Guidelines for Fasting

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and fasting with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

- St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians

The fast for the forty days of Lent is indicated below, though many are not able to hold to the strict fast.

We offer the following guidelines to be considered prayerfully with the guidance of your spiritual father and in consideration of any medical conditions or dietary requirements.

One key to a more fulfilling life is prayer. For Orthodox Christians, the aim of prayer is to enter into conversation with God. Prayer is sometimes referred to as dialogue with God. Often it is a waiting on God in silence. In the church it is defined as the lifting of the mind and heart to God, and also as walking in the presence of God. We turn our mind and thoughts towards Him. We mentally gaze at Him and speak with Him in reverence, fear, and hope. At times we speak to Him with words and at other times we stand in reverent silence. Saying nothing, but being aware of His presence. In this dialogue with God we praise Him and thank Him. We ask Him for what we need. Our mind and our hearts are open to Him. Prayer is not only repeating words, it is trust in God that he hears and directs us in His Way involving spiritual growth and development.

Jesus’ Instructions on Fasting

“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that you do not appear to men to be fasting but to your father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Gospel of Matthew Chapter 6:16-18

Strict Fast

  • No Meat, Fish, Milk, Dairy Products, Oil, or Oil Products

  • Shellfish are permitted throughout Great Lent


  • MARCH 25TH

  • All day: Fish, Oil & Wine Permitted

Palm Sunday

  • Fish, Oil & Wine permitted

The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

Read each weekday during Great Lent

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth,
despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions,
and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Present in all places and filling all things, The treasury of blessings and Giver of life: Come and abide in us.
Cleanse us from all impurity, and save our souls, O Gracious Lord


Do you fast? Give Me Proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him.
If you see a friend being honored,
do not envy him.
Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands
and all the members of our bodies.
Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin. Let the eyes fast,
By disciplining them not to
glare at that which is sinful.
Let the mouth fast from foul words
and unjust criticism.
For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes, but bite and devour our brothers? May He who came to the world to save sinners strengthen us to complete the fast with humility, have mercy on us and save us.

Last Night's Soup Run

by Despina Kartson

We learn so much from the guests we serve every month, including during last night's soup run. Serving more than 125 meals of lasagna and 120 sandwiches on a blustery evening in New York City, we spoke with guests who have a gentle and good spirit, who teach us so much about life, living and maintaining a light heart while at the same time, they do not have a permanent place to lay their head. When we asked one guest where she would be sleeping last night, she told us she'd be staying in a place without heat, electricity or water but was thankful to be indoors. We shook hands with some who remarked about how cold our hands were and wanted US to stay warm. We distributed several icon cards and talked with a gentleman who asked us to explain the meaning of the iconography and the Greek letters. Later in the evening, we saw him sharing the card with a woman. Some guests proudly showed us coats and bags they had previously received from us. A man whom we had not seen in a couple of months, explained that he was struggling and "under a storm." Our hearts and prayers are with each and every individual we meet.

Through the generosity of spirit of a growing number of supporters and volunteers, our monthly serving of those in need continues to expand. There are many to thank including: 

  1. Manny Louros and Zachary Karounos for preparing the meals

  2. Maria and Claudio Iaccarino (Park Place Bagels, Bronxville, NY) for 120 sandwiches and danish

  3. Homemade chocolate chip cookies made by Lucy Caviris  

  4. Minos Samoladas for his generous donation which enables us to purchase socks and underwear

  5. Maria Dikeos for 36 backpacks and messenger bags

  6. Margaret Luberda, Michael and the staff from the law firm Wilson Elser for six large bags of coats

  7. Despina Taiyanides and Emmy Kalmanides from St. George (Norwalk, CT) who donated bags of new fleeces, blankets, homemade koulourakia, chocolates and snacks

All are welcome to join the monthly Soup Run. In-kind donations, including warm clothing, hoodies and backpacks, as well as financial donations, are very much appreciated. Be sure to support the Philoptochos "Hats & Gloves for the Homeless" sale on December 23rd where we hope to sell 100 sets of hand knit scarves, hats and gloves to take on the December 27th Soup Run. A very blessed and Merry Christmas to all. #PhiloStrong #bombas 

Last Night's Soup Run

by Despina Kartson

Our 115 guests on 33rd Street in Manhattan enjoyed the chicken souvlaki meal we served during last night's soup run. With the benefit of extra chicken from our recent Greek Festival, our chef prepared meals that included rice, vegetables, apples, coffee and hot chocolate. A few of our guests told us that they really appreciate our food and that it is always "the best".

With limited cars available to drive into the city, we pared down our clothing donations to those most necessary: socks, underwear, shoes and pants. Our two cars were packed with no room to see out of or to spare and we drove into the city to a large and welcoming crowd. Immediately, at least three men stepped out of line and helped us unload our cars and distribute some of the items.

As we often say, we enjoy talking with our guests and last night, one of our volunteers described his experience after a fun conversation with a group of men about sports:

It just felt great to talk with these guys and go back and forth about historic sports moments and current topics around the world. Robert, a man who I met for the first time today came up to me afterward and said how much he appreciated what we were doing. Words like these make you realize how much we mean to these men and women and I will do my best to make them feel the reciprocal... how much we appreciate them no matter the circumstances.

We are always grateful for the unending support of our volunteers and sponsors including The Fotiades family who sponsored last night's soup run, Manny Louros for preparing the meals, those who donated clothing and toiletries. A special thank you to Philoptochos who secured a generous donation of Bombas socks. Bombas is a sock company that has donated 8 million pairs to homeless shelters since launching in 2013. The company was founded to address the #1 most requested item in homeless shelters and for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a pair to someone in need.

We are also most appreciative of the efforts of many parishioners from Holy Trinity and friends in New York who come together every month to offer a listening ear and give their time to those in need.

The evening ended with a classic random act of kindness that we often experience. After we had driven a number of blocks and were stopped at a traffic light, a man in a car next to ours beeped, got our attention and told us that our car's trunk was open. He got out of his car, closed our trunk, waved and drove off - all in a New York minute!

We are accepting donations of new women and men's underwear, tee shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. Tote bags and backpacks are always needed. Please join us on October 25.

Greek School Begins!

The 2018-19 Greek School Academic year commenced this afternoon with an Agiasmo blessing in the church. Fr. Nick wished all of the students a productive and enjoyable school year.

Congratulations to our Ladies Philoptochos

Our Ladies Philoptochos was presented with an Award of Excellence for a two year 100% participation and commitment to the National Philoptochos ministries. Congratulations to our chapter!

Greek School Registration is now open!

Experienced Greek language teachers make our program thrive!

To register for the 2018-2019 school year
Please return the completed registration form to the church office.

The Greek School is devoted to developing literacy and fluency in the Greek Language and to cultivating knowledge and understanding of Greek cultures and traditions.

We educate children in the Greek language (conversational and written), Greek history, geography, culture, and religion. Students are provided venues to show their achievements through events on campus at the church, and off campus where they dance and present their poems.

Learn about our Adult Greek Language Classes »

Greek School PTA


Remember, we are all working together for “our most precious gifts”...our children!

The PTA’s role is to enhance and support the Greek School’s mission through volunteering and fundraising events.

To enable the Greek School to begin operations on solid footing, we are collecting $30.00 per family which are the PTA dues for the 2018/2019 school year. We only have two General Assembly meetings the entire year. One for elections and the other one is general meeting. In order to have the right to vote, you must be an active PTA member.

Kindly fill out the information and membership form and have a cash payment or check made payable to “Holy Trinity Greek School PTA”, as you register your child/children to Greek School this year. It will make the start to the school year run smoothly.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to a productive and rewarding year. 

PTA Officers

Angela Manessis Kapelonis

Vice President
Alexandra Politopoulos

Theresa Giannaris

Recording Secretary
Elli Modroukas

Corresponding Secretary
Luisa Kostalos

Board Member
Stephanie Resvanis

Board Member
Dorothy Kasimis