The Holy Trinity Church community celebrated the beginning of the Lenten season with Forgiveness Vespers, followed immediately the Rite of Forgiveness. Prior to Vespers, Divine Liturgy was served by host pastor Very Reverend Marc Vranes who was surrounded by 40 people in attendance, including 17 children.
Our church’s Saint Olympia Handmaiden Ministry was in full force once again, too. The handmaiden ministry allows for all young girls to make all three entrances during the Divine Liturgy, alongside the traditional male altar server. The girls wear mophorions, a short wipe cape which is fastened at the neck and extends down to the waist. To see 17 young children, from ages 6 months to 12 years, is a wonderful tradition Holy Trinity has established. It just keeps growing.
“The Lenten journey always seems to run parallel to a current world event,” Father Marc noted in his sermon on March 6, 2022, while briefly noting the current invasion and war into Ukraine. “Therefore, it becomes trendy to preach on a contemporary issue. But it is best to let the daily Scriptures speak to us where we are in our spiritual development, as we press onward to Eternal Life.
“The church has always affirmed that aggression and war, along with hatred, intolerance and terrorism is a tragic result of sin and evil in a suffering world, which brings so much spiritual, emotional, and physical upheaval to our lives. Lent serves to remind us once again that forgiveness is at the center of the Christian faith. Although man desires the gift of human forgiveness, it is ultimately the forgiveness that comes from God which is most essential.”
We invite all visitors and seekers to join us for Divine Liturgy each Sunday morning at 9:30am. All are welcome.