FORM.
When you are generous, you are not bestowing a gift, but repaying a debt. Everything you possess materially comes from God, who created all things. And every spiritual and moral virtue you possess is through divine grace. Thus, you owe everything to God. More than that, God has given you his Son, to show you how to live: how to use your material possessions, and how to grow in moral and spiritual virtue. ---St. John Chrysostom
O Lord Save and Preserve
With much anguish we see the tragic events continuing in Ukraine. More than five million refugees have fled the country, and thousands of civilians and soldiers have been killed in this fratricidal war between two Orthodox countries. Countless others are injured, displaced and at the threshold of economic ruin. So much death, destruction, suffering and hatred have been caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
As Orthodox Christians, we do not support violence and aggression. We fervently pray for the immediate cessation of bloodshed, for the complete restoration of peace, for the well-being of the people in Ukraine and for the rebuilding of Christian love between the peoples of Russia and Ukraine. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ commands us to love one another as our Heavenly Father loves us.
Let us always remember that first and foremost, we are Orthodox Christians. And our Holy Orthodox Church, throughout history, has united Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, and people of all ethnicities into the one, true, Orthodox faith.
We are brothers and sisters in Christ, and because we are brothers and sisters, we cannot stand idle or keep silent during these dreadful days. Our parish continues to collect funds to help the suffering people of Ukraine. We keep praying for peace, and we call upon our hierarchs to do everything in their power to stop hostilities. Lord have mercy!
The parish of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church does not have any affiliation with the Russian or American governments. We receive no financial support from any governmental or church institutions. Our entire budget (100%) is funded by the generous donations of our parishioners and friends and by the various fundraising events we conduct.