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.

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Scripture Readings

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oca.org Isaiah 1:19-2:4 (6th Hour) 19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; 20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. 21 How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged i...

[03/01/20]   It is a beautiful day in Northern Virginia. Sunshine in the clear blue sky, a crisp bite to the air. Trees are skeptically opening their buds and the bulbs are spreading their leaves to the sun.

I'd prefer to start the Great Fast shoveling snow or under a contemplative gray sky. I am in awe of the wisdom of the Church: beginning our time of reflection and self-correction on the Way through prayer, charity, and fasting. And, finally, as we gather to sing Christ is Risen, we see nature coming back to life as Christ Himself does in the Resurrection. But we are here, now, readying ourselves to begin this journey with the Lord Jesus.

I am humbled and grateful to be a reader in the church. Today we heard from St. Paul as he spoke to the Ephesians. In particular, I was drawn to these lines:
"You must give up your old way of life; you must put aside your old self, which gets corrupted by following illusory desires. YOUR MIND MUST BE RENEWED BY A SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God's way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth."

Are we ready to give up our old ways? Slothfulness, self-centeredness, forgetfulness, unkindness...can we see Christ in our neighbor, our spouse, our co-workers, our children, the stranger? Can we, in community, tether ourselves one to another in common prayer, fasting, and almsgiving?

We begin the Great Fast with Forgiveness Vespers tonight at 5pm. Join us, so that together, we can be changed, we can grow in faith and love.

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[12/24/19]   Our community was so blessed to be able to sit at the feet of Father Laurence(Mancyso), of blessed memory, of New Skete Monastery. Among the many things he taught or shared with our community was the wonderful liturgical prayerbook called, The Sighs of the Spirit (1997 by the monks of New Skete).

As we contemplate the Birth in the Flesh of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, listen to the Prayer for the Hymn of Light (p. 319):

Glory to you in the heights, O God, and on earth, peace to all your people! This evening, as we celebrate the birth in the flesh of your only Son— your eternal, radiant light—be pleased to surround us with his brilliance. Since he is both our brother and friend, as well as the light that liberates us from the power of darkness, in his name we beseech you: Bless the church all over the world, that she may always light the lamps of hope and peace in our hearts and in the hearts of all people everywhere.

For you are holy, O our God, and we give you glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

Amen

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We learn from the angel O Mary full of grace, just how to greet you and say: Rejoice, destined maid and favorite of God whose word you freely obey!

Blessed are you in the house of the Lord! Blest is the Son and Savior you bore!
Rejoice, O Full of Grace!

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A song in praise of Mary English lyrics by our priest, Father Paul Harrilchack

If you’d like a copy of the full song, please PM us.

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Our Weekly Thanksgiving:

We give you thanks, O Christ God,
for your earthly gifts.
Do not deprive us of your heavenly kingdom.
But as you came among your disciples, O Savior, giving them Your Peace,
Come now among us and save us!

A most joyful Thanksgiving to one and all!

Anyone interested in having a cyber book club as part of our Nativity Fast? A wonderful short, “unpretentious” book by a beloved hierarch, Archbishop Paul of Finland, of blessed memory, The Faith We Hold was written to “describe Orthodoxy from the inside to the outside.”

We’ve read it several times and find new pearls each time. Comment below and we will figure out the details.

Join us for Evening Prayers (Vespers) today and every Saturday at 5 pm.

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We are at the “Summer of Love” Whistlestop in Ashburn! Come check us out!

[05/02/19]   Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

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Cleaning the church. Thanks to all who came out! The Lord’s Pasch just two weeks away.

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A beautiful service: The Akathist Hymn. The poetry of the Church to heighten our understanding and faith. Rejoice! O Bride and Maiden!

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Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann: Forgiveness

This evening we gather at 6pm for Forgiveness Vespers as we ask each other and God to forgive us as we begin our Lenten journey. Tomorrow the Great Fast begins. "Let us begin the fast with joy!"

But as Father Schmemann asks, "Why joy? What is that joy?" Below is an the transcript of a sermon Father Alexander gave so many years ago on Forgiveness Sunday. It remains today an important reminder as we begin the fast with joy.

https://www.schmemann.org/byhim/forgiveness-1983.03.20.html

schmemann.org As once more we are about to enter the Great Lent, I would like to remind us – myself first of all, and all of you my fathers, brothers, and sisters – of the verse that we just sang, one of the stichera, and that verse says: "Let us begin Lent, the Fast, with joy."

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A thought provoking evening moderated by Dr. Paul Meyendorff, discussing Father John Meyendorff’s role and insight into the OCA’s autocephaly. Join us today for the Divine Liturgy at 10am, followed by Dr. Meyendorff’s thoughts on church renewal. This lecture series is part of our ongoing celebration on the 40th anniversary of our faithful community. Thanks be to God!

Join us!

Please join us this weekend as welcome retired Professor Paul Meyendorff speak to our community Saturday, following Vespers, and Sunday following the Divine Liturgy. Topics include: the significance of the work of Father John Meyendorff in the church and our community, and Church Renewal. See flyer for details.

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And one of our youngest...joy in the Feast of Feasts!

Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen! We greet you in the joy of the feast! This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

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[12/18/17]   Christmas Schedule

• Saturday 12/23 | No Evening Vespers

• Sunday 12/24 Christmas Eve | 10:00 AM Common Confession Rite (in conjunction with the penitential season and the dawn of the Feasts of Light)
10:45 AM Divine Liturgy

•Monday 12/25 Nativity of our Lord | 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

[04/16/17]   Christ is risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Yesterday, my Christ, I was buried with you. Today I rise with you!
Yesterday your partner in death was I. Tomorrow O my Savior, let me share the glory of your realm.

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Hurry to the tomb.

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Penitential Evening Prayers.

[03/12/17]   Communal Confession Rite at 10am Sunday.

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[12/25/16]   Christ is born! People everywhere rejoice and with full voice glorify Him!

The first of three celebrations of the Feasts of Light. God's blessings be upon you and your loved ones.

Our Story

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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20937 Ashburn Rd, Ste 110
Ashburn, VA
20147

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Saturday 17:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:45 - 13:00
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