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Steward Sunday 2023

Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon
for Steward Sunday
November 5, 2023


Orthodox Jurisdictions in America

What’s an “Antiochian?” Are there “Pro-ochians” somewhere? Why are there “Georgian” Orthodox parishes over 800 miles from Atlanta? If the Orthodox Church in America used to be the “Russian Orthodox” Church, why are there all of these “Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia” churches dotted all around the American countryside? What do all the acronyms mean? ACROD? OCA? GOA? And what is the relationship of all of these people to one another?

If you find these many names and the jurisdictional situation of American Orthodoxy a bit confusing, you’re not alone! Thankfully, help is on the way to assist us in understanding what is going on here. On Thursday, October 12, at 6 pm, Fr. Isaac Daneviscious of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Altoona will deliver a public lecture on the present ecclesiastical situation of Orthodoxy in America. 

This lecture is open to the public and will be streamed live on our YouTube feed, as well as being available for replay in that format.

The Light of Orthodoxy

Summer 2023 Edition (click to download)



To the Venerable Hierarchs, Esteemed Clergy, Reverend Monastics, and Beloved Faithful of the
Orthodox Church in America,


The Light of Orthodoxy Spring 2021

The Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Spring 2021 Newsletter. This Archdiocesan Newsletter is dedicated to the ongoing life of the Church in a time of Pandemic, and features several articles highlighting the ongoing ministries of the Church through this difficult time.


Download the pdf version of the newsletter here.

Encyclical Released by the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has released an encyclical for the conclusion of the year of Our Lord 2020.


Download the pdf version of the encyclical here.

Resources for Praying at Home

The following resources are available so Holy Trinity Orthodox Church can continue its mission to Build Up the Church Beyond the Parish, even when its people cannot physically assemble together.

Jump to: Additional Prayer ServicesLive-StreamsVirtual Parish GatheringsParish CommemorationsPastoral and Financial Emergencies

Prayer Services

With the exception of Typika for Lent, Holy Week, and Great Feasts, the following services are oriented for Orthodox Christians on the Gregorian Calendar. For those using the Julian Calendar (“Old Style”), click here.

NOTE: New reader’s services are not being posted after Pentecost 2021.

Additional Prayer Services


Virtual Parish Gatherings

A list of virtual gatherings can now be found at

Parish Commemorations

To stay connected by prayer with your parish family, an updated list of all current and prospective members of Holy Trinity and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit—including their spouses and children—is now available. The list also contains names of departed parishioners (newly-departed and historical), current members of the armed forces, and those who have asked the parish to pray for them.


Pastoral and Financial Emergencies

If you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance (sickness or death of a loved one), or financial assistance through Matthew 25, the Parish Office is remotely open 24 hours a day by calling (814) 231-2855. For non-emergencies, you may email/text

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Upcoming Meetings

Worship Services

Holy Trinity: Saturday Great Vespers and Sunday Divine Liturgy
Resurrectional (weekend) services can be found here on YouTube.

Chapel of the Holy Spirit: Sunday Divine Liturgy
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Chapel of the Holy Spirit Catechesis

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  • Sundays @ 1:30 p.m.

Strategic Planning

Facilities Focus Group with Bob Hoffman
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  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.

Parish Information Sessions

Parish Town Hall Regarding the Site Plan Proposal
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  • Sunday, October 4, 2020 @ 11:45 a.m.

Parish Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 8, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.
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Fall Adult Study Group with Fr. Ignatius Hunter

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Holy Trinity Church School: High School Class Gatherings

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  • Saturday, October 10, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 7, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 21, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Parents Session: Church School @ Home

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Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Penn State

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connect with students from across the country through OCF Everywhere

Virtual Penn State Meetups:
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  • Fall Preview Meeting: Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Stump the Priest: Thursday, September 3, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Game Night: Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Special Guest Fr. Thomas Soroka on “Tolerance”: Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • St. Nicholas Party and Virtual Gift Exchange: Thursday, December 3 @ 7:00 p.m.

Parish Council Meetings

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  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

Orthodox Church in America (OCA) Church School

For middle and high school students.
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  • Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m.

Spring Adult Study Group with Fr. Ignatius Hunter

In-Person Services to Resume May 30, 2020

UPDATE (May 26, 2020): With Centre County moving to the Green Phase of Reopening on Friday, May 29, the parish’s full liturgical schedule resumes Saturday, May 30, with heightened cleaning, a reduction in the amount of seating to allow for social distancing, and other temporary measures.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE (March 17, 2020): In-person worship services are suspended until further notice, but parish clergy and volunteers are available to assist you should a pastoral issue or emergency arise. Please continue to utilize the Reader’s Services and other resources posted at, and check the website often to view the latest schedule. (Also please pray for the Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, who are meeting this Monday to determine if/when liturgical services can resume.)

Additional reflections and information will be included in the April Trisagion being mailed this week. Not yet a member of our mailing list? Send us your address today

Get Palms for Your Home Churches

Palms will be blessed at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church on Lazarus Saturday morning (April 11) and will be available for pickup at the weekly “Open House” (for personal prayer and meditation) that afternoon from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Parishioners in a high-risk category—those over 65, those with serious medical conditions, those with any symptoms of illness of any kind, and those with family/household members who in the past 15 days have been with COVID-19 patients or high-risk individuals—should and may arrange contactless delivery of blessed palms through the Parish Office


Related: How to make Palm Crosses (courtesy of Anna Stickles).

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