Holy Trinity Orthodox Church VA

Come and see the Biblical world come to life...an encounter with Christ Jesus like no other.

Led by our Shepherd, Fr. Paul N. Harrilchak Where we are We hold our services in the Glade Drive Recreation Center. It is located at the intersection of Glade and Soapstone Drives in Reston, Virginia. We occupy the meeting room on the second floor. Come join us. Services Sunday Divine Liturgy is held at 10:00 AM. During the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the service begins at 9:00AM. About Us It was Fr. John Meyendorff of happy memory who brought Holy Trinity to life during his sabbatical from St. Vladimir’s Seminary. He crowned the efforts of a small group of faithful (from area Greek and Russian parishes) striving to establish an English-language parish in the Reston-Sterling vicinity. Today we are a small, stable community, striving to bring Orthodox Christians together in English and believers to Orthodoxy. We have no ethnicity to speak of, yet in important ways we are more like a parish in the Orthodox world—in Athens, say, or Damascus, in Bucharest, or Kiev—than the local ethnic parishes are. Our goal is to embody the Orthodox Way in Protéstant America while giving ourselves to the renewal of church life our Bishops have called for. Our Priest Since 1978, Fr Paul N. Harrilchak has been the priest of the Holy Trinity faithful. He is the beneficiary of an education in the humanities. He studied Holy Scripture, Patristics and Christian Archeology, dogmatic and moral theology, church law and pastoral medicine at the Catholic University of America (Washington DC) and St Vladimir's Theological Seminary (Yonkers, NY, his hometown). Fr Paul was ordained deacon in 1966 and priest in 1978. He has penned two books for parishioners, one on the Liturgy (1984) and another on Confession (1996). He takes his light from the lamps of renewal: Frs Schmemann and Meyendorff, Fr Mateos, Fr Laurence, etc. He has consulted on matters of Liturgy with the monks of New Skete. The late Archbishop Paul of Finland has incorporated an important suggestion of his into the Finnish Liturgicon of 1985. Prof. John Erickson of St Vladimir's Seminary has written that Fr Paul "is perfectly at home with modern liturgical scholarship...And what is more important, he shows good sense when pursuing the implications of this scholarship for Orthodox worship today."

Mission: WE SPEAK MANY LANGUAGES. We extend a welcome to everyone. English lets us join voices. We cherish the Orthodox Way, the great spiritual heritage of the Christian East, so divine services here are always engaging. Faithful to tradition. Full of joy. And appropriate to our circumstances. The piety of the Lord Jesus is the piety of the Orthodox. The Lord Jesus sang in church. So do we. And mindful of St. Paul’s talk to Timothy, we attend to the public reading of Holy Scripture with renewed zeal. ❚ The Eucharist—the great Prayer of the people of God—is at the very heart of our parish life as it must be. ❚ The Reston Catechetical School meets Sundays with teaching for the family. In the best traditions of the Church. A catechesis duly profound, clear, and convincing. ❚ Confession—generally—follows a communal, mutually evangelizing rite that respects Synodal guidelines and is scheduled seasonally, yet one may come to Confession before any divine service. ❚ There is ample opportunity to learn and to serve. ❚ Through church programs and locally we try to extend a helping hand to those in need.

Readings for the seventh Sunday after the Pasch. With glory to God!

With a little sadness, we post today's reading; the last week of the Pasch and we still are separated. We know, however, that this, too, shall pass. May you have a joyful day in which we proclaim, "Christ is Risen!" We surely can live it every day.

We are at the Fifth Sunday after the Pasch, and still not able to gather together. Let's rejoice in the Word! We offer the readings and prayers for the Lord's Day. Christ is Risen!

A long and peaceful life,
Success in every undertaking,
Grant to your servants, Lord,
the Mothers, Aunts, and Caregivers,
and grant them many happy, healthy years!

Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

Since the "diaspora" of our community during the Corona Virus, Father Paul has been sending weekly reading and prayers for us to use in our "little church" at home. As we read, our minds cannot help but bring the words to life in song, as if we were standing together in our beautiful church. Here are today's readings.

Christ is Risen!
Father Paul sends out weekly readings for our community. Light a candle, read the readings, and sing along. It is amazing how the music is there in our heads.

If you can help, please do!

"My Lord and my God!" Do we need to plunge our hand into the Lord's side and probe his wounds, like Thomas? Or, do we believe? "“Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Gospel of John)

[04/26/20]   "Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."

From Peter's First Epistle

CHRIST IS RISEN!

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Bright Friday: The Life Giving Spring of the Mother of God

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From Maria Hawkins and Debra:

We celebrated the Easter vigil at home. Then we had a feast. Christ is Risen!

From Debra: Christ is risen!

Our very small Orthodox Easter with small portions of what is normally in the basket of blessed foods. Usually 13 to 15 in attendance. Today only 2.

Christ is risen, Daria Petyo McGeehan family!

From the Honshul family:

A couple of pics from our impromptu Paschal Vigil

From Marsha Morrow:

From Lawrence: Christ is risen!

Christ is Risen! — May all your Paschas be filled with joy and Peace. From the Mariño family.

Christ is risen! From the Matyuf and Mosholder families. With love in Christ!

[04/19/20]   If anyone is pious and loves his God, let him enjoy this beautiful feast. If anyone is a faithful slave let him enter with joy into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has endured the hardships of fasting, let him now receive his reward. If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him receive today his just recompense. If anyone has come at the third hour, let him join with gratitude in the feast. If anyone has come after the sixth hour, let him not be upset; he will not be penalized. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him come without hesitation. If anyone has come just at the eleventh hour, let him not be perturbed at the lateness of the hour.

For the Lord is liberal and receives the last as the first. He gives to the one coming at the eleventh hour just as to the one working from dawn. He takes pity on the last to arrive, just as on the first; the latter receives in justice, the former in charity. He rewards both good actions and good intentions.

Let all, then, enter into the joy of the Lord. Let first and last receive their reward. Let rich and poor sing in unison. Let the abstemious and the careless celebrate today's feast. Whether you have observed the fast or not, rejoice today!

...Christ is risen and death has been cast down! Christ is risen and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen and there are no corpses left in the sepulcher. For Christ in rising from the dead is the first-fruits of those that sleep. To him be glory and power unto ages of ages, AMEN!

excerpts from Words attributed to Saint John Chrysostom

[04/19/20]   Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Joy to all in the feast.

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A Paschal Vigil at Home

[04/18/20]   One of our sisters in Christ, Daria, had a wonderful idea. Yes, we have to be apart, but we can share the JOY OF THE FEAST OF FEASTS tomorrow by posting pictures of your family's celebration.

Father Paul always taught that our homes are like little churches: we hang icons, we burn candles, we bring Holy Water home. We can rejoice with each other, virtually, from all over the world. PLEASE, SHARE YOUR JOY AND POST PICTURES AND YOUR GREETING (HOLD UP A SIGN! POST A CLIP!)

Looking forward to this Pasch, for it truly is a celebration, and praying that everyone is safe and healthy, and that God sends down His mercy on us all.

[04/18/20]   Holy Saturday
Christ descends to Hell to loose the bonds of the captives. How joyful Adam and Eve must have felt...to have the Lord Jesus grab their wrists and pull them from the depths!

Did you read Ezekial this morning? Oh how we wish we could stand in church and hear Carlos read the "bones" to us!
The wisdom of the Church is truly awesome. Read and think about Christ walking in Hades bringing the bones back to life through His resurrection.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Matins)
1
The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2
Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.
3
And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
4
Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
5
‘Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
6
“I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
7
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8
Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9
Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’”
10
So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11
Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’
12
“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13
“Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.
14
“I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’”

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Friday, April 17, 2020

oca.org THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT — Tone 7. Veneration of the Cross. Hieromartyr Basil of Ancyra (362-363). Martyr Drosida, daughter of Emperor Trajan (1st-2nd c.). Ven. Isaac, Founder of the Dalmatian Monastery at Constantinople (4th c.). Monastic Martyr Euthymius of Prodromou (Mt. Athos—1814).

[04/17/20]   "The Noble Joseph took Your most pure body down from the tree. He wrapped it in a clean linen with aromatic spices. And sadly laid in a new tomb."

As we cope with being separated from our community at this time of the pandemic, we strive to keep the Lord's suffering and death on the cross for our sake, forefront in our minds today. He is the way to the Father, sacrificing Himself for the forgiveness of our sins. And we look forward to His glorious Resurrection, His Pasch (passover) from death to life.

As we suffer with Him today in our own isolation, let's rejoice with Him and all creation in His Resurrection on the third day. Let's remember to reach out to those in our community, via phone, Facebook, or email, and stay connected.

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[04/06/20]   As you may all have concluded, we, with so many, are unable to join together for divine services during the Covid 19 pandemic. It is heartbreaking and feels strange to not gather for common prayer and the Eucharist. But, let’s pray in our “little church,” our homes, thanking God for His blessings, asking intercessory prayers and the Lord’s mercy, and glorifying our Father in Heaven. May He send down His Holy Spirit to comfort and protect us.

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Led by our Shepherd, Fr. Paul N. Harrilchak, experience and celebrate the Divine Services as the early church once did. Communal singing, dialogue between priest and people, understandable language that pulls everyone into a deeper understanding and communion with our Heavenly Father...and each other. Where we are 20937 Ashburn Road, #110, Ashburn, VA. Come join us. Services Sunday Divine Liturgy is held at 10:00 AM. During the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the service begins at 9:00AM. About Us It was Fr. John Meyendorff of happy memory who brought Holy Trinity to life during his sabbatical from St. Vladimir’s Seminary. He crowned the efforts of a small group of faithful (from area Greek and Russian parishes) striving to establish an English-language parish in the Reston-Sterling vicinity. Today we are a small, stable community, striving to bring Orthodox Christians together in English and believers to Orthodoxy. We have no ethnicity to speak of, yet in important ways we are more like a parish in the Orthodox world—in Athens, say, or Damascus, in Bucharest, or Kiev—than the local ethnic parishes are. Our goal is to embody the Orthodox Way in Protéstant America while giving ourselves to the renewal of church life our Bishops have called for. Our Priest Since 1978, Fr Paul N. Harrilchak has been the priest of the Holy Trinity faithful. He is the beneficiary of an education in the humanities. He studied Holy Scripture, Patristics and Christian Archeology, dogmatic and moral theology, church law and pastoral medicine at the Catholic University of America (Washington DC) and St Vladimir's Theological Seminary (Yonkers, NY, his hometown). Fr Paul was ordained deacon in 1966 and priest in 1978. He has penned two books for parishioners, one on the Liturgy (1984) and another on Confession (1996). He takes his light from the lamps of renewal: Frs Schmemann and Meyendorff, Fr Mateos, Fr Laurence, etc. He has consulted on matters of Liturgy with the monks of New Skete. The late Archbishop Paul of Finland has incorporated an important suggestion of his into the Finnish Liturgicon of 1985. Prof. John Erickson of St Vladimir's Seminary has written that Fr Paul "is perfectly at home with modern liturgical scholarship...And what is more important, he shows good sense when pursuing the implications of this scholarship for Orthodox worship today."

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