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Experience the Fullness of Orthodox Worship

Prayer is the essence of Orthodox Christian life. The daily, weekly, and yearly cycles of the Church, complete with its feasts, fasts, services, and Biblical readings, incorporate us into the mystery and life of our Lord and Savior.

The Lord’s Day

At the heart of our worship is the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection, celebrated not just annually at Pascha (Easter), but also every week on Sunday. To the Orthodox Christian, this is the “Lord’s Day,” the first and eighth day. The liturgical day begins at the setting of the sun (Gen. 1:5), so the evening prayer service of Vespers—which recapitulates the story of creation, sin, and salvation, and introduces the day’s themes—inaugurates our celebration. Confessions of the faithful are heard afterwards. (Vespers is also served on Wednesdays.)

Highlighted by its rich theological hymns and psalmody, Matins is chanted the next morning, connecting sunrise to the coming of the light of Christ and calling all to repentance.

The day culminates with the Divine Liturgy when we all assemble to perform the work of the Church. The Eucharist is our main action, as the faithful together become the Body of Christ by partaking of Him. Prior to Holy Communion, the congregation sings His teachings and listens to the Holy Scriptures. The Divine Liturgy is also celebrated on special festal days preceded by Vespers the night before.

Other Services

Additional services mark our journey towards Christ. Blessings for New Mothers and Children are given on the first, eighth, and fortieth days following childbirth. We are united to Christ and join the Church as children or adults through Baptism. Marriages mystically represent the relationship between Christ and His Church. Funerals grant an opportunity to pray for the souls of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and to console those who mourn.

Service Schedule

For a complete list of all Holy Trinity services and events, please see the calendar page.
Recurring ministry meeting times and dates can be found here.
All services take place at 119 S. Sparks St. in State College. Directions

Sundays

Matins, 9 a.m.*
Sunday School (September-May), 9 a.m.
Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.

* Until further notice, Matins will be replaced with Hours at 9:40 a.m.

Saturdays

Great Vespers and Confessions, 6 p.m.*

* Second and fourth Saturdays only, until further notice. On first, third, and fifth Saturdays, Vespers will be chanted with no Confessions.

Wednesdays

Daily Vespers and Confessions, 5:30 p.m.

Holy Days

Great Vespers, Matins, or Compline, 7 p.m. (on the evening before)
Divine Liturgy, 8 a.m. (weekdays) or 9 a.m. (Saturdays)*

* exceptions: Pascha, 12 a.m.; Nativity of our Lord and Theophany, 10 a.m.; Annunciation (when falling on a weekday), 6 p.m.

During Great Lent*

Wednesdays
Confessions, 5 p.m.
Presanctified Liturgy, 6 p.m.
Lenten Parish Potluck, following

Fridays
Confessions, 5 p.m.
Presanctified Liturgy, 6 p.m.

Saturdays
Memorial Divine Liturgy (on alternating Saturdays), 9 a.m.

* Please note that for Lent 2017, the Friday service schedule will be replaced with Salutations to the Theotokos at 6 p.m. for the first four weeks of Lent. On the fifth Friday of Lent, the full Akathist to the Theotokos will be chanted at 6 p.m. When liturgy is served on the Saturdays of Lent 2017, Vespers will also be chanted the day before at 5:30 p.m.