Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
Detroit, Michigan
APRIL PASTORAL ADDRESS

 

 TO THOSE WORKING OUT THEIR SALVATION

AT THE SPIRITUAL HOME OF HOLY TRINITY

 

 

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!  GLORY FOREVER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters, 

 

Due to the fact that Great Lent consumes the entire month of April, I would like to give you some concrete guidelines for "WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING DURING THE GREAT FAST WHICH WILL MAKE GREAT LENT MORE FULFILLING AND SPIRITUALLY REWARDING":

 

Receive Holy Communion regularly

Confess your sins thoroughly and sincerely

Turn off the television & radio for the entire Lenten season, except for news and serious or education programs

Do not visit or engage in outside activities for their own sake. Keep useless talking to a minimum. Do only necessary business, good works and acts of charity

Examine and measure every aspect of your life - family, work, society, politics, economics, values, desires, etc. - against the model set forth by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ

Question yourself in regard to love, truth, honesty, purity, humility, peace, forgiveness, justice, mercy, hungering and thirsting for God, wisdom and knowledge

In the name of Jesus Christ, forgive all who have offended you and seek forgiveness from those whom you have offended. If it will not be embarrassing or misinterpreted as an act of self-righteousness, express yourself as concretely as possible. Visit, make a phone call, etc

Set aside and give a sizable portion of your resources to others - the parish, the poor, a social or educational agency. Tell no one what you have done. Ask no gratitude and forgo requesting a receipt. Do not advertise what you are doing

Fast strictly all the time. At a minimum, eat no meat. Suit your fast to your work, but avoid luxury. Again, tell no one. Do not advertise or discuss your fasting with anyone and avoid judging others who may not be fasting with you

Pray at home at least at one fixed time each day. Choose a brief rule of prayer, but keep it faithfully 

Read the scriptures in the same brief yet regular way. You may wish to follow the Church's calendar, read a chapter of a given book on a daily basis, or simply read and reflect upon passages which you happen upon. In addition, meditate upon the following: 1 John; Romans 12-14; Matthew 5-7 and John 14-17

Be faithful to Christ's Gospel in every word, action and thought - even the smallest or most insignificant

Participate in all of the weekly Lenten services, especially the Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts, Saturday evening Great Vespers, and the Sunday Divine Liturgy

 

If we do these things, not in a spirit of gloomy self-denial or irritated self-pity, we will gain an awareness of genuine peace and joy in communion with God and those around us. This is guaranteed - and our participation in and celebration of the feast of Our Lord's resurrection will be cherished forever!

 

 

With Love In Christ,

Fr Lev

 

 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CHURCH SERVICES AND FUNCTIONS

We have the Blessing from the Bishop to assemble for services and some activites, as long as we adhere strictly to the CDC guidelines for our safety. 

Any and all social activites will be held under strict guidelines for everyones safety!

We continue to do our part in making the parish safe for you at all services:

For example:

The Temple is deep cleaned and wiped down and disinfected between services.

Pews have been roped off for physical distancing.

And we ask you to wear a mask, we have some available in the vestibule upon your arrival.

We also have disposable gloves and hand santiziers placed in and around the church and fellowship hall.

Our coffee hour is being held in our fellowship hall under the recommended guidelines.  

We have done our best to keep you as informed as possible with the changes in mandates and guidelines provided to us.

Please check our website, bulletins or contact the church directly with any questions, as we may make changes to services or events as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fr Lev.

 

 

GREAT LENT BEGINS MONDAY MARCH 15 AND CONTINUES THRU APRIL

Please remember the following during Great Lent:

Please diminsh your participation in ALL worldly activities

Be more spiritual and less carnal

Try to attend MORE services 

Receive Holy Communion more frequently 

Be Quiet ... talk less!

Abstain from your sins

ALSO: There is NO General Confession during Great Lent, you MUST have a private confession!

Private Confessions are available Saturday's after the 4:00pm Vespers

Wednesdays at 6:00pm (before 7pm Pre-Sanctified Liturgy)

Sunday's at 9:30am (time permitting before 10am Liturgy)

By Appointment, contact Father

 

 

WELCOME TO OUR PARISH

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Welcome to

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Rev. Fr. Lev Kopistiansky

SERVICES

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Wednesday Vespers 7:00 pm

Saturday Great Vespers 4:00 pm
Private Confessions

Church School, Sunday 11:30 am

Services are in English

 

 All are Welcome

Parishioners are of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, some being Orthodox
all of their life as well as those who have made adult commitments to become Orthodox.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is located at Eight Mile Road and Anglin Street 
in Detroit, Michigan. For directions to our church, please click on the "Directions" tab.
Written directions as well as a MapQuest option makes it easy for you to get here.
Click on the navigation links to the left to learn more about our parish. 
If you have questions about Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, please visit
our "contacts" section or attend one of our services.

 

 

 

 

SOUL SATURDAYS

Please remember your reposed loved ones at the 3 Soul Saturday Vespers!

They are March 27, April 3, April 10

Only submit ONE form for all 3 Soul Saturday services.  List first names only. 

Mail in a form or a note of your requests or turn into candlestand

Thank you!

ADULT CHURCH EDUCATION

ACE CLASS

Adult Church Education Class is being held every Saturday after Vespers!  Please check calendar as on some Saturdays it might not be held!

Join us for an 'open forum' each Saturday! (Unless calendar states otherwise) 

This is an opportunity to come and discuss any subject that you have always wanted to ask about!

CDC Guidelines are in place, please bring your mask!

See You There!

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Saturday April 3rd at 2:00pm Holy Trinity has been asked to supply lunch for the Orthodox Detroit Outreach.

If you are available to help shop, prepare and pack up 75 brown bag lunches, please contact Deacon James.

We will plan to meet in our church fellowship hall at 2:00pm on April 3rd.  You may also contact any council person with any questions.

Covid safety guidelines continue to be in place.  Please bring your mask!

 

Sunday April 4th after Liturgy, Brotherhood Lenten Fish Fry!

 

Saturday April 10th at 1:00pm Pysanki Egg Class, please contact Diana Petrinko with any questions.  Covid guidelines are in place, remember to bring your mask!

 

Saturday April 17th at 10:00am  Parish Spring Clean Up Day!  Join us in beautification around the church, you may bring your own tools and gloves!  Many hands make for lighter work:)

 

Sunday April 25th Palm Sunday & Pascha Bake Sale after Liturgy!